If you don't have a scanner, consider using a resource such as scanmyphotos.com or just head over to a friend's house and ask to borrow theirs. If you have a scanner today's the day to use it! Today's challenge for Memory Monday is to find something old, scan it, and do something with it. That can mean a blog entry, a scrapbook page, or just editing the photo and saving it. The more information you can put with it the better though, so I would love to encourage you to write down some details as well.
Just so you don't have to feel embarrassed by the state of your older photos I will show you some of mine. Actually, I think "older" photos from the black and white days would be easier to work with than the ones I picked. They were taken in 1999 with a very cheap camera when I knew absolutely nothing about photography. My kids were 3 and 6 and they didn't want to sit still for photos. It's amazing I even have these shots at all.
Here are the little angels (but their red eyes make them look like demon children LOL)
Now if you own a digital camera and have young kids - go take pictures of them right now! Seriously, you are so lucky to be able to capture them with the kind of technology we have today! And if you are like me and your kids missed the digi dreamboat, just move on and enjoy it now. And think about how someday you will be able to take amazing photos of your grandkids.
Ok, back to the subject at hand. So I took these scanned photos and cleaned them up a bit. I used Microsoft Digital Image because I'm better at editing photos in that program right now. I'm going to get more proficient at photoshop elements for photo editing but for now this did the trick. I'm sure some of the pros could get the pictures looking better than I did but they were so grainy and out of focus that I just did my best.
They look a lot better but there are still some issues with photos. When I put them onto a simple but pretty scrapbook page, those issues seem to go away. Now the personality of the pictures and the story that goes with them can shine.
Now this is a memory worth sharing. I feel as if I have "rescued" these pictures and given them a happy home.
I used the century gothic font (a great one for journaling) and Jess Gordon's Real Love mini kit from Sunshine Studio Scraps.
So what will you scan and save? I'd love to see what you create if you want to send me a link. Hope you have a happy Monday!