This time of year, I tend to get a little sentimental. With family and friends filling my home and new memories being created, I love looking back through pictures of my childhood or sitting down with my mom and grandma to re-visit memories of my dad and grandpa, who are no longer with us to celebrate. It’s become an important part of my holiday celebration to remember years that have passed and travel back down memory lane to ensure that those who are no longer here are fully represented in our hearts and our minds. One of my favorite ways to do this is through looking at old family pictures. In fact, it’s been a tradition in our home during the holiday season for as long as I can remember to pull out images from mine and my brother’s childhood, my parent’s wedding, even my grandparents early days of being married and peruse through them as we hear old and new tales of the history that built our family. However, each year I’ve noticed that the pictures deteriorate a little more. The corners are a little more worn. And the images are a little less bright. It’s made me wonder repeatedly if I’m losing a piece of my family’s history each and every time I look at it. This concern has sent me on a quest to preserve these memories in a digital form for my children so that in years to come, they can continue to look at favorite photos as they add their own family memories to be cherished.
Now, I’m not sure why the idea to digitize my favorite childhood photos has never entered my mind before. Just like my mom, and her mom before her, I’m a capturer of special moments. I think it’s just in our blood that we always have cameras on the ready.
And while most of my children’s childhoods are preserved in digital form due to advances in technology and digital cameras, I have to admit that I have a chest in my home that is stacked full of pictures from my own childhood. There is only one copy of most of these images and to say they are precious would be an understatement. What if they were destroyed? What if time continues to wash away the pigments? With these worries in mine, I began a project this holiday season to preserve my family’s memories with help from Upthere.
With an easy to use service that is FREE for a limited time (restrictions apply, see details here), giving my precious memories new life in a digital format has never been easier. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Visit the Upthere Site
Right now, you can grab your FREE voucher to take advantage of the Upthere offer at their site. This amazing offer includes the ability to transfer up to 1,000 4 x 6 photos to an online digital album that you can enjoy, share and look at for years to come! The offer expires December 31st (but you do have 180 days to send in your photos) so be sure to grab it NOW!
Step 2: Gather and Mail Favorite Photos
Now it’s time for the fun part! Go on a treasure hunt of your home for all those precious photos that you’ve taken (or your family has taken) over the years.
Go back through your childhood, your parent’s childhood and even your grandparent’s childhood.
Then separate the photos into the order in which you would like them displayed and be sure to label them.
In my opinion, it’s always fun to have events happen in a chronological order so take a little time getting your photos perfectly arranged. For more on this process, be sure to watch this video.
Once all your photos are grouped and labeled, simply box them up along with your order form and invoice and send them up Upthere. For more packing tips and tricks, click here.
Step 3: Receive a Link to Your Photos Online
Once your photos have been uploaded, you’ll receive a shareable link that allows you to enjoy them online any time you want to.
That’s right, you’ll have instant access to all your favorite photo memories arranged just the way you want them. You can share with family, friends or even put on a slideshow at holiday gatherings to showcase your favorite photos of awesome family memories.
While this holiday deal from Upthere has me thinking of sitting around the fire sharing past moments with family, there are so many great ways to gift memories with Upthere. Whether it’s digitizing your mom and dad’s old wedding pictures for their golden anniversary present or giving your own child their entire life in pictures as they head off to college, there are so many ways to make any special event completely amazing by adding the gift of family memories with help from Upthere! And NOW is the time to do it! Until December 31st, 2016 (that’s less than two weeks away ya’ll!) you can get your FREE Upthere voucher that lets you digitize up to 1,000 4 x 6 video for just the cost of shipping!
Don’t worry, your photos will be sent back to you so you can treasure those originals but even better, you’ll have a digitized collection of amazing family photos that are on hand any time you want to revisit your childhood, your parent’s childhood or even your grandparent’s childhood. But if you want to grab this awesome deal, the time to act is NOW! Click here to get your voucher for this very special Upthere deal before it’s gone! Then start collecting those memories today and turn them into a beautiful presentation you’ll be sure to treasure for years to come!
Tell me, what family memories would you preserve with the services of Upthere?