Project Life Tuesday: Printing on Journal Cards

PL_Tuesdays copy

Most of you probably have a stack of various patterned paper and card stock at home. Don’t be ashamed, for we are all paper hoarders here. Previously, we’ve shared how to make and even design your own journal cards. Today, we (Yam and Pinky) share our experiences using our printers at home to print directly on 4×6 journal cards, card stock, and patterned paper.

IF YOUR PRINTER HAS A DEDICATED TRAY FOR 4X6 PAPER:

This is the easiest, because all you really need to do is load your paper on the printer tray and print whatever you come up with.

Basic knowledge in Photoshop or similar programs is a must. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide:

1. Create a new file on Photoshop in this size: 6×4 (horizontal orientation) or 4×6 (vertical orientation).

2. Type your text and align accordingly.

Here’s how the canvas looked like in Photoshop:

 

3. Save the file and prep for printing by choosing the paper size in the print settings (4×6).

Yam: I also choose “Inkjet Paper – Other” in my printer settings.

The result:

It is also possible to print on a 4×6 journal or filler card with an existing design. You just have to be more careful in deciding where the text will be located.

(Read more after the jump)

Pinky: I used a pre-designed journal card.  In order to make the text fit the speech bubble shape, I traced the shape onto an index card first. Next, I used a ruler to make sure the text fit into the shape. I made a test print on the index card, before running the pre-designed journal card through the printer.

 

See the card in action in my PL spread:

 

WHAT IF MY PRINTER DOESN’T HAVE A DEDICATED 4X6 PAPER TRAY, OR I DON’T HAVE PRE-CUT 4X6 CARDS?

If your printer doesn’t have a dedicated tray for 4×6 paper, or you don’t want to cut down any of your papers (letter size, A4 size, or even patterned paper that come in 12×12 or 6×6 sizes) to 4×6, you can use a print guide. We first tried a similar method by Liz Tamanaha and found it very helpful.

Yam: Using Photoshop, I created a similar print guide for 4×6 cards on a canvas sized 8.5×11 inches (letter size).

 

Still using Photoshop, I added text inside the print guide, then made a test print on letter size paper.

 

Once satisfied with the overall look and text alignment, I took a 4×6 card and adhered it on top of the print guide using washi tape. Then, I ran the card through the printer.

 

Note that thicker paper or cardstock might not easily pass through your printer, so beware of minor alignment or printer problems if you do use those.

This is what I ended up using: the quote printed on pink cardstock, used in the cover page of my 2014 Project Life album.

 

If you want to try this method, we’re sharing the .psd file of the print guide we shared above. You can print on two 4×6 cards in one sheet. You may download the print guide HERE.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *