Okay, I Cheated: Scanning Keepsakes

Using keepsakes in my scrapbook pages is a key part of my style.  They are more important to me than paper styles or color choices.  I wish more scrapbookers would use them!

I think my grandkids will be more amused to see  old newspaper clippings and flyers rather than ribbon I picked out to compliment them. Who am I kidding here?  I have no idea if any future offspring will want to look at these.  Moving on.

What do you do when a keepsake is too big to put in your scrapbook?  Yes, too big even for me and I use 11×14-inch scrapbook pages.

My answer?  I cheat.

If something isn’t going to work on a page, I scan it and print it on my photo printer.

When to Scan a Keepsake:

  • Item is too big for the page
  • Keepsake just won’t work with layout
  • Item is displayed elsewhere but it would help tell the story in your layout
  • Keepsake isn’t two-dimensional

Take a second look at the picture of the homecoming poster.  The original poster is 16.5 inches wide!  I scanned and resized it to 6.5 inches and it really compliments the layout without overwhelming it.

This layout is from the set of football layouts I showed last year.  Since I was using the same basic layout for all 6 football pages, it wouldn’t have made sense to disrupt the pattern by trying to fit some of the original poster on the page.

The example below is of a three-dimensional item:  a refrigerator magnet.  I couldn’t glue the magnet to the page and it was already living on our refrigerator.

But don’t these printed items just look like another picture on the page?  Not really.  Since I use a satin sheen photo paper instead of glossy, the printed keepsakes don’t look like photos at all.

Have you tried this before?  If you haven’t what ideas does this give you?  I hope this enables you to use more keepsakes in your layouts!


My Favorite Photo Paper

I do all my photo printing at home and hinted earlier that my favorite paper is a store generic.  Yes, it’s the truth!  You can catch up on why I print at home in this post.

I only buy 8.5×11″ photo paper.  I can never get 4×6″ sheets of paper to work for me.  Plus, I rarely print just 4×6″ photos, but when I do I can lay them out on an 8.5×11″ sheet and cut them out.  Printing on larger sheets lets me do cool things like photo blocks like I did in this layout or tiny photos as in this layout.

What if I need to print a picture now but can’t fill up an entire 8.5×11″ sheet?  I save the rest of the sheet for later so there’s no waste.

Staples Photo Supreme Satin Paper

Satin.  Not gloss, not matte.  As far as I know, Staples is the only manufacturer that offers satin paper.  I don’t like the glare of glossy paper and it’s too easy to fingerprint.  Matte photo paper pretty much looks like a sheet of cardstock.

What’s so great about it?

  • No fingerprints:  this is great when I’m cutting out the pictures and handling them while scrapbooking.  I don’t have to be that careful with them.
  • Dries fast:  I can start using these photos 20 minutes after I print them (and that’s with me waiting to be on the safe side).
  • Heft:  the paper has a nice heavy feel to it and the pictures don’t look like they were cheaply produced.
  • Satin sheen: the photos have a matte finish with a nice sheen to them.  It’s kind of like glossy taken down a notch.

I can’t find this in my local Staples and have to order it online.  I really hope they don’t discontinue it because it’s a fantastic product!

Note:  I was not paid by Staples to endorse this item just as I am not paid to endorse anything.  I only feature items that I love and actually use.