Project Shoebox: What to do with old photos

Megan Hoeppner, creative editor

What do you do with your old photos? Are they sitting in a box somewhere? It’s time to free them from their cardboard prison and share them with the world. Explore the stories behind them, the memories attached to them, and preserve them while you’re at it! That’s the point of Project Shoebox, a program thought up and launched by scrapbooker Wendy Smedley, in partnership with Studio 5, a popular lifestyle program on television.

This is a simple process, really. It goes a little something like this:

Image courtesy of Studio 5

1. Scan: Find old photos and scan them. Check out this article for great info on sharing images, including apps like the Showbox App, which make it easier than ever to scan using a smart phone.

Shoebox App by 1000memories

2. Share/Stories/Satisfaction: It’s true; sharing is caring. Share your images with loved ones. Post them on Facebook, create a photo-share gallery online somewhere, or simply email a few to those you love. The idea is to get them out there where they can be enjoyed.

My Shoebox Experience

I love scanning old photos from my mom’s collection and using them on scrapbook pages, my blog, and as images to post on my various social media sites. For example, I scanned this old pic of my family and posted on FB. With loved ones all over the country, this was a fun and easy way for me to share this original picture without having to print multiple copies.

My cousin, who is in Colorado, commented on how much my brother looks like her son–something I doubt I would have realized if I hadn’t received her little note.

And my older brother’s daughter got the opportunity to see her dad when he was just a tike. I know he doesn’t keep many pictures like this around, so it was a very cool opportunity to for her.

Scanning and sharing only took a few minutes, and it’s brightened the days of so many. Get started today by liking the Project Showbox group on Facebook. It is a page loaded with cool ideas for scanning and sharing those amazing prints. I had no idea there were so many possibilities. You’ll definitely want to check this page out!

For more on this, be sure to check out Wendy’s videos on the Studio 5 website. They’ll have you inspired and motivated to crack open that old shoebox in no time. Here’s to sharing!

Megan Hoeppner, creative editor

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4 Responses to Project Shoebox: What to do with old photos

  1. Natalie says:

    great info! BTW, it’s “Shoebox App”….not “Showbox App”

  2. Laurie says:

    This is a great idea!!

  3. jpscraps says:

    I’ve posted a few photos on Facebook. The family really likes seeing them.

  4. jpscraps says:

    My prize came today! Thanks again!!

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