A personal narrative as billions of photos were destroyed by wildfires

What happens when you are told to evacuate without notice?

From Mitch Goldstone, CEO at ScanMyPhotos about the “Getty Fire.”

Today’s message is one nobody wants to encounter.

The ominous life-threatening alert came without warning to my relative’s home at 2:15 a.m. on Monday. The unimaginable struck my family.

pic5 300x200 - A personal narrative as billions of photos were destroyed by wildfiresTHE CALL: With seconds to spare, from deep sleep to racing from their house there was just enough time to grab their two young children. Their house atop Tigertail Road in Brentwood, California was encircled by a hundred-foot wall of flames and an 80 mile-per-hour windstorm.

There was no time to collect their possessions. The call to immediately evacuate meant dashing towards their car and driving down the steep, single-lane curving road through a firestorm of embers. My family and their neighbors escaped down the darkened road aglow by flames and smokey ash raining down.

fire preventionTHE PLAN: We have written many profiles in the past from people we knew in peril due to hurricanes and wildfires. Our reminder was always to plan ahead and prepare. Focus on the “three-P’s,” people, pets, and pictures. Yet, with seconds to spare, there was no time to find those photo albums of nostalgic memories in their darkened homes.

After heading to an evacuation center, it was nearly evening when my cousin learned his house was spared. His neighbor’s fate was less fortunate. Many lost everything.

LIFE OVER PROPERTY:  Whether it is the viciously destructive wildfire season affecting millions in California, to hurricanes and other natural disasters, please use this experience to plan ahead. Never stay behind searching for your family memorabilia. The family treasures are the last thing you should think about if all were digitized and backed up off-site.

fire1 300x157 - A personal narrative as billions of photos were destroyed by wildfiresWe hear from too many after calamity strikes. The time to prepare is now. If you already had your memories protected, we are here to help others. From scanning everything to ordering online our e-Gift certificates sent to relatives, please share this message to inspire many to also safeguard their photo legacy. Before.

Reach us if your pictures were affected by smoke or water damage. These tips will also help recover those memories. “8 Ways to Fix Water Damaged Photos – Don’t Panic!.”

Be safe!


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Year Round Photo Scanning Gift to Unclutter, Preserve Pictures

Need a Unique and Emotional Gift? Surprise Everyone on Your List With Their Lifetime of Newly Digitized Photos From ScanMyPhotos.com



IRVINE, Calif.–ScanMyPhotos.com, the e-commerce photo digitization service which scanned 600 million pictures, today introduces Egift Certificates.


ScanMyPhotos Gift CertificateLike a snowflake, a photo is something rare and special. It’s a moment caught in time. Unlike a snowflake, a photo won’t melt a few seconds after you touch it – but it could be lost forever if not properly cared for. Now an easy-to-order online Egift Certificate helps digitally preserve those treasured memories to last a lifetime and more.

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ScanMyPhotos.com digitizes photo snapshots, 35mm slides, and film for clients around the world. When you give a ScanMyPhotos.com Egift Certificate to your family and friends this holiday season, you’re giving them much more than just another present – you’re helping them enjoy, share and preserve their memories for generations to come.


The best part? It takes seconds to order ScanMyPhotos.com Egift Certificates online – completely avoiding long lines and crowds at the mall and the anxiety that comes with wondering if a gift will arrive on time. Simply place your order, and seconds later you’ll have the Egift Certificate in hand or sent to each lucky person on your list.

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Each lucky recipient of these unique and emotional Egift Certificates then visits ScanMyPhotos.com and selects from several popular services, from photos, 35mm slide, film, and other picture formats to digitize. A game-changing low price for bulk photo scanning, where you fill the box costs $170 and holds about 1,800 standard pictures, plus free 3-way S/H and 5-10 day scanning. Free shipping includes your returned digital media. If you want your pictures returned too, it’s $24.95 extra per box.scanning.


All work is performed on-site in days at the ScanMyPhotos.com corporate headquarters in Irvine, CA. All original photos, 35mm slides, negatives, or videos will be shipped back, along with an archival-quality DVD. You can also order USB thumb drives and other popular extra services.

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Why Keepy App is the #1 Best Way to Preserve and Share Family Memories

We are raving fans of the Keepy App to share your family memories, add voice messages to narrate the stories and even ordering magnificent and unique photo gifts.

From our 30 years as pioneers in the photo imaging industry, there have been many highlights. Externally from the smartphone, GoPro and cameras on flying drones. Internally our new one-cent photo scanning has changed the way pictures are preserved. But, we are excited to share what is the smartest find yet. You can even tag and add your voice to narrate.

What next after your memories are digitized?

Keepy does the magic of taking the photos and turning them to memories by adding voice and video narration from everyone in the family including parents, grandparents, extended families and friends.

Read what Keepy wrote about ScanMyPhotos.

Why ScanMyPhotos is raving on and awarded Keepy our FIVE STAR SEAL OF APPROVAL?

download 2 300x89 - Why Keepy App is the #1 Best Way to Preserve and Share Family MemoriesKeepy is an app with loads of wonderful feedback by its user’s to preserve your memories. It is an ingenious way to better organize, save, privately share, enrich, and treasure everything, from your kids’ art and memories as they grow. It also is the new home for cherishing all the 600 million pictures digitized at ScanMyPhotos.com.

The Benefits:

  • Share the story behind each photo to enhance the memory.
  • Invite family and loved ones to be your kids “fan” so they can access your wonderful memories on their phone or the web.
  • Keep your precious memories forever with photo books, printed canvases and much more.
  • Parents, grandparents and loved ones can leave voice, video or text comments on each memory to enrich it with love.


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Hazel Thornton, creator of The Clutter Flow Chart Collection, NAPO member and one of our favorite bloggers is the publisher of “Organize for Life, Less Clutter. More Life.” shares her review as a fellow Keepy fan.

Excerpt from “5 Ways To Organize Your Family History

Benefits of Keepy:

(from my organizing and genealogy perspective)

  • Parents can preserve memories in a way that frees them up to ditch the physical paper clutter that inevitably piles up over the years. Thank you, Keepy!
  • Comments can be added in written, audio, or video form, allowing families and fans — think grandchildren and grandparents — to stay in touch and give each other positive feedback. Fans need the free app if they want to make audio and video comments, but not if they simply want to view their memories and make text comments.
  • Memories can be automatically synced (backed up) – we’re talking original, full-resolution images — to your Dropbox account (which can also be free, depending of course on how much storage you need and want).

But Keepy can be used in other ways, too! I figure (and Offir agrees) that the more ways people start using it, the more likely the app is to be upgraded and customized to accommodate those different uses.

5 Ways To Organize Your Family History

Keepy is very easy to use, especially for grandparents and people with limited tech experience. It is so easy and fun to use.

What is the Keepy Store? What can I do there?

The Keepy store is where you can turn your favorite Keepy memories into print magic. Magnets, coasters, framed photos, Photobooks are just a few of the great creative treasures waiting for you at the Keepy Store.

How much does Keepy cost?

There are several economical pricing plans. For your local pricing please check the App Store or Play Store.

Is Keepy private? Who can view my “Keepies?”

Privacy is a top priority for us, so we are proud to say that Keepy is a totally private platform and only you and your invited fans can view the memories you save and organize with it.

Click to get started to save kids art and family photos to share, preserve and turn into magical photo gifting items

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How to Prevent Photos from Sticking to Glass

photos from sticking to glassWhat to do if the glass frame is stock to your pictures?

If you’ve ever put a photo in a frame, then you understand how that can leave you in a sticky situation. Over time, moisture from the air can creep in between the frame and the picture, fusing the chemicals and ink of the photo to the glass in the frame. This often results in ripped or damaged photos when the picture is attempted to be removed.

We’ve seen it happen dozens of times and have helped customers restore their badly damaged photos. However, this entire scenario can easily be prevented with a little foresight.

[Update 2-24-20] From Anne Wilbur at Family Tree Magazine: “3 Tips for Saving Photos Stuck to Glass.”

  1. Scan the photo
  2. Hire a photographic conservator
  3. Follow best archival practices with the newly-restored photo


So, before you start that big framing project consider a few of our tips to help you keep photos from sticking to glass:

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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.

image1 300x143 - 7 Of The Best Scrapbooking Blogs To FollowBefore reading this report. An update. ScanMyPhotos.com professionally digitizes all your photos this fast.

While we have scanned six hundred million images, it is news stories like these that made us so popular, but no order is more precious or important than yours. We are here to help. For loads of photo tips, news updates, and crazy-discounted deals, sign up to receive free updates.

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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Customer Story: The Refugees and the Vintage Photos of Happier Times in Hungary

jc-smp-customer3Editor’s note: This customer story features our resident blogger Monika Jansen.


If a civil uprising forced you to flee your home, family, and country, what would be the most important, most precious item you’d feel compelled to take with you? This was the question Monika’s father, uncle, and grandmother had to ask themselves in 1956. Her grandmother’s answer to this question ensured that an amazing set of photos made their way into Monika’s hands—photos she knew she had to preserve.


“My dad, uncle, and grandmother escaped Hungary during the student uprising against communism in 1956. My uncle was attending university at the time and his friends began disappearing. One day he came home and told the family they needed to leave. They fled to Yugoslavia and, from there,eventually made their way to the U.S. It was heartbreaking for them to leave as they knew what the consequences would be—they would never see my great grandmother or other family members again. One of the few things my grandmother took with her was this box of photos.”


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