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A Language All Its Own

Each type of activity has its own vocabulary, terminology, lingo if you will.  Scrapbooking is no exception.  I’m going to attempt to define a few of the most common terms so you can feel more “in the know” when discussing your new hobby.

Crop – This term actually has two meanings.  1) To trim your photos; and 2) A gathering of scrapbook enthusiasts at a central location to work on a project.  When you hear someone say, “I’m going to crop this weekend” it generally doesn’t mean they are going to spend all weekend trimming photos one after another (although this may take place to a certain degree).  What they are talking about is that they are going to a location with other scrappers (sometimes in a church basement, sometimes in your local scrapbook store, sometimes at a meeting room) to spend some quality time away from home, chores, family, to scrapbook.  Sometimes everyone will be working on the same project (more of a class-type setting), but most often each person brings the scrapbook project they are currently working on and tries to make some headway on it.  A crop is a WONDERFUL thing.  It is a chance to meet and get to know other scrappers, learn new techniques, try new tools and products and gain a TON of inspiration by observing other styles.

Retreat – This is basically a two or more day crop, often in a splendiferous location (think resort).  Lots of times it’s a “Scrapbook Sleep-Away Camp” where you gather together, eat, laugh and scrap for a couple days.  It is GOOD for the soul.

Layout – Your layout is your scrapbook page.  It can be a single page like this:

Or a double page like this:

Whether you choose a single page or double page, is totally up to you.  I do a lot of double-page layouts because I take a lot of photos and I don’t like cramming too many on one page.  Let your photos speak to you.  Listen to their words.  Audition them on your page(s).

Title – Is just what it means.  It sums up the thought(s) or feeling(s) you are trying to convey on your layout.  Most scrappers I know use titles, but they are not necessary.  Remember, there is no right or wrong here.

Embellishment – This is the generic term used to describe any decoration you put on your scrapbook layout.  It can be a ticket stub, a map, a sticker, flowers, ribbons, eyelets, brads, stamped images, journaling, glitter, bling…. etc.  The possibilities are endless.  For clarification purposes, journaling is words (either handwritten or computer printed) you add to your page to describe what is going on, or feelings or general information about the event depicted in your layout.  I am not a big journaler.  I need to get better at it.  What I am is a big user of bling.  Bling is generally used to indicate sparkly jewels or pearls one adds to their layout to give it a little pop.  It can also mean glitter.  I use bling on nearly every layout (including boy layouts) because I like the interest it adds.  It can draw your eye around the page.

Album – The book you use to hold and display your finished layouts.  We will discuss different types of albums later.

Page Protector – A plastic sleeve you can slide your finished layout in to keep it clean and fingerprint free.  The page protectors go inside the album.

Cricut – (pronounced “cricket” – just like the bug) – A Cricut is an electric machine that will cut out letters and shapes.  The machine comes in several sizes.  I will be posting more about this kind of machine later, but wanted to throw the term out there so you had some idea what it is.  Here is what one looks like:

With that, you should be on your way to sounding like a seasoned scrapbooker (at least you won’t be in the dark when you hear some of these terms bandied about). 

Until next time,

Mama Donna


About mamadonna58102

I am a 40 -year-old Domestic Engineer. I live in Fargo, ND with my husband of 26 years. I have two grown children, one son and one daughter. I also have two fur boys - an 11-year-old cocker spaniel dog and an 8-year-old British shorthair cat. I've often been called "Woman of a Thousand Hobbies" by friends and family and have a love for all things crafty. My favorite passion; however, is scrapbooking which I have been doing for just over three years. I also sew, embroider, crochet, knit, bead and I LOVE to cook and bake. I am always eager to learn something new. Thanks for joining me here!

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