There are many great tutorials about this out there but people have been asking so I'll share how I print on 3x4 PL cards.
I did not come up with this.
I have been printing on tiny things for years and love it.
I've done this many different ways but I had an a-ha moment after watching a tutorial by Melissa Stinson. She is so clever!
Since seeing how she does it, it's been so simple for me to figure out what works best for me.
I am proficient at Microsoft Word so if you are too, this will be easy for you. If you are not, this might make your brain hurt. :)
These pictures were taken in a dark room so my apologies for the quality but I always do my journaling at night because the lit screen of my laptop serves as a light box to see the design of the card. I'll attempt to explain that.
Here we go...
Step 1: Pick a card. Duh!
In Microsoft Word, go to a New Document and go to View, Zoom. Now you have to figure out for your computer, what you can zoom your document to for it to be the ACTUAL SIZE of the PL card. For me, it is 105%. That means, what I see on the screen is the same size as what I hold in my hand. So in the box by "Percent" - I manually enter 105. Click OK.
Go to Insert, click on Text Box, down at the bottom in yellow, click Draw Text Box. Then immediately click and drag on your screen to make a rectangle.
In the top right corner, you will see an area that says "Height" and "Width" - make those the same as your card. So if it's a vertical PL card, make it 4" high x 3" wide. That will make the box on your screen the same as your card. Now Becky's PL cards are a slight bit smaller than that so when you print, you'll center it within that box.
Choose a font, font size and move the margins in a bit on either side of the text box by dragging over the little thingey in the ruler. Like this....
Go ahead and hold up your PL card to the screen to make sure it's the same size.
START typing your journaling and you can move the card to the side and see if you're in the right place.
If the lights are off and I use a piece of poster tape to tape the card to my screen, I can see right through the card and type. If it's an image I need to type around....that's what I do. Or I type a few words, move the card back and forth, type a few words, etc. I didn't say it was fast but it's worth it to me.
Once I have it done, I hold up the card and see if it looks right.
Consider if you were to use a card like this...
I keep a document in Word that has the text box already made in the right size, with my standard PL journaling font (for 2013 it was Chantilly LH, font size 12) and then I just open that and hold my card up to the screen and go for it!
This card is an example of one I had to really work with. I had to go around it and keep moving it back and forth but I nailed it!
After you have the journaling typed, print a draft copy. That will be the copy you paste the actual PL card on to.
I have a rear feeding printer so it's easier for me to feed things through.
If you do not - you're going to need to affix it very well so when it rolls around, it doesn't come undone!
You might even want to put painters tape across all four sides, just on the very edge.
I just use repositionable adhesive on the back, the kind that rolls off when you rub it. I recommend putting the adhesive on the draft copy, not the card. The card seems to come off better that way and doesn't ever rip.
Print a draft copy, then click on your text box and change the outline to white as shown in picture below. Do not click "no outline." If you make it "no outline" for some reason all the text moves!!
Now adhere your card to your paper and sometimes I even hold the paper up to my screen with the lights off so I can see if it's okay or hold it up to a window if it's daytime.
Run it through and do the happy dance!!
You can even print on lined ones and I do those ONE LINE AT A TIME (crazy, I know!) but you can do it the same way...by holding it up to the screen. This was life-changing for me to figure out!
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have questions!