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November 05, 2011

One of my favorite memory keeping tools is my scanner. I have used several Hewlett Packard models over the years and I currently have a HP Office Jet 6500. It’s nothing fancy, but it gives me nice results. Most scanners purchased within the last few years will do an adequate job. If you don’t own a scanner, you could always ask to borrow a friend’s scanner, or go to your local copy shop and use their equipment. Just bring along your own SD card or flash drive so you can save your images.

Why should you scan your special mementos? I think there are many good reasons to scan; it provides a backup copy, allows you to share the piece with others who might appreciate it (family, friends, etc.) and you can use the items in your creative projects. I’m a digital scrapbooker so I use scanned images directly on my pages. All types of scrappers will find uses for scanned items. You could use the original on your pages, but you are limited to a one-time use. I almost always prefer to use scans or at least have a scanned backup for special items.

When I save a ticket stub, or piece of memorabilia in scanned form, I have an image to keep indefinitely, just like my digital photos. A ticket stub like this one to a Shakespeare festival play, is just as much a snapshot in time as a photograph. I have journaling, time-capsule information on pricing, and a piece of the cultural experience I took part in. I love having a scanned copy so I can use it on my blog, include it on a scrapbook page (or two), and save it for future generations.

I scanned an original page from my own baby book because I treasure my Mom's handwritten notes about me. I could retype these, but it wouldn't have as much meaning as seeing her actual penned words on the page. Now that this page is scanned, my Mom and I can each have our own copy, and I can use this piece in my own memory projects.

When my daughter won a blue ribbon for her own cookie recipe at the Utah State Fair (at the age of 7 years old), I wanted to preserve her award for generations to come. The ribbon accidentally got folded when she carried it home, but I think that just adds more charm to the piece.

I had the wonderful opportunity to spend 2 months on a study abroad in England when I was in college. I spent a lot of time using this map of the underground to plan my stops. I love that I have a scanned copy as a keepsake.

watercolor ocean by my son in 2008

As a parent, I want to keep and cherish all of the artwork my children have created, but there simply isn't room to store it all. I don't feel guilty about throwing it out as long as I scan the original to save.

When you go to the effort to scan something, it shows the person that it belongs to that the piece really means something to you. My children know that I'm proud of their achievements when they see me rush to the scanner to save their special papers.

my son's handwriting at age 6

Without my scanner, I would be less likely to save the little tidbits from our everyday lives. Every document, creation, and memento I have scanned is like a special treasure that helps illustrate our life stories. I love browsing through my files and reliving memories when I see the things I've scanned. I hope you will make good use of scanning technology to save the bits and pieces of memories that tell your story. They will become some of your greatest treasures!

For more scanning inspiration, you might enjoy these other posts I've written:

Memory Monday: Scanned Treasures at scrapbookladypages.com
Memory Monday: Scan a Note at scrapbookladypages.com
Digi Scrapping Memorabilia at thedailydigi.com

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*** winner is sts2000 ***

I have a box for each child that I put things in...but they are getting older now and I love some of your suggestions....because the boxes are burgeoning. Thanks for the opportunity.
Posted By sts2000  |  November 05, 2011 at 11:47 AM  |

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Posted By Your Name  |  November 12, 2011 at 11:29 PM

I have systems for some things. My kids artwork and things from school are all filed in a box labeled by year. Pretty much everything else goes in a box and never sees the light of day again.
Posted By Jerri  |  November 07, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Unfortunately my keepsakes are all over the place. They are in file cabinets, boxes, between book pages, and everywhere in between!
Posted By Kristin  |  November 07, 2011 at 07:02 AM

I enjoy the emails and appreciate that links to articles on your site are clearly identify what the article covers. The graphics are beautiful and along with layouts I use some elements to print out eye candy for cards and mini albums.
Posted By AzMomStar  |  November 07, 2011 at 06:30 AM

The Daily Digi is awesome -- love it. I do not have a scanner but has been on my wish list for sometime -- never thought about taking my stuff somewhere and scanning and then saving to a flash drive or sd card to print later -- great idea -- thanks!
Posted By HeatherC  |  November 07, 2011 at 05:54 AM

I put my memorabilia in keepsake boxes - one for each family member.
Posted By Karin BG  |  November 07, 2011 at 04:04 AM

this year I've been adding them to project life and also scanning some for digi use. But I do have boxes of old ephemera that I would love to sort through and scan
Posted By helena c  |  November 07, 2011 at 12:04 AM

I have some in file folders, some in boxes, and loads scattered here, there and everywhere!
Posted By Smiles&Laughter  |  November 06, 2011 at 08:57 PM

I have mine stored in a big box. Would love to get them in digi!
Posted By Jewel  |  November 06, 2011 at 06:24 PM

It gets stored in stacks, in baskets, in boxes and in the treasure box.
Posted By Helen Anne  |  November 06, 2011 at 05:35 PM

It's stacked in many places-- baskets, boxes with photos, in the treasure box.
Posted By Helen Anne  |  November 06, 2011 at 05:33 PM

I currently just toss stuff in a drawer :( bad scrapbooker! I have a scanner, I scan documents all of the time... I don't know why I never thought to scan in memorabilia be fore it got ruined or lost! Looking forward to doing some of that now!
Posted By Lisa Litchfield  |  November 06, 2011 at 04:19 PM

Hi Katie - nice to see you here and not just at the Digi Show. Love the post and do this too. Slipping things behind appropriate LOs is the most common way of storing if not on a page. But as a Londoner - you can tell the map is from your college days. Yep, there have been changes.
Posted By Hypatia  |  November 06, 2011 at 01:28 PM

Eek, I'm quite new to all of this and I guess that's why I started. I do keep my kids projects that are important to me and them and I do have items that I want to scan, but at this point it hasn't happened yet, lol.
Posted By Rebecca  |  November 06, 2011 at 11:17 AM

I have boxes and boxes of memorabilia and need a way to organize it. I would love try "digital storage." Scanning is a great idea. I am a fan of The Digi Show. Thanks for the inspiration!
Posted By LaFaunB  |  November 06, 2011 at 06:56 AM

I store them in my Project Life Binder this year. Prior years, I would either incorporate into my scrapbook pages or store them in the page protectors in between the two 12X12 pages.
Posted By LindaHagerty  |  November 05, 2011 at 09:30 PM

I store items in a box to one day use in a scrapbook. I rarely take a photo of or scan some memoriablia.
Posted By mom31010  |  November 05, 2011 at 08:51 PM

I have stuff spread all over the place at the moment & have just started to corral alot of it as I find it. I lost a lot of photos & stuff that got burnt awhlle back & so dont have much but what I do have I'm trying to get into an organising system of sorts. I actually have a few things scanned on the computer but nothing I'd be tempted to use on LO's. I've got a bit of looking & scanning to do by the looks of things. Thanks for the chance to win a years membership to the Daily Digi. I've just started playing & exploring digital LO's & boy do I have LOTS to learn so the membership would be worn into the ground if I won that - Thank you
Posted By Sharon Andrews  |  November 05, 2011 at 08:39 PM

You are an inspiration Katie! I need to do more scanning. I've been skipping most of those things since I went digital. Thanks for the great reminder.
Posted By Chelle  |  November 05, 2011 at 08:10 PM

I have file boxes with file folders filled with memorabilia. Sometimes that stuff makes its way onto scrapbook pages, but I often forget. I have also taken pictures of the kids artwork from school. That works particularly well for big stuff. Then I can print it wallet size or so, and include lots of pieces on a LO. Thanks for the giveaway!
Posted By JenRay  |  November 05, 2011 at 08:08 PM

I scanned in my daughter's artwork to the computer, then created a year long calender as a Christmas gift for family members, complete with the artist's bio on the back cover. It was very well received, and helped me to keep the artwork dated. I have great plans to do a digi album for greeting cards etc that keep collecting in a plastic shoe box. The digital age is wonderful for helping clear out the clutter and keep us organized :)
Posted By Naomi  |  November 05, 2011 at 06:38 PM

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