What to Consider when Purchasing Laser Printers

Over the years, the cost of getting laser printers has reduced dramatically. These printers can be used for personal use or even in an office. They offer the fastest speeds, best quality text prints, and economical prints per-page basis.

What should you consider before buying a laser printer?

Paper handling

Most printers will handle up to A4 paper size. You need to look for a particular model if you would like to print A3-sized documents. Other things like heavier paper or envelopes can be printed in case the printer comes with a multi-purpose tray. Make sure you check the specifications of the printer to know the paper weight it can handle and the quantity of envelopes you can load.

If you are getting a printer for office use make sure you opt for a printer with a tray that can handle many paper sheets (at least 250). You may also consider looking for a printer that can automatically print on all sides of the page and also scan multi-page documents using an ADF (automatic document feeder)

Color or monochrome

What are your basic needs? Consider the type of documents you will print to decide the type of printer you need. If you want to print things like invoices or any other kind of monochrome documents, consider a monochrome laser printer. Opt for a colour laser printer if you have to print colored documents regularly.

Ease of installation and size

Your environment will determine the size of the printer you need. Also, ensure that it’s easy to load papers and install toner cartridges.

Connectivity

Even though USB connectivity is standard on all printers, you need a different type of connectivity-Ethernet- for an office environment. You can plug the printer in the network router and then share it with all the workers. A driver for your printer must be installed on the computers that will need access.

You can also look for a wireless laser printer if you wish to set it up on a wireless network. Ensure that the wireless printer supports, not only computers, but also mobile devices like Android, Windows and Apple phones.

Many printers nowadays will also support printing from Cloud services. Ensure you check the services supported by the printer because that will make it easy for you to print from online services like Dropbox, Google Docs, OneDrive, etc., without going through a mobile device or computer.

Easy to use

Now that you are used to using touchscreen laptops, phones, or even tablets, why not opt for a printer with a touchscreen? The touchscreen makes it easy for the user to navigate the menu system, more so if it contains built-in access applications that require you to fill in login details. The West X Business Solutions website is a useful resource if you would like to learn more information.

When to Use Event Rental Services for a Corporate Affair

Party rentals are most commonly used when planning a wedding, a large birthday party or other similar types of special events. You may not think about using them when planning corporate events, such as holiday office parties and other similar affairs. However, party rentals are useful for all occasions that bring together a group of people, and this includes corporate events. You can easily fill the need for a handful of items or dozens of items or more when you work with the right party rental service. If you are planning an event for your office, you may consider using rental services in some of these prime situations.

Your Event is Located Off-Site

From holiday parties to business galas, team building events and more, there are many reasons why some or all of your team may gather in an off-site location periodically. Rental service can be used to provide you with chairs and tables for seating, dining and entertainment as well as stages, microphones and sound systems, cooking and food prep items and much more. This allows you to set the stage for the event regardless of where you host your special gathering. You do not have to struggle with the planning efforts for your special events when you hire the right rental service to assist you.

Your Event Will Be Outdoors

Just as your off-site location may not have all of the equipment and supplies needed to host a special event, the same holds true if your event will be held outdoors. This includes outdoor events held on your corporate grounds. Everything from party tents to fans, space heaters and more can be used to help you control the climate and to ensure your guests have a great time. Tables, chairs, sound systems and more can be used to further enhance your guests’ experience and to create an ideal environment.

You Have Special Equipment Needs

Whether your event is hosted off-site or in your own facility, you may have special equipment needs. This may include a stage, a dance floor, a sound system, lighting features, a podium and other related features. Such items can make or break the event that you are hosting, and these items can easily be rented to fulfill a special need that you have.

Whether your special events planned for the near future will have a dozen guests, several hundred guests or somewhere in between, you understandably want the event to be executed with flawless results. By planning ahead, you can cover all bases to ensure your guests have a great experience. Consider using party rental services to pull together all of your planning efforts cohesively. Please visit the Hart Entertainment website for more information.

Some Windows 8 Updates Are Still Being Released

Canadian users of the Windows 8 operating system may still see sporadic updates issued by Microsoft in 2017. The Seattle tech giant has been resolute in its efforts to force Windows 7 and 8 users into upgrading to Windows 10 to take advantage of all the new features, but it seems as if there is still life left in these old operating systems.

In late 2016, users of computers powered by Windows 7 and 8 were surprised to see updates that they were not expecting due to Microsoft’s end-of-support announcement in January. To a certain extent, the OS developer is enacting the same policy applied to Windows XP users a few years ago; even after cutting out support to the legacy OS, more computers are running XP than Windows 8 these days.

Failed Windows Update Affects European Computers

Despite Microsoft’s end-of-life announcement, some updates and patches are still being released for Windows 7 and 8, many British customers of internet service providers BT and Plusnet found themselves being kicked off the network in early December 2016.

The problem was tracked down to an update rolled out for Windows 8 and Windows 10. The update somehow interfered with the DHCP system, which prevented DNS server settings from being downloaded from Plusnet and BT. Users could see this issue from their Network Settings menus; some were able to fix the issue by simply rebooting their routers while others were instructed by Plusnet to change their DNS and LAN IP settings to static.

The aforementioned issue was surprising for British users who have not yet transitioned to Windows 10; a couple of days later, however, other internet service providers in Europe reported similar issues. In Belgium, national provider Proximum reported that the DHCP problem affected many Windows 10 users, and once again a Windows Update appeared to be the issue.

A Grand Theft Auto Surprise

Video game enthusiasts who have Windows 8 custom rigs received an unexpected surprise from the developers of the Grand Theft Auto series. GTA IV, a game that seemed to be stuck in Windows 7 machines, can now be reliably played on PCs running Windows 10, 8.1 and even Windows 8.

Although GTA IV was a best-selling title in Canada and around the world, its developers could not keep up with Microsoft’s tinkering of the Windows operating system between 2008 and 2015. Rockstar Games waited until Microsoft stabilized its OS release schedule to issue a patch that would bring the game to as many Windows PCs as possible. While GTA 5 is far more popular these days, some gamers still enjoy the online multiplayer experience of Liberty City.

How to Improve Your Flexography Business with Flex Storage Solutions

Flexography is a type of printing technology that allows users print over a broad variety of surfaces. From metallic planes, cellophane, plastic all the way to paper, there’s really not so many surfaces you can’t print on using flexography. To ensure a long-lasting functionality as well as efficiency, you need to have the best flex storage solutions at your disposal. The use of appropriate flex storage solutions such as flexcarts and flexstands is critical and cost effective for both long and short-term use. Flexible relief plates are among the tools used in flexographic printing and constitute a significant portion of the associated costs and should be properly stored to avoid damage.

Features of Modern Flex Storage Solutions

In mass production scale, flex storage solutions are customized to individual needs and vary from brand to brand. However, the largest sleeve storage racks tend to have a lot of similarities. In most cases, the storage racks are made of powder coated steel. The coating, besides protecting the steel from typical wear and tear damage that may occur during cleaning and treatment, it adds a beautiful finish to the rack. You can fit a lot of sleeves and plates in a small space without destroying the stand due to the strong nature of steel.

Safety is Key

The entire storage system should be well organized easy to use. As storage system that requires some level of technical know-how to operate will be too expensive to maintain and will consequently consume all the profits. One of the fundamental aspects of a flex storage solution is easy assembly and disassembly. Such a system will ensure the safety of the employees and minimize damage to the sleeves as it will keep them from falling to the ground.

The flex storage should be designed in a way that allows easy expansion in case the business grows instantaneously. Use high-quality material that reflects craftsmanship and ensures durability in the construction of flexcart and flexstand, preferably steel.

Mobile Flex Storage Solutions

For easier cleaning and better access, you can utilize mobile solutions. It provides mobility when moving to the designated washing area as well as other places during cleaning, treatment, and drying. Rollers and guides can be installed on flexcarts to foster smooth, frictionless movement within the facility.

If you need access to an entire batch, you can reduce overhead by transferring carts to the work area. Keep in mind that flexcarts and flexstands cannot be stacked in the same way. There might be differences in the amount of space you need to stack the same quantity of sleeves and plates. The use of Flex storage solutions will enhance productivity in your business by simplifying the process of movement, cleaning, and storage of flexographic plates. Visit the Flex Essentials website to learn more, because they may be able to provide you with the information that you need.

Top New and Improved Features in Windows 10

Microsoft’s first entrance into a cross-compatible operating system designed for computers and tablets was a flop with Windows 8.1, but they certainly didn’t make the same mistakes with Windows 10 when it was first released in July of 2015. Frequent updates have improved functionality and added features, and the option for a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 for the first year, certainly helped their reputation and pleased consumers. Take a look at the top new features available in Windows 10 to maximize your computer or tablet’s functionality.

The Start Menu
One of the primary complaints from people with Windows 8 was the elimination of the Start menu. Microsoft listened and brought it back to Windows 10 with a newer, fresh look. The newly designed start menu includes a list of all your applications and programs, with the most used and recently added at the top. The right side includes tiles that were first introduced with Windows 8 that can be resized or removed if you prefer. You can also revert to a Windows 8 appearance by making the start menu full-screen. Users have the option to customize their experience however they want.

The Windows Store
As the popularity of Windows phones and tablets rises, more app developers are expanding beyond Android and iOS and introducing versions for Windows tablets and computers. Another improvement is that applications open in windowed mode, instead of full-screen, which previously took over anything else you might have been doing.

Cortana Assistant
The Cortana assistant, first introduced on Windows 8.1 phones, helps users search through their computer to find personal information, files, and online information. Voice commands allow you to search the Internet for virtually anything, and “she” is also capable of creating reminders, alarms and play music. Cortana’s capabilities will expand continuously with new updates.

Edge Browser
Internet explorer has a history of being slow and inefficient and Microsoft took the hint with their new Edge browser, built from the ground up. It offers extensions similar to other popular web browsers and allows users to use digital ink to make marks on sites and share them with other users.

Notifications and the Action Center
Notifications give users pop-ups along the right side of the screen. These range from updates available in Windows to game and app notifications. These notifications are archived so you don’t have to be sitting at your computer to get them. The action center also includes options to manage networks, switch to tablet mode and modify other computer settings.

Windows 10 is a fresh, versatile operating system with multiple new and improved features to appeal to a wide market of consumers.

3 Reasons You Should Not Make Your Own Mascot Costumes

Mascot customes may be used for a wide range of purposes, and you may need to make a costume for everything from a corporation you work for or an association you have a membership in to a school you attend and more. Some people can easily locate custom mascots that are ideal for their needs in a local costume shop, and this is particularly true if you have a common mascot, such as a cowboy or a horse. However, if you have more unique needs or you want to incorporate specific colors in your costume, you may need a customized solution. Some people will attempt to make their own mascot customes in an effort to save money, but there are three good reasons why you want to avoid doing this.

The Time and Effort Required

Many who want to make their own costumes for custom mascots often have some previous sewing skills, but you need a refresher in some areas of sewing if you have not done it in awhile. More than that, everything from designing the costume to picking out the materials and actually sewing the costume can take a considerable amount of time and effort. With your already busy life, you may have little time available to commit to sewing the costume within a reasonable time frame.

The Availability of Materials
Another important factor to consider when making mascot costumes is the availability of materials. Chances are that you need to use very specific types of fabric and colors of fabric to make your costume. After all, you want the costume to look perfect, and you also need it to be comfortable for the user to wear. Finding the perfect materials in local stores can be challenging, and it may require guesswork to order materials online.

Professional Custom Mascot Costumes Services Are Available

Perhaps one of the best reasons why you may not want to make a custom mascot costume on your own is because you simply do not have to. There are exceptional costume design and sewing services available that can easily take your idea of a costume and turn it into a reality. This is a faster, easier and more convenient way to get a professional-grade costume that fully meets all of your needs, and you simply have to take time today to find the right costume maker to work with.

If someone has recently suggested that you make a mascot costume for your school or organization, consider the benefits of suggesting professional services. While you may save money making the costume on your own, there are several more important reasons why professional services are a better option for you. You may want to visit Hogtown Mascots Inc. for more info and insights.

DIY COASTERS

Looking for the perfect DIY gift? Try these cute and easy to make DIY coasters!

If you’ve ever been on Pinterest you’ve no doubt seen pins on how to make your own coasters. So before (last) Christmas I decided to try and make my own and give them as gifts over the holidays. I headed over to Home Depot and bought 40 4×4 inch tiles (yes 40 – I may have gone a little overboard!)

What I used:

  • 4×4 inch tiles (they are super cheap at Home Depot and can be bought individually)
  • Scrapbooking paper (I bought mine at Michaels)
  • Modge Podge, matte
  • Foam brush
  • Acrylic sealer to make them waterproof, matte
  • Felt circles (used to put on the bottom of furniture to keep it from scratching the floor)

Instructions:
Day 1
Wipe down all tiles to ensure they’re nice and clean.

Cut out scrapbooking paper to 4×4 inch squares (or a 4 inch square if you have a Cricut).

Using the foam brush, spread a layer of Modge Podge on the tile and place a piece of scrapbooking paper on top.

Note: you only have a few seconds to adjust the paper on the tile – the Modge Podge bonds the paper to the tile pretty quickly.

Repeat for the rest of your tiles.

Using the foam brush, go over the top of each tile with the Modge Podge and cover evenly.

Let the tiles sit for a week. Yes, a whole week!

Day 8

In a well-ventilated area (I took mine outside), hold the spray about 6 inches away from the tiles and spray each tile thoroughly and evenly with the sealer.

Let tiles sit for a few days and spray with a second layer.

Let sit again for a few more days and spray a third layer (this really ensures they are waterproof).

Once dry add four small felt circles to the underside of each tile so they don’t scratch your table.

And there you go, your very own personalized, DIY coasters! (I even made Disney Princess ones for Paul’s young nieces!) Those who I gave them to as gifts absolutely loved them!

Have you ever made DIY coasters? I’d love to see YOUR projects – link up in the comments below!

* this post was previously posted on my old blog, my so-called {organized} life, but has been repurposed and remains the property of myself and Living YOUR Creative.

DIY BUSINESS CARD HOLDER

Organize your business cards with this colourful and cheap DIY Business Card Holder, inspired by I Heart Organizing!

Melyssa, who did an amazing job at designing my blog, has recently fully launched into her gig as a full-time graphic designer and blogger. So as a token of my appreciation for all of her hard work, I sent her a ‘small biz survival kit’, full of all things she’ll need as she starts off on this new journey of self-employment. Included in this kit was a DIY business card holder I made her so that she could organize all of her contacts – and I wanted to share that with you today!

What I used:

  • Small wooden box, from the dollar store
  • Purple paint
  • Washi tape
  • Sponge brush
  • White cardstock paper
  • Scrapbooking Paper, from Michaels
  • Alphabet stamp kit, from Michaels
  • Black ink
  • Scissors

The first step was to paint the box purple, both inside and out – it took a few coats. Then I started adding a few strips of washi tape for some pop – but I got a tad bit washi tape happy and ended up wrapping the entireoutside of the box in it. I kept the inside purple though!

Then I determined what kind of ‘categories’ I was going to include. Given that Melyssa has two businesses (soon to be THREE!), I split them up into the following categories: clients, sponsors, bloggers, potential clients, friends and miscellaneous. For the dividers I measured six pieces of white cardstock paper to fit the length (and height!) of the box, then layered different coloured scrapbooking paper over the cardstock, leaving a white strip at the top for labelling. Using my alphabet stamps and black ink, I labelled each divider, outlining each with the black ink.

Then, with my cheesy (yet adorable) sense of humor, I labelled the box ‘taking care of business’ …

… and if you didn’t quite get the ‘cheesy (yet adorable) sense of humour’ part – I then labelled the inside, ‘every day’. Still confused? This will help.

For those of you who continued to read this post after that embarrassing display of, well, me – thanks! Here’s what the dividers look like inside the box:

And there you have it folks, a DIY Business Card holder. Simple. Colourful. Corny.

 

DIY EARRING DISPLAY

Looking for a cheap and easy way to display your earrings? Create a DIY Earring Display for only $3.00!

I’d been looking for a quick way to display my earrings for a while when I came up with the idea for my own DIY earring display using only three cheap materials – all from the dollar store. Total cost? Around $3.00

What I used: 

  • 8×10 picture frame, glass removed
  • One placemat (perforated)
  • 1 sheet of foam
  • Removable mounting squares (that hold 1lb or more), for hanging
  • Instructions:

    First I popped the glass out of the frame and ripped the picture stand off of the back so that I would be able to hang it on the door in my linen closet. Then I trimmed a piece of foam padding to fit the size of the frame, doing the same with the placemat.

    I put the trimmed place mat into the (face down) frame, then added the trimmed foam on top. then I closed the frame up with the backing it came with. Using removable mounting squares, I hung it to the inside of my linen closet door (make sure they hold more than a pound for extra strength!)

    The earrings fit perfectly in the perforated placemat’s holes – and the foam sheet behind it adds extra hold for the earrings (they pierce right through the fabric). Voila – my own DIY earring display! Quick, simple, cheap – and a great way to display all of my earrings for easy access/outfit matching. I also added four bamboo hooks (also from the dollar store!) underneath the earring display to hang my necklaces and bracelets.

  • Have you made YOUR own DIY earring display? I’d love to see it! Link up in the comments below

    * this post was previously posted on my old blog, my so-called {organized} life, but has been repurposed and remains the property of myself and Living YOUR Creative.

DIY Newborn Scrapbook

Create your own DIY newborn scrapbook – the perfect keepsake for any new parents!

Look at that face – what a cutie! That’s Maxwell (love that name!) and he’s the adorable little in this scrapbook that I made for his parents, capturing the first few days of his precious life. I’ve always loved to scrapbook, that’s no secret. But scrapbooking with pictures of this little guy – melts my heart.

I LOVE making stuff for babies (okay, really for their parents) – and I really think this is a great gift – a keepsake to look back on their child’s first few days. I got the chipboard scrapbook at Michaels (it’s a small one) for only $1.50. I painted it in soft pastels and added different matching scrapbooking papers and embellishments.

His parents made this cute little announcement that I printed out and added to the book.

Well Maxwell, I must say, you made my job easy! The possibilities for this type of project are endless – and you will definitely see more of these types of project on this blog!

What are some of YOUR scrapbooks you’ve made for newborns/babies/kids (parents!)? I’d love to see them! Link up in the comments below!