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Scrapbooks are back

Caroline Leonard

Our hand made Exposed Stiched Notebook/Scrapbook

Our hand made Exposed Stiched Notebook/Scrapbook

The creative art of scrapbooking is back and more popular than ever.

I can remember 16 years ago, at the tender age of 13 when I left my home country to live in Paris and received an abundance of ‘goodbye’ gifts, the common being notebooks, scrapbooks, diaries and journals to document my journey and create keepsakes of my favourite places, moments and people. The ticket to Paris Disneyland, the Eiffel tower ticket, my first metro ticket, photos and postcards were all cut and pasted into scrapbooks along with a small anecdote of the day.

Nowadays, those printed life experiences only get recorded into cyberspace.  No longer do I send postcards of new countries I’m visiting, having been replaced with an upload of a photo and a ‘check-in’ on Facebook for friends and families to comment on. No longer do I receive the excitement of opening that Kodak envelope after getting my photos developed from the local pharmacy or print shop not knowing quite how they were going to look. Before the digital age it was a mere 20 photos; now we take three of the same shot (just in case we didn’t get it properly the first time) and end up with hundreds and hundreds of photos we eventually have to trawl through on the computer to find the best ones to upload into albums on Facebook. And how often do you re-visit them? Rarely.

Japanese stitched Notebook

Japanese stitched Notebook

But, it seems the world of craft and scrapbooking is not all but lost as retailers report growing numbers in the sales of scrapbooks and associated craft products. The stationery chain Paperchase has seen a double-digit rise in scrapbook product sales in the last year and has recently opened new workshops in Buchanen Street, Glasgow, Tottenham Court Road, London. Hobbycraft the arts and crafts chain also reported a surge in sales rising by 600% on the previous year.

The Craft & Hobby Association UK estimate that 2.8 billion Britons are ‘scrapbooking’ with 28% of them aged between 16-24. The hobby attracted 615,000 new crafters between 2012 and 2013, with the total expected to rise again this year. It’s nice to see the younger generation rediscovering the enjoyment one gets from creating tangible memorable objects, reverting to the old fashioned way of collecting memories.

And, just yesterday I discovered how to make my very own custom made notebook which will be my keepsake for a few years. I ventured into our bindery where our talented bookbinders taught me how to make my very own hard case book from scratch. For all those beginner bookbinders out there, I'll  share my experience with you in my next post. 

Binding Creative Lookbooks

Caroline Leonard

A couple of months back we wrote about the work we did for London Fashion student Chelsey Flood, and last month Chelsey revisited us to help work on her next graduate project.

Continuing the theme from the first lookbook 'Americana Destruction' we created a concertina style lookbook with printed cloth covers. The lookbook was housed in a printed mat laminated photo box. Quite a unique way of showcasing your collection and if you click on the photo below to enlarge it, you'll see a perforated section to tear off for prospective buyers to make orders.

We also helped to construct a book with the chosen method of hard back binding. We again used printed cloth for the covers. And, to present her fabric swatches Chelsey provided us with loose sheets of fabric that were sewn onto the book cover and folded back. A rather challenging but achievable task - we left the fabric trimming down to Chelsey though, being the textiles expert and all.


A little more about the book which is published here 

In 1972 Stephen Shore left his home in New York City and took the passenger seat for a road trip to Amarillo, Texas. This sparked his interest in brief encounters across America and urged him to continue this trip later that year, travelling with just a point and shoot camera, creating the vision of American culture through the eyes of a tourist. These images are made up of all the he experienced during his trip, everyone he interacted with and everyday object and scenes that we do not notice on a day to day basis. This idea of mundanity in American living made me consider whether photographers like Steven Shore have had an effect on the way we depict our life through the means of Instagram and such apps."

It was a pleasure working with Chelsey again, and in her own words it was a 'great experience - & would definitely use again. Vicky was so helpful!'

Thanks Chelsey, from the Bindery :)