How to protect paper from the sun

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Posted 1/18/2013 by thekatsmeow in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 347,059
November 2007
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Loc: Bremerton, WA

Posted: 1/18/2013 12:34:41 AM
I have lost a great deal of paper because I didn't think that we had enough sun here in WA state to make a difference and the only place I have to store paper in my room happens to be in front of a wall of windows so my question is this, is there a way to protect your papers from the sun and if so, how? I kept the blinds AND curtains shut all summer but still, my paper was sunbleached...I just ordered all new paper and need to come up with a better storage solution before it gets here. I figure if anyone knows, it will be a pea! Thanks


PeaNut 344,239
October 2007
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Loc: Copenhagen, Denmark

Posted: 1/18/2013 2:23:06 AM
I got my paper in front of a window too, and there is only sun about an hour in the morning, but the edges of some of the cardstock is faded.
I now put a towel over the box I got the paper in, not pretty but it work


PeaNut 17,200
June 2001
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Loc: Where The Heart Is

Posted: 1/18/2013 4:23:03 AM
Make a decorative cover to put over your paper. Use an old curtain, sheet, or piece of material. Make sure it is thick enough to block light or add a hefty lawn trash bag to th back. Old trick I used to block sun when I worked night shift. Continuing .. Use Velcro to attach cloth to your shelf or storage unit. Hope this stirs some ideas.


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PeaNut 52,171
October 2002
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Posted: 1/18/2013 7:14:02 AM
You will need to cover it. Any light can cause fade over time.

If you want something more than a black garbage bag, you can buy light-block fabric at the fabric store to line your cover with.


PeaNut 555,886
May 2012
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Posted: 1/18/2013 10:11:49 AM
Move to England, we don't have that problem here

(Sorry, I couldn't resist)


PeaNut 520,709
September 2011
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Posted: 1/18/2013 12:43:35 PM
Store it in boxes?
I store them in wire basket and just close them with a big piece of paper. I hope it protects them enough.

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PeaNut 160,610
August 2004
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Posted: 1/18/2013 2:38:33 PM
I was going to say the same as already posted, use sun blocking fabric to make a cover for the paper racks. But, I have mine in Display Dynamics paper trays and they are alittle faded around the ridges ( they have been in these trays for about 9 yrs. and I just ink the edges and keep going. I do not throw my paper out. From time to time I move them around and dust them and I use a lot of my paper, but there is some Bazzill that is 9 years old that have very little edge damage.


PeaNut 412,905
February 2009
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Posted: 1/18/2013 5:27:37 PM
I keep all my c\s in those stackable shelf things, can't remember the name but they were popular several years ago (Dynamic something I think). I have about 15 stacked up, they are in a light room but away from the windows. They are clear so I had to cover all around plus the top.

I folded a dark sheet in half and draped it over the stack so the sheet fell down the back. Then I brought the sides of the sheet around to the front of the stack and it's held closed with a bulldog clip. The stack is completely enclosed, looks a bit funny but it does the job - no fading.


PeaNut 14,286
April 2001
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Loc: the 80's

Posted: 1/18/2013 6:14:08 PM
Just for this reason, i've never stored my paper in paper racks/shelving out in my room. I have a great "working" closet behind my desk, that has all my cardstock & paper organized in cubbies, at hands reach. I can close the closet doors when i'm done & protect it from the light.

I guess it's one my quirks I should have listed in that other thread on the board right now


PeaNut 194,578
March 2005
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Posted: 1/19/2013 8:52:52 AM
I have mine in a cabinet under my desk. I learned the hard way about sun bleached paper years ago. If you don't have that I would suggest keeping it in a closet.
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