In from my last post, I shared some free planner inserts set around daily planning. I designed some FREE month on two page inserts to keep your organized. These free planner inserts are available in both A5 and personal size and they match the daily/weekly planner free my last post.
For today’s post, I thought I would offer you some tips on how to print your free planner inserts. I appreciate that a lot of you will be familiar with printing your own inserts but for those of you who are not so confident with printing inserts at home or, indeed for those of you who would like to learn some new tricks, I thought this would be a great way to share the tricks I have learnt along the way.
I love printables for so many reasons. Even prior to setting up my Etsy store, my preference was alway to buy printables. I am just too impatient to be waiting for the postman. When you live on a small island in the Mediterranean like I do, post can take just about forever. Plus, I really like control over the quality of what I am printing.
Hopefully, some of these tips and tricks will help make your own printing process easier.
5 Tips to help you print your free planner inserts
TIP 1: For A5 inserts, ALWAYS cut your paper down to size and set the ratio 100% prior to printing your planner inserts. This will give you the best printing output. Printing booklet style or two a5 pages to an A4 sheet will not give you optimum results.
TIP 2: When printing personal size planner inserts, do NOT print booklet style or two inserts to an A4 sheet. When you instruct your computer to print booklet style it will automatically apply shrinkage to your inserts by adjusting the borders to allow for booklet binding. IF you have to print booklet style, you will find the need to increase the print ratio to approximately 152% in order to get the correct sizing. This leads me onto TIP 3.
TIP 3: Print personal size planner inserts onto A5 paper and set the ratio to 100%. You will still get two inserts per A4 sheet but by printing on A5 paper the printing out put will be perfect without the need for trial and error.
TIP 4: Most home printers do not have the ability to print duplex on paper size smaller than A4 but all printers have the capacity to print duplex manually. Every printer is different but most printers will have the option to allow you to print all odd pages first followed by placing the inserts back into printer and printing all even pages.
TIP 5: When printing the even pages of your planner inserts, pay attention to the orientation that your printer prints before placing the inserts back into the printing tray. If your printer has the option of printing the even pages in reverse, choosing this option will mean that you simply place the inserts back into the printer in the order the inserts printed. If your printer only allows you to print the even pages in sequence, you will need to re-stack your inserts so that the last page is at the bottom of the pile and the first page is at the top of the pile with all blank sides facing upwards.
And there you have it, five tips to help you print your free planner inserts at home!
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I hope these tips are helpful to you and have helped you with any printing issues that you may experience when printing inserts. Feel free to tag me over at the Planner Squad Facebook group if you need any help with printing and I will be happy to help you.
Let us know how you will be incorporating these month on two page inserts into your planner set up.