- Artwork and More: Make an easy portfolio to hold precious artwork. It can be stored behind a chest of drawers or under bed. Click here for the tutorial.
- Printing Digital Photos: Do you have anxiety about printing all those digital photos? I have a process I use to catch up. Read more here on printing YEARS worth of photos.
- Organizing Photos: Not sure what to do about stacks and stacks of photos? Try organizing them with an easy checklist method so you never get lost or disorganized. Click here for the free download.
- Photo Books: In addition to photo albums, I also make a yearly digital book with photos, artwork, quotes etc for my daughter. I’ve compiled all my page ideas into one master post. Click here to see all the samples!
- Yearly Albums: I love making yearly photos albums with everything but the kitchen sink. I love making them timeless and easy. Click here for my tips, process and supply list.
- Memory Notes: An easy way to keep track of events and milestones for your child (or you!) is to keep a notebook in your car. Read more about the “school gossip” book here.
- Home Movies: Do you have a bunch of VHS and old movie reels? I’ve recently converted mine to DVD. Click here for my top tips!
- DVD Cover Templates: How to make easy DVD covers and labels to organize your home movies. Click here for the full tutorial and template download.
- File Back Up: Make sure to back up all your digital files and photos into several places. I have a very easy method for backing up my files and it’s all about using “screenshot!” Visit the entire tutorial here.
- The Lil Journal Project: I started the Lil Journal Project last year to help people start recording their memories and legacy in a fun way. Here’s a sample day: Paste a class photo into a page and write everything you can remember about your classmates and events. Click here to view the entire project or click here to just view Day 9.
The first thing to keep in mind about old books and documents is the difference between old and valuable. The key is not to confuse old with rare or limited edition books. This will affect how you go about digitizing it. If the value of a book is the information it has then the best way to scan it is to take it apart so the pages can lay flat. But if the book has value it might be best to get professional help to digitize its pages without damaging it. James Tanner has the following links to sites that discuss how to build you own book scanner.
- DIY Book Scanner
- Gadget Lab, DIY Book Scanners Turn Your Books Into Bytes
- Hack N Mod, How to:DIY High Speed Book Scanner
- UberReview, DIY: Build Your Own Book Scanner For Less Than Twenty Bucks (As Long as You Have a Camera)
The trick is to keep the pages flat and the camera at 90 degrees to the page. You will always get the best quality image by making sure the pages is at a 90 degree angle to the imaging device. Flat bed scanners are designed for this. If you use a digital camera it is much more difficult to get a good quality image. Thanks James for the great article. I’m filing it away for future reference.
I’ve learned some of this by trial and error but I’ve never thought through the intrinsic vs. extrinsic value before. The best tip I have is when the print is showing through from the other side of the page place a sheet of black paper behind it before scanning. What tips and tricks do you have when digitizing books and documents?