Tuesday, June 12, 2018

How to Print Various Photo Sizes with Canon Selphy Printer for Scrapbooking & Pocket Scrapbooking

Hello!

Today I'm sharing some tips with you on how I print my photos for use on scrapbook and pocket page layouts (like Project Life or CTMH's Picture my Life). Scroll down for my video tutorial, which will walk you through everything, but I wanted to give some written explanations as well.

Printing Photos On Demand


I like to print my photos on demand because that way I can print them specifically for the layout I'm working on. I like the flexibility because I never know ahead of time which way my design will go! But if you are more of a planner, you can also use these tips for ordering 4x6 prints from a photo site such as FreePrints (they have a great app for ordering right from your phone), Persnickety PrintsCostco, etc. I occasionally use all of these sites for ordering photos.

I use the PicFrame collage app on my iPhone to create 3x4 photos and other sizes such as 2x3 & 4x4, all within a 4x6 collage. In my video, I'll show you how to save the collage as a 4x6 photo to then print to a Selphy photo printer or send to a photo service. It prints via wifi so you can print right from your phone to the printer. It's so handy!


What is the Cost to Print on a Selphy?


Most of the time I use my Canon Selphy to print my photos. It's so handy! I’ve calculated it’s approx 32 cents per 4x6 for ink/paper (based on Amazon's price). I have the Selphy CP910 but there are newer models. Even though it’s more expensive per-photo to print on the Selphy, I end up saving in the long run because I print only what I need in the sizes I need for the project I use them on.

Are the Selphy Prints Archival?


Canon guarantees that the Selphy prints will last for 100 years (and may last longer). The photos also come out of the printer instantly dry, thanks to the clear top coat, so you don't need to worry about smudging ink. This coating also makes it water resistant. My kids have gotten water on some of my prints before using them and I simply wiped them off!

Does the Selphy Print True 4"x6"? What About 5"x7"?


One downside of using the Selphy is that you lose about 1/8” in length, so the final photo is approx. 4” x 5-7/8”. It doesn’t bother me enough to not use it but something to keep in mind. Convenience > 6"! In my video I give some tips on how to avoid any unwanted cropping. There is not a 5x7 printing option, but when I need a 5x7 or larger (not often), I usually order it from a photo site or in a pinch, print on my larger home printer (a Canon PIXMA photo-quality printer).



On to The Video Tutorial/Review!


Here's my video tutorial/review of the Selphy on how to use the PicFrame app, how to save the collage photo, and print on the Selphy. Plus there are also lots of little tips in between from my experience with this process.

(Watch below or in HD on YouTube. If you like this video, please be sure to subscribe to my channel!)







PRODUCTS SHOWN IN VIDEO

PicFrame App


*I am not being compensated for my thoughts or links to products/services except for products offered through Close to my Heart. I am a Close to my Heart Consultant and if you purchase the photo trimmer or other scrapbooking supplies through me I will earn a commission at no additional cost to you.*


Thursday, May 24, 2018

3 Ways to Add More Photos to Your Scrapbook Layouts | Process Video Using CTMH Postcard Perfect

Hello!

Today I have another process video to share with you. This covers the last layout I created using the Postcard Perfect Cut Above scrapbook kit. This kit makes me so happy. I love the bright colors and happy, tropical theme. (But as you'll see below, my photos are not super tropically - so it's pretty versatile!) Plus it makes scrapbooking SO easy, anyone can do it, and it is still fun and challenging for those who are seasoned scrapbookers!

In this video, I'll show you 3 ways to add even more photos than the kit called for (these ways can be used on any layout, not just this one). I used my not-so-secret weapon from yesterday's scrapbook process video (Pocket Plus Page Protectors) and combined it with another not-so-secret weapon: Flip Flaps! These products are a match made in heaven for scrappers like me (and probably you, too?) who like to add more photos to our layouts!




Be sure to watch my process video below or over on YouTube to see how I added more photos in 3 ways! Also be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my channel



In this second process video using CTMH's Postcard Perfect Cut Above Layout Kit, I assembled Layout #2 (find Layouts #1 & #3 here). I added more photos in these 3 ways:
  • Incorporated more photos on the 12x12 layout by printing them smaller and rearranging them slightly.
  • Added a Pocket Plus Page Protector to include in between my layout in my album without obstructing the design or needing to create more layouts for this event.
  • Added a Flip Flap to the Pocket Plus Page protector to add 2 more photos 
(Note: You can also add Flip Flaps onto 12x12 Pocket Pages or 12x12 scrapbook layouts. Be sure to add it to the outside of the page protector.



Isn't this layout adorable? Again, I can't take all the credit...they were pre-designed by CTMH. I added more photos by changing the layout slightly and adding Pocket Plus Page Protectors, but I kept the integrity of the design which kept the embellishing easy! 

I love that this Cut Above layout kit comes with everything pre-cut and pre-designed, INCLUDING page protectors, so all you have to do is assemble and add photos. Easy peasy!


This kit and collection of amazing tropical-themed coordinating products are ONLY available in May 2018 for National Scrapbook Month (NSM). Grab yours >

Here's a look at each 12x12 page individually (without the Pocket Plus).





Want to see everything in this collection close-up? Check out my VIDEO WALKTHROUGH of everything available in the Postcard Perfect Collection.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Easy Scrapbooking - How to Add More Photos to Postcard Perfect Cut Above Kit Layouts 1 & 3 | Process Video

Hello!

Today I have a process video to share with you. But not just any process video. I'm using a scrapbook kit that makes scrapbooking SO easy, anyone can do it, yet still fun for those who are seasoned scrapbookers! PLUS, I'll show you how I was able to add way more photos than the kit called for.

How cute are these layouts? I can't take all the credit...they were pre-designed for me. I altered them just a tad to fit more photos, but still kept the integrity of the design. 

But wait...there are more photos not even shown here! Watch my process video below to see how I added more.
Postcard Perfect Cut Above Kit - Layout #1
(3 extra photos shown, plus watch my video to see how I added even MORE photos!)

Postcard Perfect Cut Above Kit - Layout #2
(Added 5 extra photos!)

In this first video, I assembled two of the layouts (#1 & #3) from CTMH's Postcard Perfect Cut Above Layout Kit. There is one more layout that I'll share in another video this week. This kit and collection of amazing tropical-themed coordinating products are only available in May 2018 for National Scrapbook Month (NSM).

Watch the video below or over on YouTube. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my channel!



I love that this Cut Above layout kit comes with everything pre-cut and pre-designed, INCLUDING page protectors, so all you have to do is assemble and add photos. Easy peasy! I changed it up a little, while still keeping most of the design and embellishments as intended, but was able to add many more photos on the layout and using my not-so-secret weapon: Pocket Plus Page Protectors.

Want to see more of this luscious collection? Check out my VIDEO WALKTHROUGH of everything available in the Postcard Perfect Collection.


Thanks for visiting today!



SUPPLY LIST 

Journal Pen (my new fave!)
View all Cut Above Layout Kits (some are on clearance!)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

National Scrapbooking Month Specials + Video Close-Up of Postcard Perfect Products!

It’s finally May, which means it’s officially National Scrapbooking Month! I have had a hard time keeping all of the great products available this month to myself. But now's the time to share!


Not only do we have a BRAND NEW Seasonal Expressions catalog as of today, but to celebrate NSM, Close to my Heart created a special paper packet, coordinating cardstock packet, a stamp set, and a Cut Above® layout kit called Postcard Perfect! You can even get the whole bundle at a significant savings.

I will be sharing the artwork I created with this suite of paper products and other new products from the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book/Catalog all month long on all of my social media sites. Be sure to follow here on the blog, as well as on Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest for continuous inspiration!

To kick things off, let's take a closer look at all of the Postcard Perfect suite of products that are available this month. Here's a video I put together showing the exclusive stamp set, paper pack, cardstock pack, and Cut Above layout kit. You can view it below or on YouTube.



Learn more about all of the Postcard Perfect products.


These items are only available during the month of May, while supplies last, so don’t miss out and get it while you can! Shop now >

If you want to get the Cut Above Layout kit FREE, become a Close To My Heart Consultant or host a qualifying party any time this month.




Happy national scrapbooking month to you, all of my scrapbooking (and cardmaking) friends! I'll be back soon with more fun things to share!


Friday, April 20, 2018

SALE ALERT!!!

Happy Fri-YAY! Yay is right...there's a big 24-hour sale on my Close to my Heart website right now! Check it out!


BONUS!!
I have a Mystery Hostess Party open on my website - if you join that party and place an order of $25 or more, I will be drawing a winner for all the Hostess Rewards on May 20. It could be you!!!

The SALE is only for 24 hours (11am Friday til 11am Saturday Pacific Time). 

There's LOTS to choose from! Here's just a sampling...




P.S. Don't forget to join the "Mystery Hostess" party for a chance to reap ALL of the Hostess Rewards!