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Subject: A question for scrapbookers?
Date Posted: 10/2/2010 9:21 AM ET
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Does anyone know if greeting cards (birthday, holiday, sympathy etc...) are acid free and can be used in scrapbooking?

I have a huge number of cards that I like something about the scenery or a saying in the card. I would like to cut out portions of the cards to use in scrapbooking but don't want to ruin any of the books if they are not acid free.

Ok, two questions: Does anyone use greeting cards or parts of the cards in scrapbooking?

Date Posted: 10/6/2010 10:32 PM ET
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great question. I'd email the card manufacturers and ask them. 

Date Posted: 10/9/2010 2:53 PM ET
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Most greeting cards are not acid-free. You can buy a spray that neutralizes the acid in them.

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 9:40 AM ET
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Thank you for your responses.

Lori, where would you find the spray? There is a Hobby Lobby and Walmart in the next town from me. Do you know the name of it? I would love to try that! 

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 11:07 AM ET
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Mimi there is a spray called Achival Mist by EK Success that you can use. I think Hobby Lobby ,K Mart and AC Moore carry it, not sure about Wal Mart since they have scaled their crafts section down .

Subject: acid free cards
Date Posted: 10/18/2010 11:44 AM ET
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I cut up brochures, cards, whatever, and use them in my creative memories scrapbook.  CCConsultants say that as long as the paper goods are not touching the photos, they should be OK

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 12:12 PM ET
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Thank you Carol and Rebecca. I was going to print photos on regular copy paper and use some of the card faces as frames for the photos. I'll definately get some of the Archival Mist spray on my next visit to Hobby Lobby.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 5:26 PM ET
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Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. But I use the Archival Mist that Carol mentioned. I believe I got it at Hobby Lobby also.

Date Posted: 10/19/2010 8:24 AM ET
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you could put your photo in one of the acid-free photo pockets (about the size of the photo) and then adhere the card/item on top of the pocket, then the cards acidity wouldn't be as much of a concern as the photo would be protected.

hope this helps you out.

Date Posted: 10/20/2010 12:18 PM ET
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No problem Lori.

Jennifer thank you for the suggestion.

I have a lot of cards and am using parts of the cards not the whole cards. Some of them have beautiful edging. I plan on framing some photos with the edging. The acid-free photo pockets sound great. I'll check to see if I can get those at Hobby Lobby also.

Thank you, I really appreciate the suggestions.