Thursday, April 15, 2010


Yesterday I spent some time working on the scrapbook I have started for my husband's father.  See the initial post here.  This entailed scanning old newspaper articles into my computer using Photoshop Elements. These clippings are more than 80 years old and are not in the best of shape. I did some research on the internet about how to scan them. The only useful information that I found was to scan them at a lower resolution than I normally do for my scrapbook photos. 150 - 200 dpi's were suggested and I found that this did help some.   Here are the pages that I did..........
They are not great but are at least readable when printed. Click on them and use Control + to enlarge them on your computer screen.

Our printer does not do 12x12 pages so my scrapbook pages are 8.5 x 11.  I use Pioneer Memory Books generally carried by Joann's and Michael's.  They are inexpensive and I can buy refills for them. Actually, I prefer 8.5x11  albums. They are easier to handle and store although you cannot put as much on the smaller pages.

I've decided to use a very simple design for the pages in this book - not many added elements.  So maybe I can get through with it fairly quickly.  I really enjoy doing this but it does take a lot of time.


  1. What a spectacular job! I have scanned loads of old tin types and documents, but did nothing beyond that.

  2. Thanks, Rebecca. Actually, I am thinking about rescanning them in grayscale. The clarity will not be any better but the color will be more black and white and maybe that will look better.


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