04 September 2011

Vellum Scrapbooking: The Master Scrappers Secret

By Janette Miller

It comes as not much of a surprise that not everybody has heard of vellum before. But don't feel bad, I had not heard about it either until I was shown some vellum scrapbooking by someone who had done scrapping for years. So what is it?

Vellum is very similar to leather. It is made from the skin of animals, most commonly goats or sheep. It is much thinner and softer than leather you've potentially seen it before used on the skin of drums or on a lampshade. It's been around for centuries and was employed as parchment for important documents like land deeds or contracts.

So what's this new trend with vellum scrapbooking? Well honestly, there is not one. This material is a bit more pricey than your standard scrapbooking supplies ( as leather has a tendency to be ) which might make 1 or 2 people apprehensive about using it.

It's rarely considered or consideration of when scrappers are considering materials for their pages. Besides my pal who introduced me to it, I have seldom seen folks vellum scrapbooking.

However, this shouldn't be thought about as a disagreeable thing, when I used it, the feel was so soft and engaging that I had many scrappers asking me what it was and where they could get it. It truly made many of them take an interest in the 'new ' material I was using. They were stunned to find out that Vellum had been around for centuries.

This material also looks smashing in almost any scrapbook. Besides adding a superb texture, it's also got a superb matte effect, stopping pages from becoming glossy or highly reflective. It also has the wonderful property of stick-resistance. This was a great side benefit, as many of you could have experienced some of your scrapbook pages sticking together after 1 or 2 months of non-browsing.

So there you have it, next time you are combing your brain for ideas or merely looking for something to give your book a little flair, go for vellum scrapbooking.

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