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Jan 28, 2016

To keep your printers performing at the highest quality, it is important to keep up with regular
maintenance. Most problems with printing arise as a result of neglect. Common issues include blocked or clogged cartridges and printheads, which can reduce the quality of your prints. Luckily, there are some really simple solutions for this problem. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you out!

Thursday, January 28, 2016 Kelly Waburton
To keep your printers performing at the highest quality, it is important to keep up with regular
maintenance. Most problems with printing arise as a result of neglect. Common issues include blocked or clogged cartridges and printheads, which can reduce the quality of your prints. Luckily, there are some really simple solutions for this problem. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you out!

Jan 14, 2016



technology-trends
2015 proved to be a pretty big year for advances in technology. Apple introduced the most anticipated gadget in wearable technology, the iWatch. More drones took to the skies. Apple Pay helped to increase adoption of mobile payment technology. And the most popular gift was the hoverboard (okay, so it's not exactly what "Back to the Future" promised us, but it's a step in the right direction). So what do we have to look forward to in 2016? 

Increased Online Security 

Companies across the globe are making sure security fixes are on top of their to-do list this year. With 2015 being a year for many notable cyber-attacks (think: Ashley Madison, Primera Blue Cross, VTech, and Experian), companies will spare no expense to tighten online security and give consumers peace of mind that their information is safe.

Virtual Reality 

The day thousands have awaited so eagerly is nearly upon us. Virtual reality gaming is finally, well, a reality. With two VR devices scheduled to hit consumer shelves in 2016 (the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive), the way we interact with content is going to change dramatically. Whether you are gearing up for battle in your favorite game or exploring the world from the comfort of your home, virtual reality is going to be HUGE.


Better Mobile Payment Technology 

Mobile pay has made shopping a little more convenient for consumers all over. However, it is important to keep in mind that this technology is still in the first generation among the various platforms that offer it. And while not having to ever pull out your card may seem safer, security is still very juvenile in this stage. What does this mean for you? Use caution, or use your card for now, while providers beef up security during this next year.


Widespread 3D Printing

3D printing technology has been around for quite some time, but due to the high cost of owning a printer, it hasn’t yet exploded in the consumer market. However, that is set to change in 2016. With the price of owning your own printer becoming more and more affordable, this may be the year for widespread adoption of 3D printing across business owners as well as consumers. 

Smart Houses

It's not crazy to think that within a few years your house could be smarter than you. With applications moving towards automated systems that can run themselves, we will have a slew of new smart appliances that will run as efficiently as possible without your assistance.

What trends are you looking forward to watching develop this year? Let us know in the comments below!

If you liked this post, be sure to tell us about it. To keep track of future interesting posts like this one, subscribe to our newsletter. To find the best ink and toner cartridge deals, like us on Facebook or check out the best printer cartridge deals currently available. 
Thursday, January 14, 2016 Kelly Waburton


technology-trends
2015 proved to be a pretty big year for advances in technology. Apple introduced the most anticipated gadget in wearable technology, the iWatch. More drones took to the skies. Apple Pay helped to increase adoption of mobile payment technology. And the most popular gift was the hoverboard (okay, so it's not exactly what "Back to the Future" promised us, but it's a step in the right direction). So what do we have to look forward to in 2016? 

Increased Online Security 

Companies across the globe are making sure security fixes are on top of their to-do list this year. With 2015 being a year for many notable cyber-attacks (think: Ashley Madison, Primera Blue Cross, VTech, and Experian), companies will spare no expense to tighten online security and give consumers peace of mind that their information is safe.

Virtual Reality 

The day thousands have awaited so eagerly is nearly upon us. Virtual reality gaming is finally, well, a reality. With two VR devices scheduled to hit consumer shelves in 2016 (the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive), the way we interact with content is going to change dramatically. Whether you are gearing up for battle in your favorite game or exploring the world from the comfort of your home, virtual reality is going to be HUGE.


Better Mobile Payment Technology 

Mobile pay has made shopping a little more convenient for consumers all over. However, it is important to keep in mind that this technology is still in the first generation among the various platforms that offer it. And while not having to ever pull out your card may seem safer, security is still very juvenile in this stage. What does this mean for you? Use caution, or use your card for now, while providers beef up security during this next year.


Widespread 3D Printing

3D printing technology has been around for quite some time, but due to the high cost of owning a printer, it hasn’t yet exploded in the consumer market. However, that is set to change in 2016. With the price of owning your own printer becoming more and more affordable, this may be the year for widespread adoption of 3D printing across business owners as well as consumers. 

Smart Houses

It's not crazy to think that within a few years your house could be smarter than you. With applications moving towards automated systems that can run themselves, we will have a slew of new smart appliances that will run as efficiently as possible without your assistance.

What trends are you looking forward to watching develop this year? Let us know in the comments below!

If you liked this post, be sure to tell us about it. To keep track of future interesting posts like this one, subscribe to our newsletter. To find the best ink and toner cartridge deals, like us on Facebook or check out the best printer cartridge deals currently available. 

Oct 15, 2015


It is that fun and exciting time of year again when you either go trick or treatin’ or prepare to host a bunch of trick or treaters who will shortly be knocking on your door. If you're planning a Halloween party of some sort or just want to get your home all decked up for the holiday then we have ideas and products that are sure to delight you. Plus there is special October coupon for you in there

DIY Halloween Decorations And Ideas


You can print out scary posters and images to put up on walls and in the bathroom and so on! Print out darkly looming silhouettes of an evil grinning cat, a scary ghost, a fanged vampire, bats or witchy talons. To this you could add suitable text: ‘Beware! They are Coming’ or ‘Frankenstein Needs a New Brain’, etc. Or even this one: ‘WANTED! DEAD OR ALIVE ‘(with a picture of the host or a guest).

You could create custom Halloween themed t shirts for yourself and for your guests to really get into the ‘spirit’ of things! Similar spooky themes and text as the posters can be used for these as well. If you're having a party this could be a special give away!

You can also create other Halloween themed printables: masks, place cards, table décor, banners, flags, or streamers. Halloween chalkboard printables, tree décor and favor boxes are some more items you may want to DIY. Get some great ideas from this Free Halloween Printables page on Pinterest: cutouts, posters, wall décor, tags, candle wrappers, treat boxes and more.

And how about some of these décor ideas:
  • Use discarded toilet rolls, cut out scary eye shapes and in insert lights.
  • Spider or bat cutouts hanging down from the ceiling in unexpected places.
  • A garland or banner of little ghostie cutouts.
  • Cutouts to make your front door look like Frankenstein’s head. 

DIY Halloween party ideas


It may be a great idea to organize a Halloween themed kids party for your kids or grandkids or even for the neighborhood kids. Even if you're planning a dinner party for adults, here are some ideas that could come in handy:
  • Customized pintable cards and Halloween invites.
  • DIY paper napkins with scary, spooky images.
  • Custom menus with regular items suitably amended to reflect the scary theme (call it bloody entrails instead of spaghetti; put scary googly eyes in the salad and so on).
  • Halloween themed straw toppers, cupcake toppers or coasters.
  • Scary/ witchy party hats.

Get plenty more cheap invitation templates and Halloween party ideas on Pinterest.

Check Out Our Special New Product Ranges For Your DIY Projects


Now that we’ve given you some DIY ideas for your next adult or kids’ party, we have some terrific new products that will help you bring these ideas to life. We are excited to tell you about some of these new products:
  • Printable Fabric to print fine art, create authentic looking canvas prints and other images.
  • Printable Magnet Sheets for pictures, personalized fridge magnets, bumper stickers, magnetic signs, business cards and more.
  • Textured Photo Paper for photos, posters, invites and party giveaways.
  • Transfer Paper to create your own spooky, funny t shirts, aprons and more using these iron on heat transfer papers.
  • Canvas Photo Paper for that textured canvas look. The scratch proof, resin coated paper is water resistant and long lasting.
And to really make your party memorable, you may want to take pictures of all your guests, print them out and hand out some as they make their way home…a lovely keepsake from the host!

Our October Coupon Code To Get You Started


All this October, we are proud to be partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc (NBCF) to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 2% of our net collections this month will be donated to NBFC. For all our wonderful readers and customers, we are offering 5% off all purchases equal to or over $55 + free shipping and memo pad. So be sure to use coupon code UNITY5 at check out all this month (Expiration Date: 10/31/2015).
Thursday, October 15, 2015 Madeline C

It is that fun and exciting time of year again when you either go trick or treatin’ or prepare to host a bunch of trick or treaters who will shortly be knocking on your door. If you're planning a Halloween party of some sort or just want to get your home all decked up for the holiday then we have ideas and products that are sure to delight you. Plus there is special October coupon for you in there

DIY Halloween Decorations And Ideas


You can print out scary posters and images to put up on walls and in the bathroom and so on! Print out darkly looming silhouettes of an evil grinning cat, a scary ghost, a fanged vampire, bats or witchy talons. To this you could add suitable text: ‘Beware! They are Coming’ or ‘Frankenstein Needs a New Brain’, etc. Or even this one: ‘WANTED! DEAD OR ALIVE ‘(with a picture of the host or a guest).

You could create custom Halloween themed t shirts for yourself and for your guests to really get into the ‘spirit’ of things! Similar spooky themes and text as the posters can be used for these as well. If you're having a party this could be a special give away!

You can also create other Halloween themed printables: masks, place cards, table décor, banners, flags, or streamers. Halloween chalkboard printables, tree décor and favor boxes are some more items you may want to DIY. Get some great ideas from this Free Halloween Printables page on Pinterest: cutouts, posters, wall décor, tags, candle wrappers, treat boxes and more.

And how about some of these décor ideas:
  • Use discarded toilet rolls, cut out scary eye shapes and in insert lights.
  • Spider or bat cutouts hanging down from the ceiling in unexpected places.
  • A garland or banner of little ghostie cutouts.
  • Cutouts to make your front door look like Frankenstein’s head. 

DIY Halloween party ideas


It may be a great idea to organize a Halloween themed kids party for your kids or grandkids or even for the neighborhood kids. Even if you're planning a dinner party for adults, here are some ideas that could come in handy:
  • Customized pintable cards and Halloween invites.
  • DIY paper napkins with scary, spooky images.
  • Custom menus with regular items suitably amended to reflect the scary theme (call it bloody entrails instead of spaghetti; put scary googly eyes in the salad and so on).
  • Halloween themed straw toppers, cupcake toppers or coasters.
  • Scary/ witchy party hats.

Get plenty more cheap invitation templates and Halloween party ideas on Pinterest.

Check Out Our Special New Product Ranges For Your DIY Projects


Now that we’ve given you some DIY ideas for your next adult or kids’ party, we have some terrific new products that will help you bring these ideas to life. We are excited to tell you about some of these new products:
  • Printable Fabric to print fine art, create authentic looking canvas prints and other images.
  • Printable Magnet Sheets for pictures, personalized fridge magnets, bumper stickers, magnetic signs, business cards and more.
  • Textured Photo Paper for photos, posters, invites and party giveaways.
  • Transfer Paper to create your own spooky, funny t shirts, aprons and more using these iron on heat transfer papers.
  • Canvas Photo Paper for that textured canvas look. The scratch proof, resin coated paper is water resistant and long lasting.
And to really make your party memorable, you may want to take pictures of all your guests, print them out and hand out some as they make their way home…a lovely keepsake from the host!

Our October Coupon Code To Get You Started


All this October, we are proud to be partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc (NBCF) to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 2% of our net collections this month will be donated to NBFC. For all our wonderful readers and customers, we are offering 5% off all purchases equal to or over $55 + free shipping and memo pad. So be sure to use coupon code UNITY5 at check out all this month (Expiration Date: 10/31/2015).

Oct 9, 2015

Zine Festival Image Via BrooklynZineFest
Have you ever desired to create something from start to finish, completely independent from the influence of others? To experience a sense of self accomplishment and expression upon completion of such a task can be a much needed treat for the human soul. For many of us, this excitement is lost to our childhood and our individual voices are drowned out by a modern society that values uniformity. Luckily, there is an outlet for such work to be shown off and appreciated solely for its existence, that outlet is Zine creation.

What is a Zine?

There are no strict rules for what a zine is or has the potential to be. Zines are usually booklets of images and words that are self-publicized and printed. They can be  either sold at independent book stores, online, or displayed at local zine festivals for sale. Nobody expects to make much profit off of their zines. It is more about expression and exposure. So what can a zine be about? Anything and everything that exists can make for great zine material. Make a zine about childhood fantasies, radio waves or fashion. Zines are excellent for small collections of poems or a silly comic. You could even make a zine about nothing. It’s a pure and raw manifestation of expression and personal thought.  After making one and putting it out there, you will be surprised with how connected you feel with your authentic self.

How do you make a zine?

There are many ways to make a zine and no reason why you shouldn’t. All mediums are acceptable. Zines can be digitally created and published on a website. They are sometimes made of photo copied doodles and snapshots. You can draw a picture, scan it into the computer, digitally color it and compile it with other images then print it. Once the pages are printed, there are many ways to put them together. But, if you aren’t familiar with book binding techniques, you might want to start with this template:
http://blog.umamidesign.com/ud-content/2013/09/ud_130918_zine-instructions.jpg

With this template, you can create a zine using only one sheet of paper. Go ahead and follow the instructions to create the booklet. Once you have done that you can plan out your zine content on each page. When you have all the pages filled out, unfold it. You will then use a scanner to create an image of your creation. After the image has been taken, you may print off as many as your print head can handle.

How can I market myself?

 

Showcasing your zines (Image via PublicBroadCasting)
Great job! You have made a zine and are ready to sign up for your local Zine Fest, you Zinester. To find a zine festival closest to you, try Googling it. If that doesn’t work, you may try this site which has some major zine events posted here.

Some “Zinesters” will even create supplemental print items to accompany their zines as an added bonus. I have seen stickers, t-shirts, pins, magnets, post cards and posters!  These are fun items to have at your booth for trading with other creators or giving out to fans. Creating your own T-shirts is easy with our Premium T-shirt Iron-on Transfers for Inkjet Printer papers. You just print an image out using any inkjet printer and iron it right onto the shirt. Magnets are great for throwing in with purchases or using to trade other artists for their extras. Our Glossy Printable Magnet Sheets are a great product to use for creating these fun and timeless trinkets.

We have created an exclusive Zine Starter Pack that is available on CompAndSave.com. It will include a 15% off discount if you purchase any of these items: white/light premium t-shirt iron-transfers (8.5x11) - 20 sheets, dark/black premium t-shirt iron-on transfers (8.5x11) - 20 sheets, or white premium glossy printable magnet sheets (8.5"x11") - 10 sheets.
  • Coupon code: ZINEPACK
  • Expiration date: 11/30/2015
What a deal!  Zine fest better watch out.

Friday, October 09, 2015 Denise Resendez
Zine Festival Image Via BrooklynZineFest
Have you ever desired to create something from start to finish, completely independent from the influence of others? To experience a sense of self accomplishment and expression upon completion of such a task can be a much needed treat for the human soul. For many of us, this excitement is lost to our childhood and our individual voices are drowned out by a modern society that values uniformity. Luckily, there is an outlet for such work to be shown off and appreciated solely for its existence, that outlet is Zine creation.

What is a Zine?

There are no strict rules for what a zine is or has the potential to be. Zines are usually booklets of images and words that are self-publicized and printed. They can be  either sold at independent book stores, online, or displayed at local zine festivals for sale. Nobody expects to make much profit off of their zines. It is more about expression and exposure. So what can a zine be about? Anything and everything that exists can make for great zine material. Make a zine about childhood fantasies, radio waves or fashion. Zines are excellent for small collections of poems or a silly comic. You could even make a zine about nothing. It’s a pure and raw manifestation of expression and personal thought.  After making one and putting it out there, you will be surprised with how connected you feel with your authentic self.

How do you make a zine?

There are many ways to make a zine and no reason why you shouldn’t. All mediums are acceptable. Zines can be digitally created and published on a website. They are sometimes made of photo copied doodles and snapshots. You can draw a picture, scan it into the computer, digitally color it and compile it with other images then print it. Once the pages are printed, there are many ways to put them together. But, if you aren’t familiar with book binding techniques, you might want to start with this template:
http://blog.umamidesign.com/ud-content/2013/09/ud_130918_zine-instructions.jpg

With this template, you can create a zine using only one sheet of paper. Go ahead and follow the instructions to create the booklet. Once you have done that you can plan out your zine content on each page. When you have all the pages filled out, unfold it. You will then use a scanner to create an image of your creation. After the image has been taken, you may print off as many as your print head can handle.

How can I market myself?

 

Showcasing your zines (Image via PublicBroadCasting)
Great job! You have made a zine and are ready to sign up for your local Zine Fest, you Zinester. To find a zine festival closest to you, try Googling it. If that doesn’t work, you may try this site which has some major zine events posted here.

Some “Zinesters” will even create supplemental print items to accompany their zines as an added bonus. I have seen stickers, t-shirts, pins, magnets, post cards and posters!  These are fun items to have at your booth for trading with other creators or giving out to fans. Creating your own T-shirts is easy with our Premium T-shirt Iron-on Transfers for Inkjet Printer papers. You just print an image out using any inkjet printer and iron it right onto the shirt. Magnets are great for throwing in with purchases or using to trade other artists for their extras. Our Glossy Printable Magnet Sheets are a great product to use for creating these fun and timeless trinkets.

We have created an exclusive Zine Starter Pack that is available on CompAndSave.com. It will include a 15% off discount if you purchase any of these items: white/light premium t-shirt iron-transfers (8.5x11) - 20 sheets, dark/black premium t-shirt iron-on transfers (8.5x11) - 20 sheets, or white premium glossy printable magnet sheets (8.5"x11") - 10 sheets.
  • Coupon code: ZINEPACK
  • Expiration date: 11/30/2015
What a deal!  Zine fest better watch out.

Sep 30, 2015

As so many of our readers know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and we are proud to go pink all this month as well. We are partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF) to help their organization raise awareness and spread information about breast cancer prevention. We bring our readers some important messages about cancer symptoms, early detection and cancer survival.

Early Symptoms of Cancer You Should Know About

The earliest symptom of breast cancer is usually a lump or change in the skin or tissue of the breast. Though it is important to remember that not all lumps or changes indicate breast cancer, it is best never to ignore anything that you feel is unusual. Some of the most common early symptoms for early detection of breast cancer include:
  • Any tenderness, lump, or thickening of not only the breast and nipple area, but also the underarm could be a symptom. 
  • Larger than usual pores (what is sometimes referred to as the orange peel effect) could also be a warning sign
  • Any change in appearance, feel, size or shape – any new swelling, shrinking, hardening or asymmetry of the breast (asymmetry itself if not a symptom, because many women have one breast that is bigger than the other, but if you notice a change, that could be a problem) 
  • Any dimpling, inversion, redness, scaling or swelling of the areola or nipple
  • Any unusual discharge; clear or bloody should be investigated. Even milky discharge (at any time other than when a woman is breastfeeding) should be checked out

Do you have an early detection plan?

 


Many times, when you do notice symptoms, they may be entirely benign and they may be nothing for you to worry about. On the other hand, cancer can creep up on a person completely undetected; showing no noticeable signs of symptoms.

According to estimates, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life.  As we all know, early detection gives one the best chance at cancer survival. According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the five year relative survival rate is 100%.

So it is important for each woman to have an Early Detection Plan. Regular self exams, scheduling regular visits to the doctor, clinical exams and having mammograms or other imaging tests at the frequency recommended is the first line of defense against breast cancer.

Visit earlydetectionplan.org to create your own Early Detection Plan. Receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history. You will also find out about your risk factors; know more about signs and symptoms, and also find instructions on how and when to perform a breast self-exam. You can create the plan online or download the app for Apple Device or your Android Device.

Join Us to Ink the World Pink This October!

In our special Ink the World with Pink campaign this breast cancer awareness month, we are offering you a special deal and also a discount coupon code: be sure to use coupon code P5NK at checkout all this month (expiration date: 10/31/2015) to get 5% off your printer cartridge orders. We will also be donating 2% of our net sales proceeds to the NBFC. So be a part of our month long campaign. If you want to donate to breast cancer research or find out more about the disease, visit the NBCF website.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Denise Resendez
As so many of our readers know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and we are proud to go pink all this month as well. We are partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF) to help their organization raise awareness and spread information about breast cancer prevention. We bring our readers some important messages about cancer symptoms, early detection and cancer survival.

Early Symptoms of Cancer You Should Know About

The earliest symptom of breast cancer is usually a lump or change in the skin or tissue of the breast. Though it is important to remember that not all lumps or changes indicate breast cancer, it is best never to ignore anything that you feel is unusual. Some of the most common early symptoms for early detection of breast cancer include:
  • Any tenderness, lump, or thickening of not only the breast and nipple area, but also the underarm could be a symptom. 
  • Larger than usual pores (what is sometimes referred to as the orange peel effect) could also be a warning sign
  • Any change in appearance, feel, size or shape – any new swelling, shrinking, hardening or asymmetry of the breast (asymmetry itself if not a symptom, because many women have one breast that is bigger than the other, but if you notice a change, that could be a problem) 
  • Any dimpling, inversion, redness, scaling or swelling of the areola or nipple
  • Any unusual discharge; clear or bloody should be investigated. Even milky discharge (at any time other than when a woman is breastfeeding) should be checked out

Do you have an early detection plan?

 


Many times, when you do notice symptoms, they may be entirely benign and they may be nothing for you to worry about. On the other hand, cancer can creep up on a person completely undetected; showing no noticeable signs of symptoms.

According to estimates, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life.  As we all know, early detection gives one the best chance at cancer survival. According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the five year relative survival rate is 100%.

So it is important for each woman to have an Early Detection Plan. Regular self exams, scheduling regular visits to the doctor, clinical exams and having mammograms or other imaging tests at the frequency recommended is the first line of defense against breast cancer.

Visit earlydetectionplan.org to create your own Early Detection Plan. Receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history. You will also find out about your risk factors; know more about signs and symptoms, and also find instructions on how and when to perform a breast self-exam. You can create the plan online or download the app for Apple Device or your Android Device.

Join Us to Ink the World Pink This October!

In our special Ink the World with Pink campaign this breast cancer awareness month, we are offering you a special deal and also a discount coupon code: be sure to use coupon code P5NK at checkout all this month (expiration date: 10/31/2015) to get 5% off your printer cartridge orders. We will also be donating 2% of our net sales proceeds to the NBFC. So be a part of our month long campaign. If you want to donate to breast cancer research or find out more about the disease, visit the NBCF website.