Hot Off the Press has made vellum — a translucent matte paper — even more elegant with white scroll borders, dots and tiny hearts in its Vellum Papers book. Here are some Vellum scrapbooking possibilities: • Create a lacy photo mat using punches and scallop scissors. Layer it over solid or patterned paper as shown at right. • Make an envelope to display a lock of hair, flower petals or a non-acid-free memento. • Use it for bubbles, glasses, snowflakes, Halloween ghosts and other seasonal add-ons. • Cut out see-through photo corners using the template at left (use decorative scissors for a special touch), then fold along the dashed lines. Slip over the corners of a photograph and adhere to the page. • Cut vellum letters for a page title — subtle and elegant!
Apply adhesive to vellum behind printed motifs or stickers so it doesn’t show through, or use Keep-a-Memory adhesive (see review at far right). Journaling and computer printing look beautiful on vellum, but give the ink extra time to dry.
EASY SUMMER SCRAPBOOKING
Ah, summer fun… vacation, the beach, family reunions. For easy scrapbooking later, keep a few things in mind now:
By the time you sit down to scrapbook it’s easy to forget what happened when, so jot down each day’s activities. While you’re at it, record facts and observations about the history and people of your vacation spot. Include these in your scrapbook to help recapture the “personality” of the area.
SCRAPBOOKING Q & A:
PC PIX AT PERIL?
Q. l read in a Dear Abby column that photographs printed from a computer will fade quickly. Is this true?
A. A traditional color photograph can begin to fade after 10-15 years under average display conditions (the light, temperature and humidity levels in a typical living room). But according to Wilhelm Imaging Research <www.wilhelm-research.com>, most computer-printed photographs last only one to five years without fading or, for some inks, being affected by humidity.
Technology manufacturers are working fast and furiously to make longer-lasting inks. Lyson (<www.lyson.com> or 847-690-1060), a British company, makes an archival ink it says will last 65 to 75 years without fading when printed on cotton rag paper.
The paper used is also important in the longevity of a computer-printed image. The PhotoSmart glossy paper from Hewlett-Packard <www.hp.com/photosmart/> did relatively well in Wilhelm’s study. Hewlett-Packard points out that not only is digital photography convenient, but storing a photograph on CD-ROM means it can be reprinted, perfectly preserved, years later. The main concern there is whether advances in technology will allow access to the digital images years down the road.
Balance is the key. Experts recommend using a combination of traditional and digital photography to preserve your memories.
Keep-a-Memory acid-free, double-sided clear adhesive is great for mounting photos and more. To use it, cut the adhesive to size, peel off one backing paper, place on the back of a photo, peel off the other backing paper and mount on the page. You can reposition it until you apply firm pressure. Here are a few more ideas: • To make page titles, cut a strip of adhesive, peel off one backing paper and stick onto decorative paper. Trace letters backward on the second backing and cut them out. Now peel off the backing and stick the letters to your page. • Create your own stickers. Back paper with Keep-A-Memory and stamp or draw on the paper. Cut out the design, peel off the remaining backing and apply. • Affix vellum to your page without show-through by backing the entire piece of vellum with adhesive.