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Memories Page by Page

Martha Stewart Living, January 2006

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a scrapbook, with its photographs and mementos, is worth many more. It can offer tangible links to the past: The viewer has the chance to unfold a crinkled letter, trace the surface of a punched train ticket, read a faded newspaper clipping. Family history is always an engaging subject for a scrapbook. But even more current topics, such as last year's vacation, a child's school years, or a friend's missives, are rich in material and possibilities. A scrapbook, after all, provides a way to bring labels, sketches, cards -- all the bitsy items that evoke moments past -- out of the shoe box and onto display. The following pages are filled with ideas for arranging your findings. We created four scrapbooks with distinct themes and moods, embellishing the pages with a mix of homemade and store-bought flourishes. But the best inspiration may come from the photographs and trinkets gathered before you -- and the story they combine to tell.

Tools and Materials
Techniques: Accordion Travel Scrapbook, Mini-Travel Photo Pages, School Scrapbook Pockets, Postcard Pages
Generations Album
School Days

Comments (3)

  • Lorigatt 20 Apr, 2008

    I have purchased many different scrapbooks, and the only one I find that actually doesn't fall apart or need repairs are the books from Creative Memories. I have been using them for years, and have never had a problem with them. Other books have fallen apart before I could even finish making the book! But Creative Memories books have held up over time. I know I sound like a CM commercial, but I don't even work for the company.

  • creations 20 Mar, 2008

    I need replacement screws as well! The materials are sooooo CHEAP! The book itself was pretty pricey, and I would have expected better materials for the price I paid! Also, one of the screws is not only stripped, but stuck and won't unscrew??? I've been trying to remove the screw, but I think I may need to take a hacksaw to the screw and find a replacement that doesn't seem to exist!!!

  • mjdmpc 20 Feb, 2008

    I need replacement screws to a scrapbook. When I took mine apart to add pages the screws stripped very easily. I am disappointed in the material that these are made of. Now I cannot put my album together which was a gift to me.