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The History of Preserving Memories

Scrapbooking is the art of preserving memories – with a sense of personality and style, of course.  We all spend numerous hours planning, organizing, and putting together layouts so we can preserve a little piece of our own personal history.  But have you ever stepped back and wondered how this started?  Not the history itself, but the tradition of scrapbooking?  If you ever pondered this question, like I have, you’ll be delightfully surprised by the rich history of scrapbooking.

The earliest forms of scrapbooking can be dated back to ancient Greece, where evidence of  journal-like notebooks were uncovered that were filled with what the owner of the notebook found important or worth remembering in their life.  In the 15th and 16th centuries, when paper became more affordable, the practice of keeping important information (e.g. recipes, quotes, poems, etc), or commonplace book keeping, became popular in England.  This organizing of information worth keeping in a special book would be the pre-cursor to modern scrapbooking.

It was not until the advent of photography that scrapbooking began to change into the personal art form we know today.  In the late 1800’s, when photography became more widely available to the  populace, people were able to take their own pictures of family and friends, which they would place among newspaper clippings and notations about the picture, in a scrapbook.  From there people began experimenting with different page layouts and themes to make their scrapbooks look more unique.

Today scrapbooking is an industry that drives more than 2 billion dollars in sales each year, with a close-knit following of people who participate in the hobby.  People of all ages and from all walks of life participate in social outlets, ranging from small, local meetings to larger organized retreats and conventions.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the scrapbooking culture (i.e. History), visit and take a look at our selection of Scrapbook Kits to get yourself started.  And remember, the most important part of scrapbooking is to Scrap Often and Scrap Happy!