by Dries De Roeck on January 16, 2016

I like to hold on to a lot of physical stuff. Postcards, birthday cards, the drawings my daughters make, magazines, etc.

I take notes in a paper notebook. I love to write with a fountain pen.

One major downside of all this non-digital stuff is archiving. After a birthday in my family, I always wonder what to do with the birthday cards. Do I just throw them out, do I keep some of them, if I keep them – where do I put them? I probably won’t look at them anyway … but still …

The above has been the origin of Archivatr. Inspired by the way Nick and Alex communicate conceptual ideas – I thought I’d try something similar.

Introducing Archivatr.


The holiday season is over. Time to get rid of the christmas cards … I’m having a hard time just throwing them out.



The Archivatr service sends me pre stamped envelopes, which I can use whenever I have non-digitals artefacts I want to archive.



This envelope is mailed off, and Archivatr does the rest. I do not need to care about formats, recto-verso, glossy/matte paper, 2D or 3D creations…



Depending on the complexity of the artefacts. I receive a digitally indexed folder & files containing high quality scans. I can choose to leave these on the Archivatr servers or download them to my personal storage.

Wait, this isn’t new at all.

This probably isn’t. I could imagine that most copy centers might actually do this when requested. Also, there are quite a few related services that do something like this;

  • MOD Notebooks (buy blank notebook, use it – mail it back to them – get it digitally)
  • Evernote Scannable (I currently use this to scan all ‘artworks’ my children make at school – thanks, Brick! – but it takes time and the resolution is not always optimal)
  • Desktop scanners like Doxie or Neat (works fine for standard sizes, but greeting cards or drawings are often non-standard)
  • Picplum (not around anymore, but this was the reverse service – select digital pictures, send printed versions to your loved ones in weekly batches)

Currently, I have no idea about the viability of this service idea. Perhaps it has been done and failed, perhaps it exists but I don’t know about it. Or maybe I should go ahead and explore this further in more detail.

Why do I blog this?

I’ve been toying around with this idea for a long time now. It was time to get it out. If you have any pointers, feedback or comments – I’d love to hear them!

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