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Photo Fabulous: How to Give Your Old Photos a Facelift

Photo Fabulous: How to Give Your Old Photos a Facelift

A picture is worth more than a thousand words - it's worth a million memories. But try as we might to immortalize our moments, some photos fall by the wayside.

Whether you've got a lonely hard drive or a shoebox of old snaps, think of your PIXMA printer as a breath of fresh air ready to bring those memories back to life. Here are just a few crafty ideas to take your photos from faded to fabulous.

Fantastic Photo Mats

Fantastic Photo Mats

Sure, you could scan your old photos with a PIXMA all-in-one printer - or even print your digital pics via your smartphone - then print them out in high-def, frame them, and call it a day. But what's fabulous about that?

To add pop to your past-their-prime-photos, try an easy patterned photo mat. Stick with black-and-white prints (the Canon PIXMA iP8720 printer's high contrast works wonders here) to avoid a busy look, then pick strikingly patterned paper - anything from your own watercolor creation to eye-catching wrapping paper. After cutting your mat board to size, glue the paper to your mat and cut away the excess using a craft knife. Use complementary mat patterns to create a photo series that breathes new life into your space.

Give the Gift of Memories

Give the Gift of Memories

Get ready to gift the most stylish scrapbook ever - the chipboard scrapbook. It's the perfect gift to celebrate a sibling, significant other or friend.

Use your PIXMA printer to print photos that are just a little bigger than the pages of a blank chipboard album - choose pics that celebrate a relationship to really nail this gift. Line the pages (and covers!) with scrapbook adhesive, then center your photos and trim the excess with a craft knife. The full page photos lend this gift an album cover vibe, so accent that freewheeling look with a variety of color and black-and-white prints, plus crafty touches like stamps, stickers, and washi tape. It's your story, so tell it your way.

Ombré Up Your Office

Ombré Up Your Office

You've seen ombré in trendy hairstyles - it's the gradual transition from a light to an intense color. With an ombré gallery wall powered by your PIXMA printer, you can bring that stylish gradient to any wall in the house.

This one's easy. Print a series of old photos in a compact size, like 4" x 6" (again, black-and-white works well here to create contrast). Rather than using plain old photo mats, mat them with colored poster board. Your goal here is to create a gradient. Say you have nine old pics: you'll mat the top row of three photos with a very pale shade, the next row of three a little darker, the next row even more intense. Try going from extra-pale coral to deep magenta to turn your forgotten pictures into a striking ombré sunset.

A Timeless Photo Journal

A Timeless Photo Journal

After the vacation, wedding, or New Year's party, it's easy for groups of photos to sit in a folder (digital or physical) and fade away. Think of a DIY photo journal as their second life.

To craft your own journal, accordion-fold some cardstock, then use double-sided tape to layer colorful patterned paper cardstock onto it. Bind the front and back covers with a strip of leather and leather glue. To get scrapbook-ing, send your old pics to your PIXMA printer via the Canon Print App. Choose "Bordered" in your PIXMA printer's settings and go with 3.5" x 5" square photos for compact pages. When you glue those pages down, accent them with hand-written notations, passport stamps, postcards or other memoirs to make sure your memories stay in focus forever.

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