How to Preserve Your Photos in Your Scrapbooks
Learn to preserve your photos for your scrapbook album like a pro! Whether you are hoping to immortalize a treasured past event with serial scenes, or digitalize them to keep them for all eternity, there’s an art to doing this for your project or album,
Once you’ve chosen a batch of pictures that follow a certain theme you desire for your album, you’re going to want to take a few precautions before dropping them on the pages of your new album.
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First off, the photo paper used could have chemicals in it that could mess up the integrity of the album pages, or you may just want to keep tabs on your original copy; especially if it’s the only one of it’s kind.
📷 Why You Should Digitize Your Original Photos
Some of the chemicals used in photos in the past can reduce the preservation time of your scrapbook album. The safest route to go is to use digital photos simply because they can be easily printed out directly on lignin-free and acid-free paper.
Even though your collection may be special….the paper that they were printed on way back in the day may not be archival-quality. Creating digital copies that you can use in your scrapbook is the way to go!
Many times, you may have feelings of sentimentality towards some of your photos which is totally understandable. My family is like that too with photos – I remember things like old Polaroid snapshots and getting to go to the photo lab place way before the digital camera was invented.
If you only have original “hard copies” of treasured family photos, once you lay them down in the book they will be permanently affixed for good – for this reason, you may want to create digital copies of your most cherished photos.
Scan and Save Your Photos
If you have access to a good quality scanner, use it to create files and save them in the format of your choice, You can save them to your hard drive, on a CD, or cloud based storage place. Below is the scanner feature of my printer which has four different functions.
Be sure and label the files correctly so you can easily retrieve them later; in which you can print them out for affixing into your scrapbook pages later.
Enhancing Your Photo Collection with Graphic Tools
If you want to make your photos especially unique, consider the use of a photo editing software program to alter the look of your photos. Picmonkey is my favorite graphic photo editing tool and I use it daily on my personal images . It’s got a lot of cool image editing tools that can bring new life into your collection!
Here is an example I did with a picture of my cat Buddy and different color and tone filters I applied, just to give you an idea.
You can make that color photo black and white , or vice versa, or add a sepia filter ( a unique brown-ish tone) which would be GREAT for getting that retro look – if you are really into scrapbooking vintage photos, you will love some of those features.
You can and should cut and crop your images as well; if you have some writing or notes written on the photo in question (which was a common practice once) definitely make sure you preserve those for authenticity and sentimental reasons.
All in all, the way your photograph collection is arranged and presented can enhance the overall look of your album and turn your project into a professional-looking memory album. Have fun and happy photoing!