Pages 2 Remember

As a young girl I had many avenues of creative expression; gluing, cutting, and designing special cards for family and loved ones. As a teenager I saved every last scrap and memorabilia; tickets, pamphlets, vacation souvenirs, and put them in scrapbooks that I was sure to keep forever and ever.

I saved envelopes full of photos from special events and family members that I wanted to preserve so I put those into photo albums. I used two types of photo albums; albums with plastic sleeves or magnetic albums that would preserve these memories for a lifetime. Years later I came across those same albums and they had deteriorated. They were discolored and the glue in the “magnetic” albums had dried up and no longer held my photos in place. The photos slid out and were no longer in any particular order. It was time to put those photos some place where they would be preserved. I turned to traditional paper scrapbooking where I created layouts gluing my photos and memorabilia using acid free supplies to be sure my photos would not deteriorate over time.

Upon helping my parents downsize, I discovered boxes of photos. Some photos were from my parent’s childhood, while others were from my own. These needed to be preserved.  First step, organize all the photos by decade. The next task, create traditional paper layouts (for scrapbooks) preserving the photos as well as the background stories.

After years and years of using traditional supplies; getting my fingers full of glue, and cutting every photo to fit, along comes the digital age. Now I scrap with digital media. I scan each photo; use digital paper, digital ribbon, and other digital embellishments. The photos get “glued” to my scrapbook layouts. These layouts can then be made into a photo book or be easily shared through social media.

Was there a way I could fix our priceless family photos that had discolored or faded? YES! Like magic, I can restore photos using PhotoShop software.

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Above is a scanned image of a 35mm slide from 1959. Discoloration happens over time making it difficult to enjoy this photo.

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Now that the color has been restored, I would be more likely to use this photo to scrapbook or share through social media.

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My scanner allows me to scan negatives. Here is an original negative from 1920 and is a single negative. Not the more common film strip type.

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After the initial scanning, you can see that I needed to reverse the image from a negative to a positive. Here is that positive image.

Scanning allows people to view photos they may have never seen or haven’t seen in a very long time. Seeing old photos can bring back wonderful memories for families to share. I highly recommend that you record these memories so they are not lost over time.

Digital technology changes rapidly. Will you be able to view the images you have stored on your computer, backed up on your hard drive, or saved in a cloud? No one knows how digital technology will change in the future.

Paper, however, lasts a lifetime and beyond. Paper, I feel, is the best way to preserve your memories.

Pages-2-Remember will turn your memories into pages of sentiment.

Contact jodie@pages-2-remember.com to get started.

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