Archival Photo Box: The Legacy Box Collection is the perfect place to store your printed photos. Boxes are manufactured in Pennsylvania using photo safe materials that have passed PAT testing. Click here for additional details or to purchase.
The Cricut Craft Tool helps you remove photos that are stuck in your magnetic or self-stick albums. Always use with care and a light hand so as to not damage your photos. If you read the product description you will learn that it is meant for lifting images off Cricut cutting mats, however I have had much success using it as a photo spatula!
Memory Card Reader:If you have your precious photos stored on memory cards from multiple cameras the first step is to get them onto your computer. A Memory Card Reader will help you with that step. Plug the reader into your computer via the enclosed USB cable. Then plug your memory card into the correct reader spot. Your photos will now be view-able on your computer. Don’t forget that you will need to move them off the card onto your computer otherwise they will continue to reside on the memory card.
Epson V600 Photo Scanner: After removing your photos from sticky photo albums or shoeboxes you will want to scan them with a professional scanner, not one of those all-in-one set-ups! The Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner delivers outstanding quality scans from photos, film, slides and everyday documents. This is one of the scanners I use in my professional business and it is outstanding.
Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner: This is the perfect scanner if you need to travel to a location to scan photos. The Flip-Pal mobile scanner is compact, lightweight and durable. It scans at 300 or 600 dpi and the color and dimensions are true to size. The EasyStitch software quickly and automatically reassembles multiple scans into their larger original. This scanner uses four AA batteries. I get approximately 150 scans before I need to swap out batteries, therefore I also recommend rechargeable batteries and a battery charger.
Portable Hard Drive: If you only have your photos on your computer then you need a second back-up at the minimum. I suggest copying all your photos to an External Hard Drive (EHD). To be safe I always copy them to two EHD’s – but different brands. A hard drive can crash unexpectedly, however, it is unlikely that a different brand would fail at the same time.
Backblaze is a great way to get all your files backed up automatically. It’s easy. It’s secure. And if you lose data for any reason, you will be glad you have Backblaze backing up all of your files on the cloud.
Flickr is my favorite free cloud storage for your photos. You can upload one terabyte of photos – figuring an average digital photo is 4-5 MB that is equivalent to approximately 400,000 photos.
FlickStackr is the app to use to enjoy your photos (uploaded to Flickr) on your iPad or iPhone.
Forever: the only cloud storage that promises permanent storage with their Forever Guarantee Fund with privacy and the ability to share with family and friends. Intro Members receive a fully functional Forever account with 3 GB of storage for Free!
Projects for your photos once they are organized:
Digital Photo Books: This blog I wrote will help you design your own photo book. If you are overwhelmed with this process or are on a tight deadline please contact me – I am happy to answer any questions, design a custom book for you or recommend a book vendor that will best meet your needs. Digital photo books are excellent keepsakes for any occasion and make wonderful gifts anytime of the year!
Blurb Photo Books: I recommend Blurb if you want to self-publish books, magazines and e-books. You can can create, publish, distribute and sell your book with Blurb.
Picaboo Photo Books: I recommend “peek-a-boo” if you have a variety of photo projects you want to design. They offer calendars, books, cards, posters, photo panels, and much more. I have made calendars for my family using picaboo and have always been pleased with the paper quality, photo reproduction, and quick order processing.
Mixbook Photo Books: I recommend Mixbook for their vast selection of professional pre-designed themes. Mixbook also has an excellent interface that allows you to easily upload your photos from a variety of photo storage options including Flickr!
Custom removable wallpaper: A new and exciting way to decorate your walls and display your favorite photos. Ideal for tweens, teens and college bound students. I made one for my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary and they loved it. They are currently renting a home so it was a perfect way to decorate their blank walls!
Paper Culture is one of my favorite card vendors because they use exclusively 100% post-consumer recycled paper or alternative non-tree fibers for their cards. I have ordered their memory game and holiday cards and was very pleased with the quality and service. For every order placed, they also plant a tree where reforestation is most needed. In effect, your cards plant trees. How can you not love that?
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