Imagine life before photo albums – when you had to rely on your memory alone just to tell you what a relative looked like. Since the beginning of photography, people have kept photo albums, and for many they became cherished objects.
If you look at an old photo album, you’ll find that it’s a very well-made book. They often have leather covers, engraved titles, and all the photos within have been very carefully placed – even if the photos themselves are in black and white and hard to make out. There’s something about the amount of care that people put into their photo albums that has encouraged people to keep the craft alive, even in this age when your computer can keep your photo album for you if you want.
While plenty of people still put their photos in a real photo album – that is, a book with plastic sleeves inside that you can put photos into – there are also a growing number of people who prefer to do it in the form of a scrapbook. Scrapbooks are more freeform photo albums, where you can stick the photos in at whatever angle you feel like, write captions for them, and maybe stick in other things too, like newspaper articles about family members, or leaves, or basically whatever you feel like. A good scrapbook can become a living family history, made out of anything and everything that can be stuck down into a book.
Scrapbooking has become very popular lately, and you can subscribe to scrapbooking clubs that send you things to use for it – different coloured paper, glittery things, stickers, pens and so on. It makes your photo album so much more personal. You can even use a scrapbook as a gift, for a family member who lives far away, for example, or you could even scan it on and put it online.
About the Author: John Gibb is the owner of photo album resources
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