This post is sponsored by HP.
I will confess to being a huge sentimentalist. I will save just about anything if it has a special memory attached to it. And while that’s no problem with vacation souvenirs or concert tickets, it is a little trickier with natural items.
It’s our first Fall in our new house, a house we’ve dreamed of owning for 10 years. Experiencing the seasons is something we’ve always talked about, having lived out west all our lives. You don’t get a lot of Fall color in the desert. So being in our own home and watching the trees change and decorating for Fall has been so fun.
While I’ve picked up leaves here and there and I’ve decorated with pumpkins and mums, they don’t really last long. But I’ve found a fun new way to save some tangible things for memories!
I was contacted by HP recently about their new HP Sprout all in one desktop. Let me tell you – if anything makes me feel like we’re living out science fiction, it’s this computer. The HP Sprout is designed with amazing scanner that you can use for almost anything – and it has a 3D scanner as well! It’s been so great for my patterns and other projects – converting designs to the computer has never been so easy.
It’s also become a fun way to preserve memories! Not too long ago we visited the pumpkin patch down the street and picked out all sorts of pretty pumpkins for decorating. The HP Sprout makes it super easy to print a copy of one of my cute little pumpkins – and it will last for years, not just a few weeks!
Isn’t that amazing? It still kind of blows my mind. I was able to scan this little pumpkin and print out a version in plastic, with the Dremel 3D printer. You can even adjust the size and make all sorts of other edits!
In this photo you can see some of the layers of the plastic. I don’t mind that, but you can also sand the items to smooth them out if you want.
The little pumpkins are really light and they were easy to paint too! I wanted to keep them simple so I could use them with any display so I just painted the stems with a gold paint pen.
I put together a video so you could see how it all works. The round scanner is a 3D Capture Stage. It makes it super simple to scan something – it turns the design as it scans and the software tells you exactly what to do. There are lots of videos that help you through the scanning and edits as well.
There are so many options with this! Can you imagine preserving something special, like baby shoes? Or letting your kids scan toys and being able to make cards or posters?
There are tons of great ideas and inspiration at the Sprout Creator Gallery too!
Isn’t this so fun? What would you create?