Hints & Tips: Scrapbooking Glossary


A creative art of displaying photos and memorabilia. It incorporates journaling and the embellishment of the pictures to tell the story of events. The primary purpose of scrapbooking is to preserve memories for future generations, but a secondary purpose is often to exercise your creativity as you display your memories in a scrapbook.


The actual meaning of this word, in terms of scrap booking, is to cut or resize a photograph. Possibly to eliminate some of the background or a part of the image.

However, this word can also mean a gathering of scrapbookers who work on their albums and pay layouts. Normally, CROPS meet on a regular basis just like a crafting club where the scrapbookers will bring their ongoing projects with them. They can also be in the format of a workshop where an expert will host the event.

Acid free

Papers or card that have a high acid content deteriorate over time and may become fragile and discoloured. Adhesives can fail and stain photographs. It is therefore essential to use acid free cards, papers and adhesives when creating scrapbook pages. This will ensure that photographs and scrapbook pages do not become discoloured, cracked or damaged over time and will last a lifetime.

Lignin free

It is also essential to use lignin free paper or card when creating pages. Lignin is a naturally occurring substance in wood that reacts with light and causes the yellowing and deterioration of paper and card. Lignin free paper and card is produced by removing the lignin during the paper making process. Using acid & lignin free materials will ensure that photographs and scrapbook pages do not become discoloured and deteriorated over time.

A page design or the grouping of scrapbooking pages that go together. A layout can be one page; two or some are even a panoramic 4 page spread.


The term journaling is fairly self-explanatory. It means to write some information about the scrapbook page. This would normally be the who, what, why, where and when about the pictures displayed. The journaling an be done in a variety of styles.

  • Using bullet points would be straight forward and factual.
  • Captioning, which can be a title, a short explanation or a description about the picture.
  • Another way to display information is to tell the story behind the photographs, especially if the photo used is kinetic and something happened just before or after it was taken.
  • Poetry is another form of story telling which can also be very effective.

Journaling is a great way to finish off your pages.

Page Protectors
These are clear plastic pockets that contain and display a scrapbook page.


Blank book used to store scrapbooking photographs and scrapbook pages. The most popular types are expandable with top loading page protectors. They come in a variety of sizes such as 12″ x 12″, 8″ x 8″ and 6″ x 6″ and many more.


A translucent paper used to make envelopes or sleeves to store photo negatives. These can also be used for a decorative purpose, often for hidden journaling.

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