It comes as not much of a surprise that not everybody has heard about vellum before. But do not feel bad, I had not heard of it either till I was shown some vellum scrapbooking by someone that had done scrapbooking for a while. So what is it?
Vellum is very like leather. It is made of the skin of animals, most commonly goats or sheep. It is much thinner and softer than leather you’ve possibly seen it before used on the skin of drums or on a lampshade. It has been around for centuries and was used as parchment for crucial documents like land deeds or contracts.
So what’s this hot trend with vellum scrapbooking? Well truthfully, there’s not one. This material is a bit more expensive than your standard scrapbooking supplies ( as leather is ) which might make one or two people apprehensive about using it.
It’s almost never considered or consideration of when scrappers are considering materials for their pages. Besides my chum who introduced me to it, I have barely seen people vellum scrapbooking.
However, this shouldn’t be thought of as a disagreeable thing, when I used it, the texture was so soft and interesting 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 surprised to learn that Vellum had been about for hundreds of years.
This material also looks wonderful in nearly any scrapbook. Besides adding a superb texture, it’s also got a wonderful matte effect, stopping pages from becoming glossy or highly reflective. It has also got 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 one or two months of non-browsing.
So there you have it, next time you are combing your brain for concepts or merely hunting for something to give your book a little flair, go for vellum scrapbooking.