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Warning: If It Doesn’t State Acid & Lignin Free… It Probably Isn’t!!



Scrapbooking and card making are more than just pieces of coordinated paper; it’s a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. That’s why ensuring the quality of our papers is of the utmost importance to the Fabscraps family. We want your creativity from the heart to last a lifetime. In today’s blog post, we want you to know everything about our paper… WHY? Because we guarantee it will last forever.

Be careful with papers that do not state they are acid and lignin free, more often than not, these papers are printed on paper unsuitable for the scrapbooking industry which A) Does not hold its own ink properly, B) cannot be exposed to liquid without running and most importantly C) will not keep your gorgeous projects and hard work for generations to come.

So what does acid and lignin free really mean?  Our fellow crafties at www.scrap-of-time.com explains it perfectly. “Acid free materials have a pH balance of 7.0 or higher. The pH scale measures how acidic or basic a substance is. The scale runs from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. Anything with a pH less than 7 is considered acidic, and anything over 7 is considered basic. Lignin is a natural occurring bonding element in plants that holds the wood fibre together. While lignin is not an acid, it does give off acids as it deteriorates. Therefore if you have a paper that is only acid free, but still contains lignin, it will become acidic over time.


So why does all this matter? Simply put, acid and lignin cause paper to deteriorate. A good example of this is newspaper. You will notice that after only a couple of days, newspaper begin to turn yellow and brittle. The same will happen to your scrapbook and photographs over time if the proper materials are not used.


Do not automatically assume that because an item it purchased in the “scrapbook” section that it is photo-safe. If it does not say “acid and lignin-free” or “archival safe”, assume that it is not. A pH pen or litmus paper can be purchased to test the acidity of a product if you are not sure.” Always ensure that the pen you use is new as even this deteriorates over time and when using litmus paper, dip a section of your sample paper into water and leave your litmus paper on for a couple of hours to reveal true acidity.




Although our designs and our amazing printing company are proudly South African, our paper is imported. This specific type of paper cannot be found in our beautiful country. Hailing from one of the world’s cleanest fine paper mills, it is environmentally friendly and ecologically sound. We love that we cause minimal damage to our beautiful planet while creating gorgeous treasures.


We have worked with our fabulous supplier since Fabscraps inception, in 2005. Our supplier has been awarded the well-recognized ISO 14001, EMAS and carries the Nordic Swan. Pulp is only purchased from environmentally friendly suppliers and is FSC approved (acid free, very important). It is an uncoated wood free paper (No lignin, also very important). They are surfaced-sized with a specially treated surface to ensure both good handling, superior workability and can be manipulated (tearing and water soak) without losing its composition or ink deposits.

CHAIN-OF-CUSTODY: Our Commitment to the environment and ensuring quality to our customers!

FSCTM (Forest Stewardship Council™)

Founded in 1993 on the initiative from timber users, traders and representatives of environmental and human-rights organizations. FSC promotes an ecological, social and economically responsible management of the world’s forests.

The FSC Chain-of-Custody certification provides a way to follow the origin of the raw material to the manufactured product. This enables consumers and companies to make responsible purchases.

The FSC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification enables Fabscraps to:

  • Determine and control the origin of FSC-certified material 
  • Show our customers that we comply with the applicable FSC standards covering purchase, production and sales of FSC-products. 
  • Use the FSC trademark for labeling of our FSC-products


PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is a global system that promotes sustainable forest management – environmentally, socially beneficial and economically viable management of forests for present and future generations – through independent third party forest certification.

The PEFC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification provides our customers with information about the origin of the raw material. The CoC certification also enables us to obtain a license for labeling our PEFC-products.


Both systems use the volume credit method; the incoming volume of certified raw material is transferred into an outgoing volume of certified paper product.

Both systems are continuously audited by third party auditors.

Responsible wood/pulp sourcing

Our supplier is committed to procure wood/pulp raw material only from responsible sources and have procedures in place to avoid:

  • Illegally harvested wood;
  • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights;
  • Wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities;
  • Wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non- forest use;
  • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.


If you would like any more information regarding the quality of our papers, please don’t ever hesitate to call us or pop us an email through our contact page on the website!


It gives us great comfort knowing that even after we depart this earth, the hours that we spent creating our timeless keepsakes will live on for generations to come- Fabscraps ♥



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