Making scrapbooks is nothing new.
I think it was popular with the Victorians. My grandfather, who was in the merchant marines during World War I had an album of photos and postcards he had collected during his travels -- the paper was thick and black and musty-smelling and the writing was in white ink. I was enthralled by it and was able to persuade my grandfather to tell all the great stories that went with the pictures. So, from his scrapbook and stories, his memories grew into my memories.
My mother had a scrapbook of sorts from the shower my grandmothers gave her before I was born. About 40 years ago, I made scrapbooks of movie magazine clippings about "Star Trek."
Then in 1997 I was introduced to the new scrapbooking/memory album craze.
The parks department was hosting a scrapbooking workshop with a representative from "Creative Memories," the home-based business the sells albums and scrapbook supplies. I wanted to preview the program, so the woman came to the newspaper office on a Saturday and basically gave me a private class.
I was hooked. Like Teddy Cohen, the card maker we featured in the first hobby column in the new Review, I have always loved paper. From the age of about 10 and since, I can hardly ever go into any store without looking to see what kind of stationary supplies are carried. So, being introduced to scrapbooking was like being given the key to a world of paper.
While a workshop is a great way to learn to scrapbook, there are plenty of sources available to teach yourself.
Pick up one of the many magazines being published on scrapbooking, thumb through it to get some ideas. If it's a hobby that you think you might enjoy, one of the easiest ways to get started is to buy a scrapbook or album kit. You get the album, coordinated papers and embellishments and, in some cases, idea books to walk you through the process. The kits generally don't have tools scrapbookers use, such as specially edged scissors and unique hole and corner punches, but you can generally find these where the kits are sold.
The woman that showed me "Creative Memories" was surprised that I was able to learn the craft so quickly. It really wasn't that surprising. Working in newspapers -- designing the way a page will look with photos and stories -- you essentially are building scrapbook pages that come out on a regular basis ... and on some occasions, partially wind up in someone's album -- the engagement, wedding, baby and funeral announcements, the graduation notices, etc.
Scrapbook supply sources
256001 E. Hwy. 260, Ste. 7
Paper & Metal Scrappers
804 N. Beeline Hwy.
200 E. Hwy. 260
300 N. Beeline Hwy.