Hi, I'm Diana, founder of The Magic Shoebox. Over the last few years I've found that the best way to keep connected with my family and friends scattered all over the world, is by sharing photos.
With digital cameras and smartphones, sharing your news is easier than ever. But what about those older memories - from when you backpacked around the world, when you were at University, that big wedding day, when you were at school or the polaroids of you as a kid growing up?
If you're anything like me, those memories are captured in thousands of wonderful old print photos that lie dormant in big thick albums at the bottom of bookshelves, or gather dust in shoeboxes in a cupboard. Scanning photos one by one on a home scanner is painful and usually requires a degree in rocket science - so no one does it.
It was after I shared some grainy scans of old school photos on Facebook and saw my network go wild with comments and likes that I realised we needed a better way to help busy people get their old prints scanned so that they were safe from potential disasters and could be shared with friends and family.
And so The Magic Shoebox was born.
It was so simple to get all of my old photos scanned and uploaded to the cloud - it took just a few days. Now I don't have to worry about them getting lost, stolen or damaged.
Now that I've got my old photos scanned, I can use my favourite photo apps on the iPad to apply some cool effects and share them with friends.
From a dusty drawer in my attic to published on Facebook in just a few days. They've generated lots of comments, laughs and even some tears. Thanks guys.
There are so many great things to do with your photos once scanned. Upload them to Facebook or Instagram to share with friends. Create a folder in dropbox to share the files with family members who may want to have their own copies of the files. Make a slideshow, create a photobook, print the photos on t-shirts or any other product. Endless possibilities.
Currently, the service is only available in Australia.
Yes. We use a courier service to deliver your precious prints safely and quickly from you directly to us. The foam cushioning in the box helps protect your prints in transit. Once we have them, care is taken to handle prints with special cotton gloves, designed to prevent any residue being left on the photo surface during scanning. We also recommend keeping your negatives stored somewhere safely at home when you send us your photos.
We specialise in scanning prints and don't currently offer slide or transparency scanning.
We scan your prints at a resolution of 600DPI (dots per inch). A scan of a typical print photograph results in a jpg file with a size of around 2mb. The dimensions of a typical scan (in landscape orientation) are 3497 pixels in width by 2185 pixels in height
We scan photos of any size up to a maximum of A4. A4 measures 210 × 297 millimeters or 8.27 × 11.69 inches
This means that we can back up your scanned photos to the internet so that you have digital files securely and privately available via your web browser. We do this using Dropbox - it's is a free service that lets you back up your photos, docs, and other files online, access them from anywhere and share them easily. If you don't already have a Dropbox account, don't worry - we will send you a link to create a free account when your photos are available online.
Learn more about how Dropbox works by taking the tour or watching this video
We use the latest Kodak picture scanning technology, imported specifically for this purpose. Photos are scanned at 600 DPI into the jpeg format, providing high resolution images suitable for printing enlargements and viewing on high definition screens.
Yes, you'll have your prints back in just a few days when thay've been scanned. They will be returned to you via express courier along with the USB thumb drive containing the scanned images and the website address for your online backups.
We use Fastway couriers. They provide a secure, reliable, local, short haul and national courier service across key regional and metropolitan locations across Australia. If you happen to be outside of Fastway's courier coverage (eg in the NT), we use Australia Post express parcel delivery. Your Magic Shoebox is always tracked on its journey to and from us and its status can be viewed online, 24/7.
We use a door to door courier service to ensure the safety and security of your print photos. A courier picks up the Magic Shoebox full of your photos and delivers it to our studio. When the photos are scanned, the prints are returned by courier, directly back to your door. Courier costs vary from state to state and prices for the included door to door return service are:
QLD local- $18.80
Mackay to Cairns- $36.10
Our Standard sized product allows you to send 500 standard-sized photos and our Jumbo sized product is for up to 1000 photos. The foam inserts within the box protect those prints and help prevent the weight of the box exceeding 5kg, which would attract higher delivery costs.
If you find when packing the box that the number of photos you have exceeds the Standard or Family collection limits, you will be charged a pro-rated amount of 30c per additional photo for the extra scanning effort required.