It wasn’t long ago that when people talked about their scrapbooks, they literally meant books that they had filled with fragments of their lives (or holidays or relationships.... whatever ‘time capsule’ they wanted to capture) such as movie tickets, fabrics, a book of matches from a restaurant, a flyer for a concert, a love note, a pressed flower....just about anything. But oh, how times have changed.
These days, scrapbooking is a multi million dollar industry - and it owes its massive popularity to a lady by the name of Marielen Christensen.
She has been singled out as the ‘founder’ of modern scrapbooking after she was invited to an international conference on genealogy in Utah in the late 1970s to showcase the 50 volumes of 3-ring binders which contained creative pages of her family’s photographs that she had assembled over the years. After the conference, she travelled widely, demonstrating her scrapbooking ideas, crafting techniques and materials - and she is credited with opening the world’s first dedicated scrapbooking shop in Utah in 1981. And as the saying goes ...the rest is history.
Of course, scrap booking goes way further back than the 1970s. No exact date is known, but the keeping of memorabilia in an album or book does go back centuries, with the practise being referred to as ‘commonplace books’ or ‘friendship albums’. Mark Twain is best known for his book, ‘Tom Sawyer’, but the self-pasting scrapbook that he invented and patented in 1872 was the only invention that ever earned him any real money! He was a lifelong scrap booking enthusiast, filling decorated books with memorabilia, articles, reviews, pictures and souvenirs of his life.
The time-honoured tradition of crafting an historic personal journey though preserving memorabilia in decorated books looks set to continue - and looks set to continue to make fascinating history of its own.
For more information, please contact Suzanne McGregor on 0416 346 633 or visit www.handmadebysuzanne.com.au.