This week has been an exciting whirlwind of Disney magic, sparkles and sequins and I honestly don’t want it to end. It all started when I was invited to attend the #PrintingDory crafting event with leading print company, Epson at the Disney Store in London.
Yes… THE Disney Store on Oxford Street. Need I say more?
You know Dory right?
She’s the little blue fish from Finding Nemo who can’t remember a thing (a bit like me at times!). Get excited… because Dory is about to feature in Disney Pixar’s latest offering Finding Dory. It’s out in cinemas from Friday 29th July 2016 and I know this will make a perfect treat for the whole family. Tickets booked… check! We just can’t wait, so if you are anything like us, you would have already made a beeline for this trailer.
But did you know that the fab team at Epson have teamed up with Disney to produce a brilliant selection of Finding Dory themed printable activities. Little fingers will love these (as well as big ones) and it’s a great way to keep the fun going long after the film has ended.
Here’s how I got on with #PrintingDory.
Secret agent style, when I got to the Disney Store the lovely event people were waiting to whisk us parenting bloggers through a secret side door inside the store. How cool is that.
It led up to a gorgeous event space that had been completely transformed into a Finding Dory under the sea theme. Wow! Even though this was my first event, there was no doubt that it was something extra special. So much care and detail had gone into creating a magical environment. A perfect backdrop to set the stage for #PrintingDory themed crafting and finding out about the special Epson EcoTank printer which will inevitably change the way us parents view printing.
Summer Holiday Fun
Did you know that an average family in the UK spends about £1500 during the 6 week Summer Holiday period entertaining the little ones! That’s quite a hefty sum considering that some of our most magical and memorable activities are based around using a big dollop of imagination.
I don’t know about you, but I often find that printable activities are great to get the imagination cogs turning, and are especially helpful when testing out new craft ideas. The only problem is that I tend to get as far as finding the printable, popping it into an email folder, and never getting round to printing it off.
We don’t have a general use type of printer at home. It’s a special photographic quality printer. It’s absolutely brilliant BUT it’s not really for everyday stuff. *Mr Button is yelling in the background to mention that it’s an Epson… naturally. He has a thing for Epson printers you see, but is very precious about the ink. *Think Gollum from Lord of the Rings…. my precious… ink.
It’s always been a big problem for us. Wanting to print stuff… for fun. But at the same time not wanting to waste that ink.
Help is at hand though, as Epson have released an EcoTank home printer which will have you printing and playing in no time.
Print and Play with Epson EcoTank home printers
During the event we were treated to talks by Disney and Epson and we were able to find out just how easy and cheap to run the EcoTank home printers are.
It turns out that most of us have the same problem with our existing printers. They are inconvenient to use and the cost of printer ink cartridges are a bit steep. Epson have taken these points on board and come up with the EcoTank home printer as the ultimate solution.
Here are my favourite bits about it that I want to share with you.
-The upfront cost of the Epson EcoTank printer is about £199, and this includes about 2 years’ worth of included ink. Based on an average user’s monthly print volume. This means no surprises (of the expensive kind) when setting up and getting ready to print.
-The printer has a refillable ink tank, so no more expensive cartridges.
-It has an ultra-low-cost per printed page, yet prints beautiful vibrant and crisp colours. Perfect for recreating Disney favourites like Dory.
-It is so easy to use that you won’t think twice about clicking print from your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.
Image sourced from Epson
Of course, being parent bloggers we couldn’t wait to get the sparkles, scissors and glue out to test run the Finding Dory printables and check the Epson EcoTank print quality. We had great fun making all sorts of crafts lead by the lovely Alice from More Than Toast.
It was glue sticks at the ready, and whether sticking carefully to the instructions or thinking outside the box, we all came up with something fab and cheer worthy to take home. Which just goes to show, why spend buckets of money on day trips, when you could easily fill a good morning or afternoon with some fun printable crafts with the help of Disney and Epson.
Here is my final effort, which wasn’t quite as the instructions indicated… I think I was having a bit too much fun.
We have just received our own Epson Ecotank home printer to test out, and are looking forward to sharing how we get on with it over the Summer. Can’t wait? Then why not follow the hashtag #PrintingDory to see other parenting bloggers creations and what they thought of the day.
Disclosure: I was invited to attend the #PrintingDory event featuring Epson and Disney. I have received an EcoTank printer to test out in return for an honest review. All views are my own.
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