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Get Back to the Roots of Scrapbooking


Did you know that scrapbooking started as a hobby long before the invention of photography? If you count the albums that artists used to collect and preserve pieces of work in, scrapbooking dates as far back as the 1600’s. 

Mark Twain was the inventor of the first “self-pasting” scrapbook in 1872, made of thin strips of glue on pages. Before his scrapbooks you would need to use a scrapbooking glue to paste in all mementos. Photography still wasn’t the focus of scrapbooking until the 1940’s.

As technology progressed in the 1990’s, digital photography gave scrapbookers greater control over picture selection. No longer stuck with just the photos that had been printed, scrapbookers could now pick and choose photos to make better looking scrapbooking page designs.

Another great advantage of technology has been to make scrapbooking supplies became even more accessible and affordable online, like here at

Try getting back to your scrapbooking roots by creating more mementos and souvenirs focused scrapbooking pages. What occasions could you preserve without using photographs?