Friday, 5 September 2014

Just a quick note

to say that I will be taking a blog break for a couple of weeks.

See you soon.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Review of the Selphy 910

Way back in June when I got my Selphy for my birthday, I said I would do a review. Well, finally, here it is! And I have to say, I love my Selphy!

The printer comes with a power adapter and tray for the ‘postcard’ sized paper to go into. However, there is no ink or paper (not even a sample amount) included in the box, so you do need to buy this at the same time. There are a couple of sizes of paper, but I chose the ‘postcard’ size, which is actually 6x4.

The ‘ink’ is actually on a roll, like film. It slots into the side of the printer very easily. The paper comes in separate packs and you load 18 sheets max (which is one pack) into the holder and then slot that into the printer.

You need space at the back of the printer for the paper to come almost all the way out before it is pulled back in again. The paper goes through the printer four times – three times a different colour is laid down and on the fourth pass a waterproof coating. The quality of the finished photos is very good. You do need to tear off the top and bottom perforated edges, but this barely shows on the photo edge and if you were bother by a slightly perforated edge you could trim it carefully either with a trimmer or craft knife.

It was stupidly easy to set it up to print from my iPad and iPhone. The first thing I had to do was to download the App from the iStore. Once you have that on your iPad/iPhone it is time to connect it to the printer. This literally took about 3 minutes to do for each device.

It is then a case of opening the App, choosing the photo you want to print from within the App and pressing the print button! The photo is printed in about 2 minutes.

I f you want to have more than one photo printed on one sheet of 4x6 then you just use an App like Photocollage to create your multiphoto, save it to your camera roll (making sure that the ratio is 2:3) and then print it! Easy!

I also tried printing from my camera’s SD card – push the card in and all your photos can be seen on the printer screen. Pressing the little button with a magnifying glass and minus sign means you can see 9 photos at a time and scroll through them more quickly. From the little screen you have a menu and you can choose how many photos you want to print on your page. Once you have chosen that, then you just need to chose the photos to print and press the print button!

Would you like a quick demo?

OK then, here it is! Me printing from my iPhone.

So, do I recommend this? Definitely! I can see me using this a lot to print photos out when I am working in the conservatory, rather than having to keep going back into the lounge where the main computer and printer are. The quality is superb and I understand that the waterproof coating means the photos are guaranteed to last 100 years – by which time I won’t be here anymore and won’t worry if you can’t see them!

Is it costly? Well the printer was £80.99, which is comparable with many photo quality printers. The box of paper and ink, which prints 100 photos was £23.45, making the cost of each print, (not including the cost of the printer) 23p, which I don’t think is too expensive. I obviously wouldn’t print a whole holiday’s worth of photos this way, but to be able to print them off to go to a crop, or whilst doing Project Life, it is really good value and very good quality.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Me on Monday

Well, this weekend has been a bit of a strange one! It has come at the end of a week's holiday,which has seen me sprain my ankle, take Hugh to the hospital for tests, return to the hospital to return testing equipment, take Penny to the doctor to find out that she has a viral cough, take Penny to the podiatrist to have her toenail removed, take Hugh to the station so he could get a train to Cornwall as his father has had a massive stroke and Hugh can't drive, me then have a migraine for two and a half days, collecting Hughh from the station and us actually managing to get a short time together when we were able to relax and do our hobbies! Today was back to work for us both. I hope our next week off is a bit healthier. 

Hugh's father is still in hospital and it is going to be a long road to recovery. He is 92 next month and obviously the older you are the longer it takes to recover from anything. We are keeping in constant touch with the family in Cornwall and will of course go down again soon. Positive thoughts would be much appreciated. 

This week sees us back at work, a trip with Penny to the podiatrist for a change of dressing, Penny working with me for two days, and then on Friday our cousins from Canada (who Penny stayed with in July) coming to stay for the weekend. I haven't seen Dick and Diane for 24 years, so we have a lot to catch up on!

And here I am on Monday, squinting into the sun in the garden before work!

I am joining in with Sian's suggestion of sharing what we have done over the weekend in a few words - well quite a lot of words from me this week!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Photography Scavenger Hunt Check In

Well, I have finished! I have a complete set. I wasn't sure that I would get the juggler, but Ben helped out again - his girlfriend juggles! So he set her to work and took the photo for me - what a good boy!
I have put all my photos onto Instagram and want to use all square ones this year to show them off on a layout - the only problem being that it cuts off some of the ball in this photo! I do have the original and you can see all the balls - I promise she is juggling!

And the last one on my list was a sign welcoming you to your home town.
I knew I wanted this sign and it was just a matter of getting to it to take the photo! The sign is in the middle of a very busy roundabout! The only way to get a photo of it was to park in the local supermarket car park, walk down the access road (no pavement, so not very safe) and then walk precariously over some cobbles to the edge of the road and then wait for there to be no traffic! Well, I managed it, with Hugh's help! We had just taken the photo when the heavens opened and we got drenched getting back to the car - the things we do for this scavenger hunt! I do really enjoy it.

So, a very big thank you to Rinda for organising this again this year. If you hop on over to Rinda's blog you will find the linky's to other blogs and be able to see how other people have interpreted the prompts this year.

EDITED TO SAY: Don't forget that you can see all my finds on my Scavenger Hunt page which has a tab at the top of the blog :)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Big kid!

I recently spent a very happy evening scrapbooking with my two lovely friends Wendy and Sue. I have found that if I make up a kit from my own stash before I go and put photos with the kit then I am very productive! I actually made two layouts that evening and wished I had taken more photos with me as I ran out of pages to make!

Anyway, here is the first layout I made that evening.
The photos are from our holiday in Wales earlier this year.
I love this little chipboard camera and had been itching to use it!
A close up of the journalling. I remembered that I had a little roller stamp and so used that on the edge of the journalling paper, stamping two different phrases. I quite liked the effect and must remember to use it more frequently!

Thanks for dropping by. I'll be sharing more layouts again soon!