Author Archives: Stephanie Medley-Rath

Layers of Scrapbooking

Other sociologists have also studied scrapbooking. I wanted to take a post to discuss the following quote from Goodsell and Seiter (2010:4-5). They argue: [t]here are multiple layers of reality [in a scrapbook]: what happened, the pictures of what happened, … Continue reading

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Memory Keeping on YouTube

I think it is safe to say that the majority of scrapbook pages are prompted by a photograph. Probably the next most common prompt is a piece of memorabilia, such as, a ticket stub. Granted, there are books, websites, and … Continue reading

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Scrapbook Organization Roundup

Over the past few weeks, I’ve covered some of the ways in which my respondents organize their scrapbooks. In case you missed any of the posts, here they are: I Scrapbook Chronologically. How is Time Measured? The First Year Child-Prompted … Continue reading

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Packing for a Crop: Airplane Edition

I spent a lovely weekend at the end of January at a crop. The kicker? I had to fly to get to my crop weekend. I flew to Atlanta and scrapbooked with two of my friends from my days working … Continue reading

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The Most Popular Themes to Scrapbook: Family, Events, Relationships, and Holidays

Scrapbookers create scrapbooks of specific events but also “general family scrapbooking” which includes “keeping up with vacations, birthdays, regular pictures.” A more out of the ordinary scrapbook subject is about a person’s occupation. One industry worker has a customer who … Continue reading

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Reflections on Design Team Participation

In 2012, I was on two creative teams and two years later, seems like long enough to reflect on the experience. I was excited and honored to be asked to join Ella Publishing’s Take Twelve team. Prior to the Ella call, I … Continue reading

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Education-Themed Scrapbooks

One thematic trend that was somewhat surprising to me when I encountered it was education-themed scrapbooks. I think it surprised me because this style of scrapbooking is not heavily promoted by the industry aside from the production of school-themed product. … Continue reading

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Master’s Program in Photograph Preservation

This is so cool! The University of Rochester and George Eastman House are now offering a Master’s program on photograph preservation: The program will be the only one in the United States dedicated to the study of the photograph as … Continue reading

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Birthday. Easter. Graduation. Christmas. Repeat.

A common mantra among scrapbookers that persist with the hobby is that event-based scrapbooking grows tiresome, hence the rise of everyday scrapbooking. In a chronological event-based scrapbook, the album may move from event to event. For example, the album may … Continue reading

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Favorite Alphas

I have long struggled with alphas, but after 10+ years of scrapbooking, I think I finally have my favorites: Little Alphas: I love Studio Calico’s Tiny Alphabets. First, they come with 190 letters! They do away with both numbers and … Continue reading

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