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What is scrapbooking?

Scrapbooking is the practice of combining photos, memorabilia and stories in a scrapbook style album. Scrapbooking has been around as long as there have been photos, but the scrapbooking that has evolved in the 90's is new and different. As we learn more about color photographs, we are better able to store them in a manner that will preserve them. Scrapbookers in the 90's are taking advantage of the scientific knowledge available in the area of photo preservation to ensure that their precious photos are not just in a scrapbook, but that they are in a scrapbook that will help protect them from deterioration. Because of this, future generations may be spared the yellowed, faded color photos of their childhood that many of us now own. The sad fact is that color photographs are NOT permanent, however, the methods that we use to store color photographs can length or reduce their life-span significantly.

Scrapbookers of the 90's have also embraced scrapbooking as a creative outlet. New scrapbooking techniques, ideas and products are in great demand. These demands have spawned many new scrapbooking related businesses. In just a few short years scrapbooking has become a $200 million dollar a year business.

The future of scrapbooking will undoubtedly bring many "electronic" scrapbookers into the field of scrapbooking. The hardware to take digital photographs, the ability to transfer photos to disk and the software to manipulate photographs have amazing capabilities. The electronic scrapbook may ultimately be the only truly permanent scrapbook and so you will find information on this medium here also.

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