Treasure hunts were big in my family. My grandmother always made one for me to find a special toy, puzzle or book "hidden" in her house when I came to visit. I, in turn, made one Easter special for my daughter by making a treasure hunt for her Easter basket one Easter long ago when she was becoming too old to care about the event. She's still talking about it!
I started today to tackle a very large project. I am the keeper of the family photographs. What you see here in this photo is a small portion of the photographs that I own. Sadly, there would be more but my mother discarded two albums of ancient snapshots before she died and her excuse was that she didn't know the people in the photos. I try not to be angry even now. I know you feel my pain.
My plan for this treasure hunt challenge is:
- Go downstairs and put all the photos in one place.
- Choose the most important photos to be scanned for "Scanfest" (this Sunday)
- Check the "Scanned items" folder on my USB-based portable hard drives and make a list of photos I have scanned previously (and do some in TIFF format that I haven't done)
- Read (re-read) Maureen Taylor's book, Preserving Your Family Photographs
- Read Sally Jacob's document on archiving
- Order an archival safe box and some acid-free envelopes to store the photos
- Place the photos in order of importance in the envelops and container.
- Take a follow-up photo of the progress for others to see