Scrap Those Old Photos
They're lurking in my scraproom. Tucked away in their boxes, they haunt me. Their little voices nag me: “It's not our fault we're old, ugly, discolored. We're still important. Aren't we?"
materials Photoshop CS2 (Adobe) • Autumn Chic kit by the Shabby Princess, Kristie David (theshabbyshoppe.com) • Drop Shadow Action Set by Katie Pertiet (designerdigitals.com) • Duality font
They're my old pictures. Thirty years have taken their toll on their tiny little bodies. They’ve faded to strange tones of orange and yellow, and they are all strangely out of focus. I'm not exaggerating when I say that these old photos intimidate me.
But how can I make these photos look good? Advice on that subject is plentiful: Enlarge them. Convert them to black and white. Recrop to shift the focus. But, making those changes alters the original photos. I want to use them in actual size, without much editing. I want to keep that vintage flavor and preserve every detail. Ugly couches bring back fond memories, after all.
I scoured my favorite digital scrapbook stores for kits and elements that looked great with my family’s old photos, then downloaded my new goodies and got to work. As I scrapped, I knocked out the following set of guidelines you can follow too:
If you’re still overwhelmed, remember this: There’s no law that says you have to scrapbook everything. It's ok to just place the photo on background paper and journal next to it on a simple journaling block. You don't have to scrapbook every photo to the nines. But, if you have a plan of action, you can get a lot of those daunting old photos scrapbooked in a way that's fun and brings meaning and joy to your life!
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