Scrapbooking Anyone?

Scrapbooking Anyone? Learn all of the ins and outs here #FunForAll

For years now, we’ve been hearing about printer companies focusing on scrapbookers, but without actually investing in this white-hot pastime, it’s not immediately obvious exactly what scrapbookers are doing with their inkjets—other than printing photos, that is. So I dug in to find out. Here are the most innovative uses I stumbled upon (and here’s a hint: it’s more about the scanning than printing, so you might want to invest in a multifunctional printer. INKman stocks a wide range of makes and models for you to choose from!

Photocopy a Blanket for Textured

I scanned in a blanket, which I can now use as a background for all things cuddly.

Scrapbooking is about memories, and you can conjure up memories with photos, but also with textures, patterns, and materials from the past. But rather than cutting chunks out of baby blankets, you can just scan them into your MFP and reproduce it for a scrapbook page. If you scrunch up a knitted or crocheted blanket when you scan it, you can get a casual, soft, comfortable-looking print. Or lay a quilt flat to get the pattern and quilting into the image.

Scan and Reduce Artwork

Where do children’s paintings go once you take them off the fridge? Finally, I have the answer to this age-old question. Instead of storing boxes of fading construction paper with globs of paint—or in my case, waiting until the artist is napping and then burying it in the bottom of the trash—scan your children’s masterpieces for use in a scrapbook. In the end, the scrapbook will last longer than the original artwork and be displayed in a way that you can put away but that your child can appreciate later. You’ll still have to wait until naptime to throw out the originals, but you can do it with a little less guilt.

Scan and Print Official Documents

Documenting a big event is a perfect reason to make a scrapbook, but that book probably isn’t the best place for your original documents. Instead, it’s smart to make copies and use those (at which point, you’re free to lose the originals). Birth certificates for baby books, marriage licenses for wedding books, and newspaper articles to document one’s accomplishments or life are all good things to copy for use in a scrapbook and then store safely elsewhere.

Print on Anything

Personalize ribbon by printing directly on it with your inkjet.

If you can imagine printing on it, chances are, you can print on it. In addition to printing on regular paper, photo paper, and canvas paper, you can also print on fabric, ribbon, stickers, and foam (or more specifically, 2mm-thick Foamies craft sheets). You’re limited only by your imagination—well, okay, and your budget, too. (You can drop a bundle on scrapbooking supplies in a hurry.)

To print on ribbon, choose ribbon that is smooth in texture. Make sure it’s not too slick, as that can cause the ink to smear. Type out your message in the right size, and print it on a regular sheet of paper. At this point, change your printer settings to inkjet transparencies, which ensures that not too much ink is sprayed on the ribbon, causing it to leak through. Then (using double-sided tape), carefully affix the ribbon over the printed words and reprint. Be sure the ribbon is taped on securely and that it lays flat; otherwise.

Whether you’re a seasoned scrapbooker or just someone who has a lot of creativity and a new printer (and some time to kill), this is a good place to start.

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