Did you take a lot of photos during the holidays? Don't let your mementos from those special memories--the family decorating the Christmas tree, your kids opening gifts, a party with your friends--gather dust in boxes or get buried in yet another online album. It's time to try scrapbooking!
People have been putting memory books together for hundreds of years. Since most people didn't have access to photographs until the 20th century, the first scrapbooks consisted of poems, letters, greeting cards and anything else they could fit on the pages of a book. People have always scrapbooked to express themselves and preserve memories, but the techniques have changed over the years.
Today, in the age of computers and digital photography, the options for scrapbooking are almost endless. The choices can be overwhelming and make it difficult to get started, but browsing through the Library's collection of scrapbook materials can help you begin. After you decide what direction you want to take, you might want to look at one of our books about digital photography to ensure that you take the best possible pictures for your scrapbook. We also have materials about digital layouts, which teach you how to design your scrapbooks on your computer.
To keep the creative juices flowing, take a look at the following journals the Library subscribes to. They'll give you more fresh ideas for your scrapbooks.
There are also several websites you can use to get ideas and find products to enhance your projects:
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