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Holiday photo Banner , easy way to display photos

Social Sharing ButtonsMake a holiday photo banner this holiday season and display all the highlights from your year! After the holidays are over, tuck away all the photo tags neatly into your album and preserve them for years to come. November always beings the scrapbooker out of me in full fledge colors. I usually work through Nov/Dec/Jan to finish off …

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{the canon printers I love}

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I like to print my photos at home. I have been doing this for a few years now and I totally love the convenience of it. I’m pretty sure it is not the most economical option, but this is my hobby and it gives me immense pleasure.

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There were days when I used to batch process my photos and upload them to some retailer (usually shutterfly or costco) and then receive a nice 2 inch tall stack of new photos. I never really would use all of those photos or put them in an album in time. Not to mention, these days I rarely get time to sit and process a bunch of photo.

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Nowadays, when I feel like I need to scrapbook- you know that itch to glue photos and pretty paper together, I sit at my computer and print a few photos. Somedays, especially in the cold months when we are cooped up inside way too much, I print a 12 by 12 enlargement photo in the middle of the day. And that makes me smile.

But I digress. This post was all about the new printer I got this week.

I already own a great photo printer that I absolutely love: The Canon Pro 9000 Mark ii. This printer has not disappointed me ever and prints beautiful, color rich photographs each and every time. But this printer is not wireless and since it prints such high quality stuff, it is pretty slow in its printing. Also, it uses 8 different ink cartridges (which is why it is amazing) but I have learnt early on to stock up on the Photo Magenta and Photo Cyan colors.

Now, I also need a wireless printer, to print all the everyday stuff. I was using the Epson Stylus NX 530, which is a wireless printer+scanner. I bought this one early last year and have loved it. It saved space in my cluttered office by reducing the necessity of a separate scanner machine. I would have used this one forever, but something went wrong with its chip and it keeps giving an error message now. It was time to find a new printer.

I googled and read reviews and narrowed my list down to these two printers: Canon Pixma MX 9222 or Canon Pixma MG 5520

I finally bought the MG 5520 for one reason- It was the cheaper one.

What sold me about this printer——–> I can feed both 8.5 by 11 inch paper and 4 by 6 inch photo paper at once. Simultaneously. So at any given time, I can print either with regular paper or with my photo paper. Which is so crazy good. This way, if I take a photo on my phone that I really adore and want to print right away, I CAN. The printer is on my Wi Fi network and prints easily and quickly.

Secondly, it uses the same ink cartridges as the other printer I already owned (The Canon Pro 9000 Mark ii). This meant that I no longer needed to stock up on two different brands of ink. Also, I am a big fan of the Canon Photo Paper Matte and yes, the new printer is a Canon too. Win win.

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I am super excited to try out this new printer! I’ll let you know in a future post how it works.

PS: This is not a sponsored post. I have not received any product or monetary compensation for this post. I just voluntarily typed the word “Canon” so many times 🙂

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{of late}

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Of late, I have been enjoying everything that autumn brings with it.

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Of late, I have been making a great effort to simply get.me.to.the.gym. I don’t really have a workout plan yet, I simply am trying to train me (and my family) that I need to carve out some time to work out regularly. #exercisemore

fall4Of late, it has helped that the drive to the gym looks like this. Who wouldn’t want to get out and see this view daily?

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Of late, I have been crafting a lot. Presenting this messy table photo as evidence. Lots of crafting and lots of watching tv on my ipad- loving the new season of Top Chef so far!

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Of late, we have been having treats that were too cute to eat!

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Of late, I have been taking photos of kids/families that aren’t my own as part of a fundraiser for our MOMs club. Being a photographer and capturing the essence of a family in photos is simply a wonderful experience. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love doing.

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Of late, I have been thinking scrapbooking a lot. I have been attending the True Scrap 5 event hosted by Lain Ehmann and I cannot say how much I LOVE these classes!!!! They have a steal deal right now for an older True Scrap event- customers can receive 65% off the full replays of True Scrap 2. That’s 17 instructor videos plus virtual make and takes for only $44, with code HUNK at checkout. Thats a steal people, a steal. This offer is only for today- October the 12th. Go here to buy it. Run, don’t walk!

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Of late, everything around me inspires to create more. Even blue skies and yellow leaves.fall3Of late, I have been thankful that we live in a state where October is simply gorgeous.

 

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{Photo printing deals}

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I came across a bunch of photo printing deals for this holiday weekend and I thought I would share it here with you all

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Persnickety prints has free shipping on their 4 by 4 inch prints (use code freedom4 through 7/14) – perfect for those instagrams!

 

Shutterfly has free 101 prints (use code 101PRINTS through July 7). If you order just 99 prints instead of 101 the shipping drops by $2!

 

Snapfish has 99 prints for $0.99 (use code BDAYUSA through 7/7)! If you are a new member they offer 20 free prints as well!

 

And if you haven’t heard of winkflash they have 100 free prints with just $0.99 shippingfor your first order. I think I might just try them for this price!

 

Have a great rest of the weekend everyone!

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