Today my new printer sent me a “low on ink” message. I have used it only for printing out printable stickers and I am partway through my third packet of 15 sheet sticker paper.

At $42 for the ink (though I didn’t buy it, since it was sent with the review printer) and a dollar a sheet for Avery sticker paper, that means that a printable sticker sheet costs about $2.00 plus the cost of the design, which can be spread out over the number of copies you make. With the designs running $2.00 to $6.00 a page, your weekly layout could come to anywhere from $8.00 to $16.00, which is about the same as the cost of a ready-made set.

On the other hand, you could buy the ink cartridge for $30 at Amazon and pick up some DigiOrange sticker paper, too, at $12 per hundred sheets. This brings your investment down to 72 cents per sheet of stickers, plus the cost of the designs. So this could be a good choice if you want to be frugal.

On the other hand, there are lots of printable designs that aren’t available except as printables. And you can wait for months to get the premade ones. So printables may be almost unavoidable.

I’m not skilled at cutting out the little icons neatly, but the printables work reasonably well for me with the large boxes, and the self-adhesive paper is clearly superior to glues. Cutting is somewhat soothing, though I should be knitting Christmas gifts for sure.