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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.


  • 51.
    Laura said…

    GREAT post! Such great information! I need to work on the deleting thing and also a more organized storage method. Great inspiration!!! Thanks Ali- love your blog!!

  • 52.
    Iara said…

    My photo tip: cut your digital photos digitally (I have PS 7.0 and it is enough, there is no need of a new or fancy photo edition program) and make portraits when the background isn’t great, remove that things that should not be in the photo but are :) I love make mini albums pages with only a big portrait in it! Lot of people already told me that I am a great portrait photographer but I am not! I can only cut photos very well :lol:
    And take lot of photos, there will sure be a wonderful one between all of the shoots!
    Thanks for the give away, Ali! I am loving your posts this week, thanks for the inspiration too!

  • 53.
    Anat said…

    I guess my tip is to have 2 batteries available for your camera so one is always charged and ready to use.
    I need to work on taking MORE photos, setting aside more time to play with them digitally (I need to take a photoshop course) and then more time to scrap them!

  • 54.
    Becky said…

    Looks great and very fun. My tip is natural light!

  • 55.
    Alice P. said…

    To keep little ones happy during a photo shoot, find a little fan to keep air blowing on them. Plus, it’s cute to see their fine hair blowing in the wind.

  • 56.
    Kathy said…

    Always check the background for distractions before snapping the photo. It’s so easy to miss something so obvious like a person that looks as if a tree is growing out of his or her head ;-) and you don’t realize it until after you’ve downloaded the photos on the computer. Most of these situations are easily resolved by moving slightly to the left or right of the subject, or having the subject move to another location. If that option isn’t possible, use a small aperture setting such as F5 to blur the background (or the portrait/flower setting on automatic cameras).
    I have a digital SLR, and I also have a little Nikon CoolPix that is always in my purse so that I can snap photos anytime, and anywhere. Most of these little digital cameras have a rating of at least 6.1 megapixels picture quality (which is the same as some of the digital SLR models).
    Buy an extra battery for your camera so that you always have one charged — and will never miss out on those once in a lifetime photo opportunities. It is definitely worth the investment.
    Most importantly, it is the photographer, NOT the camera that creates and designs the photos — make the best of what you’ve got.

  • 57.
    Shannon said…

    I’m trying to be more patient with my photography, I stress too much worrying about getting the “perfect” photo. I love how you take such candid photos. Thanks for sharing your tips and techniques.

  • 58.
    Shari Anderson said…

    here are my tips:
    1. Get low….bend your knee’s. If you find yourself standing up to take a picture, just bend your knee’s and see what a difference it makes.
    2. Tilt your camera. Not too much, but change your orientation, you will probably like your photo’s better. You can also do this by cropping in an editing program. Just crop, but turn it a little too! The best part of the editing process is that you can undo and do it over again until you like it!
    3. Take a class…just your basic photography 1 at a community college. It is priceless. You will learn SO MUCH. Much of it is traditional composition so take that with a grain of salt because most popular photographers today are anything but traditional..but the technical learning will be priceless!

  • 59.
    Kimberly said…

    My photo tip is to move when you are taking photos. So many people remain static when they’re taking a picture and everything can get stuck in that one spot. I’m not afraid to get down on the ground, stand on a chair, tilt the camera (or my head) and see things from a different perspective.
    Moving around not only improves your photos, but often times helps YOU see things from another perspective as well — so it’s a 2-for-1 benefit!

  • 60.
    Taylor said…

    thanks for posting the giveaway! My favorite photo tip is to use curves in photoshop. That and altering the images to black & white, and sometimes sepia.

  • 61.
    Sara-Jane said…

    Thanks for the continuing inspiration, Ali, it is much appreciated. My tip is, when printing photos onto transparencies, print on the less smooth side (the side the faces the backing), and change your settings to draft to use less ink. But I am guessing you already know that!. I would love to try printing on the vellum though, it looks very cool over the lace cardstock.

  • 62.
    Sarah said…

    I agree with a post from above, definately have two batteries.
    I also like to take photos from different angles, standing vs. kneeling. I was able to capture a picture with a lot of depth by just kneeling in the sand and taking a few photos of footsteps in the sand.
    Thanks for the inspiration Ali, where do you find all the energy?

  • 63.
    rebecca harper said…

    love it ali, you are always coming up with something new and creative….

  • 64.
    Jenn said…

    Did you change the setting when you tried the fabric paper to more of a heavier paper and not just regular paper? That often allows thicker stuff to get through easier.

  • 65.
    fran heupel said…

    I love to take pictures but only have a point and shoot camera at this time. I make sure there are photos taken of everyday things not just special occasions. I also make sure not to have anything too distracting in the background.
    And yes as some others have posted always have backup batteries that are charged.

  • 66.
    Rebecca said…

    My photo tip is to learn your camera, no matter what kind you have…learn what it can do. Also, try different angles, you don’t always have to get the whole person, object, scene, in the shot.
    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win. Blessings, Rebecca

  • 67.
    Allison said…

    I need to work on interesting backgrounds in some of my still life/portrait pictures – I need to try to take some pictures of my needlework and crafts don’t look so hot when they’re propped up on the carpet!

  • 68.
    Gigi said…

    Personally I’ve never tried the EQ Printables, but I have tried the vellum. I love that you can use them on acrylic or transparency and it can keep the “see through” style on the minibook or layout.

  • 69.
    care said…

    I’m trying to figure out how to fit more pictures on my layouts. I usually compose it the way I want it, and don’t crop very much. you can only fit so many 4×6′s on a single page.

  • 70.
    Amie said…

    That vellum looks really neat! I recently started doing the tape transfers for my pictures and am enjoying learning more about that!

  • 71.
    kristen said…

    love the look of the vellum photo…i’ll have to try that! totally agree with previous posters…most any camera can take great photos with the right photographer…and taking lots of photos can turn you into a better photographer!!

  • 72.
    Dawn said…

    I feel like I have a lot I want to work on with taking photos, but your post earlier today really inspired me to edit down a lot of the images I have. Since I got a DSLR for Mother’s Day last year (right after my son was born), I have SO many images, and have been afraid to delete any. But it makes total sense when you say that you only keep 5 or less of a series! So I’m going to start editing those tonight…
    Thanks, as always for the great inspiration!

  • 73.
    Shannon said…

    I’ve used canvas to copy a photo onto but haven’t done that technique in a while – I really liked the outcome – made it sorta look like a canvas painting instead of a photo…..
    Thanks Ali

  • 74.
    carla callahan said…

    I had a tip for printing on the eq printables fabric sheets. For the problem you had, fabric peeling back in printer, what if you put a piece of tape across the top to hold it down in place when it goes through the printer? Not sure if you tried that or not but might be worth a shot.

  • 75.
    Jennifer said…

    What I want to work on…deleting photos. I like to take lots and lots of pictures, I just have trouble deleting them.
    Ali…you amaze me…your ideas are wonderful…your life is an inspiration…thanks for everything!

  • 76.
    Kim K said…

    Hi Ali, that vellum looks very interesting. Like you, I haven’t used it in a while. Maybe I’ll try again and use with an acrylic album…hmmmm….
    Photo tip: Get the photos OFF your computer! In fact, take that flashcard somewhere and print them out before they even get put ON your computer! I find if I have a stack of pictures, I’m much more likely to scrap. If they’re on the computer, it’s too much work to print them…by the time I do, I’ve lost “the mood”.

  • 77.
    Ami D. said…

    Honest to goodness, I have no photo tips…well…maybe one. I often take photos for the new moms I take care of (I am a L&D RN). My only tip is to turn off the light and the baby will often open their eyes. Works very well.
    I don’t have any other tips…that is why I read blogs to get the awesome tips of others!!!

  • 78.
    SallyB said…

    This is a really inspiring week so far, and I’m certain it will continue.
    The best camera/photo tip I was ever given, was don’t be afraid to delete!!! As you say, in this day and age, we’re so lucky with digital .. and how many pics do we all end up with that never get used!! I take about 3 or 4 shots of the same thing (if I have the time) and then when I upload them, I chose the best to use – no need for expensive editing software .. it’s amazing that 3/4 pics of the same thing, taken in quick succession can be so totally different.
    Thanks for all your inspiration.
    S xxx

  • 79.
    Meghan E said…

    I’d like to work on getting my Cannon s9000 printer to work right. it prints, but the color is all messed up.

  • 80.
    Melissa said…

    My favorite photo tip is to read the camera manual. I finally did and realized that my camera had 5 more settings that I didn’t even realize existed! I’m excited to try them out!

  • 81.
    Susan E in VA said…

    My advice…learn your camera! I burned up a set of batteries just playing with mine when I got it. That way you can make adjustments and not miss a shot..well, almost never anyway! I really like the velum and the fabric has lot of potential! Thanks!

  • 82.
    charmaine said…

    My tip is to take photos every day. With digital, this is so easy. I’m taking a photo a day, typing straight onto the photo using Photoshop. I’m really enjoying looking back on them already. The only problem is how to store/display them at the end of the year?!
    Thanks for all your tips this week. You are an inspiration.

  • 83.

    I want to get better at just taking photos. I worry about it not being a perfect moment, perfect background, etc. I realized that I had gone almost 3 weeks without any photos of my daughter last month and it was not a good feeling.

  • 84.
    ShellyJ said…

    Very cool ideas! May have to give it a whirl, although, I to have issues with my printer… GRRR! some things just don’t want to go through since I got my new one! but I am working through these issues of mine :) thanks for the inspiration!

  • 85.
    Susan G said…

    Well, it’s a challenge to come up with something that hasn’t already been pointed out by Ali and the other fabulous scrap designers I read but since I’m someone who takes average photos I have learned a trick…use the many photo overlays that are available to spiff up or alter a less than fabulous photo. I love the Worn overlays by
    Thanks Ali for a great post!

  • 86.
    patti said…

    my favorite tip is just a simple one-shoot some-then shoot some more! i can always get a good shot somewhere along the way!

  • 87.
    Kathi K. said…

    I’m working on photo composition. So often I just snap away and end up with a bunch of shots that don’t convey much. I’m trying to more consciously choose my subject and think about the story I’m telling with each shot.
    Photo tip — practice practice practice.
    Thanks Ali -

  • 88.
    kristi said…

    Thank you for trying these out and letting us know your results! I totally want to try the photo on vellum!

  • 89.
    EvelynB said…

    I recently started printing some of my photos on Canon Matte photo paper. When you feel it, it’s like regular paper. But it gives a different look to the photos that you print on it and I have found that it is kind of fun to use on mini-books. Something about the thin paper, extremely matte finish, seems to fit the mini-book look that I usually try to achieve. And pretty cheap too.

  • 90.
    Michelle Martinez said…

    My favorite photo tip is to take pictures of my ‘subjects’ when they don’t know I am watching. I love all real life photos and natural expressions that produces.

  • 91.
    kristi said…

    Oh! And I forgot what I want to work on in regards to photos – handing over the camera and getting ME on my pages. :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 92.
    Ann said…

    My favorite tip (or I guess reminder would be better) is don’t forget to take the lens cap off! :)

  • 93.
    Jennifer said…

    lately I’ve been obsessed with polaroid pictures so I crop mine down to 3×3 or so and turn them into a polaroid picture using plain white cardstock. I imagine that you could just leave the white part on photo paper too. doesn’t really matter. it’s kind of fun and it’s a different size so it makes me excited to scrap it. i get bored with 4×6′s all the time. :)
    i did a mini album with polaroids.—pol.html

  • 94.
    Melissa Rydjeski said…

    I am still in the mode of learning to photograph naturally–not having people looking at me or getting phony when they see the camera. I’m also on the lookout for a relatively inexpensive transparency to print on ink-jet printers. It might be cool to print a photo on a transparency. One idea for the fabric paper: try a piece of tape folded over along the leading edge to see if that keeps the fabric adhered to the backing. Then, obviously, remove it when you’re finished. This would only work if you weren’t printing clear to the edge.

  • 95.
    Daphne said…

    Great blogpost :-)
    My photo tip: Take lost of pics and load them on to your computer..only to delete 90% of them.

  • 96.
    Lin said…

    At an event (like a birthday party), I like to take photos of the “things” in the room–the cake, the balloons, the flowers, the present table–early in the event. I try to take a lot of photos from many different angles–closeup and at a distance.

  • 97.
    Michele said…

    Best photo tip would be to not be afraid of taking imperfect photos. This was always a huge issue for me because I wanted every photo to be perfect. But I soon realized that I was never going to get any better if I didn’t snap away at everything and learn from every photo situation (I also take notes when I’m trying/learning something new).

  • 98.
    deana said…

    My tip is related to travel…
    I always take a notebook with me so I can keep a diary during our stay. I’ve found that if I don’t write things down when they’re fresh in my mind, I can forget small details that really make for great memories years later. I’ll keep the photos & the notes together until I’m ready to sit down & start scrapping.
    Thanks for the endless inspiration, Ali! :-)

  • 99.
    Jean said…

    My favorite photo is a picture of my 3 year old son and our 2 year old Great Pyrnees taken from behind. They are looking at the waters. Both my son and our dog are almost equal in height. It’s a wonderful photo… I have it blown up 8 x 10 and framed.
    My tip? Shoot, shoot and shoot some more of the same subject. And vary the angles. I heard one professional photographer say that out of one roll of film, most of the time he is lucky to get one great shot.

  • 100.
    Libby said…

    My favorite photo tip is to take pictures using the continuous shutter setting. You just press the shutter release button, keep holding it and the camera takes pictures as fast as it can (you do need to make sure that you have adequate lighting because you can’t use the flash).
    I have taken some incredible photos this way because I am able to catch expressions and movements so brief that I wouldn’t have even noticed them otherwise.
    The downside is that it takes up a lot of memory and you end up with A TON of pictures. But if you don’t mind deleting, it is a great technique.