1/23/15


We all have them somewhere in our homes. Old family photos we once had the idea to organize in neat and tidy photo albums but unfortunately over time may have been forgotten about with the new digital age of family photo taking. 

I know we have a collection of photos or should I say collections. Different photos from different eras of our lives, stored away. Honestly, I don't have time to go through the process of scanning each photo we have and saving them to digital disk or drives. It's a lot of work when you have a million other things already to do. 



I was happy when I was contacted to try out BLACKS Shoebox Direct service. What this is, is a service where  you take all your "shoebox stored" photos and have Blacks take care of digitalizing them for you. 

You can gather all of your old photos and bring them into a BLACKS store, choose which package is good for you and let them do the rest OR you can order a BLACKS Shoebox Direct kit online and send in your photos yourself. It takes about 4 to 6 weeks for the complete process, depending what you are having digitalized.


The cardboard box to send pictures in is included.
We were sent a nice Platinum Shoebox Direct kit which allowed us to send in up to 300 of our favourite prints to BLACKS and have them take care of the rest. The kit included several different sized envelopes and labels to organize in as well as full instructions. If you want your pictures in a certain order they recommend you number each one and such because with the kit that is returned you get a proof book of what is scanned. We didn't have any particular way we wanted this done and just put the pictures in the envelopes in the order we thought would work best.

Sending your Shoe Box kit away is as simple as calling the number on the provided form and arranging pick up! When everything is all ready, you will be sent back a box containing your original photos, a USB with the digital (colour enhanced if you choose) copies, a proof book and a photo book (if you order the Platinum package!). 

I am looking forward to see what BLACKS is going to do with our old photos and it will be nice to be able to share old memories with everyone instead of hiding them in a box for "one day". 

You can learn more about this and other great photo services by visiting one of the new BLACKS Playground for Photography stores or online at www.BLACKS.ca!


WIN IT!

BLACKS wants to help you organize your photos! One lucky AME reader has the chance to win a BLACKS SHOEBOX DIRECT GOLD service to help digitize your photos! You can enter using the ballot below!

With the GOLD service you get:


  • Up to 300 prints (2.5"x3.5" to 8"x10"), or 300 negatives (35mm only, must be in strips of 3 minimum), or 300 slides (35mm only, must be mounted)
INCLUDES STORAGE BOX WITH:
  • USB flash drive of all your scanned photos
  • Your original prints, slides, or negatives
PLUS:
  • Images are scanned in the order you package them
  • Colour correction and enhancement on every image (optional)
  • 12”x12” softcover proof book of your images

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Entrants must complete the mandatory. Winners are notified via valid email address and have 48 hours to complete a winners form + skill testing question to qualify. Prize sponsored by BLACKS. 

By entering AME giveaways you understand your information is kept private unless you win in which case your information will be shared with representatives of BLACKS for prizing purposes only. Please see AME's terms and conditions for more.




Posted on behalf of BLACKS. Complimentary service provided for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

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37 comments:

  1. I have not used the service before...I'm looking forward to freeing up the roughly 8 billion gigabytes taken up with photos and videos on my iPad, so that it has some free space again!

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    1. The ShoeBox service allows you to take your physical prints (old photos you may store in a box somewhere or in photo albums) and creates digital copies for you not the other way around. So you won't be freeing any space on your hard drives but BLACKS does offer print services too if you check out the website! :)

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  2. I have and I'm most looking forward to the digital enhancements

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  3. I haven't used the services before but I'm looking forward to having digital copies of my photos from when my older kids were babies. I always worry about something happening to the physical photos and losing them forever.

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  4. I haven't used any of their services before, but I am looking forward to being more organized and preserving important memories with the ShoeBox.

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  5. I have used Blacks once before. I have been trying to digitize my pics but it has been discouraging!

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  6. I haven't used their services before but it would be great to store prints digitally so that they can be saved in case of damage, etc...

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  7. I love Black's photos and would love to get my parents photos done as they are in rough shape!

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  8. I haven't used any of their services before. All my child hood photos are in slides and it would be nice to save them digitally and even have them printed.

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  9. I've used Blacks to print my photos. I would gladly love to have some old photos digitalized. Would save a lot of space

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  10. I have used Blacks for my prints before but not in quite a while. I would use the shoebox to help preserve so many of our memories that aren't digital prints.

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  11. I haven't used Black's before, but this would be awesome to save all the old cherished pictures, This is such a great program!

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  12. I have not used Blacks's before. It's awesome to know that there is a way to preserve old pics, I have so many taken by my parents & grandparents.

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  13. I just read about this service the other day. I would love to take some of my parent's old family pictures and get them done. (Judy Cowan)

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  14. I've used Blacks to print digital photos in the past and had no idea this service existed! It would be so great for all my old family photos!

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  15. I've never used Black's service before. I'm looking forward to finally doing something will all those shoe boxes full of old photos.

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  16. I have not used there service before. I am looking forward to organizing and having them on digital to protect images.

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  17. I have not used Blacks services before. I am looking forward to organize my old family photos

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  18. Yes we did out passports and pictures

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  19. I actually have never used Blacks before. I really could use something to get my pictures organized for sure.

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  20. I haven't but I look forward to some organizations with my pictures.

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  21. I have TONS of photos...this would be great.

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  22. ...forgot, no, never used this service before.

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  23. I use Blacks to print photos. I would love to try this service and get all of my childhood photos digitized!

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  24. I have used blacks to bring bigger photos, like 8x10. I would love to have our pictures more organized.

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  25. I haven't used this service before...would be so useful in organizing photos which are on so many different devices/memory cards right now!

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  26. I have never used Shoebox direct but I am in desperate need of having all my old photos organized.

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  27. I've never used Blacks before. I'd love to save all my old childhood photos

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  28. i have used blacks many times for passport photos and prints. i love that the service makes digitizing prints easy

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  29. Yes, I have used Blacks services before. I uploaded digital photos to have them printed ...and also I have created photoized mugs on their website as gifts for my parents! I would love to try this service because my parents have really old pictures and I would love to preserve them!

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  30. I've only ever used blacks for passport photos. I'd love to try & rescue all the old photos we have in albums from the 70's & 80's & earlier!

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  31. I have not used BLACKS services before

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  32. I have used them before! What a wonderful service! I'd pick my favourites from time past and organize them for my daughters to have in the future!

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  33. I have used Black's before and would look forward to getting lots of old photos on digital.

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