28 December 2010

Tech Tuesday - Scanning Slides

This was part of one of the best presents I ever received:

Grandma Smith and Me January 1968
One of my biggest goals for 2011 is scanning, archiving and sharing with my cousins the thousands of slides taken by Bubba. My husband even gave me the Slides 2 PC scanner from ION. Disappointingly and despite MJ's best effort, the scanner did not scan. Hello? It's going back to the store. I have been researching slide scanners for the last month and have not found one with good reviews and a reasonable price. 

Enter my sister with her thoughtful gift. She went through the slides, pulled out 250 and sent them away to be scanned. She gave me an adorable mug with a collage of some of the precious pictures of the two of us from our much younger days.

As if the mug wasn't a great gift all by itself, my sister then gave me copies of the digital files of all of the slides. I jumped up and did the happy dance! Many of these pictures I had never even seen before. It seems that our Bubba was such a prolific photographer, that he couldn't print them all and just printed his favorites. 

I still plan to work on trying to do some of the scanning myself with the Epson scanner I already own. It has a slide scanner apparatus, but I haven't been successful in using it yet. Back to the drawing board on that one. My sister has given me renewed motivation to get this job done. She uncovered many previously unseen treasures and there are many, many more to find. 

Happy treasure hunting!

Scrappy Gen

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