Once you invest a lot of time and effort into creating a beautiful scrapbook design, it is natural that you would also invest your time and resources into protecting your work. As a matter of fact, some scrapbookers have likened it somewhat to taking care of your skin. But no matter how you see it, you know that as long as you take good care of your keepsakes, they will always be available for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. If you ignore them and neglect to take care of the, however, then your work will just be relegated to the garbage heap sooner than you expected.
Here are some essential facts that every scrapbooker must know to help them keep their scrapbook designs well-preserved and good-looking for years:
Liquids are generally the worst enemy of scrapbookers. The only liquid that a scrapbooker can appreciate are inks and paints, but only to a certain degree. Always keep in mind that even just a few splashes or drops of liquid can destroy an ongoing project or set you back for weeks (or worse). Always make sure that your workspace is clean and dry. Avoid drinking anything when working, and make sure that your work area is not exposed to humidity, as well.
Always back up all your digital photos, because you will never know when your hard drive or memory cards will fail you. Remember that no matter how advanced our world may be right now, modern technology will always have its glitches. There are several websites that offer limited storage space for free (usually around 2GB). If you need more space, however, you can also subscribe to sites that offer a lot more storage space (15GB and up) for a monthly fee. Others just choose to purchase an external hard drive where they can save all their most important files, including digital photographs, music, video, etc.
Avoid too much sunlight. Wet conditions will destroy your scrapbook design, but too much exposure to the sun will also wreak havoc on your photographs. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself opening your scrapbooks and seeing a lot of photos with discolorations and blotches. A bright, airy workspace is good, but just be mindful of too much heat or sunlight on your scrapbooks and photos.
Avoid exposing your photographs and your scrapbook as a whole to extreme temperatures. As mentioned above, wet or overly bright working conditions are a big no-no when it comes to scrapbooking. This is a huge reason why very important artwork in the museums are kept and displayed rooms with carefully controlled temperatures with low humidity.
Be very careful in handling your photographs, because oils from our skin can also cause deterioration to photographs. Wearing gloves while scrapbooking has not really become a habit for a lot of hobbyists, but it is time to do so. You always make sure to use acid-free materials in your projects, right? Well, your hands are naturally acidic (with a pH scale of 5.5). In fact, scientists and researchers have concluded that the acids in human skin oils will cause permanent damage over time to photographs and other documents that need to be archived.
It can help a lot if you would use protectors to cover your scrapbooks. Just make sure that you go for the safe kinds of materials for your protectors. There are some plastic covers that can get sticky with your photos over time, resulting in tearing when the time comes that you need to remove your photos.
These are just a few of the essential facts that you should know for protecting your scrapbook design. Just make sure that you avoid exposing your work to extreme temperatures, avoid splashing liquid on your pages, and start wearing gloves as much as possible when working on a project. Follow these steps and you will be on your way to ensuring that your work will be well-preserved and beautiful-looking for years.