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#11 MissBubbles205

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    Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:27 AM

    Originally Posted by alexisinjamaica 

    Hello all!

     

    OK so I planned on being sneaky and using the printer at work to print up some inserts that I wanted to add to my invitations on card stock I purchased. It looks like the card stock is too thick for me to use in the work printer and make this a free DIY project. Anyone have suggestions on printers that are good with card stock? If I'm going to buy a printer I might as well use it for other projects, so looking for a decent one that will get me through the rest of my DIY projects, which are still TBD! Any input is appreciated!


    Thanks!!

     

    *also thank you for not judging me for using company printing resources on personal stuff. lol.

    LOL... you sound just like me.. My big scheme to save money was to use my work computer... but it did a terrible job at printing my invites and on cardstock in general. :o(

    But I was super happy to find my Canon. Still on sale for 129.99, it's an all-in-one. Also wanted to mention you can get your empty toners filled at Costco's for the lowest price around.



    #12 alexisinjamaica

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    Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:31 AM

    Originally Posted by MissBubbles205 

    Hey Ladies, I highly recommend the Canon Pixma MX892.

    Here is my invitations that I designed and then printed with my Canon.

    http://www.bestdesti...ns-sample-print

     

    Kisha, I know you just bought this printer, but wanted to share with anyone else interested. :o)


    I ordered it on Amazon yesterday. With my Prime account I got free shipping and 2-day delivery. Can't wait for it to arrive! And your invitations looked beautiful so I'm so glad you shared the pics and tips. Thanks!



    #13 MissBubbles205

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      Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:33 AM

      Originally Posted by alexisinjamaica 


      I ordered it on Amazon yesterday. With my Prime account I got free shipping and 2-day delivery. Can't wait for it to arrive! And your invitations looked beautiful so I'm so glad you shared the pics and tips. Thanks!

      Ahh awesome!. Congrats, I promise you will love it and have no regrets. :o)

      D'aww, thank you!! :o) Now if only the guests would start booking their trips! lol



      #14 alexisinjamaica

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      Posted 17 October 2012 - 02:04 PM

      Originally Posted by MissBubbles205 

      Ahh awesome!. Congrats, I promise you will love it and have no regrets. :o)

      D'aww, thank you!! :o) Now if only the guests would start booking their trips! lol


      Um, ditto that. We are 6 months away from my date and hardly anyone has booked. Apparently a lot of people didn't realize there was a link to our website on the save the date, and that the website had all of the travel info. Maybe I should get smarter friends? LOL kidding of course.

       

      Sending out official invites as soon as that printer arrives and I can print out one more thing to include and then hopefully people get it together and book!



      #15 MrsBklovn

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        Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:53 PM

        Originally Posted by alexisinjamaica 


        I ordered it on Amazon yesterday. With my Prime account I got free shipping and 2-day delivery. Can't wait for it to arrive! And your invitations looked beautiful so I'm so glad you shared the pics and tips. Thanks!

        I ordered it two weeks ago from amazon as well and just set it up this past weekend. I'm soo excited.. I'm going to start my STD's this weekend. Maybe we could share trial and error tips along the way. lol

         

        Happy Printing! 



        #16 alexisinjamaica

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        Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:16 AM

        Originally Posted by MrsBklovn 

        I ordered it two weeks ago from amazon as well and just set it up this past weekend. I'm soo excited.. I'm going to start my STD's this weekend. Maybe we could share trial and error tips along the way. lol

         

        Happy Printing! 


        Yay us! I did have a slight problem with it recently. The first time I set it up and used it wirelessly with no problem. This past weekend I went to print out a new wedding project and for the life of me could not get the wireless to work. It kept saying it couldn't find the printer, even though it was clearly logged into my wifi network and appeared to be online. I eventually had to connect it with a USB cable directly to my laptop to get it to work. Going to attempt wireless again this weekend. Wish me luck! I've had no issues with the actual quality of the printing, or using heavy card stock. So that's good at least!



        #17 inloveinkorea

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          Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:42 AM

          Have you thought about outsourcing your printing?

           

          Doing printing at home (even on an expensive printer) can be tricky and frustrating to say the least. Plus, after factoring in cardstock and ink cost, etc.. it can come out cheaper to have a professional printing company print them for you. 

           

          I'm an invitation designer that currently does all DIY invitations.. meaning my clients print out their final designs. I send them all to Catprint.com and they have raved about how nice their invites turned out. I also used catprint.com for my own wedding invitations and they came out looking absolutely fantastic. They did a great job and had wonderful customer service. 

           

          Anyway, it's something to think about! 


          Visit my Etsy shop for affordable DIY invitations and wedsite design! http://www.etsy.com/...eaOfLoveStudios


          #18 megssweet1

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            Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:29 AM

            Who are you using? I'm thinking to do the same.

            Have you thought about outsourcing your printing? Doing printing at home (even on an expensive printer) can be tricky and frustrating to say the least. Plus, after factoring in cardstock and ink cost, etc.. it can come out cheaper to have a professional printing company print them for you.  I'm an invitation designer that currently does all DIY invitations.. meaning my clients print out their final designs. I send them all to Catprint.com and they have raved about how nice their invites turned out. I also used catprint.com for my own wedding invitations and they came out looking absolutely fantastic. They did a great job and had wonderful customer service.  Anyway, it's something to think about! 



            #19 MickeyMouse

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              Posted 21 October 2013 - 02:48 PM

              No need to judge.  We have all done it at some time.  (I was planning on doing the same)



              #20 MickeyMouse

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                Posted 21 October 2013 - 02:52 PM

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                Originally Posted by kisha311 
                 

                I totally understand, I am in the same boat. I have been looking into either a color laserjet printer or an office jet but I haven't decided. I want to get something that is an all in one so that I can really get my money's worth but I am so afraid! A really good printer is going to cost at least $300, I think. Will that be justifiable?

                If you are printing in color, and I am sure you are, a color laser jet is your best option.  They cost more and the toners are more expensive but you produce a much better quality product.  The inkjet are less expensive but they lack quality.  In the long run the laser is where you want to spend your money






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