by Linda Matthews

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Printers

You can print the files using either a color laser printer or an inkjet printer. For best printing results make sure you set the quality to high or photo.

If you don’t own a printer, you can get in touch with your local copy store and they can print the files for a small fee.

Printed Colors

Colors may look different once printed onto paper. This can be due to a number of reasons:

  • Every computer monitor has a different capability to display colors
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  • The type of printer that you use – inkjet or laser. Generally speaking, inkjet printers are photo-realistic; laser printers are not.
  • The type of ink or toner that you use. Genuine brands will printer better than cheap replacement brands.
  • Printer settings. You may need to test and adjust your printer settings, such as quality and color settings, in order to get the best quality print.
  • The type of paper that you use. Good quality white paper and cardstock will produce a better print than cheaper or non-white paper and cardstock.

File Formats

Depending on the product, files are provided in either pdf format for easy printing, jpg format, or zip format. Learn how to print individual or multiple pages from a pdf file.

PDF Format – You will need Adobe Reader or similar pdf reader software to open and print the files. Download Adobe Reader
JPG Format – You can open and edit jpg files using Photoshop or similar image editing software.
ZIP Format – Downloads that include large files or many files are sometimes zipped in order to compress them. To unzip the files you will need an unzip program such as these free unzip programs – iZip (mac) and 7zip (windows)

If you have problems unzipping the files
Problems with unzipping files usually occurs with a Windows operating system. There can be a lot of different reasons why a problem can occur and I don’t have the technical ability to troubleshoot your operating system. A quick solution that is guaranteed to work is to download, install and unzip the files using 7zip. Once unzipped you can uninstall the program if you choose.

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Paper Sizes

The pages are designed to be printed on US letter size paper 8.5″ x 11″, however you can also print them on A4 size paper 210mm x 297mm (8.25″ x 11.75″). When printing, make sure the Page Scaling option is set to “None” or “Actual Size” (or similar wording depending on your pdf program).

When printing pages with full size images sized 8.5″ x 11″

You can set your printer to borderless printing if your printer supports this option. Using borderless printing means that you can print the image right to the edges of the page to make a full size 8.5″ x 11″ print.

If your printer doesn’t support borderless printing, the image will print with a narrow white border all the way around and will be slightly smaller than 8.5″ x 11″. The border size will vary depending on the type of printer you use. Once printed, simply trim away the white edges.

When printing on a printer that doesn’t support borderless printing, make sure the Page Scaling option in your pdf reader print options is set to “Fit to Printable Area”. The wording may be different depending on your program. This option will ensure that the images print in full all the way to the edge. If you;re not sure about this, do a test print first.

If you’re not sure about borderless printing, check your printer manual for details.

Alternatively you can have your images printed at full size at your local copy store, or online print stores such as Shutterfly or Presto Printing.

When printing pages that are sized 12″ x 12″

The pages are designed to be printed at 12″ x 12″ square. You can print them full size if you have a wide-format printer that supports this size. You can also print them smaller by resizing in Photoshop or similar image editing software, or setting a smaller size in your printer options.

Alternatively you can have your images printed at full size at your local copy store, or online print stores such as Shutterfly or Presto Printing.

Please note that the printed color of the pages may differ slightly depending on the type of printer you use as well as the type of printer settings you choose.

Resizing Pages and Images

You can find information on how to resize your pdf files and jpg images here.

Recommended Papers

The best type of paper to print on is white copy paper 25lb or similar, or white cardstock.

Making Envelopes and Pockets

Use a paper creasing tool to make creases along the tabs and fold lines, fold under then glue to the back side.

Stamping and Inking

You can apply additional stamps and inking to the printed pages only if your printer uses inks that are water-resistant. If you’re not sure what type of inks your printer uses, refer to your printer manual, or do a small test print first.

Cutting Clipart

When cutting out odd shaped clipart, leave a small margin of white around the edges just as you would see with commercial stickers and clipart.

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