Saturday, January 24, 2009

Making use of those scraps

This may not be new - but it is a trick that has worked for me for many years. I sometimes like to type out my journaling on a layout and of course want to print it out on some nice cardstock. The problem is that I don't want to cut down an entire piece of paper for some journaling. So...this is what I do.

First, I type up my journaling in a word processing program. I pick my fonts, what size I think it needs to be. (you could be more percise by measuring - but that is so not me - hehe). Anyhow - this is a sample of my printed out journaling. I took this from my blog and is intended only for my sample :)

*umm excuse the mess:)

Now I have the supplies I need -- journaling (after it has been checked to make sure it is the correct size).

So here all I did was flip the strip of cardstock and put 2 strips of glue at the edges -- just enough to hold it in place while it runs through the printer. Here I just placed the cardstock onto the paper directly over my journaling that I had just printed. Make sure it is on there nice and flat so that it doesn't get caught in your printer. I use permanent adhesive but I guess you could try repostional kind? Let me know if that works!
Sorry for the poor picture here -- but here is what it looks like right before I put it in the printer. I simply flip it over and put it in the printer. This is so when it comes out of the printer the writing is on the cardstock side.
Here it is out of the printer. I simply take it to my personal cutter and trim off the excess paper. Usually this takes care of the glued white paper. If not, I carefully tear it off.
and then here you have the end result. All you need to do is adhere it onto your layout.

You can also print on pattern paper as well -- it is kinda nice to use up your stash.

Since this was a sample of what you can do, I am going to share with you some layouts where I have used this technique myself.

In this layout I printed out my writing onto cardstock and then cut the sentences into smaller pieces for a different look.

This one I created in Photoshop but it is the same idea -- I first printed it out onto regular paper -- when I was satisfied I put my cardstock on top and that's it!
Another one where I chopped up the sentences.

This one I just printed it out using the same method that I showed above.

Same method -- but different sizing!

As you can see, there are many ways to do this and it is easy! Hope this was helpful:)
Michelle Lanning


Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Thanks for the tips, I am always behind on the important JOURNALING!

Noel said...

Thta's super smart! You have no idea how much paper I have wasted...:(