Don’t Rely On Digital: Why You Should Print Your Photos

Smartphone camera quality has improved vastly over the past decade, they have become multifaceted tools which we use to check emails, scroll through social media and even produce images of a quality similar to DSLR and other high end cameras.  

 

The improvement in phone camera quality has increased the social media usage and the reliance on technology to store images and data. However, an estimated ‘48% of companies’ report tech-performance issues daily, which tells us that relying on technology to store your images can’t be enough.

 

Digital Can Fail, Paper Won’t

We know the heartbreak – you capture some amazing moments and your phone breaks, or your computer dies and you’ve lost everything.

In 2019, Twitter introduced new Terms and Conditions, meaning profiles that were inactive for 6 months or more were deleted, resulting in many people losing photos and other content.

Don’t rely on digital and most importantly, don’t loose your memories to digital error; print physical versions of your favourite photos straight from your phone or laptop.

If you don’t already have a home printer, the Canon MG5750 is a great option for producing high quality colour images. Additionally, MG5750 ink is an inexpensive option for those who want to print regularly.

 

Create a Conversation

How often do you flick through the photos on your phone? Probably very rarely, which defeats the objective of taking a picture in the first place.

Create a photo album for your coffee table or frame your favourite images and create your very own gallery wall at home. Both of these options are great conversation starters when having company round and you’ll be more likely to reflect on your treasured memories.

 

 

Digital technology and social media account does not guarantee the preservation of your images and memories. Make sure you print any important images, to avoid heartbreak from digital failure.

Looking for a new printer? The Canon MG5750 is the perfect option for high quality photo printing, and you can find affordable MG5750 ink here.

 

 

If you’re in need of any printing advice or product expertise, our knowledgeable team will be happy to help with any queries you may have. Contact the INKredible team today.

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3 Ways To Be More Organised In 2020

 An online report estimated that ‘50% of the UK workforce’ will be working remotely in 2020. Ensure that your work space is prepared and well organised to increase your productivity for the year ahead. 

 

Is your resolution to be more organised at work and in your career this year? We’ve rounded up the top 3 essentials for increasing your productivity.

 

Make A Note

The start of the year is the perfect time to make a note of all the important dates and events that you already have planned. Having a Calendar sorted by the beginning of the year means that you can plan ahead and make a note of anything special that pops up along the way, ensuring that you have a 360 view of the year. 

 

 

Organise Your Work Space

Home office essentials such as a diary, paper and printer ink will be handy to have stocked up in your workspace and will keep your work flow moving.  

If you’re planning on working from home more often in 2020, make sure your workspace is well prepared with equipment such as a high quality printer like the Canon MG5750 - a fast and wireless product that produces images and documents to an efficient standard.  

Don’t worry! Not all printers are expensive to run, you can find affordable MG5750 ink available at INKredible.

It’s also a great idea to keep a list of things you will need for productivity. For example, avoid running out of ink by printing your own reminder labels, or use different coloured sticky notes on your wall calendar to highlight important memos and dates

 

 

Create A Routine

A morning or evening routine can be useful; it will create a structure that assists you in perfecting your work/ life balance. A desk planner is a useful solution to staying on top of your work load and planning the day or week ahead of you. Get into the routine of writing your priorities, plans and to-do’s on an evening to organise your busy schedule and increase your productivity.

 

 

 

 

Stay organised in 2020 and ensure that your office essentials are stocked up. These simple tips will keep your workload as hassle free as possible.

At INKredible, we understand that home printing doesn’t always go to plan, which is why our team of experts are on hand to offer support to get you back up and running, as easy as ‘Order, Install, Print’.

Are you having issues with your printer or in need of product advice? Get in touch with our INKredible team today.  

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Tech Tips #2 | 5 Ways to Reduce Printing Costs

5 Ways to Reduce Printing Costs

Are you looking to save some pennies on your printing costs? Follow this simple guide and wage the war against over priced printing and products. 

Check Your Printer Settings

Many of us usually click ‘Print’ or press ‘CTRL+P’ to start a print job without even checking what print settings we’re using.

Ask yourself, do you really need to print using the highest quality setting? Usually draft or medium quality is good enough for everyday printouts and unless you're printing barcoded tickets, professional documents or photos for example, there's usually no need to waste additional ink on the 'fine' or 'Highest Quality' setting.

While in the printer settings, it’s also worth experimenting with selecting different ‘paper type’ options. Some unexpectedly work better than others and can increase the clarity or reduce ink bleed on the finished print.

Draft mode is also much quicker than the highest quality settings, so it will also save time when printing something fairly basic.

 

Change Your Font

Did you know that the default Windows font Arial is one of the worst offenders for ink usage?

In certain tests, Times New Roman was found to be 27% more efficient on ink use than Arial, while both Calibri and Century Gothic also outperformed Arial.

Also think about excessive use of Bold text as this uses more ink then a standard printed word. If you need to highlight something, try using italics instead.

 

Cut Your Paper Costs

Most of us use standard 80gsm or 90gsm printer paper for household printing tasks but in conjunction with reducing the print quality to save ink, you could also switch to a 60, 70 or 75gsm grade paper to save money, especially when printing those less important documents.

There are also a number of recycled paper options available today so it’s a good idea to shop around for the most economic and ecological solution for you.

Many modern printers allow a feature called 'Duplex' printing. This is where the printer will automatically print on both sides of the paper, effectively cutting your paper use in half! Of course, this isn't suitable in all situations but it is definitely something to consider to prevent paper being wasted.

 

Buy Compatible Ink Cartridges

If you didn't know by now, the biggest saving you can make when printing is to decide what ink to buy.

Do some research before you buy your printer and check how much both Genuine OEM and Compatible/Remanufactured Ink Cartridges will cost. Your printer is a one off cost whereas the ink or toner is an ongoing cost so that is where you can make your savings.

We find the best value printers will use several individual colour cartridges, rather than those that simply use one Black and one Colour tank. Don't be fooled by the super cheap printers, you will end up paying more for your ink supply quickly enough!

We recommend compatible cartridges for the majority of users wanting to cut their printing costs. You can make massive savings instantly and the ink is indistinguishable from its more expensive counterparts. Contrary to opinion, compatible cartridges will not invalidate your printer warranty in the same way as a third party oil filter would not invalidate your car's manufacturer warranty.

Be aware, not all compatible cartridges are of the same quality, and as such, prices can fluctuate. Our aim is to keep prices low whilst keeping quality high!

 

Keep a Good Stock of Ink or Toner

We understand how frustrating it is when you need to print something and you get the dreaded ‘Ink Low’ warning message!

We always advise keeping a sensible stock of ink cartridges to ensure you’re never in a position where you can’t print off your boarding pass, wedding speech or music festival tickets.

Because we offer discounted prices when purchasing multiple quantities, we recommend working out your usage requirements for 2, 4 or even 6 months and order the items you need in one go. You’ll always have Ink Cartridges available and are saving money in the process!

Should you change your printer, we will offer Reward Points for the return of any fully boxed products within 12 months so you can buy without fear of losing out!

 

If cutting your printing costs is something that you are trying to achieve, head to the INKredible website to discover affordable and compatible printing supplies. Our customer support team can assist you all the way through from order, install, print. 

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Tech Tips #1 | Maintaining Your Printer

Maintaining Your Printer

In the first of our Tech Tips series, we take a look at the basics of keeping your printer in tip top condition.

 

Where Should I Use My Printer?

Before you even start using your printer, you should have a think about where it is going to be located. Most of us sensibly install it somewhere near the computer it will be used with or in a central location if it is to be used wirelessly.

There are, however, other considerations to make if you want to optimise your printer's performance and longevity.

Firstly, ensure your printer is located in a cool, well ventilated room away from direct sunlight, radiators and other heat sources. Printers can overheat so make sure there is plenty of room around the printer, especially near any air vents.

We don't recommend using your printer in a dirty or dusty environment such as a garage. At best, the contaminants are not going to be beneficial to a healthy printer and at worst, excessive dust can be a fire hazard.

 

How To Clean Your Printer?

Once you're up and running, printers are generally clever enough to perform a head clean cycle automatically to maintain optimum performance.  They will also perform a cleaning cycle every time you switch the printer on as they initialise the cartridges ready for use. Unfortunately there is no real way around this, short of leaving your printer on all of the time.

Printers will gather dust naturally so it's good practise to give the outer surfaces a wipe over with a damp or microfibre cloth a few times each month. As well as household dust, you'll often see a build up of paper dust residue inside your printer from time to time which can be cleaned out with compressed air or a small handheld vacuum.

If you get any ink spillage inside your printer, simply use dry, absorbent kitchen towel to careful soak up the excess before using a slightly damp kitchen towel or cloth to clean up the remainder. When dealing with cleaning ink, use rubber gloves to minimise any ink transferral to your skin. Ink is water based though and will come off after a few days if you do happen to get any on your hands.

 

Use The Built In Maintenance Tools

Many people ignore the maintenance tools that are built into the printer. They are there for a reason and that is to improve performance if something isn't printing as expected.

If print quality starts to degrade or colours don't seem to be displaying properly, it is likely that you either need to replace a low cartridge or use the 'Nozzle Check' and 'Head Clean' function.

Nozzle Check will output a printed sheet of lines, symbols, patterns or blocks of individual colour to help determine which cartridge is in need of attention. Because the Nozzle Check uses pure ink from each cartridge, it is a much more accurate way to see what is at fault, rather than printing a photograph or blocks of 'imperfect' colour made in paint or word software.

You can also use the 'head alignment' tool to correct poor print alignment or the 'roller cleaning' function should you experience poor paper feed. Just look out for them on your printer menu under the Maintenance or Tools section.

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New Year’s Eve: Free Party Supplies

New Year’s Eve Party Supplies

Staying in is the new going out and what better way to bring in 2020 than with your loved ones and friends at home. 

If you’re throwing a party or get together, why not have a go at printing these free New Year’s Eve goodies.

 

Party Hats

Don’t spend a fortune on party decorations this New Year. Try these free party hats and keep your costs low, whilst being more environmentally friendly.

Simply load your printer with good quality paper, ensure that you have enough ink for printing, download and send these designs to your printer. Next you can cut out each of the shapes and bend them into a cone/party hat shape and tape the sides together.

Voila! Affordable and eco-friendly party hats which you can use again and again.

 

Download Party Hats Here

 

 

Fortune Cookies

Wish your party guests good fortune for the New Year, with these super easy paper Fortune Cookies.

Start by printing our template, cutting out the circles and folding the paper to create a cross through the centre of the paper. You can then hold two sides of the paper together and bend the circle backwards to create your fortune cookie.

Make sure to insert our free fortune messages into your cookies or create your own! Watch this easy to follow tutorial and create your own simply and quickly.

 

Download Fortune Cookie Templates Here

 

 

New Year’s Resolution List

What better way to start a new year than with a new list of resolutions, to keep you on track and achieve personal goals. Is there something that you never got around to doing in 2019? Maybe you wanted to learn a new language, do something for charity or try a new cuisine.

Make sure that you achieve everything that you wish to in 2020 with this free printable Resolution list.

 

 Download 2020 Resolution List Here

 

 

Celebrating this New Years Eve? Print these freebies and keep your party guests entertained as you bring in 2020.  

We would love to see your celebrations! Share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram and tag us in your images.

If you’re in need of printing supplies or expert advice, visit our website or contact our team.

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Make Your Own Christmas Jumper

  


Make Your Own Christmas Jumper

 

Is there anything more festive than a Christmas jumper? If you haven’t had time to buy one yet, we’ve got you covered with our free printable templates and tutorial, so you can create your own in time for Christmas.

 

Download Your Designs Below (click on the image to download) 

 

 

                   

Grinch Design                                 Rudolph Design                                  Elf Design 

 

 

How Do I Create My Christmas Jumper?

 

Step 1:

First you’ll need to download and print your preferred design, make sure you have enough ink left in your printer, and ensure that you have a T-shirt or Jumper ready to transfer the design onto.

 

Step 2:

Turn on your printer and take out all of the paper in the tray, you can now replace this with T-Shirt Printing Paper.

You’ll have noticed that the design you have chosen is back to front, don’t worry! We’ve done this so that the image will print perfectly onto your T-shirt or Jumper, first time lucky. All you need to do is send your downloaded image to print.

Every printer is different, so make sure that the paper is the right way up for YOUR printer. You will need to Load the transfer paper so that the blank side receives the image.

 

Step 3:

Now that your design has printed onto your T-shirt Transfer Paper, you can go ahead and cut around your design. Next lay your Tshirt or Jumper flat onto an ironing board. Switch on your iron and let it get hot. Now, place the Transfer Paper image side down onto the fabric. You can now Iron over the back of the paper, transferring your design onto the material.

Top tip: Once you have placed your design face down onto your T-shirt or Jumper, lay a dry tea towel over the back of the paper before ironing over the back of your design. Having a tea towel sandwiched between your paper and the iron will stop anything from burning.

Iron for up to a minute, taking your time to cover the whole back side of the design

 

Step 4:

Remove the iron, switch it off at the wall and carefully peel the paper off of your Jumper or T-shirt revealing your finished design.

 

Step 5:

Wait for the transfer to cool and try your new Christmas Jumper or T-shirt on. Take a photo of your finished design and share it with us on Facebook or Instagram

Top tip: When washing your garment, make sure you turn it inside out so that the printed image is on the inside, this will lessen the chance of the image cracking or peeling. Wash on a low heat.

 

 

                                                        

 

Before trying to print your Jumper design, make sure you have enough ink in your printer. Need to order more? You can find the right ink for your printer here. Need expert advice on your printer, ink cartridges or anything else printer related, please don't hesistate to get in touch with our INKredible team, one of our experts will be more than happy to help you get back to printing.

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Christmas Printable: Cards and Gift Wrap

Christmas Wrapping Paper and Gift Tags

Printable Cards and Wrapping Paper

It’s less than a week till Christmas, and there’s no doubt you’ll be running around making sure the last finishing touches are ready for the big day. If you’ve got a couple of last minute cards to write or gifts to wrap, we’ve got you covered with our free printable Christmas Cards and wrapping paper.

 

Click below to download and print your cards now!

 


 

Why Should I print my own Cards and Gift Wrap?

Not only is this a great option for avoiding the last minute Christmas rush at the shops, it’s also a much cheaper and eco friendly alternative to shop bought Cards and Gift Wrap.

There’s nothing worse than someone having the same Christmas Cards as you; by printing your own, you can be assured that your cards are more unique and personalised.

Our free printable wrapping paper is ideal for those smaller gifts you might be sending this Christmas!

 

Click below to download and print wrapping paper and tags!

 


 

Saving The Planet One Card at a Time

Sometimes all you need is one extra card, not a whole pack! With our free printable card designs, you have the option to print as little or as many as you need; saving you money and saving the planet from wasted products, not to mention the plastic packaging that cards often come in.

Top Tip: Make your prints extra environmentally friendly by using recycled or brown card


Before your start printing, make sure there’s enough ink in your Printer. Need to purchase more? You can find the right ink for your printer by using our quick search bar.

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Make Your Own Christmas Gingerbread: Free Templates

Make Your Own Gingerbread House and Cookies: Free Template 

 

It's Gingerbread House Day! A special event that recognises the family tradition for many countries around the world. In light of this special occasion, why not have a go at making your own Gingerbread and get into the Christmas spirit?

Don’t fancy making a Gingerbread House? Download and Print our Gingerbread Men templates and create some delicious Christmas Cookies to dunk in your hot cup of cocoa.

Here’s an easy to follow recipe to use when creating your festive Gingerbread House, which is just as fun to make and decorate as it is to eat.

Top Tips before making: Make sure you have all the correct ingredients before starting. You will also need to ensure that your printer has enough ink, so that you can print the templates. 

 

                        

 

Click Here for Gingerbread Man Template                                   Click Here for Gingerbread House Template

 

 

 

Click Here for Recipe 

 

 

 

Once you’ve had a go at creating your own, take a photo and send it to our INKredible team or tag us in your pictures on social media, we would love to see your Christmas creations.

 

 

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Four Quick Elf On The Shelf Ideas

Four Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Try This Christmas

 

that time of the year again, the Christmas festivities are in full swing and that means one thing, it’s time for Elf On The Shelf. Sent by Santa to keep a watchful eye over children who have been naughty and nice, this cheeky elf’s mission is to bring joy and recruit more people for the ‘nice’ list.

Struggling to think of new and exciting Elf On The Shelf scenarios? We’ve put together 4 quick ideas for you to try this Christmas, to keep the kids (and adults) entertained. Not only are these ideas great for getting crafty, they also make fun Elf On The Shelf scenarios

 

Make Your Own Snowflakes

A great way to get creative this Christmas is to create your own paper snowflakes. This super easy craft idea doubles up as the perfect decoration for your home and is an easy option for kids and adults.

Download and print this snowflake template and create a fun Elf On The Shelf Idea. 

 

Snowflake making Elf

 

Elf Bingo

Bingo! The perfect way to keep the family entertained. Sit down for a family night of board games and Elf On The Shelf bingo. Photograph your Elf getting involved and upload your photo to Social Media and tag us in your photos.

 

 

Christmas Photo Shoot

It’s not all fun and games when you’re an Elf, sometimes you have to take a break and have a photoshoot. Create a mini photoshoot for your elf, or get the family together and capture the Christmas magic with these fun photo props. 

Download, print and share your photos with us on social media.

 

 

Letter to Santa

Haven’t sent your letter to santa yet? Don’t forget, or he won’t be able to deliver your presents. Your Elf On The Shelf can help with this. Print this letter template and get writing. What are you wishing for this Christmas?

 

 

Letter to Santa Elf on the shelf

 

If you’ve tried any of our free printables, we would love to see them in action. Take a photo of your Elf On The Shelf, or yourself having a go and getting crafty with these downloads and tag us in your photos on Instagram and Facebook.

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Christmas Download: Elf on the Shelf

Christmas Downloads

Christmas Download - Keep The Family Entertained With These Christmas Freebies

 

This Year, our Elf On The Shelf has been very mischievous and is having lots of festive fun.

If you’re in need of new ideas for your Elf On the Shelf or just want to Keep the Kids (and those who are kids at heart) entertained this Christmas? Why not download and print these Christmas Freebies

Write a letter to Santa, have a Christmas photoshoot, play Elf On The Shelf bingo or create your own paper snowflakes. Download each of our downloads below and join in with the festive fun.

 

 

Letter to Santa              Snowflake Cutout 

 

Photo Props                      Elf Bingo

  

Have you downloaded and printed these Christmas freebies? We would love to see some photos of your festive fun. Upload and share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram by tagging us or using the hashtag #myelfontheshelf

Read our Elf On The Shelf blog to see how these freebies can come to life.

 

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