Making scrapbooks is a hobby relating to pasting newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photos, usually personal, or other memorabilia into custom-decorated albums, or scrapbooks. The hobby has grown to the degree that groups exist of people who get together and share tips on topics such as layout and artistic cropping of photos. These events are commonly referred to as "crops." Modern scrapbooking is done largely on twelve inch by twelve inch pages. Originally, it was hard to find scrapbooking supplies, but now most major discount stores and almost all major craft supply stores stock them.
Sophisticated scrapbookers no longer need to cut and paste clippings or photos into books because scanners, desktop publishing, page layout programs, HTML, and web pages make it relatively easy to self-publish, even if it is just for a readership of one. Scrapbooks that exist completely in digital image form are referred to as "digital scrapbooks," or "computer scrapbooks." While some people prefer the physicality of the actual artifacts they paste into their scrapbooks, the digital scrapbooking hobby has grown in popularity in recent years.