Printing Photos for Your Next Scrapbook Layout

Printing Photos for Your Next Scrapbook Layout

No one likes an extra step standing between you and working on your next layout. Something that can often be a roadblock is how to get your photos! Sometimes we want to scrapbook a memory while it's fresh, and waiting for photos at the store can make that difficult. Printing photos at home can be a tedious process, but it doesn't have to be! Here are some tips on how to print photos for scrapbooking.

1) Buy photo paper that is designed specifically for printing photographs. These papers are of higher quality and will produce crisper images when printed.  You can buy photo paper at any office-supply store, but make sure it's compatible with the printer you choose. If you've purchased a photo printer (see below), check with the manufacturer first to see what paper they recommend!

2) If you're going to be printing photos on a regular basis, consider purchasing a printer specifically made for photos! A lot of the time, they also come with high-quality photo paper to get you started, so it's a win-win.

Some of the most popular photo printers on the market right now are:

- Xyron Creative Station 9’’x5″

- Canon Pixma iX6820

- Canon PIXMA TS9521C Printer

For a lower-cost and super quick print option, try the Phomemo Printer M02 Mini Pocket Portable Sticker Printer. At only $49, it's great for on-the-go and those quick print moments.

3) Make sure your printer settings are set up properly before you start printing the first page of your project. This includes making sure that the ink cartridge is full and has enough color ink in it as well as setting your printer's resolution to 300 dpi or higher if possible. You can also adjust the contrast, brightness, saturation, sharpness, etc., but these steps may depend on what type of printer you have available to you.

4)  Make sure to print a test page first so you can check the quality of your print. If it is not up to standards, adjust one or more settings and print another test page until everything looks good.

Tell me: Do you order your prints or prefer to print them at home?

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