How to learn craft terms
for scrap booking
Terms are important in life, including when crafting scrapbooks. When you visit craft stores it is great to
know a few terms so that the sale clerks will think you are an expert. In addition, having a basic line of
terms will help you find your way, rather than getting lost when you hear the clerks talk foreign craft
lingo. To get started we can consider acid.
How to understand craft and scrapbook terms:
Acid‐free products are the key to creating and preserving your scrapbook. You want to request materials
that do not have acid‐based chemical reactive content. The Ph level should be around seven or even
higher, to produce a safe keep scrapbook. The products should not have polyvinyl chlorides; therefore
look for PVC‐Free materials. Instead, look for materials made of polyester, polyethylene, or
polypropylene. Lignin‐Free materials will prevent your newspapers, or clippings from yellowing. Lignin is
acid based. In addition, you want to learn steps to avoid acidy contents touching your scrapbook. You
should wash your hands prior to touching your scrapbook, and request that anyone touching your
scrapbook wash their hands beforehand.
Archival is a common term in crafts, since many scrapbooks are made up as archrivals. Archival is the
process of protecting your scrapbook from fading, yellowing, or deteriorating. Buffer paper is
recommended for crafting scrapbooks. Buffer paper will protect your book from defused acids, and acid
migrating from damaging your papers and photos. To find buffer paper suitable for scrapbook crafting,
look for paper with the label “Photo Activity Test,” approved or P.A.T., which is approved by ANSI.
(American National Standards Institute)
If you plan to glue your photos and news clippings, or other materials in your scrapbook, keep in mind
that reversible adhesive is optional. The contents will allow you to remove the photos later and re‐