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Monday, August 27, 2018

How to RESIZE A PDF & PRINT SMALLER @ Home!

HOW TO RESIZE PRINTABLES | HOW TO SHRINK A PDF | HOW TO PRINT SMALLER



Are you ready for the most AWESOME PRINTING HACK I've ever shared? 

HOW TO RESIZE & SHRINK ANY PDF!!

It's easy and you can do it at home - and now you can shrink your FULL SIZE planners, journals and notebooks; perfect for tossing in your bag when you are on the go! I've got step-by-step instructions... you are just a few minutes away from having the mini planner you always wanted!


STEP 1: Go to your Control Panel and click on "DEVICES and PRINTERS"

STEP 2: Make sure the printer you will be using is set as the DEFAULT printer.

STEP 3: Click on "Print Server Properties"


The box the pops open will show you the "forms" (or page sizes) already programmed for your printer. Scroll through and see what's there... chances are you'll need to create a "new form" (or new paper size). This part is where you can customize your paper size... HOWEVER, for it to look nice without weird margins, it'll need to be closely proportional to 8.5x11. My favorite mini-planner size is 6x8 - so that's what I'll show you here. I would start with 6x8, try it and adjust after that if you want.

STEP 4: Name your "form" (page size).

STEP 5: Set your Width and Height and hit OK.


Next... open the PDF you want to print. Select "PRINT" from the top menu bar and the standard "Print" box with options will open.

STEP 6: Select "PAGE SETUP" (bottom left corner)

STEP 7: The "Page Setup" box will open and from the "Size" drop down menu, pick the size you want or the size you custom made in Steps 4 & 5. If the new paper size isn't showing up you may need to restart your computer so it picks it up. You can also go back into your Device/Printer Settings and make sure the size saved.


Once you hit OK (from Step 7) the Page Setup Box closes and takes you back to the "Print" Box. You'll see that your print window has been changed to 6x8 inches - however, it's probably defaulting to the "Custom Scale" of 100%. We don't want this setting - as you can see from the preview window, it will print only the white highlighted section. No bueno!


STEP 10: Select the "FIT" button and suddenly both the document size and the print preview will show you what will actually print!

BUT WAIT... there is another important step BEFORE you hit PRINT... and this is the REAL key to shrinking your PDF's!


STEP 11: For this to work, YOU MUST PRE-TRIM YOUR PAPER!

Using a full size paper trimmer (I got mine on Amazon), trim your paper to the size you set. In my example, I trimmed mine to 6x8. If you don't have a paper trimmer, your local copy store can trim a ream for you. Most charge $1-2 per bulk cut. If you find a size you like, I recommend having an entire ream of paper trimmed so you can have that size paper always ready for printing!


STEP 12: Load the trimmed paper into your printer. It should have a slider bar of some kind that you can use to "hug" the paper. This will ensure that it feeds properly and doesn't slide as it prints.

STEP 13: Hit print and watch as cute mini pages of my planners and journals pop out!

The picture above shows what the regular 8.5x11 sheet printed looks like compared to the resized 6x8. Cute, huh!! A whole new world just opened in your mind... didn't it!


ONE CAUTIONARY TALE...

I used 6x8 as my sample size because it's my favorite AND it's very closely proportional to 8.5x11. If you just pick any size - understand you can only manipulate the paper size - the design and layout of the PDF doesn't change (it only shrinks). It can't be stretched or manipulated to fit any size. It HAS to be proportional or you'll end up with extra large margins. In the example above, I picked 4x6 for my paper size and the preview window (if "FIT" is selected) shows me what the page will look like when printed. Can you see the extra large top and bottom margins? This is because 4x6 is proportionally "taller" and 8.5x11 is proportionally "wider".  So - feel free to play with whatever size you'd like and know that you can look at the preview before you trim your paper and print to see for sure what it will look like when printed. 

Another note... I love shrinking to 5x7; it is nicely proportional and adorably tiny. However, my printer really struggled to print without slipping and sliding the paper. Every printer will be different, so when testing your first resizing print project - don't print the whole document at once. Print some test pages to make sure you like the size and to make sure your printer can handle the smaller paper. 6x8 worked as well and smoothly in my printer as a normal sheet of paper.



Is your mind totally blown? Such a fun NEW way to enjoy your planners and journals! And... just in time for planner season to start, too! Watch my Facebook Page; my full line of 2019 planner will be out within the next 4 weeks!


If you enjoyed this tutorial... please PIN!

Happy Printing!


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Christmas in July STARTS NOW!!


You've been patiently waiting and now IT'S TIME! 

But before you run to checkout, be sure to take a look at my newest NUGGET upgrade - a 4 in 1 set where you can add YOUR name to the "from" nugget OR use the blank wrapper sheet to make your own personalized Christmas Greetings! Instructions are included for adding text using either Word or Adobe Reader - it's so easy, you'll love the new versatility!



Another new printable you won't want to miss is Jody's new Christmas Activity Calendar! Using bottle cap magnets, you can mark the calendar with December's most common bucket list items like visiting Santa, frosting cookies, wrapping presents, decorating the tree, guests arriving, etc! She also included a set of countdown magnets you can use as well. Such a fun way for the kids to track and see what fun is coming up each week!


Finally - you won't want to miss my Box of Nativity JOY! Patterned after my Boxes of Sunshine, Birthday Wishes and Christmas Cheer - you'll love having this collection in your arsenal. The beauty of these kits is you can use one as a treat, handout or drop-by type gift... or pair a few together to make a small gift OR go all out and create and entire gift basket or care package! The new JOY one, in particular, would be great to send to your favorite missionary!

Ok... I won't hold you up any longer - below is the schedule and coupons!


7/26 (thurs) 60% off -> Use JULY60
7/27 (fri) 50% off -> Use JULY50
7/28 (sat) 40% off -> Use JULY40
or... use BONUS60 anytime during the sale for 60% off any $60+ purchase!

Coupons will be activated 12:01am to 11:59pm on the days stated (MST) 
and are valid on ALL printables in my shop.

Happy Shopping!


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Monday, July 23, 2018

Christmas in July ANNOUNCEMENT + Giveaway!




It's THAT TIME OF THE YEAR... Christmas in July starts later this week! I've been designing around the clock and have a NEW Box of Nativity Joy that you'll DEFINITELY want to add to your cart during the sale! This kit gives you an arsenal of Christ-Centered, Nativity Themed Candy Grams - perfect for giving individually to family, friends, church classes and neighbors... OR put a few together for a bigger gift OR use them all for an awesome gift basket or care package. There are 14 different tags + a scripture print... so you could even pick 12 of them and do a 12 Days of Christmas surprise for someone special as well!

My "Box Of SETS" offer so much versatility when gift giving... hopefully you also saw my Box of Birthday Wishes that I released last week! This sale is the PERFECT time to grab them all!



Below is the schedule AND the coupons, so start your wish list NOW and come back on Thursday to use the best coupon! Set an alarm on your phone or make sure to subscribe to my newsletter to get a reminder!

7/26 (thurs) 60% off -> Use JULY60
7/27 (fri) 50% off -> Use JULY50
7/28 (sat) 40% off -> Use JULY40
or... use BONUS60 anytime during the sale for 60% off any $60+ purchase!

For the giveaway... I'm giving away THREE 75% off coupons to use during the sale
Enter below, winners will be announced on Wednesday (7/25)!


a Rafflecopter giveaway  UPDATE: Congrats to Heather, Lyn and Ann! Thanks to all who entered!

Here's some links to get your shopping started... THINK AHEAD AND STOCK UP! What new items have you missed, what neighbor gifts can you get now to be more organized, etc!


Good luck!


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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

NEW Box of Birthday Wishes!




Oh my goodness... I'm SO EXCITED about this set!! It's been in the works and on my mind for months, so to see it come together gets me all giddy and anxious for the next friend of mine to have a birthday! Like my other "BOX" Kits - this one includes tons of Candy Gram Gift Tags (13) + coordinating nuggets, kisses, pen inserts and something NEW... tea light wrappers! 


To make them... I just got a package of cheap wax tea lights from the Dollar Store and dressed them up! For the toppers, punch with a 1.5" round punch then punch a small hole in the middle to feed the wick through. It will lay on top nicely once you set it in place. Trim the side wrappers and either use double sided tape or a glue stick to secure (or print that page on glossy sticker paper).  Just like my nuggets - I used a glue stick to secure the tea lights to the strip/tray so they don't slide around in the baggie (pretzel stick size) - then just tie it off with twine or ribbon and attach the "Make a Wish!" tag!

***Receiver should remove the tea light topper before lighting. This recommendation is printed on the strip/tray that you package the tea lights with and a little recommendation tag is included that can be printed, trimmed and included inside the tea light package. Please take care to include this when giving!


All round tags come in both 2 Inch and 2.5 Inch sizes (I like the bigger ones personally)! Most of the tag treats are obvious - but get creative! The "Just POPPING by..." tag could be paired with popcorn, their favorite soda, Pop Rocks, Popcorn w/Movie Tickets, or even a package of Ring Pops! For the cake one, take a mix or a cake already baked... etc. 


There's even a couple of tags in case you are a slacker and are LATE with your birthday wishes!


The flexibility with a kit this size is awesome too... give just one item - or put a few or all together to make a complete basket or care package! It's quick, easy, CREATIVE and you'll look like a gift-giving rock star!

* 7/17/18: Use BDAY5 to save $5 on the set - reserved for the first 50 customers only!


Happy Printing!


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Saturday, July 14, 2018

SEEK IT Tutorial + FREE GAME!


If you are new to our Seek It Games, they are simple to make and fun to play.  Each card has one (and only one) match... each player just needs to find their match to the center card first! It's a fast game and fun to play multiple rounds... works with 2 or more players, there are 55 cards. 



An instruction card is included with each set.


I get lots of questions about printing, print settings, etc - so I thought I'd do a couple of screen shots to show you where your settings should be so your Seek It Cards turn out perfect!  First - make sure you have the "FIT" box checked... if it's on "Actual Size" - your circles will be slightly larger than 3" rounds (which means when you punch them, you'll cut off the cute edge card)!  This is the setting you should get in the habit of using when printing any of my printables.


Next... click on the "PROPERTIES" button and another box will pop open.  ALWAYS select your paper type; your print quality changes based on what YOU tell the printer you are printing on.  I also ALWAYS recommend printing on GLOSSY surface paper - so that your ink sits on top and doesn't soak into the paper. Photo paper for this project might be a bit too thick - so my paper of choice is Glossy Brochure Paper.  It's thicker than paper, but thinner than card stock AND both sides are glossy, so the cute back side will be as vibrant as the front.


Each Seek It! Game is set up exactly the same. First, print the card fronts (Pages 1-12), then reinsert the paper into your printer (facing up) and print 12 copies of Page 13, which is the cute pattern designed to be the back of the card. All of the printables you see in my photos are printed at home using my HP Envy Photo Printer (on BEST quality with glossy paper). I highly recommend the following printers in this series... 7155 or 6255 (or 7640).


Once it's printed, you COULD painstakingly cut each round card with scissors, or you can simply punch with a 3" Round Craft Punch!  I then laminate my cards for durability with my home laminator and prefer to use 5ml heat pouches


My shown in the picture above is OLD - but here's a link to an inexpensive personal one that has great reviews on Amazon. After cutting out your cards, you can store them in these DARLING round metal tins or 4x6 organza gift bags. They are great for parties, classroom activities, family game nights - or make one to give as a gift!




We hope you enjoy making and playing your Seek It Games as much as we do with our families - be sure to check out the entire collection, we have over 20 themes to choose from! We're so confident you'll love them... we want you to try your first game on us! Just use the coupon code FREETODAY at checkout to get the "Just for Fun" Edition (shown in this tutorial) as a freebie!


Please PIN first before you grab your FREEBIE! Thanks!!


Happy Printing!


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

All About Our EDITABLE Sunday Lesson Kits


If you are new to our BLANK/EDITABLE Sunday Lesson Kits or if you teach ANY CLASS for ANY CHURCH for ANY AGE (or even home school and preschool)... these kits are for you!

We've designed a collection of cute coordinating BUT BLANK sets of visual aides, discussion points, word strips, quote frames and handout tags that you can edit and ADD YOUR OWN TEXT!


Use the full sheet frames for discussion points and questions - they help you transition from point to point in your lesson... then use the question and word strips to further discussion. Frames for quotes and handout tags are for highlighting your MOST important quotes and points. The nugget wrappers have many uses! Use them for handing out scripture references to your helpers/readers or use them to make a cute handout with a key word or phrase from the lesson!


You can easily add YOUR OWN text to the PDF using the "add comment" function in Adobe Reader or we've also provided a Word Doc with text boxes already set for you (just add your text; change fonts, font colors as sizes as needed). A sheet of tips and written instructions are included. 


So far we have 9 kits ready - they have all the same pieces, just with different color combos to suit your mood or your topic! These are great for any class - RS, Primary, YW, Sunday School, Bible Study Groups, Seminary, Gospel Doctrine and more! What I love most about having visual aides is they really help you as the teacher with smoother transitions between key topics within the lesson (plus help you look like a teaching rock star)! 


To help you get the most out of your lesson kit, I've put together some lesson planning pages to help you sift through information, find your key topics, list questions and discussion points, etc. Teaching from Conference Talks can be a challenge - these will help form a lesson outline AND help you utilize your lesson kit as well. Below are links to grab some kits and get your freebie!


More blank nuggets available in other kits as well...



Happy Printing!


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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

$25 GIVEAWAY!


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It's the end of the month and time for a fun giveaway... :)

Enter below to win one of two $25 gift cards to my shop!

WINNERS ANNOUNCED ON SATURDAY (6/30) MORNING!

CONGRATS TO CHERYL AND ALETHEA!

Happy Printing!


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Sunday, April 1, 2018

FIRST ANNUAL COUPON WEEK!

I get emails every week asking when my next big sale is... I know it's a long stretch between Black Friday and Christmas in July - so I came up with something fun to do in-between! Each day this week I'll be highlighting a different category of printables with a corresponding 40% off coupon for that day (valid only on items in that category).

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*Coupons are scheduled for specific product categories on specific days and are valued at 40% off (i.e. GAME40 is only valid on Games and can only be used on Monday). Coupons start and end at midnight MST on designated days. No exceptions or extensions. 

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The schedule, categories, LINKS and coupons are listed below:



MONDAY (4/2) is GAME DAY!

Use GAME40 for 40% off GAMES




TUESDAY (4/3) is NUGGET DAY!

Use NUGGET40 for 40% off NUGGETS




WEDNESDAY (4/4) is KISS DAY!

Use KISS40 for 40% off KISS PRINTABLES




THURSDAY (4/5) is PLANNER DAY!

Use PLANNER40 for 40% off PLANNERS



FRIDAY (4/6) is SUBWAY ART DAY!

Use SUBWAY40 for 40% off SUBWAY ART



SATURDAY (4/7) is NOTEBOOK/JOURNAL DAY!

Use NOTEBOOK40 for 40% off NOTEBOOKS & JOURNALS


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*Coupons are scheduled for specific product categories on specific days and are valued at 40% off (i.e. GAME40 is only valid on Games and can only be used on Monday). Coupons start and end at midnight MST on designated days. No exceptions or extensions. 

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Happy Printing!


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