Do most Digi scrappers have 12X12 printer and which printer do you LOVE?

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Posted 2/22/2007 by debbiegirl in Digital Scrapbooking


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Posted: 2/22/2007 9:41:05 AM
I need a new printer AND a new scanner. Since I'd like to try digi scrapping, I'm thinking that I'll probably need a 12X12 printer. Is there any that are fabulous that won't break the bank? Also, is your fave a printer/scanner, or do I need a separate scanner.

Thanks... love what you all do!

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Posted: 2/22/2007 9:47:36 AM
I would also love to know this!! Thanks for posting the question!


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Posted: 2/22/2007 9:55:27 AM
I would say that most digi scrappers don't have a wide format printer. There are many places online that will print 12x12's, and I'm guessing that is what most of the 12x12 scrappers here do to print their layouts.

Many of us do smaller sizes that will print out easily on our regular printers, 8x8 (my favorite size) and 8.5x11, for example. Some digi scrappers create their layouts in 12x12 size on their computers, in case they want to have it printed out in that size in the future, but then print in out in a smaller size to put in their books.

I've always used an Epson printer, and am partial to that brand. I have an all-in-one with a scanner (RX500), that prints photo-quality prints. I like experimenting with different papers, but usually use a heavy weight matte. I've read that Epson has a new wide format printer out. It's gotten good reviews, and is much more reasonable in price. I would like to put that on my wish list in the future. I love to print out digi papers (because we have the BEST designers ) and do altered projects with them. It would be nice to be able to print out larger projects. I don't believe that the wide format printer has a scanner, so it would have to be a separate purchase.

Welcome to digi scrapping. It is very fun and totally addicting. Please let us see what you create!

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Posted: 2/22/2007 11:03:18 AM
I don't have a printer at all. I sent my 8x8 files on a 8x10 template to Sams to have them print them. For the price, it's only marginally more to do it at Sams, and less stuff for me to worry over.


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Posted: 2/22/2007 1:33:17 PM
Thanks for the info.! Anyone else have a Fave? ( I tried to run a search for other threads talking about Printers but keep coming up with NO POSTS!)

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Posted: 2/22/2007 4:03:56 PM
I used to have an Epson C80, which suddently died one day on me. I was able to get a used one that my DH happened to see on craig's list. It's an Epson Stylis Photo 1200 and is a wide format printer. I only paid $80.00 and it works fine. So you may want to keep an eye out for someone looking to sell their wide format.

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Posted: 2/22/2007 4:04:55 PM
I have a Canon i9900 wide format printer, and love, love, love it. I got it at Staples for less than $400, which I thought was a good deal.

You will not find a good wide format printer that is also a scanner. I know some people have been recommending a wide format scanner (do a search on the general board and you'll find some recommendations recently), but from what I've heard the quality is not great. A quality 12x12 scanner will run more than $1,000. Personally, I use a regular size $179 HP scanner and stitch my lo's, it's got an easy built-in program.

I highly recommend the Canon printer. I do NOT recommend the HP wide format printer, I had a very bad experience with HP over that. But I do like my HP scanner. HTH


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Posted: 2/22/2007 8:28:23 PM
Look for threads on epson 1800. I posted a question about it a couple of months back and had LOADS of replys and feedback. Also look at Epson 1400 which has been getting really good comments.

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Posted: 2/23/2007 6:32:06 AM
Check out This thread

There are a few links to the endless discussion of printing options (and our ongoing love affair with the R1800) there.

I purchased the R1800 in December for $439 at BB. I love it and I only scrap in 8.5x11 but the image quality alone makes it worth it.

For scanning and desktop/everday printing I pickedup an Epson CX??? scanner/copier/printer that also does a beautiful job (the photo quality is actually quite sharp for printing pics that my kids are going to use for projects, etc.) The scanner isn't "fancy" but it has some repair features and scans in seconds. I purchased it less than a week ago at Target for $69.99. Can't beat that price for a combo machine I think.


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Posted: 2/23/2007 6:54:54 AM
I have a Canon i9100 wide format printer that I love. I bought it while mainly paper scrapping and wanted to print journaling directly to the paper. I print layouts with it, photos and alot of plain letter pages. It is discontinued now, replaced with the i9900. I replaced an Epson C80 that drove me batty with all the head cleaning required - I have cleaned heads 2 times in over 2 years.

Having said that..... if I were doing this again I would get a really high end letter size printer and start scrapping 8x8 instead of 12x12.


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Posted: 2/23/2007 11:46:48 AM
I have the HP 9650 and have never had a problem with it in the two or three years that I've had it


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Posted: 2/23/2007 11:49:23 AM
Thanks for all the great input ladies! I really appreciate it...

Le Anne, I am wondering why you would switch to 8X8 if you had to do it all over again...

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Posted: 2/24/2007 2:33:56 PM
I don't have a color printer at all so I have had to use I have recently decided to go to doing books at Shutterfly. I have gotten the 8 x 8 books and most of my layouts are such that I can see the pictures and journaling well enough on that format. I find the cost to be competitive with paper scrapbooking and they take up a lot less storage space. The disadvantage is that I have to wait until I have enough layouts lined up to actually have a book made.


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Posted: 2/24/2007 2:58:30 PM
Great answers here!
I have an Epson CX3800 all in one that does great prints as well as scans and copies too. The ink is not as expensive as most other printers and it is Durabrite Ultra too. I create all my layouts at 12 x 12 but print at 8 X 8 and I absolutely love that size because it doesn't require special sized paper that is more expensive.
I use Wausau Index stock that is matte and everything is a crisp as can be on that paper. It is only 10.00 for 250 papers too. Last year I printed two 20 page 8x8 albums and two 4 X 6 25 page mini albums in one day and didn't use all the ink in my cartridges. That was 100 pages of printing on the heavy index stock.
I have a retired Epson 1280 12 X 12 printer that is in my garage now because I just never really liked fighting with a 12 x 12 album. They are hard to store and to look at. 8 x 8 albums and smaller (though I don't like smaller) are much easier to print and store than the big ones.
Oh and by the way I only paid 55.00 for this workhorse printer too and I love it.

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Posted: 2/27/2007 12:13:15 PM
I have an Epson R1800 and a 2200, both of which I love. The 2200 produces better b&w and skin tones, but can't do borderless. The R1800 does borderless and CDs, and is better for glossy and for layouts with lots of blues and reds.

For layouts of particular events like vacations, weddings, etc. I use Shutterfly. Now that they have a whole section just for digital scrapbookers, I've been really happy with the results.

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Posted: 2/27/2007 12:49:46 PM
Why would I go 8x8?
-13x19 paper is expensive.
-My printer does not print full bleed on a 12x12 paper so I have to print on a larger sheet and cut down or print smaller then put on a background piece of cardstock.
-The printer has a large footprint - no big deal - but storing the paper is a pain - it will not fit in any of my file cabinets.
-I can print 8x8 with little waste, the paper cost is quite a bit less and there is a larger selection of 8.5x11 paper than the larger sizes.

So....if it came down to buying a wide format or adjusting to a 8.5" printer...I guess I would be willing to adjust. Of course, at the time I had to have the wide format. I NEEDED one, LOL.

I do 8.5x11 and 12x12 pages right now and think I could do all I need on the 8x8. But I do have the wide printer - and I do use it. I love printing large prints, 11x14 or 13x19. I love being able to print 12x12 - just do not think it is a necessity for me now, especially as I do more digital pages and less standard paper scrapping.

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Posted: 4/22/2007 10:55:17 AM
Wanted to add I love love LOVE my r1800 for printing layouts.

For everyday printing, text, and a scanner I picked up an Epson CX5000 for about $70 at Target and use that. Of course, it won't scan in wide format but that wasn't an issue for me personally.

I like "saving" my R1800 for layouts and photo printing and using the more affordable inks in the 5000 for the everyday stuff (and it still prints GORGEOUS text and all).


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Posted: 4/22/2007 8:49:57 PM
i don't have a wide format printer but i create my LOs as 12x12 but resize them to 8x8 to print. also I just ordered some pages at


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Posted: 4/23/2007 6:08:57 PM
I have an Epson R1800 and LOVE it!


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Posted: 4/23/2007 11:26:51 PM
I agree about the standard size printer. I also use Epson,(a Stylus Photo R220) I'm on my 8th one, I believe, and I wouldn't switch! However, I use a separate scanner, also an Epson. I have one with an adaptor for slides & negatives. I do a lot of heritage pages, and often use old negatives, and sometimes slides. They cost slightly more, but are well worth it. Although I think the combination scanner/ printers are generally a good idea, if you are as hard as I am on your printer, you might find it best to have 2 separate units, as if something goes wrong with one or the other, you have to replace the whole unit.
I also like to use a heavyweight matte paper, when you print high resolution the results are just yummy!

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