How to Build an Outdoor Movie Theater for Your Backyard

outdoor movieWhether you’re chillin’ at the drive-in or sprawled out on a picnic blanket at a local park, there’s something truly magical about watching an outdoor movie. So why not bring that experience a bit closer to home—say, right in your own backyard?

 

With just a few key purchases and a little prep work, you can cozy up at home and watch an outdoor movie with your loved ones.

 

To help you build an excellent outdoor movie theater for your backyard here’s our list of some of the things you’ll need.

 

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Prepare for the Worst, Expect the Best: Observing National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness MonthWe’re in the business of preservation, so when National Preparedness Month rolls around each September, we take it very seriously. Disaster can strike anywhere, at any time, and for no reason whatsoever—but we can make sure we’re prepared.


Sponsored by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Month was started to encourage everyone to be proactive in our approach to disasters. In fact, each week of September has its own theme:



  • September 1-5: Flood
  • September 6-12: Wildfire
  • September 13-19: Hurricane
  • September 20-26: Power outage
  • September 27-30: Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (September 30th)

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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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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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Hidden Family Stories Digitized From Photo Albums Uncovered

600 million pictures digitized by ScanMyPhotos.com led to emotional stories from decades of family photographs–shared in new “Tales From The Pictures We Saved” podcast series


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Tales From The Pictures We Saved

Podcast stories shared by people with generations of nostalgic family photos and why they are so important

A missing brother, a long-lost letter from a loved one, a heartbreakingly beautiful gift given to a wife on her deathbed are just some of the stories ScanMyPhotos.com uncovers in the new podcast “Tales From the Pictures We Saved.”


If a photo is worth a thousand words, imagine the novels that could be written based on the millions of print photos stored right now in the homes across America.


“On the surface, it looks like we’re in the business of scanning and digitizing photos, but it’s about so much more,” explains ScanMyPhotos.com CEO Mitch Goldstone. “Every box of old photos contains more than pictures. It contains stories of our loved ones, precious memories, and moments captured in history. Over time, we started to hear about how the process of preserving and scanning print photos kicked up these powerful stories in our customer’s lives—it was heartwarming and emotional.”


While interviewing customers about their experience with the company, ScanMyPhotos realized each customer had a remarkable story to tell.


 

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