Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Scrapbooking has been around for a long time!!  I love doing it!!

A scrapbook is a blankbook into which you put pictures, stories and memorabilia!  These books are filled with your thoughts, beliefs, traditions, loves and passions.  Best of all the become heirlooms passed from generation to generation documenting the history of the family!

There are 3 goals in scrapbooking.  They are recording memories, recollecting memories and reminiscing.  In recording memories they become permanent and not forgotten. A photo album and a scrapbook are very different.  A photo album stores and holds photos.  However, a scrapbook tells a story behind the picture.  The dates, the people, about the event, etc.  It helps you recall the event and who was there and what happened.

There are several important terms in scrapbooking.  They include:

Archival - The term is used to describe materials that are durable, chemically inert and proven to be long lasting.

Acid-Free - Products are considered acid-free if the pH level is 7.0 or higher.  Materials with a lower pH level will break down over time and may cause deterioration.

Lignin - An organic substance found in the wood pulp used to make paper; lignin can become unstable and acidic over time, causing paper to yellow and deteriorate.  Newspaper is a low quality paper that contains lignin.  For paper to be termed lignin-free, it may contain 1% or less lignin.

Pigment Ink - A type of ink that is permanent and chemically stable is referred to as pigment ink.  It is lightfast, waterproof, fade-proof and non-bleeding.

PVC - An unstable plastic found in most "magnetic albums" is called Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC.  It has been found that the gas exuded by PVC can cause deterioration in about 5 years time.