Salvaging old photos from magnetic albums
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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:53:01 AM
I have so many old photos in magnetic albums from eons ago. Preserving these seems like such a huge task. It seems like people advocate getting them out of these type albums. I want to remove them and scan them. Does anyone have any recommendations on removing them since they are so adherent? What is the best process to tackle this? Thanks!


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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:58:03 AM
Undu is your new best friend! It removes everything and doesn't harm photos!

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Posted: 2/2/2013 10:31:48 AM
Undu is your your new best friend! It is THE thing you need most.

After you remove the photos from the page, lay the photos flat until dry. If you are having excessive difficulty removing photos from the pages, I'd scan the photo first.

HTH


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Posted: 2/2/2013 10:39:15 AM
"sometimes" you can lift them using a piece of dental floss. If a corner is loose slide the floss under it and move in a sawing motion. IF that doesn't do it without damage then I agree with the others about UNDU. Good stuff


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Posted: 2/2/2013 10:43:51 AM
Thanks, all! I am going to try the dental floss trick and the Undu. Do you just apply it to the back with a cotton swab? Also after you remove the photos and scan them, how have you been storing them? Page protectors seem to be the wrong size for older photos (circa 1960s!) and I don't want to trim them in any way or apply adhesive again to the back.


Emily

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Posted: 2/2/2013 11:13:43 AM
Luckily all ut 1-2 of mine just lifted off gently - maybe your will also. Good luck !!

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Posted: 2/2/2013 1:25:44 PM
I got most of mine off quite easily using the little spatula thing that used to get Cricut shaped lifted off the cutting board.

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Posted: 2/2/2013 1:58:13 PM
Creative Memories made this wonderful tool... stylus like tip on one end, flexible thin blade on the other. I have used that on friends' books. Dental floss works.. another is putting it in a really warm car, like on a hot day. It will loosen the glue. Personally, I am leery of the Undu stuff, as I am not sure what is in it. Chemicals near my pics, for me...

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Posted: 2/2/2013 2:01:57 PM
I'd try to scan them first, if possible.

Then I absolutely agree with floss and undu.

Good luck!



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Posted: 2/2/2013 8:56:56 PM
I have our original photographs in either "sleeved" albums (insert photo in a photo sleeve) or in shoe boxes in the basement (sorted and dated).

When I removed from those pages, many times the adhesive had dried out and all I did was lift and the entire photo came up.




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Posted: 2/3/2013 6:27:38 AM
I was able to lift all my photos without any problems..thank goodness.



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Posted: 2/3/2013 7:55:33 AM
As to how to apply the undu, you liberally apply around and under the photo, so that it soaks into the page/under the photo. The Un-du has a little flat scrapper top looking thing that helps get it flowing the right direction.
I know it is a scary thought to wet the photo, but remember these old photos were processed in a manner that soaked the entire photo in chemicals.
Un-du is manufactured to be photo safe.
BTW, I always lay the photo face up to dry.

Trying to pull up the edges and apply with a qtip is going to crease and curl your photos.

I used to have a photo instruction guide that someone made on how to use Un-du. I will look around and see if I have it saved.

HTH


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Posted: 2/3/2013 8:43:02 AM
Great tips. Thank you!

They are really, really stuck on there. I think if I tried to lift them they would be damaged. I have a Cricut spatula and am planning on buying some Un-du. It's kinda sad because I remember the covers of these albums since childhood and now they are going in the trash.

I am in the process of updating everything now: scanning photos, VHS to DVD. I bought a couple external hard drives, a scanner, and Photoshop Elements. My computer recently crashed and it was a wake up call to get everything backed up. Luckily I didn't lose anything and also just started using Carbonite. It is a lot of work but hopefully worth it in the end!


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Posted: 2/3/2013 10:16:18 AM
Can't find the photo guide, but basically you drip the undu around the edges and try to get it a spot lifted, then you can drip the undu under the photo and slide a thin artists knife under the edge and get more undu under the edge, if that makes sense.

The first time I tried it I squirted the bottle and used a LOT more than I needed on most of the photos.

Good Luck!


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Posted: 2/3/2013 10:58:24 AM
I have read here that Bestine is the same as UnDu and much cheaper. My 'notes' say it is available at M's and runs about $15 but you can use a coupon. You will use quite a bit if you have a lot to work on so that might be your best bet.

Good luck


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Posted: 2/3/2013 11:22:09 AM
I agree with undu. I usually let the solution flow onto the attached spatula on the bottle, then onto the page. That way you can position it exactly where you need it, and start lifting immediately.

As you move the spatula further under the photo, simply squeeze more solution onto the spatula.

You don't need to wait, the solution will start working immediately, and will begin to evaporate after 10-15 seconds, depending on how much is on the page.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 12:22:57 PM
Thanks! I am going to check if I can find something locally to get this project started. Don't see Undu at 2peas.


Emily

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Posted: 2/5/2013 2:13:27 PM
The adhesive on my old albums was so pathetic that I was able to just lift mine out pretty easily. Now getting them scanned and scrapbooked is a whole other issue




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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:40:17 PM
Thanks for the tips - was just speaking to Mom about this last week... I remember the covers too... Told her to save them for me - going to make some sort of book out of them with my Cinch... Maybe another album, or sketchbook, or journal... Just don't want to part with the cover...LOL



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Posted: 2/5/2013 10:57:19 PM
Great question! Thank you ladies for the info. I have quite a few (dozen) albums to salvage.

Darkchami
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Posted: 2/5/2013 10:57:19 PM
Great question! Thank you ladies for the info. I have quite a few (dozen) albums to salvage.

Darkchami
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Posted: 2/5/2013 10:57:27 PM
Great question! Thank you ladies for the info. I have quite a few (dozen) albums to salvage.
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