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12 Scrapbook Albums That Will Double As Heartfelt Gifts

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Scrapbooking is more than just a hobby — just ask the 25 million people who joined the scrapbooking movement in 2018. This creative outlet, which has been around since the 15th century, can also be highly therapeutic, acting as a way to decompress from the stressors of everyday life. 

A 2011 study by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital published in the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology revealed that scrapbooking increased caregivers’ abilities to cope with their child’s illnesses. The results weren’t exactly surprising to experts. As New York University psychologist Robert Reiner, PhD, told Healthy Women that same year, “The act of performing a craft is incompatible with worry, anger, obsession, and anxiety. Crafts make you concentrate on the here and now and distract you from everyday pressures and problems. They’re stress-busters in the same way that meditation, deep breathing, visual imagery, and watching fish are.”

They also happen to make incredible gifts for everyone from your significant other to your favorite travel bug. Read on for more tips on how to start one of your own with the best scrapbook albums on the market. 

How to Start a Scrapbook 

Whether you’re making one for yourself or someone on your holiday list, starting a scrapbook is easy — especially when you’ve got a great scrapbook album on hand. 

Also known as cropping, scrapbooking is essentially the art of personalizing a blank book with photos, memorabilia, stickers, notes, and other embellishments in a cohesive format in order to create a time-honored memento. 

The first thing you’ll want to do is choose a theme, and the categorized scrapbook albums on this list will make it easy to do just that. From there, you’ll want to go through and select photos that fit your subject, along with any basic supplies you might need, including card stock ($6.99, Amazon), tape ($5.78, Amazon), glue ($5.79, Michael’s), or stickers (prices vary, Michael’s), to name a few. 

Arrange them on the page together as you see fit, and voila! You’ve got yourself a gorgeous keepsake to be cherished for years to come. 

The Best Scrapbook Albums

From scrapbook albums that will commemorate all your child’s school pictures to those that will remind you of your favorite adventures, we’ve found a great selection you’re sure to enjoy. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best scrapbook albums that can double as heartfelt gifts. 

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