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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Big Idea: The Great American Photo Scanning Project is digitally preserving millions of photo snapshots as part of the Photo Preservation Center's Great American Photo Scanning Project.

To promote the need to have the estimated 3.5 trillion analog photo snapshots digitally preserved, The Great American Photo Scanning Project is now underway.

Created by The Photo Preservation Center, and sponsored by, this is a big idea.

We share it with you to help promote the goal: quickly protecting generations of family photos that are fading away and inspire people across the country to have their shoeboxes of analog photo snapshots digitally scanned. is providing up to 1000 free photo scans to members of four leading social networking sites. If you are a member of either Flickr, MySpace, Blogger or Facebook you get up to 1,000 4x6" photos scanned to DVD without charge when you mail your properly prepared 4x6" photos to; pay $19.95 for return S&H and include the downloadable order form. We just ask that you post a review from your experience with us on your Blog or personal networking page.

The Photo Preservation Center is providing a national network of service providers to compliment the retail and direct mail photo scanning services by
  • For a local listing of photo scanning service providers who are current members of the International Photo Marketing Association, click here.

  • For a local listing of photo scanning service providers who are current members of the Independent Photo Imagers, click here [enter zip code in the upper right side prompt on their website].
Check back for more information on The Great American Photo Scanning Project.

Questions? Click here.

Survey: One in Three People Lose or Accidently Delete Digital Pictures

A recent survey found that one in three 16- to 24-year-olds have lost or accidentally deleted their digital images. The survey, commissioned by CeWe Color, found that 86 percent of people do not print digital pictures, but often leave them on computers, mobile phones or digital cameras to be forgotten, lost or deleted. Digital photos are increasingly being left in storage although the poll found that 48 percent of people prefer to look back on their pictures in print rather than digital format.

Andrew White, internet sales manager, CeWe Color, believes that one of the main reasons why so many digital images are stuck on CDs, USB sticks, and other storage devices is because people do not have a convenient way of turning them in to prints and albums.

"The survey shows that most people prefer prints but because so many of us lead a hectic lifestyle, this often gets overlooked. We tend to think that they'll be safe indefinitely on a CD or a memory stick, but this isn't necessarily true and there's always the real risk that they can be lost, or the media on which they are stored becomes obsolete in the future, with no way to access the photos."

The survey was commissioned by CeWe Color and conducted by
GfK NOP, which interviewed 1,001 adults aged 16 or older between March 7 and March 9.

[Source, PMA Newsline, April 25]
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Saturday, April 26, 2008 Click here for all info on how to scan photos and digital imaging photo services is only half the story, the real magic begins when you view your newly scanned photos, slides and film.

"The Louvre of Photo Scanning"

To us, it is more than an art, it has been our passion since 1990 to help preserve your photo memories with extraordinary professionalism and super-fast turnaround. When you visit, we recommend you also click on our "In the News" section to encounter just why many of the nation's largest media outlets are raving about the photo scanning service that we pioneered by commercializing Kodak technology.

For a direct link to and Tales from the World of Photo Scanning, click here.

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Digital Diva: With Record Fuel Prices, How To Save Gas

Bad news: Did you also read today that there was another record jump in crude prices, this will quickly translate into even high fill-up at the pump charges.

Solution: I recommend you review your daily driving habits and see what chores you can cut out or overlap to make just one car trip.

As for photography, thanks to technology, you can use the at home service to access their in-store photo kiosks to make your own photo enlargements, collage prints, scrapbooking pages, albums and dozens of other popular products. When you're done ordering, choose to have it delivered and you just saved on gas. Even if you're in a rush, their orders are all completed and mailed back the same business day.

TIP: The Digital Diva 40% Discount - click here

But, here's another Digital Diva tip with entertainment that can last a day and it's a lot of fun. Gather your family for a photo scanning party. Ask each person to bring all their snapshots - those thousand of pictures in shoeboxes. You collect and send off in the prepaid boxes.

Another gas saver too. And, this is a two-part party.

The same day the scanned pictures are received at the Irvine headquarters, it is completed and mailed back. Then the real fun begins. Call your friends and relatives over for a premier party. Gather everyone together and create a special celebration of all your adventures together.

Tip: Use a video camera to record the event and have all your guests comment aloud about each picture, scene and memory, explaining who the "in-laws" and "out-laws" were, and why. This is a smart tool for recording and preserving your family's genealogy. Get everyone involved, take turns playing cameraperson and zoom in on the people speaking, capture their expressions and emotions and record all the photos too for a lasting keepsake. If you are adapt at iMovie and other programs, like Powerpoint, just record the guests talking and add the photos afterwards as a split screen.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

FREE Gas Gets Shoppers Attention at

FREE gas gift cards for all Orange County, California consumers who bring in photos to be digitized at through May 29th*

UPDATE: The FREE gas program was just mentioned in The Los Angeles Times (page A-1, April 22); another profile was just published by the Associated Press in a national profile on record gas prices (April 22).

Why: Runaway, record high fuel prices is impacting the entire economy and every business - other than Visa and MasterCard's member banks which reap windfall profits - upwards of 1.70% in service station interchange fees from every credit card electronic payment.

The impact of high fuel prices on the American economy and businesses is devastating. One entrepreneurial company, known for supporting important civic and commerce issues [ex:, In the News] is doing something about it and hopes its leadership with motivate other companies to follow its FREE gas program.

"As longtime civic leaders, we have noticed a steep decline in local traffic to retail establishments as pump prices soared to record levels,” explained Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of, the pioneer in super-fast and affordable digitization of generations of photo snapshots.

  • Jobs are being lost

  • The nation’s economy is in a cavernous recession
  • Retailers are barely hanging on

  • Businesses are being squeezed by record energy costs that are impacting most people

  • Consumers are making fewer trips and spending less

  • To help soften the impact of record gas prices and spur consumer confidence, is leading a campaign to get people back in their cars.

    “We anticipate many retailers will follow our lead and extend similar programs to provide consumers with a rich incentive to get in their cars – FREE gas,” said Goldstone. His 18-year-old company is also promoting the FREE gas program to the entire photo imaging industry through its connection with the International Photo Marketing Association and other entrepreneurs. Emails to its local Orange County, California customers were distributed on Sunday. Its blog: Tales from the World of Photo Scanning also has an article about the FREE gas program.
As for the Irvine, California-based photo specialty retailers and ecommerce company, nearly 90% of all orders are placed on the Internet; many include free shipping for prepaid fill-the-box U.S Postal Service flat-rate photo scanning service. This is helpful for their customers across the country, but locally, people are driving less and want to make fewer trips.

“Because most orders are completed in minutes (1,000 pictures scanned in under 15-minutes), consumers are making just one trip to However, the cost of gas for local customers is significant.

*From April 22nd – May 29th, all local Orange County residents will receive an extra perk to reward and incite people to bring in their generations of family photos to be scanned; FREE gas. is randomly providing from $5.00 - $25.00 Chevron gas Gift Cards for all local walk-in only orders [purchase required; pay just $49.95 to scan up to 1,000 photos). The Chevron Gift Cards can be used in the United States for fuel, snacks and services and are accepted at nearly 10,000 Chevron branded stations in the United States. There are no hidden fees and no expiration dates.

*One gas gift card per walk-in Orange County, California customer while supply lasts. Offer cannot be applied to prior orders and not valid towards direct mail orders. Some restrictions apply. For more info, email: [email protected] or use their 24/7 free Live Support help desk.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Best Photo Design Ideas From Your Scanned Pictures

What a smart idea! Memories happen everyday!
Capture your everyday moments with special scrapbook pages!

Relive your special day with a wedding memento scrapbook.
With the click of a few buttons on your keyboard you can fill in the blanks. Add your favorite photos plus a personalized journal message or just a name or title to your custom Kodak-quality 12x12" photo scrapbooking pages. Order right now and it's ready in minutes and mailed back nationwide the same business day.
How much?
Just $4.99 for a 12x12" professional Kodak-quality Endura matte finish one-of-a-kind scrapbooking design. You make in minutes. CLICK HERE TO START

Zero experience need and please use our 24/7 Live Support help desk to solve any questions you might have.
For Orange County, Calif. customers, you can choose either the online photo service, or visit us and use our in-store photo kiosks; we have thousands of design templates and projects, from collage, scrapbooking, photo greeting, invitation and announcement cards and more.
Much more...
Have fun!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Not Going to China This Summer?

Preview of the new national print advertising campaign. Click on image to enlarge.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Customer Profile: Gretchen Clark's "This n' That" Blog

Thanks Gretchen Clark from Arizona for your recent orders and blog comments below. To view Gretchen's very creative "This n' That" blog, click here.

  • "A while back I sent in all my photos to to have them put on disk. I started going through the files on Wednesday evening to look for a vertical photo of Josh...before I knew it, the whole family was hunched around the computer going down memory lane and laughing with me at some of the 80's hairstyles Mike and I were sporting (I hope the perm never comes back!). I also couldn't believe how young Mike looked, I was so glad I hadn't aged any..LOL! I could just look at pictures all day! Needless to say I got a little distracted. I was glad to get my layout completed last night and posted to our class gallery."

How to Edit Photos: The New Adobe Photoshop Express®

Did you know: The average order contains about 2,000 analog photo snapshots - spanning generations which are digitized.

Along the way, many clients across the country and overseas have been looking for additional products to help edit those special photo memories.

Thanks to Adobe, there is a new, fun and free solution.

While provides its Crystal Diamond Photo Enhancement and custom Photo Restoration services, along with a buffet of other helpful add-on services, clients often ask for ways compliment their photo scanning experience by editing special pictures. But, they want it fast and the photo editing must be easy.

We are devoted Walt Mossberg fans; today, his "Personal Technology" WSJ column reviews the new Adobe web-based photo site which is celebrated for editing your newly digitized pictures. As Mr. Mossberg explained, Adobe simplified their award-winning program for the web with the new, and free web-based Adobe Photoshop Express®. Click here to read his review [WSJ subscription required].

The new Adobe PhotoShop Express free beta online software brings Photoshop technology to anyone taking digital photos and is ideal for all customer and the millions of pictures, slides and negatives that have scanned for people around the world.

Adobe PhotoShop Express® Features

  • It is free and you can begin editing your photos online in minutes. Click here to give it a test drive

  • Easy, convenient and fun way to edit, store, sort and show off digital photos with eye-catching effects

  • Store up to 2 gigabytes of images online for free, make edits to their photos, and share them online in creative ways, including downloading and uploading photos from popular social networking sites like Facebook

  • You can made standard edits, such as removing blemishes and red-eye, converting to black and white, cropping and resizing, and much more

  • No experience is required to add special effects that will impress friends and family

  • One-click approach, Photoshop Express offers tricks like Pop Color which selects an object in an image, mutes the background color of the photo and allows the user to swap the object’s color so it jumps off the page

  • Sketch effects help photos look like drawings and the Distort feature allows you to distort facial features or objects within the images for a comical or artistic effect

  • Best part: limited photo editing knowledge is necessary

  • There is a line-up of sample photos with visual hints showing different variations of the added effect

  • Your images will take on a new look when you use the slideshows feature with animation that makes photos float and fly across the screen, allowing you interactivity to create unique presentation styles

  • Adobe Photoshop Express beta is available now for free via any Web browser at


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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Directory of Scrapbooking Sites

A leading group of consumers who are avid customers are scrapbookers. Beyond the recent digital photos, they need to get thousands of analog pictures, spanning generations digitized too. Once their orders are returned, ordering custom photo memory albums, coffee table photo books, and hundreds of other photo products, from photo invitations to photo greeting cards and calendar are conveniently available from the online ordering service.

Here is a directory of Scrapbooking sites that might be helpful to you for assisting with your photo projects.

3 Bugs in a Rug
30 Minute Photos Etc.
3M Company
7 Gypsies
7 Gypsies
A Muse Artstamps
A Muse Artstamps
a2z Essentials
A2Z Essentials
Accu Cut
Across The Street
Across The Street
Advantus Corporation
Aitoh Co LLC
Amanda Blu
Amanda Blue
American Art Clay Co, Inc
American Art Clay, Inc.
American Crafts
American Traditional
American Traditional Designs
Anna Griffin
Apple Pie Memories
Around the Block
Art Declassified LLC
Art Impressions
Art Institute Glitter Inc
Artistic Expressions
Artistic Wire
Artistic Wire
AW Cute
AW Cute
Bazzill Basics Paper
Be Blessed Scrapbooking
Be Blessed Scrapbooking
Beacon Adhesives
Beacon Adhesives
Beary Patch
Beary Patch
Best Creation Inc
Blue Sky Designs
Bluegrass Publishing
Bo-Bunny Press Inc
Boss Kut
Bound & D/Termined
Bound d/Termined
Boxer Scrapbook Productions LLC
Brainiac Scrapbooking
Buttons Galore
By Tamara
Cactus Pink
Canson, Inc
Captured Elements
Cardstock Warehouse LLC
Carol Wilson Fine Arts
Carol Wilson Fine Arts Inc
Carolee's Creations & Co
CerTek Software Designs
Chartpak Inc (Frances Meyer)
Clearsnap Inc
Cloud 9 Design
Collected Memories Scrapbooks
Copic Markers
Cosmo Cricket
Craft Mates
Crafter's Companion
Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage
Crate Paper
Creative Impressions
Creativity Inc
Creek Bank Creations
Cross My Heart Cards Inc
Crossed Paths
Daisy Bucket Designs
Daisy D's Paper
Dalee Book Company
Delish Designs
Design Originals
Destination Stickers & Stamps
Digital Scrapbook Memories
Dinstinctly Me
Doodlebug Design
Dream Street Papers
Dream Street Papers
Easycut Craft
Eyelet Outlet
Eyeletopia Metal & More
Fancy Pants Designs Inc
Far & Away
Fiber Scraps
Flair Designs
For Keeps Sake
Glad Tidings Paper
Glitz Design
Glue Arts
Go West Studios
Grafix Inc
Green Sneakers
Hambly Studios Inc
Hampton Art LLC
Hanko Designs
Happy Hammer
Hero Arts Rubber Stamps Inc
Hot Off The Press
Hot Off The Press
Impression Obsession
Impression Obsession
Inque Boutique
Inspired Crafts
It Takes Two
Jewel Craft
Judikins Inc
K & Co
Karen Foster Design
Kellers Creations
KI Memories
K-Joi Studios
Kodomo Inc

Kokuyo USA Inc
Kopp Design
Lake City Craft Co
Legacy Crafters
Livvy Lu Designs
Lizzie Anne Designs
Luxe Designs
Maisy Mo Designs
Making Memories
Marian and Me
Masterpiece Studios
Maude Asbury
May Arts
Maya Road LLC
McGill Inc
Me & My Big Ideas
Melissa Frances
Memories By The Page
Memories Complete
Memories in Uniform
Meri Meri Inc

Michael Miller Memories
Mrs Grossman's Paper Co
Mrs. Grossman's
Murdock Country Creations
Mustard Moon
My Little Shoe Box
My Mind's Eye
My Sentiments Exactly
My Sentiments Exactly!
Nature's Garden Papers
NRN Designs
Nunn Design
One Heart-One Mind
OTT-Lite Technology
Pageframe Designs LLC
Paper Cellar
Paper Cut
Paper House Productions
Paper Loft
Paper Salon
Paper Trunk
Paper Wizard
Pebbles, inc
Penny Black Inc
Petaloo International
Piggy Tales
Pinecone Press
Pink. Sugar. Pop.
Pioneer Photo Albums
Polar Bear Press
Pressed Petals
Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
Prima Marketing Inc
Print Blocks
Printworks Collection
Printworks Collection
Prism Papers
Product Performers
Provo Craft
Pulp Products
Purple Cows
Purple Cows, Inc.
Purple Onion Designs
Putting on the Ritz
Queen & Co
Quick Quotes
Rainbow Tape
Ranger Industries
Retrospect by Smead
Retrospect by Smead
Ribbons House
Romanoff Products Inc
Rouge de Garance
Rusty Pickle
S R M Press Inc

Sandylion Sticker Designs
Sarah Heidt Photo Craft
Sassafras Lass
Scenic Route Paper Co
Scrap Works
Scrapbook Solutions
Scrapbug Tote Co.
Scrapmode Paper Co
Scrappin' Sports & More
Scrappy Cake
Scrappy Cat Creations
Scrapz n Stuff
Scribble Scrabble
Simply Renee Inc
Snickerdoodle Dreams
Sonburn Designs
Spanish Memories Inc
Spellbinders Papercrafts
SRM Press
Stamped In Ink
Stampendous Inc
Stampin' Up!
Stamping Station
Stewart Superior
StoneCreek Creations
Sugartree Inc
Tapesty by C.R. Gibson
Tattered Angels
Technique Tuesday
The Crafter's Workshop
The C-Thru Ruler Co
The Paper Element
The Paper Lady
Therm O Web
Time Flies
Tinkering Ink
Tonic Studios
Tonic Studios USA
Top Line Creations
Traditions Studio
Transparent Touches & Tags
Travel Expressions
Trim Designs Inc
Tumblebeast Stickers
Twelve by 12
Uchida of America Corp
Uniform Designs
Upsy Daisy Designs
We R Memory Keepers
Webster's Pages
WorldWin Papers
Worldwin Papers
Xyron Inc
Yellow Fence
Z Becky Brown

Friday, April 11, 2008

Ultimate Guide to Scanning Photos, Slides and Negatives

Your Photo Imaging Experts Since 1990

Prepaid Fill-the-Box Scanning -


$124.99 for as many photos as you can fit into our prepaid box mailed to you! More than 1600 4x6's scanned. Includes 1 DVD with your scanned images and all FREE shipping and handling. Scanned and mailed back the same day! Before ordering, please click here to read the requirements on how to prepare your photos for scanning

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  • Best Value: The Family Generation Collection - 10,000 photos scanned, plus two free double-sided 20-page Photo Memory Albums, just $495.95.

Have up to 1,000 photos scanned: Mail order or walk-in service


Pay just $49.95 for scanning up to 1,000 photos. Includes 1 DVD of your jpeg (300 dpi) scanned images. Additional options available such as scanning in order and front and back scanning only available with this option. Before ordering, please click here to read the requirements on how to prepare your photos for scanning


35mm Mounted Slides, Advantix and APS film and 35mm Negative Scanning


Update your collection of 35mm negatives, slides and Advantix / APS film into a digital format to preserve your memories from the good ol' days. Read more


VHS to DVD Transfer


VHS tapes degrade with both time and usage. Preserve those video memories by transfering them to DVD before it is too late.

Frequently Asked Questions and How to Order - Quick Answers to Common Questions


Click here to access our custom Google Search to instantly get answers to any photo imaging questions

For daily updates and tips, read our blog - Tales from the World of Photo Scanning Blog

Reach us anytime with your questions. Click here to access our free 24/7 Live Support help desk

here to sign up for free and extra promotional services from

Click on this
link for helpful tips to prepare your photos for scanning

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Using Photos of Your Pet to Design a Memorial Legacy

Nothing is more emotional than the loss of your pet. Just ask the grieving family members.

Because of the sensitivity of working with clients across the nation who face the task of pooling together their family photos to design a one-of-a-kind memorial photo legacy in their pets memory, is extra sensitive to these issues.

Yesterday, we received the following poem from a photo scanning client who designed a photo memory journal online from their scanned pictures and added the poem, with one or two sentences per page. It was so moving, but important to help the grieving family memorialize their special memories.

A Pet's Prayer By Beth Norman Harris

  • Treat me kindly, my beloved master,for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

  • Do not break my spirit with a stick,for though I should lick your hands between blows,your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside,for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements.

And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.

Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water,for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight,do not turn me away from you. Rather, hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest -- and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew,my fate was ever safest in your hands.

If you are facing the unfortunate task of designing a special memorial for the loss of your pet, click on this link for other poems for grieving pet losses that you can personalize to add to your Photo Memory Journal.

To help personalize your Photo Memory Journal and custom scrapbooking and collage photo enlargements online or using our in-store photo kiosks, please click here for our 24/7 Live Support to reach our Customer Support Specialists, or call: 949-474-7654.

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More info, see

For daily news and super-savings updates, visit their Blog: Tales from the World of Photo Scanning

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[Due to the policy to preserve the privacy of our clients, the above photos are public domain and not from actual client scans].

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Out of this World: Tales From the World of Photo Scanning Goes to the Moon

More than six-million photo snapshots have been digitally preserved by and each one holds special, irreplaceable memories. From our celebrity clients, to just scanning those ordinary decades-worth of photo snapshots once stored on the top shelf in the closet, every picture matters.

A customer just shared this LInk with us to demonstrate the importance of digitizing historical pictures. In this case, the photos represent a special once-in-a-lifetime visit by the famed TV news personality, Walter Cronkite. While we did not scan these pictures, it showcases why everyone must protect those otherwise fading memories.

[Photo credits: Bill Wood]

Please click on this
link for complete information about the CBS News visit to the Goldstone Deep Space Tracking Station before the Apollo 11 Mission.

Background from the website: "Bill Wood took photographs on July 4, 1969, during a visit by Walter Cronkite and his CBS News film crew to the Goldstone area in preparation for the Apollo 11 flight to the Moon. At the time Mr. Wood was assigned to the NASA Manned Space Flight Network Apollo tracking station at Goldstone, California as a Unified S-band Lead Engineer. Since his hobby was photography the NASA Station Director, George Farris, asked him to shoot a few pictures of the CBS crew’s visit. None of the original photographs have been copyrighted and Bill Wood has released all into the public domain. All reproduction rights have been waived."

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex (GDSCC) —commonly called the Goldstone Observatory— is located in California's Mojave Desert (USA). Operated by ITT Corporation for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, its main purpose is to track and communicate with space missions.
It includes the Pioneer Deep Space Station, which is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The current observatory is part of NASA's Deep Space Network.

The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is just one of three in the world; the others being the
Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex and the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.

Click here to access our custom Google Search to instantly get answers to any photo imaging questions
More info, see
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