Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thursday Thirteen 105: National Scrapbook Day


1. National Scrapbooking Day was started in 1994 by the well-known album company Creative Memories, and is celebrated on the first Saturday of May. As that is this weekend, I thought I'd talk a bit about one of my (many) hobbies.

2. Scrapbooking is a way of preserving personal and family history in the form of photographs, printed media, and memorabilia contained in decorated albums, or scrapbooks, along with detailed journaling of events.

3. With the advent of affordable paper, early memory books became available to a wider number of people. As early as the 15th century, “commonplace books,” popular in England, were a way to compile a variety of memorabilia that included recipes, quotes, letters, poems and more. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator's particular interests.

4. Friendship albums became popular in the 16th century. These albums were much like our modern yearbooks, where friends or patrons would enter their names, titles and short texts or illustrations at the request of the album's owner.

4. According to the Craft & Hobby Association, close to 1/3 of all households in the United States include at least one scrapbooker; that makes scrapbooking a more popular hobby than golf (with ¼ of all households having at least one golfer).

5. Queen Victoria and Thomas Jefferson each had scrapbooks.

6. Printed scrapbook paper was produced in Holland and Germany as early as the 1700s.

7. The first book of scrapbooking ideas called The Scrapbook was published in 1825.

8. Scrapbooking first became popular after the book Manuscript Gleanings and Literary Scrap was published in 1826.

9. In 1872 Mark Twain invented Mark Twain’s Adhesive Scrapbook and went on to generate sales which totaled $50,000.

10. Modern scrapbooking became popular in 1980 when Marielen Christensen displayed 50 of her scrapbooks at the World Conference on records.

11. The scrapbooking industry doubled in size between 2001 and 2004 to $2.5 billion with over 1,600 companies creating scrapbooking products by 2003. Creative Memories, a home-based retailer of scrapbooking supplies founded in 1987, saw $425 million in retail sales in 2004 (CM recently underwent chapter 11 but has, apparently and for the time being, emerged in tact). An infinite selection of products and layout ideas can now easily be found online.

12. In addition to preserving memories, the scrapbooking is a popular social networking source. People gather to scrap together at local stores, conventions, retreats, cruises or each other’s homes for a “crop,” a reference to the cropping (trimming) of photographs. Stores across the country hold sales and crops throughout the day, some lasting the entire weekend.

13. Scrapbooks come in all shapes and sizes, with the most popular sizes being 6x6 (mini albums), 8.5 x11, and 12x12. Basic supplies include an album, designer paper, a paper trimmer, mounting corners or archival safe (acid free) adhesive, and archival pens for journaling (again, acid free). As many companies offer an array of paper kits, little experience is required to create a lasting memory.

50 ideas to get organized

I have done at least 20 books. A few pages of a book I did for a friend's daughter can be seen here.

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Ella Drake * Mel * RJ LeBeau * Adelle Laudan * Stephanie Adkins
Jenna Bayley-Burke * Lanie Fuller * Inez Kelley * Lia Morgan
Janice Seagraves * Shelley Munro * Jamie Babette * Alice Audrey
Paige Tyler
* Jennifer McKenzie * Ms Menozzi * Harriet
Storyteller * Janet * Daisy * Kate Willoughby * Elise Logan * Brenda ND

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Shelley Munro said...

I enjoyed all the scrapbooking facts. It's a very popular hobby.

Ms Menozzi said...

Wow. My sister used to do this when her kids were small, but she's not so into it now they're growing up. No time left.

As for me - I tried it and found my ambitions outstripped my abilities. In the end, I had to concentrate on writing - it was for the best. LOL!

Very interesting topic, though.

Happy TT!

Inez Kelley said...

I have never scrapbooked. It sounds addicting and I know myself.

Stephanie Adkins said...

Cool! I didn't even know there was a Scrapbooking Day. :) I have a ton of friends who do it. Happy Thursday! *hugs*

I am Harriet said...

Very sweet list. Good info too!

Ella Drake said...

I love the idea of scrapbooking, but I've never managed it. I really should do at least the kids mementos.
Thanks for the list. Gives me something to think about.

Adelle Laudan said...

I hear more and more about people scrapbooking. My daughter has one she keeps up. Very interesting choice of things she likes to collect LOL
Happy T13!

Alice Audrey said...

If I had run across scrapbooking sooner I'd have totally gotten into it. I love the feel of it and the creativity. I used to do something similar with my photo albums, but lately I haven't had the patience for it. I've mostly gone digital anyway. I know, with the right kind of printer I could do it.

Paige Tyler said...

Cool TT! Lots of interesting facts!


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Jennifer McKenzie said...

Oh this involves cut and paste. I failed this in kindergarten. LOL.
Great post.

storyteller said...

Interesting information about the history of Scrapbooking.
Hugs and blessings,

Janet said...

excellent list!

Daisy said...

Wow...that's a lot of scrap books that you've done. I didn't know scrapbooking had such a huge history. Thanks for the tips.

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Heather said...

Shelley - Yes, a very popular hobby, especially with all of the products available today.

Ms Menozzi - It can be time-consuming, but it helps if you have room to spread out so you can work on multiple pages at once, and can leave stuff sit out instead of having to set up and tear down after every session.

Inez - LOL...Yes, it can be quite addictive. Especially with all the designer paper and other products available now.

Stephanie - Yup, one entire day dedicated to the craft. You can actually get a lot done in one day, if uninterrupted.

Harriet - Thank you!

Heather said...

Ella - Definitely think about it. I know it can be a lot of work, but I think the memories are worth it.

Adelle - Very cool that your daughter crops! I used to second guess myself a lot as to what to include, or what I should take pictures of. Now I tend to collecta pile of stuff, then sift through to see how I can include different items.

Alice - I actually started getting into it last year of HS/freshman year of college, and my books were very basic then. The industry has come a looong way since then. Digital scrapbooking has become more popular the last few years, too, but I like the hands-on approach.

Paige - Thank you!

Jennifer - ROFLMBO... Yes, there is cutting and "pasting" involved. But it's fuuuun!

Heather said...

Storyteller - Thanks! Scrapbooking certainly has a long and colorful past.

Janet - Thank you!

Daisy - Yes, there are a lot of them, some encompassing entire years, some focusing on various vacations I've taken. I have individual books on trips to Norway, Paris, the Black Hills, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and Washington, DC.

Kate Willoughby said...

I've scrapped for almost 16 years. I'm about a year behind on my family book, but am doing it with some girlfriends for an entire weekend soon. That should help me get caught up!

Heather said...

Kate - Isn't scrapbooking with a group fun? Not just the social aspect, but also the exchange of ideas and product. It's a greta way to get rid of stuff you no longer want/use and acquire something new to you.

rjlebeau said...

I had a GF who was into this. Very interesting hobby.

Brenda ND said...

Great information. I wish I could get going on my scrapbooking projects. Happy TT!

jamiebabette said...

Interesting list. I don't scrapbook (I don't dare start another hobby), but I really do need to finish my photo albums.
Happy T13.

Lanie Fuller said...

Oi. I have tons of scrapbooking stuff that I bought a few years ago. But, I keep forgetting glue and tape, so, I've never used any of it. *sigh*

That's okay, though. I'm saving it as my writer one. I'll add stuff to it as, well, stuff happens, LOL.

Great TT!

Elise said...

I just can't get into scrapbooking. I'm so bad - my photos just rusticate in a box. I know, sad.


Heather said...

RJ - It can indeed be interesting. Definitely no limits on creativity.

Brenda - All you need is a little determination. There are no limits but those you place on yourself!

Jamie - Yes, definitely keep your photo albums up to date. Make sure they are acid free and that you note people, place, time and event. Both my grandmothers were horrible about noting these important details, and now we have a box full of photos with no idea who the people are in them, or when they were taken.

Lanie - Stop procrastinating and buy that archival tape. I highly recommend Tombow monoadhesive. It's safe and easy to use.

Elise - Bad Diva! So long as you at least identify the photos in that box. See above note about my grandmothers. ;)

Janice said...

I've only done a little of it, but I have a cousin that's into it in a big way. She does beautiful books. I wish I had enough money to hire her to do some things for me.

Happy TT.