This marks my second month of documenting one month at a time via my new template series known simply as "The Monthly." (You remember the tagline, yes? This is one monthly you'll actually look forward to!)
This month, I decided to layout all of my digital pages and then upload them to scrapbookpictures.com, for a quality and cost comparison against printing all of the pages on my home photo printer.
The result? A no brainer.
For $14, including shipping, I got all of this:
The quality is probably a little better than my HP Photosmart output, but the cost can't be beaten. To replace my ink cartridges in the HP? Around $100. Let me tell you this: printing out dense photo pages sucks down ink like nobody's business.
The only complaint I have upon reviewing my order is that the 5 x 7s I ordered seem a bit short of 5 inches wide, and I noticed this when I placed my trimmed out shots into my divided page protectors.
I like the idea of printing 5 x 7s for my four smaller sized shots though. It makes trimming a snap. Just pop 'em on your paper trimmer and cut.
I still printed my journaling cards on my HP printer using white bazzill orange peel texture cardstock. (Note: Hands down, if I was told I could have only one cardstock for the rest of my days, this would be it. I love the smooth, flat texture and it takes photo printer ink beautifully.
I used fewer journaling cards this time, opting instead for more photos. I think the divided page protectors are my favorite part of the album.
Everything else slipped easily into 8.5 x 11 page protectors. Done and done.
I've also decided that I'm not going to be hung up on if each month starts on the left or right side of the album. However many pages it takes each month, then that is how many pages I'll do.
Here are my digital photo pages for May.
Do these pages capture every single aspect of our lives? No. Do they capture enough? Absolutely. I also love the simplicity of it all. On Memorial Day, I simply chose shots, dropped them into the templates, wrote my monthly recap, and prepped all the files for upload. One month, just like that.
HOW THE MONTHLY WORKS: You can approach this several ways.
1. Fully digital pages. There are albums sets for both 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11 scrapbookers. These are purely digital pages, and include the multi-photo/journaling card page designs to be completed as digital pages.
2. Hybrid/printable pieces. There are sets for both 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11 for people who want to print out journaling cards, and other printables to piece together their own version of this album. The digital collage pages are not part of these sets.
3. Just journaling cards. For those people who simply want the journaling card files, you can use these files with divided page protectors in 4 x 4, 6 x 4 and 2.5 x 3. 5.
I am combining the photo collage pages from the digital kit, and the hybrid printable pieces from the 8.5 x 11 kit to create my pages. And I am most definitely printing my digital pages at scrapbookpictures.com from here on out. Big time ink saver.
If you have any questions, please leave me a comment today.