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A History of Scrapbooking - From Offline to Digital Scrapbooking

Today we have digital scrapbooking, and more and more people are starting to use that method of scrapbooking. However, scrapbooking wasn’t always that way. While you may think of a digital scrapbook when talk of scrapbooking comes up, it didn’t start there. Scrapbooking has been around for hundreds of years in different forms, and it’s definitely interesting to take a look at the history. Here’s a look at the history of this art, from early scrapbooking to digital scrapbooking today.

 

 

Used to Record Information

In the beginning during the 15th century, long before digital scrapbooking ever came along, scrapbooks had the name common place books. They were basically used as a way to record various kinds of information. Things that they often contained were prayers, poems, medical information, and even weights. Often students used them as well for recording important information that they would learn. Recipes, illustrations, and articles were eventually added.

 

 

Victorian Memory Books and Friendship Albums

Later on during the Victorian times, these books existed as memory books and they were often called friendship albums as well. Often these books were used to keep hair, scraps, writing, cards, poetry, photos, and more. They were a way of sharing their memories and keeping them for years, just as digital scrapbooking is used today.

 

Famous Scrapbookers

 

Through the years, there have been many different famous scrapbookers. Long before we even thought about digital scrapbooking, Mark Twain was scrapbooking. In fact, each Sunday he would scrapbook all day. He actually would sell them as well, through the store known as Montgomery Ward. Another famous person to keep a book much like a scrapbook was Thomas Jefferson. He had leather books that he kept news clippings, leaves, drawings, and other important memories in.

 

 

The 80’s and 90’s Scrapbooking Movement

It really wasn’t until the 80s and the 90s that scrapbooking really began to get popular. This was the time when it really picked up, especially in the United States. More and more supplies and tools became available, and sales rocketed. However, digital scrapbooking didn’t really become popular until late 90s or even later.

 

 

Digital Scrapbooking Today

Today there are many people who are involved in digital scrapbooking instead of traditional scrapbooking. People find it easier and cheaper to get involved in digital scrapbooking, especially with all the free digital scrapbooking sites that are now available. It is definitely very interested to learn where scrapbooking has come from and how it has all evolved through the years to what we have today.

 

I don’t know about you but I still love the traditional Scrapbooking.



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