Do I have to have a 12×12” printer to print my layouts out?
The answer is…. nope!
Even though you create your digital scrap booking layout in 12×12 files, there are ways of printing them that don’t require a large format printer. Of course you can print them at 12×12 or have someone else print them at 12×12, if you’d like, but a large number of digital scrapbooker’s have figured out a solution that is simply marvelous:
Print your layouts out at 8×8.
- If you decide to print your own layouts they can be printed on standard photo paper on any standard photo printer. No expensive wide-format printer required. You can get standard 8.5 x11” photo paper in all finishes (gloss, matte, etc.) at any office supply store. Watch for sales and purchase the photo paper at a discount. (It’s always a good idea to save money, right?) Added to this the cost of ink for your printer and the cost could add up to more than it would be if you had someone else print the scrap book for you.
- Everything looks better to the eye if you reduce the size of your layouts to a smaller size.
- A smaller size lets you store your albums more readily. It’s awful hard to find a shelf that will fit a 12 x 12 scrap book. Score!
- It’s less expensive to print a smaller size. Score again!
There are plenty of places where you can get scrap books printed. Try your Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, Costco Stores, or call the closet office supply store. There are also internet printing companies that will print almost any size scrap book you want. Here you are going to have to do your homework to find the best prices available to you.
I will tell you that I had a scrap book printed at 6 ½ x 6 ½ for my mother and it turned out beautifully!
This is only one recommendation for you to look in to.