Are Your Family Photos Prepared For Any Disaster?

If your house caught fire tomorrow, what’s the one thing you would save? Before you decide on that difficult answer, you should know that by participating in National Preparedness Month this September, you might be able to save a lot more than just one thing.



 

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Sponsored by FEMA, National Preparedness Month was created to encourage everyone in our nation to prepare for emergencies—whether it’s a terrorist attack, fire, earthquake or flood. Our intrepid CEO, Mitch Goldstone, is a big believer in being prepared, and it is something he has ingrained in all of us here at ScanMyPhotos. To make sure you are fully prepared, head over to Ready.gov, where you will find plenty of resources.


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In addition to survival preparation, let’s take a step back to that fire question—are all of the irreplaceable items in your home safe? Most material items can be replaced, but any item with an emotional attachment could be lost forever if a disaster occurs. These items often include those old boxes and albums of family photos—it’s impossible to replace those moments in time once they’re lost.



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6 Must-Read Articles to Help You Keep Photos in Top Shape

Keep Photos in Top ShapeBest Ways to Protect Your Photographs


The world is a dangerous place for photos. Light, temperature, humidity, skin oils, glue—all of this can all cause serious damage to photos over time. In the digital age, this is no big deal; photos can be reprinted from our computers or devices with the click of a button. But for our older photos, which are our most treasured, the results of neglect can be tragic.



The following six articles provide tips, tricks, and services that will help keep photos in top shape.

 

1. The Best Ways to Store Printed Photos

 

“Archival quality photo albums use plastic and paper materials that will not damage or deteriorate photos over the long-term.”

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Disintegrating Family Photo Albums Transform into Touching Gifts

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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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5 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts Dad Will Love

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Our Favorite Last Minute Gifts For All the Dad’s In Your Life


If you’re running out of time to find gifts dad will love for Father’s Day, look no further. We’ve put together a list of the best Father’s Day gifts you can buy or make in a jiffy. 


So, whether your Dad already has it all, or is particularly picky when it comes to presents, check out these great last-minute gift ideas.


Snag tickets to a special event


Give Dad an experience to remember with a fun night out. If he lives for sports, tickets to a game are a no brainer. For Dads who love music or comedy, a stand-up show or concert is the way to go. Find out when his favorite entertainer is coming to town, and snag tickets before they sell out. And if you’re lucky enough to live nearby, plan to attend the event together.  Our favorite ticket site, that’s super easy to navigate to score tickets to special events is StubHub


Record a touching video message


If you really want to make Dad smile, make him a video with a special message from everyone in the family. Record your siblings, close family members, and friends saying what they love most about him. Creating a video is easier than you think. All you need is a smartphone, and a simple editing software like iMovie, which comes standard in newer Apple computers.


Don’t feel tech savvy? Ask a friend or family member who knows how to use editing software for help.


Buy a magazine subscription


Solid reading material always makes a wonderful gift. Whether you have a new idea for a publication Dad will love, or happen to know that his favorite subscription has lapsed, this gift is one that’s easily purchased and ready for delivery in under five minutes. We found this useful link from Amazon for the top men’s interest magazines and how to order. 


Give a ScanMyPhotos e-gift certificate


Speaking of gifts that take minutes to purchase, snag Dad a ScanMyPhotos E-Gift Certificate today! With this gift, he can choose exactly which analog memories he wants to digitize first, whether it’s a box of meaningful photos or old video footage he’ll eagerly share on social media. He can also use his gift certificate to restore damaged images as well.


Sign up for elevated movie streaming


For movie buffs who want a wider scope of films than what Netflix has to offer, there are alternative streaming services with a focus on harder-to-find classics. If your Dad loves obscure films or is a serious cinema aficionado, this is the perfect gift. Some great options include MUBI and FilmStruck.


 

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7 Of The Best Scrapbooking Blogs To Follow

Scrapbooking is part craft project and part memory preservation, sprinkled with tons of fun and creativity.


The sky is the limit when it comes to scrapbooks. In any craft store you’ll find aisles of crafting scissors, books, stickers, and paper products that will help you create a one-of-a-kind album for your photos.


There are also a ton of scrapbooking blogs out there, too. These blogs are written by individuals or companies who seek to inspire, teach, and share scrapbooking ideas and techniques.

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