Scrapbooking is more than cutting and pasting!

Mei Kameda, Keiro Intern

Click clack and smile! Photography is one of the greatest technologies that has been invented to store memories and warm one’s heart. But do you ever wonder how to store all these pictures that have been taken for many years? Well, I have a fun solution for you: scrapbooking. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, a scrapbook is a “blank book in which various items (as newspaper clippings or pictures) are collected and preserved.” The idea of scrapbooking began in the 15th century and became popular in England due to its booklet form. In the United States it became popular in the early ‘80s. The industry doubled in size between 2001 and 2004 and it became one of America’s favorite ways of enjoying arts and crafts.

Scrapbooking is Good for the Soul

I’ve been scrapbooking for years and it’s a lot of fun! Not only does it entertain me, but it is also therapeutic. You may wonder why it’s good for the soul. Did you know that art has been proven to provide a healthy environment and put many people at ease? I chose scrapbooking in particular because it allows me to draw, cut, paste, and create my own, one-of-a-kind booklet.  It also includes photographs of familiar faces, events, and nostalgic memories that make me feel happy.

I love scrapbooking. Since I enjoy taking photos, I have hundreds of them on my hard drive that in the past, I did not know what to do with. Then I began scrapbooking. Not only does it give me the satisfaction of completing a project, but it also is enjoyable and relaxing for me as I make it, as well as when I look back at the wonderful memories from the past.

Getting Creative

The only downside about scrapbooking is that it is expensive! If you go to arts and crafts stores like Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s, booklets cost over $10. It’s a lot of money in the long run if you are an avid scrapbooker. Then you add stickers, markers, glitter, and printing. Luckily, there are ways to save money and enjoy your own scrapbooks! For instance, if you take colored construction paper, three-hole punches, and some ribbons, you can make a colorful and creative booklet. As for other supplies, Target has many festive and generic stickers for 99 cents and can print pictures for 10 cents a photo – what a deal!

Scrapbook supply checklist:

  • Construction paper + three whole punches + ribbons (or get a pre-made booklet)
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape (this works better than glue to maintain a clean look!)
  • Markers, pens
  • Stickers, magazine cut-outs, newspaper cut outs, glitter
  • Photos (you can print them at home or ask stores to print for you)
  • Quotes that are relevant to the event

sample scrapbook for IHA

This is a great project for people of any age. It is also a wonderful way to bring people together and share fabulous memories!

Scrapbooks are great for gifts too!

Mei Kameda is an intern for Keiro Senior HealthCare. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach in Health Science and Communication Studies. She loves to exercise, cook, and do arts and crafts!

The material presented on this site is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily represent the opinions of Keiro Senior HealthCare, The Institute for Healthy Aging at Keiro, or its contributors. Readers should consult appropriate health, legal, or financial professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. Full disclaimer

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