3 Scrapbook Scanning Tips

old scrapbooks to scan

Rita received these scrapbooks via UPS. The box weighed 105 pounds!😲

The collection of scrapbooks were from her client’s childhood all the way through 2011. About 45+ years! That’s a lot of memories to not have backed up!

She is scanning all the pages, making individual scans of the best photos and then will be creating digital hardcover books. If you have scrapbooks like this and want to get started on your own here are 3 tips:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

  1. ✔️Gather all your books into one location, out of the garage and attic.
  2. ✔️ Sort the books and prioritize what needs to be preserved in order of what is important to you! Use either a notebook or google sheets and create a list of the books and the book title or year.⠀
  3. ✔️ Select the scrapbook you want to start with and mark each page you want to scan with a sticky note. Now you have a much more manageable project in front of you.⠀

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There is no reason you “have to” scan every page or every photo. Look at the people, look at the story, you get to decide how you want to #curateyourlife 😊⠀⠀

One scanning priority for me was to scan a scrapbook style album I had created for my dad in 1993. I feel so fortunate that I had taken his old photos and put them in a scrapbook so he could write down some of the stories from his childhood. I did this many years before he got sick.

family scrapbook page

My dad passed away at age 60 so you can understand how special this album is – and yes, that’s his beautiful handwriting! It’s hard to believe he’s been gone 20 years now.

Since I have 3 siblings, it’s really nice that we can all have a digital copy of the scrapbook pages because they are scanned. We definitely want to pass this on to our kids. My youngest was just 9 months old so she didn’t get to know Grandad so this scanned scrapbook is a family treasure. 💕

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2 thoughts on “3 Scrapbook Scanning Tips”

  1. Which method are you using for this interesting project? I.e., camera scanning, flatbed scanning, or something else? Thanks!

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