A photograph of your grandmother as a girl. A love letter written by your great grandfather. The program from your mother's high school graduation. These are family treasures.
If they're hiding in the attic, no one can enjoy them. Scrapbooks are a great way to display these treasures and protect them from the ravages of time.
Before you make a scrapbook, you must know how to preserve old photographs and memorabilia. Museums and libraries are a great place to learn the fine points of preservation. The Library of Congress offers an overview of photo processing and a discussion of factors that contribute to deterioration in Care, Handling, and Storage of Photographs.
Guidelines For Preserving Your Photographic Heritage is no-frills site filled with practical guidelines. Ralph G. McKnight suggests that you prioritize your preservation and decide whether you'd like your photos to last for 25 years or 150 years. He explains how to clean photographs, save water-damaged photos and make gelatin glue.