I have been working on a book at Heritage Makers. As I slapped a piece of digital scotch tape over a photo, I realized how fun it is to be so naughty! I remember watching a segment of THE VIEW last October where Rosie O'Donnell was "scrapping" with these women who were saying it was okay to use masking tape and paint all over your photos. It was downright frightening. But, with digital scrapping, you can tape, staple and paint with abandon. It breaks all the rules that we have spent the last 15 years setting on the traditional side of the industry.
Recently, an expert on preservation spoke about scrapbooks at an event in Utah. She said she doesn't care for the new methods of scrapbooking and feels like the books won't last. She advocates holding your scrapbooks with white cotton gloves. That's taking things a bit too far, IMO. Can you see me asking everyone to put on little gloves before they can touch my albums?
I'm not even that hung up about acid-free. My mom made me books when I was small using all sorts of acidic products and nearly 40 years later, they as still hanging in there. I have no problem slapping a concert program or a picture from a magazine on my page. I might not stick it over my photo, but I will certainly put it on my page. I figure that past my grandkids, no one will care about my books. They'll rip out the photos they want and toss the rest.
But you can really be naughty with digi scrapping! It's fun to slap a digital staple in the middle of a photo to attach a piece of digital ribbon. I don't even think twice about it as I might with traditional scrapping.
Feels so good to be so bad...