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Posted 1/28/2013 by anab409 in General Scrappin'
 

anab409
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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:51:45 AM
A friend wants me to create an album of her dad and all of his old documents such as Coast Guard certificates, NYPD newspaper clippings, photos...etc. I don't know where to start to make the pages look vintage and not too sure how to scrap the documents. Any suggestions/help?

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:57:01 AM
Everyone says not to scrapbook the original documents. Well, I do because I have no where else to put them... then why make a copy of something I don't want to store somewhere else. Anyways, if you do scrap the originals I take a little extra care in keeping everything acid free. If you don't want adhesive on the original sometimes I slide them in the small 8 1/2 by 11 sheet protectors, then scrap a page about that document. If I do use the document, I try to put a picture to go along with the doc.

I would find out if she cares that you use the originals or not. Then if you do end up using copies then you can do anything and go from there.

There are lots of vintage looking papers.. I typically go with browns/blacks and throw in some muted colors...sounds like a nice blue would go with Coast Guard stuff. You can probably Google Coast Guard scrapbooking paper and find some stuff that way.



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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:28:39 PM
I agree with the previous post about protecting the documents, but using the originals if they will fit the page format you are using. My suggestion is for scrapping the photos.
1. do not crop them (the details in the background can be interesting)
2. use photo corners to attach the photographs. no permanent adhesive.
3. write details in acid free ink on the back of the photos.

I would stick with neutral colors such as black, grey, cream and kraft. It seems more classic to stand the test of time.
Just my two cents...

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Posted: 1/28/2013 6:11:53 PM
I agree with scrapping the orginals. If they need to be unfurled, make a copy to pull out and look at in addition to the original.

I recommend color-copying the newspaper articles and doing away with the originals. Newsprint isn't meant to last. Color-copying them at Kinkos or some such place makes the look JUST like the originals only acid-free and longer-lasting.

Good luck with your project.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:10:41 PM
Never scrap the originals. Spend a few cents and photocopy them. Put them in a manila folder and store them. They are pieces of history. They are called "Americana" and there are a lot of people who collect Americana. Maybe you don't want them but if you stick them in an album, a descendant in 50 years may not have access to the memorabilia.
The whole idea of scrapbooking is preserve memories. At 72 years of age I scrap for people I will never meet.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:52:32 PM
I also say scrap the originals. Your friend already decided that she wanted the originals scrapped. In addition, I think they are safer in a scrapbook than stored away somewhere that they might get lost or forgotten.
Have you looked on Pinterest? There are many folks with boards dedicated to vintage looking scrapbook layouts.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 12:57:18 AM
I scrap the oriiginal papers & photos. My scrapbook is the storgae place for my stuff. I do not alter the original photos. I do scan & make & file on disc though. IF I want an enlargement or want to alter the photo. I still use both on the same page.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 4:46:32 AM
Does it have to look vintage? I often scrap older photos with non-vintage papers, etc.

For the documents: I like to use the originals, but I don't stick them down to the page. I usually slip them into page protectors and let them live in the album along with the layouts. Small pieces I'd likely put into smaller protectors of some type if I were to use them on the page or place them in divided page protectors.



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Posted: 1/29/2013 5:48:49 PM
I thought I would say when I do scrap the originals, I take care about how much adhesive I use or put in a separate page protector. I used to make copies and it just didn't make sense to now have a copy in my books and then the original somewhere else, usually getting lost. So I know my originals are in my books and safe and sound. My whole book will be "Americana"

If it is something 'important' I will use the corner tabs or something.



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Posted: 1/29/2013 11:15:53 PM
I don't think they have to be vintage layouts. If it fills up the page pretty well, there is not need for anything else. Besides, they already look vintage because they ARE vintage.

Sometimes, when I have a tiny picture, I will color-copy it onto acid-free paper and enlarge it and use it as background paper. I then encapsulate or use photo corners to put the tiny photo on a blank area of the enlargement.


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An idealogue knows he is right. A person of faith knows only that he doesn't know.
----Walter Gustafson, Everett. From Seattle Times, Letters to the Editor, 26 Mar 2007.

I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.
----Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820
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