Think your family printer is just for documents and photos? Think again. There's a whole world of creative ideas waiting to be brought to life by your Canon PIXMA printer – from homemade recipe books and cool designs for your tech, right through to personalised clothing and spooky Halloween decorations.
Artist and paper crafter Aimee Graham, who runs paper flower and origami workshops, thinks print has unlimited possibilities. "Paper-based products are something that I've been working with for years, and offer me a creative platform to make something from nothing," she says. "Because it's so versatile, you can use it in a two-dimensional and three-dimensional way – the sky's the limit. For people who aren't necessarily as creative, it can be overwhelming to create something from nothing. The printing side of things allows you to have a platform to jump in from, so it's not so vast."
Aimee also believes print and crafting helps us unleash the creativity we all have within – making it a fantastic way to bring families together. "We've all got a creative streak in us because everyone is creative when they are a child," she says. "It gets lost because of all the life admin and adult stuff that we have to do, so being creative brings back some fun and balance. For families, I think it's really important because it's connecting them all together. It connects parents to their children, but also connects adults to their inner child, which is amazing."
Here we share our top picks of creative things you can do with your PIXMA printer to celebrate International Print Day on 20 October 2021.