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06-26-2009, 10:55 PM
Okay I need it fast!!!
I am hoping to be able to have my husband give this album to his little girl before he leaves the country.
So, what are the fastest printing times for pages/albums you ladies know of? I've never pritned online before.
I have a page I want to use as the album cover if it is possible. I may be willing to bend on this if I can get the pages fast.
I am willing to either buy an album with protectors and print pages or print hardbound book.
But, the important thing is getting this in hand by July 1-2 if possible.
Costco is FAST! If you are a member, you can upload your pages from home and they'll usually be ready for you to pick up within the hour.
You do have to be careful about leaving a border/edge that you don't mind getting cut off, because they do that (most places do) and it is unpredictable where exactly it'll happen. Otherwise, I've had great luck with them. I usually just get an album with page protectors and make the album cover the first page.
P.S. Have you gone to bed yet or have you been up all day as well???
06-27-2009, 01:38 AM
oh I woke up around 8pm LOL but i am back at it again.
Tara, this is a great idea. I was looking at scrappingsimply.com as their 8x8 are 99cents, but costco is only 1.49 no shipping and I can get them same day. I think this is who I will use.
should I add a white border so that will bleed off? Or is the edge I loose inconsistent? I'm not sure what to do to get full bleed pages...
06-27-2009, 01:40 AM
p.s. I found a lovely butterfly album in 8.5x8.5 and found page protectors in 8x8 size that will fit in that album, so I went ahead and bought those at Target tonight. now I need to fonish up these pages and get them in for printing. wee!
Since you have a little time, I'd upload a page or two and do a test print. I've found that my Costco is pretty unpredictable - sometimes the left edge is cut off, sometimes it is the top...sometimes a little, sometimes a little more. There are two ways around it. Sometimes I leave a white border and then cut off whatever they don't cut off. Othertimes, if there is nothing close to the edge (which is so rare for me - - can't break myself of the habit), then I'll just let them do their thing. You could always put the background paper behind the page so anything "extra" is that color.
But I think a test print would be the way to go. Just remember...what gets cut off might change with each print. But at least you can get a sense of what you like.
Good luck! I'm sure she'll love it!
06-27-2009, 02:53 AM
hmmm I'm scared now! Maybe a test is good... but if it really is as random as you say... a test won't be too conclusive?
I'll try it out once it's daylight and see I guess. A lot of my pages are really... well, I can't afford edges cut off.
Sorry - didn't mean to scare you! It is less than 1/4 of an inch that they cut off. Since I like to know what I'm getting, I always just leave a white border and then trim as needed (if needed!). I just say to do a test print to make sure you like the colors (I always tell them NOT to auto correct), quality, etc.
Well, I'm going to bed...but somehow, I don't think you will be!
06-27-2009, 03:52 AM
ok I will send in a few for testing then, and go pick them up in the am. Maybe by this afternoon my book can be done. That would be nice!
06-27-2009, 07:06 AM
How exciting! Wait until you see your first pages in print!!! I am also a Costco fan, and am very lucky that mine is only a few minutes away. I usually reduce my 12x12 LOs by 98%, which leaves about 1/8" white border on each side. I then hand trim (using a straight edge and exacto knife), not my favorite part of the process, but then I don't fret about things along the edge. Maybe you could get all your pages uploaded, print a couple as a test, go check them out and make sure you are happy with them. If you are, then you should be able to order the rest right there in the store. Personally, I like their lustre print, but they also have glossy.
Walmart also does 8x10 if that is more convenient or you are not already a member at Costco. You would have to do a quick resize so that your document are 8x10 (leave your LO as is, and just have a 2" border on the top or bottom). I've not used them, so I can't speak to their quality, but just giving another idea!
06-27-2009, 07:12 AM
how would I go about reducing to 98%? At this point, I am going to try Costco, my SIL is a member and can take me over there. I will let her know I volunteered her to do this after she wakes up LOL bad me!
But i want to get this done.
06-27-2009, 07:18 AM
I flatten my image, and then ctrl T, you can either just eyeball so you see a smidge of white, or in the proportion boxes in the options bar (activates when you press ctrl+T), just put 98% in each of them. Then save the image as a JPG - I usually do the highest possible setting.
Enlargements take 2 hours, so if you can get access to her account and upload to their online photo center. Get them order, and be waiting at the photo counter 2 hours later.
06-27-2009, 03:04 PM
thank you both! I got my test pages done and they are great. I can't even see the white borders when the pages are in teh album, so I'm not even going to bother trimming. I have my order in for the other 48 pages and I pick them up tonight.
WAY more expensive than I wanted, but it will be worth it to see her daddy give her the album in person!
06-27-2009, 04:16 PM
Rebekah- I've ordered pages from this site twice now- http://www.scrappingsimply.com/ and am soooo happy with the results. Gorgeous printing, and so fast. From the time I ordered (on the 22nd) to the time I got my pages (just today, in fact) was 5 days. They print 12 x 12s, full bleed, for $1.99 a page, and from what I can tell, they have a flat rate of $5 in the U.S. and Canada, for as many pages as you order. ($10 for internations orders) Just to test their system, I placed 13 pages in my cart, and it was still only charging me $5 shipping. So far, that is the cheapest I've been able to print my pages. And am very happy with their work. Anyway- something to possibly check into for future page orders.
06-27-2009, 04:21 PM
I was looking at them Renee, and if time hadn't been SO crucial I would have gone for it. But we are leaving on July 1st to see the kid, and I just don't trust being able to get it that fast.
But perhaps in the future!
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