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Selection of your background paper will add texture your photos. Patterns in almost every type of subject imaginable can be found in most office supply or craft stores, or be creative and design your own. Once you have decided on your background, choose a solid complementary color that will blend with the themed pattern chosen.
Cutting or "cropping" photographs will let you have more pictures on each page while at the same time ridding you of unnecessary background space. What is great about this technique is that you can be creative in your cutting by using shapes such as oval, round, and hearts to add depth to your pictures. I remember when I was younger using pinking shears to add a "decorative border" to old pictures. Only thing was my father, who was an avid photographer, was not amused that I tried to improve upon his work... Before cropping your photographs, make sure you won�t be removing something that will add character to it, such as old buildings, cars etc. It is also a good idea to "matte" your photos; this can be accomplished by simply gluing your picture to a solid-color piece of paper and leaving about a 1/4-inch border around it. Make sure your hands are clean when handling photographs because body oils can ruin your pictures.
You can further intensify the look of your pages with the use of stickers, rubber stamps, pictures from magazines that may relate to the subject of your book, old letters, family heirlooms (such as a piece of jewelry from your grandmother), newspaper articles, etc. You can easily take pictures of family heirlooms and then use them in your project. Don�t forget that copies of birth and death certificates, other legal documents, and even recipes can be used.
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You can make your Memory Book as simple or elegant as you wish... your creativity is unlimited and the results will be an everlasting treasure for your family to cherish.
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