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PRINTING & CRAFTS

Five things to know about the Creative Park app

The Creative Park app will provide you with hours of fun and inspiration, whatever your age or crafting ability. With a wide variety of crafting projects on offer, including fun ways to personalise your stuff, models to make and even games to enjoy, you'll find something you can make in the comfort of your home, either on your own or with family and friends. The Creative Park app is the simple way to access and print inspiring ideas directly from your mobile phone. It's available for both iOS and Android, in a range of languages. To get started, simply download the app from the App Store or Google Play. Here are five of our favourite things that you might not know about the Creative Park app, and a few tips to get you started.

1. It's free and simple to use

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The Creative Park app is completely free to use – all you need is a Canon ID and a supported Canon printer.

The Creative Park app is completely free! Simply download it onto your smart device. The first time you launch it, the app should automatically take you to the web page to complete the straightforward Canon ID registration process, or you can also register (or sign in if you already have a Canon ID) by navigating to the top right-hand menu tab and tapping on Confirm/Create Canon ID.
To print from the Creative Park app you will need to connect a compatible Canon PIXMA Inkjet printer – check the list of supported printer models*. To connect your printer, navigate to the right-hand menu tab and go to 'Add Printer' under the 'Settings' options.

2. Finding inspiration is easy

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Creative Park has everything from paper art and customisable greeting card designs to party decorations and 3D models. Whatever crafting activity or themed template you want to source, the Creative Park app is simple to navigate. The homepage main menu is divided into four main sections – 'Top', 'Featured', 'Category', and 'New'. Seasonal themes that are currently in trend will be promoted in the 'Featured' section, and updates will always appear in the 'New' section. If you're after something specific then the 'Category' section groups all templates into sub-categories, which can be accessed in a few taps. Save any template you like by tapping on the star to add it to your 'Favourites'.

3. There's a wide range of crafts

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The world is at your fingertips with the wide variety of crafting projects on Creative Park, including 3D models, and much more.

Print and make an origami family of penguins, customise a stylish flamingo letter set, or even print a cactus iron-on transfer for a unique t-shirt. Navigate your way around the Creative Park app and you'll find enough to keep you entertained for hours. For any papercraft activity such as making an origami puppet we recommend using Canon's MP-101 paper, a pair of sharp scissors, and some strong paper glue. For children and parents there is a 'Kids' section, which can be found in the 'Category' menu, with activities from sticker charts, number and letter posters, to printing and building 3D vehicles, animals and food. The possibilities are endless with the Creative Park app, and you can be inspired whatever your age and interests.

4. You can customise almost everything

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Make personalised cards and gifts with the simple addition of your own text and images from your smart device.

One of the benefits of the Creative Park app is its ability to customise almost all of the templates and make them unique to you. Once you've opened your template of choice, tap on the 'Edit' tab and it will start downloading. Once it has downloaded you can add your own text or images from your smart device by tapping on the + tabs. It's then just a case of customising the template until you are happy. You can also zoom in and out of the template and use the hand tool to easily navigate around.

5. You don't need to leave the app

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Customise the designs, add your own text and images, and print straight from your smart device to your compatible Canon printer – it's all easy to do from the Creative Park app.

The Creative Park app is not only instinctive and easy to navigate, but also allows you to add in images and designs directly from your smart device. Once you are happy with your design, simply tap 'Print' right there in the app and let your Canon PIXMA printer do the rest. If you want to return to do more with a template at a later date, simply tap 'Save' and your template will be saved in the 'Your Items' menu.

Now you know how the Creative Park app works, there really will be no stopping you! Get involved, get creative and get crafting right away with a stack of paper and your Canon Inkjet printer. Download the app and get started today!

Written by Claire Gillo

*If your printer is not supported, check the Creative Park website.

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