How to personalize printables using Canva

How to personalize printables using Canva

Have you ever bought a printable from my shop that has tons of white space? Like this giraffe or bunny wall art printable and wish you can personalize it with a name or a quote?

CANVA TUTORIAL PERSONALIZED printables

Today, I will show you how to turn my 8×10 giraffe printable into a party welcome sign using a free online design program called, Canva.

 

WHAT IS CANVA?

 

Canva is an online design program that lets you create tons of beautiful posters, invitations, pinterest graphics, etc.  for free.

There is also a paid version of Canva, called Canva for Work. There is one feature of Canva for Work that I LOVE!!! That one feature is Canva’s ability to resize my 8×10 designs any other size I want, like a poster, an invitation, a bookmark, etc. I will show you how easy it is in my next tutorial.

Also, with Canva for Work you get more free graphic options.

However, the free version is just awesome for doing all your home and party printables.

 

Please note: You can only use and personalize my printables for your own personal use. Please do not modify it, claim it as your own and then sell it. That would not be so nice of you.

 

Materials for this project:

My party giraffe printable if you want to follow along.  When you get the giraffe PNG file, just right click on the image and choose save image as to save onto your computer.

 

 Canva

 

CREATING A PARTY WELCOME SIGN

 

Watch the video below for quick tutorial on how to turn this giraffe printable into a party welcome sign. There is no sound, but it’s fairly easy to follow along.

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. Go to Canva website. Simply fill in the requested information and sign up.

 

personalize printable with Canva

 

 

2. Click on custom dimension and enter 8×10 in. That is the size of my nursery wall art.  Click on Create new design.

 

Personalize printables with Canva dimensions

 

3.   It will open up your blank canvas. Go to Upload and Click on Upload an image.

 

4. Find the giraffe image that was saved on your computer and upload it to Canva. It will show up under the upload an image like in the screenshot below.

 

Personalize printable with canva upload images

 

5. Now click and drag the giraffe image onto your blank canvas. Once you see the outline of the canvas turn blue unclick your mouse.  The image will now fit exactly into the 8×10 canvas. Otherwise, it will just place your giraffe image down a lot smaller and your have to adjust the image yourself.

 

Personalize printable using canva giraffe on canvas

 

ADDING ELEMENTS TO YOUR WELCOME SIGN

 

Lets say you love the giraffe with the party hat, but you want to change the pom pom on top of it.. Here is what you do.

 

Click on Elements.

You will see tons of elements that are free and some that are paid. If you want, you can filter it for just free elements by typing free and whatever you are looking for in search. If you have the paid version, Canva for Work, you can just click on free crown icon. Canva for Work offers you more freebies that you otherwise would have to pay if you have the free version.

personalize printables with canva adding elements

 

Using the search box type in firework. Click or drag it onto the canvas.

 

Personalized printables using Canva adding firework elements

 

If you don’t like the firework colors, you can change it to fit your party theme by clicking on the current color and changing it to the one you want.

 

 

Personalize printables using canva making graphics

 

If you want the firework topper as full as mine, copy it 3 times and then layered them on top of each other, rotating them to how you like them and then group them together. The group function is right next to COPY. Doing this will allow you to move all three layers as one!

You can now download or print this out just like this OR you can:

 

 

ADD TEXT

 

You can add text two different ways. One by clicking on Add a heading, Add a subheading, or Add a little bit of body text. The other way is by using the Canva’s font combination. Canva groups two different fonts together that they feel would make your design pop. I love the Happy Birthday combination, which has the Selima and the League Spartan font. if you don’t like it after putting onto your designs you can always change the font.

 

By the way, the font combination are grouped together. Whatever you type using this font pairing will move together. If you want to move Happy further up and Birthday separately, you need to UNGROUP. This will let you move the two fonts separately.

personalize printables with Canva changing font pairing

 

I added the number 3 to the party hat for a little more personality. Since, I’m only doing a number, I picked Add a heading. Then type the number 3.  I can change its size, color, text using the options on the top left corner. Play with all the options available to you.

 

personalize printables with Canva changing text colors and fonts

 

BONUS

Lets say you find the above still a little bit too simple and what to add more colors and patterns in the background, like the sign below.

personalized printables confetti giraffe sign

Search for confetti in Elements. Change the color of the confetti if you want it to match your party theme.

 

Now make copies of the confetti and drag it where you want it to go.  You might have to play around with placement of the polkdots so it doesn’t cover the party hat or the words. For the words you can always change the position (upper right corner) to be in front of the polkadots.

 

Do the same for the balloons. Find it in Elements. Copy it to make it across the top of your welcome sign.

CANVA TUTORIAL PERSONALIZED printables

Wasn’t that super fun to do?

You made your first cool party printable!

YAY!

If you love this giraffe polkadot welcome sign the way it is, you can download it here and just modify the name. I will omit the name and the number on the hat for you to personalize yourself.

 

You can download the party hat giraffe with confetti and balloons here.

 

SAVING YOUR WORK

 

Your work is automatically save onto your  Canva account.

If you want to share your design with others, you can click on Share. You get the options of either inviting people  to edit or view your designs. The other sharing option is through a link.

 

If you want to download your finished work onto your computer, you can click the down arrow next to the Share button.

 

I normally save my design in PDF Print.

If you choose Publish, you get more options including having Canva print and ship the finished design to your door.

 

I have not tried it, but the pricing is fairly reasonable. And it’s free shipping. Love THAT!

personalize printables with canva downloading designs

 

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. I plan to do more in the following weeks. Next, we will turn the giraffe printable into a party invitation.

Pin this tutorial for future reference.

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Let me know if you would to create more fun designs with me in Canva by commenting below!

 

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Donut Worry. Be Happy!

Donut Worry. Be Happy!

I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been obsessed with donuts. No, not the kind you eat. Donut cliparts and quotes. I don’t have a sweet tooth for donuts, but donut prints are SWEET!

Here are some of the irresistible donut prints and decorations that I’ve found around the internet.

Donuts prinables

Donut boxes and messages {via in the playroom}

DIY-Donut-Twister41-600x900

Donut Twister {via StudioDIY}

Donut Ever Let Me Go donut printable

Donut Ever Let Me Go printable {via live laugh rowe}

Donut buddies printable

Donut Buddies [via Oh Happy Day}

Donut Party decoration printables

“Donut I’d Do Without You” party decoration printables {via Natalme}

donut worry printable

Donut Worry. Be Happy. {via Shabby Mint Chic Party on Etsy}

Don’t you just want to eat them all?

I love donut art so much that I’ve decided to put the above print onto a throw pillow. You know what else? I’ve decided to give it away to one of my readers. Enter the giveaway below to win this soft velveteen throw pillow. The quote “Donut Worry. Be Happy!” is on both sides of the pillow.  If you love donuts and the song “Don’t worry. Be Happy!” you’ll want this pillow!Don't Worry. Be Happy Cushion

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How to personalize printables using Picmonkey

How to personalize printables using Picmonkey

Personalize any printables using Picmonkey

Today, I’m going to show you how to personalize my printable (either the free one or the one purchased from my Etsy store) for your specific needs, like a birthday party.

Why am I showing you how to do this instead of just making you pay me extra to personalize it for you?! Because I want you to see the benefits of buying printables over physical print. I feel that you can get more bang for your buck with printables because there are so many things you can do with them.

Normally, designers have a disclaimer saying you can’t modify their printables. However, I feel that if you can modify it for personal use and save money in return, it’s fine and dandy with me. Just don’t modify my printable, claim it as your own, and then resell it. That is not cool in my book!

Picmonkey Tutorial Panda

Let’s get started, shall we? I’m going to show you how to make the print below using Picmonkey (affiliate link. See disclosure policy), an online photo editing program. I truly love it and would highly recommend it if you are looking for something EASY and FREE!

Update 2/29/2018: Picmonkey is no longer free! However, they do offer a 7-day trial.

Picmonkey tutorial. Before and after print

You can download the Panda printable below for free if you would like to use it to follow along the tutorial.

Instructions:

1. Go to the Picmonkey website. It will look something similar to below.

2. Click on Edit option at the top of the page.

picmonkey tutorial. Website.




3. Upload the printable from your computer onto Picmonkey. This program only accepts JPEG or PNG files. No PDFs, AI, PSD, etc. Your screen should look something like this with the options on the left sidebar. Click on Tt to get to the TEXT menu.

Picmonkey tutorial open file

 

4. Now lets add some text. You can either use your own font by clicking on Yours or use Picmonkey’s font by clicking on Ours. Choose the font you would like your text to be. Then click on Add Text. Then type in what you want to say. Picmonkey tutorial. Picking font. shabbymintchicparty.com

5. If you look below, I’ve decided to use the Sacramento font. There is a Text box with tons of options.  You can change the color, the size of the font, blend the text. Play around with it. If you want to go back to the previous action, there is a undo button at the top.

Picmonkey tutorial using font options

6. I used the Emily’s Candy for the word ONE to make it stand out. Voila!!! Done!

Picmonkey Tutorial. shabbymintchicparty.com




7. But wait! Lets say you want to add a cute little banner behind ONE. Just click on the butterfly (highlighted in blue below). Click on Banners. Change the color and fading! Now, you got an even cuter printable!panda-party-hat-star-banner tutorial

8. Lastly, save it to your computer! The Save option is at top of the page. Remember to save it a different name then your original file. Once you save it, you can’t re-open it in Picmonkey and then undo your mistakes! You have to start from scratch. What you can do is save several versions of your work along the way so that you can just upload from that point instead of starting over!

After you save the file, you can play around a little more by adding hearts, fireworks, etc. The options with the crown in the corner means you have to be a Royale member to enjoy those benefits.

I created the other printables you see in the first picture the same way. The bunting in the Happy Halloween printable is under Banner in the Overly option (Butterfly Icon). When you click on the banner it gives you an option of changing the flag color.

Was that not fun or what?!

Now that you’ve learned how to personalize your printable, what will you be putting on yours? Would you like more tutorials like this? Comment below.

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Easter Crafts-10 of the easiest and cutest ideas here!

Easter Crafts-10 of the easiest and cutest ideas here!

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Easter Sunday is approaching very fast.

No doubt, I’m sure you are having family and friends over for an egg-cellent party! You’ll be busy, so I want to provide you with a list of crafts that are fun for kids and adults alike. These are simple with minimal supplies, but are loads of fun.Easter Crafts - 10 Easiest and Cutest Ideas here! shabbymintchiciparty.com

 

  1. Bunny paper bag/purse via Mer Mag
  2. Bunny basket via Mer Mag
  3. Bunny ear favor bags via Oh Happy Day
  4. Hand-painted easter egg balloons via Shop Sweet Lulu
  5. Clothespin bunny via One little Project
  6. Paper plate Easter wreath via The Resourceful Mom
  7. Easter bunny garland via Urbane Jane
  8. Easter egg bunnies via Urbane Jane
  9. Easter egg tree via Walk in Love
  10. Naturally dyed Easter eggs via Babble

What crafts will you be doing this Easter? Share on instagram with the hastag #shabbymintchicparty.

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