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How to Download and Print Your Digital Download (Printable)


Hello lovelies, 

I have created a YouTube video AND a written document with images to help everyone with accessing their digital downloads. 

How to Access your Purchase

In this blog post I am going to explain to you how to download and print the digital download you may have just bought from my Etsy shop or directly through my website at inksmudgejournals.com.

If you bought my printable from Etsy, there are two ways to access your file.

Click download files to take you to your downloads page.

Just as a quick tip, when you download the file, head to the folder where you have saved it so you can print it directly from the PDF file itself.

The second way to access the file is to head to your inbox (have a quick look in your spam folder and of course make sure you are checking the correct email address that you have associated with your Etsy account). If you are like me and have tons of different email addresses, it’s very easy to get confused. 

If you purchased the file directly through my website just check your inbox and you will be sent a link to download the file.

Printing the File

I cannot stress enough that this part is going to involve a process of trial and error. There is no avoiding it. I suggest practising with some cheaper paper and so please don’t feel bad or downhearted, if the first one doesn’t print out correctly. We all have different printers, and therefore I can show you exactly how I print mine, but your print dialogue box and settings are probably going to be different, so follow along the best you can. But keep in mind the saying ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again’! 

PDF Print Settings 

Open PDF > Head to ‘File’ > ‘Print’

You will see a PDF print dialogue box with various settings.

Look at the section: 

Within each PDF, you will have a number of pages to work with. For this example we have:

  1. The envelope
  2. The writing paper
  3. Blank sheet of cream paper if you choose to print on the reverse side of the envelope and paper. We will call this ‘backing paper’. 

The paper that I am using is just boring and white, so I want to print the cream backing paper on the reverse of the envelope so it looks nice when people open it.

The envelope is on page one, the backing paper is on page three. So I will need to print page one first, turn it over, pop it back in the printer and print page 3.

  • Page Sizing and Handling: 

  • I have created this PDF to fit an A4 piece of paper perfectly. In the Page Sizing & Handling section, choose ‘Custom Scale’ and put in 105%. This will hopefully make sure the document prints with no borders.

     

     

    Now we have finalised the settings for the PDF, we need to head to ‘Properties’ to choose our printer settings.   

     

     

    Printer Settings

  • Print Quality

  • I always choose ‘Best’.

     

  • Paper Size

  • I choose A4 because I am in the UK, but you can choose whichever size you would like. This part is VERY important. You HAVE to tick borderless. This is going to remove any margins and white lines around our paper.

    Check the preview image if you can to see that there are no white margins. If your printer does not print borderless, you can simply cut the white parts off with a paper trimmer after printing. 

    How to Fold and Glue the Envelope

    Making the envelope itself is incredibly easy. Firstly, cut around the shape of the envelope.

    I have a folding board so all I need to do is line up the edges and use a bone folder to score the lines.

    If you don't have one of these, just use a ruler and your finger to press it down.

    Then you can write on your paper, fold it twice and your writing set is complete.

    If you have not yet got your free writing set, sign up to our newsletter to get the instant download!

    I really hope this ‘how to’ guide helped you. 

    If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me on hello@inksmudgejournals.com

    Much love and stay safe,

    Gemma xx


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