Your Quick Guide On Choosing the Right Printing Paper For Your Project

So you have a project that you need to print. Awesome! All you need to do now is to find the right paper. You hurriedly go to the shopping mall and search through piles of paper and – found it! You pay at the cashier and go straight home. You insert the paper and ready the printer, making sure that all settings are correct.

Then, you hit the PRINT button. Finally, here comes your perfect project!

…But wait. How come it doesn’t look as grand as what you were expecting it to be?

Now, if your project is of utmost importance, a “printing paper disaster” like this might require another trip to the mall. Choosing the right printing paper for your project is more complex than what many believe. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Knowing how to choose the right printing paper for your project will not only maximize your resources but also guarantee an output that is of best quality.

Choosing the right printing paper for your project maximizes your resources. If you are unsure about the kind of paper that you need, you might end up buying several packs of paper, printing your project on each paper, and choosing the one to your liking while disposing the rest. That’s a huge amount of paper, toner or ink, time, effort, and money down the drain! Here are four paper basics that will guide you in this step.

4 Paper Basics That You Need To Know

1 – Weight

GsM (grams per square meter) refers to the thickness and sturdiness of a paper. The higher the number, the thicker or sturdier the paper.

  • Copy paper – 75 gsm
  • Business letterhead – 90 gsm
  • Resumes, flyers, and business graphics – 120 gsm
  • Photographs – 120 gsm up to 300 gsm and over
  • Sticky labels – 150 gsm (total sheet weight)
  • Brochures, postcards, menus, and posters – 175 gsm
  • Business cards – 215 gsm

Source: Flickr/shutterblog | Using the right weight will make your project best serve its purpose.

Gsm is usually printed on the package, but sometimes “lbs” or “substance” are used instead. You can search the Internet for the right conversion or ask a staff to help you.

2 – Brightness

Source: Hollandlitho.com | The color image appears duller as the paper brightness lowers.

Brightness refers to the paper’s ability to reflect light. The same printed image will appear vibrant on a paper with high brightness but dull on a paper with low brightness. For commercial use, 80 is lowest and 100 highest. The higher the number, the better the paper.

3 – Texture

Source: Breathingcolor.com | Theater of the Desert – the Amargosa Opera House. Renee M. Besta advises that this image is best printed on a smooth paper. A textured paper will compete with the intricate details of the wall murals.

Texture refers to the smoothness of the paper, both visual and tactile. A paper can be smooth or textured. It can also be uncoated or coated, which has a glossy, dull, or matte finish. Coated and smooth paper is best for high-quality images, and uncoated and textured paper is best for softer image.

4 – Opacity

A paper’s opacity determines the amount of light that can pass through it. It can have a low, medium, or high opacity. The higher the opacity, the less translucent the paper.

Having the ability to choose the right printing paper for your project also guarantees an output that is of best quality. Therefore, it is important to know which paper to choose for everyday use and for special occasions.

Choosing the Right Paper for Everyday Use

Copy paper, also called a multi-purpose paper, is your best option for this purpose. It is the cheapest and most accessible paper. It also works well in a laser printer (waterproof) and an inkjet printer (water-based).

Source: Coloring.ws | Keep your little ones busy while teaching them colors at the same time! More FREE and printable coloring pages are available on Coloring.Ws from DLTK’s.

A typical copy paper is 75 gsm and has brightness as low as 80. Furthermore, this paper is somewhat translucent and uncoated. It can be used for printing coloring pages for your kids, daily homework for school, and daily reports in the office. Depending on the use, you can even print on both sides of the paper.

Choosing The Right Paper For Special Occasions

It is important to remember that a specific project requires a specific paper. Aside from the mentioned weights, a paper used for special occasions usually has a brightness ranging from 90-100. Coated paper is also highly advised, except for letterheads.

Opacity will vary depending on the purpose. For example, translucent papers are preferred in printing certificates. Moreover, an inkjet paper or a laser paper is also preferred. Inkjet paper is designed for sprayed-on inks. On the other hand, laser paper is designed to attract dry powder. Therefore, an inkjet paper must be used in an inkjet printer, while a laser paper must be used in a laser printer.

Source: Paperbecause.com | Indeed, “Memories are more fond on paper.”

Being able to choose the right printing paper for your project maximizes your resources and guarantees best output quality. As long as you know the paper basics and which paper to choose for daily use and for special occasions, rest assured that you will find making your project all the more enjoyable!

Celebrate World Art Day with These Free Art Printables

Art is very important, it’s all around us. It’s impossible to live in this world without seeing an artist’s creation, or some aspect of art. It allows everybody to express themselves, art doesn’t stereotype or discriminate or hate, and without it, the world would be just plain and dull.

There are many special days that we celebrate every year.  We have Peace day, Women’s Day, Valentine’s day, Mother’s Day, Worker’s day and so on. However, we don’t have that “one” special art day that would unite the world. Fortunately, art authorities organized and voted April 15 as the “World Art Day”. Interestingly enough it is also the birthday of the famous artist Leonardo da Vinci.

This coming World Art Day, show your appreciation to art through these free printables that would surely make the event more meaningful, and serve as a tribute to the world’s best artists.

Art activities help our children’s social and emotional development. Children learn about themselves and others through various art activities. It is their opportunity to show their uniqueness through art and allow them to express happiness, pride, and joy. These printables can help your children develop an appreciation for art and enhance their creativity.

Free Colouring Printables

You’ll surely enjoy colouring with your kids using these Heart Colouring Printables from Arty Crafty Kids

With this fun coloring printable material from Arty Craty Kids, parents and children can color together for a good bonding activity.  This activity can help enhance your child’s cognitive development, and boost their self-esteem.

Free Printable Tangrams and Challenge Cards

Give your children a fun brain challenge with these Free Printable Tangrams by One Mama’s Daily Drama

Art is a good way to keep your children busy and productive.  They can boost your children’s creativity and ingenuity – like these Free Printable Tangrams from One Mama’s Daily Drama.

Tangrams is a 7-piece dissection puzzle that originated from China during the Song Dynasty.  The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape using all 7 pieces without overlapping.  While most tangrams are made of wood or metal, these tangrams can be printed on cardstock and they come with challenge cards so you can turn it into a fun art activity with your kids.

Free Origami Printables

Make story telling more fun with this Free Printable Teddy Bear Cootie Cather by Easy Peasy and Fun

You can add a little art to your story telling through this free origami printable by Easy Peasy and Fun.  This is especially useful if your children love creating stories during play.  You just need to print it out and fold it and voila – instant Teddy Bear!

Make Art into a Family Activity

Your children’s creativity and love for art starts at home.  You don’t even need to be an art connoisseur or expert to nurture their inner artist.  You can start by providing them with the right materials for their arts and crafts or helping them when they need “adult supervision” on some projects.  What’s most important is that they can feel that you are engaged and supportive with their art projects.

Fun Print Activities and Free Easter Printables Inspired by Easter Traditions Around the World

Easter is always a festive occasion for everyone.  When we think of Easter some of the first things that come to mind are: Easter egg hunts, lots and lots of sweets, and the Easter Bunny.  It symbolizes long weekends and celebrations with friends and family.

Easter is also a very important Christian holiday because it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Although many believe that the Christians and Hebrews started the holiday, there are many things about Easter that are pagan in origin.  In fact, there are many different Easter traditions from all around the world.

We’ve put together some fun print activities and free Easter printables inspired by Easter traditions all over the world to help you plan your Easter celebration.  If you have kids at home, this would be a good opportunity to give them a quick lesson about the history of Easter!

Pin the Tail on the Bunny Printable

Many thanks to Amber of From ABCs to ACTs for this Pin the Tail on the Bunny Printable

Let’s give the donkey a little Easter holiday break by adding a fun twist to this popular children’s parlor game!

Easter wouldn’t be the same without the Easter Bunny (otherwise known as the “Easter hare” in Sweden, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland).  Although there is no concrete explanation as to where and how the Easter Bunny was conceptualized and turned into a tradition, the thought of having a cute, fluffy bunny delivering Easter eggs filled with sweets and chocolate is too appealing that you wouldn’t really care about why it’s part of Easter, right?

Amber of FromABCstoACTs.com shares these wonderful free easter printables for Pin the Tail on the Bunny that will definitely keep your children entertained while you are preparing their Easter egg hunt.  It’s reusable and it offers a great color-matching activity for younger children.

Free Easter Bilby Printables

Our WorldWide ClassRoom was thoughtful enough to put together these Easter Bilby Printables

Not everyone is too keen about the Easter Bunny – particularly our friends in Australia.  No offense to the Easter Bunny, but his fellow rabbits are considered a pest in Australia due to the damage that they tend to cause the environment.

And thus – the Easter Bilby was born!  The bilby, also known as the rabbit bandicoot, is an endangered animal which also has soft, long ears.  Like the Easter Bunny, the Easter Bilby also gives out chocolates and sweets to children, so we can consider them to be on the same team.

This Easter Bilby Printable Pack by Our Worldwide Classroom will give you a great opportunity to introduce a new animal to your children and feed their interest in animals.

Free Printable Kisses Labels

Your Easter treats will be much sweeter with these free personalized kisses labels by Anders Ruff Printables Shop

Easter wouldn’t be the same without Easter sweets!  Easter is one of the favorite holidays of candy manufacturers, particularly in America where it is the second best-selling candy holiday after Halloween.

We can trace back the origins of Easter chocolate eggs as early as the 19th century.  Jelly beans are also another type of candy that is associated with Easter because they are shaped like an egg, which is associated with new life.  The National Confectioners Association reports that over 16 billion jelly beans are made in the USA each year in preparation for the Easter holiday.

Surprise your children and guests with an assortment of sweets packed in a nice Easter egg container.  You can personalize these sweets even further by printing out labels for individual candies such as this Free Printable Kisses Label from Anders Ruff Printables shop.

Printable Easter Silhouette Craft

This Printer Easter Silhouette Craft by Easy Peasy and Fun! offers the perfect bonding opportunity for you and your kids

Easter is a celebration of life.  And what better way to celebrate life than with the ones you love the most?

Make Easter a meaningful holiday for you and your family by finding fun activities for you to bond with.  You can engage your children in your Easter celebration planning by working together on this Printable Easter Silhouette Craft.

You can use these as decorations for your Easter celebration or give them as gifts to family and friends.

Don’t forget what the season is all about

It’s easy to get caught up with all the Easter celebrations, Easter activities and giveaways that we often tend to forget what the season is truly about.  Easter symbolizes new beginnings.  It’s about life and new experiences.

We hope that regardless of which activities you choose to do this Easter season, you will take some time to pause and reflect on how you can make the most out of your life and create new, meaningful experiences for yourself and the ones you love.

Spring Cleaning Tips and Free Printables for the Entire Family

Spring symbolizes a new beginning.  It marks the awakening of mother nature from its deep slumber during Winter.  The season is also widely packed with activities and events like spring break, Easter, and for moms – Spring Cleaning!

In our previous blog post, we shared some wonderful printer storage ideas to kick off the spring cleaning fever and help you start organizing your home or office.  But spring cleaning isn’t only for mom’s or homemakers!  It is a wonderful bonding opportunity for the entire family.

Here are some Spring Cleaning Activities that you can do with the family.  Oh, and it comes with some fun free spring cleaning printables, too!

Free De-Clutter Printables

Where should you start?  Spring cleaning can feel quite overwhelming, especially when you start surveying all the rooms and things that you need to start organizing.

Before you can begin organizing and cleaning your home, you first need to get rid of all the clutter!  We’re talking about all the items that can either be thrown away or stored.

Source: SunnyDayFamily.com | Not sure about where to start? This Decluttering Checklist will surely point you in the right direction.

Laura of the Sunny Day Family recommends 75 things to Throw Away, which she put together in this FREE printable checklist.  The list is made up of things that are taking up space, crowding your closets, and adding to the disorganization of your household.

Photo courtesy of Home Storage Solutions 101

But not everything is meant to be thrown away.  The folks from Home Storage Solutions 101 recommend that you have 6 piles when decluttering your home:

  1. Keep in Room
  2. Put Away in Another Room
  3. Donate or Give Away
  4. Sell
  5. Trash
  6. Recycle or Repurpose

This Simple Declutter Formula is something that you should do in each room to make sure that you have everything covered by the end of your decluttering activities.

Free Printable Labels for Organizing

After you’re done with your decluttering activities, it’s now time for you to start organizing all the items that were not donated, given away, sold, or thrown away.  You can keep them in wicker baskets, boxes, or in the recycled or repurposed items that you have kept from your declutter pile.  Pinterest has loads of creative storage ideas that you can start with.

Image Source: Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog

Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog recommends having a contents list, which you can stick onto the inside of the box lid or on the box itself, so it’s easier for you to retrieve items from storage.

Source: A Cultivated Nest

Labels are a very important part of organizing.  The good news is that there are also a lot of fun free printable labels to choose from online!  Just like these 15 Free Printable Labels by Manuela Williams of A Cultivated Nest.

You can use them as tags on wicker baskets, sticker labels on glass containers and apply them wherever you see fit.

Kids Printable Cleaning Checklist

Many adults struggle with “adulting”, because they grew up without much exposure to household chores.  Teach your kids to get organized while they are young by including them in your cleaning activities.

Photo courtesy of Katie Berry of the House Wife How-To’s

Most parents don’t engage their kids with any cleaning activity, because they’re afraid that it will only start an argument or, for younger kids, it may lengthen the cleaning process and you just want to get it over and done with as soon as possible.

Katie Berry of House Wife How-To’s says that “A cleaning checklist for kids rooms empowers your children to take responsibility for their space while helping them learn important life skills.”  She shares that most of the headaches that arose from asking her kids to clean their room were simply because they didn’t know how to do it right.  She shares this free printable cleaning checklist on her blog to help parents in making cleaning a fun activity for everyone!

Spring Cleaning Jobs for Kids courtesy of Jacquie Fisher from KCEdventures.com

Jacquie Fisher also believes that kids NEED to learn how to do age-appropriate chores while they grow up.  She recommends giving the kids their own cleaning tools (kid size, of course!) to help them get enthusiastic about their chores.  She shares this free printable checklist with age-appropriate spring cleaning jobs that kids can help with.

Engage Your Husband in All the Spring Cleaning Fun

Ladies, it’s time to face the facts (if you haven’t realized this already) that your husbands will not be as excited with spring cleaning as you are.  The good news is that there are a lot of activities that they can help out with, which will make spring cleaning fun for them as well.

The tool shed or garage is your husbands’ domain.  So, it’s important to tell them about what you’re planning to do to re-organize it before you start doing anything.  We recommend that you appeal to the handyman in your husband and show them these 21 Brilliant Garage Organizing Ideas by the LighterSide of Real Estate.  Remember – it’s a partnership, so plan out your organizing activity together to make it fun for the two of you.

Spring Cleaning is a great opportunity to get everybody in your home organized.  It also provides a great bonding opportunity for you and your family.  We hope that these free printables and tips will help you in making the most out of this year’s spring cleaning experience!

Tidy Up for Spring with these Cool Printer Storage Ideas

What better way to welcome the season of life than through the age-old tradition of spring cleaning?

In our previous blog post, Organize Your Life this 2017 with these FREE printables, we talked about making room in your life for all the blessings and opportunities that you want to receive this 2017.  If you haven’t had the chance to do so, then spring time is the perfect opportunity for you to conduct a thorough cleaning of your home or office.

Let’s start with your trust old printer

It can be difficult to find the perfect spot to store your printer.  It’s big and bulky, so it usually stands out and ends up being an eyesore in your home or office layout.

But finding the right place for your printer isn’t just a matter of aesthetics.  Proper printer storage is one way of taking care of your printer, so it can continue to run on optimal performance.  This will also help you save on repair or replacement costs in the future.

Our team has put together these cool printer storage ideas that can help you protect your printing device, while keeping your home or office space stylish and tidy.

Wicker Basket Hidden Printer Storage

This cool printer storage idea from DIY Playbook will allow you to hide your printer in a way that it blends in your room or office design.

You can store your printer in a wicker basket to keep it safe from dirt and other contaminants, while allowing it to fit into your furniture and overall room design.

Cut a window for the area where the paper comes out, so you won’t need to worry about taking it out of the box whenever you need to use your printer.  DIY Playbook has a set of instructions to help you in completing this cool storage idea for your printer.

Printer Rolling Cart

Turn old furniture into your very own printer rolling cart with these instructions from DIYProjects.com

Who says that you need to keep your printer in just one place?  This neat printer storage idea allows you to move your printer wherever it is needed for easier access and improve your productivity.

The lower layers of the cart can easily hold other print supplies, such as paper, paper clips and folders for quick access.  This will allow you to move your printer from the office to your living area or wherever you and your children are working on your art activities.

You don’t even have to buy a new cart to make this happen. This neat idea from DIY projects allows you to convert old furniture – such as a bedside table – into your very own printer rolling cart.  You can also use kitchen serving trolleys and it will produce the same results.

Hidden Printer Cabinet Crate

Safely store your printer in these re-used wooden crates through this creative idea from TheRefurbishedHome.com

We love this printer storage idea because it’s DIY and it allows you to recycle simple materials.  This makes it cost-efficient and rather genius, really!

These custom printer cabinet crates from TheRefurbishedHome.com will allow you to neatly hide away your printer and keep it mobile by adding rollers at the bottom.  It also adds a bit of a shabby chic feel to any room or office, don’t you think?

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There are so many other printer storage ideas that have been shared with us by our users and which we have found online, but we had to limit this blog post to our 3 favorite storage ideas for now.  Follow us on Pinterest for more cool printer storage ideas.

But don’t limit your imagination and creativity with these ideas alone.  Whatever you do, just have fun with it and don’t be afraid to add your personal touch. It’s always nice to keep things fresh and try something new.  And while you’re at it, invite a few friends to come over to help and you can do the same for them, too! Now, spring up from that bed and get started! Happy spring cleaning!

Printer Monitoring Software: A Closer Look at PaperCut

Investing in the right printing equipment can lead to increased productivity and lowered printing costs.  But there are times when in-house printing can seem more tedious and hard to manage, which is why most companies feel that outsourcing to a print shop is a better option.

If you already have the right printing equipment in place, it’s not yet too late for you to make the most out of your investment.  All you need is the right process and tools to help you monitor and manage the printing activities in your office.

Our team has conducted a review of different printing management programs that can help you identify cost-saving opportunities and track printer usage.  Gone are the days when you would need your employees to sign their names on a logbook or printing sheet, which can be disregarded or lost!  You can now monitor all the printing activities in your office from your computer – even if you’re out of the office!

PaperCut

Image courtesy of PaperCut | PaperCut is one of the leading printer management software in the market today

Founded in 1998 by two university students, PaperCut has made its way to the top of the list of print monitoring programs in the market.  It is a FREE software that silently tracks employee usage by individual, department, or office, and reports usage costs in comparison with budgets and environmental impact.

The software provides real time activity logs and reports information such as the time of printing, name of printer, total number of pages printed, document names and titles, and much more.  PaperCut encourages the responsible use of company resources and creates an environment-friendly workplace.

Boost Your Printing Set-up with PaperCut

Below are 6 possible ways you can boost your print set-up with PaperCut:

Print Visibility

The PaperCut dashboard gives you a comprehensive view of who is printing, which printer they are using, what documents are being printed, and a time stamp for each print activity.  So, you won’t have to guess who printed the 2,000-page document that has now left you with very low print supplies.

Print Policies

You can formulate printing policies that would encourage responsible use of the printer, or make some intelligent rules to limit user behavior.  You can also use the program’s built in controls such as encouraging double-sided printing and more.

Mobile and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Printing

PaperCut is compatible with numerous mobile print solutions like Google Cloud Print, iOS Printing, email, and also Web Print.  This will allow your staff to print from whatever device they are on, wherever they are.

Document and Device Security

PaperCut helps you protect confidential and sensitive information with their Find-Me printing system.  It allows your employee to find the nearest printer from a list of available printers, which is well-suited for big offices that operate under a common printer fleet.  Users can simply print under a virtual queue, and go to a print release station near them that PaperCut will automatically assign for them.

You can also secure and add a layer of security using digital signatures and watermarks to include the owner ID in every document printed.

Cost Control

Monitor cost by individual, department, or client.  You can set print quotas for every employee or department to encourage them to only print necessary documents.

Social Responsibility

One thing that we love most about PaperCut is that it measures environmental impact.  This printer monitoring software goes above and beyond by adopting sustainable practices and nurturing the culture of your organization to be more responsible about the environment by providing in depth reports on the environmental impact of your printing activities.

PaperCut Solutions

PaperCut offers two types of solutions depending on your current need or set-up: PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF.

PaperCut NG is the entry-level version of the product that includes basic features and services.  When you sign up for PaperCut NG, you will automatically be given a 40-Day Free Trial of PaperCut MF, which offers all the PaperCut features and support.  This is highly recommended for Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) with limited budget, but it’s very DIY so you will have to configure the software on your own.

PaperCut MF provides you with everything that PaperCut has to offer.  It includes features such as Find-Me printing and Secure Print Release, while ensuring that you have ample support through the PaperCut Certified Partner Network.

PaperCut offers a free trial so you can test out the software before deciding on which product you need for your business and situation.  Overall, our team enjoyed PaperCut and we highly recommend it if you want to improve your printing efficiency and manage your office supplies better.

5 Mardi Gras Printables To Spice Up Any Celebration

Mardi Gras is a celebratory tradition that is practiced in many places.  The season varies with each city. For some like Louisiana and New Orleans, the whole celebration stretches from the 12th day of Christmas until the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  While some cities start celebrating on New Year’s Eve, some just celebrate on the day itself and some practice it three days before lent.

To put it simply, Mardi Gras is a French word that means “Fat Tuesday”.  This is because in the olden times, the night before lent is the last night of eating rich and fatty foods and come Ash Wednesday, the fasting begins.

This night traditionally means that everybody gets to “get fat”, eat their hearts out and just forget who they are and their social status, thus the masks.  Masks and Mardi Gras cannot go without each other.  So, what better way to celebrate it than to throw a party and make use of these amazing Mardi Gras printable party items.

Mardi Gras Printable Banner

Source: MardiGrasOutlet.com | These festive Mardi Gras Banners can add a festive feeling to any room.

If you are looking for something to decorate your wall, or even your staircase, then these pennant banners from mardigrasoutlet.com is the perfect choice for you.  Spice up a black stretch of wall, or add these to the garlands in your staircase to make sure your house gets that festive Mardi Gras feel.

Mardi Gras Printable Masks

Source: Ellie.com | Free yourself from inhibitions at any festive occasion with these elegant printable masks.

Mardi Gras will not be complete without the masks.  In the old times, people used masks to hide their personality and social status so they can eat and party all they want before the fasting for lent begins. This is why masks became associated with Mardi Gras.

Take away your inhibitions and feast all you want with these beautiful printable masks.  These masks will surely add excitement to any occasion.

Mardi Gras Printable Jester Hat

Source: MardiGrasOutlet.com | You and your kids will surely have fun putting together this printable jester hat.

If you want to give your visitors more options to choose from, print out some jester hats to add to the mix.  This will help them release their inner clown and add to the overall fun of your party.

Mardi Gras Printable Stickers

Source: MardiGrasOutlet.com | Add more color to your celebration using these vibrant Mardi Gras printable stickers

Make your household items stand out with these Mardi Gras printable stickers!  You can use them as stickers or gift tags for your giveaways.  This is something that both you and your children will have lots of fun with.

Mardi Gras Printable Invitations

Source: Printable Party Invitations UK | Set the overall feel of your party by sending your guests these elegant Mardi Gras invitations.

No party will be complete without invitations. Print these invitations and distribute them to your guests. What better way to introduce them to the theme of the party than to let them see it in the invitation.

In preparation for lent, I’m sure your guests will be glad to wear masks and forget their social status for just a night and eat the night away. Make them enjoy this night with added spices. All you need are the sources, the right supplies and a little bit of creativity.

Love Your Printer: Easy Printer Care Tips

Many people pay attention to their printers only when the ink has run out or if it refuses to cooperate with their printing activities.  They are either too busy, lack the technical knowledge, or simply feel that it’s not that important to check on their printer regularly.

In fact, when people hear or see the term “Printer Maintenance”, you quickly see their eyes dull and you know that you’ve lost their attention completely.  Hey, we can’t blame you!  It does seem like a very technical and time-consuming thing to do.

Before we lose your attention completely, here are some simple ways you can ensure that your printer is working on optimal performance.  These are things you can do while printing, so you won’t even have to spend that much time on them!

It’s not difficult to keep your printer in top shape. You just need to know what to do!

Update Your Printing Software Regularly

See that notification on your printer asking you to check for updates?  Don’t ignore it.  After all, it’s not going to take too much of your time for your machine to connect to the internet to see if there are any new drivers or software that it needs to run on optimal performance.

Clear Paper Jams – the RIGHT way!

What is the most common problem that you’ll encounter with your printer?  Paper jams.  Yes, it’s those moments when you are in a tug-of-war battle with your printer over a piece of paper.

But your printer is not your enemy, so there’s no point in forcibly yanking that piece of paper from it.  This will only cause you more harm than good and we’re not just talking about your printer, but for you and your budget, too, because this can cause serious damage to your printing device.

ComputerHope.com advises that you need to first remove any loose paper from the loading tray.  Pressing the resume button is always a good idea, since most printers are equipped to eject the jammed paper on its own.

If this doesn’t work, it means that you need to help your printer out.  Start by removing the stuck paper, one sheet at a time.  Once the paper jam is cleared, you’ll need to check if the printer carriage can move freely.

If you are unable to resolve the paper jam from the loading tray, this means that you may need to clear it from the rear of the printer.  You will find some additional steps on how to clear a paper jam the right way in our blog on the 50 Common Printer Problems and How to Fix Them.

Clean It!

Just like your body, your printer also needs regular cleaning to keep it in tip-top shape.  Clean the exterior (or outside) of your printer at least once a week with a damp cloth just to wipe away dust, dirt and other contaminants.

While you’re at it, open the hatch and remove the toner cartridge to clean the gears and rollers.  If this is too complicated for you, use a small vacuum cleaner to remove the dirt and dust from inside with ease.

Store it Well

The location of your printer is important for its performance.  And we’re not just talking about the aesthetics and how it contributes to the overall design of your home office area.  Your printer should be protected from excessive heat or moisture, just like other electronics do.

Make sure that your printer is stored in a stable area to avoid it from falling over.  Make sure to cover it to protect it from dust and other contaminants, along with direct sunlight or moisture.

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See? That wasn’t too difficult, was it?

Proper printer maintenance can be achieved if you maintain cleanliness and care when you use it.  These are simple reminders that we have been taught since we were children, so it isn’t rocket science.  The most important thing is that you are mindful with your printer usage and that you take care of your household devices and technology at all times.

Share Your Love for Mother Nature through these Sustainable Printing Tips

In a constant world of change, we strive to adapt to what we need. Manufacturers and big companies, even starting companies always come up with products and ideas to make life easier.  While this adds convenience to our ever day lives, we all know that through these “upgrades” come at a high cost to mother nature.

The most appropriate example is our printing breakthroughs. We become content with the convenience that they bring that we constantly forget to go green.

Presently, printing companies are making it a point to go green. Green printing technology is now on the rise. Here are just a few of the sustainable printing breakthroughs that we have experienced over the past years:

  • Green inks and papers
    These are inks and papers that are made with non-hazardous and mother nature-friendly materials.
  • Printers that are energy efficient – These printers use less energy and emits lesser carbon footprints.
  • Techniques that are carbon neutral – Even green inks, papers and printers still have carbon footprints, these techniques are meant to neutralize and lessen it.

Source: Flickr/innovate360 | There are many ways that you can practice sustainable printing! Start by recycling your ink and toner cartridges.

These companies have done their parts, now it’s our turn.  Ask yourself, what can you do to help mother nature?

Here are some sustainable printing tips that can get you started:

  1. Ask if you need to print
    Before printing, ask yourself whether what you are printing really needs to be printed.  Can it just be sent electronically to people who needs to see it? If so, don’t print it anymore.
  1. Maximize pages
    If you are printing a long document, you don’t have to print the document as it is, especially if you are just going to review the content. You can print in small readable fonts, lessen the margins and make sure you are maximizing the page.
  1. Use two sides
    If you are only printing a draft version, you can use double side printing, or you can print on the back side of the past drafts you printed.  This will easily cut your paper use in half.
  1. Print in draft mode
    Again, if this is just a draft, you can select “draft mode” or “fast draft” in your printer, this will use less ink and will print faster.
  1. Save paper
    Once you print anything, and the back part of the paper is not yet used, save it!

    Stack all the “once used” papers. When you need to print another draft, you can use these papers instead of new ones.

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These sustainable printing tips are just a few of the things that you can do to step up.

We all need to protect mother nature because it is us who benefits from the resources and beauty we get from her. Let’s all do our part and step up to show more love for mother nature.

Step Out Of The Stereotype With Valentine’s Day Printables That Are Neither Pink Nor Red

Valentine’s Day is a day of love. By now your house and probably all the other establishments around it are decorated with red or pink hearts just to honor the occasion.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, Valentine’s Day has always been associated with red or pink. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t hurt to step out of the stereotype.  It’s okay to be different!  In fact, we’re sure that your special someone would find it refreshing if you give him/her something that’s neither pink nor red this valentine’s day.

Here are some ideas that you can choose from:

Valentine’s Day Printable Wild Card

Source: SarahMStyle.ca | Go wild with love with this fun Valentine’s Day Card idea!

Nothing says “I’m wild about you” than a Valentine’s Day card with animal prints and animal figures stuck to them!  It’s definitely unique and also something that you and your kids will enjoy making together.

Download this FREE printable from Sarah M Style.  It’s unique and inexpensive, too!  All you need is your trusty-old printer and some of your children’s old zoo animal toys (with their permission, of course) and you’re all set.

Valentine’s Day Printable Bookmark

Source: PositivelySplendid.com | Your special someone will surely remind you each time they turn the page of their favorite book with this practical Valentine’s Day gift!

Are you a book lover? Or do you know someone who is into books and would love to receive something from you this Valentine’s?  Look no further, these flat colored Valentine’s bookmarks will do the trick for you.  Download, print and then spruce up with your favorite lace.

This Valentine’s Day printable will stay with your loved one for quite some time, because it’s heartwarming and practical at the same time.

Valentine’s Day Printable Cheesy Food Tag

Source: Eighteen25.com | There’s a saying that the best way to a man’s heart is his stomach. Remind him of just how much you love him while he’s eating the delicious snack you’ve prepared for him with these Cheesy Valentine’s Day tags.

Will you be fixing you husband’s lunch this Valentine’s day?  Surprise him with a printed valentine’s cheesy tag.  Print it in Kraft paper, add a black ribbon for the added spark. Who knows? You might end up have a romantic date when he gets home.

Valentine’s Day Printable Doughnut Box

Source: FreePrettyPrintables.com | Treat your office mates with something sweet and add a little care by wrapping them in these individual Valentine’s Day doughnut boxes.

If you are tired of the usual doughnut boxes that you get from the stores, those that are just printed in red, and wrapped with a fancy ribbon, then you will love these. These cute printable doughnut boxes are to die for, what’s better is that it is easy to make!

Valentine’s Day Printable Trading Card

Source: ThirtyHandMadeDays.com | Show your special someone that you remember his/her favorite hobbies and sports with this unique Trading Card Valentine’s Day Printable.

Are you giving a Valentine’s token to a baseball fan? This printable is perfect for you. Watch their eyes sparkle as you give them this uniquely awesome Valentine’s gift.

To thank you for your continuous support for us, we want to #SharetheLove by giving 2 lucky winners a $100 discount on any InkTonerStore purchase.

Valentine’s day is a day of giving, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot just to make your loved ones happy.  There are a lot of Valentine’s Day printables and DIY craft ideas that you can do at the comfort of your own home.  We hope that these ideas will awaken your creativity and set you off on the right start.