Scrapping Childhood Photos

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a heritage page I made using a photo I scanned last summer. Here’s another page made from a scanned photo.


SOURCES Patterned paper: Imaginisce (brown), Prima Marketing Inc. (pink, cream). Stickers: Adornit–Carolee’s Creations (journaling block), American Crafts (“lil bro”). Buttons: Jenni Bowlin Studio.

Since I don’t have any children to scrapbook (and because it’s fun for me), I’m starting to scrapbook some photos from my own childhood. I have quite a few scanned in, but there are hundreds (if not thousands) more to tackle.

As I get the photos scanned, I’m scrapping the ones that inspire me the most. Due to the sheer volume of photos spanning more than two decades, the idea of attempting to work in chronological order is terrifying. If I don’t get all the photos scrapped, it’s no big deal—I’m doing this to share some of my favorite photos and memories, not to record my entire childhood.

The trouble with scrapping childhood photos is that the memories of events surrounding the snapshot are sometimes blurry. I’ve developed two basic approaches for handling this: either journal about what thoughts/stories/emotions the photo evokes now or call my parents and get the scoop (although sometimes they don’t remember, either!).

web101344097SOURCES Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5. Font: Georgia Stamp Act (date) off the Internet. Digital elements: Retroactive Kit by Erica Hernandez, Monkey Do (striped paper) by the Queen of Quirk, Pitter Patter Elements (label) by Meredith Fenwick. Design: Erica Hernandez.

Erica Hernandez took the first route of journaling about the thoughts and emotions the photos evoke on this digital layout sharing several photos from her childhood. Digital pages are perfect for scrapping scanned photos, but you might have to resist the urge to touch up or enhance the older pics.

Looking for more heritage inspiration? Check out our journaling ideas. We also have tips on photo preservation, genealogy research, and how to make a family tree album.

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