Say “scrap booking” to most photographers, and you’ll discover just how good they are at rolling their eyes and laughing simultaneously. But the fact is, those putting together these sentimental memory montages are moving into pretty serious equipment.

Consider, for instance, printers. Snapshot-size 4×6 prints won’t do. They’re simply not big enough. The reason? Many scrap bookers have gone digital. Tech-savvy “scrappers” don’t slap down photos and memorabilia on an album page. Instead, they scan items, import images digitally, and craft the pages on a computer screen before printing them out as a unit. This means serious, desktop photo printers have become de rigueur.

According to Patrick Chen, a product manager at Epson America, 12×12-inch pages are now the standard size in scrap booking, and the Epson Stylus Photo R1800 has been a huge hit in this category. The R1800, which streets for $440, is an eight-ink machine that packs separate matte and photo black cartridges, and turns out prints in various jumbo sizes, including 12×12, 11×14, 13×19, and even 44-inch-long panoramas (though they’re tough to fit into a scrapbook). Prints made with the Ultra-Chrome pigmented inks are billed as lasting up to 200 years. Nothing laughable there.
—John Owens
Editor in Chief