How Long have you been scrapbooking?

Wikedia's definition of "Scrapbooking  is a method of preserving, presenting, arranging personal and family history in the form of a book, box, card. Typical  memorabilia  include photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are often decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling. Scrapbooking started in the United Kingdom in the nineteenth century, but is now primarily a United States phenomenon."

Scrapbooking has been dated back to the 15th century, they were called commonplace books, popular in England.  There's a great article at on the history of scrapbooking

I,myself did not start scrapbooking until 2005.  I remember being in Michaels and looking at the scrapbooking supplies saying to myself, this could be an expensive hobby but I forged ahead and shopped for the necessities to make my first two scrapbooks.  When my daughter was in the 6th grade, she had a project to do on family history, we used info from my mom's side(someone had actually had a family history done) and pics and cute stories, she got an A on the project.  So i wanted to create a scrapbook for her and then one for me.  I need for her to send me pics of that scrapbook.  Checkout the slideshow of some of the pages of my first scrapbook.  Since that first one i've created over 75 scrapbooks.  When I finish one or add to one i have my husband and son look at it, its a family thing and when my daughter visits, I make her sit and look at the ones she hasn't seen yet.  I want to say I've gotten better at it and more creative.  So my questions are how long have you been scrapbooking? Below is one of the first scrapbooks I did. I'd love to hear from you.  Thanks and keep on "scrappin"

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