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#1 MiaScraps

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 08:06 PM

I've been sorting through boxes and boxes of someone's belongings. The items have been in boxes just over 10 years. Many of the staples and paperclips are rusted. This makes me wonder about using those things on my layouts. Any thoughts?
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#2 Krystal K

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 11:06 PM

Two thoughts: If one doesn't have digital copies of the pics, it is best not to do this. The other thought it it could all get tossed after I die, so oh well!
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#3 mshanhun

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 11:28 PM

Absolutely! As an archivist I've been cringing about metal embellishments for years...


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#4 nicolemann9

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Posted 29 July 2016 - 09:10 AM

Thanks for posting this! That's something I would never have thought about. I don't really use lots of staples or paperclips, but I'll definitely consider that next time I go to use one!


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#5 Melissa

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 06:29 AM

Hmm...good to think about. I don't use clips very often, but brads and staples, I do.


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 04:57 PM

I just went to check my albums spanning back 15 years. The first metal I encountered were pages made 12-13 years ago. No staples that old, but other metal stuff like brads, eyelets, and just random metal embellishments. None of them are rusting that I can see. I think the only time I've come across rusted paper clips and staples is with papers that were kept in a non-climate-controlled basement for several years. I think if they're in our heated/air conditioned/dehumidified homes, they're probably OK?



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Posted 18 August 2016 - 01:04 AM

I just went to check my albums spanning back 15 years. The first metal I encountered were pages made 12-13 years ago. No staples that old, but other metal stuff like brads, eyelets, and just random metal embellishments. None of them are rusting that I can see. I think the only time I've come across rusted paper clips and staples is with papers that were kept in a non-climate-controlled basement for several years. I think if they're in our heated/air conditioned/dehumidified homes, they're probably OK?


Nope. Not at all. In archival conditions staples still rust.


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