Thank you for being one of my Etsy customers! Here is some useful information to help you make the most of your order:

HOW DO I UNZIP THE FILE?

To decompress (unzip) a file or folder on a Mac, double-click it.

To open a zipped file on a PC, drag the .zip attachment to the desktop. Once the file is on the desktop, you can double- or right-click to open it.
• Double-click the zipped file to see its contents. When prompted, drag the files out of the window to the desired location or click Extract All. When you click Extract All, the files are unzipped in the same location as the original file unless you specify a different one in the Select a Destination window.
• Right-click the zipped file and select Extract All. By default, files are extracted to the location as the original zipped file. Use the Select a Destination window to save the files somewhere else.

PRINTING AN INVITATION, CARD, OR ANNOUNCEMENT:

Your hi-res jpeg is ready for print, but if you want any changes, do not hesitate to let me know. I always suggest that you do a test print at home to double-check everything.

You have plenty of options for printing your invitation:

• You can have any photo lab print these on photo paper. Many of my customers use Walgreens or Wal-Mart to print them within an hour!
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• You can print them on cardstock on a home printer. If you do this, I like to use a paper trimmer, which you can purchase from the scrapbooking section of Michael’s or Wal-Mart, to cut them.

• You can take them to a professional printer (Kinkos, OfficeMax, etc.) to have them printed on cardstock

• You can order prints on cardstock from an online source. www.overnightprints.com has postcard sizes that are great for invitations, announcements, and holiday cards. You can also add rounded corners, which are a cute touch! You’ll just need to order envelopes separately. Another online printer, www.vistaprint.com, has an option to order invitations printed on cardstock, and they include white envelopes.

For colored envelopes, I recommend www.paperandmore.com. They have reasonable prices and fast shipping.

If you are interested, I can create coordinating printable favor tags, thank- you notes, banners, water bottle labels, or other printables. I have a few examples in this listing: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=44571379.

*For any of the online printers, always google for coupon codes to be sure you get a great deal. And if you come across a vendor you’d like to recommend, please let me know! 

TO PRINT OTHER PARTY PRINTABLES:

cupcake toppers
Print the cupcake topper sheet on cardstock. Trim the squares to the size you want. For circle toppers, punch the circles with a 2-inch circle or scallop punch, leaving a little of the background as a border. Then just glue or tape them to lollipop sticks (which you can buy at Michael’s or Wal-Mart), and place them in the cupcakes. (I like to use hot glue – it seems to be the easiest method for me!)

in addition to cupcake toppers, you can use these for:
napkin rings • straw toppers • table decor • treat labels • stickers

favor tags
Just print the favor tags sheet on white cardstock and trim the squares (or rectangles, depending on your design). Hole-punch each square and tie to goody bags with fun colored ribbon, or attach with double-sided tape.

thank-you notes
I include both the individual thank-you note, for if you’re going to have them printed somewhere like www.vistaprint.com, as well as the full sheet for if you’d like to print them yourself at home. To print at home, print the full sheet of thank you notes on white cardstock. Cut at the light gray cutting guides; you’ll get exactly four thank- you notes from the page. They’re A2 size, and if you’d like colored envelopes, I often purchase from www.paperandmore.com

wraparound address labels
Print the page on full-sheet label paper, trim each label to size, and wrap to the left of each envelope, with the return address portion on the back. Write in the address of the recipient on the front.

Don’t want to purchase label paper? Print on regular paper and attach to envelopes with a glue stick.

water bottle labels
Print the page on full-sheet label paper, trim each label to size, and wrap around the bottles. Typical label paper is not waterproof, so you'll want to keep these out of the cooler or search for waterproof label paper.

* you can purchase full-sheet labels at any office supply store, or here from Amazon.

Although it’s not a necessity, for many of these printables, you’ll find that cutting goes quickest (and straightest!) with a paper trimmer. You can buy them in the scrapbooking section of stores like Wal-Mart or Michael’s.

*note: you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF files; it’s a free download from adobe.com!