Glitter Girl, a dilema with scrapping old, formal heritage portraits (ideas from all Peas welcome!)

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Posted 12/23/2012 by 3kidmama in General Scrappin'
 

3kidmama
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Posted: 12/23/2012 5:06:55 PM
Dear Glitter Girl,

My grandmothers were colorful, fun-loving women who enjoyed bold colors and cheery flowers. However the few photos I have from their early years are formal portraits in aged sepia tones. I would love to scrap these pictures using colorful patterned papers that remind me of their vibrant personalities, but the photos themselves seem to clash with the papers.

Can you show me how to scrap my cherished vintage photographs without having a Heritage album of only somber, distressed and muted-colored layouts?

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Posted: 12/23/2012 6:33:01 PM
I have also noticed that when I put my sepia pictures next to many papers,they dont look right. Hope you can help us GG!!!!


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Posted: 1/2/2013 4:16:47 PM

I have lots of heritage photos as well. I'd love to find a way to make the pages a little more colourful, while respecting their era.

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Posted: 1/2/2013 5:03:05 PM
Me too!!


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Posted: 1/2/2013 5:13:23 PM
I wonder if you could scan them and convert them to black and white?

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Posted: 1/2/2013 8:39:26 PM


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3kidmama
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Posted: 1/2/2013 11:47:31 PM
Oh my goodness, Kalea - your layouts are beautiful! Thanks so much for taking time to link them for me. I pinned several of them to my inspiration board. Your layouts make me want to get to know the people in your heritage photos - which is exactly what I strive for when making a heritage layout.

Glitter Girl, I remember you did a neat previous episode on choosing papers for older colored photos (like the 70s). My challenge is those REALLY old pics and while changing them to black and white is an option I guess, I'd love to be able to preserve their sepia tones yet still express something other than a "grungy" personality in pp colors for the layout?

My Great-Grandmothers would thank you!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:19:55 AM
I'll be watching for this too, GG! My maternal grandmother is my scrapping inspiration--I have a scrapbook she made before 1921. No photos, but loaded with all the bright images that came her way on the South Dakota homestead where she lived, like fruit crate labels, calendar prints, seed catalog and packet illustrations. I've long wanted to do a book in the vintage style of her own album, but with the photos of her life...which of course are all formal portraits in sepia or black and white snapshots.

Now i'm headed off to see Kalea's LOs!

LATER: Kalea, loved seeing your stuff! Got me excited again about doing the heritage photos I have. My aunt died today (91) and now my mom (81) is the only one who knows who is in those photos. I think my New Year's resolution of 2013 has just been found.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:29:04 AM
Try googleing for the color pallets that are associated with each decade.
If you feel the sepia is too "off" on the colored paper give them a mat in white, cream, brown or even black. It sets them off the paper just a bit.

Every decade uses green, yellow, blue and red. But each decade favors certain shades of those colors.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:31:17 AM
Kalea that work is inspirational fancy having those photos and then knowing who they are, the way you have scrapped them is such a great example of how to capture vintage without being drab. :

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Posted: 1/3/2013 3:42:30 AM
3kidmama, I feel a bit cheeky to ask this on behalf of Glitter Girl, but is there any chance you might post an image? Glitter Girl is looking through my older photos and she's trying to find something that would be as close as possible to the right style/time period and she's just a little... unsure.

If you could help her get it right, that would be awesome. You can email her at my email address if that's more useful - shimelle at gmail dot com.

Thank you!!


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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:33:18 AM
I think the layouts posted by Kalea are exquisite, and if that doesn't inspire you I can't add anything.

So, knowing you are inspired, I will add - I ALWAYS tell the story of the people in the photos with my paper and embellie choices. So I never scrap to the color of the photo in the case of heritage photos. People lived colorful lives, it was the photography of the time that only allowed it to be captured in brown and white. Tell the story in living color. Don't scrap as though they lived black and white lives.
There are so many wonderful papers and embellies there is absolutely no reason not to use flowers, flourishes, stripes, anything you want.
If your relatives were scrapping their own photos, they would absolutely use color!

I don't have anytime to link any of my layouts, but heritage photo preservation is one of my areas of specialization and I teach classes at local libraries on this very thing. So go for the color, go for giving life to the photos, go for telling the story as they would tell it, not just trying to compliment the color of the photo.

I also scrap the original when I have it; what better way to preserve the original photo than an archival environment!


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:35:09 AM
Shimelle I have the same question for Glitter Girl and here is what I have in mind: my old family pics



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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:21:19 AM
Jenny Lilac - I would go CRAZY to scrap those pics! There are tons of products that would be awesome with those!

It would be nice if we could rely on each other for ideas instead of just asking one person - there is alot of creativity and knowledge here.

I would never change the photos to black and white from brown and white. I do not see the purpose. Think if future generations change all of our precious photos and think they know better.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:26:10 AM
Jenny Lilac,

Wow!!! You are so lucky to have those pictures!!!!
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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:45:24 AM
Thank you to those who have sent or posted pictures - it was a huge help to get the right sort of thing you're working with, and I must say there are some beautiful collections of old family portraits here with the peas! I don't have anything going back quite so far as some of you and it's amazing to see those pictures have stayed with your families - and will continue to do so in your albums! I've passed your notes to Glitter Girl so she can see what she might do.

Myboysnme- please do jump in the conversation (and that goes for anyone elsetoo, of course)! There is a reason why Glitter Girl is nameless and faceless so to speak, and the idea of taking her adventure topics from the board is to encourage, not discourage, the discussion of scrapbooking and the sharing of ideas. When a question is asked to glitter girl on the boards, it can be answered by anyone and everyone, and those make for great conversations! At the same time, we developed the idea so there could be part of the two peas education programme that is directed by the customers - answering those real questions from real scrappers on a regular basis. I definitely support the belief that there is no single way to 'scrapbook right' and there is way more on every topic than can fit in each week's video anyway! So please post and share away!


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3kidmama
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Posted: 1/3/2013 1:12:01 PM


It would be nice if we could rely on each other for ideas instead of just asking one person - there is alot of creativity and knowledge here.



I always assume since I'm on a message board that threads/posts are invitations to everyone's input. I think there are currently lots of threads with Glitter Girl in the title since in her last video she asked for feedback on more topics/dilemmas she might be able to cover this coming year. I'm certain that since she's agreed to another yr of weekly videos, having an abundance of ideas to consider for future topics would be helpful for her AND 2 Peas in general (since they doubled the number of Garden Girl topic videos for this yr! Yeah!)

I'm sorry if my title makes it seem like I'm not open to feedback from others - I'll go change it to clarify. It didn't occur to me that others might think the OP would think it was a question only Glitter Girl could answer. I've posted on several "glitter girl" threads myself the last few days if I thought I had something to offer!

As far as changing photographs - I agree with you! I have a photo of my grandmother in late grade school standing with a group of children in front of their horse drawn school "bus"! It looks like something between a railroad car and a stagecoach, and she told me that it contained a wood burning stove to provide heat! What I love is that on the far corner of the photo, you can see just the front tire of an antique car. That photo is a record of a special moment in time showing not only the people, but the impending change their lives/world would experience!
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