I missed out on adding these to my cart on December Daily product release day, and for a minute, the FOMO was real. But look at this!! I just made the cutest little window card with Ali's digitals + template in Canva. It took some trial and error, but best part is I got it figured it out! And I'm sharing it here with all of you. It prints as a .pdf double sided, which is awesome because it cuts down on the bulk. And I love that it's digital because I can change it up and add pattern papers to the template.
I created these using Canva, and if you're not familiar with using Canva I suggest this class to get you up to speed quickly on how to use Canva for memory keeping.
In the video below I'm going to walk you through how I set my template up for printing as a .pdf on my HP Envy Photo 7155 printer, which I've had for a few years now. I believe it's discontinued, but this printer looks to be similar.
Trial & Error
I learned so much from this experience, and hopefully this will save you some of the challenges I experienced. At first I followed the instructions on this template. I printed the template, using two separate pieces of card stock adhered together. The two pieces together added too much bulk and it was hard to keep all edges from popping up. Next I tried just pattern paper & the inside template. The pattern paper I used didn't crease well, and ripped when I folded it. That's when I knew there had to be a better way!
Setting up the Template in Canva
In the video below I show you how I set up my template in Canva.
I set my page design size to 6" x4" in Canva. Here's the guides I used for quick reference. Note: the inside template is "flipped" to match outside pattern.
It takes a bit to get the template set up, but once you've got it set, the rest is super easy; just copy & paste.
Saving your Design
Note: The settings in this tutorial worked for my printer, if you are using a different printer, you might have to make slight adjustments in Canva.
Card Stock vs Photo Paper
I get asked this question a lot! What type of paper do you print on? I've tried many, I've narrowed it down, and this one is my absolute favorite! When I was practice printing for this post, I used flat white card stock. When I was ready to print for my album I used double-sided matte premium photo paper. (linked below) The colors are just much more vivid as you can see in these photos below.
Cut out the Template
I used my paper trimmer to cut the longest lines to ensure I got a straight cut, but you can also use scissors to cut out your template. Cut your template on the outside along the black lines.
I used my small scissors to cut out the corner sections.
This is how they look all cut out. Now you're ready for the next step.
Score the Fold Lines
I used a scoring board and bone folder to score all of the blue dotted lines.
Then I used my cutting knife to cut the window along the inside black lines.
I used a 1/2" circle punch to cut the thumbnail in the window part. And I decided to add some gold ultra-fine glitter to the words on the green card to add some extra sparkle.
Assemble the Cards
I didn't take any photos of this next step, because honestly it's just so simple.
This post was inspired by the December Daily - Back To Basics class at Ali Edwards.com
Here's a list of the supplies I used for your connivence.
11/3/2021 01:46:29 pm
Hi there. So I just tried printing my window template for the first time. I have an HP2100. Everything went exactly as you have shown, it has the setup that says print both sides, as well as flip along the horizontal edge. I fed my test paper in and pressed print but when the first page prints it comes out and if there is any paper in the tray it takes that up. So I took out the paper and tried again and took out the first page when it prints and put that in the tray, it doesn't print the 2nd page on the back side of the outside cover. So I tried to cut both pieces and adhere together but like you said, it gets pretty thick. Can you give me any advice or see what I am doing wrong? Thanks for any help you can give.
11/3/2021 04:49:25 pm
Hi Cindy, I wish I had the answer for you on this one. I think it may have something to do with your printer/print settings. I googled your printer and it comes up as a laser printer (is this correct?) I'm sorry I can't be of more help to you on this. Maybe there is a resource in our community that could help you. https://www.facebook.com/groups/scrapbookwithcanva
11/8/2021 05:11:16 pm
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I love it!
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