Designer’s Choice: Making do with a bad photo

By Jennifer Larson

November 21, 2015

Hello! It’s Jennifer Larson, sharing some tips I have for scrapbooking lousy photos.

Here in Minnesota in the wintertime, lousy photos are all I take. We have about 7-8 hours of daylight in the winter, and it’s too cold to spend much time outdoors. As a result, I tend to make do with blurry, yellow photos. Still, I have stories to tell, so I scrap them anyway. Case in point: I wanted to record our holiday tradition of eating breakfast casserole before the boys open presents, but the photo wasn’t great, despite a lot of editing. Here’s what I did:

Do Not Open Until Breakfast by Jennifer LarsonHere’s what I did:

  1. First, I chose a background paper that contrasted the yellow in the photo. Too many warm tones would have exacerbated the color.
  2. Next, I stitched a frame around the photo to make it look quaint–but really, to distract from its ugliness.
  3. I lay the title across the photo to make the photo a part of the story but not its focus.
  4. I used the rest of the page to embellish with stitches and die cuts so that again, the eye wouldn’t stay smack dab on that unsightly photo.
  5. Finally, I covered part of the photo with embellishments. That’s right.

Here are some details in my effort to mask the ugly photo:

Do Not Open details 1

Do Not Open details 2

Do Not Open details 3

Do Not Open details 4

Thank you for visiting! I hope you have some ideas for scrapbooking your less-than-stellar photos.

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