If it’s not obvious yet, I LOVE printables. The ability to have near-immediate access to gorgeous wall art or super helpful organizational sheets still seems magical to me. I’ve gotten a few questions asking about the best methods for printing printables so thought I’d write this guide with some tips and recommendations to get the best quality prints.
Printing Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What size paper should I use?
A: Unless otherwise stated, all our prints are designed for US Letter sized paper.
Q: What type of paper should I use?
A: Well it depends.
Plain printer paper is fine for worksheets, planners, schedules, or other similar printables.
Thicker cardstock is best for flash cards, greeting or thank you cards, or really any other printable that will need to stand up to a bit of handling. I also recommend matte cardstock for wall art. You should be able to find a heavy 65lb cardstock at your local Michaels or office supply store. If not, this paper from Amazon works great.
Just make sure you use a paper that is designed for your printer. To get the best quality make sure you use inkjet paper with an inkjet printer and laser paper for laser printers.
Before printing, make sure your printer knows what type of paper you are using. Some printers will jam and give you all kinds of fits if you are using cardstock but it thinks you are using plain paper.
Also, double check the printing dialog on your computer to make sure it matches the paper you’re printing on.
Some of our printables are designed for sticker or label paper. We’ll make sure to note the recommended paper types for these in the product description.
Q: What printer should I use?
A: Printers come it two basic types: inkjet and laser. Each has their pros and cons and, when paired with the right paper, are more than capable of printing any of our printables.
There are some considerations that you might think about it you are in the market for a new printer, however.
Spring for a nice printer. You don’t have to break the bank here by any means, but consider getting a model a step above the cheapest on the shelf. Most of the cheapest models will blow through supplies like nobodies business and leave you frustrated at the subpar results.
Inkjet printers are generally less expensive upfront than laser printers. If you only plan on printing a few pages every now and then, inkjet might be best for you. (The ink cartridges can dry out though, so don’t go too long between prints.) Inkjet printers are also generally better at printing photos if that’s something you’re looking for. You can pick up a great inkjet model like this Canon for well under $100.
Laser printers may cost more initially, but factor in the cost per page to print and they are often much cheaper in the long run. They are much faster and the toner cartridges last longer which makes them great for a home office or homeschool that prints a lot on a regular basis. While they don’t print photos as well as inkjets, they do a fine job printing the graphic elements in our printables. Just make sure you are looking at a model that is capable of printing in color like this Brother model.
Q: What print quality settings should I use?
A: This comes down to personal preference but I’ll tell you what I do to give you some perspective.
For planners, worksheets, schedules and such, I print using the draft settings. This saves a ton of ink and still gives me that pop of colors that I love.
For wall art, thank you notes, and invitations I print using high-quality settings to ensure they look their best.
So now you have all the printing taken care of, what next?
My binder printables are designed to be…well…bound. I recommended a heavy duty three hole punch if you’re going to be binding anything more than a handful of pages. It saves me SO much time and frustration compared to the single hole punch or the more light-duty three hole version I used to use.
Grab whatever three-ring binder you like at your local office supply place and you should be good to go. Just remember to get one with a clear sleeve on the front cover if you want to use the cover page that comes with your binder bundle.
Flashcards, Greeting Cards, and Thank You Notes
A good pair of scissors will work fine for cutting these out if you have the time and patience. For a quicker and more exact cut, consider a guillotine paper cutter.
Free Black & White Wall Art
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