4-H SCRAPBOOKING (County Only) **2020 CHANGES**
The Scrapbook project allows you to preserve your memories in an organized and creative way. Memories may include family, school, 4-H, etc.
- All completed record sheets and manuals/activity books must be turned in to the 4-H Club leader by July 8, and must be securely attached in the green “Indiana 4-H Club Member’s Record Book”
- Each scrapbook album will have a front and back cover with pages firmly attached between the covers.
- Each album should be at least 8 x 10” or larger in size (12”x12” is the most common size, and will probably be easier to work with and find materials for.)
- You should use acid- free, lignin-free, buffered scrapbook pages.
- Acid-free—pH balanced chemistry, so pages will not accelerate the natural deterioration of your photos.
- Lignin-free pages will maintain their durability and whiteness non-yellowing.
- Alkaline reserve (buffering) has a neutralizing effect to protect photos against pollutants from “the outside” (e.g., the environment, acidic greeting cards, etc.)
- Each page must be covered with a plastic page protector, except pop-up pages (see Advanced Division). Use polypropylene page protectors or covers. These are made of photo-safe plastic to protect album pages and photographs from fingerprints, abrasions and accidental spills. Protectors or covers made of PVC give off a chlorine gas that causes the plastic to bond with photographs over time, making it impossible to separate the two.
- Each scrapbook must have the correct number of pages completed for judging. Completed pages contain photos and memorabilia, documentation, decoration, etc. Incomplete or unfinished pages will not be judged or count toward the required ten pages. If your album contains more than the required number of pages, either remove the extra pages for judging, or mark the pages you want judged. (Sticky notes may be used for this)
- Each Scrapbook album will have a label (attached with a string) with the 4-H member’s name, club, and grade. This label will also list the page numbers which the 4-H member wishes to have judged. For judging purposes, a visible numbered sticky note should be on each page to be judged. The page numbers need not be written on the actual album page rather, the member should count the first page as Page 1 and proceed onward. If you do not indicate the pages you wish to have judged, the judge will start at page 1 and continue through the page number required for your division.
- Photos and memorabilia must be included in each scrapbook, but not necessarily on each page. Some pages may contain only photos while others may contain only memorabilia. Be sure to include a variety of pages to be judged. At least one piece of memorabilia should be included in your pages. Memorabilia should be encased in plastic sleeves if added to page with photos. If a photo is included on a pgae with lots of memorabilia, the photo should be encased in a plastic sleeve
- Neatness counts! Exhibit clean and neat pages with clear and neat writing. Your handwriting is a part of your heritage-generations will read an cherish your albums into the next millennium. NO COMPUTER CREATED WRITING is allowed. Your handwriting is part of your heritage. Please use it often!! (Computer generated headlines are allowed, but all journaling must be in your own handwriting.)
- Journaling (labels, captions, stories, thoughts, ideas, etc.) is to be used along with your photos and memorabilia
- Journaling is required on every page. Without journaling, over time, your photos and memorabilia will become less meaningful to you and to others. Without words, you have pages of photographs and memorabilia, not a book of memories. Your photos and memorabilia are simply more complete, more meaningful and more fun with detail, emotion, and humor that only words can provide. Carefully proofread your spelling! You should include at least the month and year. If pictures were taken at different times, each picture should be dated. Group pictures should include first and last name at least once in required pages.
- Photo safe Pigma Pens are fade-proof, water-proof, and acid-free when used on acid-free paper. It causes no damage to photos over time, and will be legible for generations to come.
- Cropping Techniques– Depending on your division, you may use a variety of cropping techniques and page layouts in your album. Not everything has to be cropped or “artsy”. Use a nice balance, keeping in mind that the main focus is preservation of the photo and its story. Too many shapes on a page can be distracting to the eye and take away from the meaning of the photos.
- Page/Photo Layout and Design– A variety of page layouts will add creativity and interest to your album Use a nice balance complementing your theme for the page and pictures. Keep in mind the proper placement of your photos you are telling a story, so use chronology (putting things in order of occurrence), or themes to organize your album.
- Each page that does not follow the requirements for your division will be counted down. (Example: Silhouette cropping is not acceptable in intermediate nor is computerized fonts, so you would be scored down if you used these.) Each page must follow the guidelines for your division or you will be scored down.
Manual - Jasper County Scrapbook Project
Beginner (Grades 3-5) - 6 pages completed since last year’s fair.
- Layout: Simple 2-3 colors of paper, stickers and die cuts can be used, but are not mandatory.
- Cropping: Straight cutting of photos using regular scissors or paper cutter. Decorative scissors can be used on colored paper, but NOT on pictures in this level. (You may round the corners of your pictures.)
- Journaling: Bullet labeling supplying only the basic information such as who, what, when and where.
Example: Jessica, 10, first year of 4-H, showing her cat Tiger. You can never journal too much.
4 Keep in mind that the main focus is preservation and not how many stickers or fancy papers you use on your page. Let your pictures and memorabilia be the main focus.
Intermediate (Grades 6-8) - 8 pages completed since last year’s fair
- Layout: More creative layout. Creative borders and lettering can be used.
- Cropping: Circle, oval and other shaped templates can be used.
- Journaling: Captions put bulleted information into sentences, but should still answer who, what, when, and where.
Example: I won a red ribbon for my second place lamb. I was happy to even place because the competition at our fair is so great.
Using a variety of cropping techniques and page layouts will add interest and creativity to your album. Not everything has to be cropped and “artsy”. Too many shapes on a page can be distracting. Use a nice balance.
Advanced (Grades 9-12) - 10 pages completed since last year’s fair.
- Layout: May include more complicated layouts, such as quilt type layout, may include a pop-up page, pocket page or kaleidoscope-type layout, but not every page has to be these types. Use techniques you have learned in previous divisions. Include a variety of layouts.
- Cropping: Silhouette cropping can be used in addition to techniques you have learned in previous divisions.
Journaling: Use bullets and captions, plus storytelling—writing your thoughts and feelings and telling a complete story or memory on each page. Not every photo has a complete story; please choose the ones deserving of this when you are thinking of your page designs. It is okay to put several photos on a page and just use one of them to tell a story. Label or caption the others on the page.. It's easiest to story tell if you pretend like you're writing in your diary, or sharing some exciting news with your best friend. Ex: “Ever since my older brother Tim began showing pigs in 4-H, I have been looking forward to getting old enough to show hogs too. This has been a fun project because it is a family activity. My parents, brother and I went to some pig auctions in March and April. We finally bought a good one in our price range at a pig sale. Since we brought Wilbur home, I have been feeding him and keeping his pen clean, with a little help from Tim. It's a lot of work, but I really enjoy it. After school was out, I started walking him at least once a day. He's really tame and knows exactly what I want him to do. I have spent so much time with him, I
- know I will be sad to sell him. Tim told me that's just part of the project and I can use that money to buy another pig next year. That is true, but I know I'll never forget Wilbur and my first year of 4-H!”
- Use a #5 or #7 mechanical pencil because it erases easier than a #2
- Do no write on pictures
- Use kneaded eraser, so you don’t have eraser shavings to clean up
- Do not put stickers on pictures
- Titles are encouraged, but not required
- Wipe each picture with a soft cloth to remove fingerprints before putting on your page protectors