A New Twist on The Time-Honored Tradition of Scrapbooking


    Scrapbooks help us capture special memories with just the right touch, the personal touch; but you don’t have to keep those special memories hidden in a book. There’s a movement underway to bring scrapbooking into the limelight.

    “Scrapbooking started out as something people did for themselves, but now they’re beginning to realize the pages they’ve created make great gifts,” says Maria Zaren, owner of the Great Frame Up framing shop in Naperville, Ill. She says more and more people are coming to her store these days, not with posters or artwork, but scrapbooking pages to frame.

    “I think framing scrapbooking pages makes a lot of sense,” says Anissa Burrell-Butler, 33, of Westchester, Ill. She has been creating scrapbook pages for years, and says it seemed like such a shame to keep her work hidden away in books. One of her first framing projects is a special gift for her husband.

    “I had watched him painstakingly recondition a beat-up old car and knew how much it meant to him, so I decided to make him a gift,” she says. Burrell-Butler decorated a scrapbooking page with blue and green paper and put a photograph of the newly restored 1996 Chevy Caprice in the center. Paper tires with the letters, C-A-P-R-I-C-E, inside surround the photo. There are embellishments of keys, the year, 1996, and the phrase “on the road,” in other spots on the page. “It was a lot of fun to do, and I know it’s a gift that’s appreciated,” says Burrell-Butler. Her husband, Rodney Butler, has the framed scrapbook page on his desk at work.

    “Buying special frames to display scrapbook pages is a great idea, but scrapbookers need to realize they won’t necessarily protect the pages inside,” says Linda McAleer, regional distribution manager for TruVue, a manufacturer of quality glazing and art board products. “The glass sold with most of those frames does not protect the images from fading.”

    McAleer says scrapbookers who frame their pages should be sure to use a preservation quality matboard, like Tru-Vue’s Conservation-grade Ulti-Mat series and specialty glass called TruGuard, which is specially formulated to protect framed pieces from UV damage. It is available in a variety of anti-glare options. “It is just as important to use preservation techniques when framing a scrapbook page as it is when putting one in a book,” McAleer adds.

    “The display I’ve put together is very precious to me, and I don’t want it to ever fade away,” says Burrell-Butler.

    For the very best in design and preservation, scrapbookers should have their pages custom framed at their local frame shop and be sure to specify a preservation quality package. A less expensive alternative to this trend is the special 12” x 12” frames (the industry standard) now being manufactured specifically for scrapbook page displays. Scrapbookers selecting this option should look for frames with preservation quality glass, mat and backing board. If not available, these frames can be re-fit with preservation items at their local custom framer. Such frames were prominently featured at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, TX.

    Scrapbooking Projects that Look Great Framed

    #1 Holiday Memories

    The holidays are a time of year when people can really embellish in their scrapbooking endeavors. You can put family photos of people opening presents, or perhaps playing in the snow on Christmas morning inside special seasonal scrapbooking frames found at your local craft store. You can also add holiday trinkets, stickers or cherished ornaments to the page to complete the look.

    #2 Childhood Memories

    For years, a popular way to preserve memories of childhood has been to put a child’s school pictures from kindergarten through the 12th grade on display in a matte with 13 small circles.

    Nowadays, parents are taking memory preservation a step further. Instead of just putting a school picture on display, a lot of people are incorporating comments from the child’s teacher, a picture of him or her at soccer practice or ballet, a party or significant event. Scrapbooking highlights the life and achievements of a person, and you can make a new page for each year in a child’s life.

    #3 Wedding Memories

    Instead of tucking away the memory book pages you made at a friend or relative’s wedding in a book, get the page framed and give it to the happy couple.

    A great idea for a wedding present is to build a page that has the wedding invitation, photos of the bride and groom, and a trinket from the reception.


    Tru Vue Conservation Glass is available right now at many custom framing shops. To find more information about its benefits, log onto www.tru-vue.com.

    Article Source: Courtesy of ARA Content

    Photo Credit: phaewilk



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