Scrapbooking is a great way to have fun while preserving family memories. One in three households have someone pursuing this popular hobby.

Your digital afterlife : when Facebook, Flickr and Twitter are your estate, what's your legacy?
[Evan Carroll and John Romano ; foreword by Omar L. Gallaga].
Berkeley, CA : New Riders ; [London] : Pearson Education [distributor], c2011.
This guide helps readers secure assets like family photos, home movies, and personal letters stored digitally, for loved ones and posterity. They describe how digital technology affects people during life and death, the risks involved and how to avoid them, a process for securing assets that includes creating an inventory and making instructions, and making a plan to leave digital assets behind. Carroll, a designer and researcher, and Romano, an interaction designer and technology researcher, founded an online resource that explores death and digital legacy and research and speak on securing digital assets for posterity. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Tragic magic
Laura Childs.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2010.
The next Scrapbooking mystery takes readers back to New Orleans, where there are spookies, foodies--and crafty killers.
Photo, snap, shot : a Kiki Lowenstein scrap-n-craft mystery
by Joanna Campbell Slan.
Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Pub., 2010.
Originally published : Woodbury, Minn. : Midnight Ink, 2010.

Today's 'scrapbookers' or 'scrappers' do more than date family photos and paste them haphazardly in albums. Time is spent gathering the stories about the people, places, and events in the photos. Telling these stories, or journaling, is as important as organizing the photographs.

Advances in photographic preservation, the number of discount and craft supply stories stocking scrapbooking materials, and classes for new scrapbookers make this hobby is an easy one to start. Scrapbookers get together at events called 'crops' to exchange ideas.

Digital scrapbooking

Computers, scanners, & digital cameras let scrapbookers supplement traditional techniques.

Digital scrapbooking

To get started:

  • Explore materials and tutorials
  • Organize your photos--select the best ones to use
  • Choose an album--consider size, binding, and safety
  • Gather tools--scissors, acid free markers
  • Add stickers and other embellishments
  • Add journaling--include'who/when/what/why'
  • Select a layout--look at what other scrapbookers use
  • Begin scrapping

Every scrapbook is different. Each scrapbooker learns from the works of others, yet develops their own distinctive style of capturing and displaying cherished memories.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff