Print your own promotional merchandise

Print your own promotional merchandise

There are many costs involved in running a business and here at INKredible, we are always looking for ways to help you cut costs and save money.

Printing your own promotional merchandise, rather than going through a third party company, could save you a fortune. It will also allow you to have complete creative control over the design of your product.

Whether you're giving out calendars at tradeshows or handing out branded tote bags and t-shirts, promotional products are one of the best ways to get your company's name, logo and slogan out there.

Whilst printing your own mugs and umbrellas is out of the question (although that may not be all too far away, the way 3D printing is advancing), there are several promotional items that you can make yourself.

Printing your own items is a great option for smaller, start-up businesses that may not have the funds to bulk buy several hundred calendars. The ability to print them yourself also means that no money is wasted as you can print on demand, rather than ordering too few or too many items.

When designing any promotional material, it is important to consider what it says about your company. Think carefully about logo placement, the images you want to use and where your contact information will appear on the product.

Print a promo calendar

Firstly, chose a theme. Naturescapes are perfect for a calendar as they appeal to everyone. If your company sells cars, a car-themed calendar is obviously more appropriate, but be creative.

There are loads of free calendar templates online and once you have your images, you're good to go.

Make sure your printer is up to the job. Load up on black and coloured ink and high quality photo paper, as this will make it look more professional than just using thin card.

Before clicking print, ensure you have chosen a front cover, that your company logo appears somewhere on every page and that your contact details can be found somewhere on the product.

Bind the calendar and voila! You now have a printed promotional, personalised product.

Display these in your office for clients to take home with them (make sure you have one on the wall of every room too!) and take them to meetings and tradeshows to give away.

You can even turn calendars into a charity fundraiser – team up with a local charity and have a donation box next to your products in your reception area.

Tote bags

Tote bags are another great promo item and are becoming more and more popular as supermarkets start to charge for carrier bags.

Buy a few blank bags online and stock up on image transfer paper. Choose a design and print it onto the special paper – make sure your colour ink cartridge is full!
Take the tote bag (or t-shirt, as the same technique applies) and iron onto your product.

Promotional products don't have to cost your company a fortune so why not have a go at making your own this autumn?

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Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD review

Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD review

When choosing a printer, you need to consider what you will be using it for predominantly.

If you are an avid amateur photographer, then the Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD could be for you.

Inexpensive, energy efficient and easy to us, this is a great photo printer.

It's a squat inkjet multifunction peripheral (MFP) comprising printer, scanner and colour copier.

The touch-sensitive, colour screen control panel displays print options or the contents of your memory card for quick and easy photo selection.

Capable of printing a six by four inch photo (regular postcard size) in just 79 seconds this machine is not only speedy but produces high-quality prints.

The Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD can also print directly on to compatible CDs and DVDs.

The scanner is fast and boasts sharp images and vibrant colours.

Supporting both WiFi and Ethernet port, you have a choice of how to connect.


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Stay productive when working from home

Stay productive when working from homeWhen working from home it's easy to be distracted, so here at INKredible we have come up with some handy tips to keep you focused and productive.

1. Have a designated work space

It is all too easy to sit in front of the TV with your laptop when working from home. This probably isn't a great idea. When working from home, try and emulate your office environment as much as possible, as this will help you get out of 'home mode' and in to 'work mode'.

Change out of your pjs, have a coffee and work in your home office (or at the kitchen table if you don't have an office). Basically, stay away from the sofa.

2. Manage your time

Working from home doesn't mean you can't take breaks. If you would get up and make a round of drinks every couple of hours, allow yourself to do just that (but only make one drink, not five). Research shows that we need a bit of a break every few hours in order to stay focussed. Get up, have a wander round your house, maybe even go for a brief walk outside. Staying shut in your house all day, with no outside contact will not help you.

Making a to do list in order to keep your day flowing could also help you stay on track, as it is easy to get distracted by household tasks when sat in the kitchen, next to the washing machine. At the end of the day, take note of what you achieved and, if you don't seem to have been as productive as you could have been, consider what you need to do differently tomorrow.

3. Stay connected

When out of the office, it is important to stay connected. This means ensuring your mobile is charged, people have the appropriate contact information for you and your internet connection is up to scratch. Having a fast and reliable internet connection is essential – slow internet that repeatedly drops out will not only slow you down but will also make your boss less inclined to let you work from home again, as it makes you appear unreliable.

Check in regularly with colleagues and clients. This will help you stay on track with deadlines and also demonstrates that whilst you might be working from home, you are still working.

4. Ignore the landline

If you haven't given out your landline number to work people, ignore the home phone. The only people calling you on this phone in the middle of the day are, most likely, trying to sell you something. If it's important/not a sales call they will leave a message or call your mobile. Don't take time out of your busy day and get caught up with distracting, unnecessary calls.

5. Don't get distracted

This may seem like a really obvious one, but it happens easily. If you don't usually have music on in your office, don't have it on at home. The same goes for the TV – if you don't have a TV on at work (which we are assuming you don't) then leave it off. The TV and the radio will just distract you and we know all too well how easy it is to get sucked into an episode of Bargain Hunt.

6. Know when to stop

If you finish work at five, finish work at five. Make sure that your home life isn't affected by your working from home. At the end of the day, power off your computer and close the door to your office (or just put your laptop away and put some plates on the table so you're not tempted to start working again).

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This Time It's Personal...

This Time It's PersonalHere at INKredible we receive offer emails every day from companies we've had dealings with. Problem is, the majority of these have nothing to do with the product we initially bought or, due to the passage of time are now irrelevant.

We don't like this, and we know you guys don’t either.

That’s why when we send you our monthly offers we try our best to make sure each and every one is tailored specifically for you and your printer.

Now, as much as we like to think we have special powers, (I’m looking at you INKredible Barry!), we sometimes need a little help to make sure we are sending you the right offers. This is where our ‘Favourites’ come in.

Simply Log in and click on ‘My Account’ and you will see ‘Your Favourite Categories’. When a product in one of these categories is on offer we’ll send you an email to let you know, nice huh?

If you have changed your printer, or simply no longer want to be notified of special offers for that category just hit that little ‘Remove’ button and voilà it’s gone. When you order for your new printer it will be automatically added to this list and we’ll let you know when it’s time to save.

What’s that I here you say?.. “What if I want to know about the offers before I order?”

Well, in the words of that annoying meerkat, it’s simples! Just find the product you’re interested in on our website, see that little ‘Add to Favourites’ button at the top, click it. Job done! Stick the kettle on and wait for the offers to come rolling in.


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Kids Corner

Kids CornerWe are always on the lookout for DIY crafts for the kids.

HP has always got something new and exciting and its Pinterest page is a great place to start.
We picked a couple of our favourites to share with you.

Printable alphabet cards. This one is great for really little ones. Instead of coughing up £10 in the Early Learning Centre for some coloured alphabet cards, just load up your printer with ink and thin card and print your own! The cards have little illustrations on to help your little one learn.

The memory game. You remember this one – pairs of cards with images on the front and matching backs? You can print out a set of these cards from HP's website and, best of all, you can add your own images or photos!

T-shirt iron-ons. HP has a few images which make perfect iron-on transfers. Grab some special transfer paper, print out your image and iron on to a plain t-shirt. Voila, personalised clothing for your child.

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The Brother MFC-5890CN

The Brother MFC-5890CN

People operating in a small or home office will find that the Brother MFC-5890CN is perfectly suited to their needs, combining just the right amount of speed and power to suit their task, as well as solid image quality.

The control panel is ergonomic and intuitive, with clearly marked buttons arranged logically and a 3.3in colour LCD making navigating options easy.

Furthermore, the capacity of the paper trays is generous, with a 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) and a 150-sheet A3/ledger input tray, as well as a top lid capable of holding up to 50 sheets - perfect for those who do not have time to continually refill the trays.

The manufacturer has also been praised for its generally economical ink, with the MFC-5890CN using separate cartridges for each colour, helping to reduce waste and ensure that quality is never compromised.

Combined with sharp black text and excellent colour photo prints, particularly when printed on our High Quality Photo Papers, the MFC-5890CN is a good choice for home or small offices.


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Optimised productivity with printing

Optimised productivity with printing

Time is money. That’s a phrase that you hear throughout your life and sadly, it’s true.

Here at INKredible we know that time is precious. There are several things you can do both at home and in the office to optimise your time but we are going to tell you about a printer-related time-saving trick.

Online printing. You have probably heard of it even if you have never used it.

The majority of printers have access to the internet these days, and we’re not just talking wireless printing. Yes, it’s great not having to deal with hooking your PC up to a printer, but there are even more uses for the fact your printer has internet access.

If you have bought a decent all-in-one in the last three years, the chances are that your printer has its own email address. This is going to save you a bunch of time.

Instead of receiving a document to your email, opening it and printing it, cut out the middle man – you. Just forward the email straight to your printer’s email address in order to save yourself some time and therefore money!

The best part is, you can do this from anywhere and your printing will be waiting for you when you get there!

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Print panoramics from your iPhone 5

Print panoramics from your iPhone 5

The much anticipated iPhone 5 was launched last month and so far, people seem pretty impressed.

Here at INKredible, we are a huge fan of printing, basically anything.

So imagine our excitement when we found out that the iPhone 5 allows users to take panoramic pictures.

There are several apps on the market that allow users to print from their iPhone so why not experiment with panoramic photographs.

Load up your printer with ink and photo paper and create some interesting wall art.

Autumn is a great time to head outdoors and capture some fantastic naturescapes. Capture an entire forest turning orange and brown with a panoramic shot and then print it out and put it above your desk.

If you are particularly proud of a photo, why not send it off and get it printed on a canvas.

Whatever you do, keep printing! If your phone has a camera, ensure that your images make it off your memory card.

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Why buy your jewellery when you can print it?

Why buy your jewellery when you can print it?

Where 3D printing has been used extensively for manufacturing, it is slowly but surely making its way into other industries. Printed bikinis, guitars and cars have all been showcased in recent months and now you can add jewellery to that list.

Not chunky plastic necklaces or earrings, oh no. Cookson Precious Metals have created 3D printed jewellery made from, surprise surprise, precious metals.

One of the advantages of making jewellery using 3D printing is the complete lack of waste.

For example, instead of melting metal down for earrings, shaping it and then filing off any rough edges or imperfections, the earrings are built up on the 3D printer layer by layer using an 'already prefect' computer design.

The process is also much faster than hand-making intricate items of jewellery. As time is money, this process greatly reduces production cost.

The technology is still relatively new so buying 3D printed jewellery may be more expensive than 'regular' jewellery now, but who knows, you could be designing and printing your own jewellery in a few years' time!

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