Redoing old albums....faded pictures!

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Posted 4/10/2013 by sopranomom in General Scrappin'


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June 2003
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Posted: 4/10/2013 6:05:50 PM
I bought the PL set from HSN, thinking I would take my old album pages that have fallen apart and take those photos off the magnetic pages and put them in the pocket pages. Problem is, in the "old" days, photos were smaller and some square, also I did a great job of cropping them to fit on the page!! Being not archival quality, I have tons of photos that have turned "brown" and faded. The thought of dragging out the negatives and reprinting all of these makes me ill! Is there software or a scanner that can instantly return a colored photo to it's original color? Guess I will cut alot of 4 x 6 cardstock to back up all these smaller sized photos and ones in odd shapes. It will be a huge project as I have 20+ years to do, but right now they are sitting in a drawer and getting even more damaged. Anybody else had to redo old albums?

Rhonda in TX

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September 2007
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Posted: 4/10/2013 7:04:31 PM
My husband has color-corrected some old, faded, 70's photos. I was astounded at the difference. We're no experts, but what he did was very easy. We use GIMP, which is free. I'm sure Photoshop does the same thing, but it's not free. Anyway, here are the steps.

Open a photo in GIMP.
Select "Colors", then "Levels", then he usually is just able to hit the "Auto" button and that does a good job of restoring the colors.

Easy peasy!

Been scrappin' for 15 years
Homeschool mom of 2 - DS (16) and DD (15)


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Posted: 4/10/2013 8:53:04 PM
I have been redoing my old photo albums from the 70s, 80s, and 90s in PL style. But with the small size photos I'm using 3 1/2 x 5 size pockets (5 to a page, 2 portrait and 3 landscape--I get them at HL) in an 8 !/2 x 11 size album. I didn't bother to scan and correct the color (except on the slides) but kept them as is. I still needed to back most of them with paper to fit the pockets. I use the same or similar color paper (mostly pp rather than cardstock) for all the backing on facing pages so it looks more coordinated. I use more muted rather than bright pp (and a lot of cream, brown, beige, pastels) so it goes better with the faded pictures. So far I've been making my own journaling cards, but I bought the HSN Jade, which is quite muted and I might cut some of them down and use them. HTH.


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Posted: 4/11/2013 7:03:36 PM
Thank you for the good ideas, will try out the photo site. Like the idea of using the muted colors for backing old photos.. the Jade set seems to have those kinds of colors.
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