Using Less Than Perfect Pictures on Your Scrapbook Pages

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We all have ‘em. Pictures that are less than perfect.

Personally, many of my photos these days are taken on my phone. While it’s super easy and accessible, the pictures from my phone are not always the best, especially in low light situations. While I don’t mind deleting bad photos, sometimes they represent a memory I still want to scrapbook. When the prompt came in last month’s LOAD to use a “bad photo”, I had no problem coming up with one.
Just Fab by Kelli Panique - www.useitscrapbooking.com
I love this photo! It’s taken late at night at Disneyland, but the looks on the faces of my mom and my sister are so genuine and we had has such a good day. I think the photo conveys that even if it’s a little dark. Since it was a happy memory, I paired the picture with some bright and happy papers from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook Collection. Perfect? No, but it still makes me smile!

Here’s another page I created with less than perfect photos.

Closing It Down by Kelli Panique - www.useitscrapbooking.com
These are not the best pictures from our trip to California this summer, but this was one of my favorite nights while we were there. After a fun day at Disneyland with grandparents and cousins, I took just my 14-year-old back over after a late dinner to close down the park and ride rides until the very last minute. There was no way I was going to lug around my DSLR. I wasn’t focused on taking pictures. I just wanted to enjoy the late night running around with my kid.

Of course, there was no way either of us was going to leave our phones in the hotel room, so we have some no so great photos of riding in the front of the monorail and a fun selfie. It was a great night and a great memory and I wanted to be able to document it even if the pictures are dark.

When I look back at this page years from now, I’m not going to care about the quality of the pictures.

Do you have memories that match up with no-so-perfect photos? Don’t let that stop you from telling your stories! Pull them out today and create a scrapbook page. Leave me a link in the comments. I would love to see your perfectly imperfect photos and pages!

  • Barb Belle Slater

    LOL! Kelli, I have tons of ‘not-so-great’ photos! Great challenge to go ahead and scrap the ones that have special meaning to me :-)

  • Melissa Starliper

    Yes, yes, yes. I have too many pictures that aren’t so great but do want to keep the memory. Especially from my childhood when development was expensive & you couldn’t see how the picture looked until you got it back in the mail. I have challenged myself with this in the past with using vellum layed over the pictures etc. Awesome topic. Love your bright colors.