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Printable Download Instructions September 29 2015, 0 Comments

You decide you want to add some artwork to your home or office so you purchase and download... but now what? How do you turn your download into a beautifully framed piece of artwork?

Here are a couple quick tips and tricks to make the most of your downloaded art work! 

First, decide if you want to print at home or at a local printer. If you like the quality of printing that your printer at home produces then printing at home can save time and money!

If you are printing at home, follow these steps. If you are printing at a local printer keep scrolling down.

 

1) Load your printer with an 8.5x11 inch white cardstock. (Why cardstock? It gives the appearance of higher quality) 

2) Open your newly downloaded file. I use a Mac so my images open in "Preview". 

3) Select "File" from the menu and then "Print"

4) Once in the Print Dialog box make sure to pick the "Print Entire Image" option. You do not want to pick the "Fill Entire Page" option because that will cause the artwork to stretch larger than it should be. 

 

5) Now print.

6) Take a ruler and pencil and draw lines to connect the black crop lines. 

7) Cut along the lines you drew

8) And, now you have frame ready 8x10 art! Use a frame that's around your house or buy a new one! Hobby Lobby always has great options. And... if it's not already discounted, they have 40% off coupon available. 

 

 

OR, let the professionals do it...

But if you are like me and prefer to let the professionals do the printing then by all means go that route. No matter how many times I calibrate my printer it just doesn't do the artwork justice! (All my prints that are for purchase are printed at one of 2 high quality printers in Southern California). Most local printers have the option to let you upload your file directly to their site and then you can pick it up in store but it usually take a day or two. So, what I do, is save the file to a USB and walk it strait into the printers. Usually they will print on the spot with little waiting involved. 

Once your artwork is home, just follow steps 6, 7, 8 and bam, you've got yourself new inexpensive artwork! 

Still have questions? Please email me at kristen@crafted.by I would love to help!

xoxo

Kristen Stansell

 


Why I love Download Printable Art September 29 2015, 0 Comments

I love home decor. I always have and probably always will. As a kid, I would ask my mom to help me change out my room decor almost annually. We would do inexpensive projects like find / make new decor pillows for the bed. Sometimes we would pain the room a new color. Other times I would just rearrange my room so much that everything looked new! Guess what, I still do the same thing. But because my husband and I are renting right now I don't paint. Needless to say there is a lot of rearranging going on constantly. I like change and I like to spruce things up!

But agin, we are renting right now. So I am very cautious over what I buy for our home right now. I don't want to invest too much time or money into decorating our current place whenever those items might not look right in our future new place. But on the other hand, I do not like blank walls or empty corners. So, what's a girl to do? 

For this exact reason is why I love Download Printable Art! It's inexpensive meaning that it is a very small investment. It can be changed out often based on the season. And when I am done with a print, I can either file it away or give it to a friend! It's one of the most cost effective ways to spruce up an empty or dull space. 

On top of adding color and life to room, I love the idea of adding a positive message or scripture. We are constantly absorbing social media, commercials, lyrics, and the list goes on. Some of it is positive but a lot of it is harsh and negative. We absorb what we are surrounded by. For me, I want to absorb as much scripture and truth as possible. Especially when at home. Homes are our safe havens and I believe they should be the place that our hearts and souls can be reminded of who we really are! 

Take a look at all the printable downloads available in my shop. There are over 60 to choose from. Shop Downloads Now

If you haven't read through the 48 Truths about Who You Are, I highly encourage you to take a look! Makes for a great devotional.