Canadians, as you probably know, are known around the world for having 3 very distinctly Canadian qualities.  We are polite, we don’t make a fuss, and we’re made up of 98% maple syrup and 2% sarcasm.  You can reverse those percentages in a lot of cases.  You can reverse those percentages in the case of me.

So when last September each and every Canadian across the land came together in the largest revolt this country has seen since The Great Cable Rate Rebellion of ’95, I knew I had problems.  Canadians were being impolite.  And they were making a FUSS.

The day was September 14th. It was a seasonal 23° and other than people’s heads randomly exploding over the US Presidential race, things were pretty normal.  At midnight, as is often the case, I published a post that was very generously sponsored by Legacybox and included a discount on their services for The Art of Doing Stuff readers.

That was. The beginning. Of the revolt.

You see, at that point I was helping Legacybox figure out how to open up their business to Canada by acting as a guinea pig for them.   We worked together to sort out glitches in customs and shipping so that when they finally expanded into Canada things would run smoothly for their customers.

Only problem was,  at the time of publishing my blog, Legacybox was still in the testing phase so Canadians couldn’t take advantage of their service or their discount.

Boos and hisses came pouring into my Facebook page and blog post.  Canadians were chanting and marching in the streets in a grassroots movement that culminated with someone actually giving me the globally recognized sign for disgust … the raspberry sound.   All because they thought I was shunning my fellow Canadians by having a post about something that Canadians couldn’t take advantage of.

That made me sad.


Not as sad as I was in this slide that Legacybox transferred for me, but darn sad.  I’m pretty sure I was upset by the blue velvet wallpaper.  And yes, that’s the beauty of Legacybox. You can watch all your videos or look at all your old slides and pictures on your big television.

Legacybox spent a long time making sure their debut into Canada would be glitch-free.  6 months in fact.  They waited to open the service to you until everything was perfect for my fellow Canadians.

Everything, my fellow Canadians, is now perfect.


Which means you too can use Legacybox to transfer all those cassettes you have.  Or the 8mm film, or those audio tapes that … well you don’t even know what format they are … they’re old and weird.  Video tapes, photos … anything that you can look at, watch or listen to can be formatted, transferred and put onto a DVD or flash drive for you.

You just pick whatever sized package you want online, they send you a prepaid box to put all your stuff in, you label your stuff with their handy barcoded labels, mail it back to them and within a few weeks they send you all your originals back plus everything neatly transferred onto a handy DVD or flash drive.

Then you can sit around in YOUR living room looking at a photo of you looking sad about velvet wallpaper.  Or whatever the case may be.

AND Legacybox is also giving a discount to anyone who wants to order right now.

First 50 readers to click HERE and use my code STUFF will get 40% off their Legacybox. 

Plus consolidating your photos, videos etc. onto one teeny little device means you’re getting a head start on Spring cleaning and therefore, by default, get to have an ice cream cone as a reward.  So ….

And one of you gets to experience Legacybox … for FREE.


Because …



One lucky American orrrrrrrr Canadian!!! will win a Family-sized Package courtesy of Legacybox valued at $250.   That’s 10 tapes, 10 films or up to 250 photos to be digitized!


Because I’m nothing if not patriotic.  ðŸ˜‰

To enter to win leave a comment telling me what memory you’d most like to get transferred by Legacybox.  That’s it!



  1. Alice says:

    Lots of family pics and a few videotapes from when the kids were little.

  2. Ruth Moffatt says:

    If I won, I’d transfer a quarter of the contents in that giant Rubbermaid container in the basement. I say a quarter because I think there may be more than a 1000 photos. It’d give me incentive to start.

  3. Tania says:

    If I won I’d give it to my mom so she could transfer all the home video of my brothers’ and my childhood

  4. Debbie D says:

    Photos from my Grandparents while they lived in Italy. Lots of relatives on those pictures including places my ancestors were from , etc. I planned on putting all of my pictures on disc after my winter and spring projects were done. Some of the pictures are over 100 years old and I am concerned about their condition the longer they sit in boxes at my house. Thank you for doing this and if you could provide their link or website if I don’t win, I would greatly appreciate it and hey, if they are willing to give discounts to your readers, so much the better! Thank you again.

  5. Laura says:

    I would like to win to give to my sister, the family historian

  6. Carol Desoer says:

    As the archivist of my family I have had many boxes of photos of 4 generations of my family given to me to “take care of” which I would like to sort and have digitized so that I can share them with my family. I also have some slides of my deceased husband and I building our passive solar geodesic dome homestead near Campbellford Ontario which I would love to have in a better format to share with my children. As well, I have a VHS tape of my daughter, at age 11 performing on her cello with an orchestra for the first time which I had permission to tape so that I could show it to my mother who was dying of cancer at the time and couldn’t get to the concert. I need help saving all these incredible memories. Thank you.

  7. Mike Flegle says:

    Photos of my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary party. They didn’t have financial wealth, but they had the riches of countless great friends. It was a simple celebration, and simply amazing. Held at their 1790 log cabin, white lights twinkled throughout the raised-bed flower/herb garden area, Shaker-style ‘chandeliers’ hung on the back porch, and everywhere you looked, people were smiling, laughing, and making memories that they’d never forget.

  8. Britt says:

    All the old slides & home videos my grandparents still have!

  9. Heather says:

    Look at you on their splash page!

    My children were born in the late 80’s and we rented a video camera on several occasions. Now it’s virtually impossible to watch those tapes -no VCR any more. I also keep talking about scanning my old photos. I think I have been talking about doing that for at least a year or 7.

  10. Sabina says:

    Pictures of my dad hosing the sidewalk with my daughter when she was a toddler, probably the only pictures we have of my dad smiling. He wasn’t a grouch he just preferred to look more stoic/dignified for a posed picture and these pictures show him letting his guard down to pure love and joy.

  11. Dana says:

    Oooh it’s a Toss up between old tapes of high school-era drama performances or getting my hands on a tape of advice we were given at our jack & Jill before we got married.

  12. Kelly says:

    My husband used to constantly videotape our kids when they were cute and little so I have a lot of footage I’d love to save. Every once in a while we’ll pull it out, hook up the old VHS that I’m worried won’t work this time, and reminisce (or rather, marvel at how we survived those years on such little sleep!). As well he always bothered my family with taping (they hate being captured on video) BUT they like to see my grandparents who have now all passed away and like to see how the family has grown so much. I’m taking advantage of the offer and buying a starter pack. Definitely want to try it.

  13. Allison Gorham says:

    Because if you don’t save your memories, what would life be like?

  14. Catherine Vosper says:

    To see and especially to hear my parents voices again…..brings tears to my eyes just thinking of it. Please let me win this!

  15. Karen Murray says:

    My dad passed away at 30 years old in 1971….I was 3. There is one movie reel that was converted to vhs many years ago….very poor quality. It’s the only footage I have of my dad…who I have no memory of. In one scene he is swinging me, the chubby toddler, over a pool over and over again, most likely because I said “again, again!”
    Anyway, obviously a treasure to cherish. He left behind 4 girls (3,5,7 & 8), who would all really love to have this priceless momento. Thanks so much.

  16. Mary W says:

    I didn’t win last time but ordered and have gotten several others to order, also. I get daily emails saying what stage my order is in and how it’s progressing. So happy, so far. Great idea for them to come up with. My only question: WHERE DID YOU FIND THE “DEGREE” TO TYPE?

    • Kim Sharpe says:

      You can open Word and click the Insert tab then, over at the far right there is a category called Symbol that has two sub-categories, Equation and Symbol; click the ‘drop down arrow’ just beneath the word ‘Symbol’ – it’s quite tiny but it’s there – and a pop-up box will display with a grid of symbols, 218 to be exact; in the fourth row, the sixteenth box, there it is! Click on that box, click insert, and then click on the Close at the bottom right of the pop-up box and it will be there in your document.

      Then, you can copy the character from your document and paste it wherever you want.

      But, if you’re not in Word when you want it, you can also insert it by depressing and holding down the Alt key and pressing the keys 0176 – very important that you hold the Alt key down while you press the other keys; then when you release the Alt key, the degree sign will appear.

      Which is much easier of course, but, I blathered on about the Word method because there a MANY symbols in the grid and you may find others you’d like to have at your finger tips which you can get using the same method as the degree symbol; at the bottom left of the pop-up box, you’ll find two buttons – AutoCorrect and ShortcutKey – and to the right of those it will say: Shortcut key: Alt+###; click the box containing the symbol you want and shortcut will be shown.

      Alas, the shortcut keys for the first 95 symbols aren’t shown so you have to get those elsewhere. In general, you can find lots and lots here: http://www.ascii-code.com/ and lots of emoticons at: http://www.alt-codes.net/smiley_alt_codes.php; now that may be way TMI but y’know, I not too busy today and have time to blather on, except that’s not really true, I have a ton of stuff to do but I’m an expert at procrastination and wold rather do this than get out of bed and do work.

      Well, I hope that this has been helpful rather than just annoying.

  17. Marie Anne says:

    The old home movies of my grandparents are sitting there and we have nothing to watch them with anymore. I miss them so much and to see them and hear them again would be so wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win this 😊

  18. Ei Con says:

    I have dozens of mini DVD tapers of my sons first 5 years. The old camera won’t play them anymore and other cameras we’ve bought on eBay and at estate sales won’t either. Maybe the Legacy Box people can do it. Thanks.

  19. L. Toinette Cunningham says:

    I would like to have all of the Christmas mornings of the family from the 1950s and 60s on a DVD so we can enjoy them with my Dad.

  20. Joslynne says:

    I’d love to watch the old tapes and snapshots from when we lived in our first family home in Etobicoke. My parents moved when I left for university (last of 4 kids) and moved to a smaller place. Lots of great memories from there!

  21. Kim says:

    What a wonderful contest! There are so many keepsakes, but first I would choose our family videos of our kids’ firsts, family vacations, now-deceased relatives, and so on that are all on VHS and Video 8 tapes from the mid-1980s, that I am sure are slowly deteriorating.

  22. Sandra Lea says:

    I have so many videos on VHS tape of my two sons when they were babies and nothing to watch them on. I would so love to see these movies again. They are now ages 23 and 28.

  23. Danell says:

    Oh my goodness would this work for 23 rolls of film that are undeveloped!! If not, I have a couple of drawer fulls of photos that will bring back memories!

  24. Dani H says:

    I recently lost almost all of my belongings including the videotapes of my daughter’s college graduation and her wedding. She still has a VHS tape of both so I would want to get those transferred along with the photographs I did manage to save.

    Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

  25. Lori Austin says:

    I would love to get my husband’s “letters” to his parents when he was in Vietnam transferred.

  26. Jenny W says:

    My parents passed away, as did my husband’s parents, and each of us were left with a box of old film. Two family histories, recorded then forgotten on a dusty shelf in the basement – It would be priceless to be able to see and share those memories with our siblings and our children.

  27. John C says:

    Like see many, it would have to be pics and videos of our daughter when she was young….

  28. Joanne Healey says:

    I don’t want to be like my parents and grandparents with boxes of 8mm movies that no one will ever see again. This is a gift that I can give to my children right now and not when they’re packing me up for the home wondering what to do with all these outdated cassettes from the 1900’s. Thanks, Karen and thank you Legacybox for making my history relevant again.

  29. Patricia Marino says:

    WELLLLL, I would love to have my grand girls, all 4 of those hoodlums to see us grandparents before we were old people!! Also all my animals that have passed away, love those critters!! Thank you Karen for these giveaways, love your clever pists, I mean posts, they make my day!!

  30. Zahhra says:

    I would love to have my school videos transferred and my parents just moved to Canada with boxes of old pictures I would love to get them transferred for them 😊

  31. billie scara says:

    the video ofmy husband and
    me re affirming oyr wedding vows after 25 yrs. he has passed since and this would be more of a forever keepsake than video tape. thank you for all the great things you share.

  32. Laurinda says:

    I’d love to be able to watch the videos of my kids acting silly when my husband won a video recorder. It was so heavy & huge, that it outweighed our cat!

  33. Madonna Myers says:

    Call me nuts, but I decorate a huge Birthday Table for each of my 4 daughter’s birthdays and have done this for many many years without fail. Each birthday I picked a theme that fit my daughter at that time in their lives. It was always a complete surprise. I did a 50’s theme, a Western Theme, Teddy bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Hot Air Balloon theme, Dance Theme, Under the Sea theme, Jungle theme, Cupcake Crazy theme, you name it. The displays were over-the-top elaborate, complete with a focal point centerpiece, matching gift wrap, bags, props, fun lighting, music, etc. I worked on each birthday table after they went to bed, hauling in tubs and bags from the trunk of my car and the garage, all the props I had bought to put the theme in motion. Most often the entire scene would take me 3-4 hours into the wee hours of the morning. For each birthday table I video taped the “scene” after I was done, and marveled at my work, anticipating the moment she would wake up, turn the corner into the room and see her Birthday Masterpiece. A “shrine” of sorts, honoring the Birthday girl. I would love to transfer these videos for each girl to have on a DVD so that they have lasting memories of their Birthday Table surprises each year. I’ve had many many Moms tell me, “Oh my Gawd….PUH-LEASE don’t show your Birthday table ideas to my daughter. I do NOT want her to get any thoughts that I’m going to do that kind of decorating for her birthday. No way, that is incredible, and I wouldn’t ever want to have to do that the night before her birthday. You’re insane. Incredibly creative, but insane.” (They’re right, but once I started doing this for each girl, it was hard to stop. Where to you draw the line? What year do you stop? Which girl gets a display and which girl doesn’t? It’s just so hard to end this tradition. Each girl looks forward to this very special day with great anticipation. How do I tell them no more??? I just can’t!) And they are SO appreciative, SO happy, SO grateful to see all the love that I put into each display. On a side note, they don’t even want to take the displays down…we’ve left some up for months and months, too sad to pack it all up! Oh myyyyy….

  34. virginia says:

    I’d like to transfer old families movies, especially with my mom. One nephew was to young to remember her and would love to be able to see these. I on the other hand would like to see the movie with me cheating while trying to eat a donut from a string at a Halloween party!

  35. KATHLEEN H says:

    I would like to digitize the gazillion slides my father in law took of my mother in law and the art she created. I see in my husband, these days, more and more of the lovely qualities of his father, and it reminds me of the love that went into those many photos he took to memorialize her art.

    And just because I’m writing this from a balcony overlooking a cardamom plantation in Munnar, does not mean I would not be able to find a way to get hold of those slides quickly were I to win!!

  36. Lesa says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a Legacy Box. Enjoy your posts. Mine is an odd one, but my dad passed away last year, and cause of death has still not been determined. He was left alone and found dead in his driveway with multiple head injuries, bruising on his arms, his oxygen line a foot from his hand, his wallet, guns, cash, silver and gold missing. I can’t get any answers from local authorities. So I’d like to be able to digitize all the evidence I’m sending to the district attorney, like photos, texts and pictures from his cell phone, voicemails, etc. I think Legacy Box could be used in this fashion.

    • Melody says:

      Oh Lesa, I’m so sorry for your loss as well as the circumstances. What a horrific crime. I pray justice will be served to those who committed it.

  37. JK PACCHETTI says:

    My beautiful daughter, Lisa, was born in 1982, before the digital age. She passed at age 13 due to complications of Cerebral Palsy that she was born with. How I would love to have all the pictures I took of her and her sissy with my old Canon Sure Shot, and the videos of them digitized! What a blessing that would be.
    Thanks for considering me.

    • JK PACCHETTI says:

      oops. sorry it got posted twice :/ I didn’t think the first one went through. Feel free to delete it, I couldn’t.

  38. JK PACCHETTI says:

    My beautiful daughter, Lisa, was born in 1982, before the digital age. She passed at age 13 due to complications of Cerebral Palsy that she was born with. How I would love to have all the pictures I took of her and her sissy with my old Canon Sure Shot, and the videos of them digitized! What a blessing that would be.
    Thanks for considering me.

  39. Auntiepatch says:

    Photos from the 30’s through the 90’s that my Mom took. I’ve been scanning them but a flash drive would be great!

  40. Linda says:

    my children’s tapes from school Christmas concerts, my 2 year old son singing a song, asking me “nice singing mom?”

  41. Lisa H. says:

    My parents boxes of slides from their trip to New Zealand in 1963!

  42. Sue says:

    Would love to have all my photos of my kids when they were little transferred to something smaller than the storage boxes that have been taking up valuable real estate in the guest bedroom closet.
    I might even be generous and send my ex his old high school photos . . . Or, not!

  43. Michelle L says:

    I have tonnes of mini-video tapes from not one defunct video camera but two! of my first child from birth to about year 3 when we got a new fangled digital video camera. …right before child #2 arrived. Would love to be able to show her those tapes.
    Thanks for the chance!

  44. T Carter says:

    I’d really like to transfer our wedding video before that pesky VHS tape disintegrates!

  45. Brandy G Ballard says:

    I was lucky to be allowed to live in Yellowstone National Park and work there for seven seasons. I took literally hundreds of pictures and would love to transfer them to an easy to look at format so I can enjoy those memories visually again.

  46. Mark says:

    I would love to win to get some slides of my parents’ wedding digitized (it was in 1959 so definitely predates almost anything electronic) in time for my mum’s 90th birthday this summer.

  47. Ryn says:

    Pretty much anything with my mom in it. She passed away when I was twelve, and hated getting her picture taken. So anything I have of her I want to make sure lasts a long time.

  48. M Johnson says:

    I hope this is the right place to comment for the chance to win The Family Legacybox! My most cherished memory I’d live transferred would be of my dad’s last Christmas! My son was very young and that Christmas was more important than any other. To hear my dad laugh & smile again would be AMAZING! He passed away from cancer, and he was all of our heroes!

  49. Tania D says:

    I would love to have pictures of my first daughter digitalized. She was born before everyone had a digital camera or iPhone, and is feeling left out since her siblings have digital pictures from day 1! Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. Kristin D. says:

    We were married and had our first child in the late 90’s, when pictures were still on film cameras and videos were shot with camcorders. I’d love to get all these memories transferred to a more accessible medium that we can backup and save for posterity!

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