Weekly Warmup: More photos for your money

08/24/2009 at 2:40 pm | Posted in weekly warm up | 8 Comments
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lori-andersonPrinting photos is a little bit like buying shoes. There’s so many different size and finish options, how does a scrapbooker choose? Should you go for the white border around your set? Perhaps enlarge a few of your favorite prints to a 5″ x 7″ size for big impact on your scrapbook page? Are you the type of person who sticks to what’s comfortable and you print your photos in the same size and finish each time? Or are you an adventurous soul who likes to mix it up from time to time?

No matter your photo size preference, you’re sure to learn some great tricks on how to print multiple photos on a standard 4″ x 6″ size print in our September issue of Creating Keepsakes. Check out the step-by-step instructions on page 37 for using either Photoshop Elements or Microsoft Word to place multiple photos on a 4″x 6″ print. Yes, that’s right. You don’t need to use Photoshop Elements to take advantage of this tip. You can resize and combine photos in Microsoft Word and print multiple prints on those cute 4″ x 6″ photo papers, too!

Print multiple photos on one 4" x 6" print

Print multiple photos on one 4" x 6" print

Arranging your photos to print on a 4″ x 6″ print may require a little front-work on your part, but it definitely pays off in the end. It’s a great way to save money if you print at home or at the lab. And who doesn’t love saving money? If you’re not up to combining multiple photos on one print on your own, consider printing a few of your images at your lab in wallet sizes. Most photo developers offer this as a standard option, and the smaller sized photos can add a fun variety to your page.

CK wants to know what size photos you typically use on your scrapbook pages. Is your go-to method to use 4″ x 6″ photos only? Do you enlarge to your heart’s content? We want to know!

Thanks for your answers! Be sure to check out our September issue on newsstands now for even more inspiration and tips!

Lori Anderson
Online Managing Editor, Creating Keepsakes



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  1. I scrapbook digital style, so I use any size I feel like it, then print my layouts 8×8, 9×9, or 12×12 usually. 🙂

  2. When I paper scrap- I use 4X6 and trim them. I sometimes print more than one photo on a 4X6- I do it a lot for my Project 365 album. When I want my photos different sizes, then I create the layout digitally and print it 12X12 and mix it in with my paper layouts.

  3. I use lots of 4×6 and 5×7 photos, but lately I have been doing exactly what you have shown here to get smaller photos so that I can include more on my layout. It’s a fun way to stretch my printing!

  4. Picasa is another easy way to do the same thing, and it’s really fast and easy. You just click on a bunch of photos and create a “photo collage”, then save it in whatever size you want to print the whole picture.

  5. I mostly print 4×6 and trim some to fit my designs (I’m mostly 12×12). I have also started printing wallet sizes more, and using PSE to create collages. And every now and then, I print a great big photo! So many choices. So much fun.

  6. I find that I use anything 4×6 and smaller. I haven’t done a lot of pages w/enlargements so that’s something I’d like to try as well.

  7. I usually just use the 4×4 pictures that I might crop a bit but now that I have read your article I can’t wait to try something new.

    Thanks so much

  8. I try not to use all 4×6 that’s why it takes me forever to make a page….yikes….maybe i need to start using more 4×6 i would get alot more scrapping done. I like to print alot of 3×3 and 2×2 along with 4×6 on one page. I like to put lots of pics on a double page layout. I just got the hp photosmart A636 compact printer that prints 4×6 5×7 and you can also do wallet size and a few other smaller sizes. perfect for my style of scrapping. Sometimes I will use a digital template to print out my pictures then add that to a paper layout so my pictures are already printed how I want them.

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