How To Get a Perfect Scrapbook Paper Match

Scanned/Printed Paper

Scanned/Printed Paper

I was going to title this: “How To Make the Carpets Match the Drapes in the Scrapbooking World” but realized that I might get some undo attention…

The blog post Creating Your Own Background reminded me of a similar way I used scanning technology in a scrapbook layout. I was putting together a page of an event for my daughter’s 2nd grade class Pioneer performance and couldn’t fine a “perfect” paper color. I had saved the little paper bonnet that she wore and was planning on somehow incorporating on the page, when I thought, “Hey, I can scan and print it out to use as paper!” So, that’s exactly what I did. I laid the bonnet out flat, scanned and printed* it and used my new “designer” paper to mat the photo shown above and for a title box shown in page layout below.

Scrapbook page using scanned paper

Second Graders are so cute...


*Warning: Photo Solutions Superhero geekiness about to occur…In a perfect world you would want to be concerned about the paper you are printing on, as well as the inks – they should meet ISO 18902 standards for photo safety. But our desire to include memorabilia and our design sense sometimes conflicts with this.

So, here is what I do: I use photo album pages, adhesives, paper and pens that meet those standards. When I want to include something like a birthday card, ticket stub or a paper I’ve printed, I treat it like memorabilia – meaning I place it so it doesn’t touch a photo. For my homemade printed paper, I mounted the picture on a photo safe paper first, then the printed paper.

What cool thing would you scan and print for your scrapbook layout?

About Pat Zahn

Pat is a Photo Solutions Superhero specializing in finding simple, painless and quick ways to showcase and enjoy photos and the stories behind them. She's been scrapbooking, well, her whole life, but seriously for over 20 years, and as a business for over 15 years. It's easy to figure out that she loves purple, chocolate, good food and a smile on the faces of the people around her.
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