4 STEPS TO PRESERVING NEWSPAPER
A lot of scrapbookers do not realize that newspapers are something that deteriorates quickly in a not-so-pretty way. When aged, they turn yellow and frail, and in some cases – illegible. This is due to the excess of acid in newsprint, which may even alter the paper quality of the album pages themselves. To preserve your news clips, here are three recommend ways to ensure their survival through the test of time.
#1 Make photocopies
Transfer your newsprint to acid free paper. There are some very basic ways to do this. For example, you can simply photocopy the articles onto regular paper and cut them out to the size of your liking. If you have access to a scanner, scanning and printing out your clippings is also a good alternative to using the original copies. With the high quality of most scanners and copy machines, it is often feasible to capture the details and the vibe of actual newsprint.
To fight the unavoidable aging brittleness of newsprint, you can also opt to laminate your articles. However, do note that lamination does not resolve the issue of the newspaper turning yellow. In fact, chemicals get trapped between the sealed plastic and the paper will still deteriorate. On the plus side, the running acid will not seep into the other pages, allowing your album to remain clean and safe.
#3 De-acidification treatment
Using sprays and solutions are perhaps the most effective ways of treating the pesky aging of newsprint. Some common brands to look for is the Archival Mist by EK Success. These products are a good treatment for any paper product that contains acid, such as old love letters, sweet greeting cards and formal documents. In fact, we recommend it as a must-have tool for the serious scrapbooker.
#4 Homemade acid solutions
If you conduct a quick search online, you will find that recipes for homemade acid solutions exist. While some methods do work, it can create a big mess and requires a lot of preparation. This makes method number three a better choice.
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