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National Scrapbooking Day – May 6, 2023

National Scrapbooking Day is celebrated every year on the first Saturday in May. This year it falls on May 6. This day is celebrated across the country as a day to showcase scrapbooking. It aims to introduce more people to this popular hobby. The hobby started to preserve and express personal and familial history and interests in a book, boxes, or cards. The activity involves putting together different keepsakes and tokens that are important to them and can be accompanied by diary or journal entries. People scrapbook from photos to newspaper articles, depending on the aim of their scrapbook.

History of National Scrapbooking Day

National Scrapbooking Day is a day to highlight the hobby of scrapbooking. It allows people to share what they’ve done, their ideas. and methods. It also introduces more people to this fun activity. National Scrapbooking Day displays the creativity of this hobby. It showcases the emotional aspect of documenting things that are significant to people. National Scrapbook Day was created in 1994 by Creative Memories Scrapbooking Supplies. They’re a company that sells scrapbook supplies.

Scrapbooking is an activity that involves collecting memorabilia and keepsakes. People use photos, letters, printed materials like tickets, artwork, postcards, and pressed flowers. These keepsakes are put together in an organized and creative manner. They can be arranged in a box, book, or cards. It is both a crafting activity and a way for people to document their experiences. It takes place in a physical, visual manner that displays memories and helps people replay their experiences.

The hobby began very early in England and became a formal business in the United States. It created a community of people who all participated in the activity of scrapbooking. The community nature of scrapbooking has become one of the greatest appeals for people who want to start the hobby. The community provides artistic and emotional support to all scrapbookers. Hobbyists even meet each other at their own homes and conventions that focus on scrapbooking.

National Scrapbooking Day timeline

1400s
Commonplace Books Emerge

Commonplace books are used by educated people to compile information like recipes, quotations, and poems.

1500s
Friendship Albums Become Popular

Friends and customers write in friendship albums and include illustrations or text depending on what they’re requested.

1800s
College Students Record Their Lives

With no photography available, college students record their everyday life in scrapbooks with illustrations, text, and keepsakes.

1980
Marielen W. Christensen Assembles a Scrapbook

Christensen assembles several volumes of family memories that were set into creative pages and puts them on display.

National Scrapbooking Day FAQs

Who invented scrapbooking?

Mark Twain is credited with the invention of modern-day scrapbooking.

Where does scrapbooking come from?

Scrapbooking was invented in England. It has been practiced there since the 19th century

Can you make money scrapbooking?

As the industry is growing, it is possible to make money scrapbooking. Share links to supply shops on your sites, and off you go!

National Scrapbooking Day Activities

  1. Get people involved in scrapbooking

    The best way to celebrate any hobby is to get other people excited about it. Share your work and ideas and get friends and family involved in scrapbooking.

  2. Share your scrapbook with the world

    Put the pages of your scrapbook online and share your craft with the world. Make sure that you check out other people’s work as well.

  3. Go to conventions

    Scrapbooking conventions are organized frequently. Head over to one and find more people like you.

5 Facts About Scrapbooking That You Probably Didn’t Know

  1. It was restricted to the educated

    When people first started scrapbooking, only people who could read and write would participate.

  2. Temperature fluctuations matter

    Scrapbookers have to be careful to store their work in cool dry places to prevent heat and humidity from damaging their sheets and photographs.

  3. Commonplace books were like bullet journals

    The predecessor to scrapbooks, commonplace books were a space to compile everyday ideas, thoughts, and recipes.

  4. Classes available

    People interested in the hobby can choose to take classes in the organization, card making, and layout creation to help them.

  5. The industry doubled between 2001 and 2004

    In a short span, the scrapbooking industry made $2.5 billion.

Why We Love National Scrapbooking Day

  1. We love the activity

    We think that scrapbooking is a great way to record our memories and express ourselves. We want to celebrate how creative scrapbooking is on this day.

  2. We want to get people involved

    We love meeting and talking to people who love scrapbooking. We want to get more people into scrapbooking and make more friends.

  3. We want to meet our friends

    We think this day is a great way to meet our friends who practice the hobby and exchange ideas. We want to share what we’ve done and see their collections as well.

National Scrapbooking Day dates

YearDateDay
2022May 7Saturday
2023May 6Saturday
2024May 4Saturday
2025May 3Saturday
2026May 2Saturday

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