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Getting ready for new planner printables

 

Happy weeeekend puddin’! :D

Are you full of plans to chillax and decompress from the busy week?

Over here I am full force counting down the days to the launch of LimeTreeFruits FREE 2015 Planner!

Yup, you read it right.

F-R-E-E 2015 planner coming up this TUESDAY!

Could it be any closer? :D

Sooo, as we just entered the weekend and playing with planners is a FUN way to spend some ‘me-time’, I thought this’d be a good opportunity to bring back to the spotlight some printing tutorials and help you get ready for the planner printing fun happening this week.

Note that this guide is specifically to help you print LimeTreeFruits inserts. Other peeps create their work with different settings so those tutorials might or might not apply to their printables as well.

First here is a very very quick overview of the process:

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Now let’s get to more deets on each one of the steps, shall we? :)

::Step 1 – Cut paper::

LimeTreeFruits inserts are formatted to be printed on the final paper size you will use – meaning pages that are pre-cut to size.

Soooo you cut the pages BEFORE printing – not after.

Now, the ‘standard’ paper size {that you will cut into Personal or A5 size} varies by country. If you are in USA and pop into an OfficeMax to get ‘regular’ paper for your printer you will end up with a stash of 8.5′ x 11′ {a.k.a. letter size paper}.

If you are for instance in Europe, A4 paper is the mostly easily found.

Now, THAT makes things a bit tricky, doesn’t it? If Letter and A4 are slightly different sizes when you trim them down to Personal or A5 so how many sheets do you get from each one?

I am clarifying it all here on this post sweets.

<rantalert> BY THE WAY, YOU PEOPLE THAT USE A4 ARE SOOOO LUCKY! </rantover>

A4 vs Letter cover

 

Anywho, that post above is more appealing to the geeks out there eager to learn about paper and its variations.

You can skip all that “talk” and go straight to the one below where I recorded a video AND created a handy printable to show you how to cut your pages hassle-free! :D

Head over here to watch the video or click the image below:

LimeTreeFruits.com/cutting-pages-for-your-Filofax

 

::Step 2 – Feed your printer::

Give your printer what it wants! :D Some good yummy blank sheets of paper. ;) {Remember to feed it the exact paper size you want it printed on – Personal, A5 or A4/letter size}

::Step 3 – Choose your printable::

The fun part! :D Browse all the freebies available, get on with the newest monthly planner or if you are LimeTreeFruits members you get even more options – Log in and browse your fave design.

::Step 4 – Save the file::

Suuuuuper-important step. Printing straight from the browser is a hit-or-miss kind of thing. It messes up the size and things look all wonky. To have a neat looking printable ready to pop into your planner, save the file to your computer, open it with Adobe Reader or similar and then print.

::Step 5 – Configure your printer::

That one is the scariest I know, so let’s take a deep breath before proceeding.

First of all remember to befriend your printer. ;) It might get frustrating from time to time but your relationship is a long-lasting one so be patient, get to understand it and give it very clear instructions of what you need.

For instance did you know that not all home printers can print double sided?
Did you know that if you are printing off a Word doc or a PDF file the printer will pull out the pages in different order?

Confusing, huh? I am talking all about it over here and giving you some tips on how to solve those issues:

Extra printing tips

 

Now that you are getting familiar with your printer let’s work on the settings.

Set aside an afternoon to get it all prepped up. You will just need to do it ONCE! After that every time you need to print something else the settings will be there for you, no struggle needed. ;)

Pick the paper size you want to print to read the tutorial:

Printing Tutorial for Personal     Printing Tutorial for A5

 

::Step 6 – Print!::

YOU DID IIIIITTTT!!!!!!

And ya know the best part of it? The time-consuming and scary-looking step “cutting paper” and “configuring printer” just need to be done ONCE a year the most! :D

Next time, you come back for more this below will be your easy-peasy checklist:

1 – ::Choose your printable::

2 – ::Save the file::

3 – ::Feed your printer::

4 – ::Print!::

HA! You will get addicted to it and all its possibilities as it gets easier and easier every time. :D

Now sweets, go fire up that printer and I will see ya again SOON with a brand new 2015 free planner for ya. ;)

Many Smooches,

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