Newspaper articles, special t-shirts, fabrics and laces — I LOVE scrapbooking with all these amazing things that have special significance in our lives.
They all add texture, both literally and figuratively, to our stories.
I mentioned in a recent Paperclipping Roundtable episode about storytelling that after a lifetime of experimenting with how to adhere these types of story-laden materials, I have come to the conclusion that there is just one adhesive that is good.
It’s gel medium (matte).
And it’s not just good. It’s amazing.
Do you like the idea of using bits of fabric? Fabric from old costumes or well-loved clothing?
See more on scrapbooking with fabric here: Fabric On Your Pages
Do you have old clippings from your family’s small town local paper? More current clippings of current events? I have both, plus I saved a few favorite cartoons when I was a teenager and college student.
See more here: Working with Newsprint
SPECIAL OCCASION T-SHIRTS
The entire background of this page is a t-shirt from my son’s first concert. After he grew out of it he was so glad that I had a way of preserving it for him which did not include taking up space in his dresser drawer. (Please excuse the graying out of his friend’s face).
I bet you have some special t-shirts too meaningful to give up, but that you don’t actually want to wear. I threw most of mine away before I figured out I could use gel medium. (sadface).
See more info with a free video here: How to Make Ephemera Fit with Your Design
Why Gel Medium
Gel medium is archival, it is durable and long-lasting. It holds heavy items (professional mixed media artists use it to hold heavy things). And gel medium maintains the page’s original flexibility so it won’t crack from stiffness.
You can see how it works in a few of the Paperclipping member videos. See episodes 71, 205, and 274. Episode 71 is very detailed in specific methods that do and don’t work when using gel medium with newspaper. Click here for information about a membership.
Do you have old newspaper clippings that are disintegrating? I’m not an expert archivist, but this seems to me to be a good solution to make our old clippings last a long, long time so they don’t fall apart.
These items from our daily lives add texture and authenticity to our pages. I love them! I hope you’re adding them to your pages.