Reported by Dana Vitek
I first laid eyes on the Flip Pal Mobile Scanner at the Summer 2010 Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show. There was quite a buzz about it during the Innovations Showcase for new products (I was a part of that buzz… I leaned over to Executive Editor Simone Collins and told her I wanted one, pronto). I was not surprised at all when it won for best new product. So, when the review opportunity came up, I was the first to raise my grabby little hands.
The Flip Pal Mobile Scanner is small and portable, but that’s not what makes it awesome. It’s awesome because you can remove the lid, hold it up to stuff, and scan it. Just think about the possibilities: you can scan objects and photos that you can’t remove from the wall, say like vintage wallpaper or cool graffiti. Or maybe a tile motif.
Or, say you need to make a bunch of name tags for your next high school reunion, and can’t face the thought of wrangling the yearbook onto a flatbed scanner and scanning whole pages that you have to break down into a bunch of little pics.
|Here I’ve removed the lid and flipped it over to scan|
|This is the display screen on the back of the scanner|
|surrounding photos were blurred for privacy; they were crystal clear on the scan|
|My hair has changed, but my attitude is the same.|
This was a cinch. Really.
The Flip Pal Mobile Scanner is also great for scanning cool textures that you definitely wouldn’t be able to use a traditional scanner for:
|yes, this is my nappy carpet|
|this is my not-so-nappy dog|
And with a little Photoshop magic, you can use those textures to create digital elements for your scrapbook pages… there’s all sorts of things you can do:
|A plain flower|
|A wooly flower, a “felted” digital image, with the carpet scan used as texture|
|my dog’s name|
|my dog’s name, written in her scanned fur|
Here’s another thing that the Flip Pal is perfect for… tattoo artists.
What? Hear me out (and thanks to Editor-in-Chief Sarah Moore for this idea)… traditionally, when a person goes into a tattoo shop for a cover-up of say, someone’s name permanently inked on her shoulder:
|who thought this was a good idea?|
the tattoo artist would have you basically do a backbend over a photocopier, to photocopy your tattoo, so they could design something snazzy to cover it.
I don’t know about you, but my backbend days are long past. Here we used the Flip Pal Mobile Scanner to scan my tattoo.
Here’s what the scan looks like:
Into Photoshop for some design work:
|my old tattoo is going to get all swirled into that luscious hair!|
My new tattoo is going to be so epic. You’d better believe I’m going to glitter him up so he shimmers when I go out on the town.
I hope I’ve given you some ideas of how you can use the Flip Pal Mobile Scanner for more than scanning old photos (although there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, and I plan to do that as well). This is one of those pieces of technology that I’m going to use in my daily life, and I LIKE that. A lot.
- Very portable. This will fit in my purse.
- Being able to remove the lid to place the scanner flat against a wall or photo album: genius.
- I’m looking at the world in a whole new way; now I can scan pretty much anything!
- It’s not pink. I prefer my tools be pink.
- Hey Flip Pal…I could use a little carrying case for it!
- That’s it, really.
The Flip Pal Mobile Scanner retails for $149.99, and I definitely think it’s worth the investment. Be sure to visit their website for some demos and other ideas.
The fine folks at Flip Pal are giving away one of the Flip Pal Mobile Scanners to one of our lucky readers. Leave a comment on any “Vendor Spotlight: Flip Pal Mobile Scanner” article (this is the second of 2), and answer this question:
What would you scan with the Flip Pal Mobile Scanner? Don’t be afraid to think outside the “old photo” box!
One comment per person, per article, please. You have until Monday, December 20th at 6pm CST to enter.
* in the interest of full disclosure, “Curtis” is my husband, Curt, and that “tattoo” is Sharpie markered on. But the idea holds, for sure!