Read on for your chance to win a fabulous Canon PIXMA printer.
When I was pregnant with AJ, and especially since she was born, Immy has asked A LOT of “When I was a baby” questions…
When I was in your tummy did you eat lots of french onion dip?
When I was a baby did I wear that? Play with that toy? Sleep in a crib? Go in that bath?
When I was a baby did you read that book to me?
I must admit to a mild dose of the guilts in response to these questions. Even though we answer honestly and talk about our memories of that time, I would love to also show her what life was like when she was a baby. After all, being a first born in this age of digital technology we have a million and one photos of Immy as a baby. In fact, pretty much every smile, gurgle and dribble was captured for prosperity! And for the first few months of her life I was even organised enough to jump online to have the best photos printed. I had grand plans to collate the photos with witty anecdotes of our lives together into a beautifully decorated scrapbook.
The reality ~ those photos were all still sitting in their packets in a box… in one of our storage cupboards, somewhere. Oops!
Fortunately, having a second baby (and all those questions) has been the impetus to spur me back into action, albeit a more practical, time conscious one. I asked for a Project Life binder, pages and journal cards for my birthday as it seemed a simple system that wouldn’t take as much time to organise or complete, thanks to pre-printed journalling cards, no sticking involved and decoration purely optional. My plan is to gather our family photos into one place with (short) lovingly crafted observations of everyday family life, or at least the details of who, what, when, where and why!
And the kick up the butt to finally get me started was the opportunity to review the Canon PIXMA MG6250 printer and a selection of Canon photo printing papers.
One of my first thoughts was to print the photos from my recent pregnancy journal. I used Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II and am really pleased with the results.
In fact, after also testing the Matte Photo Paper and the Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, the high gloss is definitely my favourite – providing the best result for home photo printing on the PIXMA. I have tested printing from my laptop and directly from a memory card and both were super easy thanks to the PIXMA’s large instruction screen and easy touch, intelligent controls. But the PIXMA MG6250 doesn’t just print, it also includes an A4 sized scanner and copier.
Immy loves looking through the photos that I have added to the binder so far (and yes, I found the box of photos and have started showing her those from when she was a baby) and it has lead to lots of great conversations about our shared memories of recent events. I am really enjoying the process of putting the album together, it’s become a bit of a creative outlet for me. The simplicity of the Project Life binder and materials, and having the printer right there, makes it a great crafty project that I can come back to even if I have just five or ten minutes available.
Canon are on a mission to inspire parents to get crafty with their kids with the PIXMA Printables site. It’s jam packed full of easy to print games, models, activity sheets, recipes, charts and photo templates that kids will love.
CANON PIXMA PRINTER GIVEAWAY
I have one Canon PIXMA printer (model: MG6250) to giveaway to a lucky Childhood 101 reader. To enter (Australian residents only) visit PIXMA Printables and leave a comment on this post telling me which project you would like to create with your child/ren and why. Entries close 8PM AEST, Tuesday 11th September 2012.
The fine print:
1. The competition begins at 8AM AEST, 29th August 2012 and ends at 8PM AEST, 11th September 2012.
2. There is one Canon PIXMA printer (model: MG6250) to be won.
3. Entry is limited to residents with an Australian delivery address.
4. Entry is limited to one comment per household/IP address. Please register a routinely checked email address in the email field of your entry.
5. The winners will be notified via email within 7 days of the competition closing.
6. Should the winner fail to make contact via return email within 72 hours of notification a new winner may be selected.
7. The winner’s contact details will be passed onto Social@Ogilvy and the prize organised directly by them.
A Canon PIXMA MG6250 printer and selection of photo printing papers were sent to me for editorial consideration. Read more in my disclosure statement.