Post # 1
I am at a serious breaking point.
…I just called Fiance and yelled aimlessly about these stupid invites. They’re not really his problem, but he just happened to be the lucky person on the other end of the phone.
I had the BRILLIANT idea of DIYing my invites because I am crafty and while I am loving how little they will cost us (in terms of dollars) I am not loving that I have lost my sanity somewhere along the way. We really have saved HUNDREDS of dollars. Invites that would have cost us $6/ are costing around $1.50 everything in. Steal.
So, what’s my issue?
I can’t get the damn inserts to print reasonably. I tried using word because a) its easy (so I thought) I set the page & print margins and downloaded a new font. When it prints it looks like crap and the page margins I am looking at are not the same as the printers apparently…because EVERYTHING is getting cut off.
So, then I decided to use an illustration program. MUCH more complicated to figure out, but I ended up creating a document reasonably easily. YAY! ??? So, now I have 1 page that prints easily, but I can’t get multiple pages to print w/out it shrinking the document…even though I gave it CLEAR insturctions to keep the size. So, I have intive inserts…if I want to print and cut 400 seperate pages.
I’ve already pulled out all my hair. I have spent most of my free time over the past month working on this. Invites to overseas family need to go out May 1st. I’m going crazy and almost wish I had just frigging paid someone to do this.
Does anyone have suggestions? Or pills? (yes…pills would work)
Post # 3
Staples? Kinkos? A glass bottle of wine and a tech savvy friend?
Post # 4
i dont know what kind of computer/printer you are using but You should be able to adjust the print margin settings.
Post # 5
OMG! I read the title of the post and that could totally be me!
Post # 6
It depends on your printer, there are a million things for the margins that could be whacked. But for the quality of it there are usually a few places you can change the settings on to a higher DPI, some have ’rounding’ options to smooth out the print and changing the paper thickness can help as well.
I know it’s super frustrating – take a break from it for a day or two, have a cocktail and test it out again after you look through all the customizing spots in your printer settings.
Post # 7
Take it to Fedex/Kinkos. They’ll typeset it for you, and charge you to copy it onto he invitations… assuming you’re doing all black printing. It should be about 6 cents a page for the copying, and you do all the assembly.
Post # 8
@thewheelsonthebus: Yes, I have discovered this MILLIONS of margins issue. This is really only an issue with Word so it could be a Word/Printer compatibility issue. I’ve played around with the print settings so much that I don’t even know what works anymore. Very sad.
I did ask both staples & Kinkos…neither can use the scribus document I made 🙁 And they were VERY confused when I told them I wanted 3 of X documents/page (and it will fit I’ve done the measurements). They even went so far as to suggest I cut and paste, then copy…which I am STRONGLY considering except I fear it will look like SHIT.
Post # 9
@kermie: Honestly. I would start a new document and copy/paste your text in fresh. It sounds like you need a landscape layout with 3 columns set up? Would that work?
Post # 10
What program were you using? You could try using Microsoft Publisher. It’s easier to play with the margins and comes standard with most microsoft suite options. If you need help, let me know.
Post # 11
why don’t you try to print them from VistaPrint? they are quite cheap??
Post # 12
After you create the file, can you save it as a PDF and try printing it? Sometimes that will work
Post # 13
Check the type of paper your printer thinks it’s getting. If I forget to specify “envelope” or “8 1/2 x 11 letter” and it thinks it’s the other one, the margins get horribly wrong and I end up wasting my expensive envelope/paper. (I’m *gasp* printing my envelopes too. Emily Post would not approve.)
Post # 14
I was like you. Not that I’m crafty but the whole printing issue. I gave up and went to a local print shop and they printed it at a discount and did all my cutting for free. It saved my sanity, I kid you not. Now, mounting the first and second layer backing AND rounding the corners on all pieces of backing and inserts…oh well, my wrists 🙁