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Have you ever really considered the importance of memories? Memories are forever -- especially if they are recorded somewhere other than just in your mind.

The best and most fun way of doing this lies in the art of scrapbook making. By making a scrapbook that will stand the test of time, your memories can be passed down from generation to generation. In a way, it's like being able to live forever.

Scrapbook making is a hobby most people do at home, though in some areas there may be scrapbook-making clubs with facilities available. Either way, probably the biggest task involved in scrapbooking is getting started.

You may have mountains of old photos you want to organize into a wonderful scrapbook. It's best if you can devote a room to the project where nothing will get disturbed.

You will need a few boxes so you can separate photos into years, if that's the way you want to organize your scrapbook. Some people like to organize their scrapbooks in order of events instead of years. This is just one of the decisions you'll have to make at the beginning.

It's impossible to know how many people are involved in modern-day scrapbooking, but judging from how many Web sites, supply shops and magazines there are devoted to the subject, it's obvious that this is a very popular hobby.

While it would be easy to slap together a scrapbook simply by buying a few photo albums, the trend in scrapbook making is one of overall quality.

The reason for this is simple. A carefully crafted scrapbook put together with care and quality materials will last for generations. One that isn't, won't -- which sort of defeats the purpose of even having one.

With photo quality getting better all the time, it's getting easier to make scrapbooks that will last. People involved in scrapbook-related businesses say the hobby is growing in popularity.

When it comes to cost and materials, you can spend a little or you can spend a lot. It is possible to put together a good quality scrapbook on a budget. A lot really depends on the size of your project and how elaborate you want to make it.

You could probably make a good quality scrapbook, albeit a small one, for less the $20. Materials used in scrapbook making include: paper, binders, circle cutters, scissors, glue, pens, punches, rulers, templates, stickers, stamps and stamp ink.

A word here about photo albums: if you've been keeping pictures in magnetic albums, get them out! They will actually deteriorate your photos in time. Once you have your supplies, then it's time to think about a layout.

The most important skills required in scrapbook making are creativity and patience. You have to take your time and put a lot of thought into it, especially in the planning stages.

It's important to think ahead to the finished product. That way you won't end up buying materials you don't need or use. You'll also want to take your time choosing just the right layout for your project, and how you'll enhance it to make it your own.

One good thing about scrapbooking is that it's not physically demanding. Just about anyone, young or old, can make beautiful, lasting scrapbooks.

However, it does involve a fair bit of manual dexterity. You have to work with your hands. Physically challenged people can still take part in this hobby, but sometimes a little help from a friend may be necessary.

For people who want to take their scrapbook-making skills a little further, the employment picture is rosy, and there is plenty of money to be made.

There are several ways to do this: you can work for a supply shop or open your own scrapbooking business. If you're really good, you can become a consultant or just work from your home making scrapbooks for friends.

This is just one of dozens of possible layouts you can use in your scrapbooks.
Courtesy of: Denise Osborne

You may even want to start your own scrapbooking club, charging members a yearly fee. Also, don't overlook the Internet as a place to do business. There are already dozens of Internet scrapbook businesses. Scrapbooking is a craft, and craft and hobby shops are big business.

Getting Started

All it takes to get started is making your mind up to do it. Once you've done that, you're ready to do a little research -- and shopping. Go to scrapbook supply shops, or if there aren't any in your area, try a craft and hobby shop.

These places will give you a feel for what you want to create, and how much it will cost you. Also, the people who work in these places will be able to give you good advice.

One thing you may want to keep in mind is that scrapbook shops and craft stores may not be the most inexpensive place to shop for your materials. Many of the materials you'll need can be bought in places like Wal-Mart. Shop around for the best prices.

If you've decided to get on with the project and you're looking for advice, the Internet is an amazing source of information. In fact, it's so amazing it can easily be overwhelming.

There are dozens of sites devoted to scrapbooking, and they all have advice to give. Some of it may be conflicting and leave you wondering which way to go.

If that happens, you may want to take part in the discussion groups some of these sites offer. Inside those groups lurk plenty of people who want to get started just like you do.

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