What size photos do you prefer to scrap?

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Posted: 7/2/2013 4:09:05 PM
What size photos do you prefer to scrap?

I like using wallet sized - usually 2 or 3 per layout! Or 4" square that come from my instagram pics.


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Posted: 7/2/2013 4:16:25 PM
I prefer smaller ones, also. Though I use 4x6 from time to time, I prefer 3x4 or smaller.

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Posted: 7/2/2013 4:34:25 PM
I usually do 4x6 but would like to branch out more.

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Posted: 7/2/2013 4:37:03 PM
i stick mostly to 4x6, but have been enjoying working with 4x4 lately.

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Posted: 7/2/2013 4:38:50 PM
I do a mix of 5x7 enlargements, 4x6 and 4x6 cropped. Occasionally I print some 3x4 .

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Posted: 7/2/2013 4:47:06 PM
I almost exclusively scrap 4x6


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April 2012
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Posted: 7/2/2013 4:49:39 PM
For the past 18 months I've scrapped exclusively 4x6 but I've now worked out that my local processing site does collages so I can now print smaller, so will probably be adding to my choices. Just means I can put more photos on a page!


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Posted: 7/2/2013 5:00:26 PM
I love when I have a 5x7 size photo to scrap, but for the most part I scrap 4x6. Because I switched back to 8.5 x 11 albums, I have been putting 2 photos on a 4x6 and scrapping 2 x 3.

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Posted: 7/2/2013 5:03:20 PM
I do mostly 4x6, with an occasional 5x7 or 8x10, and sometimes I use the 3x4 size. Once in a blue moon I will use 2x2 photos, but that is super rare.

I prefer bigger pictures because as I get older, my vision is not as good as it used to be.

However, I am using mostly 3x4 prints on a current layout in progress, but it is a scraplift based on one at the LSS. It's pretty rare that I scraplift anything, but I loved the layout, and it was perfect for some photos that I had.

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Posted: 7/2/2013 5:08:54 PM
I'm all over the place with photo sizes. It depends on the photos and my mood.


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Posted: 7/2/2013 6:13:09 PM
Mostly 4x6 but I sometimes crop to 4x4


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Posted: 7/2/2013 7:10:00 PM
For the last 6 years or so I've been doing mostly 3x4, with 2x3 if I have a LOT of photos, (put 2 or 4 photos on a 4x6 at home and then print them - cheaper than doing it in store) and 4x6 as highlights. I'm noticing in the last 6 months though, I've switched back to mostly 4x6, with bigger enlargements as highlights.


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January 2012
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Posted: 7/2/2013 7:15:17 PM
I crop into all sizes... But recently I have been putting 2 pics in a 4x6 collage. I was able to print more pics using a 100 prints free deal.
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Posted: 7/2/2013 7:29:30 PM
I generally scrap 4x6 photos because it is easy and affordable to get a bunch of 4x6 prints at a time. Sometimes I do crop them down to 4x4, though. I also have been thinking that I will get some 3x4 prints (two photos on a 4x6) next time, just to try it out. I scrap 8.5x11, so it's hard to get more than one photo on a layout with 4x6s, and I'd like to do some multi-photo layouts at some point.

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Posted: 7/2/2013 7:45:57 PM
4x4 and 2x3!

I rarely scrap 4x6 anymore, and never scrapped anything bigger than that to start with!

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February 2008
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Posted: 7/2/2013 7:48:52 PM
I print the vast majority of my pictures as 4x6 so I can order 100+ at a time. Once I start scrapping I might find I want a 5x7 or a couple 3x4s. I either print them quickly at home or upload a small batch for one hour printing.


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June 2009
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Posted: 7/2/2013 7:57:11 PM
I am mostly printing 4x6 this year. However I cut those done when there's dead space or unwanted items in the pics. So I will throw in done 3x4, 4x4 and 2x3s.

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Posted: 7/2/2013 8:13:49 PM
I usually do 4x6 but also love to scrap 5x7, 8x10, and 8x12.

I will also cut down my 4x6s to whatever size works for the LO I am doing and end up with 4x4, 2x3s, 2x2s etc.


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Posted: 7/2/2013 8:16:20 PM
I scrap all different sizes from 8x10 to 2x2, to me the picture tells most of the story. I'm a simple scraper and focus more on the pictures. 4x6 is what I used the most.


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Posted: 7/2/2013 8:44:12 PM
I am mostly 4x6 with the occasional 5x7 or 8x10. I'd like to do smaller ones but I always forget until it's too late.



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Posted: 7/2/2013 10:14:48 PM
I agree! Smaller photos! 2x3, 3,4, 4x4, 3x3

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November 2010
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Posted: 7/3/2013 4:58:51 AM
Usually 4x6. If it's a really special picture 5x7.

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March 2006
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Posted: 7/3/2013 1:02:17 PM
I usually make my focal photo at least 5x7 and if I want to incluse additional photos on the layout, I will make the others closer to wallet size.

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Posted: 7/3/2013 1:07:14 PM
I order my photos online so most of them are 4x6.

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Posted: 7/3/2013 1:39:51 PM
4*6 for me because I have found that they are the easiest and cheapest to print!

I used to do some enlargements, like 5 by 7, but I stopped because I like having more room for journaling or embellishing.


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June 2013
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Posted: 7/3/2013 1:41:08 PM
Usually 4 x 6, occasionally 5X7 or even 8x10, but I'd like to try doing more with smaller sizes. Great question!


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July 2006
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Posted: 7/3/2013 2:00:14 PM
I almost always start with 4x6, but I've been cropping a lot down to 3x4 lately for PL style pages.

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Posted: 7/3/2013 2:05:58 PM
It totally depends on the design of my LO. When doing 2 pg collages, I use 3.5x5 and wallet sizes. On 1 pagers, I do 4x6 and 3.5x5 or wallets. Again, it completely depends on the design I am going for.

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Posted: 7/3/2013 3:15:49 PM
3x4 mostly - but my usual page size is 6x8... so sometimes photos are smaller and sometimes I use full 4x6.


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Posted: 7/3/2013 3:22:21 PM
I quickly got bored with using just 4 x 6's. I now use all different sizes - wallet size up to 9 x 24 (panoramic of the Grand Tetons) spread across two pages. I made myself a set of various sized cardstock templates so I could figure out what size I wanted the photos to be. I order all of my odd size photos from Persnickety.


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Posted: 7/3/2013 3:28:06 PM
I normally do 4X6 photos. On occasion, I'll do a 5X7 or I may cut down three 4X6 photos to 4X4 and use them on a page.

I almost always use multiple photos on a page and I really love to see the background on a 4X6. Sometimes the background helps to tell the story.

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Posted: 7/3/2013 6:19:54 PM
"I quickly got bored with using just 4 x 6's. I now use all different sizes - wallet size up to 9 x 24 (panoramic of the Grand Tetons) spread across two pages. I made myself a set of various sized cardstock templates so I could figure out what size I wanted the photos to be. I order all of my odd size photos from Persnickety."

Travelscrapper that's a great idea. Thanks for the tip. Off to make some templates.

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Posted: 7/3/2013 6:44:54 PM
wallets and 4x 6 here. I love both.

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April 2012
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Posted: 7/3/2013 7:03:44 PM
When I'm making an 8x8 LO I use either 3x4 or a 4x6 that I print with a really thick border so I can trim the edges a bit...

For PL (and I'm just starting), I seem to go for 3x4... Seems big enough to enjoy without taking up too much room for the week/event... I do add in a few 4x6 if I need to fill up some space or if the picture is really special/stunning...


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Posted: 7/3/2013 8:34:15 PM
The vast majority of prints I use are 4x6, as that is what was cost effective to print. I now have an awesome 12" photo printer, so I am starting to use different sizes.

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Posted: 7/3/2013 8:41:40 PM
I like to do 1 4x6 or a few smaller ones on one page.


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Posted: 7/3/2013 9:53:26 PM
I like the ease of 4x6 but lately 4x4 prints are really doing it for me.
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Posted: 7/3/2013 10:37:14 PM
I think it's 5x7 or wallet, but right now I have a stack of 4x6 I'm trying to get through. They were printed at Costco for free when I signed up for a membership.


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Posted: 7/3/2013 11:23:40 PM
I usually go with 4x6 but I occasionally go 4x4 and also 2x2



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Posted: 7/3/2013 11:32:07 PM
I've been having fun with 3.5x5" lately. I also use 3x4 and 4x6 (usually cropped down, though) and the occasional 5x7.


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November 2010
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Posted: 7/3/2013 11:38:20 PM
I like 3.5x5 I use 1 maybe 2 per page and I love it.


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Posted: 7/4/2013 7:56:40 AM
4x6 or larger I make my photos the focal point of the layout. I like to remember even what was in the background at the time it was taken

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Posted: 7/4/2013 7:58:26 AM
I use 4x6 and i crop it down when needed
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Posted: 7/6/2013 7:53:07 AM
I do all sizes but lately have been scrapping lots of square ones
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