There are many more terms associated with this craft. What I have done was to weed through them to provide the most commons terms.

Scrapbooking Glossary of Basic Terms

Acid: Acid is used in paper manufacturing to break apart the wood fibers and the lignin that holds them together causing discoloration and disintegration.

Acid Free: the aging process of the paper and photos are slowed when acid is removed from the paper during the manufacturing process. Acid Free items have a pH (a measure or acidity or alkalinity) of 7.0 or higher.
If it doesn’t say it is then most likely it isn’t

Acid Migration: The leaching of acid from one object to another including transfer from your bare hands.

A substance that adheres two or more surfaces to one another.

Repositionable Adhesive: Term used for adhesives (glues) that do not create a permanent bond until dry. Repositionable adhesives can be applied to an object, and that object can be moved without damage to the underlying surface. Once repositionable adhesive dries, it is permanent and the object will not be able to be removed without a special solvent or damaging the surface below.

Permanent Adhesive: Term used for adhesives (glues) that are usually very tacky when first applied and not meant for use on items you may have to reposition before they are dry.

Archival Quality: This is a term used to indicate materials, which have undergone laboratory analysis to determine their acidic and buffered content is within safe levels.

Cropping: To “crop” a photo means Trimming the photo to highlight a certain area or cut out unwanted activity, or simply changing the photograph’s shape.

The act of removing acid from a memory using such products as “Archival Mist”.

Embellish: To enhance a scrapbook page by adding accents. If you want to include newspaper articles or announcements in your memory album, photocopy them onto acid-free, lignin-free paper or you can purchase an archival spray to preserve it, found at most scrapbook supply stores.

Journaling: Writing and recording historical facts, memories, thoughts, feelings with details about the photographs/event(s). Use your own handwriting for a special personal touch. Or use die cut letters, rub-ons, or even a computer-generated font.

Lightfast/Color Fast/Fade Resistant: Colored paper or ink, which is resistant to fading with age or exposure to light, heat, and other unfavorable conditions.

Lignin: The natural bonding element, which holds wood fibers together. Newsprint contains lignin notice how brittle and yellowed a newspaper becomes after just a few days. Like acid, lignin can be removed during processing to make scrapbooking paper safe.

Matte: The process of creating a “frame” around a picture using complementary papers.

Memorabilia: Anything, which reminds you of an event or time in your life. Artwork, postcards, tickets, locks of hair, or newspapers8.

Page Protector: Plastic sleeve or cover to protect your layouts. Make sure they do not have PVC in them, polyvinyl chloride which is chemically unstable and destructive. Not all office supple protectors are photo safe; make sure it says on the label. Get the ones made with Polyethylene: a chemically stable, transparent, food safe plastic used in photographic preservation materials.

Photo Safe: Ambiguous marketing term that is not regulated and unless it’s from reputable company do not assume it is acid and lignin free.

Photo Album: Contain photos only with little or no journaling.

Scrapbook: Also known as Memory Books. . A scrapbook is a decorated photo album, a visual expression of your memories that includes journaling (the story behind the photos) as well as memorabilia (tickets, certificates, letters, etc.).

Scrapbooking: The art of preserving of photos and memorabilia as a collection of memories.

Scraplift: To copy a portion of or the concept for a scrapbook page, from other sources like books, magazines, paintings or everyday life

Is a thumbnail drawing of your intended scrapbook page.

Theme: the overall emphasis of a page or scrapbook

Workshop: By definition “emphasizes problem solving“ for scrappers it is an intensive class or crop for a small group; where participants bring their own photos and pages to work on and get advice from the instructor.

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