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If you need to write on the backs of your pictures make sure you are using a memory-safe pen or pencil. There are some pencils that are made for writing on pictures that you can purchase from any scrapbook supplier. You can purchase memory-safe writing tools at scrapbook supply store or craft stores. As long as the ink is acid free and memory-safe you won't ruin your pictures.
Journaling is essential for your scrapbooks so make sure you keep track of dates and ages.