I’ve been scrapbooking since 1997, when my sister gave me a starter kit for my 29th birthday. My first album was called “My Journey to 30 and Beyond,” and chronicled the year before this milestone birthday. (It was the only scrapbook to survive an apartment fire in 1999.) One of my favorite album is my Millennium album — it tells the story of the year 2000, but it’s also a “time capsule” of sorts, with memorabilia and data about this historic year. I’ve also completed a heritage album, a Christmas album, our wedding album, a recipe page swap album, faithbooks, and several other chronological and themed scrapbooks. I love scrapping — it’s a fun and relaxing creative outlet for me. (I’ve also discovered the joys of stamping and altered books!) When I’m not at my craft desk, I’m reading on my Kindle, watching a movie, singing in church choir, or just hanging out with my husband and dog.
History of Scrapbooking
Scrapbooking as a hobby has existed for centuries; however, scrapbooking as a major industry began in Utah around 1976. Marielen Christensen and her husband A.J. started the first scrapbook store, Keeping Memories Alive, after her memory book concept gained notoriety at the World Conference on Records in Salt Lake City. Many of the largest scrapbook companies and magazines still make their home in the state of Utah.
Credit for the current “craze” is also due to Cheryl Lightle and Rhonda Anderson, founders of Creative Memories (a home-demonstration sales company which began in 1987). Now, in addition to home sales, there are scrapbook stores in every state; and scrapbooking supplies are readily available at craft stores, office stores, stores like Target and Wal-Mart, and on the Internet!