Thursday, September 3, 2009

Scrapbook Basics!

General scrapbooking guidelines

- Don’t use “magnetic” albums, even if they’re labeled acid free. Repeatedly peeling up the plastic will eventually destroy your photos.

- Don’t store your photographs in airtight plastic containers. If it’s a tight-sealing plastic bag, do not seal the bag completely—leave a small pinhole for air circulation.

- Don’t laminate items to include in your scrapbook.

- Don’t use rubber cement in scrapbooks.

- Do check with your local library or scrapbooking web sites for more information regarding scrapbooking.

Standards of care
The way you store your projects will have as much impact on their longevity as the components of which they are made. The best way to protect your scrapbooks from deterioration is to keep them in a clean environment with good air circulation; low light levels; and moderate, constant temperature and relative humidity.

- If you want to get a long life out of your scrapbooks, store them in a room that is regulated for comfort.

- If you live in an area with high relative humidity, try to store your projects in a room with good air circulation to lessen the risk of mold growth.

- Exposure to light will fade, discolor, and weaken paper; limit your album’s exposure to sunlight and fluorescent light. Average household tungsten bulbs are far less harmful, because they give off less ultraviolet light.

- Never store your scrapbooks in an attic, basement, garage, or shed, all of which are prone to temperature and relative humidity fluctuations. There is also the added danger of being more exposed to water damage or insects and rodents.

With these guidelines in mind, you are prepared to scrapbook for yourself. Stampin’ Up! offers a wide range of products created for long-term use. Please let me know if I can help with anything.

Happy Scrapping, Kendra
Information was taken from resources available to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators including the Stampin’ Up! Product Guide and the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator website.