Scrap Happy: Back-Up Printed Photos (File Under Boost Energy)

This entry is part 8 of 66 in the series My Scrap Happy Project

Each Monday, I discuss my Scrap Happy project based on Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun.
Stop Procrastinating and Boost Energy Already!
I only have two tasks left on the boosting energy portion of my Scrap Happy project and backing up my printed photos digitally is one these tasks. Yes, I have been putting this one off. I wasn’t sure the best way to do this. My pre-digital photographs are almost all in scrapbooks, presenting a unique challenge if I want to scan the photos myself. I would love to back-up my scrapbook pages digitally, but that is not in the budget right now.
Enter Scan Cafe
Well a few weeks ago we took possession of my husband’s photographs from his childhood. Some are in albums and others are still in envelopes. I decided to check out Scan Cafe. I can send them the negatives! This way I do not have to risk the photographs. I have a box of negatives to drop at UPS tomorrow. You are able to preview the scans and reject up to 20% of them so I won’t have to pay for scans of blurry or nothing photographs. Sounds good to me. I am not able to back-up all of my pre-digital photos right now, due to the cost. I also want to see how the process works before sending more. If all goes well with this batch, then I’ll send my negatives in a couple of months.
Couldn’t I just scan the photographs myself?
Yes, I own three scanners (don’t ask) afterall. I would if I could not find an affordable option. Scan Cafe is affordable so it makes more sense to just hire this task out due to the volume of photographs, negatives, and slides (yes, slides) that need to be backed-up.
What are you waiting for?
Have you started your Scrap Happy Project? Why not? Today is as good a day as any!
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  • Ben Farmer

    Thanks for pointing out this great service. I’m definitely going to recommend it to family members who have a large collection of prints.

    For folks who have large collections of digital files I’d also recommend taking a look at an online backup service called Mozy ( I’ve been using Mozy for a couple of years and every day it faithfully backs up all my pictures and other digital files. For just under $5 per month you can backup an unlimited amount of files. For me the peace of mind is totally worth it.

  • admin

    Good to hear about Mozy. I’m currently looking into an online backup service. The external hard drive with a laptop is such a hassle.

  • admin

    How does Mozy compare to Sugar Sync? Why did you choose Mozy over competitors?

  • Kay Medley

    When you finish scanning Rob’s family, then you can scan your family. I have all the negatives for all the pictures that are in albums or still in envelopes. It would probably cost a fortune! Hope they work out – it sounds like a wonderful option than sending pictures.

  • admin

    Yes, that is the plan. Yeah, it will probably cost a fortune, but I think its worth it and it doesn’t have to be done all at once!