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Scrapbook is an aesthetic that revolves around scrapbooks and scrapbooking; scrapbook greatly connects to diary keeping and other similar themes, such as bullet journaling or collage artwork. Scrapbook themes are usually colorful and childlike.

History[]

Scrapbooking has existed in some form since the 15th century. Around the years 2001-2006 scrapbooking was at its peak with the scrapbooking industry doubling in size. Traditional scrapbooking and collage making has been a popular hobby for many, and to this day people post pictures of their scrapbooks and artworks. This aesthetic or style has inspired many in various media.

Digital scrapbook[]

With the eased access to the internet and photo taking with digital cameras in the early 2000s, digital scrapbooking saw its beginning. Some internet user posted a picture of their friend's selfie, edited like a scrapbook, and since then the scrapbook way of editing pictures has stayed as a staple for the editing community. Traditional scrapbook making but also editing is especially common in K-pop spheres due to the abundance of material found in a typical K-pop album. Even so, this type of photo editing is found in all corners of the internet.

Visuals[]

Scrapbooking is often defined by using mixed media and a lot of material, be it digital or traditional. There are no rules for scrapbooking, which is why it can be hard to point out what is or isn't scrapbook.

Typical materials include photographs, garbage, printed media, artwork, paper, stickers, cut-outs and more. Scrapbooks and scrapbook-inspired images are often very decorated and frequently contain extensive journal entries or written descriptions.

Sub-aesthetics[]

A lot of media that is inspired by scrapbook also feature elements from other aesthetics or visual directions. This is especially noticeable in media made around the scrapbook boom, e.g. the game series LittleBigPlanet (2008-2014) which has often been referred to as having a Frutiger Metro look.

There are also several variants of scrapbook, which could be considered its own sub-aesthetics:

Kidcore-inspired scrapbook[]

This variant of the aesthetic features bright soft, vibrant colors, child-like drawings, stickers, clippings and photos; however the art may feature photos and newspaper clippings of adults. Small 2D crafts (e.g. plasticine pressed flat to make a picture) are seen here as well.

Tweencore/High School Dream-inspired scrapbook[]

This type of scrapbook is quite common, especially amongst teens in high school and tweens. These scrapbooks are usually quite personal and can contain photos of the person with their friends. The art usually has vintage and VSCO themes as well as child-like themes, but colors and imagery can vary.

Lovecore-scrapbook[]

This aesthetic is also a very popular type of Scrapbook. This aesthetic has Lovecore motifs and values, but often fewer pinks and more warm colors. The scrapbooks usually feature teen girls, love quotes, vintage magazine clippings and heart doodles.

Kawaii-scrapbook[]

With the high popularity of stickers among Kawaii enthusiasts, there also has been an abundance of of people with scrapbooks centered around the aesthetic.

Media[]

Television/Film[]

  • The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky (2005-2009)
  • Angela Anaconda (1999-2001)
  • Charlie and Lola (2005-2008)
  • Dirtgirlworld (2009-2011)
  • Flatmania (2004-2008)
  • Olive the Ostrich (2011-?)
  • Pinky Dinky Doo (2005-2009)

Video Games[]

  • LittleBigPlanet series (2008-2014)

Music Videos[]

Gallery[]

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