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Fadeless Safari Prints Paper by Pacon

Reported by Heather Strenzwilk

Sometimes I find the coolest art supplies where I least expect it. I discovered Fadeless Safari Prints Paper by Pacon at a teacher’s store. The 24 sheet pack of lightweight textured paper featured giraffe, tiger, zebra, cheetah, alligator and snake patterns. The patterns are single sided and the texture matches the pattern (snakeskin, animal hide, etc.)

The paper is folded to show what I printed on the front and back of the paper.

According to the packaging, this product is acid free, fade resistant and laser and inkjet compatible and are idea for scrapbooking. I can’t speak for the fade resistance because I made my projects a short time ago. To test the inkjet compatibility, I printed some text on a sheet of giraffe paper using my HP Photosmart 3210 printer. Due to my carelessness, I also printed text on the back of the paper. I ran the same sheet through the printer a second time (with no difficulties) so it would print on the correct side. Since the paper is textured, the texture is of course reversed on the plain, unprinted side and I noticed the text was darker and more solid on the unprinted side.

In this closeup, you can see the texture of the giraffe paper and that the print isn’t as crisp and dark as what printed on the back (by mistake!)

This paper is of a similar weight to text weight paper, but with slightly less body (crispness when folded). It was quite easy to roll the paper into beads and I only needed a small drop of liquid glue to fasten the end. I think the texture helped keep the bead together and hold the glue.

This journal features zebra, cheetah and giraffe with cheetah, tiger and giraffe paper beads.

Wrapping lightweight book board with a piece of the cheetah paper was easy. The lightweight paper was easy to use and didn’t get bulky in the corners like a heavier paper. Additionally, the paper help up well for tearing and being punched with a Japanese Book Drill. The only slight issue I had was when I punched circles using a hand punch and the circles all had a ragged area which was more likely due to my punch with the lighterweight paper.

I prefer an adhesive tape runner for most projects like this but because of the textured surface, I found a glue stick to work better for this project. I also noted that I was able to carefully lift the sticker to move it without damaging the zebra layer under it. While this was helpful to me for my project, next time I might use some double stick tape to secure a sticker.

I really like Fadeless Safari Prints Paper by Pacon because of the unique textures and its suitability for various projects. This is a fun way to add a touch of Africa to your next project.

Pros:

  • Lightweight paper which is a good weight for projects such as books or paper beads
  • Uniquely textured
  • Wide variety of patterns

Cons:

  • Single sided print
  • Difficult to find the product in retail stores (but it is widely available online)

Have you tried Fadeless Safari Prints Paper? What did you think?
Please share your thoughts with our readers.

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Adhesive Removers: Un-Du® Vs. Duck

Reported by Jessica Ripley

I remember first reading about Un-Du in an online scrapbooking forum where countless scrapbookers were expressing their love for a product I had never heard of before. It was statements such as “I could not scrap without it!” and “It works like a miracle!” that got me intrigued, and I decided to seek some out for myself to try.

But how great could it really be I wondered? Especially when I found Duck Adhesive Remover in the same section of an online craft store that looked to be so similar? Not to mention Duck was cheaper for a larger bottle, and Duck is a brand I know and trust (I’m partial to their adhesive runners for scrapbooking). Still I remembered what I had read, and added both to my cart determined to test them out on equal ground and decide for myself.

Well, after the tests I performed below, add me to the believers in Un-Du!

As mentioned above, both products look fairly similar. They both come with handy scrapers attached to the nozzles of the bottles meant to aid in getting the product where it needs to go and then for removal of the stuck on item.


The difference is when you open the cap however, that Un-Du has a drip nozzle, where as Duck has a sponge applicator. I thought that I would prefer the sponge at first. The drip nozzle made it a little difficult to not use too much remover without first having to screw the cap back on.

However the “well” in the applicator for Un-Du caught any extra fluid that dripped out, and it didn’t create a mess. It was also a bit easier to control the flow from a drip nozzle once I got the hang of it, rather than dabbing a project with an overly saturated sponge from the Duck brand.

The Sticker Test:

I’ll admit many a time have I applied a letter sticker on a layout only to do so crooked. I’ve tried all the tricks; using a vanishing ink pen to draw a line first, sticking the very edge of the letter to a ruler first to be sure they are lined up, etc. They just don’t always work! And I’ll end up with a wonky title with no hopes of saving it.

What I’d do in the past is try to deftly remove the sticker with my fingernail, and depending on the quality of the sticker, would usually end up with this:

Ruined (and time for some creative embellishment masking).

So, I was particularly interested in this test and grabbed the Un-Du

At first application, it soaked the paper and I got a bit concerned:


However the letters came right up with hardly any poking or prodding. The soaking actually helped the product get to the adhesive and make it easy to lift the letters off the page un-damaged.


Next I tried the Duck bottle, and dabbed the product on the letters using the sponge. This brand also soaked through the paper:


And the stickers once again came off fairly easily. I found the edge of the Duck scraper to be a bit sharper and better at getting under the sticker to lift it off. Again not really any damage to the face of the sticker.

And here is key point number one about the comparison of these two brands (and I’m guessing just about any remover compared to Un-Du since it’s formula is patented, invented by the gentleman that created Twister by the way)

Un-Du evaporates, leaving any removed product re-usable.

The removed stickers were just as tacky and sticky as they had been when originally applied. How wonderful! To be fair, the stickers removed with Duck were also still slightly sticky on the back and could have been reapplied to a project, but a greasy film remained on them several minutes after removal, not to mention:

It ruined the paper I was using. The amount of product that soaked through stayed and did not evaporate away. The only way to remove excess fluid from the Duck brand would be to wipe and clean it away, not something that can be done with paper.

The Photograph Test:

To anyone reading this review who has been an Un-Du fan for sometime, I’m sure this is the reason why you love it so much and was the first thing that popped into your head about comparing these two brands. When it comes to using either on a photograph (which most of us have on our scrapbooking pages of course), there just really is no comparison.

Un-Du is acid-free and photo safe. Duck is not.

With that in mind, I only tested the Un-Du on a photograph. Besides, after the sticker test above, I didn’t care to chance it with the Duck. I dug into an old scrapbook, the one where I keep my first layouts from years ago when I was still learning that I don’t really care to show off. It was there I found a good test subject. A layout I wouldn’t mind redoing, especially since I had scrapped the only, original copy of one of my favorite photos of my sister, mom, and me (I know! I know! Never scrap the original!).

I wanted to cut that photo out of there, but would have been stuck with half a butterfly sticker on one corner if I had done so. This sticker has been there awhile too, at least 5 years, so I was wondering how this would work if at all.

Using the Un-Du it came right off quickly and easily:


Though just a little residue was left behind:


However using my finger I rubbed a little of the fluid on the residue, and it easily wiped away as if it had never been there.


Not to mention, that 5 year old sticker? Completely sticky and re-usable. That part really amazed me.


Unfortunately, Un-Du does not work on glue (nor water-based adhesives, so no using it on a sealed envelope if you wish to play super spy and open a letter without anyone knowing, not that any of you would do that). So since the photo was attached with a glue stick back in the day, I couldn’t completely remove it from the layout. Still, now I could trim it out and scan it for safe keeping.

As this layout was going away in the name of science anyway, I decided to try the Duck brand on the same type of sticker which was applied to an area of the layout with no photos. I didn’t have nearly as great a result.

Once again soaked paper with a greasy feel:


And it didn’t work very well. This sticker is toast:


The Price Tag Test (on a wooden item):

For my final test I wanted to try out both products on what I thought now the Duck brand would be most useful for, removing those pesky price tags that are stuck on and impossible to remove. I found a wooden box I had planned to alter. Just peeling the tag off wasn’t going to work, I could barely budge it:

On one side I used the Un-Du and it worked just as well as in other tests. On the other side I tried the Duck, and it didn’t work at all. Duck is not recommended for use on furniture, perhaps this is one reason why.


When all is said and done is there really any comparison? Well, no not in my mind. While there are applications for using Duck I’m sure (mostly household cleaning remedies come to mind), when it comes to crafting, there is one clear winner.

Here’s a chart of some of my final thoughts (click for a larger view):

In summary:

Un-Du brand:

Pros:

  • Acid-free and photo safe.
  • Completely evaporates leaving no trace of product behind (and removed items re-usable).
  • Works on almost any surface, including wood.


Cons:

  • The applicator and scraper are a little cumbersome.
  • Doesn’t work on glue or water-based adhesives.
  • Unfortunately from what I have read, is not available to be shipped to certain states or internationally (it can’t be sent via air). Of note however is that recently a low VOC version of it has been made available for residents of California.

Duck brand:

Pros:

  • I preferred the scraper on this brand, it has a slightly sharper edge for removing items.
  • You get more product for a cheaper cost.
  • Has a nice citrus scent.

Cons:

  • This product is not photo safe.
  • Leaves a greasy residue.
  • Didn’t work well on items that had been “stuck” for quite some time.

All in all, when it comes specifically to crafting I have to declare Un-Du the clear winner. While Duck may have its uses, if you had the other in your stash, why even bother?

Have you used either of these? Are you a huge fan of Un-Du? Or any stories about either to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Book Review: Klutz Fashion Origami

Reported by Heather Fuentes

Fashion Origami is a fun new project book from Klutz. This book cleverly uses origami paper to create cute, dimensional paper clothes.

Included in the book are 55 pieces of big paper and 25 pieces of small paper, two ribbons, lots of sequins and a small tube of glue. At the back of the book are bright cut-outs to use with your projects.

The step-by-step instructions are very easy to follow, and show you how to make ten unique pieces. There are instructions for a coat, short jacket, pajamas, shirt, skirt, sundress, party dress, purse, fan and shoe.

Here is a sample of what the instruction pages look like:

My 9-year-old daughter is an only child, so I often hear the phrase, “Mom, I’m bored!” We love crafts at our house and they are a great way to pass the time together. Using the supplies in the book, we made a skirt, coat, purse and pajamas.


My daughter thinks it’s fun to just play with the clothes and she’s flirting with the idea of making dolls to put the clothes on. You could also use them for scrapbooking or card making projects. Here’s a super simple pajama party card idea:


The book is marked for ages 8 and up and retails for $19.99. You can reorder the supplies included with the book from the Klutz website. The book has really cute Harajuku girl fashions throughout, and my daughter was just as fascinated by the ideas for real-life outfits as she was with the book itself! Overall, we had fun with it and I’m sure she’ll break the book out again when she is bored or has a friend over.

Pros:

  • Lots of paper and sequins are included.
  • Easy to use instructions.
  • Fun project for kids + grown ups!
  • Great boredom zapper!

Cons:

  • There are two lengths of ribbon included in the book, but neither of them stick very well with the glue that’s included.
  • The book says you can use smaller paper for the outfits, but it’s hard to keep track of the folds at that size. The small paper is better for accessories.

FREE STUFF!
Want to download one of the Fashion Origami projects for free? The fab people at Klutz have posted one here, so go download, print and check it out today and let us know what you think! To find a Klutz retailer near you, visit www.klutz.com.

Fashion Origami: Fold Dazzling Designs (Klutz) is available at Amazon.com

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