Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Time warp, the photo edition

My mother is out in Minnesota visiting us for Dominic's birthday. She came with two small boxes of photos from my childhood, something I never had myself. So I have spent the week leafing through stacks of gems like this:

My husband refers to this as the money shot. Remember underoos? I didn't until I saw this. I had also forgotten I wanted to be Wonder Woman. But who didn't? (BTW, I couldn't get the red eye corrector on PSE 7 to work on this photo. If anyone has a suggestion, please let me know!)

Here's another beaut:
Check out the glasses and the socks. I remember this trip, not the details but the fact that my mom made sure to take us when we lived in Jacksonville. Thanks, Mom.

I'm sad to see that I have a camera here, but I don't have any pictures. I bet I threw them away because they weren't good. I'm kind of like that, or I was at that age. So right now, when I give disposable cameras to my boys, I print the photos and put them in little photo albums for them.

Here's another lovely one:

One's bikini is not complete if one is not wearing a cowboy hat too!

Another money shot. I wanted to be a ballerina too, even though I'm kind of clumsy.

I plan on scanning all the photos. I've set up a folder on my computer for the edited scans. All of the above shots I tweaked in PSE 7, just doing an autocorrect and color correction; that was needed because many photos were rescued from those evil auto-adhesive albums that killed photos in the 70s.

So what am I doing with this? I have taken inspiration from Ella's latest ebook:

How to Scrapbook Your Personal Heritage by Aby Garvey and Wendy Smedley gives LOTS of hints for using photos like these winners to capture stories from farther back in the past, which
is helpful when the stories from way back when might be vague, but our current feelings are just as relevant, and just as much of a story to boot.

For me, I put together two photo collages to scrap. Here's the stories I'll record:
  1. All my Wonder Woman shots. I found three. That definitely warrants a page.
  2. All the photos of me in upper elementary where I wasn't smiling with an open mouth. This is a little bit sad. I had horrible teeth and was really self-conscious about smiling with an open mouth. I don't want my boys to feel that way, so I'll scrap something about that.
When I finish these pages, I'll post what I do with them, along with some inspiration and a little giveaway! Look for that next week.

This weekend, look for a blog hop with the Sketch Support gals. Buckets of prizes await...


Anonymous said...

Part of me wishes I had photos like that ... and then again, maybe I'm glad I don't! Can't wait to see what you do with them :)

Monika Wright said...

Okay, I have the bathing suit photo, but my hair looks like Mom left the pink sponge rollers in way too long {weeks maybe?} and I so remember wearing tube socks and feeling oh, so cool!

Valerie said...

These are fantastic!! Can't wait to see your pages Jennifer (I have photos of me with socks pulled up like that at Disney - I remember the striped tube sock days of the late 70's!)

Jenni said...


Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Looking forward to the blog hop! I love that you were brave enough to share these photos on your blog! They are cute pictures. Would love to see how you use them on some layouts!

clmk523 said...

LOVE the Wonder Woman photo! I had the underoos, but I don't think I have a photo. Can't wait to see the layouts.

Angie Lucas said...

Adorable, Jenny! hee hee.

Keshet said...

Oh these are HILARIOUS Jenny!

Wendy Sue said...

I had those SAME wonder woman underoos...unfortunately, I have no photo to prove it, darn it.

Diana said...

OK these photos are classic. Hilarious.
But I envy you a bit. I have ZERO photos of me as a kid. Not a one. I was the 3rd of 3 girls with two busy working parents. Now there's no wonder I'm so photo and scrapbooking crazy!