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My Scanner is my new best friend: Life Archives Project, Round 1

#6 on my 2011 goals: “Scan 1,000 photos/memorabilia from my past”

Code Name: Life Archives Project (LAP)

This project commenced last night after I finally moved my monitor into my room (it was a great TV for a while) and setup my Canoscan 4400F. Last weekend I packed up my car with 10 banker boxes of old photos, yearbooks, report cards, and more that were stashed away at my mom’s house. It was a rite of passage moving those boxes out of her house. As I take a step forward in my adult life I’m taking the time to look back at all my memories and archive them so they will always be there.

After going through only one box from elementary school I could see how my past completely shaped who I am today (for better or worse). If you read my blog, you might start to learn more than you ever wanted to know about me. From my Kindergarten application to my pencil led collection to my cast when I broke my arm. There are weirder things, there are sadder things, there are funnier things. It’s all going online, all uncensored. I’m hoping my grandkids will enjoy seeing how I grew up. Not only will it be a glimpse into my past, but I’ll be going through my parents’ and grandparents’ photos as well. This trip down memory lane is going back much further than I can even remember.

I spent most of my night setting up my scanner and “command” station, but I did get to scan a few gems. Here’s a sneak-peak at a book I wrote when I was 8 years old, at the beginning of my Internet days: Trapped in the World Wide Web. I had quite the imagination as a youngin :)

Trapped in the WWW: Vol 1 Cover

Trapped in the WWW: Inside Cover

14 comments
MelanieAThomp
MelanieAThomp

Hi Jenna, I thought I would stop by your blog today and I'm SO happy that I did! This post just made me laugh out loud and also smile HUGE! I just posted yesterday about having to do the very same thing! (and I hadn't even seen this post yet- promise!) My parents made me take all the stuff that I had left in their house. I know this might seem silly, but it had not even occured to me to scan and store all those memories. Thank you!!! for the great idea. I had no idea what I was going to do with so many of the things I want to keep, but just don't have space for. A digital copy will do just fine for so many of the items I want to save. I'm excited to go through it all now!
I can't wait to see the items you scan and to read the rest of that compelling story - Looking forward to seeing what happens to Chris?! =) Thanks for sharing!

JoyMystic
JoyMystic

It could be even more awesome if you wrote this in 1978 but from your photo and video in your about page, I bet you are younger to catch those dates. Still awesome and your video kicks royal behinds as well. Cheer, Miss Langer!

PS. 1. I can't copy and paste easily from the comment section
2. I am using Firefox 3.6 and the comment section doesn't highlight misspelling.

JoyMystic
JoyMystic

It could be even more awesome if you wrote this in 1978 but from your photo and video in your about page, I bet you are younger to catch those dates. Still awesome and your video kicks royal behinds as well. Cheer, Miss Langer!

PS. 1. I can't copy and paste easily from the comment section
2. I am using Firefox 3.6 and the comment section doesn't highlight misspelling.

Sushi
Sushi

Please tell me you're going to scan the rest of this book. I want to know what happens!
This is something that I want to do with my family's photos and stories as well, and it's growing even more important now that my grandmother's getting older and the main source of family stories will be gone one day. Good luck with your quest!

MelanieAThomp
MelanieAThomp

@jennalanger Awesome- I can't wait to read it! Definitely looks like it's worth keeping for sure! I will definitely share when I find something good =). - Thanks!

jennalanger
jennalanger moderator

@MelanieAThomp Thanks for stopping by Melanie! Whenever I start going through boxes of old memories I end up going through the box for an hour reminiscing, and never throwing anything away. Scanning let's me cherish the memory and store it away so I can show my kids someday. I don't think I'll be tossing out this book though :) Volume 1 coming to a blog near you soon! I hope you continue to share some of your fun memories as well.

JoyMystic
JoyMystic

@jennalanger When I select a text to copy it using right click, the pop-up menu had hard time showing up. Maybe 4 or five times I had to click. I used the keyboard instead ctrl + X

I tried different text on your site outside the comment box to see if it is on my side but first time I right clicked a selected text, the pop-up menu showed up with ease.

JoyMystic
JoyMystic

@jennalanger When I select a text to copy it using right click, the pop-up menu had hard time showing up. Maybe 4 or five times I had to click. I used the keyboard instead ctrl + X

I tried different text on your site outside the comment box to see if it is on my side but first time I right clicked a selected text, the pop-up menu showed up with ease.

jennalanger
jennalanger moderator

@JoyMystic It would be awesome if I wrote this in 1978, but that was some time before I was born :)

Thanks for the feedback, I'll look into the spellcheck issue in Firefox. What made it hard to copy and paste?

jennalanger
jennalanger moderator

@TheRossEverett Awww, way to soil my childhood memory..awww,.. "soil," Hopefully he enters before the end, because you make your debut on the 2nd to last page of the comments :)

jennalanger
jennalanger moderator

@Sushi Oh yes, it will definitely all be scanned soon! I was a VERY verbose writer as a kid, so it took two of those books to fit the whole story. It's pretty hilarious, and I'm thinking about writing the sequel soon :)

I love going through my old boxes of stuff, but it's not practical to save it all. Digitally archiving it will at least preserve the memories a bit more, and in a very small amount of space. Make sure you write down her stories as well!