Friday, July 22, 2011
how red river paper saved my father’s day.
it’s father’s day.
you have planned the perfect gifts, purchased the necessary items to make those gifts awesome, including printing off the perfect photos of your three darling girls.
you printed them off days in advance so you wouldn’t have to go to costco the saturday before (when it is a total madhouse there) no doubt dragging those three (not so happy girls now, because you are going to costco on a madhouse, day-before-fathers-day trip). instead you went days before and picked them up. now all of the makings for your perfect gifts lay, waiting for you to assemble them.
but that week before proves to be way too busy and the event of assembling these sure to be awesome gifts is left to the morning of.
the assembling looks more like a mad scramble to get it done before the three, now bed-headed girls wake up, so they can give the gifts to the dude who fathered them (and still fathers them).
as you get out the ikea frames, with those three perfect spots in the mat (perfect for those three perfect little girls) you notice, that is a 5x7 opening in that mat.
not a 4x6.
did you really print off 4x6 photos?
(right about here, it should be state that i am a silly, measure once, cut twice kind of gal. no, i haven’t learned my lesson, yet.)
you mean, you didn’t double check before uploading and ordering all those photos?!
and then you cry a little.
(maybe even say a few naughty words under your breath.)
(then you repent because that isn’t becoming of a lady.. and it’s sunday..)
your mind starts to run (cause that’s what the mind of a woman does when it encounters a problem) and the possible solutions to fix this problem start coming.
- mounting photos on a different paper to add interest?
- cutting a new mat, with the matting I don’t have and what, my laser glare?
- printing off new photos… um, it’s sunday. you aren’t ready (don’t look the least bit attractive), and hello! it’s sunday…
- maybe i could print off new photos on that awesome presentation paper.. why use awesome presentation paper when YOU HAVE THAT ASWESOME (and free!!) PHOTO PAPER FROM RED RIVER PAPER?!? (!!!)
yeah. remember that? it was sent to you to try out and review?
that red river paper is looking more awesome than the awesome presentation paper, isn’t it.
well, it is more awesome.
up the stairs you go, RUNNING. to your trusty printer and that awesomely free photo paper.
you print off all of your pictures (5x7 this time) with ease onto gorgeous photo paper.
as you compare them to the costco prints, these are so much more awesome.. sheesh, and all i have is an hp printer, nothing too fantastic.
(not that i have anything against costco, they are great, fantastic, awesome even.. i also love the word awesome, apparently.)
the color came out more true to what i saw on my monitor. (the costco prints were darker.) now, i know that i can go out and spend a pretty penny and get a fancy-schmancy monitor calibrating program doohickey, but let’s be realistic. food is funner.
they are also a nice, matte finish. (another mistake i made in the online ordering process, i failed to check the proper box for my desired finish.)
they are also so very incredibly helpful as to giving you tips for your specific printer and purpose.
i used the arctic polar luster, arctic polar satin, and the polar matte. they were gorgeous on their own, but with my little girls’ faces on them, that much better.
point of this story:
red river paper saved my father’s day from being reduced to a bunch of empty picture frames, and promises of pictures, or those darling pictures being printed off on awesome (but sub-par) presentation paper.
basically saved me from being reduced to a pile of pitiful woman mess because this silly girl who happens to measure once but always cuts twice (did I mention that before?), did almost that and tried to remember what size those mat openings were once, and print twice.
*in all seriousness, this paper is incredible!! i am not being paid to say this, but i was given some awesome paper to try out and then give my honest opinion in exchange for said paper.**
*that is all.**
oh, and another link to their site.