Abandoning 5.5 X 8.5 Recipe Format? Suggestions welcome for lengthy recipes
Posted 01 September 2009 - 09:29 PM
I can print 4x6's for a bargain price, but 5.5 x 8.5 is very expensive to print commercially. I've put two of these side by side, and printed them edge to edge on my HP Photosmart printer. They look great, but never quite as glossy/spiffy as the commercial prints (and of course, I'd rather save the ink for my 8x8s.)
So, if you were me, would you simply tweak the larger format to 8"x6" and then create two 4x6's by splitting the image across the center, for frugal printing? Or should I just do two "almost matching" 4x6s, and add "Part 1 of 2" and "Part 2 of 2" to the cards?
I can rearrange and re-size larger template pieces to separate them into "sections;" that also seems to defeat the purpose of using templates for speed. Or should we ask our designers for some 4x6 recipe templates with "continuation pages" built into a set?
I'm considering all of these options, but wondering if anyone else has wrestled with this. My frugal nature has me searching for some alternatives, and I'd love to hear some suggestions here.
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 03:06 PM
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 04:43 PM
Commercial photo places don't do 8 1/2x11, whether I use Valerie's 8 1/2 x 11 cookbook templates "as is" or resized. They do 8x10, or 11x14, and typically charge $3.99 for ONE 8x10.
Given that it's easy to pay no more than $0.20 per photo/card for 4x6, I guess it's most cost-effective to find a way to split the recipe, as I did in one recent example in My Cookbook of a recipe that was easy to split. Printing these at 5.5 x 8.5 two to a page, or 8 1/2 x 11 full page uses a lot of ink at home, and is expensive in a store or online.
The "cost/square inches" arithmetic does not make sense, but it's the way it is. I think I'm going to just try to find a way to split most recipes. One nice thing was that in using Valerie's 8.5x11 templates for an 8" high x 6" wide page with a guideline half-way down to remind me, I can make a nice "pair" of cards that will work great in my two to a page 4x6 slots. Thanks for the conversation on this; it's helped me clarify my thinking (for the moment!)
Posted 02 September 2009 - 07:26 PM
That's a good idea, too. Do you resize templates, or just "wing it" for the layout?
Posted 02 September 2009 - 09:05 PM