The challenge over at Document Life Workshop this week is to document family history, and I took it as an opportunity to rescue some old family photos from unsafe albums to a project life album!
Many old albums aren’t acid free, and will ruin photos over time. You can sort of see how the edges of this album are yellow, and this definitely had a role in fading and yellowing these photos. I took all of the photos out of this album (though there are still more albums waiting) and put them into safe Project Life page protectors. This way the photos are still viewable, are arranged in a lovely manner, and are easily accessible for scanning. Scanning is for 2014, though.
Because many of my old family photos are faded or aren’t the best quality, I wanted to use products that added to them instead of stole the show. The subtle patterns and black, white, grey, and cream color pallet of the Midnight Core Kit was an excellent way to get these photos to shine. I’m putting the Heritage Core Kit on my Christmas list, and I know these two kits will go really nicely together when I start adding those in too!
I might spread the photos out more, depending on how much space the words from my family take up when I start asking them for stories. These photos are of my grandpa (Poppy) and his mom, and I can’t wait to add in a few stories from his childhood. He was super ornery.
Because none of the photos are 4×6, I used Vanilla cardstock to back them. I love the cream with midnight, and it looks so good with the old photos. For now the photos are floating around in the pockets, which isn’t a problem until someone drops the album upside down. Unless it bugs you that they aren’t all straight, then it’s a problem now. I’m still debating my options: temporary adhesive, photo corners, or closing the pockets with washi tape are all contenders.
These photos are all from my mom’s baby and toddler years. I love them.
I can’t wait to start getting stories out of people, though I know that’s probably a project for next year. It’s amazing how the stories come out naturally when you just start having family members look through photos. I love it.
This album is going to be a work in progress. I’ll take it one old photo album at a time! I’m so happy that these photos are now going to be safe and will be on a shelf instead of buried in a plastic tub somewhere.