Loc: The Sunshine State
|Posted: 9/21/2012 11:48:07 AM|
I'm a digital scrapping newbie (only been doing this about a year) and I have about 30 or so done pages awaiting printing. Some are in sizes other than 12x12.
Where would I get them printed?
I have thought about going to 8.5x11 on all future pages and just getting them printed at CVS around the corner, but that doesn't sound very "official" LOL.
I also would love to do a couple of those bound photobooks, but I want to create my own pages. Does anyone know where I could do that?
Any experiential advice would be awesome, Thanks !!
|Posted: 9/21/2012 2:56:20 PM|
I usually digiscrap at 8x8 just so I can easily print my pages out at home and they do make albums that size. I see no reason why printing at CVS wouldn't do just as well. Some folks get their pages printed at Costco!
About the bound books, many sites that specialize in that have either page templates you select and upload your images to (in that case you'd just select full page, or whatever, and use your file as is) while others use their own programs (either online or a downloaded program). Either way, you'd use a hi-res jpg of your digipages just the way you would any other photo. It might help, when designing for a book end-result, to check out their options and preferences, to avoid having to redo work at the last moment.
Also, you may need to build in bleeds (an extra 1/8" on all sides with the background color, etc. filling it) so that the images extend to the edge of the printed page, if that's the look you're going for. If that's the case, design your pages .25 inches larger than you usually would and set guides 1/8" (or .125) all the way around to mark your live edges. And even then you should avoid text or important items near that live edges, as trimming errors can still occur (natural part of the process) so another 1/8-1/4" of a border wouldn't hurt.
Loc: southern ontario
|Posted: 9/21/2012 6:29:48 PM|I'm one of those costco printers they do a great job and it saves me buying ink
For bound books I use shutterfly. When dropping the layouts into the page templates you just select a full page photo layout and drop your page in. I keep text and elements away from the edges. I've never had the text or photo cut off but when the book is bound sometimes its really close to the inside seam.
and 8.5X11 is an "official" scrapbook size. nothing wrong with doing it like that
Loc: Vancouver, WA
|Posted: 9/21/2012 9:57:51 PM|
I do the same as ShanB. I get all my printing done at Shutterfly. Choose full size page for the photo. I scrap 12 x 12 because it is easier for me to do the math when I am designing my page. But I always print an 8x8 album. As long as the dimensions are the same--square--it doesn't matter if you print 12x12 or 8x8 albums. But I always leave at least a 1/4 of an inch space between anything in my layout that I want to make sure prints and the edge. Just as some of the others have stated.
Livin' in My Own "Pea-rivate" Idaho
|Posted: 9/21/2012 10:03:57 PM|Hey now...I scrap 8.5 x 11 all the time and have made photo books in that size.... It's definitely an acceptable size. There are companies that do books on that size, so don't let that stop you.
There are so many places that do photo books...Shutterfly, Persnickety Prints, Mixbook, VioVio, Snap My Life Creations, Picaboo and more. Just google it and you should find plenty of options.
Persnickety Prints is a great place to get single prints done, if you want each page printed individually. Lots of scrappers get their pages printed and then stick them into sheet protectors.
If you are looking to do your own custom pages to upload for a photo book, the best way to do this is to save a extra copy of your pages after you finish creating them in your software. I always keep my original pages in case I need to go back and correct something, like typos. Take your extra copy, flatten (or merge all the layers together), and save it as a full resolution jpeg. Upload a full-sized jpeg to photo book site you are creating your book on. Once you choose a certain place to creat your book, go through and read/watch the tutorial from that site and follow the instructions to create your book. You should be set to go.
Just keep in mind that if you are creating pages for a book, try not to put anything near the edges of your page, or they all get cut off when the book is printed. I've had this happen and have learned the hard way...
Loc: The Sunshine State
|Posted: 9/22/2012 1:32:52 PM|
Thank you so much for the information and encouragement! I'm on a pretty strict budget (who isn't?! lol) and CVS/Shutterfly would work for me perfectly. The 1/4" border edge is a super idea! I would have found out the hard way too
|Posted: 9/28/2012 2:16:16 AM|
If that's the case, design your pages .25 inches larger than you usually would and set guides 1/8" (or .125) all the way around to mark your live edges.
just to be super-sure. When I open a new project in photoshop I have as default meause 12x12 inches. Instead, for printing purpose, I should put for example 12.25x12.25? and leave the .25 "white"?
Biting my tongue.
|Posted: 9/30/2012 7:16:26 PM|
No, you'll want to stretch your background paper to fit it.
|Posted: 10/18/2012 6:56:09 AM|
I think you should try to get Toronto printing services because they provide best printing services in the whole world. After the completion of printing you should use perfect binding.
|Posted: 10/18/2012 9:07:37 AM|FYI - if anyone is looking to catch up on their page printing (says she with 160+ pages in her online album ), Persnickety Prints is having a sale this weekend, Friday - Sunday, with discounts on 12x12 and 8.5x11 pages.
For the books, or even for individual pages, I do what others here have suggested and keep things away from the edges in case they are cropped or bleed off the page. Also - and just a personal preference - I scrap 12x12, print 8x8 (like Shannon), but I make sure my journaling font is at least a 12-pt size on the 12x12 so it doesn't end up too small on the 8x8 printed page.
|Posted: 10/20/2012 12:01:22 AM|Persnickety Prints is awesome Their colors are so much more true and crisp than Shutterfly or even Costco (and I'm a huge Costco fan)! PP's $1.50 sale for 12x12 is an awesome deal, since Costco's are $2.99 and they usually have great prices. The only downside is having to pay $5 for shipping, but if you batch order it's not so bad.
|Posted: 10/20/2012 9:04:33 AM|
... and i just realized the PP sale is on 8x8's too - I placed an order yesterday morning and by the afternoon had received confirmation that the whole thing had shipped! 150+ pages
|Posted: 10/21/2012 8:10:23 AM|
FYI - if anyone is looking to catch up on their page printing (says she with 160+ pages in her online album ), Persnickety Prints is having a sale this weekend, Friday - Sunday, with discounts on 12x12 and 8.5x11 pages.
kat, thanks for the heads up. i am signing in right now. 150 pages? you go gurl...are you standing by the mailbox? i would be!!
|Posted: 10/21/2012 10:04:18 AM|Em, not quite - but I have tomorrow off and everything's shipping to my office, so you KNOW it's going to arrive when I'm not there, right?! LOL Yeah, I haven't printed in a while - I think the last thing I did was my P365 album ... from last year.