Showing posts with label Flip-Pal Projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Flip-Pal Projects. Show all posts

February 23, 2013

Creating a Family Story Book Using Flip-Pal and Shutterfly

Olive Tree Genealogy Blog: Creating a Family History Story Book
Yesterday Volume 2 of my McGinnis Family Story Books arrived from Shutterfly. I'm really pleased with how it turned out!

First I used my amazing Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to scan the family photos I wanted to use in my book. I like using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner because I can sit on my sofa and watch television while I"m scanning the photographs!

After transferring the scanned photos to my computer (easy with the memory card and USB adaptor that comes with the scanner!) I organized them into a directory on my laptop Then I uploaded them to Shutterfly. I created a different size book this time.  Usually I go with the 8x8 books because they are small, easy to pick up and glance through and I just like the look of them. But this time I went with the 8 1/2 x 11 and I'm really glad I chose that size.

Olive Tree Genealogy Blog: Creating a Family History Story Book
The 8 1/2 x 11 allowed me to insert a census image that was legible but had room around the edges for the page background. I could have added a border around those images or embellished the page with a "sticker" but I like the larger images to be simple and plain.

You can read how I organized my book at Creating Memory Books on Shutterfly  It's important to plan the layout of your book before starting. Decide on how you want to organize the pages and photos - by person? Chronologically? You can always switch pages around once you've created pages in Shutterfly but you need a plan to begin.

Think about how many pages you want. I create mine to be between 20 and 25 pages. If it is going to be bigger, I break the book into separate volumes. As an example, my Story Books on my McGinnis family are in 4 volumes, one for each generation starting with my father. The smaller the book, the more manageable to create and the more likely your recipients will be to pick it up and skim through it. Anything larger than 25 pages is, for me, overwhelming to create and I believe would be too much for most people to want to glance through.

Olive Tree Genealogy Blog: Creating a Family History Story Book
Shutterfly allows me to create photo pages, or text pages or a combination of both. It's easy to quickly pick a layout for each page using their layout options. So if you want to place two photos and one text box on a page, for example, you choose from their options for 2 photos plus text.

Then by using the "customize" feature found on each page you can resize and rearrange the photo and text boxes. You can add more text boxes if you want. Then you can change the background by choosing from their options for whatever theme you are using.

Olive Tree Genealogy Blog: Creating a Family History Story Book
In this volume of the McGinnis family story, I added scans of newspaper clippings from a family double wedding. I am lucky enough to have the actual wedding invitation so I added that to the page along with photos of the church and of the happy couples. Using my Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner this section took less than 10 minutes to scan and upload.

In the end the book is a lovely coffee table book resembling a scrapbook. But it has enough genealogical information and documents to give family members a taste of what I have found on the family. It also allows me to share the wonderful family photos, documents and newspaper clippings in my possession.

I can hardly wait to start on my next family story book project! 

January 6, 2013

Creating a Hand-Made Journal for a Diary or Life Story using Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner (Step 1)

Yesterday I went around my home with my Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner in hand. I was looking for patterns. Patterns can be found anywhere - in floor tiles, couch fabric, sofa cushions, carpets, wallpaper, drapes, wall tiles, kitchen and bathroom counters, etc.

I wanted to scan patterns to create pages for a journal I want to make. I want this hand-made journal for my Life Story that I plan to write. It's an offshoot of my weekly Sharing Memories blog posts here on Olive Tree Genealogy. Right now it's an idea glimmering in my brain. It's not well thought out, but I do have a sort-of kind-of plan on how I plan on creating my journal with beautiful hand-made pages which I will make.

Usually when I do project like this, I create the entire thing first, then I share it here on Olive Tree Genealogy blog. But this time I thought it would be fun if others joined me! Of course you can use your journal for anything you want! As a diary. As a Life Story book. As a Sharing Memories book. Those are just a few ideas for a hand-made journal.

So if you have a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner, and you'd like to create your own journal (for yourself or for gifts), why not grab it and find some patterns in your home that you might be able to use. (If you don't have a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner you really should get one)

It will also be really helpful for us to share our ideas -what works and what doesn't work, as we go along. You might figure out the solution to a problem as we create our journals. Or you might find a great pattern that others can duplicate. For instance I know that my white lace tablecloth makes an amazing pattern but I forgot to scan it so I'll pull it out and get that done before I make any final decisions on which of my scanned patterns I will use for my journal pages.

I've already scanned over 40 patterns (32 are shown below) and I've printed off about 10 that I like for the pages of my journal. Take a peek at the patterns below and let me share with you a few of the ones I really like for my pages. 
CrCreating a Hand-Made Journal for a Diary or Life Story Using Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner
Some of the patterns I scanned are too dark to use as pages I can write on. I might use them as borders on other pages or as the inside covers or even the outside cover of my journal. I'm not sure yet. And while I love that blue-purple Kleenex box scan, I don't have anything that I feel matches or complements it to be able to use in my Journal creation.

Oh, and where you see the word "REDO" as part of the file name, it means I didn't notice the dog hair or crumbs or specks of dirt and dust until I'd finished scanning! So I have to rescan after I do a little cleanup. So I can already give you a tiny word of advice - be sure what you are scanning is free of dust, dirt, lint, pet hair and so on! Unless you like the abstract and real feeling to your pages if you've scanned in some cat or dog hair, then by all means keep it natural.

If it weren't winter in Canada I'd have gone outside looking for more patterns to scan - the gravel in my garden, an old pot, the wrought iron patio table, the welcome mat, the birch tree bark... I bet I could find lots! I'll be interested to know what my readers find outside if you choose to accept my challenge to join me on this project.

I've decided to create pages using light beige and white patterns. Some of the patterns above are too small for you to see the great designs on them so I'm going to show you a few below as larger images.

Wooden Closet Door painted cream

Stucco Ceiling

Bedroom Wallpaper
See how pretty those patterns are when enlarged? They're going to make beautiful paper if I decide to use them for my journal pages.

How to Scan Patterns with Your Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner
Take the lid off your scanner. It pops off very easily. Then find a pattern you want to scan and put your scanner over it so that the object you are scanning is against the flat bed.

Here I am scanning the patterned fabric of an antique parlour chair in my living room.

Cover the other side of the glass (it will be facing up or out towards you) loosely with the scanner lid or the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner black cleaning cloth. Hold the scanner very steady if you are scanning a wall or ceiling.

You can see the end result of the scan in the first image of the thumbnail patterns at the start of this blog post. It is called ChairYellowPattern.jpg and is in the second row, first on the left.

Don't worry about anything else right now except finding and scanning patterns. These will be the basis of your journal pages. You might do more than just print them off later as pages so keep an eye out for darker patterns and different patterns that you might add as borders to your scanned pages. I've got that part figured out in my head (sort of) so we can play around with that idea later.

This is going to be fun! I hope you'll join me for this project. As soon as I create my pages, I'll be posting again.

November 19, 2012

Using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit - It's a Winner

Using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit
Recently I used the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit from Flip-Pal for the first time. I loved it! I've wanted this for some time now and am really happy I finally got it. If you're scratching your head and wondering what the heck Sketch Kit is, here's the deal...

Sketch Kit is a piece of plastic that fits on your Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner bed and allows you to notate photos and documents you are scanning. The Kit consists of the plastic insert and three dry erase markers.

All you do is peel off the paper from both sides of the plastic sheet. That's the hardest part of using Sketch Kit! Once you have it peeled off, you are set to scan.

Using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit - the photo
I took a photo of my grandparents, my mother and aunt taken circa 1920. First I scanned the photo. I should also mention that I did all this from my lap while sitting on my couch!

Ignore the printed material you can see through the glass of the Flip-Pal mobile scanner - that's just a thin book I used to stabilize the scanner while I was using it.

Next I verified with my aunt that I knew who each child was, and I wrote the information on the plastic sheet with the dry erase marker.

Using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit - Notating
Next step was to place the photo on the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner bed again, and then put the plastic notated sheet on top (with the writing facing down the same way as the photo).

After scanning the photo with the notated plastic sheet, I then had two scans - the photo with no information and the photo with the names and date. What a great thing to have handy when I'm out at a museum or archive or library and I want to notate a document with the source.

Using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit
This photo shows the final scan. See the bit of the plastic sheet sticking out from the scanner bed? And the final two scans are shown below.

The one on the left is not annotated, the one on the right has been annotated using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Sketch Kit from Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner 

October 2, 2012

Save $ and 7 Great Uses for a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

What can you do with a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner? Lots of reader ask this question. Well, I'm going to share seven things I've done with mine over the past year. But before I do, you might want to order your own and save $20.00 until December 31st. 2012

“Carry On!” coupon promotion: Save $20 when you purchase a Flip-Pal mobile scanner plus a Deluxe Flip-Pal mobile scanner Carry Case with Pocket, valid October 1-December 31. Promotion Code: C412A at Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

Seven things I've done with my Flip-Pal Scanner in the last year:

Instant Photo Border

Creating a Family Recipe Booklet
2. Scanned family recipes in a loved one's handwriting and created a treasured family recipe booklet
Scanning with 87 year old Auntie
3. Visited an older relative to scan their photos

Take Flip-Pal to a Museum
4. Taken Flip-Pal to a Museum and scanned documents

5. Been a Flip-Pal Couch Potato and scanned family photos while watching TV.

Documenting Civil War Photos

 7. Archived a collection of WW1 Photo Albums


September 18, 2012

A WW1 Photo Album is Discovered

Large tub of photo albums
In 1998 my mother's cousin passed away. She was a 90 year old single woman who still lived in the house where she was born in Toronto Ontario. All her photo albums and papers were given to me. I was thrilled but there were quite a few albums to go through and I confess I never finished the job!

At the time I'd been so thrilled at finding a photo album from the late 1800s which was full of lovely Cabinet Cards of my ancestors, that I'd only glanced quickly through all the other albums. Then I set them aside to go through more carefully at a later date.

In 2009 my aunt Lily passed away. She was 89 and had been a widow since WW2. I was given all her photo albums too. After a cursory look through the lot, I felt so overwhelmed that I added them to Doris' tub.

This past weekend I finally started going through that large tub of photo albums. I confess I'm still feeling overwhelmed at the task ahead of me but I'm trying to  focus on one album at a time.

The first thing I did was to take all the albums and miscellaneous items out of the tub and do a quick sort. That allowed me to easily determine which albums belonged to Doris and were the earliest, and which had come from Lily's home.

Here is the first album from Doris. It's in amazing condition and is 7 1/2x9 1/2 inches, bound with brown cord.

There are 22 double-sided pages and photos have been glued or placed on each, including the inside front and back covers.

It was easy to determine the dates for this album as the pages have many WW1 soldiers' pictures and also photos of my aunt Lily as a baby. She was born in 1915. Sadly most of these photos are glued directly on the album pages so I'm going to have to think about how to handle this problem.

Meantime my plan is to take camera photos of each page, and each photo on each page, then scan the photos on my large flatbed scanner. Using that scanner allows me to leave the glued photos undisturbed on the pages and zoom in on one at a time. Any photos that I can remove easily I'll scan using my Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner as that is quick and easy and does a very nice job.

Doris' WW1 Album
Here is page 2 in the album. I can see where a fifth photo was originally glued in but it is missing.

A close look at the bottom three photos reveals that my Uncle Ern (my grandmother's brother) is in the middle photo. Uncle Ern was Doris' father and he was a soldier in the British Army and then the Canadian Army during WW1.

My grandmother is in the photo on the right. It was taken ca 1916. Grandma is the woman on the left holding the toddler who I can see is my Aunt Lily.  I am not sure about the other people in the photos.

I'm quite sure a military historian would be fascinated by the military photos within and I'll be posting them as I go through the album. There are other items of general interest - the cars, the clothing, and so on. And who knows, perhaps a reader will recognize a face!

The soldier standing to the left in front of the tent with four other soldiers is my Uncle Ern. He, and the soldier on the far right, are both in a Cavalry unit.

This appears to be a training area (the tents in the photo were never used on the battlefield), possibly Base Borden near Barrie Ontario. More research is required and my husband is happy to tackle that task. He's a Canadian WW1 historian and collector and has many resources he can use to determine locations, units and more precise dates. Luckily I also have Ern's military records and all his paybooks etc so I may be able to determine where he was each year.

I'm not sure who the three Canadian soldiers are in the photo on the left. It's possible the soldier in the middle is Ern, in fact I think it is, but I need to scan and enlarge the photo for a better look. The man in the middle is in the Cavalry which is where my Uncle Ern was at one point. The man on the right is also in a Cavalry unit. It's the pants that are wider in the hips that give the clue for the Cavalry determination.

I can hardly wait to put the rest of the photos in this lovely album online. But I have to remind myself to go slow, take my time and don't get overwhelmed by the task at hand.

June 8, 2012

Creating Photo Borders & Mats Using Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

Family Photo Archive
Today I decided to take some of my treasured family photos and create borders and mats for them using my Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

I decided to tackle this project using two different methods. First I chose a photo and laid it on a pattern that I like.

My patterns came from my furniture (sofa, chair), my floors (tiles, hardwood), wallpaper and other spots in my house.

Below are examples of putting a photo on a pattern that I like, then taking the lid off my Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner, turning it upside down to scan and pressing the green button.
Photo on Chair
Photo on floor tile
Next I transferred the scans to my computer using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner USB adaptor. Here are a few of the actual scans. One very important thing to remember is that if your original photo is crooked (as is my photo of my Grandmother's brother in WW1 uniform) your final scan will not look very good. So what you see here is for example only. I will trim the edges of that photo to make it perfect and redo the scan against the pattern.

You will also find that you need to crop your scan to create a border that is symmetrical as it's difficult to accomplish in the original layout of photo and background
Scan before cropping

Photo needs trimming
Scan after cropping
You can see that it is fairly easy to create a nice mat and border effect for your photos. These can then be printed on a good quality laser printer or they can be put in a digital photo album or you could use a service such as Shutterfly to create a lovely photo book for family.

The second way I will create mats and borders is to scan various patterns around my home and in nature. Then I'll import those into my photo editing software and layer the original photo (which I've scanned using my FlipPal) on top.

Here are some of the patterns I've scanned in preparation for layering photos with backgrounds. I used a tile floor, a lace tablecloth, my kitchen counter and fabric on furniture.

I'm excited about using my Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to finish creating a unique digital scrapbook of my family photos with my own borders.