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A blog about tips, tricks, and crafts for your old photographs.

Painted Photo Mats

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

Painted Photo Mats

Today I’m going to show you two variations of glass painted photo mats. This is a great way to create a more ornate design than you can find from store-bought mats. It’s also pretty inexpensive, especially if you plan on doing this with multiple pictures. I first saw a version of this project done by Martha Stewart. Her version used templates from her magazine. I’ll show you how to make symmetrical designs yourself. For this project you’ll need a frame, contact paper, opaque paint suitable for glass, a paint brush,...

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Rustic Clothespin Photo Display

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

Rustic Clothespin Photo Display

This clothespin photo display was sort of half craft, half science experiment. It’s based on a combination of crafts I’ve seen online. For this project you’ll need an unfinished wood shadowbox, vinegar, steel wool, a jar with a lid, a paintbrush, mini clothespins, wire, paint, a ruler, masking tape, a pencil, a drill with a small drill bit, a hot glue gun and glue, photos, sandpaper, needle nose pliers, and tea (optional). I picked up the shadowbox in the wood crafts section at my local craft store. I got one without glass but...

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Accordion Photo Album

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

Accordion Photo Album

I’ve seen instructions for these albums online and I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a while. Every time I’ve seen these they have been in a portrait orientation. Most of the photos I wanted to use for this project were landscape, so it made sense to make my album landscape. This meant I had to alter how others have done it considerably to make it work. Here’s what I did to make a 4″x6″ landscape accordion photo album. This project takes a lot of precision to make it come out well, so make sure...

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Printing on Fabric

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

Printing on Fabric

Photos can be a great thing to incorporate into fabric crafts. One way to accomplish this is to purchase image transfer paper for inkjet printers. With this product, you can print a reverse image of your photo on to the image transfer paper and then iron it on to a piece of fabric. But you can also just run a piece of fabric through your printer. You don’t need much to do this project. You’ll need a piece of cardstock, spray adhesive, white or off-white fabric, vinegar, a baking dish, scissors, an inkjet printer, and a...

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Shrink Plastic Photos

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Shrink Plastic Photos

I can recall as a kid, standing in front of the oven watching Shrinky Dinks in the oven. There was something fascinating about seeing those colored sheets transform into tiny, albeit useless, pieces of plastic. But did you know that there are blank Shrink Plastic sheets that you can put in your inkjet printer? Did you also know that there are things you can actually do with the finished products? If you want to make shrink plastic photos, you’ll need to buy blank shrink plastic sheets that are specifically for printing in an inkjet...

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Dating Photographs by Children’s Clothing

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Dating Photographs by Children’s Clothing

Old photos that only feature children are very common so I thought I’d write a little guide for dating photos by children’s clothing. Remember that this is not a definitive guide on children’s clothing. There will be clothing variations based on age, nationality, and income level. This article is mostly intended to point you in the right direction for further research. Please reference my previous article on adult fashion together with this article as children’s clothing had similar silhouettes and details to adult...

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Inkjet Photo Transfers

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Inkjet Photo Transfers

A photo transfer is a fun and relatively inexpensive craft. They are also pretty easy to do, once you get the hang of them. A photo transfer is a technique to transfer the image of a photo or graphic onto another material like wood or a canvas. The first thing you need to do is choose a photo. The photo that I chose is pretty old and had significant fading. But it had faded really beautifully and I didn’t want to lose that quality, so when I restored it I cleaned up a little dirt and smudges and left everything else alone. The antique...

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3D Photos

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

3D Photos

This next craft is a really fun way to take a 2-dimensional photo and make it 3-dimensional…sort of. It’s done by layering different parts of a photo on top of each other. Unfortunately, the photographs of the final product didn’t do it justice. Down at the bottom of the page there is a short clip that gives the best view of how it looked in person. You’ll need to start with a shadowbox frame, a piece of thin cardboard (or something similar) the same size as your frame, foam core, glue, scissors, and several...

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Victorian Photocollage

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Victorian Photocollage

I recently went on a family vacation to Chicago. While at the Art Institute, I learned about Victorian photocollage. It was a way for well-to-do Victorian ladies in the 1860s and 1870s to scrapbook photos. But it’s not to be confused with scrapbooking (at least in the Victorian sense of the word). Scrapbooking was when women would take manufactured colored prints and past them in a book along with their own drawings, paintings, and poems. They were separate, seemingly unrelated things pasted together in a book. They, no doubt, had meaning to...

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Ribbon and Yarn Wrapped Mats

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Ribbon and Yarn Wrapped Mats

I thought I’d do a couple quick craft tutorials today for ribbon and yarn wrapped mats. They’re two really quick, simple projects. Each one only took me a few minutes. For both projects, all you need is a picture frame mat, ribbon or yarn in any color(s) you choose, tape, and glue. For the first project, all I did was cut a few pieces of ribbon long enough to wrap around the front of my mat. I taped one end to the back of my mat then wrapped it around the front and secured the other end to the back. You could do this in a symmetrical...

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