What is Vellum
Originally vellum was made from the skin of livestock with it’s intended purpose being a smooth durable surface with which to write on. Early vellum received a vigorous treatment process in order to take it from the skin of an animal to the point where it could be written on and used to create significant documents.
The vellum that you’ll find in craft stores today is significantly different (and cheaper) to the early kind as it’s actually made from plasticised cotton, not animal skin. Today vellum is more commonly referred to as “paper vellum”.
Different Types of Vellum
Modern paper-vellum comes in many different shapes and sizes and for the most part will be translucent. You will also find there wide range of patterns and designs
Vellum can be used to create a slight shadow or shade change to background or embellishment colors. This can be used as a softening agent for baby scrapbooks, as a touch of elegance to gift scrapbooks, or to create dimension on a boring flat page. Vellum is available in both acidic and non-acidic forms, so make sure which type you are buying.
Vellum also comes in pearlescent colors and patterns. There are some beautiful floral types available, which can be laid over plain or subtle cardstock to produce a dreamy, romantic effect, which is beautiful in wedding albums. It is also possible to sometimes get paper stock and vellum in the same print, which can be used for different intensity on the same page or album.
To reduce the cloudiness effect caused by gluing, apply only a thin line of glue along the edges of the vellum. In this way, you will see a slight shadow only along the very edge. This will look like a border to the vellum.
Perhaps a better way to secure vellum onto a page is by using brads or eyelets at the corners. These add another decorative element to the page and increase the layered look by not sticking the vellum down all around the edge.