Sunday, July 13, 2008

Right Size Photos for every Scrapbook Layout

Here's the last of the Willoughby designs I did for the new TAC Inspiration Book. It's a 6x9, which is a fun size, and if you follow my blog, you know I love to scrapbook in a variety of sizes. I especially love making mini scrapbooks.

People often ask me about how I get all the different sizes of photos for my layouts. I'm the kind of person who gets up really close with my camera, so inevitably, faces fill right up a 4x6 print. Some services offer a wallet size, but I'm too thrifty to pay more for prints.

That's when I discovered Shutterfly's free "Studio" software. Download it here. It organizes and enhances your photos like other programs, but the Collage function is really great. You pick a template and just drag and drop pictures into it. When you export the collage as a jpeg it can be printed with your other regular prints. I use the 4x6 template most of the time, so it costs the same as regular pictures.

You can add titles to the collages as well, so I use them for my family blog and even holiday cards. If you've been timid about trying digital scrapbooking, these collages might be a good compromise. I've made little books entirely out of 4x6 collages. They are fast and fun! Check out my Easter one here and my Oblinski books here.

Drop me a line if you have questions or leave a comment with a link to your favorite mini book or scrapbook layout.

All Supplies from The Angel Company: Willoughby paper and cardstock, Willoughby Ribbon, Antique Copper Hardware, Palette Burnt Umber ink, Stamp Sets: Artsy Elements, Decorative Corners.


Angela K said...

Thanks for the photo tips, I will have to try that out! Love you blog, always find something to inspire me, TFS your creativity with all of us!!

LadyDoc said...

WOW- what a great tip! I use shutterfly but never thought of that- THANKS!!!!

Susan said...

This is the best tip ever! I love the photo collages, but didn't know shutterfly offered a software. I am going to download it now. Thanks so much.

BarbL said...

Jewels - fabulous as always!!
You deserve an award!!
You've been nominated for the Brilliant Weblog Premio 2008.

"Jany" said...

Thanks for the link to the program. I've wanted to do this for SOOOOO long and didn't know how to do it!

Leah said...

Julie, I was so hoping you would post this tip. You told us about it at Seminar, but I couldn't remember how to do it. Thanks so much!
Leah :)

Miss Em said...

OMG!!! That is an awsome tip. THANK YOU.