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How to Make Your Own Perfect Printables

Are you looking to create something beautiful for your home? Want to customize a holiday get together or give a loved one a truly personalized gift?  From customize gift ideas to wonderful home decor and wall art, everything becomes easy, fun, and inexpensive when you make your own printables.

How to make your own perfect printables

If you’re not sure how to create your own homemade printables, we put together a few steps so you can be well on your way to making fabulous and one-of-a-kind printables.

Choose the Right Design App

Creating DIY printables starts with having the right design program. You can find heaps of online design tools for creating beautiful graphics that don’t cost a dime. Canva is a popular web design tool that offers a range of easy-to-customize templates for just about any design you can imagine. PicMonkey is another free resource that can spice up your images with ease. If you would like completely custom design software, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are perfect options, although they can be a little intimidating for beginners

Use Unique Typography

Typography can make the biggest difference between a good printable and an amazing printable. You will not want to print your favorite quote in comic sans and hang it on your wall. While there are a collection of free font resources out there, pick the ones that will make your printable standout. DaFont1001 Free Fonts and Font Squirrel have a huge variety of high-quality fonts that are not just easily downloadable but are also free for commercial use. Whether you need something elegant, vintage, handwritten or unusual fonts, these websites got you covered.

Take Advantage of Clip Art and Stock Photos

Sometimes coming up with your own design can take ages. So why not hop on Google and browse through some websites that offer useful and free clip arts. There’s a ton out there. A few websites that offer a myriad of stellar clip art include VectorStockClipart.com and Dreamstine. If you like to use Creative Commons image, CompfightPexels and Pxhere offer high-quality, professional-looking shots that can certainly make any printables eye-catching.

Pick a High-Quality Printer

Bring your well-crafted printable to life using a high-quality printer. If you already have your own printer at home, you’re in great shape. However, you must know that the type of printer you have can greatly affect the quality of your printable. If you want the colors to pop on the page, an inkjet printer is your best friend. Inkjet printers are great for photos and image-heavy documents as they blend colors smoothly. But you should note that a high-end inkjet printer can do much more wonders than low-end printers. So if you’re still on the lookout of a good printer, it’s worth paying a little more in exchange for higher quality.

Looking for a printing solution that won’t burn a hole in your pocket but will produce an impressive output? We can help, just give us a call to discuss your needs.

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DIY Decorations for Thanksgiving

Despite the fact that Thanksgiving is embedded in the American tradition, this fall holiday tends to be overlooked as far as decorating is concerned. As soon as Halloween ends, it seems like Christmas decorations pop up all over in stores and restaurants, with Thanksgiving receiving little recognition by comparison.

In the spirit of fall and Thanksgiving tradition, you should elect to take on some easy decoration projects right at home to show your Thanksgiving spirit. Here are just a few to help you get started.

  1. Wreaths

Wreaths are a pretty symbolic door piece for Christmas, but Thanksgiving has plenty of plants and foliage to pick from to decorate a wreath as well. In fact, the fall colors will go perfectly on any door to welcome your guests. They’re also really easy to make.

 

  1. Twig Turkey

Rustic, homely feelings dominate Thanksgiving, along with turkey, so why not combine the two into a great decoration project. A twig turkey will look great as a centerpiece on your dinner or coffee table, and it could even be a great project to involve your kids in as well!

  1. Leaves and Mason Jars

This one probably takes the cake in the easy DIY project department. All you need are some fall-colored leaves, mason jars, glue, and some tea candles! This project will create nice fall-themed lanterns that will add to the glow of the fall.

4. Coloring Pages

You don’t have to get too fancy. Why not have the kids color some Thanksgiving-themed coloring pages? We put together three for you that you can download and print out.

Download the pdfs: 1, 2, 3.

5. Autumn Lights

Everyone knows that Christmas lights are almost ubiquitous once the holiday season starts kicking in, but that doesn’t mean they can be used for Thanksgiving as well! Just using some fall leaves, you can put these on your Christmas lights to create a great decoration for your home.

These four do-it-yourself projects are simple and easy to get done from the comfort of your own home. With a little time and a quick trip to the craft supplies store, you will be able to show your Thanksgiving spirit and add a little color to your home as well. This way, you can help add Thanksgiving back on the calendar in its rightful place before Christmas.

Four Ways to Use Your Printer for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming soon! Are you ready for it? While flowers and chocolates are nice gestures, it has been done so many times before. Do not just stick to the generic presents, especially when you have a printer like the ones offered from Caltronics that can print incredible photos and designs right from home. Adding the hand-made touch will certainly be appreciated, and you can include your children in the effort as well! Below are four great ways to use your printer to make this Mother’s Day the best one yet.

  1. Print home photos.

Thanks to social media, it is extremely common for great photos to stay exclusively online. However, there is a certain level of sentimentality connected with having physical copies of the pictures, as opposed to just seeing them on a screen. With some good card stock or photo paper and your printer, you can make physical copies right from home that can be hung up or put in a frame. You could even start a photo album that can be filled with your favorite memories as a family.

2. Make a unique card.

It’s easy to buy a card from the store. But with a good printer, it can be even easier to print a great card from home. Here are some templates to get you started. This is especially great if your handwriting is not the best; you can type out a sweet note inside the card instead!

3. Print out special presents and decorations that get the kids involved!

DLTK offers an awesome variety of printable activities and crafts for kids, like the classic Mother’s Day coupons, along with gift bags and tags, printable puzzles, and even mini books.

4. Explore the World of Pinterest.

There are great decorations from Pinterest in order to make the entire day festive. You could even print these out and put around your office to celebrate all of the mothers who you work with! Find a variety of different crafts for you or the kids to make, along with invitations for a Mother’s Day celebration, and even printable designs that can enhance the more standard gifts, like cards that go in a pot of flowers or decorations you can hang around the home.

With all these ideas, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for Mom with just your printer.

st patricks day printables

St. Patrick’s Day Printables to Hang Around the Office

Decorating the office for particular holidays is a great way to help improve collaboration and teamwork within the office culture without adding any undue stress. And with so many holidays throughout the year, it’s easy to always have a new fun project for those who like to be creative. If your office has a great multi-function printer from Konica Minolta or HP, you don’t even have to spend money going to the store to print out decorations. They can all be done in the office with the supplies you already have. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, let’s look at some great examples of printables that you and your coworkers can print to hang around the office. Happy decorating!

st patricks day printables

  1. If you are looking for traditional shamrock printables, The Balance has collected a wide variety of free options that you can print from your Konica Minolta MFP with great detail. They feature printables small and large, from banners to pennants, posters, and many more.
  2. If your office is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration and inviting kids to join, there are plenty of holiday-themed printables to help keep the day exciting for the kids. This site has a number of great coloring pages, crafts, and other fun ideas for entertaining them that can be printed straight from your office.
  3. Hallmark also offers a number of free printables that include both awesome designs you can hang around the office and fun puzzles and word searches with the St. Patrick’s Day theme.
  4. And you don’t have to just focus on hanging things up. There are plenty of other great printables to put on desks and to wear. Some examples are shamrock name badges and cards.

Trying to create a celebratory spirit around holidays may not seem easy when budgets are tight and expenses need to be kept at a minimum. But with a top of the line printer and Caltronics’ team of experts helping you, you can have the best looking holiday-themed office in the building without any extra costs.