Extra-illustrating was popularized by James Granger, author of the 1769 book “Biographical History of England.” The book was published with extra blank pages in the back to encourage readers to add their own illustrations. The immense popularity of Granger’s book led to the use of the term “Grangerizing” to describe the practice of extra-illustrating. Some of the most significant extra-illustrated works from the late 1700s come from Samuel Rudder and Count Hamilton Anthony. A samples of their books - displayed at the Huntington Library - is shown here.
I actually have a really old Scrap Book that my great grandmother, Minnie McDougal created for my mother, when she was a little girl. It is filled with clippings, post cards and cut-outs of calendars. It is a personal treasure for sure!
I LOVED the chance I had to review my scrapbooking history with Tracie and I realized that I've never actually written it down anywhere, so I'm taking it as a challenge to do so. Once I get it recorded, I'd like to use a timeline to document it. I will be drawing on inspiration for this from Ali and her Hello Story class. There's nobody who does timelines like Ali.
Anyway, think about you're own memory-making and documenting past and consider getting it down for yourself and for posterity. I told Tracie in the podcast that what I want to leave my children—more than completed scrapbooks—is a LOVE of storytelling. They will document differently than I did and do now, but if we can plant the LOVE of documenting in their hearts, then we will leave them something truly lasting and valuable.