Printing Advice for Digital Scrapping

Dawn - posted on 07/28/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I am new to digital scrapbooking and I am wondering if most of you have your pages printed and then insert them in albums or actually have them printed in bound photo books? What are the pros and cons of each way? If I decide to create photo books what are the best places to print them? I'd like to be able to use my custom pages as opposed to using their layouts and just inserting my photos.



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Jamie - posted on 07/29/2009

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I have my pages printed both ways. I print individual pages if I want to frame them and I have them hardbound into books if it's a full scrapbook. Check out Heritage Makers for your printing needs! They offer 3 different individual pages sizes and 7 different book sizes! You can create your own pages from scratch or use their completely customizable templates! If you use a different program, you can also upload your pages from that program and just have HM print them for you. Huge advantage to HM over the other companies--they archive your projects for life!! http://www.frommemoriestobooks.com or more fun info http://www.frommemoriestobooks.blogspot....

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Sara - posted on 11/16/2009

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I print my pages at home using the Epson 1900 printer - the quality is wonderful. I then insert them into my CM scrapbooks. People are amazed by the quality. I download many templates and papers from www.twopeasinabucket.com for free (they offer free kits each month and you can download all the previous free kits). I've done a book for my children's school through Inkubook.com I designed the pages myself and then uploaded them to the site. The price was right and I found a promotion online for them. I thought the quality was terrific.

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I use Costco and put them in Creative Memories albums - I love doing the 12x18 print size (same price as a 12x12 = $2.99). I put 1 12x12 layout and 2 6x6 of the same layout on the page - so both my girls have a smaller copy for the albums they keep in their rooms/carry around.

Dani - posted on 10/25/2009

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I've been using the "cheap" sites for the last few years and haven't had an issue with the quality of the book. I have used snapfish, shutterfly and winkflash, all have turned out beautifully and hold up well. Heck the book I made at CVS for $6 two years ago for my toddler is still in great shape.

If you wait til the end of the year winkflash usually runs a special $40 for any size book up to 100 pages.

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I think it's just a matter of preference. I happen to print the pages myself and insert them in albums. I use cm albums exclusively, I like their quality. Having them printed in bound photo books is also a good way to go. I also prefer the versatility of doing them myself.

Yolanda - posted on 09/20/2009

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Hi Dawn,
Let me invite you to try Heritage Makers (www.PicturesWithPurpose.net). You can create virtually anything scrapbook pages, books, canvas, posters etc. You can start from scratch or with a template. All templates are completely customizable and the system is online so there is no software to buy or download. You can get a free account and try it out. There's free training online too. Once you complete a project it's shipped to your door. I have a 12x12 printer but our scrapbook pages are about $4 (40,000 pieces of digital art and over 1600 templates). By the time you add in ink, paper etc. I have rarely used my printer for scrapbook pages since joining HM. The paper is fabulous! You won't be disappointed!

Julie - posted on 09/11/2009

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completely agree with Jamie! But if you are looking for something 'cheap' then those 'cheaper' places are fine. I know I have made a portfolio using them because it only needed to last about 6 months and then was going to be thrown away and updated anyway. There are times 'cheaper' is better, but if you are planning on keeping it for years to preserve your memories-go stitchbound! I LOVE Asuka books! There are so many to choose from-it is kind of just a trial and error. I know some people always go with something more 'magazine style' because they do not like the hard covers-while others always choose hard cover because they like the 'sturdiness' better....oh the options!

Jamie - posted on 09/10/2009

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Be careful of some of those "cheaper" places like Shutterfly! Their books are only glue bound and not stitch bound! The pages fall out after a while! You want to go with some place like Heritage Makers or Creative Memories that have stitch-bound books. Of course, I prefer Heritage Makers since I'm a consultant for them :)

Chandra - posted on 09/10/2009

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I use Shutterfly and ArtsCow (here is a code that will help me get a free referral credit - check it out!!! http://www.artscow.com/?Ref=358703) sign up and order anything I get credit!!!) to print bound books.



I haven't had many individual pages printed, and I can't remember off the top of my head which company I used for that - but they looked BEAUTIFUL! I have done a bound lifebook for my daughter (like a baby book for adopted children) and it was AWESOME!



I did it in 8x8 size so it was easy for her to hold and look at. I most often scrapbook in 12x12 and can't wait to have one of them printed in a bound book.

Rachel - posted on 09/10/2009

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I use Creative Memories. You can make Storybooks (which I LOVE) and my kids love the fact that they are reading a book about "them". THey have a program which is so easy to use and you can import other "pages" so the options are endless with the program. OR they will print your pages for you so you can just slip them into your albums. I like this too, since you can you with printed pages, or you can insert your own things other than just pictures. I save all the kids school awards and what-not, so I can put those in their albums as well. It is really up to YOU what you want to do with them :) You can read more about it at www.mycmsite.com/rachel

Laura - posted on 08/30/2009

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I use ScrapbooksPlease.com for my printing and have always been very happy with the results. I've never had a book bound, yet.

Susan - posted on 08/04/2009

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I ive in South Africa and use Scrapook factory to design my pages. I went in on the contact us button on the website www.myphotobook.co.za and they sent me the exact sizes I need to design to. Now I design my pages and then I export my pages as .jpeg and insert it into their software. When I am done, I upload the order and then I get a beautifully printed hard cover photobook back. It is brilliant, no more printing at home for me.

Julie - posted on 08/03/2009

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I do not do photobooks because I do not scrapbook in order so it would take me forever and a day to get a photobook ready in an orderly fashion. I usually print my layouts at home as I create them.

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