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What is Inkjet Magnet Paper?

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Inkjet magnet paper creates personalized magnets out of any images or text you have on your computer. Inkjet magnet paper works just like ordinary printer paper, except that it is thicker and backed with material that makes it stick to any magnetic metal surface. There are both matte and glossy options that make customized magnets of any design, such as photographs, calendars, or business cards.

Inkjet magnet paper comes in standard sheets of 8 1/2 x 11" (22 x 28 cm), but it can be cut with scissors to any size or shape. The pages can vary from 0.03" (.8 mm), 0.05" (1.3 mm) to 0.06" (1.5 mm) thick, which means they can be stiffer or more flexible depending on your intended use. The resulting magnets, sometimes called decals, won't smudge or smear, but they should be kept out of direct sunlight as the ink might fade.

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Different images will be appropriate for different magnetic surfaces. You can use inkjet magnet paper for a refrigerator or metal bulletin board at home, filing cabinets at work, and lockers at school. You might make organizational magnets that say "Grocery List," "Phone Messages," or "To Do Today" to tack on the fridge and keep track of a busy family's activities. A child's sports or music lesson schedule for a couple of months could be magnetized so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle. A business owner can print and distribute business cards on inkjet magnet paper. That way, the telephone number and web address of their hardware store or florist are always visible, instead of hidden away in a drawer.

You can turn any image you can scan into your computer, create in a paint program, or download from your digital camera into an attractive, full-color magnet using inkjet magnet paper. Family photos of memorable vacations, shots of pets, or formal portraits might be printed on inkjet magnet paper and enclosed in holiday cards as a memento for friends and family. Students can even make a magnet out of the periodic table of elements or the basics of trigonometry to keep in their locker for quick reference. Some whiteboards are magnetic, which allows teachers to keep movable magnets labeling Homework, Classwork, and Extra Credit assignments. The only limit is your imagination.

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