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Posted 1/3/2013 by Rhonda in TX in General Scrappin'
 

Rhonda in TX
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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:54:33 AM
My mother-in-law gave me their childhood photos. She didn't ask me to scrap them, but I know she'd really like it. My dilemma is father-in-law's photos. They are in an old-style album and he has a ton of them. However, just about every single picture has been cropped by tearing the edges. Some of them are now really small. I want to scan them, and keep a copy of his mother's original journaling, but I'd like to enlarge the photos. I'm just not just sure how to go about this. All of the pictures will be odd-shaped. I think this could be a fantastic project (one of those photos is labeled "V-E Day"!!), but it intimidates me. Any advice would be appreciated.

Here's a page from the scrapbook. It's about 12x12. Sorry it's sideways. I think you get the idea, though.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:31:52 AM
What a project! I kinda like the way she has the old photos on her page - at least she did some journaling. Too bad the photos are so small. I would probably try to keep her original format (make copies?) to include in my sb and then try to make larger copies of each photo and "re-scrap" them on additional pages. That way you'd still have the original and then larger photos with some of your own sbing work. Did that make sense? It's wonderful that she thought of you for the family photographs. Maria

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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:56:16 AM
Should I try to "straighten" the edges of the photos, or just leave them as-is. (with copies, of course. I wouldn't touch the originals!) The photos are small, but most are very good quality images.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:47:28 AM
I would probably try to enlarge a few to at least 4x6 or 5x7 and then see what the edges looked like. If you would be able to cut off the torn edge w/o losing too much of the image, you could try that. If you have to keep the torn edge, maybe have the photos printed on a lt.cream cardstock and then you could ink the edges? Hope you find a way that works for you; I know your mother-in-law will be so happy that you are treasuring those photos.

P.S. There are probably ways to work with your photos in Photoshop too, but I'm not a computer person. Someone on here might be able to guide you there. Maria

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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:50:53 AM
are you able to rescan and retouch the photos

i never did heritage photos
oh boy wld hate to see the condition of my baby pix albums

good luck


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:54:23 AM
I would post this question on the Digital scrapping board or photography board. There's some type of tool you can use in PhotoShop that can fill in the background or something like that. So when you print the picture there isn't that odd shaped picture. I wish I could remember how you fix it. In my early days of scrapping I did horrendous things to photos.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:17:13 AM
I would leave the original album INTACT and cover the photos with tissue and then scan the pageswith archival mist.

Then I would scan the pics and journalling and do a separate album. To take apart the album is like future generatinos taking apart our albums.

In this case I would leave it alone after spraying it and just work with copies of the photos and journalling.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:00:07 PM
Thanks, peas. I'll post this on the digital board and see if anyone can help me.

boysnme - I would never mess with the original album. I'll be working with copies only. I thought I was clear about that, but maybe not. No worries.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:08:36 PM
Do you really want to redo the whole album?

I would keep it the way it is. Do the archival mist and crop the pages (cut off the 3-ring wholes) to where they would fit in page protectors (12x12).

If you do want to do scrapbook pages for some of the photos, just pick out your favorites and do those.

I love the ripped edges and the hand written notes. Very heritage!!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:23:24 PM
With my scanner I can do s pre scan of the whole page and then specify the area I want the scanner to actually scan. So I would do that for each of the photos.

I would also adjust the scanner settings to scan to a higher (dpi?) rate. I forget if that is right (aka dpi?). But basically you scanner at a higher than normal number/rate and it gives you the ability to print the image larger. I don't think it improves the picture quality any, but at least you can print it bigger.

A bit of googling should give you the info you need. That's how I figured it out. But basically it allows you to print say a 2x3 pic at say 3x5 or 4x6 some such thing. It does take longer to scan, but I believe it worked just fine. I did it for a friends old pictures of her mom, but I didn't do the actual printing. I just gave her the files after I scanned them.

As to the missing pieces of the picture. I would just leave them white and trim them square/rectangular and see how they looked.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 1:20:04 PM
WOW--that's really cool. Scrapbooking way back when!

As for what to do, I'd probably do what ScrapnAnita said:


I would keep it the way it is. Do the archival mist and crop the pages (cut off the 3-ring wholes) to where they would fit in page protectors (12x12).


I don't know how many pages/photos are in that album, but what a big undertaking it would be to scan, fidget with in Photoshop, create a different album, etc. It looks so neat, I'd want to fix the problem areas, put in a nice album, and let it be.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:59:16 PM
You know, ScrapnAnita and devildog, you may be right. The whole thing has fallen apart, but it may just work to slip the pages into a new album and give it back to them that way. I'll take to my husband about it and see what he thinks.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:24:48 PM
I have lots in a similar condition from my mom. My childhood photos. She's cut photos down and got as many as she could into albums. So most backgrounds are gone. What DH did is scan and edit several that had good quality to photo then he'd print them with pretty much a softened /faded edge. The majority I haven't used just got them out of bad albums.
I do like your torn edges and handwritten info. So love the idea of scanning and keeping the writing.
Now we've inherited all photos from my in laws. Boxes and boxes.... Beautiful heritage ones. Many I have no idea who they are.
Good luck with yours!


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