Marielen Christensen of Spanish Fork, Utah is often credited with reviving interest in scrapbooking in the United States. She began designing creative pages for her family’s photo memories, inserting the completed pages into sheet protectors collected in 3-ring binders. By 1980, she had assembled over fifty volumes and was invited to display them at the World Conference on Records in Salt Lake City. Marielen and her husband AJ authored and published a how-to book, Keeping Memories Alive, and opened a scrapbook store that remains open today.
In addition to preserving memories it is popular for the strong social network that scrapbooking can provide. “Scrappers”, “scrapbookers” or “sisters” get together and scrapbook at retreats, local scrapbook stores, expos and even cruises. They share tips and ideas, and build lifelong friendships. The term “crop,” a reference to cropping or trimming printed photographs, was coined to describe these events.