Today I’ve got another instalment of the Beginners Guide Series, the topic is about printing planner pages.
This is another popular question when it comes to creating custom planners. With the numerous printer options available on the market, it can be daunting to know where to start to print your own planner pages. I have a couple of tips that I know are going to be helpful as you create a unique planner that works the way you do.
You can find more of the Beginners Guide Series here.
Creating a custom planner that suits your needs is key to effectively organising your business + life and to be your most productive self! This kind of planner freedom is the reason why I’ve designed stylish + easy to use digital printable planner kits and journals.
I’m so glad you’re here to discover my three simple steps to print planner pages … the easy way to create your very own stylish planner.
3 Simple Steps to Printing Planner Pages … the easy way!
Step 1 : Choose your size
Whatever size planner page you are printing, the easiest way to print your pages is to use the same size paper as your file size. This is THE SECRET to hassle free printing!
For example, when printing :
Personal size planner pages, use paper that’s 95x172mm or similar to fit your binder
Medium size planner pages, use A5 or half letter paper in your printer.
Large size use either US letter or A4 paper.
The Personal kits also include an additional PDF file including crop marks so you can use a larger paper size to print and trim to size after printing.
If you haven’t chosen your planner size yet, I have some tips about the different sizes available.
Whether your planner stays on your desk or travels with you as your constant companion + most loyal assistant you’ll want a size that has space for your needs.
The FUSElife Planner Kits come in three popular sizes.
#awesomeTip : Both the Medium and Large planner pages have been specially designed to suit both US + International paper sizes without cutting any details off! This special design feature has also been used on the Personal size so you can use a paper size a few millimeters difference with the same confidence that no details will be cut off.
You can browse the current planner styles here and learn more about planner binders and refill sizes in this article.
Step 2 : Print the front side of your planner pages first
There are two options to choose from when it comes to printing planner pages.
The first option is handy if you are printing a multi page document and your printer has the option to automatically print double sided as it combines Step 2 + 3 to print both the front and reverse sides of your pages in one step.
Option 1 : Multi Page Documents with Double Sided Printing
Insert your paper into your printer tray. Print all the pages in your document + choose the double sided option. It may look something like this :
Option 2 : Mix and Match Pages or Print Both Sides Separately
When you are mixing and matching your pages to create a custom planner or if your printer doesn’t offer double sided printing, you’ll print both sides of your planner pages in two steps.
First start with printing the odd pages of your multi page document or the front side of your mix + match pages.
Insert your paper into your printer tray and print the odd pages only. It may look something like this :
Step 3 : Printing on the reverse side of your planner pages
There’s a secret to printing successfully on the reverse side of your planner pages. You either flip or flip + turn your printed pages over to print the reverse side the right way up.
To check which way you need to place the printed pages back into your printer tray, do this quick test :
- First draw an arrow pointing to the top of your page and place it pointing into your printer’s paper tray.
- Print out a page as you normally would. Before you remove the page from your printer, take notice whether the page printed in the direction of the arrow or whether it’s upside down.
- Now flip the page over so you place the page in your printer’s tray with the arrow pointing in the same direction as step 1, in towards your printer, except that the paper is face down. You won’t be able to see the arrow on the page.
- Now print another page. Has your page come out with both sides printed correctly? If so, you know it’s a simple flip to print on the reverse side. If not, you’ll need to flip + turn your page when putting it in your printer’s tray.
With your paper correctly placed into the tray you’re now ready to print the even pages of your multi page document or the reverse side of your mix + match pages.
Insert your pages back into your printer tray and print the even pages. It may look something like this :
Trim your pages if needed, hole punch and insert into your favourite binder.
For tips on hole punching your planner pages, see the Beginner’s Guide to hole punching article.
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Creating a custom planner that suits your needs is key to organise your day with confidence + clarity. It’s made organising my business + family a whole lot easier. And it’s helped me become my most productive self!