Monday, April 03, 2006

archival safe scrapbooking

Scrapbooking can be a time consuming, expensive hobby.

The mementos that you have when you're finished make up for any time or money you may have spent, but you want to ensure that these keepsakes can be treasured for years.

By using only archival safe products, you can ensure the safety of your scrapbooks.

The key is to use lignin-free and acid-free products.

These products are the most commonly advertised products fro scrapbooking, but there are other things to keep in mind.

Ensure that your page protectors are PVC-free; PVC releases fumes that can destroy pictures and even paper that you use in scrapbooking.

Use ink that is permanent and safe, gel pens are a good option.

Also keep in mind where your photos were stored before you put them in your scrapbook.

Magnetic albums, or the albums with tacky pages and plastic overlays, have been proven to be harmful to your pictures. Your photos may begin to discolor or become brittle in time if stored in a magnetic album.

Even if you remove the photos and there's some tacky residue left on the back of the photo, it could ruin your page layout as well as your picture.

By keeping these things in mind when you're scrapbooking, you can help ensure that your keepsakes last.

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