By Kelli Gargus and Stephanie Phillips
What can we create?
Binder Covers - Supply Labels - Name Tags - Welcome to Class Postcards
Note from the Teacher - Book Bin Labels - Newsletter - Note Cards - tons of things!
What do we need?
PowerPoint - Digital Papers - Fonts - Clip Art
Create label/tag, banner, binder cover, and newsletter.
Print them and take them with you TODAY!
- Keywords: free - digital scrapbook - font - clip art - classroom - digital paper - frame - border
- In Pinterest - search for boards, not just pins.
- Use quotation marks around words that you want to find in the exact order. Example - "free digital scrapbook paper"
- Before you download a file, be sure you are clicking on the *file* and not an ad or software download. These are often mixed in on the page.
- Note size of the file - may need to save everything to a flash drive instead of on the hard drive/Documents folder.
- Download several files, then transfer all of them at once.
- Zipped files - Windows will automatically unzip these when you open them.
(**If opening file doesn't unzip; Right Click on Folder & select Extract)
- Sometimes you have to "checkout" through a site to download it, even though the item is free. This is mainly so they can send you e-mails, updates, etc.
- Downloading from Google - can save to Google Drive or to hard drive.
- Download at home instead of school. This will give you more options.
- Copyright Laws - If you want to sell it, you have to purchase a commercial license. Note: Some downloads will tell you it's ok to use for commercial use. Just be sure to check before deciding to sell something you've created.
- You also can't just share the downloads with everyone on your staff. If they want a font or digital paper you have, they will have to download it from the site also.
Resources for Today
- Save as PowerPoint AND as a PDF or JPG.
- Name tag: 3.5 x 2.25
- Name plate: 3.25 x 9.5
- Index card: 3 x 5, 4 x 6 or 5 x 8
- Postcard: 6 x 4.25
- Banner: 7 x 7
- Newsletter: 8.5 x 11
- Stretch the pattern past the edges of the "paper".
- Open Microsoft PowerPoint
- Remove Text Boxes (Click on line of box, push Delete key on keyboard)
- Set size. Design - Page Setup. To get ruler/guides: View - Ruler or Guides. (PP-2013: Design - Slide Size to Custom Slide Size)
- Insert paper. Insert - Picture. (Locate folder that it is stored in.) Stretch it past the borders of the canvas using the corner handle.
- Crop paper. When selected, Picture Tools - Format. Crop by dragging crop marks to fit canvas OR go to Crop to Shape for a filled shape. Once adjusted, click Crop. You can also adjust the border (weight, color, etc.) by going to Picture Tools - Format - Picture Border.
- Insert text and/or clip art. Insert - Text Box. Insert - Picture. Adjust font, size, color, alignment, etc. You can also rotate text boxes and clip art to make them more interesting and visually appealing.
- Group. Select All (CTRL-A) and Group (Picture Tools - Format - Group).
- Copy & Paste to print more than one to a page. CTRL - C. On the Home Ribbon, click the New Slide button. CTRL - V. Choose the blank slide.
- Save as type: PDF. (When you go to Save, click the down arrow under where you type the file name to change it under Save as Type:). If you've already saved it as a PowerPoint, you'll need to go to Save As instead of Save to change the type of file.
(PP-2013: Select Folder/Location where you want it to save to then change the Save as Type:)
Clip Art / Image Tips
- If the image is in PNG format, you can place it on anything. If it's NOT PNG, it will often add a white border.
- Sometimes, you can remove the background of a picture if you need to. To do this, insert the picture, select it and go to Picture Tools - Format - Remove Background.
- When you need to move something "just a smidge" but the arrow keys move it too far, hold down CTRL and tap the arrow key.
A Few More Resources
All Digital Items
Classy Tech - Free Digital Scrapbook Goodies - Our Pinterest board
Tiny Ambitions - Pinboard
Teachers Pay Teachers (search for the free ones!)
Etsy (rarely free, but still cute)
Where to Find Free Digital Scrapbook Paper - 9 sites