I’ve had several emails from readers saying that there is no way they can create their own printables. Oh yes you can! I normally create most of my items with Photoshop Elements, but you can create wonderful things without expensive programs and I’m going to show you how.
First you need to download and install OpenOffice. Why OpenOffice? Well because it’s free! When my family made a cross-country move four years ago, somehow we lost all our Microsoft CD’s. They were too costly to replace and I was beyond bummed thatI did not have access to a word processing program. Someone mentioned OpenOffice and I’ve been using it ever since!
Next download and save my chunky flashcard template.
After you’ve downloaded and installed the program, open Create a Text Document.
This should insert the template as the background of your document. You will notice that the image is active when you see green squares (or “handles”) around the image. In order to deactivate the photo, click toward the end of the document. You should get the text prompt(flashing vertical line).
Insert>Picture>From File — whatever graphic you’ve saved.jpeg
This graphic should be on top of the template image. You can move it to the appropriate square by right-clicking on your mouse and dragging the image. If the image needs to be resized, click shift and drag one of the corner handles (green boxes) either in or out (depending if you want the graphic bigger or smaller).
Click on the T image (see arrow in the image above)
If you click the text box, you will notice blue squares (handles) all around it. You can click and move the text box when it is in this state. Click off toward the side or bottom of the document if you want to deactivate the text box. If you want to edit an existing text box, double click on it.
If you are having problems moving a smaller graphic, make sure the large background graphic is not active (green boxes around it).
See Other Related Posts:
The cute dinosaur graphics are by Mindy Terasawa, www.designerdigitals.com