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Old 08-31-2019, 10:59 AM   #1
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Default UV window film versus curtains

I am re-doing my craft room and realized I purchased UV window film years ago to protect photos from sun damage. I never installed it and am wondering what the best product is to protect my cardstock from fading. My cardstock is stored in Stamp-n-Storage paper holders so the edges are exposed to light and could fade. What are your thoughts on the best window treatment(s) to protect my cardstock. I could install the film, purchase shades or curtains or room darkening curtains but I don't know which is the most protective. The film filters 99% of UV light only.
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I am not wise on this at all...this is just my humble opinion.

I have black out curtains-well really curtains that have the fabric sewn onto the back. You can get it alone.

I am leaning towards the film bc otherwise what are we saying? You have your windows blocked from light all the time? And you cant see out of them. That does not sound attractive to me. Then what's the point other than some fresh air...and is it only the UV that bleaches? I dont know.

Did you already get the S&S? I know it is an investment...if you didnt, maybe you want to rethink how you store your paper and then the windows become moot. (I have mine in a rolling plastic cart with drawers and a file cabinet)

If you did...maybe make a little curtain over that section with velcro and black out material. Just brainstorming....you might be able to decorate it with ink or paint or embellishments in the colors of the room? I would ask at the fabric store. Could be cute! And a yard of it isnt expensive so a half would be even better depending on what you need.
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Old 09-04-2019, 07:07 AM   #3
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I live in an apartment and there is a rule against having the film on windows. I have the vertical blinds, then blackout curtains installed. It works well for me, plus is a great insulator during our hot summers (!)

Just a consideration for those who may rent and might have restrictions on what they can put on the windows.
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Old 09-04-2019, 08:53 AM   #4
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I live in a home with lots of windows ( no curtains, blinds or film) and skylights. I use vintage table clothes and emboidered runners/tea clothes to lay over the places where I have paper and card stock to protect them from light. Great way to use keepsake linens and lets me keep paper nearby.
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Old 09-04-2019, 04:12 PM   #5
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I put all my supplies in boxes to keep out the light. But I do have some paper scraps bags that are minimally exposed to light and it never seems to fade. So the film with 99% of UV removed should be fine. Blackout blinds would also work but I’m sure they cost more.

But interior lights can also cause fading so keep your lights off as much as possible. I have a basement craft room where my kids always leave the lights on. So it’s often 24/7 lighting as I don’t go down often enough to turn them off. Some lovely handmade paper from India faded and you can imagine I had a convo with my kiddos!

My upstairs craft room has a ton of light, 5 windows! I have a running list of items that fade or deteriorate with light. So far: dry adhesives (like tape runners, Scor-Tape, glue dots-brittle and yellow), some plastic bottles like glue bottles (one shattered in my hand when I squeezed! Huge mess), Washi tape (brittle), paper of all kinds, some cotton ribbon (poly is fine), some plastic containers (my cropper hopper containers became brittle), watercolour Art, some art with other mediums, home decor items made using dry adhesive, some plastic tools (palette knives, pan pastel tools), some buttons (if they are dyed), stickers, epoxy, epoxy embellies or stickers, Liquid pearls or similar (fade).
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I'm just starting my craft room over - DH almost has his home office finished and will soon be outta my space [love ya honey]- and I'm looking for ideas to store and protect my card stock [the room has two south facing windows]while still keeping it visible enough that I see it and use it...lol!! Right now it resides on a low shelf covered with previously discarded towels after I realized one edge of a lot of my cs had faded. I have some in rolling carts with opaque drawers that, somehow, still manage to let some light damage happen.

You all have got me thinking and this is what I came up with. I'll take an IKEA TV unit I have with a side cabinet and drill holes about 2" apart and install 3/16th" shelves in the side cabinet. I can get about 20 shelves in there for 8.5x11 and 12x12 paper, Then I'll install a cool looking roller blind on the front!The roller blind will make it a breeze to see my paper with a quick pull. Whadda ya think??
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Old 09-05-2019, 09:22 AM   #7
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When I started making cards I purchased a tall cabinet from Ikea. Things that I don't want ruined from the sun I put in there. Recently I had a yard sale and found all sorts of goodies from at least 10 years ago and they looked brand new!
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:36 AM   #8
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My room has a picture window. I solved the fading issue by getting a cabinet with file drawers and have all my papers in hanging files. Open the drawers, a beautiful rainbow, close the drawers, zero light on the paper. As a bonus, the top of the cabinets gave me some much needed additional "counter" space for my TH stamp platforms.
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Lots of ideas!

Is the film easily removed if you decide you dont want it? BTW it is visible from the outside so you might want to consider how it will look in company with other windows that dont have it. I think I would not care but you might.

I had put a piece lesser black CS in a place to block sun...and you can see where it bleached. I attached it to the end of the shelf above the one I wanted to protect. But it worked.

I would love to see a pic of the IKEA project when you are done!
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