Scrapbooking: An Old Pastime, Reborn!
The process of scrapbooking--pasting photos
and other precious documents into a blank book--has been around
for centuries. You may even have one of those yellowed books
with their brittle pages lying around your house, an old family
heirloom. It's no wonder that scrapbooking remains such a
popular practice. It can be a wonderful way of preserving
treasured memories and of transmitting them from one generation
to the next.
Contrary to what you may believe, scrapbooking isn't simply
the arrangement of old photos and worn newspaper articles
between the plastic sleeves of a photo album. Modern scrapbooks
include innovative design layouts, a flair for creativity
and originality, and, in many cases, specific themes that
are relevant to the person who's being highlighted in the
book, or a particular section of the book.
Yes, there's a real art to the composition of a scrapbook.
Many people who are adept in this area offer classes for those
who are interested in obtaining the necessary skills to make
their scrapbooks. Such classes, or workshops, are offered
on a regular basis and are easily found through newspapers,
online searches and bulletin board postings. Most communities
offer at least one resource for such opportunities.
If classes aren't your cup of tea, there are now scrapbooking
kits which are designed to walk you through the process at
your own pace. These kits contain covers, pages, layouts and
design items which will assist you in putting together your
very first scrapbook. This is a
wonderful option for those who are interested in creating
such an item for the holidays or some other gift-giving occasion,
but aren't necessarily interested enough to seek ongoing instruction.
For high-tech individuals, there are scrapbooking software
packages that can be purchased at stores or through online
merchants. These CDs contain everything that you would possibly
need to create an outstanding scrapbook presentation by designing
it on your home computer and then printing it for binding.
Others offer the opportunity to set up framing layouts and
other tools which can be printed and then hand-finished.
Many scrapbookers enjoy swapping ideas for materials, layout
and more. If you, too, like to work in groups, chatting as
you glue, cut and create, you may want to look on the internet
or ask around town to find out about any weekly or monthly
scrapbooking meetings. If there are none, what about starting
your own? Sharing creations with a group of interested people
can spark your own imagination and push you to greater heights.
It is also, of course, a great way to make new friends in
a fun, productive and relaxing environment.
About the Author:
Divertimento Dell Album is the administrator and delegate
of AC Decorating, Inc.
which is a premier resource for scrapbooking information.
For more information, go to: http://www.acdecorating.com