How to Protect Photographs and Artwork in Your Scrapbooks

Wed, Sep 29, 2010

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Photographs are important to just about all of us – they preserve moments and memories from our lives that can help us to remember the good times. However, if you don’t look after them, photographs will eventually fade over time. Even some photo albums really aren’t the best option for preserving your photographs.

Photographs are generally stored in paper and plastic, many types of which contain acids that will cause our photographs to lose their color and image. And remember: writing on the back of the photographs can also damage them. Only use pens labeled as acid-free.

Choosing the Right Paper

Whether you’re storing your photographs to use later, or placing them in your scrapbook, it’s important you look carefully into what you’re using to store them. You’ll need to choose scrapbooks with paper that has an acidity of 6.0 or above, and is labeled as lignin-free, to prevent photographs turning yellow.

Finding Safe Plastics for Scrapbooking

Plastic will emit a gas that will also eventually fade your photographs. Many scrapbookers choose to cover their pages with plastic sheets to help protect the items against damage, but you’ll need to find the right kinds of plastic. Here are the points you’ll need to bear in mind:

•    Avoid plastics that contain PVC, which emit damaging chlorine gas,
•    Choose plastics that are free of PVA,
•    Use alternatives such as acrylic, polyester, or acid-free paper.

Sometimes products will be labeled as safe for archiving, indicating that the materials won’t harm your photographs. There are also a number of scrapbooks available to buy that come with plastic sheet protectors inside them. These are usually safer, and designed to be used with photographs.

Lastly, remember to keep your scrapbooks and photographs out of direct sunlight, and take photographs or scans of all your pages so you’ll always have a digital copy should anything happen to the original.

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