Your Ideas Library, How to Save Space, Ink, and Paper
by Linda Gale
As a jewelry maker, you're constantly searching for new ideas - new trends - and new products that will make your jewelry more unique, as well as easier to create. Internet searches for ideas will always turn up 'Pinterest', an image service that allows you to save images under your name or category. At the same time, Pinterest shares this information with other subscribers. The result is a wonderland of ideas that you may want to refer to, in the future.
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There are also innumerable online groups, like the Facebook groups, and individuals who have a 'channel' on YouTube, that offer invaluable information. Once a member or subscriber, you are exposed to more ideas, tips and techniques from people more experienced than you may be. By beginning an 'Ideas' file, you can save all this information for suggestions that may inspire new designs for you.
After you create your Ideas File, you'll find that you have stuffed it with many images and information - that will use a lot of paper and ink to print and store.
Here's how to minimize the cost of ink and paper - as well as the space required for storage:
In a previous article, "How to Copy, Save and Compact Your Tutorials", I showed you an easy way to change many pages of photos and text to just a few pages. It's a wonderful 'space saver', not only in computer storage space, but printing 'hard copies' - and very easy to use as a bench-side 'instructor' while you create.
Using Your Printer's Capabilities
Many people aren't aware that most printers have the ability to print two or more pages on one sheet of paper. Each page (or image) is made smaller, so they will fit side-by-side, or one-over-the-other, on a sheet. Although every printer is a little different, most will have the following options:
When you choose to 'Print' something, a window appears to give you many options that include: number of copies, specific pages to print, whether to collate the pages, whether to scale/fit to the paper size, and Pages per sheet. The default setting is one page per sheet of paper, as indicated by the '1 page' on the bottom right.
If you choose 2 pages - or more - your printer will automatically size the pages so that 2 or more pages will print on one sheet. My printer has the option to print as many as 16 pages per sheet - making each page the size of a postage stamp. The ideal, of course, is to print 2 pages per sheet. This retains a readable text size, while saving paper and ink.
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