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You Can Do That With Stationery? Wear Your Stationery Proudly

Author: Wes | Filed under: FREE Stationery, Training Wednesday Jun 13,2012

Wear Your Stationery Proudly

by: Gretchen Richards

When most people think of stationery, they assume that it can be used for nothing more than writing letters home on. What most people don’t realize is that stationery can be used in a myriad of creative ways. At Indigo Twine ( we specialize in finding creative ways to use everyday items and turn them into the unexpected.

What makes stationery into something to write on depends on what it is printed on. When you use a thicker card stock paper, the stationery becomes a creative invitation or colorful announcement. But what about when you want to wear the stationery?

In crafting sections of well stocked department stores around the world, a product called Ink Jet Transfer Paper is showing up. Usually sold in packs of only a few sheets at a time, it can be somewhat expensive, but if you have an idea, an ink jet printer, and an iron, you’ve got a customized fabric to show off proudly.

What most people don’t know about the iron on transfer paper for your ink jet printer is that exactly what is on the page is what transfers onto your shirts… blank spots and all. This is sold for light shirts, where the paper color is white. It is also sold for dark shirts, where the paper color is black. Other colors aren’t offered. This means that if you want to transfer your image onto a green shirt, for example, and choose the light paper for the purpose, that you will end up with chunks of white transferred onto the shirt as well as your image.

This is where the stationery comes in handy. With so many topics and colors to choose from, you can select an image with a shaded background. Save the PDF file to your computer, somewhere that you can find it easily. Open it, and on regular paper, print it out. You want to get an idea for where the borders and the designs are by looking at it. As soon as the printer finishes, grab a pencil and place a mark on the side of the paper that is further away from the printer. This will be the side that you want the printer to grab first later.

Once you have a regular paper copy of the stationery printed out, open your word processor. In a second area of your screen, open your picture library. Select those pictures that you would like to be part of your iron on transfer. Grab the picture with your mouse, and pull it over to your word processor. Let go of the photograph.

The picture will pop up in your word processor, ready to use. There will be little boxes around the outside of the picture. Grab these and drag them in or out to make the picture bigger or smaller, as you like. You can place the picture to the left or right using your word processor’s text alignment buttons. Move the picture down on the page by striking the enter button with your cursor in front of the picture.

Arrange your photographs into a way that you enjoy. You can even add text between the photographs by typing on the word processor. When you think you have it so that the pictures will line up as you want them on the stationery, return to your printer. Place the paper face up with the identifying mark you made on it closest to the printer. Put this paper on the top of the paper feed. Return to your computer and hit print again.

If you have done everything correctly, the printer should print your pictures and text directly on top of the stationery design. When the printing has finished, examine your final product. If you aren’t happy with it, tweak the photograph positions or the sizing on your word processor. Repeat the process on plain paper until you are happy with the results.

Once you are happy with how it looks on plain paper, put your iron-on transfer paper onto the top of your printer tray. Print your stationery first, then put the transfer paper back on the printer tray like you did when you were practicing and arranging everything earlier. Make sure your stationery is facing the right way. Hit print on your word processor.

When it is done printing, trim the edges down with scissors, then follow the instructions on the packaging to transfer it onto the cloth of your choice. This is perfect for making custom t-shirts, canvas bags, or even place mats for the table that will be unique to you. Using the stationery will give your designs a classic frame, and do away with the white background problem that you would otherwise have.

P.S. Can you imagine a letter to mom for Mother’s Day or one to Dad on Father’s Day put on a shirt they can proudly wear? Is that a family treasure or what?

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