Preserving Pictures Using Paper Scrapbooking

giveaways celebrating one year of photos, memories, stories, family, and connections at Evolve

Did you know the first “scrapbook” was the family Bible?  Bibles quickly became family heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation.  People would record births and deaths in the front cover of their Bibles as early as the mid-1400s.  According to The History of Scrapbooking, by the mid-1800s, publishers started including extra pages in the fronts of Bibles for people to record family births, deaths, and marriages.  It became common around this time to also add newspaper clippings and other “scraps” (like crocheted bookmarks or even locks of hair) within the pages of the family Bible.  My father-in-law found a tintype photo in the family Bible he inherited!

During the 1800s, photographs came into being, and printed memorabilia increased in popularity.  People would save mementos and photos in “scrap books,” a word coined in the 1800s.  Family scrapbooks grew in popularity between about 1920-1970.  At that time, scrapbooks were books of blank pages, usually black or cream-colored, ready for photos, journaling, stories, and mementos to be kept.  ScrapbookING, though, is another story.

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Giveaway Rules

As you know from previous posts this month, we at Evolve are celebrating our one-year blogiversary with giveaways!  Read this first so you know how to enter each week’s giveaway, then read on to learn a little more about traditional paper scrapbooking and what you can win.  Don’t miss the grand prize at the end of the month, too–it’s worth over $100 and comes with an extra special bonus.

  • A minimum of 10 comments on the blog post by April 2, 2018 qualify the item to be given away.  In the comments, tell me something you like about or learned from this blog post or another #familyhistoryfriday post over the past year.
  • After April 2, 2018, the 10+ commenters will be entered into the drawing IF YOU ALSO e-mail me (Jennifer) so I can contact you if you win.  Your e-mail will not be kept, shared, or used for any other purpose.  Because that’s rude.  E-mail me at just to give me your e-mail address.
  • Winners will be drawn at random and contacted immediately via e-mail.
  • Share this post and the giveaway with someone you know who would love to win!  (That has the benefit of helping the post get 10 comments, too!)

Today’s Paper Scrapbooking

According to The History of Scrapbooking, Marielen Christensen first introduced today’s paper scrapbooking method of colorful, decorated pages in 1980.  She showed her collections of 3-ring binders containing her photos, memories, and mementos to The World Conference on Records, a genealogy conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Attendees loved her books!  Christensen opened the first scrapbooking store just one year later.

By the 1990s, “scrapbooking” meant more than just simple mementos and photos pasted on blank pages.  It was a dedicated hobby, with monthly magazines published about it and more and more stores carrying scrapbooking supplies.  Scrapbooking also became a social phenomenon at this time, with scrapbook hobbyists meeting together for “crops” where they would work on their scrapbook pages.

You Might Love Paper Scrapbooking if…

Many people enjoy paper scrapbooking because it is creative and hands-on, and many people enjoy the social element of it, too.  Do you think it might be the right option for you to preserve your photos and memories?

I’ve found that people who prefer paper scrapbooking generally:

  • like the tactile method of putting photos and memories together
  • enjoy scrapbooking groups or “crops” for the social benefits they provide
  • like creativity and creative expression
  • have printed photos to preserve, such as inherited family photos

What I Love About Paper Scrapbooking

Full disclosure:  I haven’t really used paper scrapbooking as my main memory-keeping method for about 10 years.  (I’m a full-fledged digital scrapbooking addict now.  It’s how I stay caught up!)  However, when I used paper scrapbooking, I loved it because of the social benefit–I scrapbooked with a friend while our kids played together.  I also love that I can use all the paper scrapbooking tools, stickers, leftover paper, etc., for greeting cards, too.  (It didn’t take me long to discover that making my own cards often took less time than standing in front of rows of greeting cards at a local store!)

I also love how endless the creativity is!  And I honestly also love the process.  Taking the time, sitting down with photos and then displaying them in a beautiful, creative way is always so rewarding.  I realize that’s not unique to paper scrapbooking, but it’s true nonetheless.

The Giveaway

If you are a paper scrapbooker, or if paper scrapbooking sounds like the thing for you, comment below (don’t forget to e-mail me, too) to you’ll be entered into the drawing for the Paper Scrapbooking and Papercrafting Bundle!  I’ve collected some fun things for you from the Anthology DIY by Lisa Bearnson line as well as the Our Memories For Life by Rhonda Anderson lineThis big bundle includes:

  • the Border Maker System, which comes with the Antique Butterfly Lace Border Cartridge (both shown in the photo below)
  • the Holly Berries Border Cartridge for use in the Border Maker System
  • the Our Memories For Life tape runner  (I don’t use a tape runner, but I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met who get screaming-excited about it.  It’s apparently the best tape runner in the world.)
  • the Corner Chomper Rounding Tool (a two-in-one punch to create .25-inch rounded corners and also .5-inch rounded corners)
  • the Acrylic Block Set (to use for interchanging stamp sets; see next two items)
  • the Winter Holiday (November) Stamp Set (holiday/winter/snowman-themed; shown above)
  • the Sweetheart (December) Stamp Set (love/heart/flower-themed)

Note: The scrapbook pages shown with “What I Love About Paper Scrapbooking” are made with Our Memories For Life products (similar to Creative Memories since they were both founded by Rhonda Anderson), including the Border Maker System with the Butterfly Lace Border Cartridge.

This prize is a $141 value.  (If you don’t win, by the way, you can get any or all of these paper scrapbooking and papercrafting products by clicking here and then clicking “products.”  To find the Border Maker System and Cartridges–there are about 20 to choose from–as well as the tape runner, click “Our Memories for Life.”  To find the corner rounder and the stamp sets and acrylic blocks for stamps, click “Anthology DIY.”)

If you are the winner, you can look for this big Paper Scrapbooking and Papercrafting Bundle in the mail sometime after April 2.

What Are Other Options?

If paper scrapbooking doesn’t sound like your way to preserve photos and memories, don’t worry.  See earlier #familyhistoryfriday posts from this month where you can find digital scrap pages, easy paper scrapbooking kits, and digital storybooks (and family yearbooks).  You’re sure to find something that fits your needs, personality, and style.  And don’t miss the big giveaway next week with the big bonus!



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Jennifer Wise

consultant at Heritage Makers
I'm Jennifer, and I'm passionate about connections.I enjoy helping people discover the very real benefits of preserving stories, photos, and memories because of the impact they have on children, families, and individuals. I blog weekly at sharing tips, ideas, solutions, and inspiration, and I'm over at, too. Learn more about me at the "About" tab.

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6 thoughts on “Preserving Pictures Using Paper Scrapbooking

  1. When I read that you haven’t done paper scrapbooking in 10 years it made me stop and think when was last time I did. Yeah, about seven years ago. It’s terrible! When I was younger I loved to scrapbook but once the kids arrived my hobby got left behind. I keep thinking when all the kids are in school I’ll be able to get back into scrapbooking. At least get the baby years done!
    I like the idea of writing names in the Bible. I knew it use to be done but I never consider doing it myself. A meaningful heirloom on multiple accounts.

    • Yes, when those little guys are at home it can be hard to make the time for memory-keeping. I totally get that. 🙂 I think I mentioned in this post how I used to get together with a friend–our kids would play and we would scrapbook. Interestingly enough, I moved (and lost that ability) about the same time Heritage Makers came out with digital scrapbooking, so I went from paper to digital and it’s worked nicely ever since. But I always tell people to do what they will love and therefore do! 🙂 Yes, the names in the Bible is a sweet beginning to scrapbooking. Thanks for entering the giveaway! 🙂 I’ll pick a winner at random on April 2.

  2. I remember when scrap booking became popular! I just wish I wouldn’t have lost my momentum. I have lots of printed and digital pictures I need to take care of.

    • Me, too! I actually remember someone coming over to visit me when I had just moved into a new neighborhood. It was 1996, and she asked me what my hobbies were. I told her scrapbooking, and she was so excited. She asked to look at my scrapbooks, which I thought was strange. I really had just put pictures in photo albums and written something next to them. I had NO IDEA what “scrapbooking” was. Her fallen-face reaction to my little photo album made so much sense later when I learned that she thought I meant scrapbookING! I have seen two good ways to get momentum back– #1 calendar memory-keeping, blocking out time for it, and #2 get together with someone else to scrapbook with them. 🙂 Thanks for reading and entering the drawing! 🙂

  3. I began paper scrapbooking years ago with a good friend! There is something about holding the paper in your hands and creating! Paper scrapbooking is something I haven’t done for sometime, but I do miss those days:)

    • That’s my story, too. I moved away from my friend and got behind in my scrapbooking at the same time digital scrapbook pages from Heritage Makers came out, so I’ve been doing that since. But the physical creating is relaxing, I think. Especially with friends. 🙂