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Scrapbooking vintage Polaroids

scrapbooking old polaroids
scrapbook page with vintage polaroid photo
Today I have been mostly doing two things:
…hopping about in excitement over the arrival of my brand new nephew (little brother to the nephew on yesterday’s layout – born early this morning!)
…scrapbooking a vintage Polaroid picture. From my first birthday.

Which means I am declaring myself vintage. Let’s move right along and forget about that right now. Thanks.

scrapbooking with vintage polaroids
Oh, old Polaroids. I love them so, and and as a result don’t want to scrap them all at once. I have two more from my toddler years, and this is the most specific. The others are more general moments in life. Obviously I don’t actually remember my first birthday, but I love that this picture has captured some some amazing little things, like the first of many creative birthday cakes and the seventies evidence provided by the orange and green florals in both the wallpaper and the high chair. The world needs more large-daisy-and-mushroom patterns, I do believe.

scrapbooking with old polaroids
I’ve seen a few online discussions lately about scrapbookers wondering if they should crop old (vintage?) Polaroids and my one request is please don’t. There are lots of people who will tell you that Polaroids don’t last over time but clearly this photo isn’t brand new by any means and the colour is still fine. But I do remember cutting up some Polaroids in high school and not only do the prints separate into layers and create a mess of developing chemicals that are sealed into the picture, the colour on those definitely faded. Personally I love the way Polaroids look and just treat the white border like a frame for the photo. But if they are not to your liking, you could always pop a paper frame over the photo rather than cropping it.

scrapbook page with vintage polaroid
And a little tip for baker’s twine: spray adhesive. I mean, I love baker’s twine in straight lines with staples. I do that a lot. I did that twice on just this page, even. But sometimes you need ringlets and swirls and some sort of motion. Spray adhesive. With the twine all sticky, you can swirl and ringlet as much as you like then stick it to the page. (It’s also my favourite thing for transparencies and sheer ribbon and fragile papers, and one can from the office supply store will last you absolutely eons.)

And think! One year from today? It will be my nephew’s first birthday. And I think somebody better find a way to shoot a Polaroid.


19 May 2011

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19 Comments for Scrapbooking vintage Polaroids

  1. Alison Says:

    TFS your tip for the twine Shimelle..and love the LO
    Alison xx

  2. Bernice Says:

    Please, you are Retro. I keep seeing things that are from the 1950s described as Vintage. NOT! I was a child in the 50s, so Vintage is 1920s.

  3. Amy Lynne Says:

    This is super, Shimelle, just lovely! :) I adore how you made the polaroid look so classic. As a gal born in 1975, I think the world needs more mushroom and daisy patterns, as well…they are a comforting thing for me. <3

  4. jo sowerby Says:

    i agree that polaroids need specific care and attention. i used to take alot as a special care baby nurse and back over 20 years ago we’d send parents to Boots to ge them re-photographed and have negatives made as they can fade if not stored carefully and no you shouldnt chop them up. in this day and age we can so easily safeguard our photos by scanning them onto discs/internet storage and so they are relatively well-protected but back then they were so precious and we also took special pictures of babies who had died using the polaroid so you can imagine how precious tehy were. i have a couple i was given by parents which i treasure, one of the babies is now 23 years old and a lawyer, cool huh?
    Jo xxx

  5. Natalie Says:

    Shimelle, this layout is fabulous. I am just working up the nerve to start scrapbooking photos from my wedding, and this page is so inspiring.

    I know it wasn’t the main point of this post, but that tip about the spray adhesive is awesome! thanks!!

  6. Trish Says:

    Love this layout. I have just been given a load of scanned polaroids to put into an album for my bother in-laws 50th Birthday and they are brillant. Now that I have seen your layout I can’t wait to get started. Thks Shimelle

  7. Helen Overton Says:

    I love the layout Shimelle, but I was wondering, I know people usually say not to scrapbook the originals of film photos, should we scrapbook the original polaroids or scan them first?

  8. Jane Says:

    Not vintage at all Shimelle – you my dear are a spring chicken compared to many of us lol. Love your layout and your very cute one year old self!

  9. LisaE Says:

    I’m delighted to see you use the original on your photo. I scan my old Polaroids but scrapbook the original because it is so much more, well, original!

  10. Connie M Says:

    Love your clusters and that you used the orginal~so adorable!

  11. Mel Says:

    Gorgeous! Makes me wish I had some vintage polaroids myself – I guess I’ll have to fake some ;)

    PS Just wanted to let you know that I’ve highlighted you as my Blog of the Week today xx

  12. Lara Says:

    Such a lovely layout! Perfect. I’m expecting a niece or nephew any day now too. Can’t wait to be an aunty – all very exciting x

  13. pidgen Says:

    I just wanted to ask about your “scanning process”. Do you scan your older prints? My grandma always took Poloriods and I’m really considering how to scrap with them or with the scans. {She passed away two weeks ago and I have some pics that I want to do something special with … I’m thinking of scaning them and using the originals, but then I think I should use a scan and save the originals more “safely”.} Anywho, i would love to know what you think about this.

  14. Katie Says:

    Awesome layout and awesome tip for the bakers twine! Also I’ve awarded you the Kreativ Blogger Award – thanks for having such an inspiring blog!

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