FAQ

Do I need to be a member to download the papers?

No you don’t need to be a member in fact the main part of the site has no membership facility. You can if you choose join our email list. We’d love to have you as a member of both but it isn’t a requirement for getting the free downloads.


How do I actually download a paper I like?

We have two different ways of storing papers and therefore two different ways of downloading them.

Normal Papers.

Downloading the free craft papers.

Downloading the free craft papers.

Our normal papers in our gallery are downloadable individually. Just browse the selection and when you find one you like click on the thumbnail to show a larger version of the image.  Once you are on the larger version, assuming you still like it, just click on the download button on the right hand side.

Archived Papers.

Downloading the free archived craft papers.

Downloading the free archived craft papers.

Many of our older papers are archived, which means they can’t be downloaded (or viewed) as individual papers. They come in zipped folders by type for each set.  To download a folder just click om the relevant link and it will download on to your computer (exactly where depends on your setup but most often it will be in your download folder).


What do I do if the papers won’t print properly?

It is always best to download the papers and then print them via a graphics programme. If you don’t own a graphics programme then we highly recommend Paint.Net which isn’t only really good, it’s also really free ( only download it from the official website, there are “bad” copies of it around).

You should also check your printer settings, ensure it is set to the correct orientation etc.


How do I change the size of one of the papers?

Printing sheets in different sizes to the original is a useful skill to master, especially as it can save printer ink which can be quite expensive.

The method(s) you use will depend on your printer and the program you are using to print from. Most printers and programs with reduce the size of your image either by scale or percentage. The other way to do it is to resize the image first and then print it. The main ones you need are below.

 

Change. Scale. Percentage.
A4 – A5. 0.71 71%
A4 – 10×7. 0.86 86%
A4 – A6. 0.5 50%
A5 – A6. 0.71 71%
Printing sheets in different sizes.

Printing sheets in different sizes.

Example of Printing sheets in different sizes.

This example uses IrfanView as the program (a good free image manipulation program). Irfanview works using a scale rather than a percentage. In the example given I am changing an A4 insert sheets (for A5 cards) to an A5 insert sheet (for A6 cards).

Printing sheets in different sizes.

Printing sheets in different sizes.

Resizing Before Printing.

Resizing Before Printing.

Another Example.

With some programs it is best to resize the image first and then print it. This example uses Paint.net (a great free graphics program).  As you will see I have resized the image (Image/Resize) to 86%, changing an A4 sheet to a 10×7 one.  Once resized it can just be printed off as normal.

Resizing Before Printing.

Resizing Before Printing.