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Scrappin’ 101: Scrapbooking Non-Photo Items

Question: “Hi! I’m looking to scrapbook some items that aren’t photographs and I was wondering what is the best way to do so…The things that I’m looking to scrapbook include old family documents, some show programs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and ticket stubs. What can I do? ”
Barb, Tennesee

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Answer: Hi Barb! When it comes to scrapbooking non-photo items, keep many of the same concepts for traditional scrapbooking in mind. You need to create a layout that you’re happy with and you have be sure that you have a scrapbook that can accommodate what you want to fill it with. Tickets and programs may be easy to scrap, but some magazine or newspaper articles can prove to be more difficult. Choose a scrapbook that can meet the sizes you need.

You may want to think about testing the pH of your papers and then using an archival misting spray to balance (just in case). You can also think about laminating your clippings before pasting them into your scrapbook using a safe adhesive.

Also, to save these items from discoloration, fading, and overall wear and tear from age, be sure to choose a scrapbook that’s archival quality and uses acid and lignin free papers. is a great place to find Scrapbooks to meet your archival quality and sizing needs.

Once you have your materials in order, start scrapping as if you were using photos. Remember, use your imagination and be creative! We hope this helps!

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