Unconventional Ways to Use a Scanner: The Scrapbook Edition!

Thanks for tuning in to “Unconventional ways to Use a Scanner!” We’re back with more great, out-of-the-box ideas for using your scanner for more than boring work.

Scrapbooking is a favorite pastime of many people, moms especially. If you’ve ever scrapbooked, you know just how much of a pain it can be, not to mention expensive. We’ve got 5 cool ways to use your scanner to make your scrapbook have a unique look while still coming in under budget.

  • Scan post cards, stamps, or maps to make the background for a scrapbook page. Stamps, especially, can have really cool, destination-specific designs that will look perfect for your “Our Trip to Italy!” page. Just scan whatever it is, enlarge it, and print it! It’s that easy, it looks amazing, and you don’t have to pay outrageous prices for store-bought scrapbook pages.stamp
  • Scan old photos so that you can preserve the original. Pretty self-explanatory. We have a great post on how to scan your old photos if you’re not totally confident in your ability to scan! Scanning those old photos allows you to play around with the photo, knowing that the original is safe and sound.
  • Scan those adorable drawings your kids bring home from school or even make at home. They make for great scrapbook pages to look back on when your kids are older and embarrassed to be seen with you. Add in some pictures of them working on their masterpiece, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic scrapbook page!art scrapbook
  • Scan non-photo items that tell a story. Make a scan of your great-grandfather’s birth certificate or your mom’s naturalization to the US papers. These memorabilia say so much about your family history and are cool to show off. In the other direction, you can use baby ultrasounds to showcase future family history, as well. A simple scan preserves the original while still allowing you to use it for scrapbooking! ultrasound
  • Scan 3D objects to give a more personal touch. Does your dog go crazy for a certain brand of dog treat? Scan the treat and incorporate it into your scrapbook page. Does your daughter have a blanket that she won’t go anywhere without? Scan it and make it a focal point of your page. There really is no limit to what you can scan and add to your scrapbook!

If you have more ideas for unconventional ways to use your scanner, we’d love to hear them! Leave us a comment!

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