What is National Parent’s Day? How To Celebrate #NationalParentsDay

Honoring Everyone’s Parents on Sunday, July 22


This upcoming Parent’s Day, which falls on the fourth Sunday in July, is a wonderful day to honor the special people in our lives. The idea is to add an extra day, beyond Mother’s and Father’s Day to celebrate parents.



Let’s take this holiday to look back on our lineage and roots, and to ask our parents about their lives and memories from growing up. 8 Ways to Celebrate National Parents’ Day.


Many ScanMyPhotos customers do this after they’ve sent their old photos to us. They’ll then walk their parents through the digital copies and ask them questions about the past. Find those boxes of old photos in the attic to do the same this Parent’s Day. Together, we can ensure our parent’s lives and history are preserved for generations to come. Follow our Tales From the Pictures We Saved podcast for emotional, real stories from families who shared stories about their parents.



We encourage everyone to share #NationalParentsDay on social media.

 

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Why to Digitize Photos BEFORE Disaster Strikes and Threatens Your Lifetime of Photographs

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES!


Precious memories last forever. Unfortunately, photographs do not.


Photographs capture a moment of time to keep those memories alive by using a fragile blend of organic materials and modern technology. But when your home is threatened by a natural disaster, or even a young child with a handful of crayons and a mischievous curiosity to turn your keepsakes into “art,” all can be lost.


With the thunderous speed of a hurricane or mighty tornado, those irreplaceable time capsules of nostalgia can be destroyed.




PICTURES MUST LAST A LIFETIME AND MORE


No matter how careful you are, it is practically inevitable that some of your cherished photographs will eventually fall into disrepair, fade away or be lost to the ravages of a mighty storm.


WHAT’S IN A PHOTO?



The nature of photographic prints has changed often since the advent of popular photography in the mid-nineteenth century. Tintypes, daguerreotypes [a photograph taken by an early photographic process employing an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapor] and sepia prints have given way to the advanced color prints of today.


Still, any kind of photographic print is nothing more than a collection of minerals and chemicals that react to light. Any number of factors can cause your images to fade, discolor, stain, crack, peel or fall apart.


PRICELESS PHOTOS


Whether your heirlooms are tucked away in a drawer, musty garage cabinet, or never-visited photo albums packed away within obscurely piled-high sealed boxes in the attic, you need to have a plan.


In today’s all-digital world, there are 3 ½ trillion still-analog snapshots that must be preserved. Imagine the sole photo of your grandmother, a long-gone childhood pet or favorite family reunion at risk of being ruined?


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5 Photo Gifts for Father’s Day

By Vanessa Mallory Kotz

 

This year, instead of a tie or cologne, give Dad a personalized photo gift and make it a holiday to remember. In addition to digitizing pictures, it’s easier than ever to print digitized photos onto just about any object imaginable. Here are our top five ideas to make Dad smile on his special day.

 

  1. Photo book of kids’ drawings

Your little ones are producing so many drawings, it’s hard to reach the handle on the refrigerator. Thin out the gallery by selecting the best of the bunch and scan them into a photo book. It will last longer than a stack of dusty macaroni collages and crumbling crayon masterpieces in the back of the closet, and you won’t feel guilty about tossing them. Drugstores like Walgreens offer gorgeous photo book options—and same-day service—they’ll even do all the scanning for you. https://bit.ly/2xZUt6P

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Gifts to Help Senior’s Downsize and Unclutter their Homes

What to get older relatives to help them downsize


This article shares smart tips for helping seniors who are in the process of uncluttering and downsizing. What to get them to help is the subject of this syndicated Creators “Senior Life” feature profile. Pictures store a vault of history that must be preserved.


For decades of photographs, how to help digitize all those nostalgic memories included a ScanMyPhotos mention.



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5 Tips For a Successful Family Reunion

How to Host a Successful Family Gathering Begins with Gathering Everyone’s Decades-past Pictures to Share at the Reunion


OK. The date and location have been chosen, you have lots of volunteers for various committees, and the save-the-date cards have gone out. Before you work on the invitations, start planning for the 5 elements below that will help make your family reunion successful:
family reunion decorated table

Food

 

Like any large event with high expectations (weddings, Thanksgiving, July 4th picnic), the food can make or break your family reunion. Find out what allergies and dietary restrictions need to be accommodated before you start planning the menu with your committee (if it’s potluck), the caterer (if it’s not) or the restaurant or resort that is hosting your family.



Favors

 

You don’t have to design, order, and hand out matching t-shirts to everyone who attends, but it is a nice idea to create a favor that is tied into the reunion. A softcover book that contains the family tree, a photo of families from each branch, and their mailing address and phone numbers would be nice. You could also create a photo book using archived family photos.

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