Monday, October 15, 2012

Your First Scrapbook Layout with GIMP - Part 8

Your digital scrapbooking page is complete!

And it's stuck in a folder on your computer when you really want to put it in that dusty album you bought several years back before you realized that you just aren't that into paper scrapping.  Or maybe you want to frame it and hang it on your wall.

What to do?

Get that sucker printed!

If you're like me, printing might cause you some heartburn. 

First of all, it's the one part of this process that isn't free.  Second, not just everyone (like Wal-Mart and your neighborhood Walgreens) does printing of 12" x 12" pages.  And third? I don't know about you, but I absolutely abhor paying for something when I don't know whether I'm getting my money's worth or not. 

Thankfully, there are 80 tons of digital scrappers out there who have, for the most part, vetted the peeps who print.  Because I like you so much, I have sorted through the gazillions of comments, complaints, praises, prices and fine print, and tried to give you a few printing options that might work for you. 

All of them offer online upload of your digital creations.  All print on archival quality paper (which means that your printed page should last fuh-evah... or at least a really long time).  All offer shipping at pretty reasonable rates. 

Scrapping Simply -  $1.99/page, full bleed (all the way to the edge of the paper, no irritating white border)

Scrapbooks to Share  - $1.50/page, acid/lignin-free paper, glossy or matte, flat $6 shipping (so you can order a bunch at a time for the best bang for your buck)

Scrapbooks Please - $1.99/page, standard matte, full bleed, acid-free archival paper, shipping $3.01 for one page in the continental US, $7.55/10 pages (US), $9.89/20 pages (US)

Persnickety Prints  - $1.99/page, full bleed, $5 shipping 

Costco - $2.99/page, available in glossy or lustre, pick up at the warehouse!

I am somewhat of an instant gratification girl, so I like places like Costco where I can print and pick up right away.  But I have read mixed reviews on Costco's printing service and have not personally used them, so you might print one page that you won't be heartbroken over if the quality isn't what you expected and just see.

Also?  Print quality is sometimes in the eye of the beholder.  Give some of the above a try.  I'd love to hear what you think of your finished product, the customer service you received, how simple it was to order and upload, etc.

Happy Printing!


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