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Printing Opinions Wanted

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Hello all! I've made three digital scrapbooks so far, typically of big family trips. I like the 8.5x11 size and for the bigger trips I make as many pages as I need to hold my photos. For 2017, though, it looks like it will be more weekend getaways.

I'm conflicted because my plan to do a scrapbook for each trip could give me 6 books, which even if I do 8x8 seems like a lot! I know printed digital books generally take up less space but I'm wondering about 6 hard covers versus 1. I'm considering making one big scrapbook of all the weekend trips but if I use just as many pages, with the cost of additional pages it's more expensive (I'm using Shutterfly). Not by a ton but enough that it's a con for me. I also think it might be more rewarding to get the books throughout the year instead of at the end of the year when all the trips are over.

So... what would you do? Or what do you do, if you already have a system?

Any advice is appreciated, I feel like I can't start on my last two trips until I figure out how I want to print them. :( And they're super fresh on my mind so I don't want to lose my motivation.

 

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I wonder if you might have a Costco membership or know someone who does? I love their phonebooks, I am able to print in 8.25 x 11.75 at a starting cost of 30 pages for $17.99! In addition, their extra pages are something like 79 CENTS each, I can't remember exactly now but I did a 60 some page book for $35 or less, I can't recall the exact amount.

 

I've done a few books there and their printing and book is excellent and I've been very pleased. It was also the only place I found I could add so many pages. Occasionally Costco also has a $5 off coupon!

 

I understand having books printed throughout the year, but I think if it were me I'd prefer in the end having a whole year of trips in one large book. :)

 

And, Welcome to ScrapGirls!

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I wonder if you...

 

 

I do have access to a Costco membership, I will look into that! I just chose Shutterfly because I liked their printing and they let you stack coupons/deals, but their additional page price is crazy to me. 79 cents is very appealing, as is starting with 30 pages.

 

I think I'd like to do a year-long book of trips (even though I'd have to wait to see it printed) and save separate, bigger scrapbooks for bigger adventures. But I've also wanted to try to do this project life challenge people are doing and I don't know if that would be too similar to a year-long book of trips. Oh the indecision.

 

Thank you for your thoughts and thanks for the welcome!

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I wonder if you...

 

 

I do have access to a Costco membership, I will look into that! I just chose Shutterfly because I liked their printing and they let you stack coupons/deals, but their additional page price is crazy to me. 79 cents is very appealing, as is starting with 30 pages.

 

I think I'd like to do a year-long book of trips (even though I'd have to wait to see it printed) and save separate, bigger scrapbooks for bigger adventures. But I've also wanted to try to do this project life challenge people are doing and I don't know if that would be too similar to a year-long book of trips. Oh the indecision.

 

Thank you for your thoughts and thanks for the welcome!

 

 

You made me smile as I'm very indecisive too! Yes, I have been so pleased with Costco's quality and also while you create the book online it can be picked up IN STORE -- saving shipping costs! :)

 

It's great to start with 30 pages and since my book was going to be long, having the ability to add up to 100 pages (I think that was it) was also a plus. No other site I researched let me do that many.

 

Some scrappers here make a Project Life book and include separate pages within the specific month for trips; others make separate books for each. I've made a separate book for a big adventure, but then also included some photos - or maybe even a layout or two within my Project Life book in the month the trip occured. I like having the trip a part of my Project Life pages, but also a separate book of the adventure I can take out and look at or show to someone else.

 

Let us know how you make out and we'd love to see your layouts, too! :)

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Indecision goes hand in hand with this hobby, I think! I use Shutterfly or Artscow for my books, but Artscow is overseas and I had issues getting my calendars over the holidays. But that's not what you are asking, lol! I guess I would see if I have enough photos for each weekend trip to do it's own book. But whatever you decide, your family will love it, I'm positive!

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