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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Program Problems

I am about ready to give up on my DIY programs.

I did a really rough mock-up of them a few months ago. I made some changes since then. I nixed the names on the front cover and decided to just use the photo with a black backing behind it.

Anyway, the biggest problem I ran into back then was that I could not get the pages to line up when printed on both sides of the paper. I thought it was because of how I printed. Well, I was wrong. I have tried several different methods of printing now, and every one has the same issue.

I am now convinced that it is impossible to do two-sided printing that lines up correctly in Microsoft publisher. If I was using full-size 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper, I don't think this would be a problem. But since my finished programs are (or they would be) only 5 x 7" when folded, I obviously have to cut down the pages that go inside.

And it's just not happening.

I should have figured something like this would happen. Now I'm in a time crunch, I'm frustrated, and I just don't care.

I'm ready to take a ride to Michael's and buy a kit. I guess they would still be semi-DIY that way, but they wouldn't be my beautiful aqua covered programs. :(

I'm bummed, but I don't know what to do. I've tried everything. And if I want to get these done this weekend, I need to bring them to the copy center at work by Thursday at the latest to get them cut. And then I'd still have hours of cutting (for the covers), scoring, and folding to do. *sigh*

So maybe buying a kit is for the best?

11 days!


Anonymous said...

Have you tried doing it in Word? I found sometimes that publisher can't do things that word can. Just a thought.

Heather said...

I am working on my invitations right now. I was going to do them in publisher, but because I will be printing two sided on 8x11 and then cutting them to the special size I need I am doing them in Word.

In word I am doing everything on 8x11 but changing the margins to the actual size that I need the paper to be. Try that.

If that doesn't help, maybe I didn't quite understand the issue.

Good luck! And if you have to use a kit to do the inner pages, maybe you can still use your pretty aqua paper as the cover.

Dana said...

I like your programs. Did you try it in print shop or printmaster?

laura said...

i know you've got less than 2 weeks to go, so i would try getting a kit.

on the other hand, you've worked so hard to have everything in that blue, so maybe it's worth setting them a side for a day or two and then coming back to them?

tina said...

I can try to dig up my PageMaker CD and lay them out for you and just send them to Kinko's for printing. It will give me incentive to dig up my CD. I can try MS Word too. I'm happy to help.

Also, I am working with a fast, affordable etsy seller who could probably help: arippke.etsy.com and have this saved as a favorite for some reason: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9648427

tina said...

P.S. Good Luck with whatever you decide! You're in the home stretch!