So what is my awesome tip? Not everything can be scanned. When I was preserving the scrapbook my husband assembled in efforts to 'redo it' (to include stories) I came across several pages that just did not scan well.
|Crazy shadows created when scanning.|
|Same flower, photographed in light box.|
As you can see, the flower looks a lot better and the shadowing more natural. Play with various settings on your camera to have the colors match your preference.
The following example, shows a wonderfully light collection of prom artifacts. Using a camera, rather than a scanner, highlighted the boutineer perfectly!
|Photography reduces the unsightly shadows.|
You will have better luck photographing your objects than using your scanner.