Monthly Archives: February 2017

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.

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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.

Valentine’s Decorations To Spice Up Your Home, School And Office

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  If you are excited to celebrate the month of love and look forward to decorating your space with hearts and balloons, then, you will definitely enjoy this post.

While it is tempting to just buy heart banners and balloons to celebrate Valentine’s day, it definitely wouldn’t hurt to add a little creativity and do something different. These Valentine’s decorations are just what you need to decorate your home and office.

Framed Valentine’s Decoration

Source: Night Owl Creative Team | Who says red is the only color of love? Love can be captured by any color – like this gold framed valentine’s decoration.

Add elegance to your space by printing this gold foil Valentine’s decoration from Shawn of Alex & Co and the Night Owl Creative Team. Compliment the beauty of gold letters with a minimalist gold frame and watch your house transform into something classy and beautiful. This is also available in silver if you are not into gold.

Banners and Dangles Valentine’s Decoration

Source: PearTree.com | Your kids will surely love these bangles and dangles valentine’s day decorations. Work on these decorations together to truly make them feel the love this Valentine’s Day.

Banners and dangles never grow old. Just print and hang these in your living room or even in your staircase and instantly transform your home into a sweet and lovely Valentines inspired home.

These free printables from PearTree.com are perfect for your home, the office or a classroom.  Your kids will surely love them!

 

Printable Heart Valentine’s Decorations

Source: Landeeseelandeedo.com | How can you celebrate Valentine’s Day without hearts?

Spice up your picture frames and your fireplace with these red and gray printable hearts, just put up a string and pin the hearts on it for an instant ambiance transformation.

The wonderful thing about these free valentine’s day printables from Landee is that you can add them to your existing decorations.  Simply print them out and stick them to picture frames, your refrigerator or any surface of your home to spread the love.

Heart Scripture Valentine’s Decorations

Source: SimplyHomeBlog.com | Share God’s love in your office through these cute valentine’s hearts with bible verses.

Share God’s love through these creative heart scripture valentine’s decorations.  Choose your favorite Bible verses about love, print them, punch a hole and add a ribbon for design.

You can surprise your officemates by tying a heart scripture in each of their cubicles.  This valentine’s day project from SimplyHomeBlog.com allows us to focus on more than just romantic love this season.  It’s simple, easy to make and very meaningful.

Framed Printable Valentine’s Decorations

Source: Dagmar’s Home Blog | Take the opportunity to remind your loved one how much you love and appreciate them through this erasable I love you because frame.

Love is something that should be celebrated every day – not just on Valentine’s Day!

Take the opportunity to remind your special someone just how much you love and appreciate them through this Erasable DIY “I love you because…” framed note from Dagmar’s Home blog.

Display the frame somewhere they can’t miss it and make sure to update it daily.

Shabby Chic Heart Valentine’s Decoration

Source: DigsDigs.com | Scatter hearts around your home through these creative decorations that will simply blend with your room’s current theme.

Another nice idea to try for your Valentine’s decoration is this patterned heart dangle. You can use it as a decoration in your office cubicle. Just print out a pattern of your choice, cut a heart and punch holes for a pretty ribbon, then you’re done.

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Valentine’s is internationally known to be a love-giving day. It is the when all efforts are made to let our loved ones feel that they are special. There are millions of ways to make that happen, and you don’t have to spend a lot.  Most of the time, all you need is a reliable printer to release that inner artist in you that has just been dying to come out.

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