Curious how to print on all of the fun ephemera hanging around your paper stashes? I'm talking about small paper bags, journaling cards, tags or tickets? Here's my relatively simple method to print on those non-traditional size paper items. I just did this on old book pages and it is so fun. I want to emphasize that you should only do this with very thin items or you could damage your printer and we don't want that.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- I use this technique with the help of double-sided repositional tape. The tape is strong enough to hold things together, but has a low tack so you can peel it off easily.
- You'll also need a program to create a template and your design. Photoshop, Illustrator, Word. Whatever you've got.
- Measure the item you'd like to print on.
- On the computer, create a letter-sized, 8.5x11 canvas. I did this in Photoshop.
- On the canvas, draw a box with the dimensions of your item to create a template. My tag was 2.125 x 4.25.
- Print your template on 8.5x11 paper and be sure the "Scale to Print Media" box is unchecked. You want your box to print at the exact size of your item.
- Roll out a strip of the repositional tape on the box and align your item over it.
- Back on the computer, add the text/design you'd like to print within the box on the template. Then hide or delete the box so it doesn't print.
- Place the template with the tag/your item attached on your printer. Make sure you know if you need to face this up or down depending on how your printer works. Hit print and once again, be sure the "Scale to Print Media" box is unchecked in the print dialogue box.
Peel your item off the template and you're done! Think you'll try it? Please let me know if you have any questions.