May is National Scrapbooking Month! Now is the perfect time to learn or reacquaint yourself with how scrapbook ideas first took shape and developed over time into a widely varied and popular hobby. Technological advancements have taken scrapbooking far beyond its original utilitarian focus, but the purpose and benefits of the pursuit remain the same. Now, as always, capturing your perspective of moments, days, events or time periods is what scrapbooking is all about.
Birth of the Modern Scrapbook
Scrapbooking has been a hot hobby since the 1990s, yet its roots extend deep in history. The invention of the printing press in the 1500s gave rise to commonplace books in which people saved printed and written notes and recipes. The 1800s witnessed a proliferation of printed material and a trend of filling blank books with cards, sketches and clippings – scraps – of printed items. The term “scrapbook” came into use during this century.
The invention of photography during the 19th century created a major, irreversible shift in memory preservation. Pictures now enabled people to create scrapbooks as we know them today. As photography has grown increasingly accessible and affordable, capturing moments and images has become easier and more enjoyable.
The convenience of digital photography, social media, and computerized data storage have not abated the growth of scrapbooking. Rather, the internet has helped stoke interest exponentially. By 1990, scrapbooking had become one of America’s fastest growing hobbies. Websites and online stores encourage growth along with novel scrapbook ideas, techniques and tools in the U.S. and around the world. Brick and mortar stores, books, craft shows, workshops, seminars and clubs dedicated to scrapbooking are also flourishing now more than ever.
Benefits of Scrapbooking
Scrapbooking promotes creativity and a sense of accomplishment with cultivating a tangible legacy. Many people enjoy the tactile aspects of designing and creating a scrapbook. Each project you make gives you and those who view your work access to mementos such as postcards, event tickets, dried flowers, stamps, coins and handwritten notes. Scrapbooking really puts you and future generations in touch with your personal history.
Trending Scrapbook Ideas
The craft industry is bursting with ingeniously creative scrapbook ideas and trends. Shine and glitter are perennial favorites that manufacturers hope will continue to attract younger enthusiasts. People are choosing glitter paints over loose glitter as a mess-free option for adding sparkle. One new jaw-dropping item on the market is a foil quill pen that adds easy shine to any scrapbooking project.
Scrapbooking is going green as environmentally friendly products are becoming widely available and hobbyists are leaning toward nature themes and natural products. Earthy colors in scrapbook paper such as burnt orange and Pantone’s Living Coral are the hues in vogue. These colors complement southwestern motifs that are a growing trend.
Calligraphy writing is making a comeback; 2018 saw a higher demand for ink, pens, and paper. Popular in the 1990s, fixing and matching patterns is back, this time with crisper, cleaner lines. Now, hobbyists are choosing bold hues over mild pastels of the past. Craft suppliers are stocking shelves with more outer space and art deco scrapbook themes as well.
Jump into Scrapbooking
Scrapbooking is a hobby that you can start and build on any time, at any place, with any medium. If you need some inspiration or direction, explore scrapbooking ideas for beginners. You can find or create scrapbook themes, layouts and templates to bring your memories to life. While online scrapbooking can be fun and convenient, the experience of creating, holding and admiring your unique handiwork enables you and others to rediscover your special moments time after time.
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