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Print your own business cards using Pages

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I started an etsy store a couple years ago and started doing craft fairs - time for business cards! I didn't want to pay anyone else to do it, so I messed around and came up with a way to print my own. :)

This is an excellent way to make very cheap but high quality business cards that will get lots of attention. Using cardstock that's white on one side and printed on the other makes your cards stand out. And best of all, this allows you to customize your business cards any way you want. No more set templates and glossy cheapo business cards! Hooray!
 
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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  • a small cardstock stack - makes sure it measures 4.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Pages (http://www.apple.com/iwork/pages/) or other word processing software
  • a printer
  • craft knife
  • cutting mat
  • ruler
The cardstock stack I got at a craft store - it's white on one side and printed on the other. It's pretty cheap - normally around $10. That gives you around 200 business cards for very little. :D

Step 2: Do some math!

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Keep in mind that typical business cards are 3.5 inches wide and 2 inches tall. We can easily fit three on one small cardstock stack with little waste.

To begin, open Pages and a new clean page. Go to file > page setup and then select paper size. From here choose "manage custom sizes".

Put in 4.5 by 6.5 inches for the measurements.

Step 3: Draw some guide lines!

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Make sure to go into preferences and enable the vertical ruler so you can get everything to line up properly. Command + click the blank page, and the head to the vertical ruler. Click the left ruler and pull the mouse to the left, and you will see a blue guide line appear. To get a guide line from the top ruler, click and pull the mouse down.

Insert two vertical guidelines - one at .75 in and one at 4.25 inches. Then insert three horizontal guide lines - one at .5 in, one at 2.5 inches, and one at 4.5.
blodefood9 months ago
Here's a tip when cutting: When you make your vertical cuts, don't cut completely to the outside edge of the stock. Then, when you turn it to do your horizontal cuts, you still have the guidelines to show where the ruler should go. When finished, you will have three cards and a frame you cut away which will go in the recycle bin.
Mobetta649 months ago
How creative. Excellent work.
Skopeloscot10 months ago
Well done! I live on a Greek island and this is a practical way for me and my friends to produce business/visiting cards.
x090010 months ago
very nice :-)
Umer Ayaan1 year ago
yeasty... :)
HollyMann1 year ago
Love them! So creative & thrifty!!!
HollyMann1 year ago
I LOVE this idea! And I could buy the cardstock really cheap at Joann - they always have deals and coupons. I now regret buying business card paper a few days ago! But I think I'll end up needing to create a bunch of cards - I am going to try this your way. Thanks!!!
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