What is a scrapbook?

Have you ever looked through an old photo album, admiring the pictures but wishing you had more information about people and places shown? It happens—and not only with Great-Grandmother's album, but sometimes with the photos we've taken just recently! This is what makes a scrapbook different from a typical photo album.

A scrapbook preserves more than just photos; it includes journaling (telling the story behind the photos) and sometimes memorabilia (tickets, certificates, letters, etc.). Most of all, it saves the memory behind the photograph.

Scrapbooking saves your memories safely. Remember those "magnetic" albums? Ten years after carefully placing photos in these albums, people discovered that the glue had harmed their photos. By using acid-free and lignin-free papers and adhesives, photos can be preserved beautifully and safely for future generations.

Scrapbooking is about getting those photos out of shoeboxes or off your computer’s hard drive and into albums where they can be seen and shared. Best of all, you don't have to consider yourself artistic or especially creative—it's as simple as cutting and gluing. And while there are lots of fun techniques you can do, they're all pretty simple once you know how. Think of the design team at Personal Shopper as your guides!

And as a busy person—like you—I love how scrapbooking is a great way to express myself. It's a wonderful stress-reliever. I'm also so grateful for all the wonderful people I've met through scrapbooking. It's such a fun community, filled with the nicest people I've ever met.

So, are you looking at those big boxes or computer hard drives filled with photos, wondering where or how to get started? Never fear! This website is packed with fantastic ideas, tips, techniques and inspiration. Come on, let's scrapbook!