What is Scrapbooking?

rukristin's Ten Things I Love About You Mini Album Workshop

I am passionate about scrapbooking, it’s been a part of my life in one way or another for more than a dozen years, since I was a sophomore in high school. There are a million ways for you to tell your story and I try to tell my story in many different ways. Some of these are constant, but most of them come and go with the times — I like trying new things, seeing what works for me, and then tweaking it to make it fit my life. One of these constants has always been scrapbooking, in some form or another.

What is Scrapbooking?

  • A creative way to document your life.
  • Memory-keeping made physical.
  • Something fun to do with your pictures.
  • Anything you want it to be.

rukristin's Ten Things I Love About You Mini Album Workshop

Getting started is easy, the only thing you absolutely need is a desire to tell your story.

Here are a few things that make it easier:
  • Photographs
  • Paper
  • Pens
and here are a few things that make it more fun:
  • Pretty paper
  • Pretty pens
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments
  • An album to hold it all together

Ten Things I Love About You Mini Album Workshop by rukristin: Feminist Scrapbooker

Memory-keeping is whatever you want it to be. It’s the summation of whatever stories you feel like telling. There are no rules. There’s no panel of experts sitting on the sideline telling you what you did wrong.

If you’d like to learn more about scrapbooking and documenting your life, check out the workshops I offer, or check out the scrapbook post archives on this blog — there’s a lot of information available to you right here.


  • Shawna Miller

    I have a hard time getting started. I want it to be cute, but I get overwhelmed by composition. How do you decide on those sorts of things?

    • Sketches. If I’m feeling overwhelmed by composition, I rely on sketches. It takes just enough thought out of the equation. I just use it as a starting point — it usually winds up looking about 50% like the sketch in the end, but at least it gets me started and on the path towards something I can work with instead of just staring at blank paper and a bunch of supplies for hours.

      Here’s a pinterest board of my favorites: http://www.pinterest.com/rukristin/sketches/

  • Kelly Jean

    I get swept up in the embellishments and ‘prettiness’ in scrapbooking that my stories are not getting documented as much. I would love to hear your opinion on that.

    • ooh!! such a good subject. I think I could probably have a whole weekend summit on the artsy/creative side vs. the documenting side of scrapbooking. Honestly — I get caught up in the exact same thing. Sometimes I feel like I need to separate them out. I use Project Life to tell my story, all the important stuff that I want to actually document, goes in that book — and I keep up with it the best I can. Some months are a lot less embellished and pretty than other months, but I know that I have my stories documented. — But that wasn’t enough for me, I wanted space to be creative and still scrapbook. So I started with my new ‘for me’ album http://rukristin.com/blog/2014/04/i-needed-this-a-for-me-album/ — and in there, I let myself get a little bit carried away with the more prettier side of scrapbooking. I play with all my embellishments and go crazy — I try new techniques, I scrap photos I’ve already scrapped before, I make things that I want to make, just because I want to make them. — It was one of the reasons I created the Awesome Ladies Project. I needed to dedicate time to just making something that made me FEEL awesome again — not just feel obligated. // it has been working fabulously. Yes, I may get a little bit less documented in my Project Life album, but everything FEELS right, I feel like I’m documenting everything I want to document and still having fun and learning more about my craft.

      • This is so awesome. I’ve actually debated back and forth on having an album that is just ME playing with the pretty PL cards that don’t fit into documenting our life, etc.

  • Michelle Mirando Muller

    So I know you do a lot of project life. I’ve decided the only feasible was for me to catch up is to add some of the mixed in with my already completed traditional pages for various years or events. I just don’t know how to start. I’m overwhelmed by all the various products. And even more so by all the different page protectors. Any advice? I want to get a ton of stuff on my Christmas list this year.