Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Claudia Marie Lenart


At iPrintfromHome.com, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.
In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.

We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:


1. What do you do?

2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

Please read on to find out more about Claudia Marie Lenart.






Claudia Marie Lenart
Artist
Wauconda, IL

What do you do?

I am a fiber artist, children’s book illustrator and author. My book “Seasons of Joy: Every Day is for Outdoor Play,” Loving Healing Press, was illustrated with 12 wool paintings that depict the joy children experience playing outside through the seasons. I also illustrated three books for Jewel Kats, who was an advocate for children with disabilities. All of my books were illustrated with wool characters and wool scenes I created and then photographed.

How do you do it?
My illustrations are created with needle felting. Needle felting is a technique in which you use a barbed needle to repeatedly poke wool, which felts the fibers together. My wool paintings have a 3-d effect.

I start my wool paintings with a sheet of 100 percent wool fabric. I then add layers of wool and needle felt them into the canvas.


Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

Some years ago I created a wool painting for our local Waldorf school. It depicted children playing outside throughout the seasons. People really connected to the work and I sold several more re-creations to families across the world, as well as prints made by IPrintfromHome. I often hear from clients that the quality of the prints is so good and captures the 3-d wool. 

I have numerous versions of children playing throughout the seasons and I also have wool paintings that are reinterpretations of fairy tales. Offering prints through my Etsy shop allows more people to enjoy my creations and adds another dimension to my business.

I have been very happy with the quality of the prints and iPrintfromHome has a very quick turnaround. I can even take advantage of drop shipping directly to a client. 

Contact Information:



Claudia Marie Lenart

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Let us know what you think of iPrintfromHome


Most of the people who work with iPrintfromHome.com first heard about our services from a friend.  Your referrals and recommendations mean a lot to us.  By telling your friends about iPrintfromHome.com, you help us focus on providing high quality printing services and excellent customer service instead of focusing on advertising.  We can't thank you enough for your support.  

Would you consider leaving us a review? You can find us on Yelp, Facebook, and Google.

Are you concerned about something? Please contact us directly to let us know so that we can help.  If you run into a problem, we hope you'll let us know and give us the opportunity to help make things right.

At iPrintfromHome.com, we aim to offer a service that delights you and that never takes you for granted

As always, thank you for your continued support of iPrintfromHome.com!

Thanks,
the iPrintfromHome.com team

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Preserving Images for Future Generations

Post Author:
Sara Campos Saak

Working at iPrintfromHome.com, you would think I print my images regularly. The truth is that I do, but not as much as I should.

Back in 2012, I attended a presentation by Joe LaBarca, president of Pixel Preservation International, a group that recommends printing digital images as the most effective way of preserving images for future generations.

Walking into the presentation, I wasn't expecting to hear anything earth shattering, or even expecting any bit of news that would alter my habits. I mean, I know prints are great - I run a printing company with my Dad; clearly, I know the benefits. I didn't think I needed any further convincing. To my surprise, I found myself sitting there thinking, "Man, this guy is right. I have to start printing more."

The idea he presented was so simple and so obvious that it immediately struck a chord. The best ideas always seem to fit this description: simple and obvious.

The most important set of images in my life at the time were my wedding pictures (click here to read about my new favorite set of images). I got married in August 2011. My photographer gave me a few discs containing approximately 1300 images. I immediately backed them up on my home computer and uploaded them to iPrintfromHome.com. My photographer also gave me a wedding album, featuring about 100 of those images. Before hearing this presentation, I was pretty comfortable with the storage of my images, confident that I could access them when needed.

Then Joe started talking about floppy disks. I remember those. I bet you do too. It wasn't actually too long ago that I was using them actively, maybe in the last 15 years or so. If I found one of my old disks today, I wouldn't have any idea how to access the files stored within. If my future grandchildren found one, they likely wouldn't even recognize it.

As he was talking, I remembered a rumor I had heard indicating that Apple was going to start making computers without optical drives, which read CDs and DVDs. Turns out that's actually true, right now. If you buy a new MacBook Pro, you will not have an internal optical drive, meaning without the purchase of an external drive, you will have no way to read CDs and DVDs on your computer.

Enter Joe's first simple and obvious message: Technology is constantly changing. What is useful today will be obsolete tomorrow. Sometimes, tomorrow comes quicker than you think.

Suddenly, those discs of wedding pictures, my computer backup, and my upload to iPrintfromHome.com didn't feel as safe as I thought they were. Here's where I had that 'aha moment' I talked about earlier. To my surprise, I found myself sitting there thinking, "Man, this guy is right. I have to start printing more."

 I am in love with ALL of my wedding pictures, all 1300 of them. I want to preserve them, not only for my own enjoyment, but also to share with future generations of my family. We're all in those pictures. Me, my husband, our parents, our grandparents, great aunts and uncles, friends, neighbors. Those pictures mean the world to me. If I want them to be available in 20 years, I have got to save them in some other way.

Enter Joe's next simple and obvious message: Photographic Prints last a really long time (one hundred plus years) and they do not require the use of any technology but the human eye to be read. If you can see, and you're not in the dark, you'll be able to read a photographic print today, tomorrow and 100 years from now. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about CDs, DVDs, thumb drives, memory cards, etc.

If you have images that are important to you, that you want to have access to in years to come, you've got some decisions to make. (A) You can vow to stay up to date with current technologies, making sure to move your images from CDs to memory disks, to external hard drives, to clouds, to whatever is next. (B) You can print them using professional quality archival materials and then store them properly. (C) You can do both.

What images are most important to you? Where are they sitting right now? Will future generations have access to them? Will you be able to access them in 20 years?

I bet you already know where this is going...I went home and printed all my wedding pictures. I'll describe my process in a little more depth in the following paragraphs to help anyone interested in doing the same. Read on if you'd like to hear more about my decision making process and the resources I used.

The first decision I had to make was the size and the surface I would use for my prints. I knew I wanted to go with the Lustre Photographic Paper (less prone to finger prints than glossy), but I wasn't quite sure about the size.

My dad suggested 8x10s, but I didn't want such a huge stack of prints. I knew I wanted to print 4x6 or 5x7 and then store them in some sort of binder. All of my images were saved in proportion to 4x6, which means that I could print at that size without having to worry about any cropping. I ran 10 test images through iPrintfromHome.com, one set in 4x6 and one set in 5x7. When I ordered the 5x7s, I reviewed each image on the "View/Edit Order" screen to ensure that I was satisfied with the cropping.

I also ordered two packs of Archival Print Preservers from Print File (www.printfile.com) - one that held 4x6s and one that held 5x7s. I put my test prints in their respective Print Preservers to see which size I liked best. I ended up going with 5x7, because I liked the layout of the Print Preservers better and I wanted to have access to the bigger print size. This way, if I decide to scan any of the images later, I'll be working with a larger source image.

In addition to selling Print Preserver sheets, Print File also sells binders, albums, boxes, etc. I decided to go with an oversized, 2 1/2" D-ring binder...remember my goal is to effectively store and preserve my images, not necessarily to make something pretty. I already have my gorgeous 12x12 wedding album from my photographer. For this project, I'm not really worrying about pretty covers, designs, etc.

Once I knew the size, surface and storage method, I got to work ordering prints, sleeving them and tucking them away in my binders. Now, I am confident that I have backed up my images safely, the best way that I know how, and I'm not too worried about the future of DVDs or the lifespan of my home computer.

An unexpected bonus was the pleasure I had simply interacting with these images again. Because there were so many and they were all saved in digital form, I hadn't looked at them at all since we had first gotten them, other than the 100 or so that were printed in my album. Just as I pull my album off the shelf time and time again, I can see myself sitting down with a friend and paging through these binders. I'm looking forward to cherishing these images for years to come.



Photo Credits:
Wedding Photography by Dylan & Robyn Buyskes of OnionStudio.net
All other images by George Campos.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Erica Kilbourn


At iPrintfromHome.com, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.
In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.

We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:


1. What do you do?

2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

Please read on to find out more about Erica Kilbourn.




Erica Kilbourn
Artist
Hermitage, TN

What do you do?
I'm an artist from Tennessee that paints landscapes, fantasy scenes, florals, and many other nature or magical related things. I've been painting for ten years and I can't wait to see where the rest of my life takes me artistically. 


How do you do it?
I use oil and acrylic paint on canvases, panels, or paper. I scan smaller works that fit, and I photograph anything that is too large.

Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?
Their color calibration kit is such an awesome tool, I don't know of any other company that offers it. my works are very vivid and brightly colored, the saturations and hues are very difficult to reproduce even in the photographing or scanning process. Knowing that this company does the best it can, using the best materials, to get your image printed correctly is very reassuring. The prices are perfect, and the hospitality on the website alone is just such a great choice for any artist that is new to the printing process. 



Contact Information:


Erica Kilbourn

Monday, August 28, 2017

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Christopher Miller


At iPrintfromHome.com, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.
In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.

We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:


1. What do you do?

2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

Please read on to find out more about Christopher Miller.










Christopher Miller
Graphic Designer
Buffalo, NY

What do you do?

I am a graphic designer and photographer, largely within the music scene. I have designed posters and graphics for many bands but primarily for Twenty One Pilots categorized as "clique art". The "Clique Art" fan art movement has gotten pretty big over the years, and my photography and graphic work have gained acknowledgement within that community.

How do you do it?
Most of my graphic work starts off with a sketch or hand drawn text which i then bring into Illustrator and Photoshop to clean up and export a digital rendition. My photography is split between digital and film, both 35mm and medium format. I develop my own film and scan it in myself as well! 


Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?
I began using iPrintfromHome from a recommendation from a friend as the need for prints from my social media following started to increase. I realized that some of these graphics and stills in my portfolio had heavy interest as a sold product, and iPrintfromHome has made it incredibly easy for me to fulfill these orders while offering high end print quality with a variety of paper options.












Contact Information:


Christopher Miller





Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Mary Lou Frost


At iPrintfromHome.com, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.
In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.

We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:


1. What do you do?

2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

Please read on to find out more about Mary Lou Frost.



Mary Lou Frost
Photographer
Buffalo, NY

What do you do?
I am a retired public school music teacher who is following a second career in digital photography. At 84, I am still an active scuba diver with a long time fascination with underwater photography. I am also active, and a past president, in the Buffalo Science Museum Camera Club. I teach digital photography classes locally and in the mountains of Colorado under the auspices of the Mountains and Plains Institute and Road Scholar.

How do you do it?
By remaining physically active, with a positive attitude toward the lifetime potential of people to interact with the community and their personal talents, I continue to find new ways to continue learning








Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?
I started to use iPrintfromHome when I discovered that I couldn't get consistently high quality printing of my images from home. I have continued to use and recommend iPrintfromHome to my students because of the consistently high quality product that I can depend upon. All of my efforts as a photographer to achieve quality are very dependent on the consistent quality of the prints I can make.

Contact Information:



Mary Lou Frost
Buffalo, NY
mlfrost@verizon.net





Monday, June 5, 2017

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Brigid Smith


At iPrintfromHome.com, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.
In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.

We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:


1. What do you do?

2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

Please read on to find out more about Brigid Smith.



Brigid Smith
Digital Artist
Seattle, WA

What do you do?
I do digital paintings and illustrations of colorful and fantastic people, places, and things.

How do you do it?
I use a graphics tablet that I have had for literally 12 years (bought it with the allowance I scrimped and saved in 7th grade) and Gimp, which is a free and open-source alternative to PhotoShop. Recently, I've also been trying to experiment with other mediums like ink and watercolor, but digital will always likely be my favorite.  






Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?
Now that I'm out of college and into the "real world", I'm nursing the dream of quitting my day job someday to become an artist. Since I do mostly digital, I need a place to get prints made, and iPrintfromHome.com has consistently offered me the best prices and nearly the fastest service of all the printers I've tried.



Contact Information:




Brigid Smith
Seattle, WA
brigid.us












Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pickup at iPrintfromHome.com - New Store Hours


Starting Monday, June 5th, we will be open for pickup during the following hours:

iPrintfromHome.com
2630 Elmwood Ave. Suite #2
Kenmore, NY 14217
Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday: 8am-Noon

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

PSCK 2017 - Final 8


With your help, we've selected the final 8 images to be featured in the 2017 edition of our Paper Sampler and Calibration Kit. Scroll down to review the final 8 images.

We're really excited about this project and can't thank you enough for all of your help. We want to extend a very special "THANK YOU!!!" to all of the Ambassadors who submitted images and to each of you that voted.

This contest was open by invitation only to our iPrintfromHome.com Ambassadors. To find out more about the program and how you can get involved, go to: iPrintfromHome.com/Ambassador

As always, thank you for your support of iPrintfromHome.com!!!

Thanks,
the iPrintfromHome.com team





"Swinging Poppies"
by Alexis Bonavitacola



“Downtown Spin”
by Ricky Ward



"untitled"
by Mandy Pearce



“Star Girl”
by Richard J. Ricci



"Watkins Glen Triple Cascade"
by David W. Fehrman



"Wish I May"
by Laura "Pelick" Siadak




"Lady of May"
by Angela R. Sasser




"Baby Giraffe"
by Nutty Nuchtchas

Thursday, May 25, 2017

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Andrea Doss


At iPrintfromHome.com, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.
In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.

We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:


1. What do you do?

2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

Please read on to find out more about Andrea Doss.



Andrea Doss
Artist
Paris, TX

What do you do?
 I am an artist who specializes in whimsical storybook style art. My work is inspired by the imaginations of my two little girls and everything I create has a story to go along with it. I sell my work worldwide, have been commissioned by several children's hospitals, designed art for a children's textile company, have had my work appear on television and movies, and illustrated children's books for a children's book publisher.


How do you do it?
I primarily work with acrylic paints, using both thick and thin strokes to build layers, texture, and details. I usually have a lot of assistance from my fuzzy gray cat, Poe. She's almost 20 years old and considers herself to be quite the art critic. 

Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

Before I found iPrintfromHome.com, I had many requests for prints of my work, but since I don't have a quality printer to work with and there are not a lot of printshop options where I live, creating prints was either difficult or very pricey.

Contact Information:


Andrea Doss
Paris, TX
www.andralynncreativedesigns.com









Friday, May 5, 2017

Paper Sampler and Calibration Kit 2017

At iPrintfromHome.com, we try to feature customer artwork and photography in our promotional materials and on the site as much as possible. Many of you use our services to order prints that you use for your own businesses, Etsy shops and art shows; therefore, our success is very much linked to yours. When we feature customer artwork, we not only get the chance to feature some very cool imagery, but we also get to help promote our customers.

As a special ‘Thank You’ to our iPrintfromHome.com Ambassadors for all the work they’ve done to help promote us, for this particular project, we’ve offered the spotlight exclusively to them. To find out more about our Ambassador Program and how you can get involved, go to iPrintfromHome.com/Ambassador.

We have narrowed the field down to 18 images. We need your help selecting the final 8. Voting will be open Wednesday, May 10th through 10am EST on Monday, May 29th.

To vote, please choose one of the following options:

A.Go to Facebook.com/iPrintfromHome. Please "Like" our page. Then review the images in the “2017 iPrintfromHome Paper Sampler and Calibration Kit Images” album and click on “Like” to vote for individual images.

OR

B.Go to iPrintfromHome.com/PSCK2017 and review the images. Then send us an e-mail with the names of the images you would like to vote for.

Thank you for your help with this project!

Thanks,
the iPrintfromHome.com team

Sunday, April 30, 2017

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Debra Keirce


At iPrintfromHome.com, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.
In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.

We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:


1. What do you do?

2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

Please read on to find out more about Debra Keirce.



Debra Keirce
Painter
Broadlands, VA

What do you do?
I am a contemporary realist painter. I paint what I fancy, mostly still life, in oils and acrylics. My goal is to create art that invites the viewer to look closer. I find that small art does this best, and I specialize in art from 2 inches to 2 feet tall.


How do you do it?
 I use a magnifying lens and sharp tools to finesse details out of tiny spaces as I paint. I enjoy demonstrating my miniature art painting techniques. 




Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

iPrintfromHome is not the first print company I have used, but it is consistently the one that produces the best images. I have not been disappointed by iPrintfromHome, and the quality of prints has been better than prints I have paid much more for. I am a loyal customer.



Contact Information:


Debra Keirce
Broadlands, VA
www.DebKArt.com



Monday, April 24, 2017

Mother's Day - You've already got the perfect gift.

Mother's Day is just about two weeks from today. Good thing you've already got the perfect gift.

You've spent a lot of time creating beautiful images. You've poured your heart and soul into your work. This year, when you're thinking about what you can give to the woman who gave you everything, consider giving her a little bit of yourself. Nothing could be better.

With our drop shipping option, we can help you send a print directly to your mom.  We'd be happy to include a note for you too.  All that we ask you to do is send us an e-mail requesting that we do so immediately after placing the order.  To find out more about drop shipping, please click here.

If you have any questions, please click here to contact us.

Thanks,
the iPrintfromHome.com team