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« on: October 12, 2010 09:25:02 PM »

I'm looking to create a scrapbook of me and my boyfriend. I want this thing to last for at least my lifetime.

Because I like to talk a lot, I have BOLDED the actual question part among my ranty explaining.

No offense to ANYONE honestly, but I really don't want scrapbook paper, typical scrapbooking section supplies, or martha-stewart-looking-pages... that stuff is fine and it looks nice for other people but it is not my style.
I have been making altered books and journals since I was 12 but have always burned them, so I didn't care about archival quality before... but the altered book and messy passionate look is what I'm going to be shooting for with this scrapbook. I'll actually save this one though... no burning Wink

Since I'm a fibers major and literally obsessed with fabric and handmade paper, I was planning on using a combination of hand-pulled cotton and abaca paper as well as regular cardstock. I do realize its a lot of extra work, but I'm an art major, i.e. weird. I also might be painting on the cardstock itself and I'm guess acrylic is the most archival/easy to use?

My idea then was to stitch on the photos (like an exaggerated zigzag or decorative stitch) instead of gluing them on, as stitching would probably last longer, and add the flair I'm looking for.

But as far as extra embellishments go, what kind of glue should I be using? I don't want to spend a huge amount of money on the stuff, but I do care to use adhesive that won't damage my photos and memorabilia, as well as adhesive that lasts and holds a long time.

Finally, I have all the photos digitally on my computer, but am at a loss to whether to get them printed as matte or regular gloss photos. Which lasts longer? I know gloss has glare, but matte doesn't show the color as well.
If it helps, I will be going through walgreens to print up all my photos, because I have no access to a color printer.

Thanks! Smiley
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