Treasures Found!

A few months after moving to Oklahoma, I found a few treasures I didn’t even realize I had.  Namely the little Kodachrome Movie Film reel dated 1963File Jun 16, 3 11 42 PM and about 25 slides tucked inside a small slide box.  File Jun 16, 3 12 01 PMOf course, I took out each of the slides and squinted into a lamplight to see the small images.  The tiny slide box was labeled “Six Flags” with most of the slides dated 1974. The small movie reel box was dated 1963 in my dad’s handwriting and labeled “Airport film & Jeanette & Judy Twist.”  I was so excited to find these old treasures.  I remember years and years ago, my parent’s showing slide shows and playing reel tapes for extended family and guests.  It was a BIG deal getting all the massive equipment set up.  I remember my dad had a large metal polled pull-down tripod white screen he set up in our family room giving us a ‘true movie experience’ in compared to our 1960’s TV which was a piece of furniture in the room.  These two tiny boxes held lots of memories for me.  I was so excited to see the contents after so many years.  I knew I wanted to send them off for media transfer with Forever.com.  I went straight to the computer and ordered the small media transfer box that very minute.  The other item I found was my wedding VHS tape I knew I had but hadn’t watched since we married 27 years ago.  I couldn’t wait for my media box to come in the mail so I could finally view these old treasures on my computer.

Within a few days the box arrived with specific labels, bags and instructions on how to add my media to the transfer box.  Easy Peasy!  I tagged the 2 tiny items with the labels provided by the company and slipped them into the plastic baggie they provided.  I used the provided label to add to my VHS tape and placed it in its separate baggie.  I used all the packing material they provided and double checked the return label already addressed with its bar code.  Forever provides three-way shipping in the price of the media box so all I had to do was drop the box off at my local USPS.  Forever has made this process very streamlined and easy for the customer.File Jun 16, 3 13 23 PM

A few days later I received an email from the media service team at Forever.  They let me know the package was received and being processed.  The next email I received from them was that they had completed the media transfer and my original items were being sent back to me.  They provided the USPS tracking code, too.  What wonderful customer service!  If the media conversion staff have any questions about the customer’s products they will email the customer prior to dealing with the product.  Same goes, too, in the case that too many items were placed in the box provided. The media conversion team will contact the customer BEFORE handling the products asking if they should proceed especially if there is an added charge.  This is great because you will never be surprised at a charge you didn’t expect.  This is outstanding customer relations and service by the media conversion team.File Jun 16, 3 54 58 PM

Finally, my box has been returned.  I signed onto my Forever private account to view the slides they had already uploaded directly to my site.  Did you hear that?  Yes, they upload photos directly to your private account!!!!!  That is just SO COOL.  File Jun 16, 4 06 02 PMSeeing those photos come to life on today’s technology is fantastic.  The movie reel and VHS tape were transferred onto a flash drive stick.  I could view the movies for the first time in 25-40 years.  Forever is a progressive company and within another year or so they will have the capability to upload all media, even movies, directly to your private Forever account.  I can hardly wait!  As a matter of fact, the company guarantees that all media in your private account will be migrated to the newest technology for your lifetime, plus 100 years.  I know there are NO OTHER media conversion companies can claim this in our world today.

If you are a bit curious and have tons of old media you want to protect and store for future generations, please go to www.Forever.com/ambassador/jeanettecollins to order your media conversion box today!

Please contact me with any questions you may have about this service.

Jeanette

Safe and Sound

Today I spent a good part of the day scanning in photos that were in photo frames.  My husband and I moved to Oklahoma a couple months ago so there are still many items to deal with like old photos.  Some of these photos are very old, like this one of my dad.web

It was in a huge 14 x 18 frame.  The photo itself was HUGE too, because it was one that hung in his office.  My dad has long passed away and I inherited this photo, frame and all.

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I cut the photo down using my Fiskars© trimmer and then plopped it onto my printer/scanner.  I’m thrilled to have this photo in digital form now and saved into my Forever account.

As matter of fact, as soon as I finished with all the photos I had removed from the frames and scanned, I moved them directly into my Forever account so that my family and friends could access them. frames-web

This is a screenshot of my Forever Account.  I have thousands of photos saved in full-resolution and organized into albums.File-May-13,-7-28-15-PMweb

It makes me feel so good that these photos are preserved for my son and future grandchildren.  As a matter of fact, my account is not going to end after I’m gone.  It is guaranteed to live on for 100+ years.  No other cloud service can say that because they do not have an endowment type fund to support it.  I’m so happy I found Forever.  Please look at the Forever site http://www.forever.com/ambassador/jeanettecollins and join me in keeping your precious photos and other media safe for generations.  You can set up an account for FREE!

Best to you!

Jeanette

photos, photos, everywhere…

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Hey y’all.  I’m new in this blogging world so be kind.

Today I want to talk about photo preservation.  I’m sure this is not a new topic especially with all the tons of digital photos we are all taking every day.  Last Thursday night I noticed everyone taking selfies at the NFL preseason game.  I was at the Cowboys/Texans game in Arlington.  Yeah, a Texas team won!  But you already knew that.  Ha!

Now back to my topic of photos.  I wondered what are all these thousands of people doing with these photos.  Just in the stadium, there were at least 50,000 people there taking photos with their cell phones.  Yes, I know they are sending and posting to various social sites.  But what happens later?  How long does someone wait before they delete these photos?  Or do they?

It’s kind of sad in a way that most people don’t print their photos anymore.  I would guess a small percentage bother to move them into any kind of print form– like a printed book of some sort.  Of course, there are a few people like family historians or shall I say “scrapbookers” out there that love keeping up with their ever growing photo logs.  Or perhaps you professional Photographers out there have a system to keep your influx of photos logged and organized.  But I’m not talking about those who do this for a living, just the plain ole folk out there that snaps photos everyday without much thought of what to do after they’ve sent them out into our cyber world.

So if you have never given this a thought, please, let’s discuss this topic of photos, photos everywhere.  I’m curious what you plan to do with your ever growing photo log.

I hope you will leave me your thoughts here.

Oh, a note on the football game…it was just a preseason opener.  I wore my one and only Cowboys shirt, but could have rooted for the Texans.  Texans won.

Have a wonderful labor day weekend, y’all.

Jeanette Collins

 

 

 

photos, photos everywhere…

Hey everyone.  So glad you stopped by to take a look.  I am a scrapbooker and have many friends in the scrapbooking world.  Most of us have 100’s maybe thousands of printed photos that we are still archiving and doing our best to tell the important stories of our pasts.  In the meantime, with everyone able to snap a photo every minute of day we are suddenly drowning in digital photos that we’ve tried to make sense of on our current devices.  Back in the old days we took a photo on film, had it developed and had a set amount of photos to hold our precious memories. Then generation by generation we passed the albums or boxes of old photos for someone else to manage.  Sound familiar?

Well, today it’s so different.  We have thousands of photos on so many devices it’s hard to know where to begin IF you wanted to save them for posterity. How are we deciding which photos to save and which to toss? Does anyone ever hit their delete button much?  Where are those vacation photos from 2012 anyhow?  Are they on an old laptop or external hard drive or maybe a flash-drive?  Possibly those photos are on a Cd or DVD?  What about all those old family movies we took with our gigantic VHS video recorders?  And the 35mm video tapes stored in the corner of your closet?  Oh!  And don’t forget the slides grandpa use to show every Thanksgiving of his hunting trips!  Where are they and HOW do we pass these down? It’s a messy photo world out there.

So do you have a plan for all your photos and media?  Seriously now.  I would love to hear where you have most of your family media.  Let’s start a conversation.  Keep it clean, please.  I’m a retired school teacher–wink, wink.