I've tried a lot of different clear acrylic scrapbooking supplies, and so far Clear Scraps products are by far my favorite. There are a lot of choices out there for clear albums. I remember how overwhelmed I felt when I tried to choose my first one. I had no idea what to look for or which one to try first. Clear Scraps albums weren't the first ones I tried, but looking back, I wish they had been. If you're new to working with clear acrylics, I recommend that you begin by trying a Clear Scraps album as your first clear product. Of course, if you're too intimidated at the prospect of doing an entire clear album, you could always ease into working with clear products by doing a clear scrapbook layout using either a Clear Scraps acrylic sheet, or some Clear Scraps extra large shapes. But really, there isn't anything to be nervous about. Clear Scraps acrylics are just about as versatile as pieces of paper are! And, remember that if you make a mistake, you can always cover your Clear Scraps album page with cardstock or patterned paper to hide the mistake, and start fresh.
The Pros: Things I like about Clear Scraps Acrylic Albums
- Clear Scraps acrylics are flexible, and extremely versatile. The flexibility of the acrylic makes a big difference in how you can work with and manipulate the material; as a matter of fact, you can do a lot of the same things with it that you could do with a sheet of paper. For example, you can emboss Clear Scraps acrylic in the Cuttlebug machine. You can even die cut it in certain die cutters (not all of them will work, but they definitely can be cut in both Sizzix and Accucut machines, and possibly others too.) There are other brands of acrylic that are completely rigid and inflexible; in comparison, there is very little you can really do with those products. Clear Scraps is the clear winner when it comes to versatility.
- Unlike some manufacturer's clear albums, Clear Scraps acrylic albums come with binder rings, which eliminates the hassle and expense of searching for binder rings separately.
- It takes a lot of manhandling to crack this acrylic. I'm not going to say that the acrylic can't be cracked, but, you'd have to be doing something pretty crazy to it to make it crack. It really withstands a lot of use and abuse. If you're a careless scrapper, or a beginner, Clear Scraps is definitely the acrylic for you; I wouldn't even bother with products like the Fancy Pants Clear Cuts which crack very easily unless you are meticulously careful with them.
- Clear Scraps acrylics can be punched. I recommend using a Crop O Dile tool for best results, but you can also use some of the Fiskars Hand Punches and other punches too. I've had varying degrees of success with different punches; I was able to punch quite well using the Fiskars square hand punch and also with the EK Success Whale of a Punch Tag punch. I should also note that most of my punches have been used and overused to death, so, keep in mind that I'm talking about punching these acrylics with dull punches that have a lot of mileage on them. This Mini Album Was Made Using Clear Scraps Coasters Which Were Punched In the Upper Corner With a Fiskars Square Hand Punch, and Bound With a Book Ring.
- Clear Scraps acrylics can be stamped. (Use Stazon Ink for best results.)
- Clear Scraps acrylics can be painted on. You can use alcohol inks and / or certain acrylic paints to do this, plus there are other painting techniques you can use as well.
- You will be thrilled with the selection of products that Clear Scraps has to offer; they manufacture a fantastic variety of different shapes and sizes of albums and embellishments.
- Clear Scraps products strike the perfect balance between "trendy" and "classic". The designs are all very updated and look perfectly current, yet, the designs will also stand the test of time.
- Clear Scraps Acrylics can be successfully dressed up or down, in any way you like.
- Clear Scraps Products are Made in the USA.