What album size do you use and where can I get supplies?

For my project life albums in 2016, 2017 and for Build album I use 6x12 albums.  I bought three gold Teresa Collins albums back in 2015 from Studio Calico and Big Picture Classes.  Unfortunately neither still stocks this size and I think this album is discontinued.  I think W R Memory Keepers also made a few albums in this size but they stopped too.  I’ve seen discussions on forums about people wishing someone would make this size album again but sadly so far no-one has.  If you happen to hear someone is making them please let me know!

As an alternative some people have used a thickers storage album as it’s 6x12 but I’m not sure what the ring configuration is inside.  Another option is to buy one of the American Craft Modern albums.  These are chipboard and have an unfinished edge so can be cut down to a 6x12 size.  I’ve not tried this yet but if I stick with 6x12 in the future I will probably try this.

Page protectors are easier to get.  I prefer the W R Memory keepers 6x12 page protectors.  Becky Higgins also does a few 6x12 page protectors.  Design H is the style I tend to use.  But if you’re changing from 12x12 Project Life to 6x12 you can always trim down some of your 12x12 page protectors.

How do you print your photos?

I print at home.  I started with a Selphy but I didn’t like the glossy finish, thought the photos looked a little fuzzy and also that the size isn’t quite a true 4x6.

I then changed to a Staples own brand paper called A4 Photo Premium Matt (270g/m2).  I’m in the UK so the details will be different but I presume Staples in the US does the same sort of paper.  I loved this paper and if I hadn’t moved more to hybrid/digital I would have stayed using this paper.  It has a lovely sheen finish and stamping on it was a joy.  Both black and white inks stamped well on it.

When I changed to printing digital journal cards at home I needed a paper that was easier to write on and looked more like a normal journal card that would come in a kit.  I’d heard Canon MP101 Matte Photo Paper was more like cardstock so I’ve been using that for a few years now.  I miss the slightly soft sheen of the Staples paper for my photos but it’s easier to print all my photos and journal cards together so I’ve changed to only using this photo paper.  It’s a lovely bright white and stamping on it is good with black and coloured inks.  I’ve not tried white ink for a while but I don’t think it worked as well.  

What printer do you use?

I use two printers which are both Canon.  Our old printer is a Canon MG5300.  I don’t think it is available anymore and the newer versions don’t seem to have the rear feed tray that I like to use to feed my photo paper through.

I also have a Canon iP8700 printer.  This is a big printer that I purchased as it allows me to print on A3.  It’s not quite big enough to print 12x12 photos but it can print 6x12 which is ideal for me since that is the size I use currently.  I like the printer but I’ve not been able to print over wifi since the first time I used it and I’ve heard other people have had the same issue.  I therefore use a cable to connect it to my computer.  I’d still recommend this printer as long as you are OK with needing to use a cable to print.

A few tips for these two printers and Photoshop.  On the Canon MG5300 I find the colours are better if I let the printer manage the colour.  On the Canon iP8700 I find the colours better if I let Photoshop manage the colours.  To do that you need to pick printer profile:  Canon iP8700 series MP2 if you are using the Matte paper to print.

What camera do you use?

I use the camera on my iPhone 6 a lot but I also have my ‘big’ camera, which is a Nikon D5200 which I use for all the photos on my blog and special events.  My favourite lens and the one that lives on my camera is a Nikon 35mm Prime.

What ink pads do you use?

I love Versafine Black and also have some of their coloured inks as well.  I use black Stazon when stamping on a nonporous surface.

For stamping in planners I love the Prima Chalk Edgers.  I find these are better in a planner as they don’t show through so much on the other side of the page.