If you've purchased the "Print It Yourself" version of a party collection and have received your final high-resolution PDF files, it's time to print! Here are some tips below to get the best results. If you've purchased the "Professionally Printed" version of a party collection, you can skip the printing tips below and move right on to cutting and assembly!
- Print on thick bright white cardstock or heavy weight matte photo paper ("matte" is the key word here). You can find either of these paper types at a local office supply store such as Staples of Office Max.
- Print on an inkjet printer at home for best results or print at a Kinkos or office supply store.
- Be sure to adjust your printer's settings for the thick paper and best ink coverage. With inkjets, we find that the setting for photo paper usually works best, but it will depend on your printer.
- The color when printed may look different from the color on your screen. Colors can vary from monitor to monitor and printer to printer.
cutting & assembly tips
Once you're pages are printed and ready to go, wether professionally printed through us or printed at home, it's time to break out the scissors and a few other items and get to transforming those sheets of printed designs into party decor extraordinaire!
ITEMS YOU WILL NEED
- Double Sided Tape (or tape roller) or 1" round white labels
- Hole Punch
- 4" lollipop sticks
- Paper Trimmer (optional, but helpful for fast, long cuts if you have one)
- 2" Circle Punch (optional, but helpful for party circles)
- Coordinating string or ribbon (for banner)
- Coordinating Paper Straws (for straw flags)
- Using scissors or a paper trimmer, cut out the individual 5" squares.
- Using a hole punch, punch two holes evenly in the top left and right corners of each banner panel.
- Starting with the last letter or icon panel, thread a coordinating string or ribbon through the holes of each banner panel until you reach the first letter or first icon panel. (Tip: Use the icon (non-letter) panels as word dividers or as end caps for your banner or banners.)
- Attach and hang!
DECORATED LABELS ASSEMBLY
- Using scissors or a paper trimmer, cut out the individual decorated labels along the dotted lines. Be sure to include the white area of each label which will become the back when folded.
- Once cut out, fold each label in half so that the design is on the front and white space is on the back.
- Write in your text and display! (We also have a labeling service if you would like your decorated labels to display each word in a coordinating font.)
CUPCAKE TOPPER (PARTY CIRCLE) ASSEMBLY
- Using scissors or a paper trimmer, cut along dotted lines to create strips for easier circle cutting.
- Using a 2" circle punch or scissors cut out the individual party circles.
- For two-sided cupcake toppers, use double-sided tape to attach two part circles back to back on the top of a 4" lollipop stick. We find that first taping one circle to the stick using two pieces of tape in an "X" shape and then attaching the second circle to the back works best. For one-sided cupcake toppers, use 1" round white label stickers to attach the party circles to the 4" lollipop sticks.
- Place a cupcake topper in the center of each cupcake!
- Cupcake toppers can also be used for tags, table confetti and other decor!
FAVOR TAG ASSEMBLY
- Using scissors or a paper trimmer, cut out the individual squares.
- Attach your favor tags to favors using double sided tape (use hot glue for hard to glue surfaces or fabric). Or punch a hole in each and string a coordinating ribbon through to tie on to your favors.
STRAW FLAGS ASSEMBLY
- Using scissors, cut out the individual flags in straight cuts. Skip the guides for the notches in the ends of each flag until the last step.
- Using double sided-tape, attach the middle of each flag to a paper straw about an inch down from the top.
- Fold the flag around the straw to where the two ends meet and attach on the inside of the flag with double sided tape.
- Using scissors, follow the little guide lines on the end of each flag to make two cuts forming a little notch in each flag.
WELCOME SIGN ASSEMBLY
- Using scissors or a paper trimmer, cut out the 8x10 sign along the dotted lines.
- Display in a frame. Or, using a hole punch, punch a hole in the top left and right corners and thread through a coordinating ribbon or string. Hang on a door or wherever you'd like to display it!
ENVELOPE LINER ASSEMBLY
1. Gather your envelopes, liners and an adhesive tape roller. Permanent adhesive tape rollers will give best results and assure your liners stay put. (Double sided tape can be used in place of an adhesive roller, but the rollers are easier to use.)
2. Slide your liner into your envelope making sure that the bottom of the liner hits the bottom of the envelope and that it sits centered on the flap.
3. Making sure to hold your liner firmly in place, fold over the envelope flap to crease your liner into the fold of the flap. To ensure a nice crease, it can be helpful to use a ruler under the flap to hold the liner in place on the crease when folding over the flap. Run your finger along the crease to fold.
4. Fold open your envelop flap and fold down the liner. Add lines of adhesive to the edges of the top flap and one line down the middle. No adhesive is needed on the square part of the envelope liner as the adhesive on top with hold it in place.
5. Fold back the envelope liner making sure that it is centered on the flap and press down to secure.
6. You are done! Stand back and admire your beautiful envelope! (Note: enlist a friend or two to help you with this. Everything is more fun when it's a party!)