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May 6, 2008

3 Things : playing with printing + a giveaway


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.


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.


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 12×12 WorldWin Doublemates Cardstock
• 1 pack 12×12 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.


Don’t miss today’s words + photos post below.


  • 1.
    cparker47 said…

    I love your ideas

  • 2.
    hanna said…

    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

  • 3.
    Deborah said…

    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!

  • 4.
    Stefanie said…

    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.

  • 5.
    Jackie T said…

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

  • 6.
    Martha said…

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

  • 7.
    Nancy Lee said…

    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.

  • 8.
    AmberCA said…

    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?

  • 9.
    Katie Lee said…

    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!

  • 10.
    nicole petersen said…

    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!

  • 11.
    young c-m said…

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

  • 12.

    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.

  • 13.
    Marty said…

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

  • 14.
    Michele C. said…

    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.

  • 15.
    Lynne said…

    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.

  • 16.
    Marty said…

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

  • 17.
    Tammy said…

    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.

  • 18.
    elisabeth said…

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

  • 19.
    Stephanie S. said…

    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.

  • 20.
    Maria said…

    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!!

  • 21.
    cindy b said…

    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

  • 22.
    Jen said…

    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.

  • 23.
    Catherine said…

    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!

  • 24.
    Josie said…

    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!

  • 25.
    Erin said…

    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 :)

  • 26.
    {vic} said…

    My tip is take LOTS of photos–surely you’ll get ONE that you just love. Like you say–they’ll be 50 more of the same thing tommorrow.

  • 27.
    Tara said…

    Thanks for doing the draw, Ali! My biggest thing to work on is being “ruthless” with purging my excess photos on my computer. A tip that I have is to upload your photos to your printing service of choice (I like Costco :) ) at least once per month. That way, when you’re ready to order some prints, you don’t have to spend forever at the computer selecting and uploading photos – for me, it’s made the printing/ordering process much, much easier and efficient :)

  • 28.
    Abbey said…

    Three things to work on with photos:
    1) Being in more of them as I seem to be the photographer these days and thus absent from a lot of our pictures.
    2) shifting so the item of interest (usually my son) isn’t always centered, but maybe to the left or right and changing the perspective a little.
    3) taking pictures of things like the playground or flowers, or shoes related to the story without necessarily the people in them to capture the story more.

  • 29.
    Megan said…

    My favorite photo tip is to look at things in a different angle than you usually do. Who knows amazing pictures can come out of the usual if you will start to take a different approach.
    Thanks for the daily inspiration would love to win…crossing my fingers

  • 30.
    Jenny said…

    I love all of this!!! When I’m trying to take pictures of my kids, I try and get them to laugh. The pictures always turn out great with them laughing and smiling. I also like that most of the pictures come out with them looking at laughing at each other instead of looking at the camera.

  • 31.
    Patty said…

    Loving this week’s posts, Ali!! Thanks!
    I’m working hard at a photo a day, figuring that at the end of the year I’ll be a better photographer, and will reward myself with a Rebel. I’ve found myself turning the flash off more, and playing with the settings on my camera, such as A priority. I’m taking my camera with me EVERYWHERE and that’s made a huge differenc as well!

  • 32.
    Rinda said…

    Thanks for sharing such a treasure trove of information and inspiration this week!
    My biggest photo tip is not to be afraid to take photos of others and give them away. I have found a real passion for sports photography, and I give away lots of photos to my kids’ teammates. They love them, their families love them, and what a rush to walk in to someone else’s home and see the picture that you took displayed on the mantle or refridgerator!

  • 33.
    Sarah said…

    My favorite photo tip: take lots of pictures. With digital cameras, there’s no need to wait for that perfect shot like with film. Some of the best pictures I took of my son have been when I was just clicking away. I can’t wait to take pictures of him at the beach!

  • 34.
    Sally said…

    Love these ideas….will try this for sure.
    And great giveaway again Ali, would sooo love to be lucky!

  • 35.
    Abby said…

    Hi Ali – Love this “Words + Photos” topic!!! Couldn’t have come at a better time. For me, what I need to work on is just making it a habit to having the camera with me — not all the time, but for most of my day — I have a lot of “oooh, I wish I had a camera” moments.
    Photo Tip: Know your camera… :)

  • 36.
    Whitney said…

    I love those tips for printing photos…I never thought of doing it on vellum.
    I have a DSLR camera, but I really can’t use it that well. I just need to get some time to work with it and learn what it can do and actually be able to take nice pictures with it. That is the reason I bought it, I just haven’t had time!!!! That is what I need to work on!

  • 37.
    Sharon said…

    Love your ideas and tips. Plan to print them out and keep them handy. One thing that I need to work on is NOT printing all of my pictures. Even though my camera is digital, I’m still stuck in the film mode of thinking that all pictures must be printed out. Gotta start deleting some, as you suggested, then I won’t be tempted!

  • 38.
    Rachel Dallaire said…

    Love your three things each week. I am currently working on getting my camera out every time I *see* a photograph. I have a habit of putting it off until later, or tomorrow-and it never happens. So, when I see the light coming through the trees and looking so lovely, instead of delaying I’m trying to make sure I snap a shot right then and there.

  • 39.
    Nancy said…

    I haven’t used the photo fabric, but I have made a photo quilt using regular bleached muslin that I treated myself with Bubble Jet Set.
    When dry, iron the treated fabric flat and then iron on a piece of freezer paper the size of the paper you use in your printer. It is really cheap to do it this way and my photos turned out really nicely.
    I need to read my manual!!!!!! I have that great digital Rebel camera and I still don’t really know how to use it. But I still take some really cool pix. I’m also working on digital manipulation-making my photos better and even just printing them right in the sizes I want.

  • 40.
    Barb said…

    I love to take pictures of people. I mean, I take pictures of things and animals and landscapes and whatnot, but I LOVE to take pictures of people, and the best pictures of people, in my opinion, are ones where you can see what their eyes are saying… so I find I need to get down to eye level when my kids are playing on the floor or on the ground… or zoom in far enough to be able to see the expression in their eyes if I am standing too far away.
    For me, people + eyes = more interesting photos

  • 41.
    monica said…

    I want to work on just. taking. pictures. Sheesh! I can go weeks without a single picture and tend to think of taking pictures as too much work. But my babe’s are getting older and as my hands are gradually freed of babies, I’m hoping they’ll be filled with my camera.

  • 42.
    Brianne said…

    just put it on auto and TAKE THE PHOTO, no waiting for the perfect moment or a better hair day. Get right in there and snap away. Hold the camera out and take photos of yourself, use reflections, take a pic of your shadow. Take photos of the “unimportant” days and moments.. you’ll thank yourself later.

  • 43.
    Michelle B said…

    I don’t know if this is a tip – but I am really into taking pictures of my little boys’ feet. There little shoes..them taking steps at the playground. There is just something about feet…little feet + shoes + steps. Maybe it shows how busy they are, how fast they move, and how fast they grow. Feet are good. Take pictures of feet.

  • 44.
    Aubrey said…

    You’ve already mentioned it, but you said to do my favorite. :) No flash. After reading “Designing with Photos” I flat-out refuse to use flash. I never realized before how much it alters the image I’m trying to capture, and I’m still working on convincing my family members of the same thing. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway! Hope I win!

  • 45.
    Leslie said…

    My favorite photo tip is to take lots of photos of the same thing, but using different settings on my camera. This has allowed me to get to know my camera and what it can do. The results are sometimes fantastic (and sometimes not)…

  • 46.
    Kelli said…

    My best tip…Take candid shots too, not always ‘portrait’ ones. Get the everyday stuff.
    And lighting lighting lighting, don’t forget the lighting.

  • 47.
    Lauren Z said…

    My best tip is to be FEARLESS with your camera!
    I carry mine in my purse at all times and you need to be FEARLESS when it comes to taking pictures.
    Capture things that are pretty, that inspire you, that tell a story…. whatever it is- don’t be afraid to take that picture. Who cares if someone is looking? they will not remember you in 10 mintues, and if they do, maybe it will encourage them to get out there and start taking pictures too :)
    You have to learn to be FEARLESS about capturing what inspires your life. :)
    I would love to win some of those goodies! thanks for the chance!

  • 48.
    dawaila said…

    my photo tip is always give the kids a camera the have such great eyes and a whole different view of objects and situations.
    What I need to work on is light balance

  • 49.
    Jennifer said…

    My fav tip when printing pics at home for a layout is to print off my focal point photos & then print off half a dozen coordinating photos into 2″ squares right from my printer onto one 4×6 piece of photo paper. The option to print multiple minis straight off my printer is my fav trick when printing.

  • 50.
    Ailie said…

    I am still working on a lot of the basics with taking photos, but lately I’ve been working on close ups.