International Scrapbooking Industry Day is held on March 4 every year, and we are set to celebrate in the best way possible — by traveling down memory lane in the pages of our scrapbooks and filling them with new memories once again! Do you know that happy memories are powerful and can help with fighting depression and loneliness? This is why scrapbooks and by default International Scrapbooking Industry Day are important to us.
History of International Scrapbooking Industry Day
Memories are an important feature of human existence. They help shape identity, perception, relationships, personal development, and growth. Events, places, objects, names, abstract emotions, and more; all can trigger these memories at different times, bringing unique reactions. It is then not surprising that psychologists have discovered that happy memories can help fight against depression, and loneliness, and realign one back on track towards hopes of achievements of the goals one had set in the past for the future.
The history of scrapbooking can be traced to the existence of commonplace books in the first century A.D. Commonplace books bear a lot of similarities to scrapbooks in that they contained scribblings and writings of the owner — such as poems, proverbs, Bible verses, axioms, notes, recipes, formulas, weights, and more. The difference between the two was mainly that commonplace books were kept by scholars, students, writers, and readers to keep up with academic work while scrapbooks can be owned by anyone.
Gaining prominence in the 1900s, scrapbooking grew among college women who used it to record their lives and as memorabilia, and from there it became a fun way of preserving memories for everyone, male, female, young, and adult. From pictures of trips, first love letters, a first plane ticket to a choice holiday, pieces of poetry, pictures with friends and families of goofy, happy moments, artworks, pressed flowers, and more, scrapbooks carry a wealth of cherished emotions.
International Scrapbooking Industry Day timeline
Writers, readers, and scholars compile writings for reference purposes.
These are kept by many and contain pictures, and texts from friends.
The word ‘scrapbook’ is coined.
Writer Mark Twain patents and develops a self-pasting scrapbook.
International Scrapbooking Industry Day FAQs
Is a scrapbook and picture album similar?
Not exactly. While scrapbooks also contain pictures, they can contain any and every object that holds a certain memory in your heart including envelopes pasting, letters, a button, pressed flowers, and more.
Is there any special way to keep a scrapbook?
No, it is yours and it contains your memories, you are allowed to be as creative as you like.
Where is International Scrapbooking Industry Day celebrated?
The day is celebrated mostly in the United States and the U.K., but other keepers of scrapbooks all over the world also join in the celebration.
International Scrapbooking Industry Day Activities
Browse through your scrapbooks
What better time do you have than this day to throw yourself back into happy memories of the past? Unearth your scrapbooks from wherever they may be and lose yourself in a time travel to those cherished memories you have pasted on the pages.
Get a scrapbook
You don’t have a scrapbook? Then you are missing out on the fun. It is never too late to start. Step out to the nearest store, get yourself a scrapbook and start pasting, or you can even order one online.
Join a Scrapbook club
There are several communities hosting scrapbook clubs where people come together to make memories together. If there is none in your area then you can get your friends around and create one, making it more fun.
5 Fun Facts About Scrapbooks
Only the wealthy owned scrapbooks at first
It was exclusive to the elite with money to take pictures and preserve them.
The “Bible” was used as a scrapbook
During their first mass production, blank pages were left at the back.
A great way of keeping memories
Keep accurate records of events such as your first date or a love letter.
Mark Twain made a fortune from it
He made around $100,000 from the sale of his self-pasting scrapbook.
Reaction to sunlight
Keep scrapbooks in shade, as light can damage or fade pictures or text.
Why We Love International Scrapbooking Industry Day
It’s a time to indulge in happy memories
Going through the pages of your scrapbooks takes you back to years past. The pictures of the childhood events, hangouts, trips, letters, and envelopes all remind you of how great those years were.
It’s a reminder of landmark achievements
Scrapbooks help you to see visibly how far you have grown and changed, and how much progress you have made. It also helps put you on track for future achievements.
It’s a fun day
International Scrapbooking Industry Day is another day to catch fun with family and friends. You get to sit around the table with them, going through the pages of the scrapbooks and having a good laugh at the memories within them.
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