impressed

i am not really a tech-junkie…
i usually like whatever works… for as long as it works for me, then i have to be forced to learn something new. for example… my husband was trying to convince me to switch to a mac about 4 years ago…but i was reluctant. i liked my computer, and i had all my stuff stored on it etc… and i can’t remember where i had to go, but i was gone for the whole day… i came home to a new MAC and no PC anywhere… it was a sink or swim situation! now of course, i can’t imagine not having switched… but it took drastic measures. so usually, i am just happy with what i have… i make due… i don’t like to have to learn stuff… heaven forbid me have to READ an instruction book. that really kills me. so what i am telling you is that it’s a miracle i am as connected as i really am… all probaby thanks to my tech-junkie hubby.
well, why am i telling you all this?
because again, i had to be forced to make a change- or try something new, cause i didn’t want to have to figure it out… but i got a big fancy photo printer about 4 years ago… and i guess it never worked right… so i have never been the slightest bit interested in getting a nice printer- as a result… i never use enlarged photos… cause that involves planning and a trip to wal-mart… which i try to avoid…
i have a little mini-photo printer that i have enjoyed, and use to print 4×6 photos and smaller… and it’s fine. well, i THOUGHT it was fine until last week.
what happened last week?
i had been talking to Shirley at EPSON… if you have been to a CKU you know Shirley! and telling her that i can’t get excited about a fancy printer etc… and well… i ended up with a R1800 to try out.
it arrived… in a really big box, and i was scared to death… and it sat there, in the corner of my studio unopened for like 2 weeks i bet.
then… one of those moments of desperation arrived! the night before mother’s day and no time to get the family photo printed at the one hour deal. i went to target to get a frame, and eric busted the printer out. by the time i got home, he had it all figured out and who-knows-what….but i have a mac, so i am sure that it just automatically had the right drivers etc… cause mac’s are good like that! and i came home to a serioulsy STUNNING print out of my familiy photo.
we were AMAZED.
i am sorry… but i can’t believe how much i love the printer.
i keep playing with it… and i can’t get over how beautiful the prints come out. WAAAAAAY better than anything i would get from wal-mart… i would venture to say… it’s not even about convienance, which is certainly a factor… but it’s more about quality. i am overjoyed.
overjoyed enough to dedicate the two-and-a-half feet that the printer requires of my work space.

so…here is my thought.
maybe your husbands need one for father’s day?????

i guess you will start to see elargements on my projects.
and i think it’s totally re-newing my enthusiasm in photography… i have needed a little motivation to work a little harder. i want to create a photo collage wall in my family room… anyway.. i wanted to pass the info on… so fabulous.
i am SO impressed. i totally sound like an infomercial.
sorry about that… but it’s totally legit.

we did a mini-class and demo at Analis Scraptique in Chandler today. i spotted an R1800 there in her studio… she knows what’s up! i had a great time visiting with everyone there today! Susie had given her customers little wooden letters that spelled “she” and everyone decorated them and they were all hanging from the ceiling. it was so cool! such a cute store… PACKED with stuff. thanks for having us! thanks jana and kristen… and susie, sara and gail… good times!

well, happy memorial day!
my son told me that he is remembering soliders all weekend.. i really appreciated that reminder. we are celebrating in tucson as eric will particpate in another tri.
have a happy and safe holiday!

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  1. melissa 28 May, 2006 at 2:00 am - Reply

    thanks so much for coming down to Annalis Heidi, it was so nice meeting you. 🙂
    and hope your enjoying the cookies 😉

  2. Adrienne 28 May, 2006 at 6:37 am - Reply

    OK, so I don’t think I have EVER commented on your blog, BUT, I have the R1800 and it is FANTASTIC! This is my BEST investment next to my 20D. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE did I say, LOVE my printer? You will love it. If you like a glossy print, I use Ilford Smooth Gloss Paper, and if you want a print that looks ALMOST like what you would get from walmart….try Epson Luster Paper. Its BEAUTIFUL!!! OK….enjoy your printer! LOL

  3. Cricket 28 May, 2006 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Congrats on your new printer! I have the R1800 and LOVE it!! It is the best investment I’ve ever made, pictures (as you know) are beautiful!! Have fun playing with your new toy!!
    Smiles,
    Cricket 🙂

  4. AshleyS 28 May, 2006 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Congrats on the new printer–I have the R1800 also and I would literally be lost without it!!

  5. vicki 28 May, 2006 at 10:20 am - Reply

    i am glad you posted about your computer. my neighbor has a mac and loves it. she is a graphic designer. she is always telling me that i need to go over to the wild side. then i read how much you like yours. i am going to have to investigate. i have an epson small printer and love it. i really do need a larger printer. i to, stray from larger photos. good to hear good things about your new printer. does this mean we will see more of your layouts with larger photos? LOL

  6. diane pool 28 May, 2006 at 10:37 am - Reply

    I have that printer, too, and love it! But it does take up a lot of space!!! What’s your favorite paper to use in it? And when are you coming to Oklahoma?!!! Would love to take a class from you..for now I’ll just enjoy your blog.

  7. Terri Porter 28 May, 2006 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Wow, you sound just like me. I thought it was age, but guess it’s just personality type. I HATE to try something new, the whole learning curve thing. When I bought a new digital camera and had to learn all the software, etc., I wondered if it was worth it. IT WAS!! When I saw this printer demonstrated, I knew I HAD to have it. I asked for it for a Christmas, birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day present and my wonderful husband was glad to have all those gifts done in one fell swoop, and I have been LOVING it ever since. It’s is so liberating to be in the middle of a layout late at night and all of a sudden need an enlargement or even some smaller than 4×6 prints and all I have to do is print them out — no waiting. I’m not big on that, so it’s wonderful to be able to just print out whatever I need. As far as quality, I can’t find a photo processor that can give me the vivid color and white whites that I get with my Epson. It’s a little more expensive, I’ve found out, than having them done professionally, but well worth it. The paper I have found that really works well if you like a matte finish is International Paper Jet Print Photo Portrait Studio Satin Photo Paper. They have a comparable gloss paper, if you prefer that. It’s available at Wal-Mart and a lot less expensive than the comparable Epson paper, which can be hard to find. Also, another great thing about Epson printers is that they will accept very small pieces of paper to print on. I print on full 8-1/2 x 11 sheets and save the scraps. Then when I want a smaller size print, I print on the scraps. Whew, a lot of info I know, but thought it might help. As far as the Mac is concerned, I’ve been a Mac girl from day one and except for a couple of things, I like it a lot more than a PC. I have a PC laptop in case there’s ever a time that I need one, but it doesn’t happen very often. Congratulations on conquering the new technology. If you ever have any questions, feel free to e-mail me and I’ll see if I can help. Terri Porter

  8. Sara 28 May, 2006 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I had so much fun yesterday, thank you for coming! I loved the projects and you are so much fun to chat with. I am seriously thinking of getting that printer now. I hadn’t tried to print photos with it before!

  9. LenaS 28 May, 2006 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I also assign everything geeky to my husband–thank goodness for Engineers! I’ve been searching/wanting a larger printer for a while…does this one scan and copy also? That’s what I want 3-in-1. I’m off to do a google search. Have a great day. Good Luck to your husband in the tri.

  10. Tracey 28 May, 2006 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I so want that printer!! I go on and off wanting the larger format printer. I, too, have the 4×6 that I adore. I want bigger, though. I’m jealous!!
    OH!! I am also L O V I N G your acrylic word stamps!!! Used one of the 3 I just bought on a little BOM layout last night, and I’m in love. The lo’s on my blog. Make more words, will ya? 🙂

  11. Christiane Wilson-Grove 28 May, 2006 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    You may already know about it, but if you’re interested, there is a yahoo group just devoted to the Epson R1800 if you want to see what others are doing with it or if you encounter any questions. Enjoy your printer! I’m jealous!
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Epson-R1800/

  12. Nita 28 May, 2006 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Oh, too funny! I just spent the day installing a new photo printer, and FINALLY, my hubby has it working (I can’t figure out all this networking stuff ~ it’s the new HP 3300 ~ wireless to boot ~ great because I’ve run out of space on my desk.) No offense to Epson, had one previously (less than a year ago), and I did not like the prints. But I will take your word for it (and all the others). Sounds like a great printer, BUT I HAD TO HAVE A WIRELESS PHOTO PRINTER! I swear, I have so much computer equipment on my computer desk, I have no where to scrapbook. So, it was actually nice to have a printer that sits at my scrapbook desk (I admit to having a fetish with tables ~ the only conclusion I can come up with is the fact that it’s more space I can clutter up!!) Technology can be overwhelming, but ya gotta love it!! Hope you have fun, girl! I know I have SO many projects I’m gonna do now; I just don’t know where to begin :)!!

  13. Damon Crawley 28 May, 2006 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I have an R1800 and love it!!! My wife was getting ready to go to a crop and forgot to order prints. So for this many prints (90 to be exact) I would normally order from MPIX (www.mpix.com – totally awsome place). But like I said, she forgot so I printed them for a crop the next day. I loaded as many sheets of Premium Glossy Photo Paper as I could and let it rip. About an hour later I had 90 prints on my desk (printer was set to Photo, not Best Photo; I cannot tell a difference between the two visually). How great was that?

  14. Bek ~Aussie Gal~ 28 May, 2006 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Heidi… as happy as I am for you about your new printer. REALLY I AM ! Congratulations. I gotta say -I am also kinda sad- See I have a Epson R2400… and it is NOT working so fabulously. NOT at all!!! So your post just confirms (the obvious) that its ME, not the printer that is the problem. Oh no. I guess I will call in the printer techo guys to take a look at it for me. But maybe I will get a Mac first…. and that will be a few months away and in the meantime my poor little R2400 is just sitting there all lonely and neglected… because I too am a bit of a techno numpty. Sad for a technical writer. SO SAD. I just dont have the time to trouble shoot the problem…whatever it may be. Got me stumped.
    Enjoy your new toy and have so much fun.
    Bx

  15. Valerie 29 May, 2006 at 7:28 am - Reply

    so there with you! i have a digital camera that i got for my b/day two years ago. i JUST NOW started reading the manual. i HATE reading ANY kind of manuals and would love it if i could just absorb the info on any product i buy, without having to get into a manual!
    have a wonderful Memorial Day!

  16. Melissa Cavanaugh 29 May, 2006 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Heidi
    Welcome to the superior operating system. Although we do have PC’s at our house, I have been faithful to my mac…just upgraded the Operating System last weekend, and this weekend buying my son an ibook. I am looking for a large format printer — I will check out the epson. I tend to send my digital files to Mpix for printing (love, love, love their prints, I ask for an assortment of sizes.) Have a great weekend in Tucson (check out the airforce bone yard down there — unbelieveable). See you soon. Meissa Cavanaugh

  17. Melissa Cavanaugh 29 May, 2006 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Heidi
    Welcome to the superior operating system. Although we do have PC’s at our house, I have been faithful to my mac…just upgraded the Operating System last weekend, and this weekend buying my son an ibook. I am looking for a large format printer — I will check out the epson. I tend to send my digital files to Mpix for printing (love, love, love their prints, I ask for an assortment of sizes.) Have a great weekend in Tucson (check out the airforce bone yard down there — unbelieveable). See you soon. Melissa Cavanaugh

  18. Shanna 29 May, 2006 at 9:40 am - Reply

    ooooooooooooooh…..tempting.

  19. Lyn 29 May, 2006 at 10:15 am - Reply

    You’ll never go back to a small printer! … I got my HP Photosmart 8750 for my “Birthday Present” (which I ordered myself) in January. I’ve printed off hundreds of photos .. and I love being able to crop and print at home! Sometimes you just gotta upgrade! LOL!
    Well .. the weather today in Tucson is NICE! .. So I hope you enjoyed it (or are enjoying it!)

  20. Erica 29 May, 2006 at 10:40 am - Reply

    We’ll be moving into our new house in a few weeks, with it comes a new comp and printer. I NEVER read manual, I troubleshoot, play and if I can’t make it work..it goes undone LOL!

  21. Ann 29 May, 2006 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I can’t talk the new epson printer talk but I do walk the iMac walk. Wouldn’t trade my Mac for all the free PCs at Future Shop. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Of course if I had handwriting like yours, I wouldn’t need the fancy Quark or InDesign programs and 1000 (yes 1000) fonts.

  22. deb munn 29 May, 2006 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Great info on the printer… I’ve been using a small 4×6 since CKU bosotn in 2004 and I do love it 🙂
    Hope you and the family had a great holiday!
    ~deb~

  23. Lori Simpson 30 May, 2006 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Heidi…We have the same printer in our studio at my store..Cut’n Paste in Boise. We just got it a couple of weeks ago & the customers are flipping out!! I am EXACTLY like you and Bryan is EXACTLY like Eric..we have discussed this at shows, you & I…anyway, we got it because of him! Thank goodness for tech husbands…hehe And BTW, here’s to sinkin’ or swimmin’!!

  24. Amber C 30 May, 2006 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Sooooo how did your dh do? The weather was just perfect! You picked a good day to come!
    Enjoy your new printer 🙂 We have to get a new printer/scanner/copier since our scanner just died. Hopefully I’ll get to play with a new one tomorrow after work!

  25. Lisa Russo 31 May, 2006 at 7:17 am - Reply

    I, too, am in love with my Epson R1800. Were I not already hitched, I think I might marry it. 😉 If you don’t have the Epson Luster, get some. Print Best Photo quality with that gloss optimizer. Come to think of it, were I not already hitched, I might marry my gloss optimizer.

  26. joanna 31 May, 2006 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Whohooooo for enlargements! and Macs! And R1800s…I’ve been desiring one of those since I saw them at CHA Atlanta but I’m waiting for my 1280 to die a slow death, first, and THEN I’ll spring for the R1800.

  27. Rhonda Hesse 31 May, 2006 at 9:28 am - Reply

    I have the R1800 @ work and loved it soooo much that I have one @ home as well. Don’t forget…you can print borderless 12 x 12 scrapbook pages on that printer along with a ton of other cool things. IT’s FABULOUS!!!

  28. Maureen 1 June, 2006 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Well this sounds familiar…I too am blown away by my new Epson printer I got for Christmas. I can’t imagine scrapbooking without it. Amazing photo printing of really large pictures – and this from a (once) die-hard HP fan.

  29. Deena 1 June, 2006 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I have an R1800 and I love it!!!! (though I paid over $500 for mine!)

  30. Addi Lillywhite 2 June, 2006 at 7:37 am - Reply

    I just received an Olympus E-Volt 500 (which I love) and the Epson R1800. I have been using my photosmart for my 4×6 and 5×7 prints. I am embarrassingly bad at anything technological, and I was wondering if you guys (who know more about this enormous printer than I do) use the R1800 for smaller prints or if it is really better for just enlargements. I would appreciate any insight. It stinks to have this great equipment right at your fingertips… and not really know what to do with it.

  31. Julia 2 June, 2006 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    I cannot believe that your children are out of school for summer!!!! Here in the UK, our school summer starts on JULY 24th! They go back to school on 4th September. How do you working parents do it?!

  32. Lisa Cohen 5 June, 2006 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Honestly… I salivate over that printer. It’s on my wish list. I would love to get it for my DH for Father’s Day but he would see right through that… it’d be like him getting me some stuff from Victoria’s Secret for Mother’s Day. I told him I’d kill him if he ever did that. LOL!

  33. Cindy 6 June, 2006 at 5:13 am - Reply

    Congrats on the new printer Heidi! Have no fear of its ability to produce what you want. Last year i took the huge plunge and ordered the R1800 and a Canon 20D. The only thing i have any issues with is where to find the ink. Of course i am in Memphis, and well, i’m sure that is why! However to help the combo of two i just got Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. That program in its self is amazing! In the end I don’t regret my purchases… I only wish i had an unlimited ink supply… =) TTFN, Cindy

  34. Glenda Kanoudi 6 June, 2006 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    OK, my 1st comment here too. I must confess that I worship my Epson R1800. I first saw it almost 2 yrs. ago at Scrapbook Expo in Epson classes & it wasn’t available to public yet. I tortured my regular tech weenie helpers at CompUSA for over 6 months until it was finally released to the public & was the first customer at their location to get my hands on it (and I think the first one in the O.C. Orange County,CA!). Haven’t stopped the worship yet! The love affair just continues to grow with time. It lays out absolutely the most BEAUTIFUL colors with marvelous gloss finish.
    FYI – newbie R1800 users, I’ve found over time & much experimentation that you will get the best, most consistent & most beautiful results using the EPSON photo paper! For 4×6 size, I only use EPSON Borderless 4×6 Premium Glossy Photo Paper (has a little boy on the front). For 5×7: EPSON 5×7 Borderless Glossy Photo Paper. For 8×10: Epson Borderless 8×10 Premium Glossy Photo Paper, etc… For that “extra” punch, use their Luster paper-really deep, rich colors!
    AND WHATEVER you do, DO NOT try to go cheap & have your ink cartridges “refilled” somewhere. Go out & spend the money (after all would you put sludge oil in a Mercedes?)& only use the exact ink cartridges that belong with your R1800 (sometimes on the box it will only say R800 if the cartridges were manufactured B-4 the R1800 came out-but they’re the same cartridge!) As long as it has the “conch/snail” shell on the package! I tell you this because a lady I met this year at at a crop had gone out & tried to have her ink cartridges “refilled” instead of buying new & guess what? They leaked all over inside & destroyed her beloved R1800 & of course, no warranty would cover her because this is against what Epson warranty will cover. She was heartbroken & now is hoping to get another one – NEXT Christmas!! Yikes-the withdrawal would kill me!
    Sorry to be so long-winded, but this printer is just so, so fab, I want all of you to take full advantage of it & to take good care of it. (And in case you’re wondering, I do NOT work for nor am I affiliated in any way with Epson!)
    The only drawback to this printer is it has a huge footprint, (it’s about 2 ft. across, a bit over 1 ft. tall using the regular paper sheet feeder & about 1 ft. deep!) so if you have limited space, plan it out first to make sure you can make it fit. But when you do, just remember that you can print out gorgeous, double-sided, borderless 12 x 12 size scrapbook pages (of course, using the Epson Scrapbook Paper!)at 2 A.M. if the mood strikes you! You now have your very own photo lab at hand! And if you use Epson papers & inks that belong to this printer the longevity of the life of your prints is something outrageous like 100 to 200 years (as long as also shielded from UV light rays) per the Wilhelm (?sp) report on it.
    OK my sermon is over – Heidi, I know you & all the rest of you out there will love this printer like no other!!!
    Regards,
    Glenda from Huntington Beach,CA.
    P.S. Did you know it also directly prints onto your CD/DVD’s, using inkjet printable media (CD or DVD)so no more gummy CD labeling systems?!! Just an added extra.
    P.P.S. Did you know that you can also use a paper roll that allows you to (for example)print out a border long enough to fit around 4 walls in a room? Is this printer just too cool?!

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