Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: Printing small photos

Leaping Lemurs!  We had such fun seeing the Lemurs at Duke University's primate center in April.  With all the layers of cages (most necessary) it is tough to get good photos.  More about the layout below, let's first talk about the photos...

Most of my layouts stretch the page.  I have a lot of trouble leaving white space.  One of the reason is that I use so many 4x6 or sometimes larger photos.  Many times though I just don't need a photo that big.  I've found that it is typically less expensive to print my photos at home and certainly at a photo processor in 4x6 format.  Here is how I print 2, 3 or even 4 small photos on one 4x6.  I'm using Photoshop Elements version 9 but the idea can be applied to other versions of Photoshop or other photo processing software:

watch at  YouTube
(I apologize for the camera shake.  This was my first effort at videotaping something from the computer and I'm going to have to work on the method.)

For the layout, almost all the product is from's January Kit.  What a bargain!  I got so much great stuff in this kit.  These kraft background papers are perfect for the theme here as is circle garland all from My Mind's Eye.  I liked getting the kit because it gave me a chance to try product I might not normally purchase.

One thing I do typically purchase that was included was the raw chipboard from American Crafts.  Most of my undressed chipboard is from Basic Grey.  I was delighted to see American Crafts add this to their Thickers and in a cool font of both upper and lower case.  It can really handle the finishes, too. First I misted this a beautiful color that came out too pink, so then I inked at least 3 coats to get a color I liked.  Then I tried some white paint around the edges and got too much so back to the ink.  Yeah, this stuff can really hold up to experimentation.

Oh and if you live in the Raleigh/Durham area or are visiting, call ahead to Duke University to schedule a tour of the Lemurs. We just lucked out on an opening.  They are usually booked out a couple of weeks.  It takes about 2 hours and is a really different experience.

Thanks for visiting today!

Ingredients:  From Artfuldelight kit:  MME Happy Kraft papers, American Crafts  Thickers, MME Happy Fun Days Garland and Stickers
Cardstock:  Riding Hood Red from Stampin' Up!
small letter stickers:  Jillibean Soup
Black Thickers:  Marquis from American Crafts


  1. I print a selection of photos in 4x3 in addition to my 4x6's that I get from an outside developer. It's really nice to have the smaller size!

  2. I always try to print a few smaller size photos. If I don't scrap them, I can always use them in a brag book for my purse.

  3. Love your layout! I love using smaller photos in layouts. My son requested a recorder you hook up to your t.v/computer to record directly from the screen. Santa ordered it from Amazon.;-) Just thought I would let you know. :-)

  4. This is such a great page, Lisa. Love the layout and how you brought all the small photos together with the line of stitching/twine.

  5. I've found that it is usually less pricey to print my images at home and definitely at a picture processor in 4x6 format.

    Midwest Scrapbook

  6. 4x6 is definitely the most versatile small printing. Great tips.


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