Using Heritage Photos

Last summer, I spent a weekend at my grandma’s house, scanning in hundreds of family photos dating back to the 1920s. I had so much fun going through all of the photos and hearing Grandma tell stories about my grandfather, who passed away when I was 3, and what my mom was when she was a child.

Scrapping the photos has been a slow process, mostly because when I scanned in the photos I didn’t organize them very well. (But that’s a project for another day.) This weekend, I finally had a chance to scrap a photo of my grandpa and the men he flew with during World War II.


SOURCES Patterned paper: October Afternoon (blue), Jenni Bowlin Studio (yellow). Tag: 7Gypsies. Stickers: Adornit–Carolee’s Creations. Journaling die cut: Anna Griffin. Pen: American Crafts.

I printed the scanned photo on my photo printer, and didn’t do anything to touch it up. There are a few scratches and tears on the photo, but I think it helps make the scrapbook page more authentic. I did cover up the torn corner on the bottom left-hand side with my journaling block, but it doesn’t cover a significant part of the photo.

Here are some tips for working with heritage photos:

  • Always work with scans.
  • Don’t limit yourself to using only dark colors. Heritage pages can be just as bright and colorful as pages about recent events–and with black-and-white or sepia photos, the color combinations are endless.
  • If you don’t know much about the photo, try journaling about the differences between life then and life now, the conversations you wish you could have with the person in the photo, or details about the photo subject that aren’t necessarily relevant to that particular snapshot.

Are you scrapping heritage photos? I’d love to see your layouts as inspiration!

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2 Responses to “Using Heritage Photos”

  1. Thanks for sharing the links to your layouts, Ann!