Friday, 14 December 2012

Wander don't Wonder

"Wander don't wonder"
You'll never know what's out there until you look for it.
Experience new things, challenge yourself daily and dismiss any 'what ifs?'
The ye old 'seek and you shall find' theory really does ring true.

So excited that the weather is warming up, I had been flicking through past holiday snaps of beaches and landscapes...something about the vastness of the ocean really puts me deep in thought, but then I need reminding to stop thinking, and start DOING!
The day awaits you, opportunities await you, so go out again and explore.

This printable quote entitled 'Wander'
is now available now for download in our online store:

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Pressure Makes Diamonds

"A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well" don't crumble. Keep going! New challenges will make you stronger (the strongest in fact!)

This is the second printable in this new watercolour series, and we just love these vibrant pinks and could you feel anything but happy with this bright reminder on your wall?!

This printable quote entitled 'Pressure Makes Diamonds'
is now available now for download in our online store:

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Take a chance!

Brand new printable quote online today!

I've been playing more and more with watercolours here at PaperCrane,
and just love this splat! Quite often the perfectionist, there's something about
spattering paint all over a page, not knowing where or how it will land, that is quite liberating.
It made me think of this famous motivational quote:
"You miss 100% of the shots you never take", which reminds us to take a chance,
take risks, and step outside our comfort zone...if you never try (or try something new)
you will never know the outcome!

This printable quote entitled 'Shots You Take'
is now available now for download in our online store:

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Testimonial from Gayle (NC, USA)

This invitation was created by Gayle of North Carolina, USA.

Gayle (a self confessed computer novice) purchased our Printable Toucan 'blank' notecard and used our 5 Hot Tips for DIY Printing tutorial to add her own custom text, and print the invitations herself.
How clever is she?! And the wording is great!

Our Toucan Notecards are available for download in our online store:
We look forward to seeing what you come up with too!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

New range now available!

Today we are excited to release our new printable invitations and notecards!
Each theme is available with just the image, or with the fill it in text so you can customise your stationery as you wish.

So say goodbye to those terribly boring, flimsy, fill in the blank notepads from the local newsagency, and print your own gorgeous stationery at home! Your party is already off to a good start when your guests receive these invitations/notecards in their mailbox, they will instantly RSVP "yes" (even if it is just to ask you how you created your beautiful invitations).

Now available now for download in our online store:

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

So you have just downloaded a PaperCrane printable and can’t wait to use it! But where do you start? Here we have put together 5 hot tips for your DIY printing to ensure you get the best result, and to show you just how easily you can create your own stationery.

Choosing the paper stock you would like to print onto plays a vital role in the overall look and feel of your stationery. The colour, weight, and texture of the paper or card you choose are all important factors to consider, and here we will tell you why:
  1. Colour: The colour of the card or paper you print on will affect the appearance of the ink on your stationery. Print colours may appear slightly darker on coloured stocks, and light colours printed onto a dark paper may disappear entirely. For this reason, we choose to print on a bright white card for colours that pop, or a cream if we want a slightly softer look…(but it is always fun to experiment with colour too)
  2. Weight: For stationery and postcards that will be a single flat card we recommend using a card stock that is 200-280gsm for a nice solid feel (we use 280gsm). Keep in mind that each printer has different requirements and may only accept certain thicknesses of paper, some will not feed any thicker than 300gsm, and some may crumple trace papers as they feed through the printer. (80lb = 216gsm in American conversion)
  3. Texture: Textured vs Smooth finishes affect not only the feel of the stationery, it also plays a role in the print quality. Here at PaperCrane we love linen textured card (Royal Linen, Bazzill Basics, and White Knight are favourites) as they have a feeling of quality and style and print beautifully on home inkjet printers. Smooth card or paper may be chosen for a more contemporary appearance, or to use with a laser printer (some lasers get cranky and print unevenly on textured stocks)
Which leads us onto our next hot tip…

It's always a good idea to do a test print first to check both your layout, and your print quality...(the ye old "measure twice, cut once" rule). Print one copy onto plain paper first to test the layout, and one copy onto your chosen stock to test the print quality before sending multiple copies to print.
If you are unsure of how your laser printer will print trace or translucent paper, or how your inkjet will print on textured card, test one sheet first before sending multiple pages to print.

This is where you can get creative! After completing your test print, you will know which way your paper feeds through your printer and can setup text to add your own invitation wording, your name and address for personal stationery, or words like “with thanks” or “congratulations” for special occasion notecards...the options really are endless, and the beauty of our printables is you only pay one small fee, to print as many custom cards as you like!

To ensure each card prints the same it's a good idea to first print your A4 PDF (which will have 4 notecards on it), and cut them to their A6 is then that you can setup your own file in illustrator, photoshop, word, paint...measure up your card, add your own wording and test print on a blank A6 piece of paper before printing onto your own notecards. Voila! Your own gorgeous stationery, or custom made gift is ready to use.

Finish off your beautiful stationery set or invitations with coloured or textured envelopes for that extra special touch. C6 envelopes come in such a wide range of colours (and even in metallic or translucent paper) so this is one final touch that will really make your stationery something memorable to receive. It is so lovely to check the mailbox and find that amongst the bills and junk mail hides a beautiful pop of colour!

We always love to hear feedback and are more than happy to help with advice. So contact us via our contact page or jump onto our facebook page where you can tag us or post your PaperCrane creations (i.e. brag about how clever you are)...we cannot wait to see what you have made!
Happy Printing!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Like Us. (Love Us).

Hello again! and thanks for so patiently waiting.
It's been a while between posts as my focus has turned to facebook!... and no,
I wasn't just looking at photos of cats that can type and pugs in funny costumes...

PaperCrane now have a facebook page!
Like us. (Love us). Share with your friends and visit our online store...
Post ideas or quotes you would like to see and who knows...
the next printable may very well be inspired by your lovely self.

Ps. The image above 'Follow your Heart' is now available now for download in our online store:

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Happy Counting!

So you know your ABCs...but how bout your 123s?
This cute poster, aptly named 'Numbers', is designed to help little humans learn 
(as well as just look beautiful in their room...or yours!). Each number has dots and dashes to count and bright, bold colours mean they can learn those too! This poster is available as an A4, A3 or A2 PDF ready to print. So happy counting, and Happy Sunday!

Available now for download in our online store:

Saturday, 19 May 2012

If not now, when?

New in! This print 'Today is the Day' reminds us to seize the moment,
 to stop dwelling on the past or fearing the unknown of the future, 
but to embrace today and live it!
Today is the day to book that tropical holiday, to spend time with your mother, 
to land that dream job, to tell someone you love them...
What will you do today?

Available now for download in our online store:

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Wake up and live

Today we are pleased to announce the release of our latest print!
'Life you Love' is based on Bob Marley's infamous quote:
"love the life you live. live the life you love"
encouraging us all to follow our passions, to live the life of our dreams.
(and yes, I was listening to his song "wake up and live" when creating this piece)

Available now for download in our online store:

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Hello Sunshine!...

Hello Sunshine!... and welcome to our blog. 
Here we'll keep you updated on our latest printables for download, 
our inspiration and great ideas. 
Our latest print 'Sunshine' is a beautiful image to wake up to 
in the morning or to welcome you into any room...
if you're ever feeling a little bit lonesome you can always say hello right back!

Available now for download in our online store:
We look forward to seeing you again soon