Sunday, 8 November 2009

The Crafter's Way 116 - Scrapping with Discover Scrapbooking

This week's Messenger column.

Scrapping with Discover Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a creative way to preserve pictures, personal and family history, letters, clippings, and other precious mementos. While Scrapbooking is extremely popular at the moment many enthusiasts may be surprised to learn that the practice dates back to the 15th Century with ‘commonplace books’. These books were a place to keep recipes, poems, each was personal. Friendship Albums were popular during Victorian Times, allowing the creator to keep a record of visitors, cards and travels. A practice very similar to today’s scrapbook albums.

Famous Scrapbookers have included Mark Twain, who was so enamoured by his hobby that he sold his books via mail order, and Thomas Jefferson the 3rd President of the United States. Jefferson kept newspaper clippings from his presidency and together with drawings and other personal memorabilia created leather bound albums.

Modern day scrapbooking encourages the crafter to create one-of-a-kind page layouts mixed with notes, illustrations, borders, stamping, and printed paper ephemera. First time scrapbookers can feel overwhelmed by all of the colours, tools and techniques. The wonderful thing about scrapbooking is that you don’t need to break the bank to get started. Robyn from Discover Scrapbooking suggests that beginners start with the basic tools and take some classes to learn the basic techniques. Robyn’s favourite tool is a cutting knife, “I like to cut everything”.

Where to start? Robyn begins with her photos, “with 3 children and 7 grandchildren I have plenty to inspire me”. From there she selects her papers then finally her embellishments. As you become more experienced you can experiment with other formats such as mini-albums and mixed media artworks. Scrapbooking is a creative pastime that you can enjoy with others. Robyn holds classes and get togethers where you can enjoy your favourite scrapbooking activities and make new friends.

If you would like more information on Scrapbooking give Robyn a call at Discover Scrapbooking on Ph 3204 2333or call in at 657 Deception Bay Rd. Deception Bay.

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