Preserving Memories

By Diane Haddad Premium

Now there’s no need to search for the perfect paper and matching die-cuts. Provo Craft Scrap Pads have 32 pages of go-together background papers (solid and print) and coordinating cutouts and letters. Themes include sports, vacation, “Let’s Party” and “Winter Holidays.” The heavy paper is acid-free and lignin-free, and can be laser-printed with journaling or titles. There are 16 themes in 8 ½ × 11-inch pads and eight themes in 12×12-inchpads. Contact Provo Craft at (888) 577-3545 or visit <>.
Heritage Scrapbooks So you’ve researched your ancestors, collected stories and gathered photographs. Now what? Heritage Scrapbooks (Porch Swing Publishing, $5.95), from the editors of Creating Keepsakes magazine, is a creative guide to presenting the story of your family in a heritage album. You’ll find advice for assembling information, creating pages, organizing your materials, journaling and personalizing the album. More than 100 layout ideas are shown, along with supply resources, useful heirloom products and instructions for creating a versatile monogram alphabet. Use this book with Creating Keepsakes’ Saving Our Scrapbooks ($8.95), which explains how to safely preserve those precious photos and mementos. To order, call (888) 247-5282 or see <> for more information.


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.

For information visit <> or call (503) 266-9102.


Ah, summer fun… vacation, the beach, family reunions. For easy scrapbooking later, keep a few things in mind now:

For an instant page title, take a picture of the museum or park welcome sign. Then take your camera inside with you — leaving it in a hot car may damage the film. Try to get the whole group, yourself included, in some pictures, but be careful about giving your camera to strangers to snap photos.

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.

Keep a map of the vicinity with your daily excursions marked. Mount the map (or a color copy) in the center of a scrapbook page and surround it with a photo and dates for each site you visited. Also include family members’ writings or drawings about their favorite parts of the trip (a good on-the-way-home activity for kids).



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 <>, 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 (<> 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 <> 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.

Keep-a-Memory is available in sheets and tape. Prices range from $2.93 to $549. For more information, contact Therm O Web at (847) 520-5200 or visit <>.
From the August 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine