Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Printing recipe cards.

First of all, you have to have a printer that has an adjustable tray. The kind that has little levers that slide the tray "more closed".. does that make sense? Then you have to have Microsoft Word or another word processing agent. THEN you have to have blank index cards the correct size for your cookbook. Don't know? Go measure, I'll wait. Back? Okay, most I would say are 4x6.

That's the easy part. NOW, you have to go into your word processing software and create a new template. It SHOULD be as easy as formatting it and then selecting "save as" and pick "template" from the drop down list. At this point, you should "make" the template the same size as your recipe card, by increasing the margins. Remember to allow room for a margin on the card as well. Save your template, you know "recipe card template" or something like that. REMEMBER that you'll have to go back into your templates each time to select the blank one, and then it should only allow you to "save as" and you can do "Bubble Pizza" for instance. If you want, test print on regular paper a few times to get the formatting just right. A lot of times you'll have to hold the card "to" the printer (shut up, not like against the front of it, like just in the tray) for your printer to pick it up/pick it up straight.

It might sound like a pain in the butt, but you can simply create a new file folder and save all your recipes there, and then you'll have them any time someone wants a copy or you dirty your old one. Also, if you make a mistake, it's easy to correct. It makes them very easy to share and build your own cookbook!

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