Monday, January 16, 2012

Tutorial | Printing Onto Project Life Journal Cards

I’ve been doing Project Life since May 2011 and one of my favorite things to do is to type my journaling on the computer and then print them out onto the 3x4 journal cards in the Project Life kit.  I print them onto the cards with design on them, and I print them onto the grid journal cards as well.  You can see some examples here.

A lot of people have asked me how to print onto the Project Life journal cards themselves, so I recorded a video of how to do this.  In the tutorial, I use Photoshop CS3 to demonstrate, but you could use any version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements for this to work.  (I would imagine this would also work in MS Word if you know how to set up the document size and do a text box in that software.)  Also, in order to print straight onto a 3x4 journal card, your printer will need to have a rear paper tray with an adjustable paper guide. (Many printers have this feature.)  My printer is the Canon Pixma MP620, but it’s been discontinued.  If it broke today and I had to buy another one, I would probably purchase the Canon Pixma MG5220.  I print both my photos and my journal cards on the same printer, which is very convenient.

What if you don't have a printer that has a rear paper tray?  Liz Tamanaha (Paislee Press) has written an awesome tutorial on how to print onto 3x4 journal cards by adhering them to a 8.5x11 sheet of paper.  She even has offered a template for you to download.  :)

For the tutorial, I’m going to print onto this piece of Project Life journal card from the Clementine core kit.  It has a border on the top and the bottom.

So here’s the video.  It is about 7 minutes long.  If you're already familiar with setting up your document size in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, and creating text boxes, then you can skip to minute 3:55, where I start showing you how to do the print setup.  :)

And here’s the journal card printed out.  :)

Hope this tutorial helps you.  Let me know if you have any questions or comments.
PS - I just want to add that this tutorial will work for printing on any size journal cards, as long as you specify what size it is in your PS document and also in your printer setup window.
[feedly mini]