In preparation for my class "Gifts from the Past: Scrapbooking Heritage photos" I thought I'd share with you a few things I learned about how to care for old photos.
- Remove photos from albums that are not of archival quality. To safely do that I personally recommend removing photos from the adhesive by carefully placing a piece of dental floss under one corner of the photo, then, with a gentle sawing motion loosen the photo away from the adhesive backed page. You can find some alternative methods including using Un-Du Adhesive Remover in THIS article.
- Store photos in a cool dry place (specifically away from light and humidity).
- Spray documents and newspaper clippings with a spray that neutralizes the acidity such as Archival Mist or Krylon Make It Acid-Free.
- Don't use adhesive directly on irreplaceable photos and documents, always use photo corners. I prefer self adhesive photo corners. My favorite photo corners are manufactured by Canson. They come in a few different colors (Black , Transparent, and Gold ).
- Never write on the back (or the front for that matter) of a photo. The pen will eventually bleed through to the front of the photo. If you MUST write on the photo write the information on an archival quality label with archival quality pens. American Crafts Precision Pens are my absolute favorite.
- Never crop a Polaroid photo. If you do, the image will disappear over time. Also, never write on a Polaroid photo. The ink will bleed into your photo.
One final note, remember, ALWAYS scan those priceless photos before you put them into new albums. The scanner I use has been discontinued by the manufacturer. I found the Kodak P570 Personal Photo Scanner that is very similar and has great reviews. You can always take photos of your photos.
I hope I've shared with you something you can use about how to care for old photos. Thanks for stopping by today.