Basics of Printables

If you love adding special touches to your celebrations, printables might be the perfect solution.  A printable is a digital file that you can either instantly download or is emailed to you.  Printables are designed to be easy to print and assemble.  They are also a great way to keep your party in budget and create the event of your dreams.  Still not sure you’re ready to use printables at your next celebration?  Check out our Basics of Printables guide below for tips on file types, technical requirements, types of paper, printing and cutting.

 

JPEG or PDF – How to Choose a File Type

We offer two file types for our For your printable invitations and notecards, you have a choice between a JPEG file or a PDF file.  JPEG files are single sized invite files.  They need to be printed at a photo printer, on single sized cardstock or emailed to your guests.

 

PDF files have two invitations or notecards laid out on a 8.5″ x 11″ page.  The PDF file needs to be printed on heavy white 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock or matte photo paper.  You can print at home or your local print shop.  You will need to cut out the invitations or notecards.  You can use a paper cutter, scissors or have your local print shop cut them out for you.

 

All of our party design files are PDF files.  They need to be printed out on medium to heavy white 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock.

 

Technical Requirements

Printables are designed to be easy, so the technical requirements are minimal. You will need the newest edition of Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print your PDF files.  You can download your free Acrobat Reader here.

 

For each file, you can print as many as you need.  Once downloaded, your files will never expire.

 

Our invitations, notecards and party design files are not editable – EXCEPT the food tent card designs.  You can edit this file using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 

You will need to view your files on a computer, not a phone or tablet.  The screen display on a phone or tablet skews the colors and makes them look different then when printed.

 

Types of Paper

It is best to use white cardstock or matte photo paper to print most of the items for your party.  All of these types of paper can be purchased at your local office supply shop such as Staples, Office Max, Kinko’s, UPS or another local print shop.  If you print at your local print shop, they will provide the best cardstock for you and can even cut invitations and notecards for a small fee.

 

White Cardstock:  A heavier paper, cardstock is recommend for printing invitations, notecards and most of the party designs.  You can choose between a medium weight (60 – 80 pound) or a heavy weight (90 – 120 pound).

 

Matte Photo Paper:  A high-quality paper that can be used for invitations (especially those with a photo) or notecards.  This is the recommended paper to print if using an ink jet printer.

 

Glossy Photo Paper:  Use this photo paper if you would like a glossy look to your invitation.

 

Full Label Paper:  A full sheet of label paper without any cut shapes or lines.  Good for turning your party designs into stickers – such as water bottle labels and party circles.

 

How to Print

For invitations and notecards, there are two ways that you can print.

 

Print on Paper – You can print your PDF file on heavy white 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock or you can have a single sized JPEG file printed on 5″ x 7″ or 4″ x 6″ sized white cardstock.

 

Photo Printing – You can send your single sized JPEG file to your local print shop (Shutterfly Snapfish, Walgreens, Target, Walmart, etc.) and order photo prints of your invitation.

 

How you choose to print your invitation is up to you.  Both options have excellent quality.  Some customers like the glossy look of a photo invitation, while others like the feel of real paper.

 

For printing the party designs, you will need 8.5″ x 11″ medium to heavy white cardstock and to print on an at-home printer or your local print shop.  When printing at your local print shop, we recommend emailing the files to them or bringing them on a USB drive.

 

For the water bottle labels, you will need 8.5″ x 11″ full label paper.  You then need to cut the labels out individually.

 

Cutting and Assembly

We recommend using a paper cutter for cutting your invitations, notecards and other party designs.  You can use a traditional chopping paper cutter or more modern drag and cut paper cutter.  Another way of cutting your designs is to use a metal ruler and a X-acto knife on top of a self-healing cutting mat.  If you’re looking for more guidance on paper cutting tools, check out the scrapbooking department of your local craft store for more advice.

 

For additional tips and photo instructions on assembling your party designs, check out our Tutorials section.