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Scrapbooking is usually a joyful and fun hobby that can really unleash your creativity. One can spend hours at a time putting together a scrapbook that is meant to share or just for personal enjoyment.
Unfortunately, devastation can strike at any moment. It can be heart-wrenching for any scrapbooker to find that their creation has been ruined for one reason or another.
So many hours and so much energy can be wasted when a scrapbook is ruined! Not to mention the money that went into the elements! A true work of art full of memories and moments can be gone in a flash.
There are a number of ways that your scrapbook can be destroyed. Luckily, with just a few simple steps, you can make it much less likely for your scrapbook to be destroyed. That way, they can be around for years to come. Maybe even your grand children could enjoy that scrapbook some day!
Keep Liquids Away
Obviously, water damage or an errant coffee cup ring can destroy the hard work in your scrapbook. To avoid disasters that will ruin your photos and memories, make sure to keep all supplies and finished scrapbooks in a dry, cool area.
To be extra sure of safety from water, keep your craft supplies in plastic bins with tight fitting lids and in areas where a broken pipe or overflowing toilet can’t reach them.
Another good tip is to not drink near your scrapbook. This can be hard, as we most often spend hours at a time working on our scrapbooks and so we will naturally get thirsty. My suggestion is to keep your drinks on a nearby table, but not on the same table as your scrapbook.
Keep Out Of Sunlight
Over time, sunlight can damage photos and photo negatives with the radiation it gives off. Your best bet is to keep your scrapbook and supplies for future scrapbooks in that plastic bin and in a dark area.
Even better would be to make that plastic bin a solid color instead of see-through.
Be Careful Of Temperature Changes
Extreme temperatures are prone to harm materials like photos, papers, and even the plastic album protectors.
For that reason, I recommend storing your scrapbook supplies in a basement or some other area that has a more stable temperature. A basement is a good choice because its temperature will remain relatively stable even if you lose power.
The oils on your fingers can leave lasting impressions on your photos and negatives. It may not be immediately apparent once you’ve touched them, but over time the oils will set into the photo and be impossible to remove.
Handle your photos carefully. When I worked in a photo lab, we often used cotton gloves when handling photographs. They are thin enough to allow full use of your hands while protecting photos from oil damage.
Also, make sure to wash your hands now and then while working with your scrapbook. And never work on your scrapbook after eating without washing your hands!
Don’t Cheap Out On Scrapbook Supplies
The protective elements of your scrapbook, like the binder or book you put it in, should be made of quality materials. If you cheap out on these aspects, you will find that your scrapbook deteriorates over the years.
Yes, it may cost you a bit more to buy quality materials, but the memories you cherish can be lost if you don’t invest in them.
Acid Free Cardstock And Paper For Your Scrapbook
Be sure you are using acid-free materials! Paper that isn’t acid-free will yellow over time. Just avoid that kind of damage outright by buying products that are acid-free.