AnnaTeamer, Chris Asbury, shares her love of combining heritage photos and Anna's Artsy products to create a new look for old pictures.
I was inspired to write this post when my husband received a lifetime's worth of photos after the recent passing of his mother. She had always been a collector and left a treasure of a find but, as with many heritage and vintage photos, most are not identified. Many were hidden away, tucked in envelopes, stored in boxes and basically forgotten among life’s things.
I would love to know more about my husband’s mother and her family history. Hopefully, with the help of relatives, we can assemble a meaningful connection between past and future generations and piece together stories meant to be told and shared.
Preserve your family's legacy. Encourage family members to relate the important events of their lives, building bonds and sharing experiences. As scrapbookers, we have the power to preserve these memories, instill renewed life and vitality to precious old photos and create beautiful works of art to share with our family.
In this post, I want to share tips for scrapping artsy heritage photos. I've also asked AnnaTeamer, Adryane, and Annette to contribute some of their tips. We all seem to agree that adding color is key!
Add a touch of artsy to disguise poor quality photos. You may have found, like I have, that many of your heritage and vintage photos have lost quality over the years. Compensate for this loss and elevate them to works of art by clipping your old photos to a colorful ArtPlay Palette transfers, papers and/or masks. Playing with the blending modes and opacities will bring your photos back to life with fresh color creating exciting contrast with the original blacks and whites and sepias.
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Pat & Ruth. Sunday Hats | Chris Asbury
Our Castle | Chris Asbury
Day at the Beach | Chris Asbury
Friends 1940 | Chris Asbury
Create imaginative stories. Many times, though, we stumble across a fabulous photo with a story buried in the past. AnnaTeamer, Adryane says, “Since I don’t know much about any of my “heritage photos,” my philosophy has been to use lots of color, as opposed to the more traditional heritage palettes. Chances are most of these people had something bright or colorful in their lives or their personalities. I am, in a way, creating backstories out of my imagination.”
By the Sea | Adryane
Add hints of color for renewed life. Annette, also approaches heritage scrapping with an eye to color and likes to keep it simple. “Let the photo be the focus of the story. Quite often I have little
journaling other than a name, a date, and possibly a location scribbled on the back. To add hints of colour and renewed life to the photo, I clip the photo to a transfer from an ArtPlay Palette, or to a FotoBlendz, playing with blending modes on the photo and the mask until I have achieved the desired result.”
Freshen up older photos with Glows. Annette also says, “Adding a layer with a WarmGlow on top of a photo and playing with opacity and blending modes is another way to freshen up older photos. Keep the background simple, add some transfers, brushwork, a few key embellishments, a bit of journaling, and the page is complete.”
Oma | Annette
Smitten | Annette