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Posted 11/26/2012 by dalayney in Digital Scrapbooking

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Posted: 11/26/2012 6:06:08 PM
There are some gorgeous papers that a girl on etsy is selling that I can't find anywhere else. (think shabby vintage tiny floral) I have never digital scrapped before, and really, I would be just downloading, so I can print it off on my printer. As I still want to physically scrap it.

So, first, do I need a really nice printer, to be doing this? (I have a HP photosmart C5280 all in one )

Second, does it go through an insane amount of ink?

Any certain cardstock work better than others?

Do I need to let the paper dry for so long?

Do, you, as a digital scrapper, download to print off, alot? Any tricks of the trade?

Is there any other threads you can point me to? If this question has already asked?

Would love love some insight from those peas who have, been there, done that.

Again, it's mainly to print off, cuz I would still physically scrap the items. I just love all the vintage digi kits they have. There is nothing like that in the stores.

Laura ODonnell
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Posted: 11/27/2012 5:06:19 AM
I can answer some of these questions

Your printer will be fine for this. I'm using something similar made by Epson and I'm happy with my prints.

You can stretch your ink usage a lot by changing the print quality setting from "best quality photo" to "normal" or whatever is one notch below best photo. You really don't need the type of detail for printing these papers as you do with printing a photo.

For printing papers my 2 favorites are Epson Premium Matte Presentation Paper and Printworks Photo Project Paper. The Epson weighs 51 lbs so it is mid weight between patterned paper and cardstock. There is also a right side and a wrong side which is hard to see, but you will be able to tell if you've accidentally printed on the wrong side! The Printworks paper I actually bought for my daughter to use for school projects and when I saw how nice it printed I decided to try it, and I really like it. Its lighter weight than the Epson, but not light enough to be see through. Its about 1/2 the price of the Epson. I found it at Target.

As a digi-scrapper, well, I'm more of a jack of all trades master of none scrapper , but I print out digital papers and elements all the time for cards and I do Project Life and print out PL cards.

Do you have Photoshop Elements or something like it? You can use Word and insert>picture>from file and then drag the corners to resize the paper. But PSE is awesome, there is so much more that you can do. It is worth every penny, and there are some great deals going on right now.

Hope this helps.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:23:34 AM
Thank you so much Laura for the help. I'm excited to buy my first digi papers.

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Posted: 11/28/2012 7:51:52 AM
Laura gave you some great suggestions!

I would add that I like matte photo paper as well for printing papers. And if I want texture, I use cardstock. With matte and cardstock, you don't have to let it dry like you would glossy papers.

Also, printer co. suggests using their own printing paper. But, sometimes other papers work, like Laura found out. If I use different paper, sometimes I have to change the printer settings to figure out the best print for that paper. And that takes trial and error AND wasted ink.



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