Scrapbooking is a method for preserving a legacy of written history in the form of photographs, printed media, and memorabilia contained in decorated albums, or scrapbooks. Historically, scrapbooking was a tradition similar to storytelling, but with a visual and tactile, rather than oral, focus.
There are no hard and fast rules to scrapbooking as it is considered an artform. Typically the more creative and resourceful the person, the better the page. Some prefer pages where the photograph is the central element and embellishments are minimally applied, others include a variety of embellishments to add to the design. This is a personal choice, each can be effective and create stunning designs. Embellishments may include small, two-dimensional items such as ticket stubs from the theater, love notes from a special someone, or newspaper clippings. Items such as brads or eyelets can be used instead of tape or glue to adhere pictures or papers or be used decoratively. Additional elements may include stickers, quilling, decorated die cuts and flowers (punched, dried, and artificial).
Generally, the focus of the page is the photograph or photographs. It is best to stick with one to three good photos when starting out. The page is then decorated and embellished with items only limited by the creator's imagination.
Some of the basic scrapbooking tools include:
Acid-free scrapbook albums
Acid-free and lignin-free papers
Archival marker or pen
Scissors, or some cutting instrument
With the popularity of scrapbooking growing daily, there are more and more resources available to the amateur and professional scrapbooker alike. Digital scrapbooking is in its infancy, but shows great promise as the medium of the future for scrapbooking enthusiasts. Scrapbooking can be very easy for anyone who wants to give it a try. Acid-free and lignin-free products are encouraged to prevent the pictures from turning brown.