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Printing & Sharing Scrapbook Pages
By The iScrapbook Team, last updated 05/18/2012

The first question most first-time digital scrapbookers ask themselves is, "How do I get my beautiful scrapbook page from my screen to a printed page?" The great thing about digital scrapbooking is that you now have lots of options for printing and sharing your scrapbook pages. These options typically fall into four categories:

1) Use your own inkjet or color laser printer to print individual scrapbook pages.
2) Use a commercial printing service to print individual scrapbook pages.
3) Use a commercial printing service to print a hardcover or softcover book containing your scrapbook pages.
4) Share your scrapbook pages with family and friends via email or the Web.
Using Your Own Printer
The quickest way to print your scrapbook pages is using your own inkjet or color laser printer. Using your own printer is convenient because it's in your home which means you can print a scrapbook page the instant you need it.

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Q. Which is better, a color inkjet printer or color laster printer?
A. At the time of this writing, it's a pretty well-regarded fact that color inkjet printers produce better results when printing photographs. In particular, color inkjet printers tend to print more vibrant life-like colors than the flat color spectrum produced by color laser printers. Color laser printers typically excel when printing business documents (pie charts, graphs, etc.) and high volume print jobs. Since most scrapbook pages contain photographs, you'll probably be happier using a good-quality inkjet printer over a color laser printer. As technologies change and improve, the decision between these two types of printers may change so always look at samples from both types of printers before choosing. For information on choosing an inkjet printer see Shopping For An Inkjet Printer. For a list of recommended inkjet printers see Recommended Inkjet Printers.

Q. How do I print 12"x12" scrapbook pages or am I limited to 8.5"x11"?
A. Your printer determines the size of paper you can print on. Most printers are only capable of printing on Letter (8.5"x11"), Legal (8.5"x14"), and other smaller sizes of paper. To print on 12"x12" paper (a popular scrapbook paper size), you'll need what's called a "wide format printer". Wide format printers are available in both color inkjet or color laser varieties.

Q. Is there a 12"x12" paper stock you recommend"?
A. Epson (www.epson.com) sells some 12"x12" stock that many of our customers have used. It's available directly from Epson as well as many retailers including some big box office supply stores. A customer also recently recommended Inkpress Duo Matte 80 (Weight 215 GSM; Thickness 12 Mil; Brightness 95%; 100 Acid and Lignen Free; Free ICC Profiles available for download). The customer preferred the Inkpress Duo Matte because a) you can print on both sides of it; b) it's relatively economical compared to the popular Epson stock; and c) it's high-quality and quick drying. You can find Inkpress Duo Matte at many resellers (do a Google search for it) including Amazon.com and B&H Photo (bhphotovideo.com).
Using a Commercial Printing Service
There are several commercial printing services that you can use to print individual scrapbook pages in either 8.5"x11" or 12"x12" size. Some of these services offer prints in either size for as low as $2.99/page. Most of these services are available online but there may also be brick and mortar stores in your local area that offer similar services. Whether you use an online service or local service, you can typically order your scrapbook pages in four easy steps:

1) Create an online account with the service of your choice from your web browser.
2) Use your graphics editing software to save your scrapbook pages in a popular graphics format like jpeg or pdf (the service will tell you the formats they accept).
3) If you're using an online service, upload the graphic files saved in step (2) to the service using your web browser. If you're using a local printing service, burn your graphic files saved in step (2) to a CD or DVD or copy to USB memory stick.
4) Place your order online or at your local printer.

The following is a list of printing services that we're currently aware of and is provided for your convience. We do not endorse or have partnerships with these services so we can not guarantee or be held responsible for their performance.

Costco
Prints are available in 8.5"x11" and 12"x12" sizes. You can pick up prints same-day at your local Costco warehouse or you can have them delivered to your doorstep for a shipping charge.

ScrapbookPictures.com
Prints are available in 8.5"x11" and 12"x12" sizes. You can have them delivered to your doorstep for a shipping charge.

shutterfly
Prints are available in 8"x8", 8"x10", and 12"x12" sizes. You can pick up prints same-day at your local Target store or you can have them delivered to your doorstep for a shipping charge.

Ordering Hardcover/Softcover Books
There are several commercial services that can print your scrapbook pages and bind them together in a book. These books are really impressive and can be produced for your own use or given as gifts. Most services can produce hardcover and softcover books depending upon your preference. Some can even produce wire bound books.



Not all services print books in the popular 8.5"x11" and 12"x12" scrapbooking sizes but most have some large sizes that can accommodate either size with a resulting margin. If you find a book printing service that you really like and they don't print the exact size you normally use, you might consider changing paper sizes in your graphics editing software so you can get the full benefit of the printed book size you like. For example, some of the book printing services offer books in some very nice sizes like 13"x11", 14"x12", and 15"x11.5".

You can typically order your scrapbook in four easy steps:

1) Create an online account with the service of your choice from your web browser.
2) Use your graphics editing software to save your scrapbook pages in a popular graphics format like jpeg or pdf (the service will tell you the formats they accept).
3) Upload the graphic files saved in step (2) to the service using your web browser or other application that they specify.
4) Place your order.

The following is a list of book printing services that we're currently aware of and is provided for your convience. We do not endorse or have partnerships with these services so we can not guarantee or be held responsible for their performance.

Apple
If you're a Mac user, you can use Apple's iPhoto application to order hardcover, softcover, and wire-bound books in three different sizes: Large—double-side or single-sided (11"x8.5"), Medium—double-sided (8"x6"), and Small—double-sided (3.5"x2.6"). Apple does not offer a 12"x12" size. The books are delivered to your doorstep for a shipping charge.

blurb
You can order softcover and hardcover scrapbooks in four sizes: Standard Landscape (10"x8"), Standard Portrait (8"x10"), Square (7"x7"), and Large Format Landscape (13"x11"). They do not offer a 12"x12" size but you can scale the 12"x12" pages down to 11"x11" and then place the scaled pages on the Large Format Landscape page size with a left and/or right margin. The books are delivered to your doorstep for a shipping charge.

Kodak Gallery
You can order hardcover scrapbooks in four sizes: Pocket Photo Book (5"x5"), Mini Photo Book (7"x5"), Classic Photo Book (10.25"x9"), and Legacy Photo Book (14"x12"). They do not offer a 12"x12" size but you can place your 12"x12" pages on the Legacy Photo Book page size with a left and/or right margin. The books are delivered to your doorstep for a shipping charge.

Lulu
You can order softcover and hardcover scrapbooks in two sizes: 9"x7", and 11"x8.5". They do not offer a 12"x12" size. The books are delivered to your doorstep for a shipping charge.

myPublisher
You can order softcover and hardcover scrapbooks in three sizes: Pocketbook (7.75"x5.75"), Classic (11.25"x8.75"), and Deluxe (15"x11.5"). They do not offer a 12"x12" size but you can scale the 12"x12" pages down to 11.5"x11.5" and then place the scaled pages on the Deluxe page size with a left and/or right margin. The books are delivered to your doorstep for a shipping charge.

snapfish
You can order softcover and hardcover scrapbooks in six sizes: Signature Photo Book 12"x12"), Classic Photo Book (11"x8"), Story Book (8"x8"), Everyday Photo Book ( 7"x5"), Mini Book (3"x2"), and Flipbook (6"x4"). The books are delivered to your doorstep for a shipping charge.

shutterfly
You can order hardcover scrapbooks in five sizes: Memory Book (12"x12"), Classic Book (11"x8.5"), Story Book (8"x8"), Casual Book (8"x5"), and Brag Book (4"x4"). The books are delivered to your doorstep for a shipping charge.

Walmart
You can order softcover and hardcover scrapbooks in three sizes: Signature Photo Book (12"x12"), Classic Memory Book (11"x8.5"), and Story Book (8"x8"). The books are delivered to your doorstep for a shipping charge.

Using Email & Web
You don't necessarily have to print your scrapbook pages to share with them others. It's sometimes more convenient, faster and less expensive to share your scrapbook pages with others digitally. For example, you can email a scrapbook page to a distant grandparent or you can publish your scrapbook pages to a website so your whole family can see your pages using their web browser.

To email a scrapbook page to someone, you'll need to first use your graphics editing program to save the scrapbook page in a universal graphics format like jpeg or pdf. Then you can simply attach it to an email. To publish a scrapbook page on the Web, you'll need to use your graphics editing program to save the scrapbook page in a web-friengly graphics format like jpeg or png. You can then upload this photo to your website. Different people use different website services to host their website. For example, many Mac users might use their .Mac account to host their web pages while others may use a social networking site or blogging site to host their web pages. Or you can get your own domain name (www.mydomainname.com) and find a company that will host an actual website for you.
 
 
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