Scrapbooking is a way of telling a story using photo/s, memorabilia (e.g. tickets to a show, the program etc) and journaling. It has also become a creative outlet for many scrappers as our knowledge of colour, composition and the use of different mediums increases.


Scrapbooking to me it is about capturing a memory, so there are 2 things that are very important to me



1. Journaling

  • This is the story telling that will go on telling the story long after you have forgotten the details
  • there are lots of different ways to journal on your page – e.g. in a journaling box (which can be any shape – round, square, star etc), horizontal/ vertical, between parenthesis (brackets), write around the outside of the page, write around the outside of the photo, cover in vellum to give a subtle look, print or hand-write on paper, cut into strips and adhere with glue, stitching, paperclip or staples, as song lyrics, as movie lines, a quote, a funny story, what you feel when you see the photo, what the photo reminds you of, you could include your thoughts about the day, interview the other person, write out a conversation, write a letter to the person, write in bullet points, he said she said, dot points, paint/whitewash an area on your page and journal over the top

Hidden Journaling

  • hand journaling gives such a personal touch to your albums, it will be so nice for future generations to be able to see your writing e.g. I love reading my Nana’s cookbook which is written in her handwriting, scribbled on the back of dockets and the inside of cardboard containers. It brings back all kinds of memories and it will for our children and friends too. But if you’re anything like me and you don’t like your handwriting, here are some ways of getting around this
    • have lift up flaps for journaling and extra photos
    • write on a tag that fits behind photos, in envelopes or in a pocket on your page
    • use the computer for some and hand-write others
    • write it on your photo mat and secure the corner to the photo with a brad, string, ribbon or eyelet (swivels from behind your photo to read)
  • see Free Scrapbooking (Quote Websites) for some ideas on what to write if you get stuck.


2. Photos and Caring For Them

  • photos are produced by a chemical reaction, so having them in heat, light, moisture and/or dust will speed up deterioration
  • make sure the products you use are archival safe (acid free, lignin free and contains no PVC) especially if they come in contact with your photo e.g. adhesives, mats, paper etc. Don’t assume it’s safe just because it’s sold in a scrapbooking shop – make sure you read all the packaging
  • don’t write on your photos with a biro – you can get a special photo pencil. This will stop the indents in your photo and the ink running (over time)
  • this Creative Memories PDF has all the definitions for photo safety explained in full

I hope this gives you a better idea of what scrapbooking involves

Kaye xoxo