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Everything you use in your scrapbook doesn't necessarily have to be acid-free, but it is recommended. Anything that contains acid is going to deteriorate after a while and whatever it is touching will turn yellow and start to erode (this includes your paper, etc). You definitely do not want anything that is not acid-free and memory safe touching your pictures, because it could ruin them. But as far as using items that are not acid-free that is totally up to you.