The Gift of Scrapping

Does anyone purchase plain photo albums any more?

Besides your grandma.

The boom in scrapbooking has made traditional photo filing a thing of the past. These days grandma’s photo albums have been replaced by scrapbook, scrapbooks and more scrapbooks.

In fact, scrapbooks have become so embraced by photo enthusiasts, that many companies have stopped manufacturing plain albums and are now selling ready-to-fill scrapbooks. The pre-fabricated albums are perfect for beginner scrappers. In addition, they are a unique and easy way to gift themed photos to a friend or loved one.

If you are looking for a gift for a new mom, new bride or new grad, but don’t have a ton of time or money to spend, then you might consider crafting a ready-to-fill scrapbook. The personalized memory books are often considered treasured keepsakes by the recipients.

Whereas the books are simple to assemble, there are a few factors that you should keep in mind prior to purchasing:

Size: The average size of a traditional scrapbook is 12×12. However, people who are used to storing plain photo albums may see the memory albums as big and bulky. If you fear this may be the case for your gift recipient, then opt for an 8×8 or 6×6 ready-to-fill mini book.

Color: One of the downsides of putting together a pre-fabricated scrapbook is that you can’t match the colors in the photos to the papers and embellishments. A way to get around this is to select a theme album that coordinates colors and prints to complement a range of hues.

Keep it Simple: If your gift recipient isn’t too crafty, then stick with albums that feature simple layouts. An overly elaborate album might be a shock to the senses and could be intimidating for someone who has never scrapbooked before.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.