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3 Things : playing with printing + a giveaway

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Staying in the theme of words + photos this week I wanted to experiment with a couple different inkjet printing surfaces. I took that photo of Chris & Simon and the tie and printed it on each of the following using my HP Photosmart D7360:


[ Warning : any of my experiences below could very well be operator error. ]


WorldWin Inkjet Printable Translucent Vellum : Quick and easy. Great result. See sample below. It's been awhile since I last used vellum and it was fun to reintroduce it into my supplies. Definitely want to play with it more: thinking about layering with transparencies and text and photos.


EQ Printables Peel & Stick Fabric Sheets : love the idea of this. My first issue is that the paper got stuck in my printer (grumble). Round two, stuck again. What seems to be happening is that the fabric is peeling back and getting stuck inside the mechanisms of the pinter. I am thinking to myself as I go through this process: how long do I mess with this before I just quit? Round three, stuck again (and yep, I am trying different settings as I go). Ok, after a couple more tries (and the passage of half-an-hour) I am done trying - I am not enjoying the process and there is no simplification happening here. It's such a bummer - would love to see how this would work with my photo. I may try again on another day. Anyone else tried this and had success? Tips?


Grafix Rub Onz - Create your own rub ons. Super cool idea. I wanted to see if this would work with a photo + some words...and at least in my case it was a challenge. This is a multi-step process that includes printing, then placing adhesive paper on top, and then adhering your image to final paper. The real challenge is getting the adhesive paper onto your image without bubbles. The second challenge is in the choice of the paper you rub on to. I tried it on textured cardstock and it didn't seem to work - it just tore the paper. I will probably try this whole process again to see if I can make it work.


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EQ Printables Peel & Stick Fabric Sheets (notice the pulled up edges). [2] Photo printed onto WorldWin Inkjet Printable Translucent Vellum - I wanted to see what it would look like with the KI lace cardstock in the background (right now it is just held on there with a paper clip). [3] My attempt at using the Grafix Rub Onz onto cardstock (this could have been part of the problem - maybe it needed a slicker surface for it to adhere) - all it did for me was rip the cardstock. [4] The original photo printed on photo paper.


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And now, the giveaway:


3 readers will receive the following from The Papermill Store/Worldwin:


• 1 pack 27 lb WorldWin Inkjet Printable Translucent Vellum
• 1 pack 40 lb WorldWin Inkjet Printable Translucent Vellum
• 1 pack 12x12 WorldWin Doublemates Cardstock
• 1 pack 12x12 WorldWin Rouche Cardstock


For more information on The Papermill Store/WorldWin, check out their blog here.


For a chance to win this selection of papers leave a comment below with your favorite photo tip or what you want to work related to taking photos. Winners will be drawn tomorrow at 5pm Pacific.


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  1. cparker47 says…
    05/06/2008

    I love your ideas

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  2. hanna says…
    05/06/2008

    I have used the HP photo canves to print on before - I haven't used it in quite a while so it may be fun to pull out and try again and it could give you the fabric look w/o some of the problems you had described.
    My favorite photo tip is to take lots of pictures - that way you have plenty to choose from and you can get that WOW shot and to relax and not get to caught up on getting the perfect shot, but to try and enjoy the whole process

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  3. Deborah says…
    05/06/2008

    Thanks again for the inspiration. First of all, I'd like to figure out how best to store hard copies and digital copies of photos. (I'm thinking about your point about deleting ones you don't need. Hmmm, good point.) Also want to figure out how to use photoshop and put words on the pics. Thanks again for all your info and inspiration!

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  4. Stefanie says…
    05/06/2008

    I know it's pretty basic, but many my favorite photo tip is...FILL FLASH. Remember to use your flash, even on a sunny day if the subject's face (or whatever you are trying to shoot) is backlit. This will require overriding the camera's automatic flash setting, that will read the "sunny day" and not flash. Using fill flash will eliminate the subject's face from being too dark against the sunny background.
    What I need to work on with my pics?? NOT being able to ruthlessly delete. I take tons of pics, but don't delete many and as a result get overwhelmed by the number of shots and don't scrap any of them. I am going to try and delete more of the duplicate or close to duplicate shots.
    Love your blog Ali! Thanks for the great inspiration.

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  5. Jackie T says…
    05/06/2008

    I really liked the look of the Vellum. I think I will give this a try.

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  6. Martha says…
    05/06/2008

    I need major help with my photos - wanna come to my house & play?? I'm on the NC coast near the Outer Banks!!!
    ;)

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  7. Nancy Lee says…
    05/06/2008

    One of my favorite photos to capture are those of my family walking ahead of me ( I always to seem to be the slowest of the group so I have plenty of opportunities for this shot). Sometimes I will catch them holding hands, others just walking side by side. But having taken this shot over the years, I am now capturing the shots of the grandfather and granddaughter walking side by side.

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  8. AmberCA says…
    05/06/2008

    Natural light is key when I take photos, I hardly ever use the flash, I would rather have a dark photo than one with a bright flash look to it.
    Simplicity is key for me. It has to be simple or I'm out. How do you keep the photography part simple, so that you can enjoy the moment and then enjoy the creative process?
    Amber
    California

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  9. Katie Lee says…
    05/06/2008

    My fave photo tip is to always have a camera on ya. This way you don't miss out on unexpected opportunities.
    Thanks Ali for all your ideas and give-aways!

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  10. nicole petersen says…
    05/06/2008

    don't feel bad about the rub-ons. i tried tham, and they are not worth the effort. i did hear that they are trying to redo the whole process. my issue was i didn't like the white film that was left around the image -- too much work. i'd rather just stamp it -- KWIM??
    Thanks for the chance to win something!

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  11. young c-m says…
    05/06/2008

    Fave photo tip: taking a picture from slightly above will always make a person look more flattering. =)

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  12. happylifedesigns says…
    05/06/2008

    I want to learn how to play with depth of field. I have a point and shoot digital camera and have a hard time getting the effect that I want. Beginning to wonder if I need to upgrade to a SLR.

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  13. Marty says…
    05/06/2008

    I want to work on taking photos that show more emotion and learning to use my camera a bit better!
    Marty

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  14. Michele C. says…
    05/06/2008

    One of my favorite tricks is to print onto a different textured paper. I have a faux alligator cardstock that really takes the ink well and gives the pictures a little twist to a conventional picture printed on photo paper.

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  15. Lynne says…
    05/06/2008

    I'm still old school...film camera. So I'd like to work on figuring out which of the many digital cameras is for me. I've started the process many times but get so overwhelmed by all the choices/options that I put it off again and again. And as to all the printed pics I've got I really need to work on organization and purging. For some reason I think I need to keep every single picture taken.
    Thanks!!!

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  16. Marty says…
    05/06/2008

    I want to work on taking photos that show more emotion and learning to use my camera a bit better!
    Marty

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  17. Tammy says…
    05/06/2008

    My best photo tip:
    I don't have a fancy camera like most scrappers use today. I own a basic point and shoot digital. But that doesn't mean you can't take high-quality and amazing photographs.
    My advice:
    READ YOUR MANUAL. Study it. Try a suggested technique over and over until you "get it".
    Then visit the camera manufacturer's web site. Almost all of them offer a help section, tips & tricks, or even learning courses. I get lessons via email for my Olympus camera.
    So if you don't have the money for a expensive camera get to know the one you do have, and learn it well.
    I think you'd be suprised at what you "can" do.
    Love this new creative journey Ali, thanks for taking us along on the ride.

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  18. elisabeth says…
    05/06/2008

    i love to print pins on different texture paper to get different effects

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  19. Stephanie S. says…
    05/06/2008

    I am dying to try printing the photos with the white border after seeing your layout from Washington DC. If you are ever in DC again, email me if you need places to go or visit - I've lived in Northern Virginia my whole life.

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  20. Maria says…
    05/06/2008

    My tip is one I resisted for the longest time: Take that camera with you ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE... and don't feel you're being intrusive by whippin' that baby out ~ I would have missed out on so many truly story-telling shots if I had not been consistent about this. Thanks, Ali!!

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  21. cindy b says…
    05/06/2008

    Hi Ali. What I want to work on right now is keeping my camera OUT and letting my hubby use it too. :-) Even though my camera is always in the kitchen, it stays in its bag and it needs to be OUT so not only is it faster access for me, but that way my husband can take pictures too. I really think by now he is aware of the 'moments' I try to capture. Thanks so much for all that you are doing this week. I am LOVIN' it!! peace and blessings, Cindy

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  22. Jen says…
    05/06/2008

    My favorite photo tip is to always play with the White Balance feature. It can make such a BIG difference and its such an easy thing to adjust.

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  23. Catherine says…
    05/06/2008

    Hi Ali,
    Thanks for the opportunity to win some paper. Always can use paper products...lol.
    I am a real amateur when it comes to photography but my best tip is to get up very close to your subject. I often stand too far away and end up with little figures, instead of getting up close and capturing the wonderful smile or frown. Remember get up close!
    Catherine

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  24. Josie says…
    05/06/2008

    My tip has to be Keep your digital camera battery always charged. How many photos have I lost because the camera won't even turn on.
    I think what I'm going to have to do is play more with my photos is photoshop... I love all the filters the program offers. I just don't play enough with my photos.
    You're such an inspiration, Ali! Thanks for everything!

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  25. Erin says…
    05/06/2008

    Hey Ali--
    My favorite photo tip is to take LOTS of pictures--it's always worth taking a million photos to get a good one-or in my case-a "real" one that captures my boy's personality or moment. My 2 year old loves having his picture taken and asks me to take his picture by saying and signing the word "cheese" to me. And my 4 year old is so great about photos as well-I guess he's just used to it by now!
    Thanks for the chance for a giveaway, and even more so, thanks for the continued inspiration!
    Erin :)

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