I learned a lesson this weekend. I learned to always follow the advice I give to people about not printing with freezer paper-backed fabric.
After fiddling with photos and figuring out which ones to print on fabric and play with, formatting them and figuring out what to do with the printed pieces, I thoroughly ironed my fabric to freezer paper, lined the front edge with clear tape, to keep the paper and fabric from separating and fed it through the printer.
ARG! It has been so long since I worked with printed images that I've forgotten how much "fun" freezer paper can be. Six jams later, I gave up and reminded myself that I had only been using freezer paper because I was attempting to save money by not doing what I should have done in the first place; buying full-sized 8.5 x 11 label sheets.
Had I used up more ink and fabric attempting to do things the cheap way? Yes. Was my sanity creeping steadily towards the yawning chasm of technology smashing? Yep. Did I run, not walk to Staples for the sheets. You betcha. Cost for 32 sheets $15. Fifty cents a sheet. I almost won a printer-hurling contest for a lousy fifty cents a sheet.
Whenever I talk to people about printing on fabric, I enthuse about how much easier it is to print on fabric using label sheets. You iron the fabric, stick on the sheet carefully, trim the fabric edges with a rotary cutter to the edge of the label, set your printer to print a photo, set the paper setting to envelope or heavy-weight paper, depending on your machine, check the size settings and colour settings and let 'er rip.
I must say, the Epson C-88 does a bee-youtiful job:
It's been so long since I last used freezer paper for printing that I'd completely forgotten how annoying it can be. Lesson learned. The pennies saved with freezer paper are lost on psychiatric bills.
The results of my printing foray:
Now we're ready to roll!