I NEVER seem to be organized enough to gather all of my favorite photos that i want to have printed for crafting, scrapbooking or simply framing.
As much as I love to display photos around my house, I was always one of those people who *insert shame* left the picture that came with the frame, in the frame for months. LOL It wasn't until my family and friends would tease me a little and ask who the people were in the photos that I would actually get my act together and take my photos to the store to get all of my photos printed. I could never do just one at a time and i think that is the reason why I always put it off. I wanted to multitask and get them all printed at once but, I could never get organized enough with my pictures for that to ever happen.
I had a Kodak printer and although it was cheap on ink and paper, I thought I was happy with it until I got the Artisan 800 printer by Epson. This printer changed the way I felt about my photos and printing them off at home. No longer were they dull, they were bright and beautiful. I now believe that the paper is what makes all the difference. It is a little bit more costly than the "cheap stuff" but, it is totally worth the investment.
I have printed many of my digital scrapbook layouts, photos, cards and items for crafting on my Epson and i really am happy with the results. Not only that but, it is super easy to just click and print. I can choose to just pop in my camera card to the printer and print them out right from the card or, I can print after i play in PhotoShop. I get amazing results and I don't feel the guilt of being a slacker anymore.
My favorite paper for printing digital scrapbook layouts is:Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper (I have used Premium and it works great too but, the ultra premium is more vibrant)
My favorite paper for printing cards and crafting material is: Epson Semigloss Scrapbook Photo Paper (This paper works excellent for printing out clip art and pieces for cards and crafts)
In other thoughts: for printing out multiple scrapbook layouts I am thinking maybe I might try getting a book printing using Shutterfly. I have never actually had a photobook printed *sigh* again, my lack of organization and my battle to let go of the need for perfectionism and just get er done.
Have you gotten any of your photos/layouts printing in a hard bound book? which service did you use? Were you pleased with it?