FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Printables are “do it yourself of DIY” PDF file templates that are either downloaded or emailed to you for use. You may print them at home or at your local office supply store.
What type of software do I need?

You will need a working desktop or laptop computer and the latest Adobe Reader® software to read and print your PDF files properly. You can download Adobe Reader® for free at www.adobe.com .

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I have a Mac, can your printables work on my computer?

We make all of our printables on a Mac and they work on both PC and Mac OS platforms. You just have to make sure that you are opening your files in Adobe Reader® and not Apple’s default PDF reader called Preview. The Preview program will not work properly with our files. If you think your Mac is reading our files using Preview, do not double click on the files to open them. Instead, launch Adobe Reader® and open our files from the program itself.

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Do I have to be a crafter to make these printables?

Nope. If you can fold a paper in half, you are halfway there. We will teach you the rest. We keep our printables easy to make and the most complicated of them have been timed at 10 minutes to make.

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What types of papers should I use to print printables and what other supplies do I need ?

Paper is a very important element in using our printables and although we highly recommend using photo papers, they are not completely necessary if you make proper printer settings before printing on your ink jet printer. So what’s the difference between the two? Photo papers will make your prints have a much more vivid color presentation and the quality of the actual printing is virtually as good as a professional print job. Do keep in mind that if you take your files to be printed on a laser printer at your local office supply shop, you can ask them to use photo paper compatible with their laser printers, and often at no additional charge. The finished printouts will look much more vivid. Below are details of different types of paper you can use with your printables and how to use them on ink jet printers. Do check your printer’s manual to confirm below papers are all forms of approved media for your printer.

BOND PAPER
Bond paper is the paper you find in your printer. It’s great for things like stationery sheets, envelopes, bottle wrappers and any project that does not require a sturdy paper media. When printing, under ”Quality & Media” in Adobe Reader®’s print window, set your printer to ”high” quality & choose “plain paper”

PHOTO PAPER
These are available at your local office stationery supply store or photographic stores.

HEAVY WEIGHT PAPER
Heavy weight paper is great for things like paper toys, boxes, party hats, and any project that requires a sturdy paper media. We strongly recommend using photo paper.

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Any tips for printing printables at home?

CUTTING TOOLS
Please use caution when using any cutting instruments.

SCISSORS
Try and use a good pair of scissors, as it makes it much easier and more pleasant to cut with. You might consider investing in a good pair of scissors as it will last you longer but will also be much easier to cut with. A great pair of scissors not only will last you longer but your cutting will be so much easier. Except for the circles, Leo Loves Invitations cut all the stationery by hand or with an NT Cutter/ X-Acto Knife

CIRCLE PUNCHERS
We recommend cutting cupcake toppers with a 2 inch (50mm) circle puncher, and sometimes a scalloped edged puncher. It makes the circle cutting faster. However, if you have a steady hand, it is possible to cut the circles with a pair of scissors. Circle punches are available from Scrapbooking supply stores and online. Leo Loves Invitations also has a limited number of circle punches available to rent at R25/day. A R125 deposit is required which will be fulle refunded on return. Please note, I am based in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.

PAPER TRIMMERS
Paper Trimmers are an option extra. They make cutting straight lines easier than with scissors. Though, I confess, my NT Cutter is attached to my hip and I rarely use my paper trimmer. I find it more straight forward to attack projects with an NT cutter and metal ruler! But that’s just me. Paper trimmers are sturdy and will cut straight lines quickly and these are perfect for cutting invitations, trimming signs, bottle wrappers, etc.

Tip! If printing at a professional printer, ask them to trim your goods for you. Most will oblige either free of charge or at a nominal rate. My secret, to save money, is to ask to use their guillotine’s and trim them myself which is free of charge if they allow this.

CRAFT KNIFE / NT CUTTER
Craft knives are not needed much with our printables. We only have a hand full of printable projects that call out for an optional small incision to be made. Many customers still make these incisions with other tools that they may have handy. If you decide to need one, please be very careful with them and read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use them. Note that you will also need a cutting mat to for your work surface.

HOLE PUNCHER
And lastly, in some cases you may need to punch out holes into your printables. A standard punch as used for punching holes to attach paper in ring binders will suffice.

SCORING TOOLS
(Not all projects will require scoring. It mostly applies to packaging boxes and will be noted on the product details)

Scoring is essential when folding heavier paper and makes folding light weight paper easier and more accurate. Scoring is indicated by a dotted line. Place a ruler or straight edge object at the scoring line, and run your scoring tool firmly along this line – I find doing this a few times usually gives better results. The aim is to depress the paper to make the folding easier. scoring lines are marked by straight dashed lines on our printables. If you do not score before folding, you can get unexpected results like tearing, cracking or wrinkles on your paper. The objective of scoring is to make your paper folding easy and effortless. Scoring tools are usually a bone folder, but I’ve found a ball point pen WITHOUT ink works very well. I’ve even used the back of a spoon handle. You’re looking for something that isn’t sharp enough to puncture the paper, but isn’t too wide so that you can make an accurate line.

ADHESIVES
Occasionally, usually for packaging boxes and hats, adhesive may be required. Leo Loves Invitations will specify on each project which adhesive is preferable. This could include: Double Sided Tape, Normal Sticky Tape and Wood/ Craft Glue.

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Any tips for printing printables at my local print shop?

It may be a good idea to print a test page first before placing your entire order at your office supply shop. Laser printers may print a bit saturated so you want to make sure to check the colors on a test printout. This is a great time to communicate to your printing shop if the colours look correct, need to be adjusted (lighter or darker if at all) and test out the stock of text & cover weight papers that they have available for printing. Consider looking through their selection of paper stock that include many colors & textures (pearlescent, metallics, linen, canvas textures, etc). Or purchase paper from The Deckle Edge to add interest to your stationery. Make sure your local office supply shop uses Adobe Reader® software for opening & printing our PDF files. Other programs such as Adobe Pro®, will not work properly.

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My printables are printing smaller than they are suppose to be–how do I fix this?

You’re probably not printing at 100% scale. In Adobe Reader®’s print window, set “Page Scaling” to “None”.

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Can I edit your printable files?

Our files are password protected and the data inside them can not be extracted or the file can not be opened in any imaging editing program.

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