A Brief History of Scrapbooking
The origins of scrapbooking can be traced back as far as the 15th century depending upon the source you find on the Internet. Before embellishments, different types and weights of paper, and adhesive options, scrapbooking came in the form of friendship books, Grangerbooks and was even a hobby of writer Mark Twain, who sold his scrapbooks through the retail outlet Montgomery Ward.
William Granger created Grangerbooks, in 1769 where through his publication of the history of England, he left blank pages for readers to insert their own illustrations and thoughts. Friendship books or albums were often full of not only photographs and illustrations, but also hair weavings and then traded by friends.
In fact, almost everyone knows of a relative or friend that while they may not have considered what they were doing “scrapbooking," the hobby of collections of leaves, poems, writings, and just about any sort of history truly began the world of the scrapbooking.