Scrapping together great memories

Scrapping together great memories

Not only are scrapbooks great for reminiscing, you can also add a personal flair to the albums

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From left: Ivy Kwok, instructor Erika Lui and Dhruv Singh.
From left: Ivy Kwok, instructor Erika Lui and Dhruv Singh.
Photos: Chris Lau/SCMP
Would you like a shocking pink background? After that, how about some pop-out hearts and dangling stars? Last but not least, what photos would you like to put on there? Umm ... tough call.

Our junior reporters scratched their heads for answers when they attended a scrapbooking class at Hong Kong Memory Chest last week. They spoke to scrapbook artist Erika Lui Yip-nuen and found out the true meaning of this cut-and-paste art ...

Scrapbooking for beginners


Scrapbook cover made by junior reporter Dhruv Singh

Simple, sleek and nestled in the concrete jungle of Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Memory Chest offers scrapbook workshops and sells scrapbooking materials to help you restore your wonderful memories.

For starters, its workshops give you an opportunity to pick up some basics of scrapbooking art. Erika Lui, our instructor, guided us through the workshop without limiting or interfering with our creativity.

To add more layers to your scrapbook, you need many different colours, patterns and shapes. No worries: Memory Chest provides plenty of materials to match your creative thoughts.

Lui says the frequent visitors are students who usually come in as a group to learn how to make scrapbooks together.

Personally, I find scrapbooking a pleasant experience. I believe it enhances your creativity and is a calmer activity for today's youngsters. Even if you lag behind in your art class, I still advise you to give scrapbooking a shot, as what you do is no harder than assembling and customising papers with 3D stickers, special stamps and distress colours. Scrapbooking is a worthier alternative to pass the time than watching television. An interesting feature of this unique art form is that you can arrange events such as birthday parties and anniversaries at Memory Chest if you would like to tickle the creativity of your friends and loves ones through this inspiring art.

Dhruv Singh


Mother magnet


Scrapbook cover made by junior reporter Ivy Kwok

Lui is a mother herself. But apart from teaching us, she also teaches many mothers how to scrapbook. Lui said many mothers love to scrapbook because they can use their babies' photos to make a record of their children's growth at each stage of their lives. With their creativity, they design their own scrapbooks and after a few years whiz by, members can cuddle up and reminisce about some good old times. It'd be such a meaningful family gathering to recall all the memories, be they funny, exhilarated, exalted or sorrowful. Not only do people record memories about family, but also about lovers and friends. Only adolescents keep photos in their computers these days. Can you imagine if your computer broke down one day, and all the photos inside it disappeared? Making a scrapbook is a good way to keep your precious photos and memories.

Ivy Kwok

Young Post junior reporters' club offers weekly activities to our members. To sign up, send your name, age, school and contact to reporters.club@scmp.com, with "jun rep application" in the subject field.

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