Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Talented Tuesday AND Wednesday Wisdom “Two-Fer”

That’s right lucky readers.  You are getting a “two-fer-the-price-of-one” blog post.  But they are all free, so I’m not sure that really works…hmmm.  And then, “You get what you pay for” comes to mind.   If you pay nothing, you get…  Let’s find another, more positive, cliché, “The best things in life are free,” (like my blog posts).  But not all genealogy-related “best things” are free, nor should they be.  Moving along now.....

My mother did a great thing.  She took all of my dad’s photos, school reports, military records, etc. and put them into 3 large scrapbooks.  It was an awesome undertaking – there was a lot of material to organize.   I borrowed one of the volumes so that I could have a better look at what she had collected over the years.   This is all great, except that all of the photos have been glued (with archival safe product) to the pages, making it difficult to scan them.

This all hit home yesterday, when I was going to do a “Talented Tuesday” blog post.  After years of being a dentist, my dad retired.  One of the things he enjoyed doing was cooking/baking.  He even took a baking class at the hometown community college and won several ribbons for his entries in a school baking contest.  It seemed strange to me at the time.  Dad was always a good cook (his beef and pork roasts were the best!), but baking seemed, well, a little different.  I had never really seen him as a creative sort of person, until he got into the baking.   I thought it would be the perfect thing to blog about – until I couldn’t scan the photos my mom had taken of his contest entries.  Rats!

Where is this leading FlipPal.  Yep, I’m going to bite the bullet and get one.  I “Googled” around a bit and it seems as if this is the best option.  So, look for me at the FlipPal booth at Jamboree in a couple of weeks.  I’ll be the one doing the “happy family history researcher” dance!

Oh, and “Wednesday Wisdom” - Please don’t glue down those lovely original photos.  Mea culpa, by the way.  I have several scrapbooks that I put together with “archival quality” products.  Oh, they will probably last a long time, but it is nearly impossible to share those photos now.  Guess I will be doing lots of scanning!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you were able to find a solution to your scanning issue. I thought I was the only wacky one scanning all of my photos and documents last year. Good to know I'm not. Good luck with your project when the FlipPal arrives.