Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tutorial - Print Your Own Gift Bags with Free Clip Art

I have very fond memories of opening my lunch bag in the cafeteria and devouring it's contents, so couldn’t resist a huge package of paper lunch bags when I saw them on sale. They sat in a drawer for a bit before I came up with this use for them. I needed something to put some 'thank you' gifts in so I whiped up some clip art and made these. I made a bunch and keep them on hand for giving to guest and customers with goodies inside.

•brown paper lunch bags
•Microsoft Word or other printing program (Photoshop, Gimp, etc.)
•Thanks You clip art (click the below to download)

How To Do It:
1-    Open a new document in Word.
2-    Go to File > Page Set-up set the page dimensions to the size of your bag. Mine is 5.13” x 10.75.” 

3-    Go to Format > Document and set all margins to .25.”

      4-    Save your file!
5-    Insert your clip art. Go to Insert > Picture > From File… and browse to your clip art file.
6-    Position the clip art a few inches from the top. Not too far down – you don’t want it to print over the folded bottom of the bag.

7-    Do not skip this step, this is they key to getting your printer to feed the bags through: iron your paper bags flat with a dry hot iron.
8-    Place bag in printer tray seam side up, top going in first.
9-  Print your bags. Depending on your printer you can adjust your paper type to “heavy” and play around with other settings that will help your printed feed the bag through. I found my printer could handle three bags at a time, but any more was too much for it. Try doing just one at first and then add a few more.

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