Were you one of the many thousands of people who bought a printer during the pandemic? In a vastly digital world, the stay-at-home orders reminded us that we actually print rather more than we realised, and we enjoyed the convenience of our office and college printers. Now things have largely returned to normal, it would be a real shame to see our printers gathering dust on shelves and in cupboards. They’re far too useful for that!
In Granada, Carmen of MLC Estudio is one of an army of print faithful, using hers for life, work and to inspire over 180,000 followers on Pinterest with her tutorials, tips, inspiration and paper-based brilliance. She certainly wouldn’t be without her printer, using it to solve everyday problems and feed her creativity. “My PIXMA TS5531a sits on a sideboard in my studio,” she says. “It’s white and surrounded by other decorative elements. So, it blends in beautifully!” Barely a day goes by when she doesn’t use it – but not just for creative work. So, why not give your printer some love and appreciation?
It helps you with the boring stuff
For labels, schoolwork, contracts and other legal documents, having a printer at home is invaluable. Sometimes there’s nothing like printing something out to get a different perspective – it can help you to sense check and even spot errors that you simply didn’t pick up on screen. “I always print and check my designs before they see the light of day,” says Carmen.
It supports learning and helps with homework
School assignments, in particular, have a habit of appearing at the last minute and requiring emergency printing! Art projects spring immediately to mind, but there are plenty of other educational tasks that need the power of print – visual aids for school presentations, such as charts. graphs and posters, are frequent requests. And children are still asked to produce printed newsletters and brochures.