Scrapbooking, either working together with your
grandchildren, or using all the tools to make a scrapbook
for your grandchildren to enjoy when they are older, is one
of the best possible ways of bringing the generations
It is an ideal way to spend those long
winter evenings. With your older grandchildren, sorting
through your family photos brings back so many memories of
good times, and quite a few laughs as you remember when
things did not go quite right. Have you ever noticed – it is
the “disasters”, the birthday cake that slid off the plate,
the toddler caught with a mountain of unrolled toilet paper…
that make us laugh later.
I started scrapbooking way back in the early 60s. It wasn’t called that then, but driving from Montreal to Vancouver with three Irish friends, I collected postcards, maps and souvenirs from all over the States and Canada. Later, we went back to England by sea, the long way round, and I still have that album too, full of memories and pictures of exotic places (I saw the King Tut collection in the Cairo Museum, decades before it came to North America, visited the Pyramids, rode on a camel…....)
These days scrapbooking has become an art
form. Dedicated scrappers make the most beautiful and
interesting pages. Craft stores have aisles full of tools,
special papers, templates, and there are many online stores
Albums come in various sizes, from 12”X15”, 12”X12”, down to 5”X7’’. The bigger ones allow for more pictures per page and have room to write your story.That is so important. When you look at your pictures years later, you don’t want to be thinking “What on earth were we doing there?”The smaller albums make great presents. Working parents may not have time to put an book together but Gran could gather photos of special occasions to give to their children.
Paper should be acid- and lignin-free to protect your photos from damage and discoloration, so it is best to buy your albums and papers from reputable scrapbooking companies. The variety of colored papers, templates, theme pages and stickers is almost endless. You can make each album distinctly your own.
Trimmers and cutters: A small,
photo-sized trimmer is very handy, especially if you like to
take your scrapbooking work to parties, other family
members’ houses or craft store classes. Scissors are very
important and Fiskars has a huge line of decorative
scissors, used for making interesting edges on your pictures
or matting. Other useful tools are circle and oval
Punches come in all shapes. Common shapes
are hearts, flowers, and stars but there is a great choice
of shapes available, including straight decorative border
and rounded corner punches.
Stickers are used
to liven up your pages and to highlight your theme. They
come in many styles and subjects: baby, holiday, seaside and
travel, just to mention a few. There are hundreds more
Pens: again look for
pens that are photo safe, of archival quality, acid free,
waterproof, fade proof and smear proof. There are several
companies making pens especially for this type of work.
For the avid scrapper,
books and magazines
full of creative ideas and layouts.