Scrap Book Lesson To Be Given
Mum had gone to town to visit an ailing relative therefore Aunt Sadie had the pleasure of looking after us, as well as helping with the homework. Our history notes were on King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Gram suggested we go up to the attic to the green foot locker and get her Royalty scrap book of years ago as well as the shoe box of old photos.
Cliff and I made our way up the steep back stairs and then opened the door to the stairs to the huge attic. Cliff pulled the light cord and we stepped into another world. In one corner there was a row of shoes with buckles, a pile of hat boxes and several suitcases.
We spotted the old green foot locker under the eaves. Cliff opened it and took out the shoe box of pictures, he took off the cover and found the photos to be curled and cracked. When he lifted out the scrap book, great hunks were missing.
Once we arrived back in the kitchen, Gram was in a real stew over the damage to her treasures.
Aunt Sadie mumbled, "Those mice really liked the taste of the flour and water paste."
The way of keeping scrap books and photo albums has changed. Gram would be very surprised to know that scrapbooking has become an international business with teaching sessions and the sale of archival scrapbooking material.
“Most people realize the importance of storing their heritage photos safely,” says Dena Hill, Creative Memories Unit Leader, “even though they might not know how to achieve that. Because the scrapbook format allows for documentation right on the page, photos can be accompanied with the facts of who, what, when and where and also with the values, impressions and emotions of the journaller – turning them into a meaningful legacy and social statement for generations to come.”
She also says, “Enemies of photos are peel-and-stick type albums, pvc pocket page albums, and scrapbook pages that are not acid-fee, lignin-free and or buffered. Post bound albums, which heave in the middle, can cause cracks or fissures in photos over time – so the pages must lie flat. And the edges of the scrapbook pages should be reinforced to withstand years of page turning. Journaling should be done with a pigma pen so that the stories will be permanent and waterproof.”
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