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Posted 3/6/2013 by tericamp in Digital Scrapbooking
 

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PeaWee

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Posted: 3/6/2013 3:32:29 PM
Hello there! I lost my mom 3 years ago. I cherish every memory I have of her. I have inherited her albums, 7 or 8 albums total. They are in terrible condition. They are mostly polaroids and yellow 70's type pictures (110). These albums are mostly the "peel back from plastic cover and stuck to card board type pages" (if that makes any sense )

I want to be able to share these with my siblings and our children. Has anyone taken on this task? Do you have any opinions about "fixing" the color of the pictures after they are scanned or just leaving them as is? It seems like an overwhelming task. Do you have any suggestions on how I can get started?

Beatrice
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Posted: 3/6/2013 4:31:53 PM
I don't have any real suggestions but I learned after trying to remove the photos from the sticky background that either dental floss or a quick blast with the hair dryer makes them come off easier. I just peeled them off and some of them tore. I have the same issue with older photos. I've tried using actions. Hopefully someone will recommend something specific here. Polaroid type shots are somewhat in vogue now- that may be a benefit.

I'm happy you have those memories of your mom- it' wonderful of you to try to figure out a way to share them.



lizj
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Posted: 3/6/2013 5:46:26 PM
I have scanned a number of very old albums, and it is quite a task. But your siblings and children will enjoy it even if it's just a scan of the page from the album. For the purpose of just sharing the album, you can scan pages with a number of photos on them, although it's hard to get a good scan of photos near the bound edge. I had to take apart some of the albums, but I still felt that was an easier alternative than trying to remove each photo.

If your goal is preservation of the photos, yes, get them off those adhesive-backed pages as soon as you can. I too have heard Bea's suggestion about the dental floss.

I try to take these projects in manageable segments. It can be super tedious to scan lots of photos, so sometimes it is easier an hour per day or whatever works for you. Good luck!



yappyspaz
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Posted: 3/7/2013 12:02:39 AM
Hi, I have taken apart an old album before. My favorite tool is from creative memories (multi purpose tool) it is great for getting your pictures off without wrecking them. it looks kind of like a blue knife.
I have 23 scrapbooks from the late 70's that I am going to scan into my computer with a thin scanner. Then I am going to take each page and crop each picture separately than save them. Then I am going to make new digi albums out of them and give them to my brothers and parents. The nice thing about doing it digitally I only have to do 1 album and then print them 4 times. I am going to mess with the color in photoshop.


Tina

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PeaWee

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Posted: 3/7/2013 8:41:18 AM
Wow, amazing ideas. I knew I could get a really good headstart if I started here. Thank you so much for the information. I don't really see a need for the old photos, so scanning sounds great to me (and less work!). Hopefully I can make one digital book of all the pictures. I will make a plan to scan a few hours a week. That way I can continue with more fun things. Thank you very much ladies.

SweetPeasMom
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Posted: 3/7/2013 1:14:34 PM
Check your peamail.


Wendy



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PeaWee

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Posted: 3/7/2013 3:37:58 PM
How do you feel about trashing the album and the original pictures?

Removing the pictures from the album pages is what I don’t want to do. I tried a couple of pictures and it was like trying to pry a Kleenex from cement. Reading your comments and ideas sounds like it can be done, but also sounds like a lot of work. I work full time and have to squeeze in my hobby time.

I'm going to try to scan the album pages and save each picture individually. It will be sad to see the albums and original pictures go in the trash, but not sad enough to be the one to have to store them!

Thoughts??

yappyspaz
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Posted: 3/7/2013 11:13:27 PM
The only pictures I am going to save are the really old ones on tin that are from my dad's family. they are all in mint condition and are really cool. All the Polaroids and anything in an album with sticky/glue will be scanned and then the pictures/albums can go in the garbage. I will have a forever copy and am sad to trash the "real photos" but I will not need them and they will someday be unable to see and once everyone sees the "New albums" all will be fine.


Tina

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PeaWee

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Posted: 3/8/2013 7:53:31 AM
Oh wow! What treasures you have. Unfortunately I do not have anything like that. I think my siblings will be upset that I want to trash them, but I think once they see the new album and are able to actually see all the pictures, they will forget about all the old. Thank you so much for your response. I feel excited about getting started.

toadelee
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Posted: 3/10/2013 7:46:06 PM
This is a big task ahead of you. I'm trying to scan all my photos from the film days. So glad mine weren't in albums yet. Still time consuming.

Have you considered photographing the photos? If you have a good camera you might be able to get a good close up of the originals. Especially the ones that are stuck or not scanning well.

I keep everything so I plan to store my photos even after scanning. If your siblings feel strongly about it maybe you could let them worry about storing the originals.

It will take some experimenting to find the best solution. Tedious work but well worth it.

Let us know how it goes & what you learn along the way.


Angie
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