Saturday, December 13, 2014

Still Scanning (after all these years....)

Yes, the scanning continues.....here's some of what this past week unearthed.

This post falls under the Shameless category, and I must apologize in advance because I'm posting a few old newspaper clippings of Katie's high school career (she gets these posts via email, so she can enjoy them from afar).

Our baby girl, Katie, grew up to be quite an athlete in high school (and college, too).  She got her antics photographed and published in our local paper a few times, and of course I kept all the clippings like the proud Mama I was am.

I have stacks and stacks of stuff (papers, cetificates, photos) for this child only....and I have 4 (grown) children, so you can imagine how much paperwork I have to sort through.  It has been. is overwhelming at times; I've walk away from the project several times so I don't go blind or insane or both -- LOL .  (Yes, there's an argument to be made that it's too late--I hear ya)  All the kids keep telling me to just throw all this stuff out.  Really?   I must admit, I've been tempted...OFTEN...but I just can't.  Someday, they'll enjoy looking back on some of these things....wouldn't you?  





So, I've decided to just scan everything and throw out all the papers.  I've given up on the scrapbook idea that I had years ago when clipping and saving all these things.  Now, I'm just labeling the images with the date, the event, and the child..... and that's it. They will be among all the other photos I'm digitizing, and the family can pull the image up and look at them whenever they wish.  What are your thoughts on the scrapbooking dilemma....have you made a scrapbook, and do you ever look at them again?  Would you do it again?

Until next time     ~~Karen~~


9 comments:

  1. of COURSE you have to cut out and save the clippings. :)

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  2. This is a great idea. I know my mom has elementary school papers of my dad's, she just found my grandfather's realtor certificate, she even has her dance program from her prom. I am NOT a collector of paper - and someday I'm going to have to go through all of that stuff of hers, lol. I did get rid of all my boys' school papers, and since we homeschooled, there was a ton!!! Haven't been able to get rid of the drawings though, or the cards they made me. I love the idea of scanning.....

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    1. Oh, I've had difficulty throwing all those 1st pictures and Mother's Day cards away. My Dad served during WWI and he and Mom kept many souvenirs that I'm really hesitant to throw away. They lived through 2 depressions, and kept gas tokens and coupon books for rations. All kinds of things, and there are really old pictures in tintype, too. Things I'm not sure my kids would appreciate as valuable and would toss if something were to happen to me.
      I had been saving pictures to disks and dvds, but read an article a couple of weeks ago that those are deteriorating, so I'm placing the files I have so far on an external hard drive and a memory stick as well, so that if any of those media devices fail, I have a back-up. Sheesh.

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  3. This will be treasured in years that follow!! What an accomplished gal. I know how proud you are.

    And........loved viewing your fence 'post' in the previous blog entry.

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    1. Thanks, and I agree that these photos will be treasured by the kids, Anni. Katie was very talented in many ways, but the newspaper articles were typically of her basketball skills.

      Glad you liked the fence pictures. I really must get out and take a few pictures....maybe now that I'm caught up on the Holiday's preparations.

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  4. You are doing the right thing. After having gone through all the stuff grandma saved (and throwing it away), I am determined to get our stuff put on the computer and the rest tossed so they don't have to do it someday. Unfortunately, it really doesn't mean that much to have the actual article or photo in your hand (there always a few exceptions). Having them in a folder on the computer (or in the cloud) makes so much more sense. Good for you!

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    1. Thanks, Terri. I think it makes sense, too. I've emptied no less than 7 32 gal. totes full of stuff so far and its narrowed down to 7 stacks of papers (one for each of my 4 kids, one for me, lee, and dad too). I will go through those stacks again to winnow more out. Then, just to get it all scanned and labeled. labeling is the hard part

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  5. When you get through scanning yours, would you like to come and do mine? I keep thinking I'll get around to doing that but it just doesn't happen! Maybe someday, maybe. Neat that your daughter has those pix on line now so she can get at them easily.

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    1. Thanks, Sallie. I think she'll like having that ability to see them again, too. The articles talk about all of her teammates as well, and I think she'll really like re-reading about them, especially.

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