I have created this guide in response to your questions about how to download and print your Blog Income Initiative planner pages.
Please note: I am unable to give printing instructions specific to particular printers, because they do vary. The instructions below are a general guide only.
However, if you are having problems, please get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to help you find a solution.
How to download your Printable Blogging Planner
How to download your Planner immediately
After purchasing your planner, you have two different ways to download it to use straight away.
If you have an Etsy account, after your purchase you will see a ‘view your files’ link. Click on this link to take you to your ‘downloads’ page where you will be able to download your files.
Downloads are available after your payment is confirmed, which can take a few minutes.
You will also receive a download notification email (which is separate from the transaction emails you will receive from Etsy and/or Paypal) that will contain a link to your downloads.
If you have made your purchase as a guest on Etsy, you will need to use the download link in your receipt email.
How to download your Planner from your Etsy account
Your downloads are also available from your Etsy account. If you don’t want to download your Planner straight away, you can do so at your leisure, or if you lose your original download, you can go back and download your planner pages again.
First, log in to your Etsy account, then select ‘You’ in the top menu, and go to ‘Purchases and Reviews’.
There you will find a list of all your purchases and your digital downloads will have a button on the right of the screen saying ‘Download Files’. Simply click this button to download your files at any time.
Blogging Planner Printing Guidelines
Paper Weight (Thickness)
I would recommend using printer paper of at least 120gsm to ensure a high quality print.
This is especially important if you are going to print your Planner pages double-sided. Standard printer paper is normally around 80gsm, and using this thickness will leave a slight ghosting of the print on the reverse of the paper. This could make using your printables confusing, as well as look untidy! (Because we all want our planners to look nice too right?!)
The Planners have been designed for printing on white paper, though ivory or cream would work too.
All of the Printables in the shop are designed for printing on A4 or US Letter sized paper. You choose your size when purchasing.
The only essentials for creating your own Blog Planner with my Printables are paper, a binder to put your pages in, and a hole punch. But it’s always nice to make our planners look good, so I’ve created a list of my favourite planner supplies over in this post, where you’ll also find helpful links for where you can buy from.
If you don’t have a home printer
You can still use my Printable Blogging Planners, even if you don’t own a printer.
Simply head to a local print shop with your PDF file and they will be able to print it for you.
How to print your Printable Blog Planner at Home
Open up your planner in a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don’t already have a PDF reader installed, you can get Adobe Acrobat Reader for free here.
After you have chosen which pages you would like to print, head to ‘file’ in the top menu, then ‘print’.
On the print page you can change a number of different settings. Firstly, under the ‘Pages to Print’ section, you can choose to print all pages (which is default), or just the pages you want. Simply enter the numbers separated by a comma into the box next to ‘Pages’. You need to check the ‘Pages’ radio button to enter your chosen pages.
Then, make sure you have selected ‘size’ under the ‘Page Sizing and Handling’ section, then select ‘Actual Size’, and ‘Auto Portrait/Landscape’. You will see a preview of what your printed pages will look like, which you can scroll through to check you have the right pages chosen to print.
When you’re happy with the settings, simply press print and that’s it. Your planner pages are ready to use.
Alternative Blog Planner Printing Notes
This section is a little extra for you to share some other printing ideas I have either used, or found online. These suggestions might not work for all printers. Please check the manual for your specific printer.
How to print double-sided
I like to print my pages double-sided for using in my planner, but my printer doesn’t print double-sided by itself. So here’s how I get round it.
Firstly, I make a note of all the pages I want to print. Then, on the ‘print’ page, I check ‘Pages’ under the ‘Pages to Print’ section, and put in every other page number. So if I wanted to print all the pages of a printable, this would be all of the odd numbers.
When these have printed out, I head to ‘file’, then ‘print’ again, and put all the other page numbers into the ‘Pages’ section.
Then I turn my already printed pages over and put them back in the printer.
Now when I press ‘print’ the new pages will print on the backs of the ones already printed.
If you decide to print your pages double-sided like this, make sure you feed your already printed pages back through the printer in the same order they came out. Otherwise your pages will be in the wrong order, with your low number odd pages with high number even pages on the back!
Also, make sure when you flip your pages over that you take note of which side you want the headings on the pages are landscape orientated.
How to print your pages a different size
The printables in the shop have been designed to print either A4 or US Letter size, but you might find you want to try printing your planner in a different size.
Most printers should have the option of printing on different sized papers. When you are on the ‘print’ page for your planner, click on ‘page setup’.
Choose the size paper you want from the drop-down menu, then click ok.
You might also need to change the paper settings for your printer under ‘properties’.
Alternatively, you can select the ‘custom scale’ radio button under ‘Paper Size and Handling’, and enter a percentage size you want your planner printed at. Using this setting will print your pages at your chosen size in the middle of a standard A4 or US Letter sized sheet of paper.
I hope you have found this guide helpful, but please get in touch via email at email@example.com if you have any further questions.
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