Do you think washi tape will become dry & brittle and peel in the years to come?

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Posted 1/21/2013 by LolaLayout in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:26:47 AM
I just started using washi tape. I only have two rolls, but I absolutely love it and want to use it on every layout. But I was wondering if it will eventually dry out and turn brittle or peel up after a few years. It's pretty much just fancy masking tape, isn't it?

Has anyone been using washi tape long enough to say?


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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:39:39 AM
I can't say for sure, but I'd say no. It's used on your layouts and projects which are made with acid-free products, in plastic page protectors. I'd think that would help somewhat. Masking tape is used on boxes, etc., frequently exposed to the elements, and not often used on anything acid-free. Just a guess, though.

The closest thing I have is some Heidi Swapp paper tape from 2005 or 2006 (?) and it still looks like the day I got it. Other than being almost used up.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:05:37 PM
I don't know but I wouldn't use it on my layouts (don't have any anyway) because it's not permanent.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:08:00 PM
Real washi tape is completely different than masking tape.

I don't expect my layouts to last forever, and I think gentle handling and proper storage will do a lot to help them stay in good condition. They will age, and I'm OK with that.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:08:58 PM
I don't really care because by then I will be dead and gone! LOL. I doubt anyone will really care if my albums are pristinely archival
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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:09:33 PM
Hasn't washi really been around forever? I think it has been used by crafters who make books, etc. for a long time. I am hoping it lasts as long as the rest of my supplies in the layouts.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:21:00 PM

Hasn't washi really been around forever? I think it has been used by crafters who make books, etc. for a long time. I am hoping it lasts as long as the rest of my supplies in the layouts.


Yes, but there's a difference between high quality tapes from Japan and other tapes. Real 'washi' tape is handmade Japanese paper.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:56:56 PM

I don't really care because by then I will be dead and gone! LOL. I doubt anyone will really care if my albums are pristinely archival.


- EXACTLY!

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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:23:50 PM
Aaack!! I hope not!

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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:26:57 PM

I don't expect my layouts to last forever, and I think gentle handling and proper storage will do a lot to help them stay in good condition. They will age, and I'm OK with that.


^^^^ this!

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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:29:23 PM
Lignin makes paper products dry and brittle, which is why many archival paper products mention being lignin free. Acid adds to the discoloration of products. It is my understanding that original japanese washi tape is both acid and lignin free.

I know most scrapping companies tapes are lignin and acid free, though the ones in target and other places like that are not.

Some companies put out a tape and just call it 'paper tape' some of those are more like masking tape, 7 Gypsies for example.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:13:12 AM
I have been thinking of using the tape on my CM albums to label them. Any reason not to do this????

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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:17:48 AM
Good question! I am not worried about it though, as it's a paper-based product and the adhesive doesn't seem anything like traditional masking tape. (of course, i'm no expert! ) It might be a good idea to use adhesive under a photo as a back-up if you're using washi on the corners of photos to adhere them.

Like so many things in life....time will tell!


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Posted: 4/5/2013 1:04:19 PM
Mine is already peeling...I actually had to go apply regular old adhesive to get it to stay in place! And I only own the "designer" washi; no dollar bin washi, so that can't be it.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:52:36 PM
I' had some "good" brands peel also.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 5:27:51 PM
I too have had to re- glue some of my brand(name) Washi but I still love it!

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Posted: 4/5/2013 5:58:34 PM
I'd bet like most adhesive products, the environment effects them too, e.g.-humid, dry climates.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 6:17:45 PM
I can't believe some of your tape is peeling up already! That's not good. I'll have to check my old projects.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 6:31:41 PM
I guess time will tell, but I'm not too concerned about it. Most of my LOs are in page protectors, so I think that will keep the tape looking good.

I do have one roll that starts to peel up almost as soon as a I put it on a page, so I solve the problem by using my Tiny Attacher to staple the ends of it down when I use it. It's a roll I bought from Freckled Fawn, but I've seen other companies selling the exact same roll, so it's probably some cheap one distributors are importing from China.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:08:17 PM
I know some washis are acidfree and some are not. I think the acid free ones will be ok longterm...and the ones with acid will probably discolor themselves and the area around them. I don't know for sure, that's just my guess. FYI the Michaels ones I've tested have all been positive for acid. The ones I've purchased from Two Peas have been safe.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:11:41 PM
I hesitate to use it as most of my creations are going to customers. I would hate for them to pay good money for my pretties, only to the the washi tape fall apart, come unglued, etc.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:55:31 PM
Possible.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 10:12:07 PM
I am finding that the Washi I've used (not bargain stuff...) doesn't stay put, like some other posters. It picks up pretty readily and some of my LOs (2-3 months old) are showing the ends of it rolling or picking up. I have had to go back and use adhesive under it. I figure if I am going to continue using it, I will just use it with adhesive to start with so I don't have to go back and re-do it.
I'm not concerned about super long term...I won't be here to worry about it

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Posted: 4/5/2013 10:19:00 PM
When I'm gone, nobody will want my scrapbooks. Yet I am old school enough NOT to use products that are not acid- and lignin-free. Washi is pretty, but not worth ruining my layouts.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 9:22:24 AM
I use it mainly on cards. After a few weeks they probably get tossed anyway.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 3:02:29 PM
I was thinking about this.
When I was a little girl I used masking tape that I stained on my layouts.
Plain old masking tape.
I still have those albums from 40 years ago and they're fine.
No tape peeling up, no brittleness, no discoloring my photos or paper.

So, I would say, if you store your albums away from heat and humidity you shouldn't have a problem
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Posted: 4/6/2013 5:16:30 PM
Thank you Delphinium Twinkle. That's good to hear.
If it falls off I'll just adhesive like I had to do with all my layouts with Hermafix tabs.
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Posted: 4/24/2013 9:55:51 PM
I used Bella Blvd washi off of a brand new roll on a layout last week, and it already peeled up. I replaced it with 'real' washi and it seems to be staying put.

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Posted: 4/24/2013 10:16:14 PM
None of mine have peeled yet, but I think I may start to use adhesive to make sure
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