The Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner:
Great for Home Decorating!

Are you looking for creative ways to use your Flip-Pal mobile scanner?

While its primary application (for us as family historians, at least!) may be to scan old photographs and documents related to genealogy, this versatile little machine can be used in many other ways.

In this page, I'm going to focus on one way to use it for home decorating.

Let's look at a child's bedroom. Perhaps you have a child who is into all kinds of sports. A bedding set such as the one in this photograph might be something he or she would like:

Now, you might have the actual objects - a baseball, soccer ball, etc. - to put up on a display unit on the wall. However, they're not likely to stay there long, and if they do get put back, they'll likely be considerably 'scruffier' than when they came down from the display!

I scanned the football, baseball, soccer ball, and basketball using the Flip-Pal mobile scanner. (See below).

These scans can be printed out on glossy photo paper, or on thicker, glossy cardstock. The size depends on the application:

  • A small version of each of the various types of balls can be printed, and pasted onto the middle of each dresser drawer, in between the handles
  • Medium-sized scans could be cut out and attached to the sides of the dresser. There are tabs and tapes which can be purchased these days which are guaranteed not to harm the surface to which they are applied.

  • A larger version could be used for wall decals. Print the images, cut them out, and attach them to the wall, perhaps in a grouping, as a focal point in the room.

    If there is someone handy in the household, this one could be taken a step or two further. After printing the photos and cutting them out, trace the outline of each ball on a piece of softwood a few inches thick.

    Cut each one out using a hand saw (remember Junior High woodworking class?), sand the edges, paint each one with one of the colors in the bedspread, and then glue the image on the top face. Pick up a couple of picture hangers for each, so you can attach them to the wall.

  • Multiple versions of the photos could be printed, in a medium size, for use as a repeating motif / border in the room, either at the top of the wall, or at chair-rail height. (That is, one basketball, then one baseball, then one football, then one soccerball - or whatever order you like - and repeat, all around the room.

    A variation on this theme would be to use your photo software to make a collage of the various sizes of balls. Print several copies of the college and cut them out. Then use the collage as a repeating motif in the room, rather than the individual balls.

  • And one last idea: Using your photo software, find a suitable background (perhaps scanned from the striped pattern on the bedspread, in this case), print each type of ball with that background, and frame them for hanging on the wall.

There are many variations on the above ideas. The longer I spend writing this page, the more ideas I get! Clearly, the Flip-Pal is a very versatile machine, which I highly recommend!

Interested in buying a Flip-Pal mobile scanner? For Canadians and Americans, Go to 'Flip-Pal Now in Canada'

Want to know more about the Flip-Pal mobile scanner? Go to 'Product Review'

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