Here are a few tips from another old Creating Keepsakes magazine. These are tips to keep our photos safe. I need to start applying a few of these.
– Photographs fade quickly when placed in a sunny area or near an indoor light source. I know that this is true because a little over a year ago I put a picture in a lanyard and hung it in my car. That picture is so faded now that it is hard to distinguish who is in it.
– Dirty oily fingerprints damage photos. Wash your hands before handling photos and negatives. It is suggested that a pair of photo gloves is used. I have never done this. Have any of you?
– Never use magnetic photo albums. I don’t think many people do now BUT a real good hint on how to remove photos from them is to heat the pages by blowing warm air from a blow-dryer over them and gradually pull off the pictures.
– High humidity can damage scrapbook pages. Try and store them where the humidity is around 40% (not likely in SC) and use permanent pens to keep the ink from smearing when exposed to higher humidity.
– Be careful how you secure photos together. Rubber bands eventually dry and leave a residue. Paper clips leave intentions and can damage the photos’ protective coating. Tape (after a short period of time) becomes yellow, brittle, and leaves stains. Plastic laminate is also very damaging.
– Don’t scrap newspaper articles with photos. Newspapers are very acidic. If you want to put photos and articles on the same page then photocopy the articles first on acid free paper.
– Always use acid free adhesive. The article suggest using non permanent adhesive. That way if you want to remove a photo it won’t get damaged. I always use permanent adhesive. I hate it when my scrapbook layouts start coming apart.
– Don’t leave photos in drawers and boxes. They will often get bent and damaged. There are a lot of options to store “unscrapped” photos in now. I have a few photo boxes that I use.
– It is best to store photos at a consistent temperature. The ideal temps are between 65-70 degrees. The worst places to store them are attics and basements.
– Don’t use a ballpoint pen when labeling your photos. This can cause irreparable damage to the photos.
– Use acid free supplies when possible. These days they are very easy to find and reasonably priced.
Well, that is it for today. I hope to get a PL layout done this afternoon. I already have the pics printed.