Saturday, February 23, 2013

How To Best Handle Heritage Photos


Ever wonder how to scrap your poor quality heritage photos?  You may want your children to know their ancestors and see the resemblance to them, but often those heritage photos are not the best quality.  So, today I am sharing some tips how to make those heritage photos into fabulous scrapbook pages.
1)  Start with special treatment for your photo!  Here I used Plaids Photo Transfer Medium and some canvas to give the photo some great texture and an ephemera like quality.  This is a great way to handle those scanned heritage photos and make them look authentic!  The instructions for how to use this product are on the back of the packaging and it was so easy.  Just be sure to allow your self 24 hours for the transfer medium to set and a few hours for the fabric to dry after removing the paper before finishing your page.
2)  Devote a whole page to the photo!  If you are an avid scrap booker, this may be hard to do, but you may only have one photo of your ancestor, so live it up and do a single page with a single photo!
3)  Use special papers, die cuts and embellishments!  This will also help you use that single photo on a single page!  I created this shamrock using Cricut Craftroom Software, and a single motif from Damask Decor.  I use The Robin's Nest Classic Glitter Card stock in Khaki for the shamrock and matted it on white.  To create the mat in the software, I had to use hearts, circle and a comma for the stem.   Then, I backed it with more of the Classic Glitter Card stock in gold.  This paper is so pretty and the gold flecks look embossed!  I cut the title with Cricut's Sophisticated Cartridge in The Robin's Nest Glitter Rope on Red Card stock, making sure to run the glitter rope down the cent of my letters.  I added a rubon from The Robin's Nest Family rubon set in the lower left hand corner, some ribbon and a journaling block also from The Robin's Nest.  I chose a shamrock because this ancestor was Irish and I thought it a great ideas to share around St. Patrick's Day!
The Robin's Nest is running a special on their Tear Drops this month:  20% off!  Find the tear drops HERE.  NO need for a coupon, you will see they are already marked down! 

Supply List
The Robin's Nest Red Glitter Rope on Red Card stock (title)
The Robin's Nest Khaki Glitter Card stock (shamrock)
The Robin's Nest Gold Classic Glitter Card stock (Background)
The Robin's Nest Family Tree Rubon
The Robin's Nest Red Journaling 
The Robin's Nest River Bend Tear Drops
The Robin's Nest Green Fleur Card Stock
Plaid Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
Websters Pages jewel
White Card stock
Red Card stock
Ribbon
Cricut Sophisticated Cartridge
Cricut Damask Decor Cartridge
Cricut Craft Room software
Stampin Up Die
Circle Cutter

5 comments:

The Robins Nest OCrowley said...

This is awesome and great instructions too! Thanks Clare!

Robin O'Crowley said...

This is very fun Clare.

Barbara Rankin said...

Wonderful layout of your ancestor, and I enjoyed reading about how to best use and display your old photos. TFS

Michelle H. said...

Very beautiful!!
Thanks for the photo tips!

Danie May said...

Such a great page Clare, I am loving that giant and beautifully patterned shamrock! xx

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