It was a long time ago that the eldest people of families and villages had been telling past events, their traditions and anecdotes to the youngest among them, in order these stories are transmitted to future generations.
Gradually, people started to paint these stories on walls, on tissues and then on paper.
When photo had appeared, they have mixed it with those paintings, thus creating the scrapbooking.
The latter allows thus to show off the souvenirs.
Scrapbooking has much evolved since its invention thanks to new materials invented from then on, such as plastic.

This creative leasure exists in the United States since 1800s, but came to France in around 2000. It has been booming, as the increase in the numbers of web sites selling scrapbooking materials on line shows it.