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What is your favorite piece of art and what does it mean to you?

12. September 2013 15:26 by Danielle in clickinks, contest  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

You may have seen the question "What is your favorite piece of art and what does it mean to you?" posed recently for the Clickinks Scholarship Contest. For a small scholarship, we received many outstanding responses, and the decision to choose one winner was difficult. 

The submission from Marissa Brown really stood out. Her response was artistic, yet intelligent. I was touched reading her essay. You can read the essay in its entirety below.



















Tear Me Apart by Linnea Strid. 2005. Oil on plywood. 28 x 30 cm.

Have you ever looked at a piece of art so detailed and lifelike that you at first brush it off as a beautiful photograph? Then, all of the sudden, it hits you that that is in fact a painting, not a photograph, and you almost feel sick with the amount of talent that person must have? That is how I feel when I look at each piece of art created by Linnea Strid. In particular, her painting Tear Me Apart shows immense attention to detail, a powerful emotion, and is overall simply a beautiful piece.

While in the International Baccalaureate program at high school, I took a higher-level visual arts class. Every week we had to write five pages in our Investigative Workbooks (IWBs) about anything and everything art related. Writing in these IWBs every week for three years meant that I researched and reported on many amazing artists that I would have never known about if I had not taken the time. Throughout all of those hundreds and hundreds of pages, Linnea Strid is one artist that stood out to me the most.

Linnea Strid is originally from Sweden, but spent a good portion of her life in Spain. This atmosphere is where her career in art began to flourish. She sold her first painting at the age of 16 (Chefas), showing that her artistic talent started early. She now lives in California and paints photorealistic oil pieces that are sure to blow your mind! (Another one of my favorites is Embraced by the Silence).

In her As It Falls Over You exhibition, Linnea is inspired by human emotions and the way water plays against the human form. The main emotions she focused on were “Mortality, fear of dying, fear of living. Loneliness. Anxiety in general” (Strid). I believe that because of these strong emotions, her artwork makes that much more of a statement.

When looking at this oil painting, the first thing that catches my eye is the obvious attention to detail. Being an oil painter myself, I know how much time goes into creating even a mediocre piece, so looking at something as intricate as this painting reflects much time and effort.
I love the realistic quality of the water running down her face – you can see the color of skin peeking through as well as all of the shades that a single stream of water has. Never again will you think that water is a simple shade of blue!
Looking closer you see the eyelashes matted together, heavy with water; the hair gripping to her skin… And these are just the physical features.

As striking and complex as Strid’s artwork is, it would be nothing without the emotion that pours through the canvas. You can see that this painting conveys a sense of frustration or sadness when looking at the slightly furrowed brow and the deep crease of the eyelid. The water streaming over her face takes place of the tears.
The composition of this piece is also what makes this a favorite of mine. It is not the typical view of a face; not all of it is shown and it takes up the entire canvas. This way there is no ignoring the emotion protruding from her features.

The color palette is also extremely unique and is one of the biggest reasons in why I enjoy this piece so much. The hair color in particular is what strikes me the most. It is not your typical blonde or brunette or even red color, it’s gray – almost white. And yet there is not sense of old age in the woman’s face. It is almost like the water is slowly draining her out.

This painting connects with me on a personal level as I feel that Linnea has pinpointed a physical setting of great emotion. Being in the shower or bath, feeling the water stream over you – it can be a place of great emotional release, of vulnerability and cleansing. I often seek the warmth and comfort of purifying waters during times of emotional strife. It seems that you enter weighed down and exit lighter and more composed. It is a place to sort thoughts, or simply forget for a few minutes.

Another reason that I find this artwork (and the rest of Linnea’s art, for the record) so stunning is, again, the photorealistic quality. I have attended art shows, art museums, and even art conventions such as Art Basel in Miami, and the question “What is art?” often arises. I believe that there is no one answer to this question, and that in the end art is in the eye of the beholder, so to speak. Therefore, I do have my own personal answer to this question: I believe that art is something that takes time and true attention to detail, composition, and color. I have a hard time looking at a scribble on a scrap of paper and understanding why not every other person in the world couldn’t do that. This is why Linnea is a favorite of mine – she is a true artist, in my book at least. I myself am an artistic person, but no matter how many hours of my time I spent, I could never obtain a fraction of her talent. It is something that I exceedingly appreciate.

Overall, this painting holds a place in my heart because of it’s striking beauty, evident emotion, personal connection, and attention to detail. Whenever I gaze upon this piece I cannot help but appreciate the talent that Linnea Strid holds and it encourages me to work harder at my own work – artwork or otherwise. Linnea has shown me that it is important to embrace your God-given gifts. I may not ever be as spectacular an artist as her paintings so portray, but I will work hard and develop what talent I do have; and that is an exciting topic of it’s own.

Works Cited
Chefas, Stephanie. "Art Chat with Linnea Strid." Platinum Cheese. Platinum Cheese, 9 Dec. 2011. Web. 26 Mar. 2013. <>.

How great to see Marissa so excited!

What’s the hype on 3D printers?

10. July 2013 14:11 by Danielle in print industry, printing at home  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)











You may have heard about all of the new innovations from 3D printers, and now they are available to the general consumer.  A 3D printer can build physical objects on a desktop printer by arranging layers of melted plastic into a specified model. Staples now offers the Cube 3D Printer for $1299.99 and Amazon launched a new 3D Printer department offering a range of 3D printers from $1,099. This is a big step towards growing from something only available in large CAD departments, to something you could have in your home, if you drop $1,000 plus.

But do you need a 3D printer? Are you a CAD designer? If not, there may not be much you can print. For the majority, you will have to find a pre-made plan that you can download and print.

MakerBot’s Thingiverse does offer an open-source library of free 3D models ready-to-print. You can find patterns for Fashion, like necklaces, Gadgets, like iPhone cases and more.  Many digital designs are available to share.

Keep in mind, without the CAD software and knowledge, you will be limited to designs that others have created.  The ease of use has been compared to picking up MS-Dos. Is this the new custom creator for every home? Not yet. There is a great potential as the machines become more main stream, easier to use, and more affordable for the average consumer. 

Will you be getting a 3D Printer? Let us know!

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Office Gadgets

28. May 2013 12:39 by Danielle in clickinks, office supplies, savings  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Office Gadgets {Guest Post}

David Bakke is a small business owner, Internet reseller, and contributor for the popular personal finance blog, Money Crashers.

Whether you're a small business owner with a passion for digital technology or you're simply obsessed with grabbing the latest gadgets for yourself, there is tech temptation at every turn. The iPhone 5 was just released, as was the iPad 4. Just because the next latest and greatest gadget enters the market, however, doesn't mean you need to spend a fortune. In fact, there are ways that you can keep up with cutting edge technology without breaking the bank. Read on for some go-to money-saving tips for gadgets:

1. Purchase Online It's true that one of your best strategies to save on office gadgets is to look online. Use eBay or Amazon to begin with, but if you truly want to save, sign up for email updates from a website such as FatWallet or Slickdeals. That way, you can get an aggregate of all the deals both online and in-store where you can save the most money. Just be sure to factor in the shipping costs so you don't end up spending more money on online purchases than you would in-store.

2. Buy Used Shopping online is great, but take the idea to the next level by checking out used listings when you're shopping Amazon or eBay. You can sometimes uncover a deal where the product may be opened but it is virtually unused. Just because it's listed in the "used" category doesn't mean its tainted goods. It might be an item that was simply unwanted or one with a UPC code removed for a rebate promotion.

3. Track Clearance Sections This can involve a bit of leg work, but if you check out Staples, Office Depot, Office Max and Clickinks on a regular basis, you can find some nice items in their clearance section. These items aren't limited to traditional office supplies – you can even get display model laptops and other devices at significant discounts.

4. Go Without Although abstinence is never fun, sometimes it's best just to wait a while before making your purchase. You're never going to be able to keep up with all of the latest electronic releases, so your best bet may be not to buy new office gadgets at all. At the very least, wait unit the next model is released and you're going to save money by purchasing the previous model.

5. Sell Your Old Gadgets When you do upgrade your smartphone or other office gadget, be sure to sell your unwanted items. Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist are typically the best places to make a sale. Be sure you package your items safely and securely and ship them fast as well - you want to avoid getting returns.

Final Thoughts If you find yourself in the position of saving a few hundred dollars on a laptop computer, consider investing that money where it can do your finances the most good. If you don't have an emergency fund in place, start one. Got credit card debt? Get those balances knocked down. It's great to save on office gadgets, but using your savings in a meaningful way is even more important.

What ways can you think of to save on office gadgets?

How to save money when printing

11. April 2013 21:00 by Danielle in clickinks, how to save ink, paper saving  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

With the evolution of home printing over the last decade, printing has now become more easily accessible than ever before. All but gone are the days of paying a print shop to print a simple document. Printing at home can save you time and money. With that being said, ink is still a pricey liquid that can really cut into the college student, or coupon clippers, budget. 

There are some smart ways to get the most bang for your buck when printing. 

Is your font eating up your ink? If you regularly use Arial, you could potentially use less printer ink by selecting Calibri, Century Gothic or Times New Roman as your default font. The amounts of ink used are generally determined by the thickness of the lines, so go light instead of bold for your prints.

Now that you have looked at your font, you may want to look at your default printer preferences. Select economy or draft mode if you are printing a casual note, or restaurant coupon, that does not require top quality, and you can save yourself money on those color inks.  If you have a commercial printer, you may also have the option to select duplex printing.  Selecting this option allows you to easily print on the front and back of each page, cutting your paper cost in half. Once you have changed your printer preferences, then go to print preview to make sure you are printing only what you need instead of printing headers, footers and anything else unnecessary.

Once you are using the least amount of ink and paper per print, you will want to find the lowest price on replacement ink cartridges.  You don’t need to purchase name brand ink cartridges, there are many stores, like, that sell reliable remanufactured ink cartridges, at half the price. 

Most of us aren’t printing our own money, so apply these tips and you too can save more money when printing.

Decorate your cubicle photo contest

8. April 2013 15:51 by Danielle in clickinks, contest, facebook, free ink, giveaway  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Is ink getting expensive? Would you like to win $150 worth of the printer supplies you need from! That's over a year’s worth of ink cartridges for the average consumer!

Are you stuck in a boring cubicle with no way out? Looking for a good excuse to exercise your creative side?

Are you tired of looking at that ugly printer on your desk that always flashes low ink?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, Clickinks has an answer for you!

Decorate your printer or cubicle, post a photo to Clickinks facebook page, and you could win $150 worth of the printer supplies from! Bedazzle your printer, prank a co-workers desk for their birthday, or beautify your cubicle for the 4th of July! We want to see your creativity!

The Clickinks cubicle dwellers will be judge and jury, so aim to impress and you could win $150 worth of the printing supplies from!

Interested cubicle dwellers and printer owners can submit a photo of their decorated printer and/or office cubicle by posting a photo to now through July 5th, 2013.



And a little inspiration...

Halloween Cubicle:

Diaper Desk prank for a new Dad:



Should I buy an Inkjet or Laser Printer?

The type of printer that is best for you depends greatly on how you plan to use it.  Do you print documents in mass quantities? More than 3 pages a day, or more than 20 pages a week? If so, you it would be worth switching to a laser printer.    
Laser printers also produce high quality text documents, although if you are printing primarily color photos you may want to stick with a good inkjet printer. 
Laser printers have a higher cost initially, and use toner cartridges that are priced higher than most inkjet, however you will notice the toner cartridges have a much higher yield, which will save you time and money in the long run. 
In the Recycler’s article Cost effectiveness of laser versus inkjet discussed David Connett had a good point about duplexing as well, “Some laser printers automatically print on both sides”, which is another time and money saver that you will find in laser printers over inkjet.
Laser toner cartridges can cost around $91, on average, however the laser toner cartridge is able to print 1,500 to 3,500 pages, whereas a standard inkjet cartridge may only costs $23, but only produces approximately 200 pages. Per print you are looking at a significant savings long term with a laser printer.   
You can also find quality remanufactured toner cartridges to easily save up to an additional 50% off those average prices, with no loss in quality to be seen.

Should you buy a Laser Printer? If you are printing documents in high quantity, the answer is a resounding yes.

Easily Ordering the correct Ink Cartridges at

Ordering online is easy, a time saving convenience most of us have discovered by now. Ordering ink online, something you don’t have to try on or look at, is brilliant.  The best part, you can stay stocked up and never have an annoying crunch time run to the store because you are out of ink. When a paper is due, or tickets need to be printed, you will be prepared. All you need is your printer model number. You can probably see that while you are ordering online.

To ensure that you place the order to suit your needs, follow these simple steps now.

Go to

Type in your printer model number in the pink search bar


You will then be taken to a printer specific page, or if we need more information, we will list additional options to get you there.

On the printer page, you can verify the name of your printer model at the top. If you own this printer, your best option will be shown at the top. If you are looking for additional options, scroll down. When you find what you are looking for, click the quantity arrow above Add to cart.

















Once you have selected the quantity of ink cartridges you would like to order, click Add to cart. If you need additional cartridges, continue shopping, otherwise you can proceed to view the cart & checkout.

Do you have a promotional code? At this time you can enter a Coupon Code, if you would like to use one.

Hint: Coupon Code: BLOGTIPS will apply 5% off your order of our inks.

Go ahead and enter this promotional code, then click "Apply Coupon: Click Here" to deduct your discount. If everything looks correct in your cart, click the arrow to proceed to our secure checkout.

Have you registered with our website yet? If not, now is the time to provide your name and email address, so that you can access your account when needed. If you have done this before, existing customers only need to enter their email address and password to login.

Once registered or logged in, you will be taken to Checkout. Enter your address for billing, and shipping if different.

Note: Shipping is free to street addresses in the continental US when you spend just $30.

Please scroll down to the Payment Method section. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-706 INKS or email prior to placing your order. If you have ordered from us previously, you may see loyalty points, in this case you can click the green button to apply those now. Please review the total, enter your payment information, and then click the blue Place order button.

Most orders ship out within 1 business day. As soon as your order ships, we will send you an email with a tracking number.

Other questions regarding ordering? Just let us know!

Internal Debate between Computer and Printer

15. January 2013 15:36 by Danielle in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Do you ever feel like getting something printed is a fight? Maybe, it actually is.  Do you think your computer and printer have these discussions?   








Internal Debate
by Streeter Seidell at

Computer: Monitor, display this document, ok?
Monitor: No prob, boss.

Computer: OK, now it looks like Mouse is moving around so, Monitor, will you move the pointer icon accordingly?
Monitor: Anything you ask, boss.
Computer: Great, great. OK, Mouse, where are you going now?
Mouse: Over to the icon panel, sir.

Computer: Hmm, Let me know if he clicks anything, OK?
Mouse: Of course.

Keyboard: Sir, he's pressed control and P simultaneously.

Monitor: Oh God, here we go.

Computer: i>sighs Printer, are you there?
Printer: No.
Computer: Please, Printer. I know you're there.

Printer: NO! I'm not here! Leave me alone!
Computer: Jesus. OK look, you really ne…
Mouse: Sir, he's clicked on the printer icon.

Computer: Printer, now you have to print it twice.

Printer: NO! NO! NO! I don't want to! I hate you! I hate printing! I'm turning off!

Computer: Printer, you know you can't turn yourself off. Just print the document twice and we'll leave you alone.

Printer: NO! That's what you always say! I hate you! I'm out of ink!

Computer: You're not out of in…
Printer: I'M OUT OF INK!

Computer: span style="font-style: italic;">Sighs Monitor, please show a low ink level alert.
Monitor: But sir, he has plen…
Computer: Just do it, damn it!

Monitor: Yes sir.

Keyboard: AHHH! He's hitting me!

Computer: Stay calm, he'll stop soon. Stay calm, old friend.

Keyboard: He's pressing everything. Oh god, I don't know, he's just pressing everything!
Computer: PRINTER! Are you happy now?! Do you see what you've done?!
Printer: HA! that's what you get for trying to get me to do work. Next time he…hey…HEY! He's trying to open me! HELP! HELP! Oh my god! He's torn out my cartridge! HELP! Please! ERROR!

Monitor: Sir, maybe we should help him?
Computer: No. He did this to himself.


Free Printables for the Little Ones (and big kid in all of us)

14. January 2013 10:40 by Danielle in printable, printing at home  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

The printer can save you alot of money, and give you a great resource, when educating and entertaining the little ones.  You can print coloring pages, worksheets and more!

We found Free BOB Book Printables! These are absolutely great for teaching the little ones to read.

Information to teach kids why they have the day off on January 21st, and entertain them while at home with free printables on Martin Luther King.

You can keep the kids entertained on any rainy day with Crayola's printable games and coloring pages.

The printer really does come in handy, instead of purchasing all of these activities. Let us know if you have found any other great printables.

Free Christmas Printables

3. December 2012 09:30 by Danielle in   //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Christmas is coming, and with it many expenses, but do it yourself crafts make the holiday special, and save you money.  You already have the ink, use card stock or colored paper if you have it, otherwise your regular paper will work great, and save you a trip to the store when Santa arrives with more gifts than tags.  We found some lovely Free Printable Gift Tags






















For the little ones looking for that special gift from the Jolly man, we found an easy to use Letter to Santa Printable



















And for that special home made gift, made with love, you can adhere these seasonal tags to Hershey's kisses! What a sweet idea! The Christmas Hershey's Kiss Printables include 11 design's and are a great gift for anyone on your list!



What home made gifts do you like to give? Let us know in the comments!