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July 27, 2010

AE Review : Persnickety Prints

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In the mail yesterday I received a series of digital layouts and prints I'd uploaded to Persnickety Prints last week. I decided to try out Persnickety after hearing positive feedback around the internet from others who had used their services.

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The results were great. I love having these layouts printed and now safely tucked into my albums. I don't usually print 12×12 pages here at home (even though I have an over-sized HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer
that I like and use daily both for photos and general office-related printing needs
). I find that the professional prints just turn out better overall.

I printed one 12×12 photo (as the second page to this layout shown above). I love having one whole page as a part of a two-page spread. Such a nice way to include photos in the mix. 

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As you can see, my digital layouts go right into my 12×12 albums along with my traditional paper layouts.

On my desktop I have a file called "Print." In that file I add digital layouts as I complete them and then when I have a bunch in there I'll upload them to be printed. I usually include any special photos I want to have enlarged.

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These two layouts can be seen in more detail here and here.

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In addition to the digital pages I also ordered five foam mounted 8×10's that I'll be using for an upcoming home photo project.

UPLOAD + ORDER PROCESS : The upload and order process was simple and didn't take too long (I uploaded 9, 12×12 images and 5, 8×10 images). I thought it was cool that their size options included 8×8, 6×6, and 8.5×11 – all great for digitally printed projects.

CUSTOMER SERVICE : Excellent. They emailed me and let me know that one of my files had been uploaded low-resolution and I was able to email them the full-resolution version before printing.

I'd definitely order from Persnickety again in the future.

And in case you are wondering, I've always been happy using Scrapbookpictures.com (one of the reasons I love them is that they are based here in Oregon) and Shutterfly,
but I find it's worth checking out others as a means of comparison and it's
always nice to find companies with great customer service.

WANT MORE REVIEWS? : Here's a really great post at The Daily Digi that reviews a bunch of different companies.

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Comments

  • 1.
    alicia said…

    Thanks for the heads up. Hadn’t heard of them yet. DO they do 12×12 pages too?

  • 2.
    kT said…

    love the page in the third photo…how did you manage that text box with the different size lettering (just below the photo)? I’m still trying to find the right methodology for htat.

  • 3.
    Mary said…

    This has nothing to do with your posting but I just had to tell you. Your Simon is such a doll. It’s unbelievable, as you can tell in all the pictures, how much he loves his baby sister Anna. You are so blessed and I know you know that but I just had to share my thoughts with you. After all, I am a Grandma and you know how important these little ones are to us. I also enjoyed your Mom’s posting of Anna’s visit with Grandma and Grandpa and ofcourse the dog.

  • 4.
    Ali Edwards said…

    They sure do! The layouts pictured above are 12×12.

  • 5.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi kT – that’s actually a product available here (it’s all hand-drawn): http://www.designerdigitals.com/digital-scrapbooking/supplies/product_info.php/products_id/9101

  • 6.

    I love having options. Thanks for this!

  • 7.
    Michelle L said…

    I’m not sure if this is the right post to ask this question but I’ll give it a shot.
    I know nothing about digital scrapbooking. What would be a good place to start?

  • 8.
    amy tangerine said…

    love this post. my BFF wants copies of the scrapbook pages that we are in together and this would be a brilliant way to accomplish what I thought would be a nightmare task. thanks!

  • 9.
    Iara said…

    I wish i could print for 1.99 here in Germany :( that’s the reason why I scrap 12×12 but print 8×8. Your albums look so pretty, I do also mix digital, hybrid and traditional layouts in my albums :)

  • 10.
    Kelly Massman said…

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been wanting to try digital, so maybe I’ll try Persnickety first!

  • 11.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Michelle – here’s a page with a bunch of different links to help you get started: http://www.aliedwards.com/getting-started-with-digi.html

  • 12.
    ReNi said…

    What are foam mounted pictures? Something like a mousepad? Can’t wait for your project XD
    (just a german dork asking… ;) )

  • 13.
    Amy Lapi said…

    color inc is amaaazing for prints and photo projects as well! and they are a sponsor of ali’s… you can get 25 free prints with that code on the button… (i’m not affiliated i just think they have great products + customer service.)

  • 14.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Totally! Some of my favorite special prints have come from there (wood mount). They are great!

  • 15.
    Ali Edwards said…

    A mousepad is really good analogy – it’s like that on the back but it’s not floppy or bendable at all.

  • 16.
    chris said…

    I’ll have to check out these foam mounted prints. I want to do a picture wall over our fireplace with some different dimensions and textures. Does the foam mount change the texture at all, or is it literally a photo placed on foam, if that makes sense? Ahh… I could just go look for myself. :) Thanks for sharing. I have some 12×12 layouts I’ve been dreading needing to get printed.

  • 17.

    Persnickety Prints actually ships internationally. You can order the prints for $1.99 for 12x12s or $0.99 for 8x8s. Their flat-rate international shipping is $10. (I don’t work for them, I just love their prints!)

  • 18.

    Mine do have a slight texture to them, but I don’t know if they HAVE to have the texture. You could email their customer service and find out. I love these prints!

  • 19.
    chris said…

    Thank for the info. I couldn’t find them on their pricing chart or find an example, so I’m glad you responded. :)

  • 20.
    Angela C. said…

    How are these printing companies compare cost-wise? And process time?

  • 21.
    Kenny said…

    Hey Chris, We use a heat seal vacume press and to join the print directly to foam board. At the same time we laminate the photo and add a texture on top of the product. It adds a pebbley surface which also acts as a UV protectant for a more archival picture.

  • 22.
    cheryl said…

    thanks for the heads up I never heard of them either and
    the layouts really came out nice

  • 23.

    Iara, you can. We ship International for $10 FLAT

  • 24.
    Jen Graham said…

    Their turn around time is usually under 24 hours. I have never had to wait more than three days for one of my orders.

  • 25.
    Shannan said…

    I am in Australia and print at Persnickety all the time (12×12 and 8.5×11). I usually upload Sunday night and they arrive by mail about 9-10 days later. Great results – love them.

  • 26.

    Here is an older blog post that shows some up close images of our mounted prints. Hope this helps!
    http://persnicketyprint.blogspot.com/2010/07/mounting.html

  • 27.
    teri said…

    Is there a flat rate for US shipping with Persnickety?

  • 28.

    ReNi… I loved Germany when I was there! The Exit signs on the Freeway are the best.. is it “Awsfart”?
    Here is a link to our blog that talks about the mounting..
    http://persnicketyprint.blogspot.com/2010/07/mounting.html
    If you need any help, you can always email us at info@persnicketyprints.com

  • 29.

    $5 flat rate shipping in the US. Mine come priority mail. If you are local to Utah, you can pick them up in their Orem location, too.

  • 30.
    Paula in Australia said…

    Hi Ali
    Thanks for this post. I will look into them eventhough I am in Australia. Just one question and I don’t know if this is the place to ask but anyway…. how do you decide what size to print your photo’s for layout/mini book? This is where I struggle the most and find that it stops me from scrapping because I cannot work out what size photo would be best. Am I getting too hung up on it and should I just go for it?
    Thanks
    Paula

  • 31.
    Kareen said…

    Cool! never heard of them. Off to check them out.

  • 32.
    Caitlin M said…

    I can’t find the mounted photos on the pricing chart. Maybe I’m not seeing it. I hope you will be showing us what you do with the mounted photos for your home project. Would love to see it! Your blog always inspires me.

  • 33.
    Kelly said…

    Thanks Shannon! Good to know they do a great service for those of us away from the US (I’m in NZ).

  • 34.
    Rebecca Vavic said…

    Hey Ali
    Thanks for sharing :)
    It’s a bit pricey to get photos printed here in Australia… NO where near as well priced as you guys have over there :(
    I use my Epson Photo Stylus R2400 for all my printing… but I totally agree with you that professional printing is just, simply… so much better.
    LOVE to see what you come up with your foam photo project… I did this recently at ours:
    http://rebeccavavic.typepad.com/blog/2010/07/photo-shrine-to-family.html
    Inspired by a client of Tara’s from WAY back.
    Thanks for the continued inspiration.
    Hugs
    Bx

  • 35.

    You can find the pricing for mounting here
    http://persnicketyprints.lifepics.com/net/Pricing
    click the “and up” on each print size. Mounting images can be used many different ways, framing them without glass is most popular. When we add texture, your image begins to have that “painting” look and feel. We also add a free protective laminate coating to all of our mounted prints.

  • 36.

    What an amazing blog with amazing photography. Very inspirational.
    robin

  • 37.
    Marisa said…

    Wow, thanks a lot for sharing this information. I will definitely try out Persnickety (out from Germany).
    Do you usually order your digi pages matt or glossy?

  • 38.
    ReNi said…

    Thanks to the both of you :)
    - and yes, it’s pronounced like “awsfart” (quite funny XD ) – written: Ausfahrt

  • 39.
    ReNi said…

    lol, can’t stop snickering about “awsfart” – have to remember that one .. lol

  • 40.
    Lara said…

    That’s awesome!! Thanks for sharing with us! Your pics looks great. I’m curious too, glossy or matte?

  • 41.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Matte :) .

  • 42.
    ale said…

    thanks for the tip, ali!
    =^ . ^=

  • 43.
    Jakki said…

    That photo of your husband and your children is priceless…I love the emotion in it…

  • 44.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Thanks Ali and Persnickety – I am excited to try this site. I have always used our local Costco for my 12 x 12 and some canvas mounts, and also love Shutterfly. Am excited to try Persnickety – mostly for shipping costs to Canada and due to your reviews!!!

  • 45.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    So excited about this – have to order some mounted prints for a new project

  • 46.
    teri said…

    Thanks for the info.
    teri

  • 47.
    Jamie Pate said…

    is the ‘beauty of now’ digital brush (featured in the second photo of the post) available in one of your digi kits?
    thanks for this review.

  • 48.
    Jamie Pate said…

    is the ‘beauty of now’ digital brush (featured in the second photo of the post) available in one of your digi kits?
    thanks for this review.

  • 49.
    Jamie Pate said…

    is the ‘beauty of now’ digital brush (featured in the second photo of the post) available in one of your digi kits?
    thanks for this review.

  • 50.
    Jamie Pate said…

    is the ‘beauty of now’ digital brush (featured in the second photo of the post) available in one of your digi kits?
    thanks for this review.

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