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« on: August 18, 2013 08:58:45 AM »

I have looked at dozens of heritage albums.
They are beautiful, but way too busy for me.
I want something clean and classic.  

I have a lot of very old family photos I need to preserve.  
They have been stored in acid free envelopes, but nothing else has been done.
I have wanted to put them in scrapbooks for over ten years.  
The photos are both sepia tones and black and white.

I finally realized why I had so much problem choosing scrapbook paper for my old photos.
Anything other than the classic black, looked wrong to me.
I gave in and purchased one package of mat black card stock.
95% of the photos look great with the black background.
I have also purchased several muted papers to try out a few ideas.
They all have a Victorian look with old keys, stamps, postcards, etc.
I really wanted the look of old newspaper, but there was none at the craft store.
I still have a few details to work out, but I am finally on track.


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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2013 03:06:20 PM »

Tim Holtz usually has a good range of labels and antique/shabby chic papers. I would defintiely go with muted colours, but take the photos to your local craft store and test how they look against a variety of papers. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2013 07:27:16 PM »

I have some of those Tim Holtz products - I love them.  I was thinking that maybe using tea or coffee to dye the papers and distressing them may help, then distress them further by maybe crumpling, and ironing them out.  Or what about taking twill or grosgrain ribbon in an ecru colour, and tinting them with tea or coffee as well and lettering on that to make the labels?

If all else fails, see if you can find old, aged, antiqued papers at the library when they sell off books, or a thrift store, rummage sales, what not.

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