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Posted 3/3/2013 by LovMelrose in General Scrappin'

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PeaNut 66,686
February 2003
Posts: 6,355
Layouts: 0
Loc: Nebraska

Posted: 3/3/2013 10:07:20 PM
I am a little over a year behind in printing - I know it's awful and I used to be very anal about it every month.

How would you go about choosing the ones to print? I don't know if I want to take the time to crop/edit/size thousands of pics. I sure don't want to print every single one either.

Its such a daunting task since I'm so behind - maybe I should tackle one month at a time? Ugh I really need to get it done and stay caught up!

Any suggestions? How do you keep up with your pics?



PeaNut 516,416
August 2011
Posts: 941
Layouts: 0
Loc: Florida

Posted: 3/3/2013 10:23:38 PM
I am behind on printing too. My last photo order was over 400 photos, but I did have a coupon code. I think it would be easier to do it by the month, instead of too much at once. It is overwhelming when the order comes to your house too.

ca angel

PeaNut 400,602
November 2008
Posts: 2,455
Layouts: 36
Loc: So Cal

Posted: 3/3/2013 11:00:04 PM
I print as I scrap. I create pages kits, with photos, paper, embellies and a sketch and i make 10-15 kits at a time. When I do this i precrop all my photos (as determined by the chosen sketch) in PSE all at one time and then send them to be printed at Costco. This way it takes me a long time before I need to do it all over again. This is the only backlog of preprinted photos that I have. I like it because I follow sketches pretty literally, which makes scrapping faster for me. By printing my photos as I need them I can make them the exact size/orientation needed instead of trying to find a sketch/photo placement that fits with what I already have printed.
ca angel

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PeaNut 110,614
October 2003
Posts: 9,115
Layouts: 326
Loc: Ã…rhus, Denmark

Posted: 3/4/2013 12:41:25 AM
I take it a month at a time until I'm caught up. I like to go through and delete stuff I don't want to keep first, then do a star rating on my photos (which helps me decide which I'm going to print and which I can ignore). After that I can pull photos for print. If I have a big event in there somewhere, I tend to pull those photos into a separate folder and work on them as a group on their own.

I don't really like getting behind. Dealing with the choosing/editing/printing of photos can be daunting. I prefer to do it in small chunks.

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PeaNut 55,678
November 2002
Posts: 5,119
Layouts: 101

Posted: 3/4/2013 7:12:00 AM
I do not enjoy that process,either, and I have never allowed myself to get that far behind, because if I did, I would not have anything to sb and that would not work for me.
When I start to edit and I really am dreading it, I tell myself, "I will work on this 15 minutes". I usually work longer that that, but giving myself permission to quit at a certain time seems to get me started.

And the King will tell them, when you did it to one of the least of these,you were doing it to me.


PeaNut 556,456
June 2012
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Layouts: 2

Posted: 3/4/2013 9:25:49 AM
I am just now getting photos prints as I have started scrapbooking so I am SIX years behind. Even worse, every camera seems to take a different size picture.

I go through and use Picasa to quickly view a whole folder of photos (I import them so each day has its own folder). Then I delete the truly out of focus or bad shots. I do this when I upload now but my past stuff is totally unedited. The ones I want to print I open in PSE. The crop tool will let you designate size and resolution, so I use that to quickly crop.

I do this for 15-30 mins at a time and save into a "to print" folder. When that has a good stack of pics I order from Costco or Shutterfly.

I think the key is bite sized chunks and a plan for what to so with the pictures when you get them back.
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PeaNut 26,836
January 2002
Posts: 19,090
Layouts: 86

Posted: 3/4/2013 9:29:19 AM
I am way behind, and yes, I do go for the "one month at a time" method.

I am working on a PL style album for this year. I printed nothing last year.

So in between working on this year's album & pics, I look through, edit, and upload last year's as well. I have Jan. & Feb. of 2012 uploaded.

Now that we are in March, I'll work on March 2012 as well.

It won't catch me up, but with 2 kids, this is as much as I can really do, so it's enough for now.

Best of luck!


PeaNut 570,893
October 2012
Posts: 6
Layouts: 2
Loc: Oakland, CA

Posted: 3/4/2013 10:09:36 AM
I also print as I go, but I have the luxury of a photo printer. Generally though, I won't know what I will feel like scrapbooking until I actually work on the page. I like being able to make decisions there and then about what photos I want to use. Sure, it can be a bit expensive to print at home, but I only print what I need.

Natalie Parker

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PeaNut 66,686
February 2003
Posts: 6,355
Layouts: 0
Loc: Nebraska

Posted: 3/4/2013 6:45:30 PM
Thanks everyone for your input. I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and start working on it - I agree one month at a time should make it more manageable.

I swear when I do get caught up with my printing I will never let myself get this far behind again!

Ugh....someone want to do this for me???



PeaNut 427,211
June 2009
Posts: 3,068
Layouts: 53
Loc: in my scraproom in PA

Posted: 3/4/2013 7:17:42 PM
For 2013 I am dedicating all of my layouts to 4x6 photos (except for mini albums). I just got 305 photos printed at Snapfish for $13 with an excellent coupon code. I didn't crop them or edit them. My mission this year is to stop fretting over the perfect photo and focus on telling the story behind the not so perfect photo. I did buy a Fuji Instax Camera for my mini albums. With my 2013 plan of only 4x6 photos, I've already gotten 26 layouts completed and have a two pager on my work space now.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

2014 - Layouts Completed - 68
2014 - Mini Albums - 4
2013 - Layouts Completed - 212
2013 - Mini Albums - 20

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 26,836
January 2002
Posts: 19,090
Layouts: 86

Posted: 3/5/2013 7:09:27 AM
That's fabulous, Treyaut!

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