Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Persnickety Prints 12x12 Prints Review



I just had to write a review about the prints I recently ordered.
If you are a digital scrapbooker and haven't had your pages printed,
I recommend giving Persnickety Prints a try.

After doing creative team work for several years,
I have dozens (umm, yeah, make that more like a couple hundred!) 
of layouts stored on my hard drive. It was time to have some 
of my favorites printed. Add to that the fact that I was working
on a large photo display project (I'll share that in the future)
that required several 12 x 12 prints, I had to find a place 
that would print large images and at a reasonable price. 

After doing some online research, I came across
Persnickety Prints and am so pleased that I did!

I'm including several photos below to attempt to show
the overall quality experience I had,





First off, the ordering process went well.
I did need to go someplace to access high speed internet 
(no such service available where we live).
to upload my 77 files. Yes, seventy seven for my first order!
I used the online ordering process on a computer. 





There are several options (some fun ones too)
 to edit your images online. I didn't use any of them
since I was uploading digi scrap pages that didn't need edited.
Look across the top of the screen shot to see what they are:







When you have all of your prints chosen, edited, etc
and are placing the order, a box will pop up to let you know
if any of them are not large enough to make quality prints.
I know this first hand as there were a few in my order.
You have the choice to go ahead with the order or fix the files.
By the way, they offer many print size options a well as other 
fun items you can have your images printed on. 
Prices vary according to the product you order.
12" x 12" prints were $1.99 US when I ordered mine.

Everything was pretty easy and worked fine on the high speed internet.

My order was submitted just after 11 PM on a Friday in their time zone.
I received an email the next day stating they received the order
and were processing it. Later that night an additional email
came to let me know that my order was on the way ! 
The following Monday it arrived in the mail via 
USPS Priority Mail. Three days from uploading the digital files
to receiving the prints! Wow ! 
Turnaround time will likely vary due to where you live 
and what you order. 




This is how my order looked when it arrived,
the prints were in perfect condition:





"!! PHOTOS DO NOT BEND!!"


They have a one price shipping feature, $5.99 US.
Since my order was over 14oz, it came Priority mail. 
Be sure to check the website for all information
regarding product and shipping prices. 












When I cut the two pieces of heavy packing tape to open the
package, a few pieces of paper slid out:
printed order form with a handwritten name,
thank you card with the satisfaction guarantee on the back,
advertisement and discount offer.










Flip the package open one more time to see the packaged prints taped
in place with this fun logo printed on the chipboard covering them. 











 The prints were packaged in self adhesive cellophane bags.
I ordered 77 prints, so they were in two packages.

I think they look great, both in color and crispness.
Any issues there may be are on my amateur end.









Not the best image, but I was trying to give you an
idea of how thick the Fujicolor Crystal Archive photo paper is. 
I had prints done elsewhere several years ago and they were very lightweight,
so flimsy that they would crease easily. 










I chose matte finish for my prints; there is a glossy option.
Note: the print looks curled in this photo because I bent it slightly
  to get a better angle/light on it when taking the photo.
The prints were nice and flat. 










The backs were lightly printed with my name and 
the file name of the image.












Bleed area = barely noticeable !
Above is a photo showing the digital file vs a photo 
(NOT good, do not use it to judge the quality of the print)
of the same section of the printed image to show how very little
is lost along the edge in printing a 12"x 12" page at Persnickety.
Some places tell you to leave a certain amount of bleed area 
around your layout to avoid having important portions 
along the edges cut off, lost in the printing process.
This may be true with their process, so follow their guidelines.
I would still recommend that you design your layouts with an area
that could possibly be cut off during printing just to be safe.
Meaning, no journaling or photographs too close to the edge.
I was just showing that I noticed nothing significant
along the edges of my prints cut off on this order.  
They were well centered.








Now to get all of my prints into albums - and prepare a second order ! 





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I was not compensated by the company in any way for this review.
I just wanted to share my experience with others that may be 
considering printing their digital scrapbook pages.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring Digi Scrap Page



The digital scrap book page I created to share today
was made to fit a couple of challenges. 

The first is a template challenge by JMC Designs.
It is free right now on the web site.
The challenge is to use the fun template
and one of the designers kits. 
If you play along and share your layout,
you will be entered for a chance to win one of her kits !

I'm part of her design team, so I wanted to 
participate to help promote the grand opening 
of her two new stores at:


I used the kit Springtime Wishes.




The second challenge I created this page for is a new one I found,
Lasting Memories Layout Challenges.
I couldn't find anything specific in the rules against digital pages,
so I took a chance on entering ;) 
This page is for the Use The Word SPRING 
There are actually several challenges that run the 
entire month, a new one each week. 
Another challenge is to use flowers,
which this page could have worked for as well,
but I chose to enter it in the spring word challenge
to show off that fun word art in the digital kit.

I'm glad I came across this challenge blog
and look forward to playing along with them again.


Lastly, a quick reminder that we are counting down to the launch 
of the new 100% digital crafts challenge blog,
We go live May 1st, check us out !


Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Digital Birthday Card










We are counting down to the debut of the new

This is a new 100% digital crafts challenge
that goes live May 1st.


Today I am sharing a digital card I made 
for the countdown at Digitally Made.

I've created a digital card using
My Memories Suite V8 software
and elements from the Spaced Invaders
 digital kit by JMC Designs.

The rocket ship represents the number one
combined with the numeral zero embellishment
to create a "10" on this printable birthday card.

Thanks for looking =) 

Recycling Greeting Cards

Earth Day , Every Day

                            Reduce,  Reuse,  Recycle


There are lots of great ways to implement the three "R's" that can be found all over the internet.
Here is a new to me idea:

http://www.stjudesranch.org/contribute/recycled-card-program/



I know, I know: not even contributing to the flood of wasteful products to make cards, etc in the first place would be even more "green", but I won't give up my crafty things to put my creativity to use !

I should start writing notes on a separate piece of paper rather than writing directly on the inside of cards more often, then the recipient could resend the card to someone else if they wanted.









Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Egg Double Embossed Card








Happy Easter !




Another rubber stamp image from the little box of stamps 
I stumbled across at a fundraiser basement sale for a church.

I heat embossed it with black embossing powder and Versamark ink
on water color paper. 

I water colored it with inks from my dye ink pads. 

It is mounted with dimensionals on top of a piece of card stock
that I ran through a Cuttlebug embossing folder. 

A scalloped edge square die was used to cut the purple card base.

Thanks for looking.

Have a wonderful day !