0retrofilterIt’s become easy to alter your photos with photo filters either in Photoshop or right on your phone with editing apps, and this is a great scrapbook page storytelling tool. You can set mood and reinforce story with your treatment.

Filters that add a vintage fade, flare or grain to photos are currently popular. Instagram and Hipstamatic smart phone apps make these transformations easy. A wonderful consideration of this trend is on The Society Pages, and author Nathan Jurgenson  says, “The faux-vintage photo . . . is merely an illustrative example of a larger trend whereby social media increasingly force us to view our present as always a potential documented past.”

See how our team has used photos with vintage treatments and what tools they’ve used.

Instagram Valencia filter

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with Retro-Filtered Photos | Ashley Horton | Get It Scrapped

Wish Big by Ashley Horton | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Chic Tags & October Afternoon; Enamel Dots: American Crafts & Chickaniddy Crafts; Spray Mist, Dropper & Wood Veneers: Studio Calico; Thickers: American Crafts; Button & Washi Tape: October Afternoon; Flair Button: A Flair for Buttons; Shapes & Corrugated Paper: Cameo

Ashley Horton says, “We were doing spring yardwork, when our middle daughter discovered a dandelion and posed for a photo before blowing it.  I love to add filters to my photos using Instagram and on this one I used Valencia. It adds a warming effect.  This filter darkened the background in my photo, while highlighting my daughter and making her and the dandelion the focal point.”

 Rad Lab Pool Party filter

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with Retro-Filtered Photos | Heather Awsumb | Get It Scrapped

Beach by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Surf Lagoon Kit, Fading Words No 3 by Katie Pertiet; Citrus Digital Jewels by Adrienne Looman; Evergreen, Carson Park by One Little Bird

Heather Awsumb says, “This page is about a boat tour I took in Madagascar over Christmas. The photo is a selfie I took on the beach. I used Rad Lab Pool Party filter in Photoshop Elements.  It gave the photo a sun-kissed look adding to the beach theme of the layout. “

Lightroom and Matt’s Vintage Style filter

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with Retro-Filtered Photos | Heather Awsumb | Marie-Pierre Capistran | Get It Scrapped

Santa’s Village by Marie-Pierre Capistran | Supplies: Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy, Studio Calico; Chipbaord letters: American Crafts; Tiny Alphas: Studio Calico; Stickers: Studio Calico; Die Cut: Pretty Little Studio, Washi Tape: From my stash; Gold stars: Studio Calico; Others: gold thread, gold glitters and gold photo corner from my stash.

Marie-Pierre Capistran says, “This page is about me going to Santa’s village with my mom in 1980 and then again with my daughters 33 years later. To give my 2013 photo an aged look, I edited the photo with Lightroom and added “Matt’s vintage style” filter from Lightroom Killer Tips.   I added a vintage Santa die cut and glitter from my Christmas decoration box.”

FotoRus and Aviary apps

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with Retro-Filtered Photos | Audrey Tan | Get It Scrapped

52 Weeks Selfies: Week 11 by Audrey Tan | Supplies:
Juliana Kniepp Designs: Vintage Harbour; Anna Aspnes: Urban Stitchez No5; Karen Funk: Blossom, Stitched Alpha; Angie Hinksman: True Romantics Alpha Set; Fonts: Pea Emmie, Phat Grunge Bold

Audrey Tan says, “This page is about documenting my weekly selfie poses. Rather than using normal photos, I usually add a filter to give each of the weekly photos a different look. I used an app called Aviary and added the Solar effect for a retro look. To further enhance the photo, I added flares using another app called FotoRus. With a filtered photo, I can change the mood of each of my weekly selfie page. “

 Picassa 1960s and color process filters

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with Retro-Filtered Photos | Katie Scott | Get It Scrapped

Skater Girl by Katie Scott | Supplies: DCWV, KI Memories patterned papers; Crate Paper journaling spot; American Crafts letter stickers; Recollections washi tapes; Silhouette die cut negative space spots; sequins; Sharpie.

Katie Scott  says, “My daughter picks a skill and then practices it until she has it mastered. This spring it is roller skating (not roller blading – she’s already got that down). I used Google’s free photo editing program Picasa and I applied the “1960s” and “color process” effects to give my photo collage a retro filtered effect.  This  filtered look works with my subject because rollerskating seems “retro” to me and using color filters on camera phones is something that 10-year-old hipsters like my daughter enjoy applying to their photos.

Rad Lab filters

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with Retro-Filtered Photos | Andrea | Get It Scrapped

Perfect by Andrea Hayes | Erica Zwart, Outdoor Adventure kit; Oscraps Novel paper; Jessica Sprague Old Frame.

Andrea  says, “This is a photo of my daughter on a wonderful day walking in an Arboretum.  I used RadLab to give my photo a retro look. The colors add to the old fashioned mood of the page and a lot of blending to adds a worn look. Now that she is away at college it does seem like a long time ago.”

Picassa Sepia Filter

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with Retro-Filtered Photos | Rosann Santos-Elliott | Get It Scrapped

Love by Rosann Santos-Elliott | Supplies: Amy Tangerine Plus One, Companion patterned paper; Webster’s Pages Stars Overlay; Hazel and Ruby Gone Typo word stickers

Rosann Santos-Elliott says, “I decided to go with a warm, sepia filter in this photo of my son and me being silly. The lighting in my house is quite bad and using a filter like this always make the photos look a lot nicer. I used the free Picasa software to convert to sepia, warmify the photo and create a soft look. The software is easy to use.  Because my choice of product was so bright and bold, I thought a soft monochromatic filter to the photo would be best for the design. I like the contradiction that sepia is demure but the photo is silly and fun-loving.”

Radlab: Sparta, Sexy 70’s and Diving Light + Photoshop like leaks technique

Scrapbook Page Storytelling with Retro-Filtered Photos | Deborah Wagner | Get It Scrapped

Wings by Deborah Wagner/Supplies: Jana Morton – Heart Strokes Overlays; Cottage Arts: This is Life 7 Scrap Words, Erica Zwart – Artistic Nature Paper Pack; Lynn Grieveson – Worn Page Edges No. 2; Katie Pertiet – With Wings Brushes and Stamps; Artistry d’amour, Lens Flares No.2, Page Blends No. 3; Mye De Leon – Documented Smears’ Jesse Edwards – Simple Flourishes No. 6

Deborah Wagner says, “I am making a graduation book for a friend’s son. Although this photo is only 10 years old, I wanted to give it a vintage look, and create a sense of nostalgia. I applied several filters using Radlab: Sparta, Sexy 70’s and Diving Light. I duplicated the filtered photo and applied another Radlab filter, Boring Sepia. I reduced the opacity of the sepia layer to let some of the color from the bottom photo layer show through.

To imitate the look of light leaks:

  • I added  a gradient fill layer (red – turquoise)
  • Set to Screen at 55% opacity
  • Duplicated the gradient layer
  • And set this to Pin Light at 18% opacity.