Making an archival copy of a scrapbook can be easier than you think. But why do it?! Welllllllll…. family members may want copies, the original may NOT be archival and you want to make one that will last, also disaster planning for the next tornado, hurricane or flood means getting physical archival copies of all the most important items (vintage photos, legal papers, family history etc) and stashing a copy in a safe place (like two states away at your sister’s house!).
A couple of years ago my sister, bless her heart, made a huge, oversized scrapbook of part of my Dad’s life. My Dad is getting along in years. He had his 86th birthday this week. As soon as I saw it, the three reasonsI mentioned above for making a duplicate copy flashed in my brain.One problem though… it is OVERSIZED and doesn’t fit on ANY scanners anywhere! So, how do I make a high resolution copy of the pages? I WAS NOT ABOUT TO TEAR APART THE BOOK, scan all the photos and start over!
So, we began shooting a photograph of each page in high resolution digital photography, adjusting blemishes and colors in photoshop and then printing out the scanned pages onto a high quality acid free paper with the laserwriter. Here’s my helper keeping things organized:
Once the new archival pages are printed on the laserwriter, you will notice in the photo that Michelle is about to put them into page protectors, another archival technique. In the end, our copy will last longer and hold together better than the original… but it won’t be so gargantuan. I’ll be making a video on how to do this process but for now, this will prove that we know what we are teaching cause WE DO IT.
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