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Curious about how it all started or maybe you just want to know more about
your new hobby? Here is a short history lesson about how the
scrapbooking tradition started!

The History of Scrapbooking
     
he art of scrapbooking dates back to the 16 th century, when what has been called the first scrapbook was made in 1598, however people have used books for collecting and arranging bits and pieces of information for longer than that- actually, the first references date way back to Aristotle, and the very term “album” was first used by the ancient Greeks!

Between the 4 th and the 17 th century, during the Renaissance, book became increasingly common, much because a huge output of information, a growing interest in the old Roman and Greek cultures and,
most importantly, the mounting number of libraries. The Humanism school flourished and scholars as well as students used privately composed note books to collect sample texts and favorite passages.

Various people continued to evolve the usages of journals, but another great step towards today's scrapbooking was taken when John Locke in 1706 published a “manual” that described and discussed the practices storing information in journals (also known as “journalizing”). The practice gained even more followers in 1769 with the publishing of a new book by William Granger on England's history, witch included additional drawings as a supplement to the written text. Granger then went on to develop this by inserting blank pages in new editions of the book, so that readers could write their own notes.

Throughout the rest of the 19 th century, many books were to be made after this fashion, which was named “ grangerizing ” after its inventor. The idea of blank pages and extra illustrations spurred people over the years to create ever more fanciful scrap books, using clippings, drawings, diary entries, newspaper articles. Typically, wallpaper or cardboard was used as cover. One important “genre” of scrapbooks during this period was the Friendship Books, which were generally exchanged between women and contained favorite poems, texts, quotes and even locks of hair. More ideas were constantly introduced, and by the end to the 19 th century the hobby had evolved much into what it is today, if not so widespread.