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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have so many photos, where do I start?
A: First, don't spend a lot of time worrying about how many photos are stuck in boxes and tucked in the back of a closet. Start by organizing your photos by time period or event. Start with the most recent events and work back in time. Your memory of the most recent events is much easier to recall than that of events that happened some time ago. Jot notes on pieces of paper about each photos or group of photos to tell their story later. Now, that the organizing is complete, visit your local scrapbook store and ask for help. Many stores offer beginners classes that start with an overview of what scrapbooking is, what is safe, what is not and how to complete your first layout.

Q: What does acid and lignin free mean?
A: Acid is typically a remnant is the paper product process. The issue with acid is the PH level. Products with a PH level of less than 7.0 can react with photos, paper, metal and other scrapbooking products that could shorten their life span. While most of the products available are not harmful to your scrapbooks, just because a product is claimed to be acid-free does not always mean that it is scrapbook safe!

Lignin is a complex polymer that binds to cellulose fibers and hardens and strengthens the cell walls of plants. Lignin reacts with paper and causes it to yellow, such as in a newspaper print and can cause photos to spot and stain. Papers that are considered lignin-free should have a level of no more than 1% lignin.

Q: What are the latest trends and how can I find out about them?
A: Latest trends are different all around the country. Just like people's creative ideas are different from region to region, so are the trends of the industry. In a general sense, the trends could be similar, but a little southern twist can make a trend from the northeast seem quite different. Also, trends can be developed in a certain area and without publicity, scrappers outside that area may never hear of the idea. The best way to stay up to date is to stay on-line. Visit scrapbookportal.com often to find the latest hint or trick and check the other resources available to do the same! Or, start your own trend, and spread the word!

Q: I would like to take a class. How do I find a resource for that?
A: Easy. Go to the retail store directory on scrapbookportal.com and find a store near you. See if they have a class schedule on-line. If not, call them and ask them about a class you are interested in taking, or ask them to fax you a copy of their latest schedule.

Q: I would like to go to a scrapbooking convention. Are they available to the general public?
A: Yes and No. Some conventions are open to the general public as well as the trade. However, there may be a restriction on the dates that are open to the public. Typically, the convention will host the trade at the beginning of the event and the public later in the event. You can find out more by checking you resource for scrapbooking events at scrapbookportal.com.

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