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Posted 1/22/2013 by clee321 in General Scrappin'

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PeaNut 161,211
August 2004
Posts: 9,670
Layouts: 10
Loc: Land of Mold and Pollen

Posted: 1/22/2013 9:29:42 PM
Tossing the "bad" pictures. I mean wont someone want to see tha t horrible angle out of focus unidebtifiable picture domeday??

What if that is the only picture which captured (sort of) that expression at that age at that moment???

As a side note, I really need to learn how to take pictures. Not even better ones just take them sigh


PeaNut 426,757
June 2009
Posts: 642
Layouts: 46
Loc: Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Posted: 1/22/2013 9:33:45 PM
I've been struggling taking photos too. I started pl this year but I'm falling down at the actual taking photos part... oops!

I say scrap any or all photos you want. If a bad photo is of a special memory then it's worth keeping. We see alot of perfect photos in the scrapping gallery but your own personal albums just need to be 'you'


PeaNut 266,627
June 2006
Posts: 3,432
Layouts: 1

Posted: 1/22/2013 9:34:44 PM
I find that bad 1980's photos look better with cropping, even if they are out of focus. The cameras were crappy back then.


PeaNut 281,136
October 2006
Posts: 2,262
Layouts: 6
Loc: DFW, TX

Posted: 1/22/2013 9:37:03 PM
I just scrapped some extremely blurry photos, because they were the only ones I had of my son's first attempt at walking! If you have lots from the same event, then by all means cull them - but don't feel like you HAVE to get rid of the blurry ones!
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PeaNut 114,614
November 2003
Posts: 22,668
Layouts: 499
Loc: Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1/22/2013 9:46:50 PM
I scrap bad photos if they are all I have.

I did a layout of the first time Ruby Sky rolled over, and I really don't like the pictures, but they are all I have of that milestone.

I wouldn't scrap a photo that was totally crap, and then just write "beautiful" on it or something. Unless it really was the only single evidence I had of something being beautiful, then I'd use it (with careful explanation!).


PeaNut 334,300
August 2007
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Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/22/2013 10:09:58 PM
There was a book I found on Amazon a while ago called
When Life Gives You Lemons: Turning Sour Photos Into Sweet Scrapbook Layouts
that was all about making layouts using bad photos. There were great LOs using blurry photos, etc. It's by Sherry Stevenson. You might be able to find it at your library.

California Dreaming

PeaNut 153,156
June 2004
Posts: 12,226
Layouts: 39

Posted: 1/22/2013 11:05:12 PM
I scrap bad pictures if that's all I have and find that no one really cares! No one will critique your pictures like you will. My layouts tell stories that we want to remember. Bad pictures tell stories, too. One day our families will really appreciate all of our work and won't care if our pictures aren't technically correct and perfect works of art. Not all of our family events take place in perfect lighting.

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PeaNut 449,226
December 2009
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Loc: Pea-get Sound

Posted: 1/23/2013 4:46:02 AM
I scraped a picture of my GS that was very dark. Next to the photo I wrote -"Too dark but Too cute To toss"

Everyone smiles when they see it


PeaNut 412,905
February 2009
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Layouts: 5

Posted: 1/23/2013 5:01:31 AM

I say scrap any or all photos you want. If a bad photo is of a special memory then it's worth keeping.

Rhonda in TX

PeaNut 339,706
September 2007
Posts: 775
Layouts: 18
Loc: Houston, TX

Posted: 1/23/2013 5:10:00 AM
I have also decided that I will scrap the bad picture if that's all I have. Now, if I have other pictures that are better and still tell the story, I will toss the bad one(s).

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PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
Posts: 19,346
Layouts: 785
Loc: Southern California

Posted: 1/23/2013 11:03:38 AM
I have trouble tossing the bad pictures too. But earlier this month, I saw an art journal prompt that called for a "foot" photo. Since I am not in the habit of taking photos of people's feet, I wondered how I was going to incorporate that into my art journal. But then I realized in several uncropped versions of layout photos, I had actually captured my foot! So, I saved a new version of one of those with the layout cropped out and the foot left in, and voila!

I also have a whole box of photos I printed, some of which are bad. (I don't always print the bad ones, of course.) I have used these sometimes as backgrounds for titles or lots of embellishing. I also have been known to cut good little details out of the bad photos and use them.


PeaNut 50,300
September 2002
Posts: 1,553
Layouts: 4
Loc: five min. from insanity

Posted: 1/23/2013 11:28:37 AM
NOooo don't toss them. Maybe you can turn them into black and white sometimes that will help the eye. If nothing else just put them in a regular photo album and call it the whoops photo album. Still add a little blurb of what they are. I have scrapped many whoops photos. don't stress it.


PeaNut 374,888
May 2008
Posts: 588
Layouts: 0
Loc: SW Florida

Posted: 1/23/2013 3:58:59 PM
I toss some here and there. I mean if I hate them what do I do with them. If I have a better one it really helps.


PeaNut 553,849
May 2012
Posts: 147
Layouts: 5
Loc: Way down South

Posted: 1/23/2013 5:32:44 PM
Some hints for blurry photos are crop helps them appear less blurry, change to B&W and sharpen in photoshop, Lightroom or some other photo editing program.

I just did these 3 things on a recent LO and it really does help.

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PeaNut 224,352
September 2005
Posts: 24,004
Layouts: 0
Loc: Right here

Posted: 1/24/2013 4:54:06 AM
I am brutal about throwing photos out. And now that I am 100% digital, I am brutal about deleting the bad shots, they never see the light of day as a print.

It took a while for me to reach this, but one weekend I went to a retreat and this woman I had never seen before came in with banker box after banker box and then sat down and started organizing what was inside.

Pictures. 7 or 8 banker boxes full of pictures.

She agonized over every single one. She refused to throw any of them out (they are dead, they are divorced, they are grown...blah blah blah) and she was effectively paralyzed by these photos. A good percentage were just awful. Several that I saw were so blurry she could not even be sure WHO the subject(s) were, but she dutifully made a note of who she thought was in the photo on the back and kept going.

This was many years ago. I am going to bet that she is still too paralyzed by her photos to ever scrap. And seeing her being so totally caught up in the crappy photos, I swore I would not let that happen to me. And I haven't. Why would I spend time and money to preserve crappy photos? And I tell you, it was INCREDIBLY freeing!

Dump the bad ones, don't even give them a second thought. You'll find that you have more time for scrapping the worthy photos.
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