AAlbum — Blank book used to store photographs and scrapbook pages.
Analogous Colors — Colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.
Aperture — The opening in a camera that lets in light. The aperture opens and closes when the shutter is released.
Archival — Term used to describe a product or technique used in preserving artifacts, photographs, memorabilia and other items.
Basic Templates — Templates in basic shapes, such as circles, squares, ovals, etc.
Blending Pencil — Tool used to blend colored pencils to create different shades of a color.
Buffered — Word used to describe products capable of maintaining the core of a solution. For example, buffered paper prevents acid from moving from a photograph to paper.
Calligraphy — Formal, old-fashioned lettering.
Cardstock — Thick, sturdy paper available in a variety of weights.
CK OK (Creating Keepsakes Okay) — Scrapbooking seal of approval. Items that have the CK OK are considered safe to use in scrapbooking.
Clip Art — Art purchased in book or software form with pictures that can be applied to scrapbook pages.
Collage — An artistic composition made of various materials (paper, cloth, wood, etc.) that are glued onto a surface.
Color Wheel — Shows color relationships and placement.
Corner-Edger Scissors — Scissors that cut corners. Each pair creates four different types of corners.
Corrugated Paper — Thick, wavy cardstock available in many colors.
Crop — 1. To cut or trim a photograph. 2. A scrapbooking party hosted by an expert who shares techniques, products and information with the group.
Deacidification Spray — Spray that neutralizes acid in newspaper clippings, certificates and other documents.
Decorative Scissors — Scissors with a decorative pattern on the blade.
Die-Cut Designs — Paper designs cut from die-cut machines. Paper is placed on the die and pressure is applied either by rolling or pressing down on the handle.
Double-Mount — To place a photograph on two background papers.
Embellishment — Any scrapbooking extra (stickers, die-cuts, punches, etc.) that enhance the pages.
Emboss — To create a raised surface by applying heat or pressure.
Encapsulation — A method of displaying three-dimensional memorabilia and protecting nearby items from acid contained in the memorabilia. Items are encased in stable plastics.
Fibers – a material made by compressing layers of paper or clothFilm Speed — Refers to film’s sensitivity to light. Lower-speed films are less sensitive (use these on a bright, sunny day). Higher-speed films are more sensitive (use these in low-light situations).Fine and Chisel Pens — This pen has a fine tip (0.5 mm) and a chisel tip (6.0 mm). The fine tip is good for lettering and it’s extremely versatile.
Focal Point — The element of a design where lines converge. The eye is naturally drawn to the focal point in an image.
Gel-Based Rollers — Pens with pigment ink.
Genealogy — The study of the descent of a person, family or group from an ancestor. Many people who wish to create a family tree by researching their family’s genealogy.
General Pattern Paper — Paper with patterns (stripes, dots, plaids, etc.) that is made to be used for any occasion.
Gift Album — A compilation of photographs and mementos created with a person or event in mind.
Handmade Paper — Paper made by hand that is often rough and uneven in texture. There are flowers and leaves in the paper sometimes, which can add to the natural look.
Handmade Scaps — Embellishments made from layered-looking die-cuts.
Heading — The caption or title that explains the theme of a layout.
Heritage — Traditions passed down from generation to generation.
Idea Books — Books usually about one aspect of scrapbooking. Some are written for particular themes (weddings, babies, pets, etc.) while others are devoted to a particular product (stickers, die-cuts, templates, etc.).
Intensity — The strength of a color based on how true it is to the primary color.
Journaling — Any words you write in your book or on the scrapbook page, from titles and captions to long descriptions, poems or stories.
Journaling Templates — Templates with space left for writing.
Layout — The grouping of pages in your scrapbook that go together. Some layouts fit on one page, most fit on two and some are put on panoramic layouts.
Letter Templates — Templates in the shape of letters of the alphabet.
Light Refraction — Light bent through a prism that shows the colors of the visible light spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, Indigo and violet.
Lignin — A naturally occurring acid substance in wood that breaks down over time. Paper with lignin is not suitable for archival projects.
Mass-Merchandising Store — Stores that sell a large variety of products from sundries to automotive tools to craft supplies.
Master Family Album — Holds photographs of everyone in the family and family documents, typically in chronological order.
Memorabilia — Certificates, documents and other items that tell a story. Memorabilia can include souvenirs from trips and mementos from special occasions or historical events.
Monochromatic Color Scheme — Employs different values of the same color.
Mount — To adhere a photograph, embellishment or other item to another piece of paper.
Muted Colors — Subdued tints or shades of colors that tend to be more suitable for backgrounds.
Oval Croppers/Cutters — Paper trimmers that cut paper and photographs into ovals.
Page Protectors — Plastic sheets that display and protect pages.
Page Toppers — Hand-drawn illustrated phrases in bright colors meant to be used as titles at the top of pages.
Page Exchange — Participants are invited to create a page to share with other scrapbookers. Often, a theme is given (Halloween, Christmas, etc.). Each participant brings enough copies of an original page to trade with the others.
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 Trimmers — Paper-cutting tools used by placing paper, lining it up on a grid and moving down a blade.
Pattern Paper — Paper with designs repeated on the entire page.
Perforated Punches — Shapes that the scrapbooker can use as embellishments on a page by punching out on the perforations.
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 seven or above.
pH Testing Pen — A pen used to test the acidity of paper. The pen mark changes colors, 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 adhere photographs to a page on the corners. Used to adhere photos in scrapbooks and photo albums without applying adhesive directly to the photograph.
Polypropylene, Polyethylene and Polyester — Stable plastics that are safe for photographs.
Post-Bound Albums — Albums that are held together with metal posts that run through the pages.
Pre-Embossed Paper — Paper with a raised design. Some of it is thick, like cardstock, and some is vellum.
Product Swap — A scrapbookers’ swap meet where the host gathers up duplicates of products or tools that she/he doesn’t use anymore. The guests also bring their unwanted scrapbooking items to trade.
Punch — 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 polypropylene.
Red-Eye Pen — Used to take red-eye out of flash photographs.
Reversible Adhesive — An adhesive that can be undone.
Rubber Stamp — A detailed, intricate design cut out of rubber and mounted on wood or foam. A design is made by applying color to the rubber and imprinting on paper.
Scroll and Brush Pens — Pens that have one tip for coloring and one for writing.
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.
Shade — A color with black added to it.
Shape Cutters — Tools designed to cut shapes (ovals, circles, squares, etc.). The cutters can be adjusted to create different sizes of these shapes.
Specialty Paper Books — Books that contain information about different papers, both pattern paper and plain. Some may come with extras, such as templates.
Spiral-Bound Books — Albums that are secured with a metal or plastic spiral binding running up the side of the album.
Stationery — Paper with a decorative border that is blank on the inside.
Sticker — An adhesive decorative accent ranging in size from a few centimeters across to a full page.
Strap-Binding Albums — Albums secured with plastic straps that run through a holder directly on the pages and keep the book in place.
Tape Roller — A device that distributes tape on the back of photographs and scrapbooking pages.
Template — A stencil used to trace shapes onto scrapbook pages or photographs.
Tertiary Colors — Also called intermediate colors, these are blends of primary and secondary colors. Colors such as red-orange and blue-green are tertiary colors.
Theme — The overall emphasis of a page or scrapbook.
Theme Album — A scrapbook devoted to one idea. Some popular them albums focus on birthdays, weddings and school days.
Time Capsule — A container holding historical records or objects that represent a culture and that is deposited for preservation.
Tint — A color that has had white mixed in.
Title Sheets — Pages with a variety of premade titles. They are often used as the starting point for a section in a scrapbook.
Tole Painting — Painting on wood, typically done in a rustic style and depicting country scenes.
Triad — A group of three colors that form a triangle on the color wheel.
Vellum — A lightweight, translucent paper.
Velveteen — An archival paper with fabric-like, velvety texture.
Vivelle — An archival paper with fabric-like texture similar to a terry-cloth towel.
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.
Workshop — A class usually held at a scrapbooking store and taught by an expert. Participants bring photographs and pages to work on and get advice from the instructor.
Xyron Machine — A machine that applies adhesive to pages and can also laminate.
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