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Posted 7/30/2013 by midwestgirl60 in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 428,850
July 2009
Posts: 839
Layouts: 221
Loc: Michigan

Posted: 7/30/2013 6:54:24 AM
With Project Life, Instagram and the popularity of layouts with smaller photos, has this changed the way you print photos? What size(s) do you print these days?

I used to print only 4x6 photos, but that has changed. This is what I do now, and what I do when a fresh order of prints arrives in my scrap room.

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PeaNut 417,751
April 2009
Posts: 748
Layouts: 40
Loc: Chesterton Indiana

Posted: 7/30/2013 7:53:31 AM
I print all 4x6 photos. I am wanting to try 4x4 and 3x5. I order from persnickety prints it is easier to just order one size.


PeaNut 280,931
October 2006
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Layouts: 0

Posted: 7/30/2013 8:19:52 AM
That's really interesting Sue. I am a 8.5 x 11 scrapper and recently have begun to experiment some with 3x4 and 4x4. I still prefer to do the majority of my pages with 4x6 though.

At the end of each month I order all of my photos in 4x6 from Shutterfly. I keep them in photo boxes by year and month.

When I pull them to scrap I sometimes need a duplicate (one for each kiddo's scrapbook) or I decide on a page design that wants the smaller size photo.

At that point I go back to my digital file of photos on my computer (filed by date, shrink the photo in the PhotoSheet software and print it out on my PictureMate.

This is working for now. I like your idea of aging the photos in the 3-up albums though. Will give that some thought.

Nancy Jo


PeaNut 508,466
May 2011
Posts: 1,449
Layouts: 188
Loc: Sweden

Posted: 7/30/2013 8:41:16 AM
Hi, Sue.

So one of my New Year's resolutions for 2013 was to get into a photo printing process and stick to it. I'm happy to report that so far, so good. So here's my process.

During the month I transfer all the photos from my point & shoot camera to dated folders on my computer (organised by year, month and specific date). I also transfer my HTC phone photos into these folders but this usually waits until the end of the month. Same with my Instagram photos - I use Instaport to transfer them into my photo folders around the end of the month.

At the end of each month, I upload a month's worth of photos for printing to my online developer. I upload pretty much everything, unless it's a glaringly obviously bad shot. I print everything at 4x6" size with a few exceptions as follows: Instragram photos I print at 4x4" size, any photos that I know I want enlarged for title pages or similar style LOs, I typically print at 20x30cm. I might also know at this point if I want to print certain photos as B&W and do so.

After I get my photos and start working out LO designs, I may later decide that I want them at a different size - perhaps because of how I want to use the photos (which I wouldn't have known at the time of printing) or in the case of Instagram photos, they're sometimes pixelated at the 4x4 size and quality improves with smaller sizes. When that's the case, I make a list of reprints and the new, desired sizes and pop that in with my next print order. My developer has an 'invoice & post' option that I use these days, which means I get my photos within two days of ordering - so I never have to wait long for reprints - sweet.

I know some people will find all of that too much trouble or feel it's a waste of money but this system works the best for me. When I started scrapbooking years ago, the biggest problem I had was not having photos readily to hand because I thought that I should know before starting a LO how they should be printed (enlarged, grid collage format, wallet sizes, etc.) but that's just not how I work creatively - I have to have things in front of me and start playing with them before I know where I'm going with a design. So because I didn't know what I wanted, I didn't have any pictures but then not having pictures was a problem when I decided I wanted to scrapbook right then and there. This way I always have photos and I'm getting better at knowing ahead of time which photos I will want enlarged from the get-go, etc. And to be honest, photos only cost 19SEK to print, typically, so I'm not worried about cost.

ca angel

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

Posted: 7/30/2013 9:57:24 AM
For me the beauty of digital photos is not being limited to 4x6 photos straight out of the camera. I am a planner at heart. I don't print my photos until I have a sketch to go with them. This way I can crop and print my photos to fit the sketch. Less work for me while scrapping. Since I know exactly what size my photos are before I actually have them it makes it easy for me to start a page without photos printed. I make kits in batches so sometimes I will start cutting down paper based on a sketch for several Los. Once I get my photos the page can be half way done and I just need to add embellishments and journaling.

I know for some arranging the photos and papers is a big part of the creative process. I prefer to spend my creative time choosing which papers and embellies to use (I don't usually buy kits/collection packs/or whole lines). I'm not interested in being "somebody" in the industry so having unique layout designs is not a priority for me.
Ca angel

ca angel

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

Posted: 7/30/2013 10:04:01 AM
PS I print a contact sheet of photos for each layout on regular paper. This way I can still reference my photos easy while choosing sketches, papers, embellies etc for each kit. I also make notes about sizes, cropping, journaling, title ideas, etc.
Ca angel


PeaNut 577,699
January 2013
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Layouts: 14

Posted: 7/30/2013 10:48:32 AM
Always 4x6 or if it is an Instagram off my phone always 4x4. keeps things simple


PeaNut 577,450
January 2013
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Layouts: 0

Posted: 7/30/2013 11:05:08 AM
Always 4x6 then i crop when needed its easier for me this way
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