I Didnt Know These Are Slowly Destroying My Scrapbooks!
Once you spend your precious time and energy creating a
scrapbook, make sure it lasts! There are a few simple things you
can easily do to ensure that your scrapbooks look just as good as
the day you finished them, for years to come.
The first thing to avoid is paper that is not lignin-free.
You've probably heard that before, and it is true, but what is
lignin anyways? Lignin is a stiff component of a plant that quite
literally holds it together. Although lignin is necessary for
plants and trees, you want nothing to do with it! After a while,
lignin will cause photos, fabrics and other paper that touch it
to turn brown. Yes, lignin-free paper does cost more, but it is a
vital part of preserving your cherished scrapbooks.
If the paper is not lignin-free, it will eventually discolor
your photos and other materials touching it. So when buying paper
for your scrapbooking projects, be sure to look for packages that
say "lignin-free," because if it doesn't say it, then it most
Fabric is a big concern for preserving your scrapbooks, but
unfortunately it is often overlooked. Many people assume that all
fabrics are acid-free, but they aren't. Silk actually goes
through an acid bath during the manufacturing process, as well as
many tie-dyed fabrics. This isn't to discourage you from using
it, not all. Just try to make sure that no photos directly touch
fabric, and if you need them to overlap, make sure there is a
layer of paper between the two.
Another consideration when using fabrics is if the color will
bleed off onto your page and other things touching it. To test
for this, cut a square inch off and soak it in a glass of water
over night. If there is no color bleeding from it the next day,
then there isn't any risk to your scrapbook. But if you do see
color in the water, or collecting at the bottom of the glass then
don't use that fabric in your scrapbook at all.
When using glitter, be sure there is a top layer of spray
adhesive to lock them down, or better yet use special glitter
glue where the glitter is mixed right in. If this is not done
right the glitter will slowly fall off, and loose glitter means
After you have planned the layout for your photos, be sure
that you are using the right kind of mounting tape for them!
Regular mounting tape is fine for buttons and bottle caps, but
when it come to mounting photos you need to use special photo
mounting tape which is completely acid-free. If you don't, your
photos will slowly discolor. The tape should say "acid-free"
right on the packaging.
These are just a few simple things you can do to ensure that
your scrapbooks last and last.
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