The "Memory" CollectorWritten by David Kunstek
The “Memory” Collector
Everyone collects something right? It may be baseball cards, hats, or some other type of sports memorabilia. Even if you don’t consider yourself a collector of anything, you may be and don’t even know it. How about collection of tools in cellar you don’t really use, but you have to have them! Even maybe all those movies laying around you no longer watch, sounds like a collection to me.
More common items people typically collect are things like, coins, military items, guns, and sports items. Generally it will be something that once interested a person, had an impact on their lives or they just simply enjoyed. Me, I am a collector of shot glasses. What it was that spawned interest is beyond me, I think it may have started in college. I now have a collection of over 300 shot glasses, and yes, I have had at least 1 shot of some type of a concoction from each one of them.
Looking at them now, they are reminders of places I have been, and things I have done. Every one of them has a story to be told, memories flood my mind every time I pick one up. None of my shot glasses really have any monetary value, but I would never part with them, as a collection, they are proof of my existence if kept together.
I have searched internet to find reasons why others collect shot glasses. This quote was found on a personal site of an obvious diehard Hard Rock Café shot glass collector; “My goal is to display each of shot glasses that have been available over years from The Hard Rock Cafes and The Hard Rock Hotel.” Needless to say, man(or woman) has their work cut out for them to complete that collection.
I Didn't Know These Are Slowly Destroying My Scrapbooks!Written by Palyn Peterson
Once you spend your precious time and energy creating a scrapbook, make sure it lasts! There are a few simple things you can easily do to ensure that your scrapbooks look just as good as day you finished them, for years to come.
The first thing to avoid is paper that is not lignin-free. You've probably heard that before, and it is true, but what is lignin anyways? Lignin is a stiff component of a plant that quite literally holds it together. Although lignin is necessary for plants and trees, you want nothing to do with it! After a while, lignin will cause photos, fabrics and other paper that touch it to turn brown. Yes, lignin-free paper does cost more, but it is a vital part of preserving your cherished scrapbooks.
If paper is not lignin-free, it will eventually discolor your photos and other materials touching it. So when buying paper for your scrapbooking projects, be sure to look for packages that say "lignin-free," because if it doesn't say it, then it most likely isn't.
Fabric is a big concern for preserving your scrapbooks, but unfortunately it is often overlooked. Many people assume that all fabrics are acid-free, but they aren't. Silk actually goes through an acid bath during manufacturing process, as well as many tie-dyed fabrics. This isn't to discourage you from using it, not all. Just try to make sure that no photos directly touch fabric, and if you need them to overlap, make sure there is a layer of paper between two.