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My Scanning Project(s)

Another thing I’m doing to reduce the clutter in my house is to scan things that I really don’t need to keep, but would like to have archived in a way that takes up less space. Things like Franklin Planner pages from years gone by, and Connor’s schoolwork, and various memorabilia I’ve collected over the years. All that paper weighs a lot and was taking up a lot of space, so, a few weeks ago I bought myself a ScanSnap high-speed scanner, and I’ve been scanning like crazy ever since.

To give an idea of just how much I’ve scanned, here’s a photo I took last week. (Since then I’ve filled at least another two or three bags full of paper, and I’m still going strong).

I’m also using a flatbed scanner to scan Connor’s artwork (I can’t keep all of it – he produces far too much to do that. So, I’m scanning all of it, and then keeping just a sample of his “best” work). Oh, and I’m scanning some scrapbook pages, too, so that both Kevin and I can have copies. Yeah, I’m doing a lot of scanning. But it’s going to be SO nice to have all this stuff out of the house, and onto one or two DVDs instead of boxes and boxes in the closet.


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Feb. 27th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Strange synchronicity
I recently bought a scanner (well a scanner/printer thimg, which you did too, didn't you?), because I had all these bits of paper from my Melbourne and East Timor trips and decided that what I would do is scan them all in and arrange the meaningful bits with some photos and generate a montage for/of each trip. I thought that would be a goof, less messy souvenir/rememberance.

Of course, I now have the scanner, but I still have the two folders of papers sitting next to my desk. I should really pull my finger out and make the montages.
Feb. 27th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Strange synchronicity
I shouldn't try to type in the dark, I don't quite cut it as a touch typer.
thimg = thing
goof = good
Feb. 27th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Strange synchronicity
Get scanning, R! :)

I, too, intend (someday O_o) to do something like you're suggesting with all my photos, and scanned memorabilia. I've stopped keeping quite as many things as I used to (ticket stubs and receipts from lunches and things like that), but I do have quite a few that I've saved over the years, and once I've held onto something for a certain amount of time, it becomes really hard to just throw it away (even if I'd throw the equivalent thing away now. Which sort of makes no sense, but there you have it). :D

I like your idea of photo montages. I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I want to do with all this stuff myself. On the one hand, it would be dead easy to just create online albums with photos and scans, and save them to discs and look at them whenever I felt like it. But, on the other hand, there is something to be said for having an actual, physical photo album to look at - you know, so you can sit down on the couch with guests and flip through it together. Doing that while looking at the computer just isn't the same, somehow. Then again, maybe it's something I would get used to, over time. But I'm thinking I still do want actual books. But making scrapbooks by hand like that - no way. Too time consuming and too much "stuff" to keep around. I have made up a couple of books on the computer, and had them printed out (through this company called Blurb.com), but I haven't been entirely satisfied with the quality. So, I'm just not really sure what the ideal solution will be.

And yeah, I'm rambling, aren't I? Of course, at some point you may find yourself in a similar spot - it's not like you're going to have any shortage of M over the years. :D I hope I figure out a good solution soon. I'd kind of like to get working on it. Maybe I can find a better place to print out my books than Blurb. That would be good. (Apple does it, but they're wicked expensive).

In any case, scanning all the stuff is a good first step, no matter what I decide. I want it all digital. I'm tired of paper floating around in my house.
Feb. 28th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
Re: Strange synchronicity
Get scanning, R! :)

Heh, Yes. Ma'am!

I tend to be a memento hoarder too. And yeah, the "well, I've kept it THIS long" response is a little hard to escape.

Doing that while looking at the computer just isn't the same, somehow.

I often find I hook it up to the television.

The printing your own books things is interesting, there was a guy at work talking about a few of those sorts of services in Australia, I should hassle him for more information.

And yeah, I'm rambling, aren't I?

Hah! Have you SEEN the amount of posting and commenting I do at the moment? It is not like I can complain :)

Scanning the stuff from my trips will at least allow me to ditch it, which should clear up stuff around my desk a little more. Not sure there is any lunch receipts in there, however there is a lot of stuff of questionable souvenir value :)
Feb. 27th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
I think I need to do this. Genius!
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