Monday, April 16, 2012

10 Easy Steps to Printing on a Small Piece of Paper

Hello friends in Blogland.
I am hard at work today on my Disney 2009 album. I'm one page away from having all the parks done.

I thought I would show you how easy it is to print on a small piece of cardstock, a tag, a die cut label, etc. when you need the measurements to be EXACT.

I used to use a full piece of cardstock and make a text box in Word and then just cut out around the lines. After years of doing it this way, I realized it is MUCH EASIER to cut the piece down FIRST and then run it through the printer.

This is how I do it all the time and it is so fast!

Here are the steps. (You will have to click the screen shots to see the details.)

1) Make your page and figure out what size you need the journaling piece to be. Leave that until the end. This is the area I needed my journaling box to go. For this layout, I wanted it to cover the entire black area and fit perfectly against the sides and top.
2) Cut your cardstock down using tic marks with a pencil - I never measure at this point - I just line it up on each side, make a mark, cut, repeat.

3) Once your piece is cut, lay it down to make sure it fits perfectly on all sides. This could also be where you might lay down a die cut label, a journaling card, etc. It doesn't have to be a piece of cardstock. You just make sure it fits before you start your print process.
4) Next, measure this piece. This is the first time we're measuring. Mine was 3.75 x 6.25. Open Microsoft Word - go to INSERT, TEXT BOX and scroll down to DRAW TEXT BOX.

Now drag any size square onto the screen using your mouse (hold down button, click and drag). The format bar will appear and at the top right of the screen, type in the dimensions of the piece you just measured.
5) Type your journaling. I use "1.5 lines" under the paragraph tab for the spacing in all my journaling. I also leave space on either side as I'm typing and just hit enter to move to the next line. I don't like crowded journaling. :) Here's what mine looked like after I typed it.6) Now print your journaling out on regular computer paper, using the draft mode. Put adhesive just across the top of the draft version - not on the small piece, directly on the printed version. My printer is top-loading so I don't need much adhesive. If your printer pulls from a tray on the bottom, you'll want to put adhesive on all four sides, in the corners so it won't move while it's running through.
7) Now place your journaling piece directly over the printed draft, pressing firmly where the adhesive is. For mine, I lined it up at the top. I ended up making my text box shorter in height because I knew I wanted to stick on a chipboard character under my journaling. So even though my piece of cardstock is larger - my journaling area had to be exactly where I knew it should end. So I'm placing my larger piece lined up at the top and when I print - that line won't be there. You'll see that in the next step.
8) Now BEFORE PRINTING, we must remove the border. So on your screen, go to FORMAT, SHAPE OUTLINE, NO OUTLINE. The border was only there for us to know where to put it on the draft. This is the part I screw up on the most. I will get in a hurry and forget to do this step and then I have to start all over. So take that border off on the screen!!
Here's what it will look like....

9) Now print, making sure you're not printing in draft mode - click back to regular and press print. Voila!
10) Now gently pull piece away from draft copy and add adhesive on back and put into place!
I do this for anything I am printing on a small piece of paper. I always cut the paper first and use these steps. You really save time and paper doing it this way. The best part is, you can cut it and make sure it fits perfectly before going to the trouble of printing. If you mess up the blank piece and cut it wrong, you're only behind one step. If you have to keep cutting on the printed piece - you're gonna have to go through a lot of steps to get back there. I have done that SO MANY times. Of course, I'm neurotic about things lining up perfectly. Also, sometimes when I would cut after I printed, the cut wasn't straight and then the journaling piece was wonky and the lines not straight on my page. This way, I always line up at the top of the printed piece and I know it will be straight.

Here's the finished version. I ended up not liking my chipboard piece right on the white so I added some black to keep my color scheme for the album going. I'll be posting the entire album soon - hopefully next week.
Here's another example. On this page, I put all the pictures down and just left space for the red piece. Then I did it following the steps above and was so tickled that it came out and fit perfectly. So quick!Hope that helps! This is really great to use with a tag of any size. Try it and I promise - soon you'll be doing it without even thinking, like me.


Anita Scroggins said...

Tracie, Thanks for calling that out - I completely forgot to put in the tutorial what kind of ink I stamped the background with! I used ClearSnaps Watermark ink on this project, but of course VersaMark would work too. I use them both.

TracieClaiborne said...


Penny said...

Great idea! Thanks for the tip! Love Penny

Tammy said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I tend to save a bunch of journaling and print it all out at the same time to save on paper, but I love the idea of being able to just use cardstock scraps. I will have to try this!

Unknown said...

Great tutorial!!!! Love this!

Danielle said...

I have started to hand journal more because it is fast, but this makes me want to try the computer again.

Alyssa said...

Very nice tutorial. I haven't done computer journaling in a while because I run into this problem. Thanks for the guidance!

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