This is the second day in a series: 31 Days of Memory Keeping, check out all the posts here. – See more at:
This is the second day in a series: 31 Days of Memory Keeping, check out all the posts here. – See more at:

This is the second in a a series: Memory Keeping 101. See all posts in the series here.

Memory Keeping or memory preservation is the act of preserving memories in a tangible format — Becky Higgins of Project Life.

Memory preservation began even before printed language existed.  The earliest types of memory preservation and storytelling included cave drawings and hieroglyphics. Later men passed down memorable events and stories through spoken language from one “memory keeper” to another. Early in American history families’ histories were documented via hand-painted miniatures and portraits these later evolved into tintype prints. People would also save printed matter such as newsprint, greeting cards and letters in book format. Thomas Jefferson was actually one the earliest scrapbookers.

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Since the invention of the camera and photography we have been blessed with the ability to capture memories via photos. The advancement of this technology has given all of us the ability to document our life.  We received our prints at drive up kiosks and even through the mail.  Each decade it became more  affordable.  Each decade we also amassed more and more printed photos to document life.

The last 30 years or so memory preservation has become synonymous with scrapbooking. Scrapbooking is defined in Wikipedia as a method for preserving personal and family history in the form of a scrapbook. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are often decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling.  Scrapbooking is a widely practiced pastime in the United States.”  Read more on wikipedia here.

As an industry, scrapbooking began to gain momentum in the late 80’s. At that time is became one of the fastest growing craft industries. Early albums, stickers and papers led the way for today’s endless array of supplies. Scrapbookers attended weekend events dedicated to their craft.

Enter the age of digital photography. We now have the ability to capture photos at the click of a button on our phone. Our memory keeping endeavors now need to include printed photos and digital media we are creating.

In recent years scrapbooking has evolved.  We can still  create traditional scrapbooks with a variety of amazing products. We can also print digital photo albums as well as  create canvases and photo gifts at the click of our mouse. While it is still a most sought after craft,people are searching for easier, more affordable ways to document life.  Join me in exploring systems and products to organize existing photos and digital media. We will also learn about many ways we can create albums and display photos to enjoy.

What is the earliest memory you have of a scrapbook or photos?

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3 Responses to Memory Keeping 101: History of Memory Preservation

  1. lauri says:

    I kept a scrapbook as a child, probably starting in 5th grade. I still have it. I was very creative in what I put in it. Many first concert tix of course!!! My baby book is very unique as well. It actually takes my life’s memories through grandparenting!! I’ve never seen one as detailed as this before. It’s pretty cool.

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