No More Sticky Situations

Do you steer clear of using vellum in your scrapbook layouts because you have problems getting it to adhere to cardstock without looking messy?

The transparent specialty paper has a bad reputation with some scrappers because most adhesives show through vellum. I mentioned some ways you can solve this issue in a previous post, but I neglected to suggest one of the easiest solutions: use thicker types of vellum. The thicker the paper, the less you can see through it. However, the downside of using thick vellum is that it can be hard to cut properly. If you’re having trouble getting clean cuts, use a sharp craft knife and a metal ruler.

Also, keep in mind that thick vellum is not always safe to use in scrapbooks. This is especially true if you are trying to save money by purchasing vellum from an office supply store instead of a specialty scrapbook shop. To ensure your vellum is acid-free, test it with a pH pen before using on your memory book page designs.

One way to get around testing for archival quality scrapbook supplies is to buy your materials from established scrapbook retailers. That’s where I found my latest new must-have item: sticky back scrapbook paper. The special paper eliminates the need for acid-free adhesives. The owner of my local scrapbook shop had placed the paper in a tote bag she was marketing to customers who attend crops and other special events. The paper’s convenient and mess-free qualities make it perfect for scrapping away from home.

Trying to place glue on teeny-tiny punched shapes is such a pain, but with sticky back scrapbook paper, you don’t have to wrestle with the pieces and worry about creating a sticky mess in the process. The paper is also ideal if you are scrapping with kids. My 7-year-old can craft an entire layout by herself thanks to sticky back paper.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.