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Fun Photo Idea: Photo Note Pads

I don’t take many notes, on the theory that if I don’t write it down, my wife can’t scold me for forgetting to do it (in practice, I still get scolded, but I probably deserve it). But I still recognize that some people, most people, are more responsible than I am, and so note pads can come in handy. And if you’re the note-taking type, or know an avid note-taker, why not consider a photo note pad?

Personalize Your Pad

Creating a personalized photo note pad is as simple as finding an online provider, choosing a design, uploading a photo and keying in some text. As with any photo-related product, you’ll need to provide a high resolution image file. How do you know it’s high-resolution enough? A rough (very rough) rule of thumb is any image snapped with a camera higher than 2-megapixels should suffice for a note pad-sized photo.

One thing to keep in mind when selecting an image is whether it can be cropped without sacrificing something important (like someone’s head). Some photo note pads offer the option to use the photo as the cover of the pad in either a vertical or horizontal layout. You’ll need to match that horizontal or vertical layout with a photo that is similarly orientated (or else one that can be cropped to fit without slicing off important pieces of the image).

After that, it’s really a matter of your personal taste in design, for in addition to your photo you can also choose decorative edges and usually fonts too.

So Where Do I Buy These Photo Note Pads?

These can be made from a variety of online printers – from the traditional photo suppliers like SnapFish to more specialized outlets and stationary printers like Stationary Studio.

The one pictured aboveĀ is from Pinhole Press - it has a 4 x 6 -inch photo on the cover and a smaller photo inside every page. You’re looking at 50 pages for $13.

SnapFish offers a slightly different look – a smaller photo will appear in the upper right hand corner of the pad – but also cheaper at $8 for a 50-sheet pad.

The aptly named PicPads has a wide selection of pads – not just note pads but kid’s pads and shopping list pads (in case you need to distinguish them). Every note pad page has a photo and you’ll get two 5 x 8-inch pads with 40 pages each for $35 or $35 if you’re content with a black and white photo. Shopping list pads are slightly cheaper: $33 and $23 for color and black and white pads, respectively.

Polka Dot Design offers a range of note pad designs, starting at $7 for a 50-sheet photo note pad that’s 5.5 x 8.5-inches in size. Like the above options, you’ll see a smaller-sized photo in one portion of the pad.

If you want your photo to appear across the page, check out Couture Invito’s selection, which prints a more opaque image across the entire 5 x 8 inch pad. You’ll get a 100 page pad for $15.

VistaPrint offers a somewhat similar photo pad design as Couture, in that a more opague image occupies the bulk of the pad. The price is $9 for a 4.2 x 5.5 inch pad with 50 pages.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to photo note pad providers but you’ll notice that the pricing is pretty consistent across the board.

[Hat tip: PetaPixel]

Author:Greg Scoblete

Greg Scoblete is the editor of Your Digital Life. He has been covering the photographic world for the past ten years for a variety of publications including PDN, This Week in Consumer Electronics and Digital Photographer.