For me its a big deal because I'm not the best at learning new computer applications!
However - I have mastered this! I'm using my HP 3-in-1 printer and scanning them right in. It's doing a beautiful job!
I have to turn it so its scanned in 4 sections and I learned the hard way - It won't work with 1,200 or even 600 dpi. Has to be scanned in 300 dpi (or less) or it scans with corners missing.
I tried auto-stitch and I just wasn't happy with it. They were coming out slightly blurry and I couldn't get it right.
My son picked up a $99 copy of photoshop for me and that is awesome - They stitch right up and it just takes minutes. The longest part is getting it cropped and turned exactly straight.
Now I have started the task of scanning in 28 scrapbooks from the past 5 or 6 years - most with around 85 pages in them.
Only have 20 more pages and I'm finished with the first one and ready to send it in to be printed.
All layouts go into folders of every category applicable. Before we were married, friends, my extended family (brother's, mom, aunt's & uncles), Bill's extended family, each of my kids and their families, each of Bill's with their families, various vacation, Hawaii, Germany, Italy - some layouts are in 7 or 8 categories.
When I need a nice gift now - if I get these done by Christmas I will pull the one for my extended family and make a book for mom. It will have my family and my brother's families and other her grandchildren. I will make one on John's family which will be when they were dating up through current layouts of their daughter.
We've been to Key West several times so I may take all the pictures from the different trips to Key West and make a book for us. Or Hawaii - we go twice a year for a 3 or 4 weeks each time so I have a ton of Hawaii layouts.
Possibilities are endless! I will make a nice book for each trip we have taken together! One for South America - one for Australia, one for Japan and one for China.
I love to scrap our funny stories and I may make a book of just our funny stories for my husband! I think he would enjoy that.
I love to take pictures of animals and may even make a book for our granddaughters of zoo and animal layouts!
The original layouts - I will frame some of my very favorites and hang them on the wall. Other favorites will be kept in new albums with just layouts that I think are my favorite layouts. The rest - since they will be in the books I'm having printed chronologically, if the pages aren't anything special, I may disassemble them and use some of the parts again.
I have about 2,000 pages of layouts. Maybe more. I have almost 12' of scrapbooks. At the rate I'm going (I've been scrapping 5 years) - in 5 more years I will have 24' of scrapbooks. I can't keep at this pace! But I love to scrap nearly every picture.
This will make the printed scrapbooks about 1' - 2' on the bookshelf and hopefully the crafted scrapbooks about 2' or 3'!
Can you tell I'm excited?