With the sudden incline of technology today, many people seem to think that scrapbooking is a thing of the past. Back just a few years ago, film photography was the only way you were able to document your most memorable moments. I remember my mother pulling out shoe boxes absolutely packed with hundreds of family photos from over the years, fully intent on preserving the photographs and memorabilia she had gathered, but not learning how to make a scrapbook. Back then, after snapping a picture you sent the film off to get developed. Much unlike today, where you’re able to merely flip through your digital pictures stored on your phone or computer with just a swipe of the finger. Because of this, people don’t even bother taking proactive steps to go get a set of photographs printed out. So why are people still learning how to scrapbook? If taking and sharing pictures these days don’t cost anything, and you don’t have to take any time out of your day just to get prints, then what is the point? Simple. Making a Scrapbooking in the past was a way to preserve and share photographs without having to worry about them getting lost or damaged. It was a way to share your life with someone, whether it be a family member or close friend. But that’s not what it is today. Today, it is a way to share stories. For the past few years, a popular trend among scrapbook makers is “scrap booking stories”. This is a way of curating photography archives. By hand picking photos and collectibles for an album, these hobbyists enjoy writing small notes about each carefully selected item in their album. These pictures that are selected, tell a story. These images have a voice. They were the moments that were meant to be remembered. Not just any other picture snapped on some smart phone, doomed to be lost in a sea of digital data. They are images that were meant to be carried on through generations. Picture them as bullet points in the timeline of your life. What pictures would you chose to represent specific parts of your life? More importantly, scrap booking is a form of art. People in the past known as “practical” scrap bookers are no longer existent. Every scrapbooker left today; keep up with their hobby because they enjoy creating something. Making something beautiful and letting their personality shine through with artistic expression. They want to show their grandchildren and great grandchildren, just how amazing and memorable their life and existence was, even after they’re gone. They want to leave behind something beautiful. And this is exactly why learning how to scrapbook gets the award in our books.