Looking at the work of famous scrapbookers can be a fun way to gain inspiration for your own crafting projects.
Famous Scrapbookers Throughout History
Scrapbooking has been around since the 15th century, although the first scrapbooks looked nothing like the pages you'd expect to find in today's albums. Photographs were rare in the early days of scrapbooking, so albums were mostly a place to store recipes, letters, quotes, drawings, and other bits of memorabilia.
Today, scrapbooking is often looked at as primarily a woman's hobby. This is understandable since many contemporary scrapbooking guides focus on documenting children and family life. However, it is interesting to note that some of the best known scrapbookers throughout history have been men. For example:
- John Poole published a book called Manuscript Gleanings and Literary Scrapbook in 1826 that was filled with poems, engravings, and tips about how to make your own scrapbook.
- Thomas Jefferson created a series of scrapbook albums with clippings about his presidency.
- Mark Twain, best known for his popular novels, also invented an adhesive scrapbook that contained pre-pasted pages. Earning him $50,000 in profits, the scrapbook quickly became one of Twain's most popular books.
Popular Scrapbookers Today
Today, the scrapbooking industry generates more than $2.5 billion per year. New products are released on an almost weekly basis, making it possible to find scrapbooking supplies to fit almost every crafting style. There are also scrapbooking magazines, scrapbooking idea books, and scrapbooking DVD tutorials available to help crafters develop their own unique layouts.Even though the main purpose of scrapbooking is to share memories with your immediate family and friends, the Internet has created a large community of avid crafters who love to view each other's work. Web sites such as Two Peas in a Bucket have lead to the development of "scrapbooking celebrities" who are extremely well-known by those who are familiar with the craft. In fact, many scrapbook enthusiasts have spent so many hours admiring the layouts of their favorite scrapbook celebrities that they can easily identify their favorite scrapbooker's spouse and children!
Additionally, many of the best-known scrapbookers have earned contracts with manufacturers to create their own line of scrapbooking supplies. This makes it easier than ever for new scrappers to emulate their favorite scrapping role models.
Some of today's most famous scrapbookers include:
- Lisa Bearnson, founder of Creating Keepsakes magazine, brought scrapbooking into the public eye by teaching new scrappers easy ways to preserve their memories.
- Becky Higgins, a regular contributor to Creating Keepsakes, is best known for her sketches that offer both beginning and experienced scrapbookers a simple way to design attractive layouts.
- Cathy Zielske, a former graphic designer, popularized the Clean and Simple Scrapbooking craze by creating gorgeous layouts featuring cardstock backgrounds and lots of black and white photos.
- Ali Edwards took scrapbooking to new heights by popularizing the term "life artist" to describe a scrapper who uses her talents to create layouts as well as other unique photo display projects.
- Elsie Flannigan's whimsical doodles and colorful designs make her a favorite scrapbooker among those searching for contemporary inspiration.
Making a Scrapbook that Stands the Test of Time
Although the famous scrapbookers mentioned in this article each have their own unique sense of style, they share an understanding of what it takes to make a scrapbook that stands the test of time.
- Use quality materials, focusing on acid-free products and strong adhesives for embellishments.
- Label photos with the names of the people in them, a description of the action, and the date the photo was taken.
- Add journaling that describes the story behind the photo. Don't be afraid to talk about what you were thinking and feeling during that moment.
- Feel free to experiment with creative patterned papers and embellishments, but make sure your photos and journaling remain the focal point of your project.