It comes as no surprise that not everyone has heard of vellum before. But don’t feel bad, I hadn’t heard of it either until I was shown some vellum scrapbooking by someone who had done scrapping for years. So what is it?
Vellum is very similar to leather. It is made from the skin of animals, most commonly goats or sheep. It is much thinner and softer than leather – you’ve probably seen it before used on the skin of drums or on a lampshade. It has been around for hundreds of years and was used as parchment for important documents like land deeds or contracts.