HISTORY: Canon imageFORMULA P-215 (and a giveaway!)

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People save things. Journals, letters, photos, newspaper clippings and other bits of history eventually build a story of a life lived. Different generations save things in different ways, but most end up with boxes or shelves full of this history. If you haven't read my previous posts on this project, the basic plan is to take all of the memories I have stored in boxes and move them to Evernote. If you'd like to catch up, here is the original post: HISTORY: Recorded

Scanning to Evernote

There are a few different way to get documents into Evernote. I'm all about efficiency, so I want to use the best tool for the job. Some things require a regular camera, some work best when captured with the Page Camera feature in Evernote's mobile app, and some require a good solid desk scanner. We'll cover the desk scanner today.

Canon imageFORMULA P-215

I've owned several scanners throughout my life. They've all had their pros and cons, but they all had one thing in common. They were huge. The Canon P-215 isn't. You can read my review of the P-215 here. Basically, it's small. And portable. And is powered by a USB 3 port, so there's no need to hunt around for a power outlet when you need to scan something.

Memorable Stuff

I decided to tackle my Memorable Stuff box first. It's a box of letters, notes, and cards dating back to high school. The P-215 was definitely the best tool for getting the contents of this box into Evernote.

Since seeing is believing, I whipped up a quick video of the process:

If you'd rather not watch the video, I'll explain.

The Canon works with all kinds of documents. Greeting cards (as long as they're not too thick,) letters, newspaper clippings and photos all feed through quite nicely. I did find that any letters with spiral-bound notebook edges needed to be fed through one at a time. This isn't a limitation of the scanner--it's more a result of my laziness--I didn't want to take the time to cut the frayed edges off the papers, so they stuck together when fed through the scanner.

Scan your document by placing it in the document feeder and pressing the Start button on the scanner. Both sides of your document will be scanned at once, and transferred to the Capture on Touch software. From there, click Next to send the document to Evernote. Give your new note a title, change the note's Created date to match the date of the scanned item, and move the note to whichever Notebook you'd like.

Rinse, and repeat.

It really couldn't be any easier. I will say, however, that you should block off some time when you start scanning. You may find yourself stopping to read old letters or news articles, fondly remembering the old days. Don't stop yourself from doing this. That was the whole point of saving all this stuff, wasn't it? Take your time, and enjoy the process.

The Giveaway

Canon was awesome enough to offer up an imageFORMULA P-215 as a giveaway. To enter, simply click the image below to tweet:

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Or, copy and paste the following text into your favorite Twitter client.

I just entered to win a #Canon @imageFORMULA P-215 from @Evernote and @DanHedrick! http://wp.me/p2wy0l-AJ #EvernoteLife #DHP215Giveaway

If you're not a tweeter, you may also enter by leaving a comment on this post. Be creative. How would having this scanner help you?

Entries will be accepted until midnight (PDT) on July 26th, 2013. One random winner will be selected, and announced on July 30th. Be sure to follow @DanHedrick or @Evernote on Twitter, or use an accurate email address when commenting on this post so we can notify you if you win.

More information about the Canon imageFORMULA P-215 can be found on Canon's website.