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Who new that being a Craft Wars loser would bring me so much press?  I have had three articles in my local newspapers and a local TV show out to interview me.  It has been so much fun and I am grateful for the opportunity to try and gain some local readers.

Now I have to figure out how to save the articles and frame them or something.  Does anyone have any experience with showcasing newspaper articles that will keep it archival safe?

Anywho if you want to read my latest article in the Daily Journal I uploaded it for you to read.  It takes about a minute to load since it is a PDF.


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  1. Awesome! Did the show air yet? I have it DVR’d but it seems that they are out for summer since no new shows have been recorded! Can’t wait to see it! Love your blog!

  2. Congrats!!!! Great Article, I know, I love reading all about your rescues and creations, it has re-sparked my interest in crafting and re-pourposing


  3. Hello Beckie,

    Congrats on your successes. Watched the show and enjoyed seeing someone that I had been following for some time. Enjoy your blog and have learned and been inspired so much by and with you!

    To answer your question about newspaper and preservation. Newspaper is the least expensive paper out there. It is made to last long enough to read the article and that is really it. It is high in acid and lignin. Do an experiment and take one piece of newspaper and place outside in the sun and another and place in a interior room, and yet another and place in a drawer or closet, somewhere dark. Be sure to mark each one as to their location. After a day or so, collect all pieces and compare the condition, the piece from the dark place will be in the best condition. That is why it turns yellow so quickly. Exposure to sunlight speeds up this process of decay. This is also why that we can use it in our compost bins. Ok, now on to your questions.

    There are a few options. One, there is a product on the market called Archival Mist, I believe it initially was a Smithsonian product. It is a fine mist that is sprayed onto paper to neutralize. It is pricey, but does the trick. At any craft store that sells scrapbooking products will have a ph testing pen, it will go on clear and then turn purple(ph neutral) or yellow(ph acidic).

    Once encased in glass and sealed, using all acid free lignin free products and UV museum quality glass, your original article should be fine. Placement of framed work away from direct sunlight is key.

    The easiest and less costly is to make a photo copy at a big box office store. Make sure they use archival paper and copy and print in COLOR, that will give the look of real newspaper with out the acid. Adding museum mount to the paper for framing will further enhance it’s longevity and make it look so much more professional looking.

    I am all for being crafty, frugal and clever. In the case of framing heritage like this, professional framing is in my opinion the only way to go. It is pricey, it is custom. It will insure your project integrity. This is something that you will keep and pass down to your loved ones. After all, you will want all those grand kids to learn of their famous Grandmother!!!!!

    I hope I have answered a few questions. Feel free to contact me if you need further info. Again, many kudos to you!

  4. Beckie, I’ve workd for a newspapers for over 30 years….you can contact the newspaper you were featured on….they can reproduce the article onto a velox….and even fix it up a bit to feature the article as a story and the only article written on that page, with it’s masthead and such….we do it all the time for people…just contact them…and by the way…..you were wonderful!……Toni

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