Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Recipe Card Question Answered

Today I had someone ask me why when she uploaded my recipe cards to her photo center of choice, she was told that the resolution was insufficient.

After some research, I recommend the following procedure:

1) First click on the recipe card so that you get the best resolution possible, then drag it onto your desktop or do the right click thing and save it to your desktop.
2) Upload the jpg recipe card to your photo center of choice. I've found that having the recipe cards processed as pictures, they have much better resolution than if I were to print them at home. I'm all about the pretty, believe me.
3) Order the recipe cards as 5x7 prints. They were not created as a standard print size of 4x6 and they will not conform to that size. You will lose part of the recipe cards if you print them as 4x6s.

When I get my 5x7 recipe cards back from the photo center, I adhere them to a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inch piece of card stock (half a full sheet), and slide it into a sheet protector of the same size for durability. Sometimes you can find the sheet protectors at your local office supply store, but I order mine in bulk online through KeepFiling.com.

UPDATE: You can also just laminate your recipe cards, which I recently started doing. Go here to read about it.


  1. you put so much work into your blog, and it shows. I always love the recipe cards. thanks for your time and effort!

  2. Now why didnt I think of that? Love the idea of having your recipe cards printed off and putting them into those sheet protectors and such! Gonna have to give this a go!

  3. I am in awe of your creativity.

  4. Guess what I just picked up from Wal-mart yesterday??? 65 GORGEOUS 5x7 RECIPE CARDS!!! EEK! I'm so excited!! I haven't made my box yet, but I just LOVE having these BEAUTIFUL recipe cards ready to go to use!! Thanks so much for posting your creative & yummy recipes! Erin Blair

  5. Can you show us your 5x7 recipe cards?

  6. I was told once that you can't laminate pictures...that the laminate pulls away from the picture because of the picture paper. Is that true? Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  7. Gina, I've never heard that one. I haven't had any problems with laminating my recipe card photo prints.