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Unusual Photo Sizes: What and How I Typically Print

After my post on printing in unusual sizes, someone asked me how you can print the smaller sizes at a place like Costco. If you invest in Photoshop Elements (I think it’s around $70), you can actually recoup your expenses in the long run if you print lots and lots of small pictures.

Why is that?

Because after you re-size your pictures, you can drag those smaller pictures onto one canvas and print them on a single 4×6.

For example, you can crop six photos into 2×2, create a 4×6 canvas, and drag the six photos onto the canvas. You’ll print all six photos as one 4×6 print. Six photos for the price of one 4×6 print!

Pretty awesome.

Printing Multiple Photos Onto a 4×6 Print

Sometimes I want a very unusual size, like I might digitally crop a photo to 3×6.5. When I do this I’m not looking for that specific size, necessarily. It’s just that when I’m working on the cropping, that’s the size that I happen to think looks cool for that photo.

Here’s a 4×6 print I developed most recently. The white gap in the middle is the extra space on the print. The photos on the left are 3×2. The photo on the right is 2×4.


The other two photos for the layout fit on one other 4×6 print. I cropped them into individual photos and put my layout together:

Lots of Drama

It’s most economical to print on 4×6’s, because they cost significantly less than the enlarged sizes.

But I’ve also found I use much less product when I have enlarged photos, since they take up so much space. So that extra cost for enlarging may end up a wash when when you factor savings in scrapbook supplies.

Here are some of the more typical sizes I tend to print in…

Unusual Sizes I typically Print



You can fit six 2×2’s onto a 4×6 print using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.



You can fit four 2×3 photos onto a 4×6 print.

3×3 or 4×4


Place two 3×3’s, or one 2×3 + one 3×3 on a 4×6 print.

6×6, 6×8, or 8×8


I place one picture of these sizes onto an 8×8 print.


Or I like to do grid collages like the one above in the 8×8 size.

9×9 or 8×12


These sizes would both go on an 8×12 print. If I’m doing a 9×9 photo, that still leaves me room for quite a few 3×3 photos all around the edges of the print, so I often add photos of that size to the print, whether they’re for the same layout or a different one.


I would not have been able to showcase the beauty of our desert to the same degree, nor the fun of being out there that morning with 4×6 photos. Both the focal point photo and the collage on the right are 8×12’s.

Costco prints in all of these sizes, plus larger ones. Non-local printers, such as Persnickety also prints and even more.

How to Drag Cropped Photos onto a 4×6 or Other Size Print

I have a tutorial that I made for Paperclipping Members a while back that shows how to drag photos onto one canvas as a collage, and then make the digital round-corner frame on top of it that you see in the Tea Time layout above.

Here’s another one:


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How to Make Lines in Photoshop Elements – Paperclipping 164

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I love starting my scrapbook process on my computer with a few simple digital tricks before I print my photos and finish the rest of the scrapbooking with paper and embellishments. I decided to share with you one of the more common elements I add to my pictures — lines.

In today’s video tutorial for Paperclipping Members I’ll show you the different ways I most often use lines, and how to add them, especially using the line tool, which can be surprisingly tricky if you don’t know the few unusual quirks and limitations of the tool. Once you know them, though, you’ll love adding lines to your photos!

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Below are the layouts from this week’s episode . . .

4 July

4 July
Typed journaling on left reads: This was the year that I realized 4th of July is a guy’s holiday. It was our first Independence Day away from Arizona, which means that for the first time we could shoot our own fireworks. We found a tent and started shopping. It was the boys who did all the picking and I could almost taste Izzy’s excitement (along with Blake and Aiden’s). What a revelation. We’d love to be in Missouri most years from now on. We spent the 4th at Mom and Dad’s and then shot more on the 5th at the Martineau’s.

Handwritten journaling on right reads:
We shot late into the night. The younger girls kept their ears covered! Sidney kept running inside (and inviting Trin to join her).

Blake shot off most of the fireworks (running with fear of the unknown after the first one!). Aiden was right in the smokey stuff.

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Favorite Supplies Available: Tim Holtz Metal Numbers and Apron Lace Border Punch.

The Joy of a Painted and Decluttered Room

The Joy of a Painted and Decluttered Room.
Journaling to my three kids reads: Aiden had been playing with almost none of this toys but there were too many of them and they were everywhere. We took every single toy out of the room and put them in the living room. Then we painted your bedroom . . .

Now for the test: We kept these toys out of your room for a day or two and let you see what it feels like to have a clutter-free space.

It worked . . .

You guys played in those empty cubbies. Your clean bedroom became your favorite spot. And when I asked Aiden to pick just the toys he most wanted to keep he picked a few things and told me to donate the rest!

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Paperclipping 126 – Make a Subject Pop in Photoshop Elements

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This week’s episode has been released for the Paperclipping Members. If you’re not a member, you can watch a trailer of the tutorial by clicking on the video above.

In this in-depth video I show you step-by-step in Photoshop Elements how to…

  1. Isolate a subject in your photo so you can give it/him/her special attention.
  2. Boost the color of your subject while making everything else black and white.
  3. Make your subject stand out more by darkening your background and boosting the highlights in your subject.
  4. Make your subject stand out by blurring the background.
  5. Smooth the edges of your isolated subject so it doesn’t have that yucky “cut-out” look.

You’ll be able to do the above with your own Halloween zombies, their bloody sores, or with cute little girls at tea parties (below)–whatever you think needs special attention above its background. Check out this Before/After example where I left Blake’s sores and tongue a subtle red and brought him forward from his background, then see the layouts below for two examples:


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Below are the layouts I featured in the episode…

The Making Of A Zombie

Journaling to Blake reads: Your makeup is on and you have no problem getting your act together, getting into character. I love how you love playing the part.

Girly Tea Time

Journaling to Trinity reads: I had such a fun day with you at this tea party. We looked at art on the street, shopped a cute gift shop and tried hats and teas. Fun girly day.

Want to try it? Once you do it you’ll want to do it all the time. It’s fun. Enjoy!

Paperclipping 108 – How to Make a Frame with Rounded Corners in Photoshop Elements

Paperclipping 108 - How to Make Rounded Corners in Photoshop Elements

Do you remember the collage of heritage photos I made for a layout about my dad’s crazy 1940’s baby stroller? There was a request for me to make a tutorial on how to wrap a collage of photos with a frame like I did on that layout. Today’s episode for the Paperclipping Members will walk you through it step-by-step using Photoshop Elements. The good news is it’s very easy!

Below is the one I made in today’s tutorial…
Tea Time

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Related tutorials:
Digital Word Art
Make A Grid Collage In Photoshop

Paperclipping 101- Digital Word Art

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In this free episode of Paperclipping, you’ll learn how to position, resize, and recolor digital word art in Photoshop Elements. You’ll also see why Ali Edwards’s digital products are just as perfect for heritage photos and projects as they is for modern ones. You’ll find The Story Word Art + Hand Drawn Brushes by Ali Edwards, featured in the tutorial, at Designer Digitals, and they’re 30% off right now!

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Layouts From A Previous Paperclipping Live

I haven’t had a chance to share the scrapbook pages from Dedra Long’s visit to Paperclipping Live a while ago. Here they are below…

Hello Kitty

two 12×12 pages
Hello Kitty
The photo on the left is myself around 4th grade–just a little older than my daughter, Trinity, in the photo on the right. I chose pictures of us in similarly shaped outfits and poses to emphasize the theme of commonality. Journaling reads: I adored Hello Kitty as a little girl and still do at age 36. I love her oval round face and the simplicity of her design. As a kid I didn’t get enough of her to feel satisfied so I love getting to enjoy her again through Trinity, who loves her too.

Layout By Dedra Long

Layout By Dedra Long
Journaling to her daughter reads: You and me spending time together…these are some of the times I cherish most…I always love to walk in the studio to see the newest setup you have put together…It usually look something like this…the princess laptop, crayons, paper and scissors…you usually have the princesses singing the alphabet and you join then…then it’s math…in the end you show me your latest work of art…I will never forget.

The Details

The Details
Almost all of the scrapbooking items on both layouts are from Theresa Collins. I salvaged all the Hello Kitty items from actual H.K. stuff–a backpack, a watch, party invitations, plus there are a few pictures. The spinner arrow underneath the tiny H.K. on the clock is a Tim Holtz spinner that I painted pink.

Want help layering embellishments the way you see them layered in the center circle? If you have a Paperclipping Membership, I recommend watching Paperclipping 94 where I showed the techniques and principles of layers that lead in a “crescendo” toward a climactic point.