RESCUE YOUR VALUABLE OLD PHOTOS

Inside: how to rescue your valuable old photos from magnetic albums   If you’re over 40 it means you probably have old magnetic albums, black glue-on scrapbooks or just old photos stashed in boxes or drawers. All these precious photos filled with memories and history are in danger! If you used “magnetic” pages in your album – the ones with sticky pages that you could cover with clear plastic – your photos might already be in rough shape. Photos on old black paper pages, even with photo corners, might not be faring well, either. If you do own one of these older photo albums full of precious family pictures then I advise you to do something NOW to try and prevent further deterioration.     WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOUR OLD PHOTOS Older magnetic photo albums have pages that are covered in strips of sticky glue that hold the photos to the pages. The pages are then sealed under a …

HOW TO AGE PAPER – 6 EASY TECHNIQUES TO MAKE PAPER LOOK OLD

  Inside: how to age paper – techniques to make paper look old   I love craft materials with a vintage and aged look especially paper. Waiting until paper gets to look old on its own can take a very long time so other than buying it in the craft store the best way to have aged paper is to make it yourself.     WHY AGE PAPER   Using different techniques and materials to age paper yourself is a good idea for several reasons: Age any paper you want without depending on the selection the store has. Control the color and hue of the paper. Decide if and what texture to add to the paper. Make large number of aged paper. Cost effective and very cheap. Use materials you already have at home and in the craft room.   WHAT TO DO WITH AGED PAPER   When you use aged paper in your crafts you automatically give it a …

Imagine Mixed Media Canvas

Hi crafty friends!I’m in the mixed media mood recently and today I want to share a new creation: Imagine Mixed Media Canvas. This canvas was created in the same technique as the last two canvases I shared with you. This technique is one of my favorite because it can transform anything to anything and basically it’s easy to do but its effect is amazing!Imagine Mixed Media CanvasI started with adding texture with modeling paste and a stencil. You can see I also added chipboard corners for extra dimension.  Then I arranged my elements on the canvas. I went for the shabby chic look again with adorned frame and lots of flowers.  You probably guess what’s the next step is… cover everything with gesso. This gives everything the same color more or less and primes all the materials for the next step. When you create a mixed media canvas you use metal, plastic, paper, fabric and clay and not all of them receive …

Recycled Vintage Mini Album

I love making albums from unconventional materials so I created this recycled vintage mini album from corrugated cardboard that I cut from an old unwanted box. The corrugated texture is so easy and fun to work on and it gives a special texture when you tare off the upper covering paper and reveal the corrugated cardboard. The color of the cardboard and the teared look gave me the inspiration for this vintage look.all the recycled vintage mini album pages have matching papers in brown, red and rustic green colors. I also matched all the embellishments in color and style and if I didn’t have the right embellishments I created it myself. You can see how I created all the embellishments here. I also used vintage photos of me and my family to compliment the vintage look. Recycled Vintage Mini AlbumI called this mini album Time Goes By. naming a mini album and creating the front cover is something I usually do last. …

Making a Family History Book Part 5

Welcome to the final part of the series. I can now update you that the heritage book I created won first place! So I guess they liked my ideas for an interesting original design…I hope you do to. I have a few more ideas to share… Make it Your Own Sometimes you have an idea but you don’t have the right supplies. I wanted to create doors, as an interactive mechanism to present the text in this page. However, I’ve already used a mechanism like that on another page so I didn’t want to repeat myself. I decided to use a paper that looks like a door and not just two paper flaps. The problem was I didn’t have the right size of paper. the solution was to scan the pattern into my computer and enlarge it to the size I need. Then I added them to my layout and inserted the text under them.     Layering One of the …

Making a Family History Book Part 4

Welcome to the fourth post in the series! I hope you you were inspired to start your own family history book or to add some new ideas to the heritage projects you’re currently working on. More Photos space I’ve used interactive opening flaps to increase the space for text, but it is also a great solution for more photos space. Create an opening flap with text on both sides and add photos on the part under it. this will also create an element of surprise and discovery to the history book and give the viewer a feeling of exploring and discovering the history themselves.     Interactive mechanisms I’ve already explained how interactive mechanisms can increase space for text and photos, but these mechanisms can help you add content to the page. The same way you can use a theme to tell a part of the story you can use an interactive mechanism. In this page I created an opening …

Making a Family History book Part 3

Welcome to part 3 of the series Making a Family History Book part 3. I hope you found the ideas I’ve shared so far inspiring and maybe even try a few of them. Gossip & Experiences At first glance you might think it’s inappropriate to include such things in a heritage book, but consider the fact that this book is a history book for generations to come. The experiences or gossip stories of today will be the treasured memories tomorrow. In this page, which is the opening page for the chapter about the immediate family, I added short sentences about special things we like to do together as a family.     Themed pages Themed pages are pages which are designed according to a specific subject. A page like that is a great and creative way to tell a story about a person. By creating a page about space it is easy to understand that my other son is interested …

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