Memorial Day 2008, my husband, his adult daughter and I went to California to spend some time with family. We had a wonderful visit, which culminated in a good, old-fashioned Italian dinner prepared by the matriarch of the family, the oldest sister.
(just part of the family -- the blonde ones are in-laws)
After dinner, everyone had a good time looking at my deceased father-in-law's photos.
People said they would like to have copies of different photos, so I, being the good (read "foolish") person that I am, offered to ship the photos home, scan them and distribute them to all the family. The next day I went to the UPS Store and had them pack up and ship four albums and a lot of loose photos.
Well, during the past year I have thought about these photos a lot. First I thought I'd have them done in time for really nice Christmas gifts. But that didn't work. One of the problems is that a project like this is quite time consuming. It also takes a space dedicated to spreading it out with a scanner and a computer. I tried doing it in our bedroom, but I couldn't stand the mess. Then I tried the guest room, but when we had guests, I packed them away again.
Around the end of April, my sister-in-law told me that she's going to Cleveland (where they were raised) for an aunt's 90th birthday celebration in June. Perfect! I have a deadline.
Here's what I started with:
It may not look like that much, but it's over 500 photos. They date from the 30s and date through the 1990s. Here's one of my favorites -- my father and mother-in-law. I never met her.
Saturday I spent the entire absolutely picture perfect day inside wrapping up the scanning. Then I made a slide show (with music!). I burned DVDs for all of the brothers and sisters and their children. And I made a CD for each of them with the images of the photos. Composed a little letter. And then I got the pleasure of packing them!
All of my materials, ready to go.
I made very basic DVD jacket covers, which needed to be trimmed.
I started to pack address here, but soon realized I needed more space.
The packing station.
All my babies, ready to go.
They have all been mailed and now I'm just waiting to hear from the recipients. I feel very good about completing this ahead of my self-imposed deadline.