By Brandie Valenzuela
More often than not, I meet people who love the look of a
scrapbooked memory album. There are other times though that I meet someone and
they say "Why bother with scrapbooking? I just put my photo in an album I bought
at the store." At one time, my response was in regards to the archival safety of
such products "bought at the store". Most of the photos albums sold years ago
contained extremely high levels of acid, which end up destroying your precious
However, today there are many photos albums sold that are acid-
free. But is that the only thing you should be concerned with? Definitely not.
Read on for my reasons why you should create a scrapbook with your memories:
--Memory albums, also known as scrapbooks, allow the story
behind your photos to be told. A photo of a startled child may be interesting to
look at, but isn't it more fun to know that the shocked look is because her
brother surprised her with his new toy snake that Grandpa bought him?
--Memory albums are beautiful. Just like the furnishings in your
home, your albums will reflect your special style. You will be proud to have
your albums on display in your home and your guests will be in awe of what has
been created with your photos.
--Memories should be enjoyed and shared. They can't be if they
are shoved in drawers and shoe boxes. Just don't have the time? There are
professional scrapbook artists that you can hire to complete your albums.
--Memory albums last forever. Whether you use your own time to
complete your album, or hire a professional scrapbook artist, there is a cost
involved. Unlike the house cleaner that cleans your home each week or the
mechanic that gives your car a tune-up (although both are important), a
completed scrapbook is a treasure that won't need to be redone or maintained.
Once your album is created, it is done and ready to be enjoyed for generations
--You've invested a lot of money and time in your memories.
Because we want to remember every moment in our lives and the lives of our loved
ones, we spend hundreds of dollars on cameras, film, developing, and portrait
studios. Why would you give the final prints shabby treatment? Don't take the
display of your photos lightly. By creating scrapbook pages you are giving your
memories the treatment they deserve.
--Acid-free isn't everything. Acid-free is a hot new term, and
while it is important, it isn't the only thing to worry about. An album you find
at your local discount store is likely to be labeled "acid-free", but scrappers
knows that the products she uses must also be free of lignin (its presence in
paper aids chemical degradation) and that they must be archival quality.
--Future generations won't be clueless. Unlike photo albums,
scrapbooks allow every memorable detail to be included. Years from now, when
your children's children are viewing the albums that you had created, they will
know exactly how life was for you and your family. You won't always be
there...but with your albums, you really are.
Brandie is a wife and homeschooling mom to three children, who also
works fulltime from her home designing custom scrapbook albums.