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Restoring a Photo Album

Martha Stewart Living Television

In most homes, you'll find a collection of photo albums filled with snapshots of family vacations, birthday parties, weddings, and trips to the beach. What you might not know is that the self-stick pages in many photo albums will actually harm your precious photos. Over time, the power of the low-tack adhesive strengthens, often making it difficult to remove the pictures from the pages. And the pages themselves, which are not acid-free, can impart permanent stains to your photos. The best solution: Carefully transfer the photos to an archival book.

Once you've selected a suitable book, start assembling photos on a page. There are no rules when it comes to your album's layout -- mix black-and-white and color photos, highlight a single picture, or cram every inch with images. Secure the pictures with acid-free photo corners (available at photo, crafts, or framing stores in a variety of colors). Using archival artists' paper, create your own labels with captions recording basic facts or describing the people, places, and events in the pictures; mount the labels with acid-free glue. Your photos -- and memories -- will be preserved for years to come.

Comments (6)

  • sandeego 3 Oct, 2008

    contimued:
    The old album has old black corners on each photo. Anyway, I am trying to learn everything I can about scrapbooking so I can do this project right. I will check out Hazen's web site. Thanks

  • sandeego 3 Oct, 2008

    contimued:
    The old album has old black corners on each photo. Anyway, I am trying to learn everything I can about scrapbooking so I can do this project right. I will check out Hazen's web site. Thanks

  • sandeego 3 Oct, 2008

    This is a project which I have just started to do. Because I am a Grandmother now myselfI have old photo albums and other photos that are not in albums saved from years ago. One that I want to restore is an old album with black paper pages with old black

  • sandeego 3 Oct, 2008

    This is a project which I have just started to do. Because I am a Grandmother now myselfI have old photo albums and other photos that are not in albums saved from years ago. One that I want to restore is an old album with black paper pages with old black

  • hazen 3 Sep, 2008

    You can take apart your photo albums, scan the photos and put tehm back into a archival book and store them away. With the scanned photos, you can tehn create your hardbound sewn book taht will last as well as being able to duplicate it to give as a gift for others to enjoy as well.
    www.celebratingmystory.com

  • hazen 3 Sep, 2008

    You can take apart your photo albums, scan the photos and put tehm back into a archival book and store them away. With the scanned photos, you can tehn create your hardbound sewn book taht will last as well as being able to duplicate it to give as a gift for others to enjoy as well.
    www.celebratingmystory.com