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5 tips for organising and managing digital photos

Since there are countless options to click photos nowadays, quite often we end up with a bunch of disorganised photographs in random folders on our computer. If this is the case, chances are your computer will be flooded with a gazillion folders most of which you can’t quite recall what’s in them and when the photos were even taken. Most likely you have photos in folders that don’t even make sense (although they probably made sense at the time you filed them there!).

Seeing it’s the beginning of a New Year and that normally means organisation, it’s time to sort your digital photos and organise them into some order that makes sense (to more people than just you).

Here’s 5 handy tips that will have you organising and managing digital photos like an expert.

  1. Get your folders sorted

Digital photo folders

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A really easy way of setting up photo folders on your computer is by year and date. Everything is in chronological order and is easy to find.

How To organise OLD photos

If you have old photos in your computer then you will need to check each of their dates to transfer them to specified folders. You can easily check the dates by going on each photo’s property and check the date the photo was created on then it’s just a matter of drag and drop.

How To organise NEW photos

First thing you are going to want to do is, set your camera’s date and time correctly so your future photos will have the date and time on them. This is too easy if most of your photos are taken on an iPhone or other smartphone. Accordingly put them in the designated folder.

How To Create Folders

  • Create a master folder and name it “Photos/Pictures (it’s possible you already have one on your computer or laptop).
  • Create sub-folders and rename them to years.
  • Inside each YEAR create ‘categories’ or ‘months’ folder. This is only necessary if you have a lot of photos, else you can put the photos directly in the ‘year’ folder.

 

  1. Software

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Image via: Photobucket

Instead of doing everything manually, why not get help from photo management software. This type of software allows you to import photos in bulk, lets you tag them and makes it super easy for you to find photos in the future.

For example, you can use tags like ‘picnic’, ‘kids’ or ‘birthdays’ and anytime you would like to search for images of kids or picnic, just type the word in and the software will extract all the tagged images for you. Lots of photo software programs also have face recognition meaning that it will automatically recognise people in photos and once you’ve initially set up who is who, the program will be able to grab every photo of one specific person. It’s not foolproof but it takes a lot of work out of having to categorise people.  There are plenty of software programs available online like Picasa, SmugMug, Lightroom and Photobucket many of which are free and super easy to navigate.

  1. Storage

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If you have a tonne of digital photos, it’s not a bad idea store them in an external hard drive instead of directly on your computer. This way it is easier to manage photos and they won’t take up storage on your computer and slow things down. Although whatever you do, be sure to make at least one set of backups of your photos just in case (preferably two).

  1. Backup

We can’t stress enough that making a backup of all of your photos is really important. Super important. All those memories captured over the years stored in only one place is a recipe for disaster. Whilst we don’t necessarily expect bad things to happen it is wise to be prepared. Create a backup of all your photos by storing them in at least two safe locations. You can save photos on an external hard drive or store them on an online portal such as SmugMug, Shutterfly, Flickr, Microsoft OneDrive etc. These are all reputed and reliable online photo storage sites. But here’s a piece of advice, no matter what site you choose, be sure to do your part of research to make sure your data is safe on the website.

  1. Print an Annual Photo Book, Scrapbook, Smashbook or Photo Album
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Image via:Wit and Whistle

 

Whilst it’s great being able to snap endless photos on your iPhone, there’s nothing quite like having a printed version of your photos so you can touch and turn them and pop them on display.  Once a year pick your most favourite photos and print them on your Pringo mini wifi photo printer and turn them into a scrapbook, smashbook,  a wall decoration or simply pop into an album ready to be shared with friends and family.

 

Organising your digital photos takes a little bit of time in the first instance, but once you have your folders and systems set up, keeping them organised will be a cinch. Happy snapping.

 

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The Pringo smartphone photo printer lets you print directly from your iphone or other smartphone, iOS or Android device. Instant photo, instant fun.

 

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Ready, set, scrapbook! Simple Scrapbooking Advice.

Scrapbooking is such a wonderful way to creatively capture a moment, tell a story or preserve part of your personal history. Not-to-mention it’s a lovely way of sharing your most favourite printed photographs all in one spot. Having said that, it can be difficult to know exactly where and how to start your scrapbook project if you’re a bit of a newbie in the scrapbooking space so we’ve put together a few ideas to get you started.

 

1. Select your story

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Telling the story of Christmas. Image via: scrapbook.com

 

If you’re scrapbooking part of your life it can be difficult to limit what you want to share and say within your scrapbook. However taking a moment to select which story you plan to scrapbook will help you focus and maintain a theme throughout your book. And try not to let yourself get overwhelmed by the nee to scrapbook absolutely everything. Just pick one story to start with, be it a holiday, special moment, a friendship or whatever takes your fancy and run with it. You can start the scrapbook of next story as soon as you’ve finished this one :-).

2. Select your photos

Whilst it might seem like the easiest part of scrapbooking, selecting your photos can often be the most difficult. Actually ‘deselecting’ photos should be more to the point. Because it’s so easy to take hundreds *ahem* or if you’re like me, thousands of photos on your smartphone or camera, it can be difficult to whittle down to the very few that you need. Just remind yourself that sometimes less is more. Sometimes one photo is better than 6 photos on a page to give a focal point.

3. Cull and cull and cull some more

Once you’ve selected the photos you’re planning to use in your scrapbook, it’s then time to cull them. And by culling I mean, reduce the numbers from 1536 photos (because probably a little difficult to squeeze all of them into a 12 page scrapbook) down to about 20 photos. Good luck with that step!!

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This is a nice effect with the spotted paper framing the ledger paper. Image via: Octoberafternoon

4. Select your theme

The paper you use within your scrapbook becomes part of the theme of your story. You can choose textured or patterned paper or you might choose a more subtle single neutral-coloured paper. Each page doesn’t have to have the same paper as long as the theme is followed through in some way shape or form. If you choose a patterned cardstock for one page, you might select a plain coloured card for the rest of the pages with strips of the patterned cardstock glued to each page. The ideas are limitless. Whatever theme you use, make sure it doesn’t clash with the colours in your photos or detract from the stories your photos tell.

5. Mix up your fonts

Whilst this point is debatable, mixing up your fonts creates another level of interest and creativity in your scrapbooking project. Select one font for your page title and another one or two fonts for other accents in your page.

6. Select your accessories and page accents

Page accents add that touch of flare and extra bling to scrapbooking projects. Things such as ribbons, buttons, bottle tops and shapes cut out of cardstock all help to enhance your story and make your scrapbook really standout. Think layers, textures and dimensions.

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Use the Pringo app to apply text and borders to your photos before you print them.

7. Your photos don’t have to be square and centred

When placing photos in your project, it’s time to think beyond square and centred. Slightly tilted photos can bring energy to a page and photos just off centre cam funnily enough add balance to your page. Mix it up and don’t be afraid to try different ways of placing your pics.

8. Don’t just write on the pages

When it comes to the written word in scrapbooking projects, it pays to think outside the square a little. Sure you can write words, sentences or paragraphs straight on the page, but it might also be nice to use journaling cards or tags and tuck them behind your photos to add a different dimension to your page. Also, if you’re printing photos from your Pringo portable printer, add text to photos using the Pringo App before printing for another nice effect.

9. Tell your story

This is your project and your story, so don’t forget to tell it. Before you start sticking photos and accents to pages, it’s worth taking the time to set out your scrapbook story so you’re clear on what you want to express and where in your project you want it. That moment of planning will ensure you don’t forget anything important in your story.

 

 

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Fabulous DIY Christmas Card Ideas

Christmas is around the corner and it seems that the ‘to do’ lists just keep getting longer. Usually included on that list is getting out Christmas cards before the big fella in the red suit pays us a visit. Whilst there’s plenty of gorgeous commercial Christmas cards out there,  there’s nothing quite as rewarding making your own DIY Christmas cards. So if you feel the need for a little inspiration for your next DIY Christmas card project, then read on…

 

1. This personalised Christmas card only takes you a few minutes to prepare and the result is lovely. Print a gorgeous Christmassy photo on your Pringo then  paste it on coloured card. Write or print your message in serif fonts and tie a bow to add a final festive touch.

DIY Christmas card, reindeer fingerprint card

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2. This is a super-cute idea if you have children. Not only will they have a blast making the cards, but the end product is so, so sweet. All you need is thumbs (or any other preferred digit 😉 ), non-toxic paint, coloured card stock and some felt pens.

 

3. This Christmas card takes DIY to a whole new level and really is a gift all on it’s own. Head to darlenedesign to see the full tutorial.

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4. This is an intricate but beautiful handmade Christmas card from Handspire.  Some candy cane and a couple of other embellishments, two contrasting colored card stock and a button will make this beautifully designed card any scrapbooker would be proud to present. Slip a printed family photograph in the centre to really personalise it.

 

 

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5. An old school card design that never gets boring. Print four photos and place them in a collage form on a card. Add a Christmas message and voila!

 

6. This Christmas card idea is such a simple one but what an awesome outcome. You’ll need a ladder or something high to be able to take this photo from this perspective. Add Christmas wishes to your photo via the Pringo app and print your photo Christmas card on your Pringo mini photo printer.

family photo christmas card

Image via: Sarah Driscoll

7. A nice idea to share a snapshot of where your family is at that point in time. Either paste individual printed photos on coloured cardstock or print collage photos on your Pringo iPhone printer.

 

Snowman christmas card

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8. Such a gorgeous handmade card without too much effort. This DIY snowman card only needs a couple of different sized white buttons, red ribbon, black card for the top hat, snowflake embellishments and natural coloured/recycled card stock and felt pen. So simple!! Love it.

Whilst Christmas is a time of giving, those gifts don’t necessarily have to be physical, bulky presents. Nothing says Merry Christmas more clearly than a beautifully handmade Christmas card.

Do you make handmade Christmas cards?

 


 

pink pringo printerThere’s still time to grab your Pringo smartphone photo printer before Christmas.

DIY Business Cards and DIY Greeting Cards with Pringo

The Pringo mini wifi photo printer is such a versatile smartphone printer! It doesn’t just print regular ol’ photos, it can turn your photos into beautiful business cards, personalised Christmas cards or other greeting cards.

Imagine being able to print up a different business card for every different occasion or for every mood. photo business card personalised business card printer

 

 

 

 

 

 

What about being able to print a greeting card for every different occasion instantly using photos from your iphone. Creating personalised greeting cards is an extra special touch when you’re trying to impress someone extra special in your life.

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All you need is your Pringo photo printer, the free pringo app (download from iTunes or Google Play), some photos on your iPhone, iOS or Android smartphone and a little creativity and you’re well on your way to creating beautiful business cards and greeting cards. Just in time for Christmas.

Because there’s a few steps involved, our techie Angus has put together an easy-to-follow guide for creating your own photo business cards or greeting cards. Thanks Angus, you’re a genius! Click on the photo below to read the guide.

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Click on the photo to see the full guide

 

Have you ever made your own greeting cards or business cards?

 

 

Get your Pringo mini printer just in time for Christmas:

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10 DIY gift ideas for teachers

As the end of the school year draws nearer, parents and children alike are starting to think about what to give their teachers (you know, the people that have put up with little munchkins day in, day out all year!) to say thank-you. And whilst there’s plenty of gifts out there you can buy, there’s nothing quite like a hand-made DIY gift. It speaks of love, adoration and not-to-mention adds a little more personal value to a gift that also whispers humble thank-yous and sorrys to the teacher who’s put up with the bad days as well as the good.

So as the kids prepare to farewell their beloved teachers, here’s 10 incredible DIY gift ideas for teachers they can bestow upon them before they part ways for the school holidays.

 

Pencils/Crayons Vase

This vase made up of unsharpened pencils is a lovely, simple and doable idea from It All Started With Paint.

How to make it: Apply an adequate layer of super glue on the outer section of a tin can and start sticking color pencils one by one, making sure that they are stuck close to each other. Once you have covered the entire can with pencils wrap a ribbon around it until the pencils are strongly stuck to the can. The vase would be dry and ready by the next morning. This can also be used as a fancy pen holder or you can even fill the can with some candies and give it to the teacher.

Tip: You can use pencils, crayons or color pencils to create this vase.

 

Chalkboard Pot

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Image via: Ali Lily Blog

Found over at Ali Lily Blog this personalised flower pot will allow your child to leave whatever note his heart desires on his teacher’s gift.

How to make it: Spray paint a plain plant pot with chalkboard paint and for added effect paint the top part in yellow paint to create a ruler design. Ask your child to write their message in chalk for their teacher. The same gift can be created using an empty pot which can be filled with small gifts, chocolates or lollies…..or wine…..teachers tend to love wine……

 

DIY Pencil Frame

This pencil frame found at A Creative Princess will literally take about 10 minutes to create – handy if you’re a last-minute gift-giver.

 

How to make it: Pick an old frame or buy a plain one from a dollar store. Cover all four corners with a coat of super glue and start placing standard pencils or color pencils until the actual frame is absolutely covered with pencils. Once the frame is entirely covered, place a photo of a printed or a handwritten message or a picture of the teacher with your kid and the gift is ready. Once it’s finished print a pic from your Pringo mini smartphone printer of the class, a moment from the year, the school logo of whatever takes your fancy to attach to the frame before you hand it over.

 

Crayon Wreath

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Image via: Tip Jumkie

 

This adorable crayon wreath from Tip Junkie can be made with cute messages and the teacher’s name affixed to it and is sure to leave the teacher speechless (for all the right reasons).

How to make it: Buy a wreath template or you can create one yourself using a thick cardboard. Using adhesive, start pasting crayons along the wreath and go on until the entire form is covered. Place cute messages written on craft paper and the teachers name over the crayons.

 

Vintage Photo Board

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Image via: Shelterness

Found over at Shelterness, this gift is a cross between a photo frame and photo board. Once you’ve done up your photoboard, print photos from your iphone or Android device with your Pringo mini printer and affix them with old-style timber clothes pegs.

How to make it: You would require an old frame which can be as big or as small as you want. Remove the back cover of the frame so what you get is a see-through frame. Attach metal strings or ribbons horizontally leaving at least 10-15cm gap between each string. Now using clothespin, hang photos of kids from the classroom, sports days and other significant school events.

 

 Creative Monogram Frame

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Image via: That’s Right

This creative monogram craft also requires an old frame and is sure to bring a smile to the teacher’s face.

How to make it: Use a presentable photo frame to create this gift. Use a white or any color of craft paper and cut it as per the size of the frame. Using a pencil, roughly write the teacher’s initial on the paper and once you are happy with the design start placing crayons over the letter. The crayon can be placed as simply as you wish or add other creative design such as shown in the picture where just about 5cm of crayons are used with the tip of the crayon being the focal attraction. More on this one here.

 

DIY Tote Bag

 

Transform a plain white tote bag into this creative personalised tote (found over at Yesterday On Tuesday) which can be designed by your kids too.

How to make it: Buy a plain white tote bag and using half an apple and red paint stamp apple shapes onto the bag. Paint a small, sturdy leaf green and stamp it above each of the apple stamps. Let the bag dry over night and gift it to the teacher with some confectioneries/wine inside.

 

Nail Paint with a Personalized Message

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Image via: Saving by design

 

This is a perfect last minute gift idea we found at Saving by Design and of course apt for a female teacher.

How to make it: This DIY gift requires a pretty nail paint and it only works if you attach this cute teacher quote to the nail paint. So cut craft paper in the shape you desire (heart, round, square etc) and using color pens or sharpie write the quote “Teachers like you paint bright futures.”  Attach it to the nail paint using a satin ribbon and you are done.

 

‘Thank You’ Photo Art

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Image via Pinterest

 

There’s no better way to say ‘Thank You’ to a teacher than this photo art found on Pinterest. This one was specifically for a football coach but the same idea can be done for school teachers.

How to make it: This DIY gift is pretty simple to be created. Though it would require two or more kids to create this artsy photo but in case you run out of kids then use substitute items such as baseball bat, basket ball, tennis racquet etc to complete the photo. Photos need to be clicked for one letter at a time. Once the photos are clicked, print them, align them on a craft paper and cut it as per the size of the frame and paste the photos on the craft paper. Insert the complete photo art in the photo frame and you are done.

Photo Pot

 

Another easy and simple gift idea using a pot with tiny gifts, books or flowers inside it found at A Diamond in the Stuff.

How to make it: Spray paint a plastic pot with black paint and using mod podge or super glue place photos printed from your Pringo smartphone printer around the pot. Apply one layer of mod podge over the photos for a finished look and add cute ribbons and bow to it.

 

If you’re not an overly creative person (or just don’t have the time/energy/inkling) to DIY a gift for your child’s teacher, there’s always wine, flowers, chocolates, wine (did I mention wine) or a Pringo mini wifi photo printer that they can use to instantly print photos from their smartphone in the classroom next year.

 

Are you planning on getting/making a gift for your child’s teacher this year?

 

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Ideas for creating a cool travel journal

Creating a travel journal is an exciting and reminiscent way of capturing gorgeous memories created while on holidays. Not only is a great way of displaying photographs but it’s a way of creatively storing small significant items collected in your travels.
Bearing in mind that a travel journal is really as unique as the person putting it together. You can be a crazy, eccentric or simple as you like. As long as your journal or smash diary represents you and your precious holiday.

Get some supplies

Before you begin your travel journal, you’ll need a few supplies. A diary or notebook of some description is a helpful starter, some coloured markers,  glue, coloured tape, pieces of card, printed photos of your adventures and any other trinkets that you collected along the way.

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Ideas for supplies. Image via: therealisticmama.com 

 

Start with a photo

You don’t have to be particularly artistic or creative, you just need the sense of adventure that accompanied you on your travels. If you’re not sure where to start. Glue a photograph on a page and then write around it. It doesn’t have to be neat, in fact scribbly writing and little doodly pictures all add character.

 

It’s more than just words and pictures

Your travel journal can be more than words and photographs printed from your smartphone. Think flora, fauna, dirt, sand, leaves and anything else that captures moments and memories while you’re traveling (that won’t get you into trouble if you have to go through quarantine 🙂 ).

Think before you throw it out

Small things that you’d ordinarily throw out while travelling may have a lot of significance when you return home so think before you throw it out. Bus, ferry and train tickets usually have times and dates and even destinations on them which in years to come will be priceless memories in your smash book. Serviettes, postage stamps, newspaper clippings, a scrap of material from the leg of your favourite jeans……as I mentioned, how creative you want this is completely up to you.

 

Sometimes the messier the better

Whilst some of your scrapbook pages might be neat and pretty, they don’t all have to be. Don’t be afraid to use a couple of pages to smash together overlapping and lopsided photos, business cards, cut-outs and other things that bring together a day or place in your travels.

You don’t need to start with a journal

Okay, okay so we mentioned at the start that a journal or notebook of some description is helpful – it’s actually not overly necessary. A couple of ring binders from a decent stationary shop is another great way of pulling together photos, postcards, and other cool trinkets stuck to pieces of coloured card. This one from Saturday Morning Vintage is a simple and chic way of putting together a travel journal.

Putting together a travel journal doesn’t have to be difficult but it certainly does take a little planning and lots of reminiscing. These are such a great way of capturing and storing lasting memories of your holidays.

 

If you’re searching for a small photo printer that you can take traveling with you, the Pringo wifi photo printer is small enough to fit in your handbag or luggage and allows you to print photos from your iphone, iOS or Android device. You can even add stamps, words and borders to your photos before you print via the free Pringo app to add that extra level of coolness to your travel journal pics.

 

Got any other ideas for creating a cool travel journal?

7 Simple Scrapbooking Ideas For Beginners

 

Scrapbooking is one of those timeless craft forms that so many do but many of us less-crafty-types tend to steer clear of. It’s messy. It’s time-consuming and you have to cut out teensy pieces of paper right? Wrong. Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be overly difficult and time-consuming, nor do you have to be super-creative to make something that’s appealing and book-shelf worthy. The thing is, there’s no real hard and fast rules for scrapbooking (don’t shoot me down scrap-booking pros), however there are a couple of simple tips that will make your newest scrapbooking adventure visually appealing without too much effort. So if you’re new to this whole scrapbooking deal, grab a cuppa and a pen  and paper and read on as we give you a seven simple scrapbooking ideas  that will make your creation really pop!!

 

1. Overlay Photos

Remember the old photo albums when all the photos were lined up neatly, in their little squares? Never to be moved. Well forget that now you’re a scrapbooker. In fact overlaying and uneven photos in your scrapbook is an acceptable, no expected effect – so overlap away. 

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2. Focal-Point Photo

Choose about 6 photos that you would like to be placed on your scrapbook page. Now out of those 6, choose a primary/main photo and print it in a large size (8×8 square). The remaining 5 photos should all be printed in a smaller size (4×4 square). Now use the big picture as your focal-point photo and the remaining should be place in a vertical or horizontal line at the corner of the page. This is a great way of emphasising a moment or a relationship or removing emphasis from the other photos of Aunty Iris that you feel obliged to include.  

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3. Grid Line Photos

Clutter isn’t cool in a scrapbook. Keep your pages clear, uncluttered and use the space between them effectively. For a grid line photo effect print 12 photos (or more or less depending on the size of your scrapbook) of the same size and layout. Divide your page roughly into three equal parts horizontally then place the photos roughly along a horizontal  line slightly overlaying from the corners. Do that across the three sections of your page. Maintain a fairly even gap between the 3 horizontal lines (if your page is too small, only use two lines of photos). There’s no need to be perfectly straight when you overlay the photos – in fact it’s a much nicer effect if the photographs alternate between a little higher and a little lower of the gridline. Again – get away from the ancient photo album mind-set. 

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Image source: scrapbookingbyani.com

4. Prep the Background

If you’ve got a bit of gift wrap lying around – great – use it or any patterned paper as background on special pages and then place photos over the top. The bright colors and pattern will brighten up the page giving it a noteworthy look. You can also outline the photos with lace or ribbons to make it stand out. Use patterns or textures that reflect the mood of the moment captured in the photograph. 

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5. Mix and Match

Draw a horizontal or vertical grid making 6 or more boxes. Fill 3 of those boxes with photos and in the remaining 3 boxed, add notes using colored markers or paste patterned paper. This is great for people who don’t like flooding a single page with a lot of photos. This will balance the page, is easy on the eye and tells your story. Naaw, doesn’t that make you feel all warm and gushy?

 

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6. Strip your photos

This is a simple effect where you take one photo and cut it into equal sized strips. You can past them to the page separately and parralel or you can overlay them depending on the effect you want. Yeah, another simple trick.

scrapbooking strip photos

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7. Use your colours 

An extension of stripping your photos, print your selected photo in both black and white and colour. Cut both photos into equal sized strips. Lay the black and white parts of your photo evenly on the page then place one strip of coloured photo offset on the page (see below). Such a nice effect to highlight the parts you want. Plus this effect makes you look extra creative.

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So you see, you don’t have to cut teensy, tiny pieces of paper to create a cool scrapbooking project. Quite often it’s about thinking outside the conventional photo-albumy type ideas and adding a few twists here and there.

Do you scrapbook? What project are you working on at the moment?

If you’re looking for a printer to print the PERFECT sized photos for your next scrapbooking project, I’m thinking you might want to check out the Pringo wifi photo printer. It’s small. It’s cute. It prints straight from your smartphone. And it’s awesome!!

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