I posted this little musing on UKS but I know that not everyone who reads my blog is a member there and I am really interested in a discussion on this topic.So I’m re-posting it here as well.
As you may know, we are a Mac family. But we get PC Pro anyway, just because there are usually interesting articles and reviews. The current issue has a piece on cameras, so DH passed it on to me as soon as he was done. The article is a good one, but the cover story caught my eye – 100 Technologies that changed the world. Which got me thinking about the things that seriously shook up scrapbooking.
For me, there are a few things that changed how people scrap.
2. Surely, to go along with that, has to be Krista Boivie in the 2002 Hall of Fame, who was, I think, the first person to bring digital scrapping to the world. Can you believe it was that recently?
3. And perhaps CK (or was it Memory Makers?) as the first scrapbooking magazine is a contender. More so that the first online forum? The first scrapbooking online forum was, I think, DMarie. That was 1997 and I THINK it beats out 2Peas, although it was surely a close run race and I could be wrong. The first “test” gallery post on 2Peas was in 1998, so I don’t think I am. Of course 2peas soon took the lead. I wonder who was the very first ever scrapbooking blogger?
4. The Hermafix photo adhesive runners are surely a big one – prior to that it was glue or the Creative Memories photo tabs that you had to apply one by one, manually. And the temporary adhesive runners by Herma were a big step forward as well, letting you reposition stuff easier.
5. 12 x 12 cardstock was possibly the biggest change, giving scrappers a bigger canvas to work on.
6. And hand-in-hand with that has to be 12 x 12 albums as well. Which came first or did they arrive at the same time? I think they must have – no sense in 12×12 paper without an album to hold them! And hand-in-hand with the albums had to be the post-bound album to replace the horrible CM strap hinge system. Ugh.
7. You have to add the Fiskars personal trimmer (why does that ALWAYS make me think of shavers rather than scrapping?) which was the first to accommodate 12×12 paper. Before that, it was just a knife and ruler, or the CM guillotine that was only small enough to crop photos.
8. And the first Creative Memories shape cutting system – which actually was not a good thing when it meant people cutting up original, perhaps their ONLY, photos into circles or ovals or stars. But for cutting cardstock and paper, and for matting your photos perfectly, it was a big help.
9. We have to mention Becky Higgins and her first Creative Companion – I believe that was the first case of seeing sketches and a jump-start to building a layout.
10. Then, I think, the Sizzix and QuicKutz – not sure which was first (pretty sure it was the Sizzix) that brought home, affordable die cutting to the masses, and made cutting titles less of a chore.
Some of these things we take for granted now, but when they “hit” they seriously changed how we scrap.
What have I forgotten? Is there anything that you recall that was a milestone in scrapbooking that you think challenges these things for the Top 10? Do tell. what seriously changed YOUR scrapping?