Saturday, May 1, 2021

May Every Day | (inter)National Scrapbook Day

May Every Day is a series of daily blog posts for May 2021 sharing days and weeks that we celebrate or observe. Some of these days are well-known holidays while others are more obscure observances, some are celebrated internationally while others are more nationally focused, some are significant while others are just plain FUN!

In 1994, Creative Memories began National Scrapbook Day for scrapbookers to get together for a day of photo celebration and album creation. The day has become popular around the world as memory keepers gather to work on layouts and projects, so it's now often referred to as (inter)National Scrapbook Day and is celebrated on the first Saturday in May.

For many years, I hosted a crop here at our home with friends and family scrapbooking, visiting, snacking, shopping and sharing memories together. We often met with other friends virtually using FaceTime, Skype, text, online chats and (most recently) Zoom. Obviously all of last year's get-togethers were virtual.

There are typically lots of online events, freebies, sales, and challenges posted for iNSD. Here are a few of the things I'll be enjoying as I scrap here at home today.

1. May Flaum is hosting a Grand Estate Escape Virtual (crafty) Vacation with challenges, Facebook lives, and prizes. (She also has several other virtual crafty vacation events scheduled this year.)

2. Shimelle's Half and Half online class is underway, and I'm having lots of FUN putting together layouts using two patterned papers as the background. The class includes prompts (handouts & videos) for twelve layouts. The first prompt encouraged us to choose a paper with one color and another paper with multiple colors, which worked perfect to showcase a photo of me at 4-years-old.

3. As I've mentioned previously, I'm participating in Stacy Julian's Story52 class as encouragement to tell more of our stories. This class provides weekly inspiration as well as monthly challenges, color inspiration, and sketches. I'm a couple of weeks months behind on the class materials, although I have created several story-focused layouts inspired by this class (including this one and this one).

I'm especially enjoying the reminder to add more of the story to my pages. For the layout below, I was originally focusing on the photos that show the before and after setup of Robbie's home office. However, I realized that the story I most wanted to tell was about how hard Robbie works to provide a good life for us.

4. I'm also planning to meet up virtually with a friend or two throughout the day.

Do you celebrate (inter)National Scrapbook Day? If so, how are you celebrating this year?


  1. Being that we are still in lockdown, there were no in person scrap-a-thons happening. Several of my favourite scrapbookers hosted online instruction & inspiration. I enjoyed scrapping at home, it's great having ALL of my stuff close at home, no need to worry that I forgot to pack something. Nice layouts, I especially like your Robbie tribute page.

  2. I have never done an international scrapbook day. I think it's because by this time of year, we're usually outside working in the yard. And of course, for 20 years we hosted a Derby party on the first Saturday in May. I think I could get. more on board if it were in January or February when I'm looking for something fun to do indoors. Love your layouts! Also, I really like the strip journalling. I need to remember to do that more often.

  3. Oh course I celebrated NSD, for about 3 days, in fact. I'm looking forward to seeing how many layouts you show with the half/half design.


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