The Art of the Scrapbook

I cannot remember a time in my life when I was not making something!  As a young girl I loved to color, received candle making kits from Santa Claus,and  wove hot pads from strips of cloth.  I always kept a diary (under lock and key) and scrapbooked about everything – the first landing on the moon was a big book!  Later, I taught myself to crochet from instructions in a magazine (my mother is left handed so she could not help with with this one), crafted Christmas ornaments from sequins, styrofoam and straight pins, learned to sew, well, you get the picture!

So, imagine my delight when I read about Charlotte Moss’ book which was published last year.  I called New York and ordered signed copies for several of the ladies on my Christmas list.


” AN EDITING LIFE Putting order to our thoughts–OH, let me count the ways.  It can be through words organized in the form of diaries or journals, or capturing images through thoughtful photography.  I believe recording memories is important in order to capture the emotion, the fervor, and the meaning of the moment.”  Charlotte Moss

BLISS!  I had found my soulmate!  This book is so beautiful to look at and read that even if you have never been drawn to cut and paste as I have, you would love to have this one on your coffee table.  Me, I move it around with me from bed, to den, to kitchen, well you again get the picture!


With scissors and glue, not your keyboard or mouse!


In the book, Charlotte gives information about her sources for materials.  I think that her books themselves are beautiful – so pretty to look at, so easy to find with the subjects printed artfully on spines.


from travel…


to fashion, each page is a feast for the eyes!


Cecil Beaton  – the famed photographer whose scrapbooks take us back to actual cutting and pasting.  He was also always compelled to create and his art history education combined with his natural talents for sketching, painting and photography made his scrapbooks not only a personal record but a historical record for all time.  Perhaps Mr. Beaton’s scrapbooks are the predecessor of the blog?

This book is heavy and so more difficult to move around with me from place to place – but have no fear, move it I do!  It is so rich in history and visual images that I can easily lose an entire afternoon in here.


Next I am going to dive into my latest purchase – The Unexpurgated Beaton. The Cecil Beaton Diaries As He Wrote Them 1970-1980.

All pictures taken by me from Charlotte Moss A Visual Life and all three book covers.

Any other scrapbookers out there?

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