Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Legacybox.
How many of you have boxes of photos just sitting in your closet? What about old VHS tapes that never get watched because no one has a VHS player anymore? And can I just take a second to say that I officially feel old now because all the videos from my childhood are preserved on a format that kids today have never even heard of?
Ok,I digress. Anyway. As our kids get older and I get more nostalgic, I’ve been wanting to show them more memories from my childhood and also make sure they have easy accesses to our family history. And that’s hard to do when memories are stuffed in attics and old boxes and no one knows what is what.
Digitizing old family photos is something I have wanted to do for a really long time. Living in a digital world, I wanted easy access to old photos from our grandparents, parents, and even our own childhood. But let’s be honest, projects like this always get pushed to the back burner. I was so excited when I found out about Legacybox. They are a very cool company, that helps you preserve any format of outdated memories, from VHS tapes to Super 8 film and deliver them right to your doorstep. They do all the work!
The process of gathering all of the photos and videos was actually really fun and brought back so many memories. I went through my huge photo bins filled with scrapbooks that are half way finished, and tapes from high school that I haven’t seen in decades. Then, I took a few trips to varies relative’s houses to collect family photos.
For this project, I wanted to focus on gathering small snapshots of different times in our lives, mine and my husband’s childhoods, old pictures of when our parents were young and also our grandparents. I wanted our kids to have a collection photos from different eras and get a snapshot of that time in life.
While gathering old photos, I found so many that I had never seen before of my parents and my husband’s family. It brought about wonderful conversations about our family history. Once I narrowed down my selection, I packaged everything up in the Legacybox kit. They send you a box that you fill it with any videos, slides, tapes, you label them with barcodes they send you (so you can track each item in your box) and then send it back pre-paid.
The Legacybox kit includes a guide, round-trip shipping, crush proof box, and personal concierge so you can talk to an expert any time. It’s always nerve wrecking to ship off family heirlooms, and what I loved about the process is that they really care for your personal belongings. They know that each item is very special and they guide you through the process as each item is checked in. I would get an email every time they completed a new step and when my videos were being processed.
At the end of the process, my boxed arrived back at my house with all my original files and beautifully packaged digital files! All the videos came on DVD, and a thumb drive for all the pictures and videos.
They also label all the DVDs to match the labels previously on them. OCD heaven right here.
Here are a few of the old pictures I had digitized. I have been so impressed with the quality of the images. They really restored a few of them.
I just love this picture of my dad and me from when I was a newborn. I don’t think I have ever seen it before. A picture I will forever cherish.
And this picture brings back so many memories. It’s taken on the lake where my grandparent’s had a little cottage. Every other summer we would spend three weeks here and it’s filled with some of my favorite memories.
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