Acid-free—some papers, glues, pens and plastics damage photos because of the
chemicals that are in them. Acid-free products don’t have the acids in them that can cause
this damage and help protect photos.
Archival quality—archives are places where important documents are safely stored for a
long time so that people in the future can see them. Archival quality products help your
scrapbook pages last a long time so that the information on them doesn’t fade, fall apart,
or get ruined.
Bulleted list—called “bullets” for short, a list of basic information about a given topic
that doesn’t need to be numbered or outlined. Usually there is a small circle (bullet) or
another graphic at the beginning of each item in the list.
Caption—a descriptive title or sentence, usually under an illustration or photo, telling the
facts about what appears in the image.
Corner edgers and corner rounders—scissors or paper punches that fit on the square
corner of a photo or paper and cut decorative shapes or curves into the corner.
Crop—cut a rectangular photo into a different size or shape, usually to make the picture
more interesting or to remove unnecessary images (lots of background, unknown people,
the camera strap)
Decorative scissors—scissors with blades that have a patterned shape (instead of a
straight line). When paper is cut with decorative scissors, the cut edge of the paper
displays the pattern. Decorative scissors can be used to create a border, crop a photo, or
cut a mat.
Die cuts—pre-cut decorative paper shapes
Double matting—making a fancier frame for the photo by cutting one mat and then
cutting another piece of colored paper in the same shape as the photo but larger than the
first mat. The smaller mat is placed on top of the larger mat and the photo is placed on
top of the smaller mat creating a double border around the photo
journal (jur nl) v. to write in a scrapbook [note: the older form of this verb is
journaling (jur nl i) n. the process of writing in a scrapbook [note: journalizing is
an acceptable substitute for this word]
Journal (the verb)
Light-fast—won’t fade when exposed to light for a long period of time.
Lignen-free—many papers contain lignin or wood pulp. Newsprint usually contains a lot
of lignin. Lignin-free paper won’t turn yellow, brown or brittle as fast as paper that
Mat—a border put around a picture that serves as a frame
Matting—the act of framing a photo, usually by cutting colored paper in the same shape
as the photo but larger and attaching the photo in the middle of the paper, leaving a
border all the way around the photo
Memento—souvenir or keepsake, an object that serves as a reminder of a place, person,
or occasion. Examples: greeting card, map, brochure, printed napkin, menu, postcard,
ticket stub, receipt, or schedule.
Memorabilia—things worth remembering or objects that remind you of an event or a
Mounting—using safe adhesives (double sided tape, glue, photo corners, etc.) to attach
photos and or mats onto an album page.
Paper punch—a device that cuts a specific shape into paper. A hole punch cuts a circle
into paper. Other paper punches cut other shapes. Some paper punches have handles that
when squeezed the punch cuts the shape, others have a button on the top that when
pressed cause the punch to cut the shape.
PVC-free—polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a chemically active plastic. PVC-free page
protectors will protect photos and the papers instead of damaging them.
Scrap V. scrapping to put together a scrapbook page
scrapbook (skrap book) n. a book of pages that hold photos, memorabilia, and writings
about events in an individual’s life
scrapbooker (skrap book r) n. a person who creates a scrapbook
scrapbooking (skrap book i) n. the process of making a scrapbook or a page to be
included in a scrapbook
Stencil—a thin sheet, of ten made of paper, metal or plastic film, that is perforated or cut
in such a way that when ink, paint, etc. is applied to the sheet, the patterns (shapes or
letters) are marked on the surface beneath.
Template—a pattern, usually in the form of a thin plate of metal, wood or plastic, that can
be used to trace an accurate copy of an object or shape.
Waterproof—something that is unaffected by water or keeps water out—water proof ink
won’t smudge or smear if it gets wet.