Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Getting Organized...Project Life

Okay, so first things, first! Time to get organized.... And just in case any of you were looking...you probably noticed that my last Project Life post was for week 3 - (YIKES)! Actually, to be quite fair to myself, I am actually caught up to week 8, I just need to get those pictures updated on my blog... and don't you worry, I'm well on my way to getting that done. In the meantime, I want to share my plan for getting all of my pictures organized (in the off chance that anyone else out there might be behind in the process, as well). So let's get to it...let's get organized.

Step one... Figure out what needs to be printed...  

So the first step in my 'get organized plan' is to figure out what in the world I need to print. Now, typically, I would simply fire up the Mac Book Pro, flag some pics from the previous week and then print them at home on my my lovely Epson Stylus... However, I'm thinking I have around 100 pics that need to be printed for my project life book, so I'm going to spend a little more time on the front end and then subcontract the rest of my pics to another company so that I don't have to worry about all of the time that will be spent next to my printer...so, I've thought about it and I want to narrow down my printing process to Instagram pictures and then 4x6 and 6x4 pictures...

Step Two... Printing Instagram...  

Although I am very savvy with using Photoshop and could most definitely import my Instagram pictures into the system, I am going to take advantage of some really great programs available to me. Not only with this save me some time, but it really does create a big piece of mind when all you have to do upload the photos and then have them sent to you. So, I did a little research today and found this really great app on my Iphone that I can use to upload and order all of my Instagram photos directly from my phone. I'm sure many of you are well aware of the program Postal Pix, but for those of you who use Instagram, but have never printed them professionally, this should definitley be an option to consider. It was so easy to use and I loved taking care of the ordering process right on my phone. Hopefully, the delivery process will be just as simple. I ordered 4x4 prints and they ended up being .29 a piece, which was pretty reasonable considering how much time I saved from having to print and crop. I will definitley let everyone know how they look when they show up on my doorstep!

Step Two... Printing....the rest...  

After having a few minutes of shock and panic at how behind I am... I then just took a few moments to breathe....next, I regained my composure and decided to turn on the Mac Book Pro and flag some of my favorite pictures to print at an external site. So the next step was really fun, it really just entailed going through the pictures and figuring out what I really wanted to print. Although I really love mpix for more professional style prints, I couldn't beat the price of Shutterfly at .19 a print. Plus, I haven't printed for a long time, so I couldn't remember my password. So I started a new account and received 50 free prints... Yes! As a result, I ended up printing a total of 100 pictures and paid for half...not bad!

So there you have it friends... I'm well on my way to getting project life back in order. Wish me luck... and if there are any of you out there that are like me and are a little behind...have no fear! You can do it!


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Debbi said...

Two things:
I haven't printed any Instagram photos yet, but I downloaded a couple of templates that you can load up your Instagram pictures in and then print the full page- cheaper than printing them individually. Though, I want to try the app you mentioned.

Also, I saw a tip (I think from a link by Becky Higgins) to use coin collectors' plastic pages for Instagram pictures. I ordered some to try it out, they were pretty cheap on Amazon. If I ever get caught up...I'll let you know how it turns out!

Oh- and Snapfish often has really good deals on prints, too. I think right now they might be running their penny print deal- $1 for 100 prints. The quality is decent.

Casey Wright said...

Thanks, Debbi! I actually have a ton of those coin collector card holders that I picked up at a garage sale and use those pretty regularly for my December Daily Album... Love those! Also, thanks for reminding me about Snapfish...before I had a photo printer at home, I used to use them all of the time... :) Need to check them out again! Thanks for the tips!