Friday, March 14, 2014

printing on Project Life cards

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!
I'm going to show you how to print on a card that has an image on part of the card, like the card on the right.

Step 2:
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.

Step 3:
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.
(I can't show clicking and dragging in a picture so I hope you know how to do that.)

Step 4:
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.

Step 5:
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....
I just move them in a bit on both sides because I like some breathing room on the sides of my text.

Step 6:
Go ahead and hold up your PL card to the screen to make sure it's the same size.

Step 7:
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.
Can you see the text? I assure you, it's way more obvious in real life.

Consider if you were to use a card like this...
All you have to do for a card like that is just move your margins in on either side of the card and then start typing a little further down and stop typing a little farther up. These are a cinch!

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!

Last steps!
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!!
If you forget to change the outline - you will ruin your card!!

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 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!


Dictionary said...

What an awesome tip. TFS!!!!

Tiffany Lowder said...

Great tutorial! I might even try printing on a PL card one of these days. :)

Unknown said...

Great tips, thanks!

Unknown said...

Wow - you must have been reading my mind, Tracie! I had just finished listening to the podcast where you mentioned printing on your cards & was wondering how you did that. Thanks!! :D

Sharon Fultz said...

Tracie, Tracie, Tracie you are an angel. I have been wanting to journal on these cards for ages. I even went and bought a refurbished typewriter to use with these card but the cards wouldn't stay in place while typing so it didn't work. I tried this and it works perfect. Thank you so much,

madi said...

Great tutorial - thanks. How do you know where to tape the card to the printing paper?

Lou said...

Wonderful instructions... thank you for sharing , much appreciated :)

Gemma said...

Brilliant tutorial, thanks so much for the step by step guide, you made it soooooooooo easy!!!

craftykellyj said...

I just used this tutorial and it worked perfectly! Funny that I used washi tape and ripped it coming off because I was so excited...oh well. Thank you so much!

bratinella said...

Wow! thanks so much for this tip. i was really thinking how to do it. i have a lot of journaling cards but do not know how to print on it. they say i have a beautiful handwriting but i don't believe them. so happy to see your blog and this PL tip. now i can use those cards, excited to print on them in different fonts. thanks a lot!

Presslein said...

@madi - you print it out on printer paper first then you tape the journaling card directly on top of where it printed and send it through the printer again.

Lizzy Hill said...

Just found this on Pinterest & have printed out a pl card & your instructions were SOOO easy to follow. Thanks a heap for sharing :)

Cathy said...

Mind. Blown! 1000 thank you's! Little ruler thingy! Love!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for sharing,im gonna try it.. God Bless you always

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