Crafty Chat: Printing Photos
I'll be honest here friends... I am the absolute worst at printing photos! Like, so SO bad. But, I am starting to get better at it, and wanted to share a few tips to help if you struggle with printing photos also!
For most of my memory keeping career, I didn't own my own printer. Which meant that in order to get photos to document, I had to order them/have them printed by an outside service. It was a pain in the butt, but it's what I had to do. I know a lot of my crafty pals are in the same situation, so I thought I would start by sharing some of my favorite services.
PHOTO PRINTING SERVICES
Persnickety Prints saves me so often, y'all. I'm a lover of travel documenting - I create an album specifically for each of our big trips. I'm also a lover of taking photos, so on those big trips I take wayyyy too many. (Is there such a thing as too many?!)
I love using PP for bulk printing. Their prices are great, they have amazing quality, and they print in the most popular memory keeping sizes - think 3"x4", 6"x8", 4"x8", etc.
If you're looking for a go-to printer for crafty/memory keeping photos on a regular basis, I recommend Persnickety Prints above all else!
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Parabo Press steals my heart with their matte paper. I am a huge fan of matte, so I can't get enough! The prints are close to a 4"x4" square - so they're on the larger size, but are super thick and great quality. I use these prints for both crafty memory keeping & general photo printing.
Artifact Uprising produces products of incredible quality. They are my go-to printing service for photos that I want to hang on the wall, place around my space, or give as gifts. I use this service less for crafty memory keeping printing, and more for the sake of having special memories printed.
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Social Print Studio was one of my first photo printing loves. Back when I was a full-time blogger I went to an event at their space in San Francisco and loved the way they put so much thought and care into everything they do!
Their prints are super thick and wonderfully made. They're somewhere in between matte and glossy - I like to describe them as buttery smooth! You've probably seen me create with these - they're the small 2"x2" photos I'm obsessed with - but they have SO many other sizes and fun products to choose from!
PHOTO PRINTING FROM HOME
Once I really got heavy into memory keeping, I received a printer for my birthday. It's an incredible printer, but wasn't the right choice for me - for photos. I wanted something I could print straight from my phone, didn't have to trim, or only had to trim a little, and that I could take with me since I travel for weeks at a time.
The Canon Pixma is the printer I received for my birthday, mentioned above. It's an amazing printer and I know so many crafty memory keepers that use this for printing all of their photos.
Once I knew what I wanted from a photo printer, I chose wisely so its features wouldn't overlap with this printer too much - that way I could keep and use them both. This printer is now my general, everyday printer that I use for everything from TN inserts, digital scrapbooking goodies, and receipts for online shopping, to the occasional 6"x8" photo that I want printed asap to use that same day.
I purchased the Canon Selphy for photo printing on an everyday basis. I love that I can print straight from my phone onto 4"x6" sheets. The quality isn't quite as nice as the Pixma, but for what I need, it's perfect!
Since it's not too big, I am also able to take it with me on my long trips so I don't fall behind on work. But note - it is a large travel printer, not something I take with me on a trip shorter than 2 weeks. For short trips where I don't have to work, but want to memory keep for fun, I carry along my Poloroid Zip Printer.
PHOTO PRINTING TIPS
I'm not one to give tips on this topic, since I'm absolutely terrible at it, but there are a few small things I've
- Print your photos each week. Whether you have 1 photo or 100. Set aside a time each week and create a habit out of printing those photos. Trust me - printing a week's worth of photos is so much easier than printing 5 months worth of photos because you keep putting it off.
- JUST DO IT. I get it - photo printing is the equivalent of folding the laundry after it washes. Or at least that's how I feel. I don't mind washing the laundry, but I hate folding/hanging and putting it away, so it sits in a huge pile and grows. Don't let your photos go unprinted for so long that they become the daunting pile of clothes in the corner of the room that you pretend not to see every time you walk by. JUST DO IT - print them and get it over with.
I hope this gave you a few tips on how to get those photos off your phone/camera/computer/etc. and into your hands so you can work your crafty magic on them!
Have more tips? Leave them below so we can all chat about them!