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« on: January 04, 2007 06:46:48 AM »

I've been using a lot of ephemera in my ATCs.  I used to do a lot of scrapbooking back in the day, and I know scrapbookers worry a lot about the archival properties of their materials.  Do any ATCers worry about that for ATCs?

I haven't been worrying about it at all -- I figure if anything ages or yellows, that will just be part of the ongoing process of "finishing" the art (like fingerprints from handling, or the abuse of the post office).  But I'm curious about whether other people consider the archival properties of ephemera, and if so, what they do about it.
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2007 07:39:13 AM »

I've been using a lot of ephemera in my ATCs.  I used to do a lot of scrapbooking back in the day, and I know scrapbookers worry a lot about the archival properties of their materials.  Do any ATCers worry about that for ATCs?

I haven't been worrying about it at all -- I figure if anything ages or yellows, that will just be part of the ongoing process of "finishing" the art (like fingerprints from handling, or the abuse of the post office).  But I'm curious about whether other people consider the archival properties of ephemera, and if so, what they do about it.

I've started mailing mine in protective envelopes because of the abuse by the postal service. There was a card I sent to OY and it was sent back...by the time it made it to Texas & back, the envelope was in pretty rough shape. I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2007 08:33:12 AM »

I send my cards in padded envelopes or cd holders, but I haven't worried much about archival issues.
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2007 11:38:56 AM »

Kat, I don't really worry too much about archival quality of my ephemera for my ATC's . Like you said- if it ages or yellows- it often looks like you meant it that way- I figure just because we think our piece is finished- maybe nature wasn't done with it yet!
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2007 12:30:44 PM »

Nope, don't worry at all. Hadn't even thought of it actually.

I mail my cards inside little plastic bags so they won't get wet. Hadn't even thought about getting bent.  Hmmmm.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2007 06:46:58 AM »

I think about it some. Like, if I'm buying glue for collages, I want it to be acid-free. Watching things mounted on cardstock at school, looks like the more fluorescent inks are more light-sensitive and prone to fading, which could really alter the look of a design, but on the other hand most ATCs aren't on display day-in day-out.
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