Scrapbooking Pages - Glossary
- Abbreviation for: acid-free/lignin-free
- A form of acidic plastic that causes photo’s, paper and documents
to deteriorate and fade over time.
- Acids weaken the cellulose in paper, which leads to its break
down, causing discoloration and disintegration.
- Acid Free
- Materials that have a pH balance of 7.0 or higher. Many papers
are considered acid free immediately after manufacture however unless
they have been buffered, i.e. treated with a neutralising agent, chemical
reactions with substances such as sizing or bleaching will cause the paper
to become acidic over time. All plastic by its nature is acid free however
some plastic is unsafe for use in photo albums.
- Acid Migration
- Acid migration occurs when something with acid is placed
against an article that is acid free. Photographs mounted on acidic paper
will weaken and crumble. Acidic memorabilia can be added to photo albums
if encapsulated in polypropylene sleeves or placed on buffered card on a
page underneath a protective sleeve.
- The glue used to attach/secure photographs and other components
onto a scrapbook page. Adhesive types include photo corners (clear plastic
stick on style or paper "lick and stick" style) which are considered
to be non permanent, photo tape, photo tabs, tape runner (all forms of double
sided tape) which are considered permanent and photo safe.
- Blank book used to store scrapbooking photographs and scrapbook
- Alkaline substances have a pH over 7.0. They may be added
to a material to neutralize acids or as an alkaline reserve or buffer for
the purpose of counteracting acids that may form in the future. A buffer
may be added during the manufacturing or during the process of deacidification.
While a number of chemicals may be used as buffers, the most common are magnesium
carbonate and calcium carbonate.
- Alpha Cellulose
- The strongest and most stable of all plant fibres.
Because of this stability it is used in permanent paper.
- Altered Book
- An altered book is an existing book that has been changed
or altered using glue, paint, collage, rubber stamps, and scissors, tearing,
or adding to. “It is an expression of one's self, a piece of art, an
experiment or a conversation piece."
- Analogous Colours
- Colours that are next to each other on the colour
- Term describing a product or technique used in preserving
artifacts, photographs, memorabilia and other items.
- Archival Quality
- A non-technical term which suggests that a substance
is permanent, durable and chemically stable. There is no guarantee that this
is the case. It is safer to look for acid free and lignin free when purchasing
- Basic Templates
- Templates in basic shapes such as circles, squares,
- Come in many different shapes and sizes and can be attached with
glue, on wire, sewn on etc.
- When two materials stick together unintentionally. For instance,
a photograph sticking to the back of the next page or photo album sleeve.
- Abbreviation for: Book of Me, a book by Angie Pedersen about creating
a scrapbook all about your life.
- Bone Folder
- A tool that's used to impress a fine line or crease onto
a piece of paper or cardstock to make folding the paper much easier and provides
a neater fold. Although called bone folders, they can also be made out of
- The margins of a scrapbook page. Usually spoken of in terms
- Similar to typical offices split pins but are found in many different
sizes, shapes and colours. Very commonly used for an embellishment.
- Products capable of maintaining the core of a solution. (Buffered
paper prevents acid from moving from a photograph to a paper).
- Come in many different shapes, styles and colours. There are
also many buttons that are made specifically for scrapbooking. They
are thin, flat and can be attached with fibers, thread or glue.
- Formal, old fashioned lettering.
- Sturdy paper, available in a variety of weights for scrapbooking.
- Copy And Steal Everything: Means
copying layouts. Also called Scraplifting.
- Not regular children's chalk, this is specially designed to be
safe for Scrapbooking and used in similar paper arts.
- The art of using chalks to enhance your scrapbook pages.
Charms Metal, paper or other type of small object that can be added
to your scrapbook as an embellishment.
- Clip Art
- Art purchased in book or software from that can be applied
to scrap booking pages.
- An artistic composition made of various materials (paper, cloth,
wood) that are glued onto a surface.
- Colour Wheel
- Shows colour relationships and placement.
- A plastic tool used to guide the cutting of various shapes.
You need to use a craft knife as the cutting instrument.
- Corner-Edged Scissors
- Scissors that cut corners. Each pair creates
four different types of corners.
- Corrugated Paper
- Thick, wavy cardstock available in many colours.
- A term used for a gathering of Scrapbookers to work on their albums,
and page layouts...’A Crop’. Can also be a formally hosted
event with an expert who shares techniques, products, and information
with the group.
- To cut or trim a photograph... to highlight a certain
area, or cut out unwanted activity, or simply changing the photograph's
- Cropper Hopper
- A brand of carrying tote for all your scrapbooking materials
- A round miniature stamp pad which can be dabbed onto a stamp
to apply ink
- Dauber Duo
- A dauber applicator with a different colour or shade on
- This is a common term for a chemical treatment that
removes acid in paper and lays down an alkaline buffer to counteract
further acid attack. Deacidification technically refers only to the
removal of acid present at the time of treatment, not to the addition
of a buffer. Deacidification increases the chemical stability of paper
but it does not restore strength or flexibility to brittle paper.
- Deacidification Spray
- Spray that neutralizes acid in newspaper clippings,
certificates and other documents. (e.g. Archival Mist)
- Decorative Ruler
- A normal ruler with a special edge used in designing
- Decorative Scissors
- Scissors with a decorative pattern on the blade.
- Materials breaking down or changing appearance from the
original state or appearance. Typically paper or photographs yellowing
and becoming brittle.
- Dry Brushing
- Applying chalk or paint to a brush or sponge and removing
most of it by wiping/dabbing it on a piece of paper or rag before using
it. This prevents the paint from bleeding under the edges of a stencil,
and chalk from looking to dark.
- Dry Embossing/Debossing
- To make a raised image by pushing the paper
up using a stylus from the backside. Also called blind embossing.
- Paper designs cut from die cut machines.
- To place a photo on two background papers.
- Any scrapbooking supplies that enhance the pages. (e.g.
Brads, Eyelets, Fibres, Charms etc)
- To create a raised design on paper, either by heating embossing
powder laid on a stamped image, or by using a stylus to trace a brass
- Embossing Ink
- A glycerin based used for embossing.
- Embossing Powder
- Powder sprinkled, usually on stamped images, and
heated to create raised edges.
- A method of displaying three-dimensional memorabilia
and protecting nearby items from acid contained in the memorabilia.
Items are encased in stable plastics.
- A round (with a hole in the centre) metal embellishment added
by punching a hole and hammering down the back.
- A fancy thread used to decorate scrapbook pages.
- Fine & Chisel
- Pens A fine tip pen (0.5mm) and chisel tip (6.0mm)
used for lettering.
- Focal Point
- The element of a design where lines converge. The eye is
naturally drawn to the focal point in an image.
- The style of lettering.
- Gel-based Rollers
- Pens with pigment ink.
- General Pattern Paper
- Paper with patterns, made to use for any occasion.
- Gift Album
- A compilation of photographs and mementos created with a
person or event in mind.
- Translucent paper used to make envelopes or sleeves for storage
of photo negatives or for decorative use.
- Hand Tinting (Also photo tinting)
- A method of applying colour to a
black and white photograph.
- Handmade Paper
- Paper made by hand that is often rough and uneven in
texture. Sometimes there are flowers and leaves in the paper which
can add a natural look to your scrapbook.
- Handmade Scraps
- Scrapbook supplies made from layered-looking die-cuts.
- The caption or title that explains the theme of a layout.
- Heat Gun
- Also known as a thermal or embossing gun. A hobby tool that
produces heat, but not air. It's used primarily to emboss.
- Traditions passed down from generation to generation.
- A brand of dispensing tool for photo mounting squares.
- Hinge Album
- A plastic strap binding allows your albums to expand. These
tend to lay flatter than the post bound albums.
- Idea Books
- Books usually about one aspect of scrapbooking. Some are
written for particular scrapbooking themes (Wedding, Babies, etc.)
while others are devoted to a particular scrapbook supplies product
(Stickers, Die-cuts, Templates, etc).
- The words you write in your scrapbook. This can include
captions, long descriptions, poems or stories.
- Journaling Templates
- Templates with space left for writing.
- Abbreviation for: Keeping Memories Alive (product brand)
- Sealing a memory between translucent plastic pieces for
the same reasons as encapsulation, but not as safe due to heat exposure
- Latex Pages
- Usually found in magnetic albums. These will discolour
pages in a very short period of time.
- A page design or the grouping of scrapbooking pages that go
together. A layout can be one page; two or some are even a panoramic
4 page spread.
- Letter Templates
- Plastic or metal templates in the shape of letters
of the alphabet.
- Light Box
- A small light table used for embossing or viewing negatives.
- Coloured material that resists fading even when exposed to
natural or artificial light.
- A naturally occurring acid substance in wood that breaks down
over time. Paper with lignin is not suitable for archival scrapbooking
- Magnetic Album
- A photo album which uses a special adhesive to hold
photographs in place and creates static for the plastic page cover
to cling to. These are not suitable for scrapbooking.
- Abbreviation for: Me and My Big Ideas (product brand)
- Matte or Matting
- A surface that has no glossy appearance or a lustred
- Matting is a technique that allows you to enhance your photos by adding
a border around the outside edges. The border is, most often, made
from an acid-free paper that looks almost like a frame. Matting is
also a non-permanent way of cropping your pictures.
- Master Family Album
- Holds photographs of everyone in the family and
family documents, typically in chronological order.
- Certificates, documents and other items that tell a story.
Memorabilia can include souvenirs from trips and mementos from special
occasions or historical events.
- Memory or Keepsake Album
- Another term for a scrapbook.
- Abbreviation for: Memory Makers Magazine OR Mustard Moon (product
brand) OR Making Memories (product brand)
- Monochromatic Colour Scheme
- Employs different values of the same colour.
- To adhere a photograph, embellishment or other item to another
piece of paper.
- Mounting Squares
- A small square of double sided tape-like adhesive
dispensed from boxes.
- Technique in scrapbooking where you cut photos, paper, etc.
into small shapes and then piece them together to create a mosaic look.
- Mulberry Paper
- This paper has long fibers that create a feathered look
when torn. It's available in various textures, weights, and colours.
- Muted Colors
- Subdued tints or shades of colours that tend to be more
suitable for backgrounds.
- A pH of 7.0. It is not acidic.
- Oval Cutters
- Paper trimmers that cut paper and photographs into ovals.
- Page Protectors
- Acid-free plastic sheets that display and protect pages.
- Paper Piecing
- Die cuts or punches put together to create an image for
your scrapbook page.
- Paper tearing
- A technique in scrapbooking where you tear paper, rather
than cutting it to create a unique texture.
- Page Toppers
- Hand-drawn illustrated phrases in bright colours meant
to be used as titles at the top of pages.
- Paint Pens
- Pens with soft, brush-like tips. The amount of ink dispensed
is controlled by the pressure that is applied to the tip.
- Paper Trimmer
- Paper-cutting tool. Can be a rotary blade, or guillotine
- Pattern Paper
- Paper with designs repeated on the entire page.
- Abbreviation for: Provo Craft (product brand)
- Perforated Punches
- Shapes that the scrapbooker can use as embellishments
on a page by punching out on the perforations.
- A particular card crafting style that utilizes vellum and
punches. Normally in pergamano, you apply colour only to the back side
of the vellum. This creates a light and airy effect.
- Stands the test of time resisting chemical breakdown. Also
can mean unmovable.
- pH Level
- Measurement that tells a scrapbooker how acidic or basic something
is. For scrapbooking, you want to use products with a pH level of 7
- pH Testing Pen
- A pen used to test the acidity of paper. The pen mark
changes colours, depending on the level of acid present.
- Photo Activity Test (P.A.T.)
- This test, created by the American National
Standards Institute, determines if a product will damage photographs.
If a product passes the P.A.T., it is safe to use with your photos.
- Photo Corners
- Paper with adhesive on the back used to stick photographs
to a page on the corners. Used to stick photos without applying adhesive
directly to the photograph.
- Photo Safe
- Acid and lignin free.
- Abbreviation for: Pebbles Inc (product brand)
- Pigma Pen
- Pen with special pigment that is acid free and permanent.
- Pocket Page
- A scrapbook page with a built in pocket. Useful for holding
memorabilia you may want to take out and look at like programs or other
- Polypropylene, Polyethylene and Polyester
- Stable plastics which are
safe for photographs.
- Post-Bound Albums
- Scrapbooking albums that are held together with metal
posts that run through the pages.
- Power Punch
- A great tool used with punches that saves your thumb from
blisters. Also makes punching a lot easier with less effort.
- Pre-Embossed Paper
- Paper with a raised design. Some of it is thick,
like cardstock, and some is vellum.
- Product Swap
- When scrapbookers swap/trade unwanted scrapbooking items.
- 1. A tool used to create small shapes. 2. The shapes created
by the punches.
- Puzzle Templates
- Templates in puzzle shapes.
- PVC (Polyvinyl Chlorides)
- Because this substance is harmful to photographs,
scrapbookers should avoid it and use products that are composed of
- A brand of portable personal die-cutting system. You buy letter
or theme die cut templates, and the tool will cut them out for you.
- A technique where you roll strips of paper into various shapes.
- Red-Eye Pen
- Used to take red-eye out of photographs.
- A type of adhesive that can be stuck on paper and pulled
back up and re-stuck.
- Reversible Adhesive
- An adhesive that can be undone.
- Roller Stamps
- Stamps mounted on a wheel. Some have interchangeable
pattern wheels, and others self inking.
- Rubber Cement
- An adhesive that is not safe for Scrapbooking.
- Rubber Stamp
- A detailed, intricate design cut out of rubber and mounted
on wood or foam. A design is made by applying coloured ink to the
rubber and imprinting on paper.
- The creative art of displaying your photos and memorabilia.
Can incorporate journaling, and embellishments. The primary purpose
of scrapbooking is to preserve memories for future generations, but
a secondary purpose often is to exercise your creativity as you display
your memories in a scrapbook.
- Scrap lift
- To use an idea for part or whole of a page layout you’ve
seen someone else use.
- Scroll and Brush Pens
- Pens that have one tip for coloring and one for
- Secondary Colors
- Colors created by blending primary colors. Orange,
green and violet are the secondary colors created b mixing a combination
of red, yellow and blue.
- Self Healing Mat
- A mat that can be repeatedly cut and still retains
- Abbreviation for a US scrapbooking company.
- Serendipity Squares
- Squares made by creating a torn collage of scraps
on a background paper, then cutting it into squares and mounting on
- A tool used in attaching eyelets.
- Shabby Chic
- A style of scrapbooking that includes sanding, crumpling,
and distressing paper to give an old and worn look to your page.
- A colour with black added to it.
- Shaker Box
- A new trend (similar to a snow globe but without the water.)
Use a die-cut and a piece cut out from a sheet protector. Seal in bits
of confetti or small beads etc.
- Shape Cutters
- Tools designed to cut shapes (circles, ovals, stars,
etc.). The scrapbooking cutters can be adjusted to create different
sizes of these shapes.
- Side Loading
- Page protectors that slide over your album pages and are
sealed at the top and bottom.
- A brand of personal die cutting system.
- Specialty Paper Books
- Books that contain information about different
papers, both pattern paper and plain. Some may come with extras, such
- Spiral-Bound Books
- Albums that are secured with a metal or plastic
spiral binding running up the side of the album.
- A decorative adhesive used to embellish a page. Ranging in
size from a few centimeters across to a full page.
- The transfer of ink to paper using a small sponge (usually a cosmetic or craft
sponge) in place of a brush. The ink is applied to the sponge and then the
sponge is dabbed/tapped lightly onto a piece of paper leaving a series of small
dots. A sponge with many holes, squeezed tightly while sponging, will produce
a beautiful lacy effect.
- A plastic pre-cut template used to trace and cut shapes. Usually used
on paper and/or photos. They may also be used to apply paint/chalk to a surface
in a contrasting colour.
- Strap-Hinge Albums
- Scrapbooking albums secured with plastic straps
that run through a holder directly on the pages and keep the book in
- A wood/plastic/metal tool (in the shape of a stick) with blunt,
rounded ends used to deboss paper (also known as a burnisher or a dry
- Tape Roller
- Device that distributes tape on the back of photographs
and scrapbooking pages. (Hermafix is a brand of tape roller.)
- A stencil used to trace shapes onto scrapbook pages or photos.
- Top Loading
- An album or sheet protector in which your scrapbook page
slides into your book from the top.
- A bag or hard case you carry or pull on wheels used to carry your
- The overall idea or emphasis of a page/scrapbook.
- A lightweight, translucent paper.
- An archival paper with fabric-like, velvety texture.
- An archival paper with fabric-like texture similar to a terry-cloth
- Walnut Ink
- A photo safe ink that gives an aged effect to your embellishments.
- Wax (or grease) Pencils
- Soft pencils designed for use on photographs.
- Wide-Edge Scissors
- Decorative-edge scissors that make a cut that is
five times deeper than normal scissors.
- A class usually held at a scrapbooking store and taught by
an expert. Participants bring photos and pages to work on and get advice
from an instructor.
- X-acto Knife
- A super sharp hobby tool with a #11 blade used to cut
- Xyron Machine
- A machine that creates stickers by applying an adhesive
to cut outs. Also makes magnets, or laminations without the hazards
- A brand of water-based marker.