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05 August 2015

Heritage Scrapbooking: Use Busy Patterns to Hide Flaws

Once again, I'm sharing another page from my 70s era personal history scrapbook and it involves photos that were cut before I took the time to digitize them. At the end of this post, I'll link to some of the other page layouts that involve ways to downplay the damage I've done.

Use Busy Pattern to Hide Flaws in Scrapbooking
Party Girl

On this scrapbook page, I wanted to hide the edges of my photos on a busy pattern paper. However, I didn't want the paper to be overwhelming. It was a birthday party and the key colors I wanted to use were yellow and orange. Once again, I'm not a fan of orange but this layout needed it.

This birthday party was held at McDonald's back when the hamburger chain would host pre-arranged birthday parties. You and your guests would have a sectioned off part of the restaurant. A staff member would coordinate a Ronald McDonald cake, party games, and Ronald McDonald's party hats. We opened presents there and played on the small scale play ground out front involving rocking french fry thieves and hamburger heads. Back then, this set up was perfect for my working parents as we lived in a small apartment.

To balance busy floral paper, I clipped this to a circular shape. After adding a few more orange accents, the focus of this layout is more on the photos and story rather than the poorly cut photos. I'd love to see what you do to downplay some of your early scrapbooking mistakes. Share a link to your page in the comments section.

As promised, here is a list of pages where I overcame the short comings of my crop happy days:

There are many different ways to make a scrapbook page that hide flaws. What are your favorite ways to disguise your cutting errors?

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  1. I must admit, I thought this was an Easter page, but you made a great choice in background for the pictures. You're right -- I had to REALLY look at the photos to see how they were cut. I have no evidence to show you how I disguised my mistakes, but I have been known to use strategically placed stickers.

    1. Ha, ha Wendy! That's so funny. This page does have an Easter feeling it to it. I do like the idea of strategically placed stickers. I haven't tried that yet. And thanks for the compliment. I really was hoping it would take effort to notice the sloppy cutting job. You made my day!


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