How to Store Scrapbooks Like a Pro
Learn five essential tips for storing your scrapbooks today! Don’t leave all of that work you did up to chance – that’s blood, sweat and tears along with all of those treasured mementos stitched together.
Wouldn’t it be devastating if that book got destroyed in some way, whether by mold, mildew, or (God willing) termites? fire? Yikes! But don’t despair – we’re not saying you will have to look into vaults and secret safes…..just some important precautions. Follow them and you’ll be well on your way to preserving a lasting memory for posterity 😊.
📙 First…Location, Location, Location
This This is a step that must come first. Choose a good storage location, and choose it wisely!
Some major location taboos to avoid include:
- The attic – Not a good gambit. Attics get super hot in summer, cold in winter, and all those temp extremes could spell disaster for your book collection.
- Basements – All of that humidity, need I say more?
- Garages – Not a good place…I know many of you keep them tidy, but not the best choice.
Liquids obviously can destroy memorabilia, photographs and negatives. Be sure to store your scrapbooks ( as well as supplies, albums, photographs and negatives) in a dry, cool place. away from things like hot water heaters, toilets, etc.
Also, seek a place away from direct sunlight. Over time, sunlight can diminish photos, negatives, layouts, and album quality, and can result in fading.
📗 Check the Temp
Extreme temperatures can definitely wreak havoc on your scrapbooks and albums. Which is why I mentioned that attics are bad choices because they radiate outside temperatures so readily. Make sure that your books are to be stored in an area with a moderate temp and low humidity.
Humidity is a tough one to overcome as I live in one of the muggy Southeastern states; so I know from experience how this goes. You may want to consider looking into a standalone dehumidifier – obviously you can’t change the climate but you can change the conditions of your own environment.
📘 Label Your Books and Storage Containers
It might be a good idea to consider labeling your collection if your scrapbooks follow different themes, like birthdays. weddings, family treasures.You can create labels to affix to the album cover or spine itself, and/or the container you have chosen to place it in.
The use of a web-based graphic editing tool is perfect for this. My favorite is Picmonkey, which has a plethora of different labels (left image) you can customize to your liking; and afterward print them out on sticker paper.
Another cool thing you can do is choose a template from the wide selection, and customize it to your liking; write in details like what the scrapbook is dedicated to or about, date you started creating it, you know, special touches like that.
📘 Store All of Your Books Straight Up
This question does get asked a good bit from time to time…so I researched it 😊 Should you stack your books down flat on top of each other or vertically, and does it make a difference?
And yes, it does….Make sure to stack them VERTICALLY. Your collection is filled with various odds and ends, used adhesive, vertical stacking is what will keep the weight distributed well, and prevent the pages from being compressed down, or stuck together – which could happen if they are right on top of each other.
Pretty much in the same way you see regular books stacked on shelves at the library or bookstore 😊
📕 Safe Storing and Handling
Make sure you handle and store your photos, negatives, and layouts carefully to minimize the chance of scratches, tears, and bends. Store and seal them in a sturdy container, in plastic sleeves that fit into a 3-ring binder, or in acid-free envelopes. remember that not all plastics are alike!
When you handle photographs, be sure to handle them by the corners…this helps minimize fingerprints and oily spots…remember that our skin has natural oils in it. If you have to wash your hands or use acid neutralizing wipes, do it, or make sure you wear cotton gloves when handling.
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Look for acrylic or polyester materials as an alternative. Look for archival boxes for storage of multiple albums.
Hope this helps…..all of these are simple precautions you can take now. Don’t treat your prized collection like “junk in the trunk”…they’re YOUR precious memories, preserve them!