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.
So whats this new trend with vellum scrapbooking? Well honestly, there isn’t one. This material is a little more expensive than your standard scrapbooking supplies (as leather tends to be) which might make a few people apprehensive about using it.
It is almost never considered or thought of when scrappers are considering materials for their pages. Besides my friend who introduced me to it, I have seldom seen people vellum scrapbooking.
However, this should not be considered as a bad 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 really made many of them take an interest in the ‘new’ material I was using. They were surprised to learn that Vellum had been around for hundreds of years.
This material also looks wonderful in almost any scrapbook. Besides adding a wonderful texture, it also has a wonderful matte effect, preventing pages from becoming glossy or highly reflective. It also has the wonderful property of stick-resistance. This was a great side benefit, as many of you may have experienced some of your scrapbook pages sticking together after a few months of non-browsing.
So there you have it, next time you are combing your brain for ideas or just looking for something to give your book a little flair, go for vellum scrapbooking.