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MY DEEP, DARK SECRET

I have a confession. I design printables for a living (here and at The Appreciation Shop) and I hate printers. They give me rage, and I want to smash them like the guys from Office Space. I'm not kidding. RAGE.Ask my poor sweet husband.

The thing is, I still want all of my essential oil projects to look pretty. I can't bring myself to use plain white labels and a sharpie. It hurts my heart. I found an easy and affordable solution that solved all my problems, but before we jump into the "How To" guide, let me answer the most frequently asked questions.

FAQ's

Where are my printables?
This is our most asked question, so I am putting it right at the top.

CUSTOMIZABLE PRINTABLES
If your order included editable items, you will receive an email *from Templett* within minutes of placing your order with a link to access and edit your printables. If you have not received the email, there is a 99% chance it is in your junk mail.

INSTANT DOWNLOAD PRINTABLES
If your purchase included instant download (uneditable) printables, you will find download links in your order confirmation email. You can also download them by logging into your Essentially Crafty account.

ORDERS CAN CONTAIN INSTANT DOWNLOADS *AND* EDITABLE PRINTABLES
The majority of our listings include BOTH instant downloads and editable printables. In that case, you will download the non-editable portion of your order from our printables shop AND customize your editable printables using Templett.
Can all of your printables be customized?
No. We offer a large selection of Ready-To-Print labels that are not editable. Each listing specifies if it can be modified.
Can I edit the entire printable?
The text can be changed, but the design elements, color, etc. cannot. You are able to change the font if you so choose, but only if you pinky swear never to use Comic Sans.
Do I need specific software (like Adobe Reader) to edit the printables?
No! All our templates are editable right from your desktop browser using Templett. It is the easiest way to edit printables!

PLEASE NOTE: Our printables cannot be edited on mobile devices. (But really, who wants to edit text on a teeny tiny phone screen anyway...)
Do I need to download any fonts?
No! All fonts are accessible when editing your templates in the Templett app. You don't need any special fonts downloaded on your computer.
How do I download my printables?
All of our printables are instant downloads and will be available for download immediately upon purchase. Your order will access your files in one of two places (or both).

1. Uneditable printables can be downloaded directly from your order confirmation email and your Essentially Crafty account.

2. Editable printables are accessed from Templett.com. You will receive an email from Templett within minutes of placing your order with a link to access and edit your printables.
Do you offer PRINTED labels?
We sure do! Check out the "Printed Stickers" for our latest offerings. All stickers are limited time only so grab them while you can!

THE KEYS TO SUCCESS

Below are three different printing methods to choose from, but there are two keys to success, regardless of which method you use.

1. The material makes all the difference.

Dull paper makes for dull labels. Don't use plain copy paper. You want to use a high quality bright white paper for printing your labels, tags, etc.

Glossy/Satin sticker paper produces much more vibrant labels. Using matte sticker paper will result in muted colors.

2. Full-sheet stickers are your friend.

All of the Essentially Crafty printables are formatted to be printed on Avery labels. Avery labels are a huge time saver and a great quality but you need different sizes for different projects. To save myself money (and space), I buy full-sheet stickers and then cut out my labels. It takes a bit more time, but I don't have to keep multiple sizes on hand and if the printer slightly misfeeds it won't ruin the entire sheet of labels.

The exception to that rule is circle labels. Unfortunately, large circle punches will not punch through sticker paper cleanly. Punches result in jagged edges that my OCD self cannot deal with. I have yet to find a method of cutting out circles that I love.

Here is a list of some of my favorite full-sheet stickers:

Glossy Vinyl Waterproof Sticker Paper

Glossy Vinyl Waterproof Sticker Paper #2

METHOD #1: LOCAL PRINTING

Small professional printers will always do a phenomenal job, but they are crazy expensive. When I ordered test prints from my Holiday Crafts Essential Oil Class last year, a local print shop charged me TEN DOLLARS for one page.

Those are not the local printers I am talking about. I mean Staples or Office Max. They are my go-to for label printing. When you bring in your own sticker paper (links above) they will charge you $.95/sheet to print your labels. That is my printing secret. For $.95/sheet I will never own a printer again. They deal with toner cartridges and color calibration, and I live my best non rage-filled life. Put your downloaded printables on a USB drive, grab your sticker paper, and away you go!

METHOD #2: AVERY PRINTING

Every single label I have ever ordered from Avery.com has been absolutely gorgeous. Their colors are rich and true. They look professional and fabulous. I cannot say enough good things about them. That being said, there are two "drawbacks" if you will.

One, you really need to have your act together and plan in advance to accomodate for production and shipping time. I am usually not organized enough to take advantage of their services.

Two, they are a bit more pricey. It is not outrageous, but certainly not $.95/sheet. You get a discount the more your order, so if you order from them, go big!

PRO TIP: They usually have a coupon code, so be sure to do a quick search before finalizing your order.

The video below walks you through placing an order with Avery. The really cool thing about Avery is that you do not have to order sheets of the same label. You can mix and match labels on one sheet! The video walks you through the entire process.

METHOD #3: PRINTING AT HOME

I've already mentioned how much I love printing at home, yes? If you are a magical wizard that can make printers behave, I bow down to you. Before I discovered the gloriousness of printing at Staples and Office Max I would print at home (uphill, in the snow).

Here are some printing tips I picked up over the years to reduce my rage:

1. If you don't print often, make sure your printer is calibrated before you start. Every printer is different so, alas, I cannot walk you through this. If you print often, this shouldn't be an issue.

2. Feed your sticker paper through one sheet at a time, do not put it in the tray. In the tray, the pages will get stuck together and the printer will misfeed.

3. As mentioned above, use bright white paper or glossy/satin sticker paper for vibrant colors.

4. Use full sheets of sticker paper instead of pre-cut Avery labels (unless you are printing circle labels) just in case the printer does misfeed.

HOW TO ADD MULTIPLE LABELS TO ONE STICKER SHEET

Essentially Crafty printables come formatted as one ready-to-print page andindividual labels.

This video tutorial walks you though creating a full sheet of labels with different designs, then downloading a PDF to print at home or at a local print shop.

You are probably asking yourself why you would want to do that? Let's say you bought some roller bottle labels that came in three colors, and you only wanted to print two of the colors? You can do that! Or maybe you are making gifts and you want to print labels for multiple different projects. You can do that too!

CUSTOMIZING YOUR LABELS

This is where it gets fun! Essentially Crafty offers printables in two formats: Instant Downloads (which are ready-to-print and not editable) and Customizable. This section will show you how to customize your labels and download the finished product for printing.