Does anybody else suffer from "pretty crafting supplies hoarding syndrome?" You know, where you have found the most perfect Project Life card or scrapbooking sticker and you're afraid to use it because then you won't have it for potential future projects anymore? It's crazy, I know! But I used to suffer from pretty crafting supplies hoarding syndrome.
One way I got over it was learning how to get the most bang for my buck while subscribing to a kit club. I received monthly scrapbook kits from Gossamer Blue for over 2 years. And every month, I would find that handful of perfectly designed Project Life cards that I just couldn't get enough of. One of each was not enough! So, I figured out how to make a couple of copies of each of my favorite cards, so I would no longer fear "not having enough" of that perfect card.
I'm going to teach you how you can do the same below. First things first, it's important that if you are making digital copies of a physical product you have purchased, that you're actually allowed to and that you're doing it for your own personal use only. I did have permission from Gossamer Blue to write this post but when they shared it on their blog a while back, some people got upset about copyrights and digital theft. So to clarify- you can (and I did) only do this with products you have purchased, are using for your own personal use, and have permission to do so. If you pass all of those checkpoints, congratulations! You are now on your way to getting out of fear of not having enough of the perfect project life card.
Second clarification- I did this with permission from the company whose kit I was subscribed to. I use my extra physical copies of cards for my own personal use in future layouts. :D
How to Make Digital Copies of Your Favorite Project Life Cards
Step 1- Pick your favorite cards. I hate clutter and believe that a sparse craft room filled with only your absolute favorite things is the most happy and inspiring environment you can have. So pick only your absolute favorite cards and be selective! Remember, the idea isn't to have so many that you're overwhelmed, but to have just enough. I choose a handful of my favorite cards and made 2-3 copies of each. Just enough so I won't run out the first time I use them. Not so many that I become overwhelmed with clutter and too many supplies.
Step 2- Scan them to your computer or a memory card using a photo scanner. I use this all in one photo printer and scanner from Epson. I placed my favorite cards face down onto my scanner. You can fit 6 3x4 cards onto a letter sized paper or scanning area. The settings I used to do this were as follows: scan paper size- 8.5x11, document type- photograph, color profile- color, resolution- 300dpi. Once you've scanned them onto a memory card, upload them to your computer.
Step 3- Arrange digital copies of cards onto letter paper sized document. You can fit 6 3x4 cards onto a letter size paper, 2 4x6 cards and 2 3x4 onto a letter size paper, and lots of other variations of number of cards and size of cards. The point is, you can fit quite a few on one piece of paper if you arrange them nicely. You can see in the images below some of the common arrangements I use for printing my Project Life cards.
I do this in the paint program (or photoshop.) You can easily copy my setup by creating a document that's 3300px wide by 2550px tall at 300dpi. Then add your Project Life cards to the document. 3x4 sized cards should be 900px wide by 12oopx tall and 4x6 cards should be 1800px wide by 1200px tall. It seems tricky in the beginning, but I promise it's super easy once you get the hang of it!
Step 4- Print and cut out. I print onto thick, white, letter-size cardstock using the following printer settings for my printer; Paper type- premium matte presentation paper, project type- best photo, border settings- borderless. It's also important to make sure that you check your margins on your document. I set mine as close to zero as possible and select the "borderless" printing style. This makes sure that your cards print the correct size. After you print, cut out your extra copies of your favorite journaling cards and ENJOY the feeling of having just the right number of copies of the perfect journaling card!
REMEMBER- only use this technique in an ethical manner. Please and thank you! It's a super awesome way to make sure you never run out of your favorite journaling cards. I love using it for my kit subscriptions where the cards are exclusively designed (only available for people who subscribe to the kit.) and the kits only come with 1 of each card. This is an easy way to make sure that my absolute favorites stay on my computer and on hand for when I have the perfect project to use them for down the road. :D
The best part of this is that you get to support a scrapbooking company while not falling into the trap of hoarding your paper crafting goodies out of fear of not having enough of a particular card. Cheers to that! What's your favorite way to get the most out of your kit subscription?