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December 05, 2007

fitting high tech gadgets into your inspired workspace (plus a fun little project!)

If you caught up on my blog over at online organizing, you may have noticed that I got a new printer, the Epson RX595.  I love this printer. So I had to share even more about it, just in case you’re in the market for a printer. (A great thing to add to your Christmas wish list and it's on sale at this very moment.) As I said in the earlier post, having a high quality photo printer, has really helped me overcome one of my biggest scrapbooking obstacles: easy access to printed photos. It’s seriously amazing how much of an obstacle that has been for me. Here’s a great example, I've wanted to create this little project since last year.

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It’s a wallet sized photo album of favorite photos from the past year. I’ll tuck this little gem into my purse, and then, when I’m out and about and see people I haven’t seen in a while (who ask to see photos of my kids) I’ll have a sampling of great photos at the ready. Or when I travel, I'll have little smiling faces along with me for the trip. This project would also make a great stocking stuffer for Grandmas and Grandpas. And with the new printer, it was a snap. I just selected 18 prints, put in two 8 ½" by 11" sheets of photo paper, selected wallet sized photos, and viola! two sheets of wallet sized photos printed in just minutes.

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Then, I pulled out my handy-dandy laminator, trimmed the photos, ran them through the lamintor, punched holes on the side using a regular hole punch, and secured the stack with a binder ring. Add a bit of ribbon (Orfray and Stemma) and a tag from Making Memories, and she’s all done. Super simple and better yet—done—courtesy of the new printer.

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The best part is that I made this project in about thirty minutes, instead of putting it off for another year! Yes, huge obstacles to scrapbooking happiness have been removed by this fabulous printer.

While technology can really help on the "organized" front, it can be tough on the “inspiration” front. It's not always easy to fit high tech gadgets into your scrapbook space, and still have it look inspiring. Wouldn’t you agree? That’s another reason I love this printer. Not only is it compact—it fits right onto the little table that sits behind my computer desk—but it’s also a multi-tasking dynamo. It prints high quality photos, has a built-in scanner and it can even print photo CD’s. Love that. It’s really everything I need in one compact little box. So instead of a big printer and a scanner, its one little electronic gizmo that blends right in with the little black table that was already in my space. Ah…inspiring and organized and on sale. Oh happy day.

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Gretchen

Such a cute idea - I love it!!! Enjoy your new printer. :-)

Jynell

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea!!! I'm planning to make a whole bunch of them as gifts this year- where did you get the tags? Thanks so much!!

Stacy

You mention Memory Makers a lot....do they have a website or is there a particular store that you buy it from?
I'm waiting for my printer to go to printer heaven but its still hanging around....I wonder what will happen if I leave it out in the rain?? hmmm?? Freak accident perhaps?
Stacy

Kevin Rhodes

What a fun article! Great work and a great project!

Aby

Just a quick update to answer some questions. I got the tags at Archivers last summer...so I don't know if they still have them and for the life of me, I can't find them online. (I'm sorry.) So I'm hoping you have access to an Arhciver's that still has them. The making memories website is: http://www.makingmemories.com/
Thanks!! Aby

Chanda

Ah - so there's hope! I HATE my printer. When I bought it, it was supposed to be a great photo printer. Turns out, not so much. I'm totally checking out your recommendation. Thanks!

Katy

Glad you are enjoying your new printer Aby ... it sounds great! Love your project. :)

Jynell

My neighbor & I are now both planning to make some of these & have been brainstorming together. A few things we thought of that I figured I'd pass along are...

-to make it a little more sturdy & to make both sides look pretty, you could use colored or patterned card stock OR use pictures on both sides!

- For a more of a coffee table sized album (for those who already have something in their purse- like my mom) use the same exact idea with 4x6 photos.

I can't wait to get started- THANKS AGAIN!!! :D

Esther

OOOOOOOOh! I love the ideas!

I also love the wrapping paper bucket idea. Excellent. I went to that system this year. Now, if I can only get a system down to organize my crafts......

My blog went private if you would like an invite. Email me at
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Best wishes, Esther

MsKL

These are SO cute! And so is that precious face in the pic! Great idea, Aby! Thanks for sharing!!

nan


Ooh, Santa is bringing us a mega-computer with all the bells and whistles for Christmas, so I had better learn to speak the language! I am so excited about putting pictures and buttons and stuff on my site, and as for printing! I cannot stop drooling just thinking of all the possibilities! I love the pictures on a ring idea: gotta do that for my mother in law!

nan


Ooh, Santa is bringing us a mega-computer with all the bells and whistles for Christmas, so I had better learn to speak the language! I am so excited about putting pictures and buttons and stuff on my site, and as for printing! I cannot stop drooling just thinking of all the possibilities! I love the pictures on a ring idea: gotta do that for my mother in law!

Aby

The laminator is from GBC. I got it at Office Max maybe two years ago on sale for around $20. I love it! It’s called the Creative Laminator so it’s designed for craft type projects as opposed to being something super heavy duty for an office type of environment. It's easy to tuck away into a closet and pull out whenever you have urge to laminate things. enjoy!

April

Ohhh, I'm so glad you love your printer. I saw on Stacy J.'s blog about her new one, and then the link on the RX595 on sale. Lucky for me, my scanner on my HP bit the dust and I make a LOT of copies . . . sooooo, I went and bought one of my own Christmas gifts (a first for me) to put under the tree this year! :)

Linda

A great idea!

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