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Revitalizing & Restoring Your Wedding Photos

Getting married is one of the biggest milestones you can experience and the special day is definitely one to remember. All the preparation that goes into weddings can take months and even years to plan which makes it even more special because it takes quite some time to get everything the way you want it. Every couple who has gotten married over the years can remember the time it took to plan but when looking back at the photos and video, it was worth every minute. However, are those wedding photos and videos in jeopardy?

wedding photographer camcorder shutterstock_1056366Taking a look back at technology just from 10 to 15 years ago, we were at the cusp of the digital transition and professional photographers & videographers were still heavily relying on film-based devices. This means all those wedding photos that predate the digital evolution are more than likely the only copies you may have and overtime, they can deteriorate. It’s the same situation for VHS tapes, too! Instead of hoping your wedding photos and videos last, it may be time you consider the option of revitalizing and restoring them.

Photo Restoration

Don’t let time jeopardize your wedding photos because restoring and revitalizing your wedding photos could be the best idea yet to preserve their sentimental value. When you restore old photos, you can expect to see faded colors come back to life, fold marks & dirt eliminated and the brightness, contrast and sharpness retouched for the perfect picture. Imagine being able to access your wedding album on a computer and having an infinite amount of copies available – it gives you the assurance that you can always look back on your special day.

Gift Ideas

In addition to the fact that you’ll have a limitless supply of your wedding photos, you can also craft them into fantastic anniversary gifts! But of course, just having them restored and converted into digital copies could be a gift in itself; you can take it another step further with some creativity. Take one of your most favorite photos that feature both of you and frame it as an anniversary gift. Or combine all the wedding photos and videos together for a slideshow! The options can truly be whatever you envision which makes the gift even more unique.

However, your spouse isn’t the only one who can be excited to receive a gift like this because you can also share your wedding photos with the people who were in your wedding. Send your friends, who were in the wedding party, a few print-outs of the group or pass out copies to family members. On top of that, you can share your wedding photos online through social media to let others relive the day.

Are you ready to restore your old wedding photos?

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Keep Your Memories Alive: Why it’s Worth It to Transfer Your VHS Tapes to DVDs

Thanks to advancements in technology, capturing special moments and preserving memories has never been easier. Whether it’s your daughter’s wedding, your son’s college graduation, or a surprise 50th birthday party, you can conveniently record the moment using your cell phone, iPad, iPod Touch, tablet or other device, and effortlessly store and share it.

tapesBut it wasn’t always that simple. Before all of this easy-to-use technology debuted, video cameras were used to capture everything and then the footage was saved on a VHS tape. If you remember those days, you probably have some VHS tapes still stored in your home – maybe even boxes upon boxes of them. While the days of VHS tapes are gone, you’ll still want to be able to preserve your recordings and watch and share them in the future. Fortunately, you can do just that by converting them into DVDs.

Benefits of a DVD

When compared to VHS tapes, DVDs have a heap of advantages. VHS tapes usually have a shelf life of about ten to fifteen years. Each time you watch a VHS tape, the ribbon wears a little bit more and eventually it completely degrades. DVDs, on the other hand, not only have a much longer shelf life (they may be able to last as long as 100 years), but they can also handle a much higher quality video than a VHS.

In addition, VHS tapes require more storage space, which is why you probably have them boxed or piled together in a room. However, long-term storage is actually harmful for VHSs, which can be easily damaged by temperature fluctuations and dust accumulation. DVDs don’t take up as much space, even when kept in individual cases, and can be easily condensed by placing them into a CD folder. DVDs are also incredibly resilient when it comes to damage, as it takes some drastic heat or cold to even affect them, they can be easily dusted, and water doesn’t do anything to them – the only thing that will usually damage them is scratching.

Watch Your DVDs from Anywhere

If you wanted to watch a VHS tape, where would you go? It’s very rare today to find a VHS player in homes, or even sold in stores. However, standalone DVD players are readily available and many desktop computers, laptops, and gaming systems come with a player built in as well. It’s easy to watch a DVD just about anywhere.

Easy to Share

By converting your videos to DVD, you can share them with family and friends in a number of convenient ways. For starters, you could simply make a copy of the DVD, or send a file to recipients via e-mail. You can also upload it online to your preferred social media sites, personal website or a picture-sharing site.

Get Creative

Not only can you watch your DVD content from anywhere and easily share it, but you can get creative with it, too. DVDs make a great gift for friends and family on just about any occasion, and you can even create a unique cover for the video. Another fun idea is to have your family over one night to watch the DVDs and reminisce. These DVDs are also ideal for teaching your children about your family history, which can be especially helpful if they have a school project.

Turning old VHS tapes into digital DVDs is no small undertaking, especially if you have decades of footage. At the very minimum, you’re looking at hours of conversion and recording. The good news is that VistaPix Media offers comprehensive video transfer and photo scanning services to help you avoid all of that work. Get started on preserving your memories by calling us today at 1-866-227-3401!

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Top 5 Reasons to Scan Your Favorite Photos

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Our photos hold our memories of our most special moments. We can always look back at our pictures and remember the most precious milestones of our lives. While pictures are important, they are very susceptible to damage and, over time, they begin to fade and become discolored.

The best way to protect your favorite photos from wear and tear is to scan them. By scanning your photos and storing them online, you will have endless access to them. You can print more copies for your friends and family and replace your damaged copy. Best of all, your photos will never be lost.

Consider these great reasons why you should scan your favorite photos:

1. Preserve your memories – While our most special memories remain in our minds, we like to have a keepsake of our treasurable moments. Through scanning your photos, you can preserve your memories, and pass those memories down to your younger family members.

2. Organize your photos – When you scan your photos, you will receive an online image file of each photo. This makes it easier for you to organize and sort through your photos. Rather than having to sift through piles of boxes of old photos, you can quickly look through all your photos online. You can organize your photos into separate folders by date and occasion. Whereas physical copies could get misplaced or unorganized, your online storage center will be easily accessible and well organized.

3.  Give copies to your friends and family – Whether you have pictures of your recent trip to Italy or your child’s birthday party, scanning your photos makes it easy to give copies to your friends and family. With a photo scanning service, you can get as many copies of your photos as you’d like.

4.  Create fun gifts – By making your photos digital, you can great creative with your family gift ideas. You can use your photos to create all sorts of photo merchandise, including calendars, photo books, mugs, mouse pads and pillows.

 
5.  Restore your photos – When a photo scanning service scans your photos for you, your photos are retouched and colored corrected to restore them to their original condition. The scanning service will undo any damage done by fading or discoloration.

At VistaPix media, we can help you preserve your photos and your most special moments. Visit us online to learn about our bulk picture scanning and get your photos scanned today!

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VistaPix Media Featured in Family Magazine

VistaPix Media was featured in the February issue of Family Magazine.  View the full article below!

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Infographic: The History of Video

In today’s digital era, Americans spend about 11 hours with digital media every day. From laptops and televisions to smartphones and tablets, we can access all the videos and movies we want with the simple click of a button. Today, we can easily stream a video from the internet and catch millions of videos on YouTube. According to a recent study, Americans watch more video streaming over the internet than they do with DVD and Blu-ray videos combined. Regardless of the format, videos a top source for people seeking information and entertainment.

The prevalence of video shows how our society has come a long way since ancient times, when people relied on the theatre for communication and entertainment. From the Greece’s classical theatre in the 6th Century B.C. to the Shakespearean plays that dominated the Renaissance era, theatre played a major role in the history of the western world.

Cinematography as we know it today has its roots in the old world theatre. In the past, people turned to the theatre in large numbers to be entertained. While the theatre is still prominent today, people widely rely on videos for information, communication and entertainment.

View our infographic below to learn more about the history of video and to see how film has evolved over time.

History of Video

As you can see, videos have an extensive history and have greatly evolved over time. To preserve your most valuable videos, contact VistaPix Media about our video and film transfer services. You can upgrade your old home videos to newer formats like DVD. Visit us online to learn more!

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Slide Scanning: How It Works

So you’ve ordered a slide scanning package and you’re wondering how to organize them to make the scanning process as efficient as possible.  Here’s some helpful information that will guide you through the process.

Packaging Slides

First, it’s important that you remove the slides from their carousels, unless prior arrangements have been made after speaking with a VistaPix representative.  In addition, if you have AirEquipt slide magazine, please remove the slides from the metal frames as this is an extra $5/per magazine fee if they haven’t been removed prior to sending to us.

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Once your slides are removed from their respective carousels, it’s time to package them up.  We recommend rubber banding them together in groups, then placing that group into a Ziploc bag with a label or number noting the order in which you’d like them scanned (of applicable).  Your order will likely be processed on 4-6 separate scanners, so if you are able to break your slides into at least that many bundles, it will make scanning very efficient.

If your slides are being stored in their original boxes, you can leave them safely inside and label the outside of each box if you know the contents.

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The Scanning Process
Each scanner is equipped with a slide template that we use to scan 12 slides at a time.

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Each scanning cycle is about 40-50 minutes and slides are previewed prior to the final scanning to insure coloration, lighting and cropping are all the best quality they can be.  Keep in mind though, if a slide is extremely under or over-exposed, there is little we can do to correct it.

Based on how you have them organized in groups, you will either have several electronic folders that are named based on the labels you’ve provided or we will scan them sequentially into one single folder if you’ve numbered them.  If there’s no logical order or grouping to them, we reserve the right to scan them at our discretion.

Scanning In Order
Unlike our photo scanning services, it is a little more difficult to keep slides in a perfect order due to the different slide formats.  There are several types of slides as shown below:

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However, our scanners are only calibrated to the standard (and most common) 35mm slide.  If you have any other format, we have to manually crop the images out by hand and the sequential order of your slides can no longer be guaranteed at this point.  We, of course, will make every attempt to keep them in order but quality does take precedence over sequence.

Digital ICE
Our Epson V750 scanners are equipped with a tool called “Digital ICE” which stands for Image Correction & Enhancement.  All slides are processed with Digital ICE because it makes for a dramatic improvement in dust, scratch and spot removal.  Example:

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Running Digital ICE on slides does take significantly longer, but definitely worth the wait!  Even the best-kept slides accumulate some dust particles that Digital ICE can remove.  We also run color restoration to fix the color fading that can occur to slides over time.  This brings back a more brilliant color, reduces orange/green hued slides and makes skies and seas bluer.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised to receive your slide images back in better shape than you sent them!

If you have any questions about slide scanning, please contact us at: info@vistapixmedia.com or (866) 227-3401

Visit our slide scanning page at: www.vistapixmedia.com/slide-scanning

 

 

 

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5 Great Gifts for Your Family

Every time a birthday or anniversary rolls around, we often find ourselves at a loss for great gift ideas. While jewelry may be sentimental, how many necklaces, rings and bracelets does someone really need? You could always take the easy route and get your wife or grandfather a gift card, but why not choose something more special and personal?

With VistaPix Media, you can help your loved ones treasure their most cherished memories. Check out how your photo scanning and video transfer services can help you make the perfect gift!

1.       Video & Film Transfer

Chances are your family members have old VHS tapes lying around with home videos of your family’s birthday parties, graduations, holidays and sporting events. They may even have old 8 mm film that they are unable to watch anymore. Give them the perfect gift by transferring their old 8 mm film and VHS tapes to a DVD format. A DVD will preserve the quality of the video and has a much greater storage capacity. That way you don’t have to choose just one home video; you can choose several!

2.       Photo Restoration

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Does your family member have old photos that are becoming damaged, discolored and faded? With photo restoration, you can preserve their most memorable moments. Photo restoration repairs, retouches and color corrects your photos to make them look just like the original. Whether it’s a picture of their grandparents or them as a child, this is a gift that’s guaranteed to make everybody smile.

 

3.       Video Slideshow

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Video slideshows are a perfect way for your family to relive its most special milestones. A video slideshow is a great way to showcase photos at weddings, family reunions, and anniversary and birthday parties.  Your slideshow will be captured on a DVD, so your family member can cherish and watch it forever.

4.       Family Photo Frames

What better way to show off beloved family photos than with unique photo frames? You can scan and make copies of all their favorite photos and create your own custom frame set. Click here to view great ideas for displaying your photos, including wall collages, upcycled frames, illuminated frames, wallpaper frames and more.

5.       Bulk Photo Scanning

If you’re having trouble choosing a few pictures for a family photo frame or album, don’t worry. With our affordable and professional bulk photo scanning service, you don’t have to choose just a few. Get up to 5,000 pictures scanned for a low as 9 cents per photo. What you create with your timeless photos is up to you. Use them to create a sentimental photo album, a unique photo collage or a cool photo family tree.

How will you use your photos and videos to create the most special family gifts?

 

 

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How to Prepare Your Photos for Scanning

How To Guide:

Once you’ve done the easy part of ordering your photo scanning package from VistaPix Media, the next task is to prepare your photos for shipping and scanning.  There are many ways to accomplish this, but we’ll cover the two most common methods that will make the process smooth for both you and us.

The packages we offer are for loose photos of all sizes between 2×2 up-to 8 ½ x 11.  So, if your photos are still in albums, remove them as best you can to avoid tearing or curling.  Next, you’ll need to organize them based on how you’d like them scanned.  We recommend grouping your photos together in several stacks (100 photos or more) and packaging them in plastic baggies, rubber bands, or paper bundles.  Do not use plastic wrap, foil, or paperclips.

 

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Here are some ideas as to how you can organize them:

Chronological:  Start from oldest to newest and either label your groups with a date range (i.e. 1970s, 1980s, etc.).  We will then scan the photos into individual electronic folders** on the disc/USB according to the labels you’ve given them.  Alternatively, you can simply number groupings according to the order you want them scanned (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.).  Choosing this method will result in your photos being placed in a single folder.

** A Note on Folders: If you’ve labeled any of your photo groupings with a name, date, etc., we will assume you want that group to be in an electronic folder on the disc/USB unless otherwise instructed.  We allow one (1) free folder per 100 photos with each additional folder being $1.00 (limit 50).

Size:  Although not necessary for our purposes, it can be easier to pack photos if they are all in stacks of uniform size.  Place the largest ones (5×7 and larger) on the bottom of the box to avoid bending.  If you have several small photos (wallet size or smaller), please place them at the very front of the bundle they belong to.  These must be scanned separately from standard size photos, so placing them in front where the technician can see them is extremely helpful.

What Not to Do:

Please do not go overboard on the number of baggies/bundles you use.  This makes it incredibly time consuming for our technicians to remove them, scan, and replace them back in their respective packaging.  Likewise, for the safety of your photos during shipment, don’t toss them into the box with no organization whatsoever.  Even if no packaging is used, trying your best to stack them in the box, filling empty space with paper is better than nothing at all.

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Contact Us with Questions:

Following our suggestions will expedite the scanning process and allow us to send your precious memories back to you that much faster.  If you have any questions as you pack your box, feel free to contact us.

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How to Choose a Photo Scanning Service

Check for Reviews

Would you want to trust your valued photos, slides, dvds or film to just any company before checking on what people were saying about their services?  Before choosing a professional photo scanning service, start by checking each company’s reviews.  Almost all legitimate professional photo scanning companies maintain a place on their website where customers can leave reviews for the services provided.

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Additionally, most companies have social media sites like Facebook and Google Plus where current and potential customers can communicate their likes, dislikes and concerns.  Be wary of any company with multiple negative reviews… especially if company management hasn’t responded to rectify the issue.

View VistaPix customer reviews and testimonials at these locations  and connect with us!

Check for Hidden Fees

Not all photo scanning services are the same.  A very common tactic for some companies is to offer low package prices, but nickel-and-dime the customer with add-ons that you should expect to be included in the price.  For example, some companies offering multiple discount scanning packages charge up to an additional $31.50 per order for image rotation.  Conversely,

reputable photo scanning serviceVistaPixMedia.com offers flat rate photo scanning packages where all scanning, editing and shipping costs are included in the advertised price.  There shouldn’t be hidden fees when buying a photo scanning package.   If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.  You don’t have to pay extra for photo rotation, scanning in a specific order, scanning photos other than 4×6, color correction, etc. Do your research and beware of the hidden fees that result in high costs to you, the consumer!

Where Do They Scan Your Photos

Beware of companies and photo scanning services that outsource your media, even to India!  Your most precious family memories should not be shipped around the world to be digitized.  Some companies outsource their work to save on overhead costs.  But, the reality is these companies are still the most expensive in the industry.  VistaPix scans all of our customers’ media (photos, 35mm slides, negatives, film reels and movies) at our facility in Sanford, North Carolina.

Turnaround Time

Turnaround time on your photo scanning project is also extremely important.  Again, check for company reviews.  Many companies won’t guarantee a timeframe for completion of your project without additional charges.  However, it is not uncommon to find out that a company will hold on to your pictures for 4-6 months before completing the order.    A reputable photo scanning service will have your order complete in 3-4 weeks, or less!

 

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Helpful Solutions for Organizing your Digital Photos

So you’ve had your bulk collection of analog photos scanned and converted to digital files, now what? Seeking out bulk photo or slide scanning services is an important step in preserving and protecting your old photos, but how these digital files are organized after scanning can be important, too. The benefit of having scanned photos can be undermined when files are disorganized or lost, so it’s helpful to think about how you plan to access and continue to protect your photos in the years ahead. Though customers of our bulk photo or slide scanning services will receive a CD-ROM compilation of their scanned photos, it may be wise to consider how these photos can be best organized.

  • First, consider the benefit of making additional copies of your digital photos. Though not necessarily essential (given you now have both physical and digital copies), an additional CD of photos could prove valuable in the event your original is lost. Making multiple copies of your digital photos also presents new opportunities for sharing these memories with your friends and family. The image files on your CD can be easily burned and transferred to a blank CD using the basic burning features typically included on a personal computer.
  • Digital photos can also be housed on a desktop or external hard drive for permanent safekeeping. Organization really matters when photos are downloaded to photo management software, which also comes included with most computers now. We suggest organizing downloaded images into separate folders within your image library or on your desktop screen based on logical, clearly-labeled categories. Maybe it makes the most sense to divide digital photos by time period (perhaps by year, decade, etc.), or maybe it’s wiser to create categories specific to individual family members, major life events, vacations, etc. The number of photos you can store in a folder is up to you, but for easy management, we suggest maintaining folders with less than 200 photos.
  • Additionally, when importing images to your computer it’s helpful to take the time to write out image tags. These are descriptions used to make each individual photo more easily searchable in an image library (their function is similar to that of a Twitter hashtag), so it’s wise to make them simplistic and intuitive. Something like “Grandkids Christmas 2014″ would work well for photos of, you guessed it, your grandkids unwrapping Christmas presents last year. Note that when categorizing photos by a specific date, whether in an image tag or folder title, it could be helpful to list the year first for more expedient searching in the future. We’re more likely to remember the year in which an event occurred, rather than the specific day or month.
  • Photo organization can also be accomplished through the use of some free, easy-to-use web programs. Sites like Shutterfly, Flickr and Picasa allow users to upload and organize their digital photos to a private user profile that can be accessed from anywhere. Not only does this provide another viable option for organization, it affords added versatility. Images can be viewed from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop in addition to a personal computer, and can be accessed by anyone with your login information. In other words, it eliminates the need for copying photo files from a disc or sharing them through email attachments.
  • Furthermore, the purchase of an accompanying thumbnail photo book or a USB flash drive (both of which we offer), can further streamline the photo organization process. A thumbnail book will provide convenient photo reference of which analog photos are contained on your CD, while a USB flash drive offers enhanced portability and expedited file transfers.

Ready to convert your old photos to digital files? Learn more about bulk photo scanning by VistaPixMedia.com!

 

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Photo Scanning: Your Simple Solution for Preserving Memories

How many photo albums do you currently have in your possession? What about boxes of loose analog photos, or photos displayed in frames throughout your home? If you’re like most of us, you have hundreds, possibly even thousands, of traditional analog photos that represent some of the most cherished people and moments in your life. From images of weddings, to photos of grandkids, to pictures of old relatives, these snapshots in time are irreplaceable. That’s why many of us have that framed photo display on the mantelpiece, or why we keep that box of photo albums tucked away in our closets.

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However, the truth is that these analog photos will deteriorate over time.

Even framing or “safely” storing analog photos doesn’t wholly safeguard them from the natural consequences of aging. This deterioration process can be accelerated with light exposure, humidity, fluctuating temperatures, water damage and exposure to pollutants. This can outright destroy or significantly damage the quality of your photos in numerous ways, including fading, discoloration, damaged edges and cracking.

Photo preservation can be a particularly important aim for senior citizens who’ve amassed a large collection of analog photos, photos they no doubt would like to see continue to be cherished by family members in the future. The uncertainties that often accompany individuals at this stage of life—such as the loss of a spouse or the selling of a home—can also leave many seeking alternative ways to protect photos.

Enter the supremely simple photo scanning solution.

Photo scanning exists as today’s most effective long-term solution for preserving photos. Photo scanning converts analog photos into digitized files that can be stored on a variety of mediums, including flash drives, computer hardware, cloud computing environments, discs…the list could go on. Converting photos to digital formats presents a number of advantages, the first of which is the fact that owners can now have not one, but two copies of their images. Should that iconic image of your grandchild’s first birthday ever suffer from water damage, you’ll have the ability to view and even print the photo again from a digital file.

Photo scanning is also advantageous because it can allow photos to be shared easily. Worried that the photos you’ve kept safe for years won’t find their way to your kids when you’re gone? Copy and send them to your kids via email, flash drive, or CD and rest easy.

Why is it simple?

Scanning your collection of analog photos is an endeavor that even the most technologically un-savvy individuals can manage. Those interested in photo scanning simply need to send in their collection of analog photos to VistaPix Media (upon requesting a Scan-a-Box) and wait for photos to be sent back within a few short weeks, this time accompanied by a disc with newly digitized images. There’s no need to fuss with scanners, software, or study up on ways to increase image resolution or lighting—that’s all taken care of by us! In short, if you have a mailbox, you have access to attaining high-quality photo scanning services.

Why not make one of your New Year’s resolutions be scanning your analog photos? Photo scanning is essential for preserving priceless memories and more simplistic than ever. Start your photo scanning process with VistaPix Media today!

 

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5 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Home with Old Photos for the Holidays

Decorating a home for the holidays is often one of the most anticipated and enjoyable annual activities for homeowners. While we all have our favorite decorations and traditions we tend to implement year after year,  as you decorate your home this holiday season, why not contribute a few more personal elements to your decor? Just what do we mean? Incorporating old photos into your holiday interior design can be the perfect way to share and celebrate fond memories as you reconnect with friends and family this holiday season. At VistaPix Media, we’ve found 5 of the most clever, crafty ideas for holiday photo decorations that are sure to make your season even brighter.

A Seasonal Photo Collage Board

We love the idea of combining something like a holiday message board (featured below), with treasured old photos to put on display in the home. After converting your old photos into a digital format, they can be easily resized and compiled into a single, high-resolution print out that can be adhered with mod podge to something as simple as a ¼” wooden board. Overlay your photo collage print out with large, colorful wooden or plastic letters to spell out your favorite holiday greeting! Alternatively, photos can be printed and adhered to your wooden board individually for those interested in overlapping and angling their photos. These seasonal photo collage boards can be propped up on dressers, living room shelves, kitchen counters, or even set to hang on a wall.

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Photo credit: http://www.lilikoijoy.com/2012/11/holiday-craft-project-joy-photo-collage.html

Black and White Christmas Tree Ornaments

Why not adorn this year’s Christmas tree with the memories you cherish most? Create a highly personalized Christmas tree photo ornament without the hassle or expense of ordering glass bulbs with professionally imprinted photos, (although we’re sure that would look fabulous, too). In reality, the simple act of printing out an old black and white photo on high resolution paper, backing with colorful cardstock and trimming with ribbon to hole punch and tie with string can contribute the sentiment and personalization you’re looking for.

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Photo credit: http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/over-50-ornaments-for-less-than-150.html

Picture Frame Memory Wreath

Convert your traditional Christmas wreath into a unique, yet highly personal picture frame memory wreath this year! You’ll need a sizeable grapevine wreath, a dozen or so small matching picture frames (quantity will vary depending on the size you pick), and a spool of floral wire. Remove the stands from the back of your small picture frames (which may require unscrewing), so that the frame will lay flat on the wreath, and insert your old photos into the frames. Then, firmly attach each frame to the grapevine wreath using floral wire that ties around the hinge on the back of a frame. Once your have your photo wreath adorned with frames, consider adding an extra stylistic element, like the adorable burlap bow featured in the memory wreath below.

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Photo credit: http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/picture-frame-memory-wreath/

Garland Hanging Photo Display

The garland that many homeowners use to decorate a staircase or mantel also presents another unique opportunity to display favorite old photos. Much like the assembly of a Christmas tree photo ornament, a garland hanging photo display can simply require the use of printed, high-resolution photos with added colorful cardstock, although we suggest using wide-width red or silver ribbon rather than plain string, for this display. However, a garland photo display can also present photos in sturdier wooden or metal photo frames as long as the ribbon is durable enough to support it. For the truly crafty, old photos can also be printed on adhesive material using special peel-able transfer paper to iron onto the stockings that hang from garland on a staircase or mantel.

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Photo credit: http://designdininganddiapers.com/2011/12/top-10-tuesday-13-creative-ways-to-display-christmas-cards/

Holiday Photo Blocks

Wooden photo blocks can serve as a great addition to a coffee table or bookshelf and are incredibly simple to create. Small wooden blocks (around 2”) can be found at most major craft stores for relatively low prices, and can be adorned with old photos using a decoupage technique. How does it work? Once your old photos are printed on a laser printer (to minimize the risk of smearing) and cut to the size of a block’s face, apply a thin layer of decoupage glue and firmly press your photo on top for at least a minute. Using the same technique, the remaining sides of the block can then be adorned with decorative paper, more photos, or letters that spell out a holiday word when arranged vertically or horizontally.

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Photo credit: http://storiesbymeblog.blogspot.com/

About VistaPix Media

VistaPix Media is a family owned and operated company that offers a wide-range of photo scanning, slide scanning, video transfer, and photo slideshow services. VistaPix Media is unique because of our exceptional customer service, personal attention given to each order, and commitment to customer satisfaction. We are located in the U.S., and your photos are never sent overseas.

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Revisit VistaPix Media’s Top Photo and Video Services this Holiday Season

There are few things more treasured or sentimental in life than a personal family photograph, which is why at VistaPix Media, we’re dedicated to ensuring that photographs can be easily preserved, enhanced and repurposed in a convenient manner. While photo and video preservation services are worth investing in any time of year, the holiday season is the perfect time to take advantage of these services to give the loved ones in your life something personal they’ll truly cherish. The best part? We even offer discounts for bulk corporate orders or holiday orders for gifts! So if you’re interested in making the most of your holiday gifting this year, consider how VistaPix Media can help:

Photo Scanning

Most of us have boxes or photo albums filled with decades-old photos that experience fading and deterioration with each passing year. And as much as we don’t want to admit it, we know that someday, our priceless photos will no longer be viewable. However, photo scanning is an easy, simple and highly effective way to preserve photos through conversion to a digital format. How does it work?

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Simply request one of our Scan-a-Box packages and send back with the old photos you’d like digitally scanned. Using some of the most advanced scanners in the industry and Kodak Perfect Touch technology, we’ll then scan your photos to a digital format (JPEG image files) with 600pdi resolution and conduct any necessary color restoration or rotation. The process only takes 2-4 weeks and is conducted at our facilities right here in the United States.

With digital files, you’ll now be able to continue to view your priceless photos regardless of the physical condition of your original photos, as well as benefit from numerous opportunities to repurpose your photos in unique ways that can make great holiday gifts (think photo mugs, photo canvases, etc.).

Video Transfer

Perhaps you also have a collection of old video footage on 8mm tapes, VHS/VHS-C or Mini-DV tapes, all of which have or are quickly becoming obsolete. Rather than letting these valuable memories become inaccessible as a result of the advancement of technology, let us help you preserve your footage with our video to DVD conversion services.

Our process is simple: Order your video or film Scan-a-Box from VistaPix Media and ship back it back to us with the video footage you’d like converted. We’ll then convert your footage to an .mpeg format that is compatible with all DVD players, PCs and nearly every line of Mac computers. When the process is complete, we’ll ship your new digital footage back with your original tapes!

As with photo scanning, video to DVD conversion can also pave the way for unique gift ideas this holiday season with a little help from video editing programs. Give your footage a dose of cinematic quality with features like introductory slides, captions, music overlays and more! Plus, now that your footage is available on a digital format, it can easily be copied and shared with multiple family and friends.

Video Slideshows

Your newly digitized photos can also be repurposed with our professional video slideshow services. We’ll create a DVD slideshow that features selected digitized photos and implements the theme, music, captions and effects that reflect your specific preferences. We’ll also create a custom DVD package printed in full color and complimentary photo enhancements on every photo. Simply upload your digital files to our website and we’ll offer a free preview of your slideshow before final completion to ensure customer satisfaction. So whether you’re planning a winter wedding or creating a slideshow for your holiday family party, our video slideshow service is a quick, cost-effective way of attaining a quality product.

Photo Restoration

Have an old photo that has already suffered from damage? At VistaPix Media, we can easily restore old photos to their original quality with our photo restoration services. After scanning your photo to the highest resolution possible, we’ll take care to enhance your photo in every way possible, from restoring faded colors, correcting color imbalances, removing dirt, scratches and stains, adjusting brightness and contrast, or converting to a black and white filter for a stylistic effect. As we understand just how delicate some photos can be, we’ll also gladly accept any scanned images uploaded to our website.

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Interested in converting old slides to a digital format? We can do that, too! Find more information on our pre-paid slide scanning services here, and visit us online or call 1-866-227-3401 to learn more about all of our photo and video services this holiday season.

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10 Great Ways to Display Old Photos at Your Next Celebration

We can’t think of any celebration—wedding, anniversary party, graduation party, bridal shower, etc.—that wouldn’t benefit from an adorable, clever photo display for guests to enjoy. There are a currently a multitude of display options for party planners to choose from, but the challenge lies in finding the right inspiration to suit your taste and party parameters. That’s why at VistaPix Media, we’ve compiled our 10 favorite party photo displays for an easy overview of options.

Show off your favorite old photos with a simple yet charming clothesline photo display.

1.  A Clothesline Display

Ideal for the backyard party, a clothesline photo display only requires string and clothespins, used to hang old photos on an elevated line. The clothesline can be adapted for both large and small displays at varying heights, and looks best with multiple levels of lines.

2. A Slideshow

A slideshow of old photos is perhaps one of the most versatile means of sharing memories, as slideshows can be adapted to music, include voice overs, can be enhanced with transition features, graphics and introductory slides, and be shared digitally for guests to enjoy even after the conclusion of an event.

3. Photo Confetti

Now here’s a fun way to celebrate your favorite images: photo confetti! After scanning old photos to a digital medium with our scanning service, party planners can order their images to be included on confetti circles from a third party vendor. Sprinkle photo confetti across the tables of your event as an easy way to share your memories with guests, who can even take a piece of photo confetti with them!

A miniature photo tree display is sure to make a statement at any event.

A miniature photo tree display is sure to make a statement at any event.

4. A Photo Tree

This twist on the clothesline display features hanging photos that dangle from strings attached to the branches of a compact, decorative tree or plant (as seen in photo). We recommend matting photos for durability and for the potential to paste photos on both sides of the matting.

5. The Bike Wheel

If you’re looking for a photo display that’s truly out-of-the-box, consider creatively repurposing an old bike wheel by placing your old photos within its spokes. Position your photo-filled wheel on raised surface for optimal viewing and voila, you have yourself an eclectic, accessible that can’t be missed!

Convert an old bike wheel into a clever spinning photo display.

Convert an old bike wheel into a clever spinning photo display.

6. The Classic Scrapbook

Who said scrapbooks were going out of style? We still see these crafty creations as an effective way of making your favorite old photos easily available for browsing at your guests’ convenience. Plus, a scrapbook affords the added benefit of providing personal descriptions and decorations.

7. Photo Centerpieces

Intend to feature centerpieces at your upcoming celebration? Consider incorporating old photos into your centerpiece design with the help of a glass vase and any added elements of your choosing. Simply place old photos inside a glass centerpiece facing outward and the sky is the limit in terms of additional decoration.

Include a decorative photo centerpiece on each guest table at your party or reception.

8. Mason Jar Candle Centerpieces

If you’re in search of a simplistic way to share photos at your next event, look no further than a Mason jar centerpiece. Find Mason jars that accommodate the size of your old photos and insert photos inside along with a flameless tea light for added illumination. Mason jar photo centerpieces are perfect for the vintage wedding reception or intimate anniversary gathering.

9. A Photo Window Pane

Repurpose an antique wooden window frame to insert photos behind each glass pane. An ideal style for old black-and-white photos of relatives for display at weddings and anniversary parties, the photo window pane can be mounted or positioned on a table with a surrounding decorative arrangement.

10. Enlarged Photos

Lastly, one of the easiest and most effective ways to draw attention to a cherished old photo at an event is to enlarge a photo for display. Place enlarged photos in frames that match the aesthetic of the event on each table, or arrange them collectively in a consolidated photo display. We suggest incorporating varying sizes of enlarged photos in equally diverse frames for added visual appeal.

Inspired to with new ways to display old photos at your next celebration?  Before your embark on your next photo project, let VistaPix Media’s photo scanning service convert your favorite old photos to digital files for optimal preservation and use in slideshows, videos and more. VistaPix Media also offers premier restoration services to return old photos to their original condition with color enhancements, stain removal and more.

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10 Great Family Photo Frames

Looking for a more interesting way to cherish your favorite family photos? A truly unique family photo frame could be just what you’re looking for to celebrate your treasured memories.  Photo frames have become far more innovative and inventive in recent years as their colors, shapes, arrangements and materials push the boundaries of tradition and expectation. In fact, photo frames are now often used as prominent decorative pieces that contribute significant style to a room.

As the holiday season approaches, it’s also the perfect time to consider giving the loved ones in your life the gift of a fun and quirky photo frame for their favorite family picture. So what exactly could a fun family photo frame look like? Consider the following inspirations.

A Black and White Geometric Wall Collage

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Consider the striking design of a geometric photo collage with black and white matting and frames.

Make a bold statement with a geometric wall collage, featuring black and white family photos with white matting in black frames of varying square and rectangular sizes. Photo frame collages can be arranged to accommodate any space (smaller collages with a block just four photos look great, too) and the use of a framed family symbol on black matting as a centerpiece is a clever way to draw focus and create unity.

A Photo Family Tree

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Celebrate family with photo frames arranged around an adorable tree wall display.

As with the geometric collage, when it comes to photo frames creativity may lie more in the photo frame arrangement than the frame itself. Take the photo family tree for example; using metal or wooden tree wall element with the “family” placard as a base (which could be purchased or hand-made, if you’re ambitious), photos are placed among branches to provide a perfect depiction of a family tree. We love the mix of group family photos and individual photos as well as the use of matching filters and matting for continuity.

Upcycled Frames

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Photos displayed on upcycled wooden boards make for a great DIY project. 

Repurpose old wood with an adorable vintage wood photo frame, with customizable layered cork matting. Repurposed or reclaimed wood boards intended for use as frames can be purchased or created in true DIY fashion. Look for wood boards that offer a more weathered appearance with individual boards that vary in tone; especially if your upcycled frame is also intended as a decorative piece, the more character it has, the better.

A Corner Frame

Attract attention and admiration with distinct corner photo frames.

Attract attention and admiration with distinct corner photo frames.

We’ll bet you haven’t seen a photo arrangement like this before. Take photo frames to a whole new level with stacking corner frames, each of which places two adjoined photos on adjacent sides of a wall. Stackable corner frames can be arranged in varying sizes and are sure to add an element of interest to any living space. We like the idea of using each level to frame two thematically related photos (photos from the same event, for example), but regardless of specific arrangement, with corner photo frames your photos are sure to stand out!

A Map Mat Frame 

Never forget where you’ve been with a map mat photo frame.

Never forget where you’ve been with a map mat photo frame.

Perfect for the family that loves to travel or the family member away from home, a map matted frame is a simple, inexpensive way to contribute a distinct personal touch to a family photo. Overlay a fitted map in any basic frame and insert your desired picture on top. For added meaning, frame the section of the map that features the location where your picture was taken.

Pie Tin Frames

Make an extra sweet photo display with repurposed metal pie tin frames.

Make an extra sweet photo display with repurposed metal pie tin frames.

We never would have guessed that pie tins would have such varied uses, yet crafty DIYers have found a clever way to repurpose these kitchen staples as eye-catching photo frames. We love the unique circular shape and added element of dimension these photo frames afford. Perfect to hang on the wall of a quirky bedroom or kitchen! Note that your photos will need to be specifically cut to fit the circular shape of the tin, which is why in this instance we recommend framing copies of photos, rather than originals.

A Photo Collage Mat

Can’t decide which photo you want to display? Share them all with a photo collage mat!

Can’t decide which photo you want to display? Share them all with a photo collage mat!

Maximize the space of a photo frame with a matted collage, which uses a photo collage to replace a traditional mat. Collage mats are perfect for the times you can’t choose just one photo to display, but don’t have the space to frame each one. Photo collage frames can work well as thoughtful anniversary or graduation gifts as a means to include favorite photos throughout the years.

Illuminated Frames

Let your loved ones literally light up your life with an illuminated photo frame.

Let your loved ones literally light up your life with an illuminated photo frame.

An arrangement of illuminated photo frames is guaranteed to make your favorite family photo shine! Frame three or four (depending on desired shape of the arrangement) family photos in identical frames with their backs removed, and glue ends together to form a triangle or square. In the center, place a flameless candle. Simple as that!

A Newspaper Frame

Remember every detail of your special day with a newspaper mat photo frame.

Matting a photo with a newspaper is another great way to help capture a moment in time.  Ideal for weddings, births, graduations or any major life event, a newspaper from the day of a memorable milestone can remind individuals of just what the world was like on their special day. Some newspaper matted phots are simply overlain with glass and hung on walls, but this clever photo idea can be adapted for a free-standing frame as well.

An Oversized Wallpaper Frame

Oversized photo frames with wallpaper contribute the style and statement you’re looking for.

Oversized photo frames with wallpaper contribute the style and statement you’re looking for.

An oversized, wallpapered photo frame is perfect for those looking to both honor their favorite photos and enhance the style of their living space. Find a large frame that works for your wall (perhaps in the ballpark of a 3ftx3ft frame) and remove glass. Repaint and refinish the frame to your liking, and select a patterned wallpaper print to overlay in the background. From there, place your desired number of family photos in smaller frames and mount on the wallpaper inside the larger frame!

Interested in displaying old family photos in need of enhancement and repair? Let VistaPix Media’s comprehensive photo restoration services easily restore fading, remove scratches, enhance color, adjust brightness and more to your treasured photos. VistaPix Media can also scan family photos to digital files so that you’ll never have to worry about damaging or losing a priceless photo again! Learn more about all of our exceptional photo conversion and restoration services on our website, or call us at 1-866-277-3401.

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