For a lot of people scrape-booking is something new, but in reality scrap-booking has been around since 1598 with Aristotle and Cicero. During the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Renaissance period, the soon-to-be termed commonplace book came into its own as the period's overflow of information and culture needed a place to reside. The Greeks followed along as it became common place for a place to copy their favorite passages and poems as they were inspired.
During the sixteen Giorgio Vasari, an Italian author used blank books for prints and drawings, which influenced museums and libraries during that time period and a practice that continued to be popular in Europe up until the 1900s.
In 1769 William Granger published a history of England published history and added extra pages for readers to add to their own illustrations to these books.
Thomas Jefferson, was one of the first well-known American scrappers, he would save newspaper clippings placing them in books including crafts instructions, even used these books for daily diaries. Others started to save ephemera, memorabilia printed paper tickets or playbills, onto old book or catalog pages.
By the 1800's scrape started looking like those of today, with embossing and fancy clasps. Women started using scrape books for saving cards, poems, calling cards, lady's favorite quotes, even hair weaving's.
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