Last month, my grandmother reached her 100th birthday. I haven’t talked about it much, mainly because I’m in the process of writing one big whopper of a post about her, in honor of the event. And sometimes good things take time. Last thing she deserves is a half-assed post about her, because she ain’t a half-assed kinda lady.
We’re having a birthday party for her in mid-April, when the weather is hopefully better than early March, and at the time that her 90+year old sister is visiting from Florida. Here we stand about 2 weeks away from the party, and in typical IT Girl fashion, I’ve now gotten the bright idea to create a book for her made from her family photographs over the years. Mother of IT Girl dug them out for me this weekend and I have begun scanning them. This is a project of some magnitude. So what if Little IT doesn’t get picked up from a playdate, or IT Boy starves? I’ve gotta scan.
I tell you, it’s not a chore at all. It’s quite a joy. There’s something about these old photos that you just can’t replicate. Even if the people in the photo below weren’t my grandparents, I’d still think it was an amazing picture. Knowing them, and knowing they were on their honeymoon makes it even more special. Walking the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, circa 1932…
The best part is there are tons of photos like this, although this is my current favorite from the batch I have been working on. Scanning them allows you to blow them up, to identify people that you might not have been able to from the digital print. It also serves to hopefully preserve these family moments for my kids to view.
I’m interested in hearing from others who have taken on projects like this. Like I said, I’m kinda in a half-assed last minute effort, but I’d love to take the time and do them right. How did you name/tag the pictures? What did you learn about organizing them? What services did you use for output, whether prints or a photo book? Right now, I’m looking at Blurb (although I think you really have to take the time and do it right on Blurb, and that’s not going to happen for me in two weeks) with Snapfish (old reliable) as a standby. Vote early and often, all comments appreciated!