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Posted 1/15/2013 by NoreenElizabeth in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 431,787
July 2009
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Posted: 1/15/2013 12:03:02 PM
I used to pay attention to this all the time. When everything seemed to be archival quality (paper, embellishments), I stopped paying attention. Now, it seems like I don't see this designation. Do you just assume that they are safe? I don't like to put things on my pages that will cause problems years from now. What is your experience?


PeaNut 435,437
August 2009
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Posted: 1/15/2013 12:43:50 PM
I think the digital world changed everything. You no longer have to worry about photos because you can just scan the original to keep it safe and print the copy. I now longer pay any attention to anything being archival or not.

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PeaNut 35,782
April 2002
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Posted: 1/15/2013 2:38:27 PM
No, I don't assume they are safe. I know everything isn't. But when you think about it scrapbooking styles have changed a lot since it began back in the 1990's. I'm not talking about the actual date (hundreds of years ago), I'm talking about our current type of scrapbooking.

Back then I was very conscious of using safe items because of my background in photography and I still am today. Now a days it's everything goes and it's been that way for awhile. People are putting all kinds of things on their pages.

I know that the digital age changed everyone's thinking as far as the photos go and that is true,you can always make another print.

For me now though I still choose archival products because I don't want everything falling apart in 5 or 10 years or even 25 years down the road. Yes, I can reprint the photos, but I don't want to have to remake all, or even some of the pages in the future.

It's a decision each scrapper makes for themselves. Some like to see scrapping as more of an art form and go all out on what they can use on their pages. Other's like myself see scrapbooking as a way to showcase our photos and tell the stories behind them and are careful with what they use so they will last a hundred years. And then there are most scrappers who are different levels in between. All is good. There is no wrong way to scrap. You just have to decide where you fall.

Products that are archival will still say so on the product when you purchase it. If it doesn't say acid free, archival or something like that it isn't. Only you can make the choice whether to use it or not.

Debbie in MD.


PeaNut 181,125
December 2004
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Posted: 1/15/2013 4:08:45 PM
I remember always checking the packages and making sure items were 'acid free and lignin free.' Now, I guess I don't check as much. I don't assume things are acid/lignin free -- in fact wood veneers are wood so there is lignin and a lot of washi tape is acidic. I assume most things except cardstock and patterned papers are not archival and I try not to let them touch the photos.

However - I do have my photos digitally stored so it could be replaced.


PeaNut 433,880
August 2009
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Loc: NW Ohio

Posted: 1/15/2013 4:11:11 PM
yep, I am pretty much with ckettel. I used to freak out about it, now I just make sure my papers and adhesive are safe. Most of my pictures are not portrait quality anyway, so not as big a deal as it used to be for me.


PeaNut 431,787
July 2009
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Posted: 1/15/2013 7:01:00 PM
Thanks! I guess I really hadn't thought about the digital age- I think I fall in the more traditional "keep it safe" category, but I do have lots of pages that just aren't great photographs anyway! So, I may be more apt to choose an anything goes attitude. Yeah!
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