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Old 10-29-2004, 05:01 AM   #1  
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Does anyone know if the SU cardstock is archival quality? I was also wondering about the classic ink.
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Our paper is definitely archival. Classic ink is safe, but will fade over time. SU products are all archival safe (according to my upline, I've never looked that up). HTH.
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Old 10-29-2004, 05:47 AM   #3  
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Personally, I've seen fading in both the cardstock and Classic inks. The cardstock isn't enough to bother me, but I use the Craft inks for my scrapbooks.

Here's what SU says:
"First, look for the Stampin’ Memories® symbol in the Idea Book & Catalog and this Product Guide next to the products that are the best choice for long-term preservation. This symbol indicates card stocks and papers that are acid and lignin free and inks that are acid free, fade resistant, and nonbleeding.

"Is it archival?

"True archival quality (as that term is used by museums and other archivists) would require that your albums be protected against any dust, light, and oils (as on fingers). We envision collecting our memories to share with our families and friends today and in the future. Rather than focus on the word “archival,? which may be somewhat vague, we prefer to use specific terms so your customers will know the qualities offered by specific products.

"Is it acid free?

"Acid is a major preservation problem. If a manufacturer labels a product “acid free,? it means that it does not contain harmful acids that may cause the product to deteriorate or turn brittle over time. You can get acid-free products for any preservation need, so make certain that all inks, adhesives, and papers you use in your scrapbooks are acid free. If you are considering a product that gives a measurement of acid content, do not select anything with a number higher than 8.5 or lower than 6.5. Seven would be perfectly neutral. Products listed as pH neutral are safe for scrapbooking.

"Your first line of defense in any preservation project is to get your photos and other materials out of an acid environment. For example, until you are ready to mount your photos in a scrapbook, store them in an acid-free environment. Our page protectors and Craft Keepers are an excellent choice. Do not use shoeboxes or the paper or plastic envelopes in which photos are returned from the photo processor.

"You may wish to preserve items that may be acidic (theater tickets, newspaper clippings, etc.). If so, you have a couple of choices: you may photocopy the items, or you may place them in a memorabilia pocket. Photocopying newspaper clippings also solves the problem of high lignin content (defined below) in newsprint.

"Is it lignin free?

"Lignin is a naturally occurring stiffening agent found in all trees and left in some paper products. It causes yellowing and brittleness over time. You’ll want to choose lignin-free papers for your scrapbooks.

"Is it buffered?

"Buffered paper has had an alkaline substance added to it during the manufacturing process. The alkaline substance neutralizes acid and helps neutralize acid in other products. Purchasing buffered paper with the belief that it will protect your scrapbook pages from all the acids introduced by other sources, however, may lead to a false sense of security. There is no guarantee that buffering will prevent acid damage. We have included this information in case your customers ask.

"Stampin’ Up! offers a wide selection of acid-free papers, including our exclusive card stock, suitable for scrapbooks and recommends that you use only acid-free (or pH neutral) papers for preserving your memories. If you want to know whether a particular paper offered by Stampin’ Up! is buffered, check the individual product descriptions or the charts that follow.

"What about card stock issues?

"Using quality dyes in colored paper, colored card stock, and patterned papers is essential to inhibit fading. It is difficult to tell by looking at new paper whether quality dyes were used. Your best bet is to buy from a reputable company that represents its papers as suitable for scrapbooks. Stampin’ Up!’s sturdy exclusive 80 lb. weight card stock is acid free and lignin free, and we use high-quality dyes, so you can be assured the card stock you choose from us will meet your needs in preserving your treasures and memories. Stampin’ Up! employs a quality specialist who has set up quality standards with the mills that make our card stock, so you can be assured that you will always receive the best.

"Which should I choose—dye or pigment ink?

"Dye inks are more economical, faster drying, and are used in Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive 48-color palette. Stampin’ Pads or Stampin’ Write markers are acid free for use in scrapbooks. They are not, however, formulated to be fade resistant and nonbleeding. The lighter colors are more susceptible to fading than the darker colors.

"Pigment inks are typically much thicker than dye inks and can be heat set or embossed to dry quickly. Pigment inks are permanent and will not bleed. Pigment inks are more resistant to fading than most dye inks. Embossing is recommended for metallic inks.

"What about plastics?

"Petroleum-based plastics are as dangerous to your photographs and documents as acid. Be certain you choose photo sheet protectors that are made from polyester, poly-ethylene, Mylar, or polypropylene (the best choice is polypropylene, the material from which Stampin’ Up!’s sheet protectors are made). "
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That's not the one either, but, wow! What a great resource for paper info! I'll add this one to my compilation also. You gals are great!

I'm thinking the one I remember reading was about 2 months ago?
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