I just wanted to pop on quickly tonight to share a few tips for printing your digital pages. Here are some photos from Crystal of the 8X8 pages that she prints at home.
In "real life" the colors are beautiful & print out exactly how Crystal wants them to appear. Printing them this size is a great at home option. When Crystal has completed a lot of layouts, then she sends them in to Persnickety Prints to be printed at a 12x12 size. If she is creating a a theme album she usually opts to create a photo book. The paper Crystal prints her 8x8 layouts on is Kodak's "Gloss Photo Paper" which you can get at WalMart & it costs apx. $13 for 100 sheets. The gloss is very light & it prints colors out beautifully! Read more about Crystal's at home printer & where she prints her 12X12 pages here.
Our own Autumn Baldwin has a few suggestions for printing your digital pages:
"I've printed digital pages at mypictales.com. Prices are extremely reasonable (.50 for 8.5x11 and $1 for 12x12) and I've been happy with the quality. You do have to pay shipping, but if you are doing quite a few pages at once it's much cheaper than printing at Costco or something like that.
When considering the fact that you have to print out your digital pages you should make sure to leave extra room around your page edges, called bleed. You usually have about 1/8 inch on each side that will get cut off during printing. So if you want a 12x12 page, you should upload a 12.25 x 12.25 file and be aware that the outer edges will get cut off. The easiest way I've found to deal with this is just to start with a larger canvas when you start creating your page (12.25 x 12.25 or 8.75 x 11.25) and not place anything important in the 1/8 inch closest to the edge all the way around. But this way you make sure your background papers go all the way to the edge because the cutting isn't always completely precise. If you didn't start your page with a larger canvas, mypictales does have an action to help you adjust for bleed."
Thanks so much for all your suggestions ladies! Hope this information helps those of you who've had questions about printing your digital projects.