Disintegrating Family Photo Albums Transform into Touching Gifts

family photo albums

Lee’s family sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner 1958.

After digitizing pictures, here is how to better enjoy your photos


Years ago, photo albums were meant to organize our photos and keep them safe for future generations. However, unless archival-quality albums were used to store your treasured pictures, the acidic paper of a photo album can deteriorate printed photos over time.


This is the dilemma that ScanMyPhotos customer Lee Jackto is currently facing with her parents’ photo albums.


“My mom has about 25+ albums that are decaying rapidly—the pictures are turning yellow and are stuck in that acid-type folder paper. These albums contain pictures of me growing up, starting with my baby photos, and pictures of my parent’s wedding—overall there are about 50 years worth of photos in them.”


Lee did some online research to find a company that could scan her photos and restore some of the quality. She discovered ScanMyPhotos from a CNET recommendation and decided to move forward.


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A Step-by-step Guide to Organizing Digital Photos and Pictures

organizing digital photosWe’ve talked before about digital clutter, but it’s a never-ending issue that will only continue to grow with time. As it is, we all have the old laptops or computers that are basically “albums” of digital photos we haven’t seen in years—it’s such a shame! Our digital photos should be ready at our fingertips to use for the next #tbt or Facebook post opportunity.


So if you’re ready to tidy up your digital clutter, let’s start with what we know the best: digital photos and pictures.


The following steps will take you through how to organize, catalog, and maintain your digital images. It may take a bit of effort at first, but once you put a system into place, the upkeep will be a breeze.

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6 Tips to Preserve Old Photos for Future Generations to Enjoy

Preserve Old Photos The most popular method for storing old photos is one of the most damaging. That’s right, stuffing a box with photos, negatives, and/or slides and packing it away in the basement is like turning your memories into a ticking time bomb.

 

If you want to keep your photos safe from disaster and away from the ravages of time, then it’s time to properly store them. The following tips will help you preserve old photos so that they will be around for many years to come.

Use care when handling

 

It’s highly recommended to use cotton gloves when handling photos. There are unseen oils and dirt on our hands that could do some serious damage to prints over time. If you can’t use gloves, then delicately handle the photos at the edges when moving them around.

 

You should also keep your preservation project in an area that’s neat and clean, and away from damaging lights, extreme temperatures or humidity, smoke, foods or liquids. Imagine you’re an archivist handling ancient and precious materials—photos require that same kind of delicacy. While you may not see the damage right away, improper handling can wreak havoc on your photos over time.

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6 Must-Read Tips Professional Organizer Andrew Mellen

We interviewed New York City-based professional organizer Andrew Mellen and asked him for advice on common issues that arise when organizing photos.

Professional organizer, Andrew Mellen


Andrew’s prowess in the organization field has landed him on NPR, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart and many more high-profile media channels.


He’s a larger-than-life organizational expert, speaker and best-selling author of the book Unstuff Your Life!—and he’s on a mission to help everyone he meets simplify their lives and get back in touch with their core values.



BONUS: click to listen to Mr. Mellen’s “Tales From The Pictures We Saved Podcast” interview


This is something we know resonates with our ScanMyPhotos customers so we’re very excited to share the must-read tips Andrew provided during our interview. Which is your favorite from these six tips?

 

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How to Make Your 2018 New Year’s Resolution Stick

resolutionGetting organized is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions to make—and it’s a resolution we wholeheartedly endorse, especially when it comes to preserving your precious memories. But as the year wears on, the likelihood of achieving these resolutions wanes.

 

In order to help you stick to your resolution, we pulled together a list of tricks that will make it much easier in 2018.

 

Break Your Big Resolution into Smaller Goals


If your resolution feels insurmountable, then it will be! See if you can break out your big goal into smaller more manageable goals. For example, if your resolution is “Get more organized,” try breaking it out into smaller tasks like:

 

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