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Can(on) I Get a What What?

By Monica Bielanko |

My new coffee table photo album is amazeballs!

Last week when Babble asked if I would like to try out a Canon PIXMA printer I was all, uh DUH.

Here’s the part where I admit I don’t have a printer. I’ve never really needed one. Up until February, I worked in a news station that had a million of them sitting around. If I needed anything printed, I did it in a few seconds at work. Then I quit the news biz to freelance write, but what with the big cross-country move I never got around to buying a printer.

There are about five things on my to-do list that involve printing out various documents and taking them to extremely boring places to do adult like things including registering vehicles, opening a P.O. box and BLAH BLAH BLAH. I’ve been meaning to go to a library or a Kinkos or some place that would offer me printing abilities but, well, you know how that goes. When you’re on your way home from a horrific grocery store trip during which one or both children crapped their pants and knocked stuff off shelves and broke a baby food jar which you may or may not have shoved under a shelf with your shoe, the last thing you want to do is swing by the library from some quality printing time, ya dig?

What I’m saying is, do I want a printer? OF COURSE I WANT A PRINTER. Here’s the thing… I didn’t receive my printer until 3p.m. this afternoon. Probably because I live clear out here in the country or something…  I dunno.  But my point is, the deadline for this post was end of day today, which is generally around 5p.m. So I was fuh-REAKING. I have, what? Two hours to set up a printer, figure out how to use it AND do some sort of project showcasing my new printing from home capabilities? I actually considered printing off my P.O. box receipt and then telling you guys how awesome it was to be able to that from home. But, well, that’s weak, right?

So here is what I did instead:

I told you last week about how I’ve always wanted to do something with the millionty-five photos in my computer. Like, maybe a cool photo album sitting on my coffee table.  Remember?  (That’s the same post wherein I offer you a beautifully framed portrait of your child if you leave a comment about the funniest, most bizarre thing they’ve ever said to you so go leave a comment and maybe you’ll win a free framed photo of your child sent right to your home!)  So, with the clock ticking, deadline looming, I set up my printer (so easy!) and high-tailed it to Walmart to purchase some photo paper (8X10 glossy) a photo album and a glue stick.

I came home, printed off some of my favorite photos of my family and WAM, BAM, THANK YOU MA’AM — in two hours I have a beautiful coffee table photo album that I can continue to add to at my leisure because I have an awesome printer right here in my house.  Sure this is sponsored by Canon, but I don’t have to be so euphoric about this bad boy, do I?  I love it.  I want to name it.  All I do is click an icon on my desk top that says “Print Photos” upload the photo or photos, click the layout in which I’d like them to print and I have a glossy photo in my hand in seconds.

Take a gander at my snazzy new coffee table photo album:

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$10 from Walmart, y'all. It already has the plastic inserts.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post if you want me to send a beautifully framed photo of your child right to your home.  Keep it yourself or cross grandma off your list and give it her for Christmas!

Many thanks to Canon for sponsoring this post and for providing me with a brand new shiny PIXMA printer to play with.

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About Monica Bielanko

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Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “Can(on) I Get a What What?

  1. mbmom7 says:

    You take some lovely photos – the one of your valley is just gorgeous. ( The kids are too!) Enjoy your printer!

  2. Margot says:

    I find this really phony, and that is my problem with all these ‘spontaneous mommy blogs’. When you do it for the money it becomes a little labored and boring. Clever niche market, paid bloggers who pose as your friend.

  3. MonicaBielanko says:

    @Margot – I didn’t mean to “pose as your friend” because you’re rude and I don’t want to be friends with you. If I didn’t like the printer I wouldn’t rave about it like I did and I’d tell you what annoyed me about it. Canon didn’t tell me what to write. As for this post, I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time (make a photo album) and this printer made it really easy to do that. Think this post is boring? Move on.

  4. MarilynR says:

    I think the problem is that this post comes right after your Pillsbury sponsored one. The problem is with the editors at Babble for not spacing out the sponsored blogs.

  5. anajo says:

    oh i wanna canon printer too:) lucky you, now i need to kick myself and make some nice family album, i haven’t printed my photos for ages, it’s so good you”ve been around :)

  6. Mandy says:

    I love how good the quality of the photo’s look. How much does this printer run for? – Also, props on your and Serge’s baby makin’ skills, they sure are adorable!

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