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How Printables Work

Our printable files are designed to be very easy to use. Plus, each one comes with a full instructions sheet for printing and assembly. Questions before you take the leap? We're here to help! Read on for help with The Basics, Printing, Cutting & Assembly, and Troubleshooting:

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The Basics


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What is a printable?

A printable is a digital file that is either downloaded directly or emailed to you. You can use your file to print at home or at your local office supply store. All of our printables come as PDFs, except for invitations that will be developed as photographs (for this, you need a JPEG file).

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What software do I need to print a PDF?

You must use Acrobat Reader to view and print PDF files. You can download Acrobat Reader for free here.

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Can I add my own text to the files?

The majority of our DIY printable files are NOT editable. They are password protected and not editable in any way. The files will be emailed to you already personalized and ready to print. The only exception are editable buffet cards, which are clearly marked as being editable (here is an example). No other files in our store are editable.

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Do I need a PC or a Mac?

All files work just as well on either platform. The only important thing is that you use Acrobat Reader to view and print your PDF files.

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Will my files expire?

Nope! Once a file is yours, it's yours.


Can I print as many copies as I want?

Yes.

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Printing


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What kind of paper should I use?

You'll want to use white card stock or matte photo paper for the majority of your items, including invitations, cupcake toppers, favor tags, banners, and treat bag labels. All of these types of paper can be purchased at Staples, Office Depot, or your local office supply store:

White card stock: A heavy paper to use for invitations, favor tags, place cards, and other items that need to have a good weight and a matte finish. You can really print almost anything on card stock!

Matte photo paper or glossy photo paper: A high-quality paper that gives good results for at-home printing. It's particularly good for invitations that include pictures.

Uncut sticker stock: Turn any printable into a sticker by printing on uncut sticker stock.

Avery label 22807: DIY versions of our stickers and address labels can be printed on this type of Avery label.

Iron-on material: What you'll need to create an iron-on design.

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What size paper do I print to?

DIY printables are set up to be printed onto 8.5"x11" sheets of paper, though international customers can also print on A4.


Can I use my inkjet printer?

Absolutely! I recommend setting your printer to "fine print" or "photo print" to achieve a good depth of color using an inkjet printer.

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What if my home printer isn't very good?

Affordable laser printing services are available at Staples, FedEx, Office Depot, or your local print shop. They can provide you with white card stock so you don't have to buy your own. They can even cut invitations and thank you cards out for you for a small fee.

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How do I print an invitation?

There are two ways to print invitations:

Print on paper: Print your invitations two-to-a-sheet onto 8.5"x11" white card stock or photo paper and cut each card out.

Develop as a photo: Send your file to any photo lab such as Walgreens, Target, Walmart, or Sam's Club, and have it developed as a 5"x7" photograph.

Whether you develop as a photo or print on paper is really just a matter of personal preference - some people like the glossiness of a photo, and other people like the feel of paper.

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Can I print DIY stickers or DIY address labels onto Avery templates?

Yes! Use Avery label 22807. Alternately, you can print onto uncut sticker stock and punch the circles out with a 2" craft punch.

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Cutting & Assembly


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How do I cut out invitations (and other straight-edged items)?

For my own papercrafting, I use a metal ruler and an X-Acto knife on top of a self-healing cutting mat. You can also use a paper cutter, whether it's the old-school chopping type or a more modern drag-and-cut style. If you need help finding cutting tools, go to your local hobby store or craft store (JoAnn's, Michaels, etc.) and ask for advice in the scrapbooking department.

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How do I make cupcake toppers?

Print onto white card stock and punch the circles out using a 2" craft punch. You can buy a craft punch at any craft store (JoAnn's, Michaels, etc.) in the scrapbooking department. There are lots of brands to choose from and all of them will work the same way, but I personally like the Fiskars Round'n'Round. For even more help please see this step-by-step photo tutorial.

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Can I bake my cupcakes in the cupcake wrappers?

No - the wrapper goes on after the cupcake is baked, cooled, and decorated.

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How do I assemble a banner?

Please see this step-by-step photo tutorial.

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How do I make my water bottle labels waterproof?

Note: The water bottle labels that we sell (printed and mailed) are 100% waterproof. This question only applies to DIY printable labels.

If you are printing water bottle labels on your own from a DIY file, you can print onto regular paper and make your labels water resistant by using the method shown in this tutorial.

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Troubleshooting


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My files are printing smaller than actual size.

You must not be printing at 100% scale. When you print, be sure to set "Page Scaling" to "None" in your print window.

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The colors from my inkjet printer are not as bright as I want.

To increase vibrancy, set your printer to "fine print" or "photo print" and/or try upgrading to matte photo paper if you are currently using card stock. Or, have your file printed at a print shop such as Staples or FedEx instead of printing at home.

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I can't edit or save my editable buffet card file.

You must use Acrobat Reader to view and print PDF files.

If you're already using Acrobat Reader but are having trouble with your file, you must not be using the latest version. Download the latest version for free here.

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I'm on my phone/iPad and the colors look wrong.

Don't worry - the screen display on a phone or iPad often makes colors look different than how they will look on your computer or when they are printed. Open your file on your computer using Acrobat Reader and it will look right.

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