How to Print Happy Planner Size Pages on a Mac | Printing Guides
So you've done your research, you bought your perfect planner pages, and now... you're stuck. How do you print those beautifully designed and artfully crafted planner pages that you bought maybe here? Well I am about to show you. If you're interested in seeing all the print tutorials, you can hop on over to this page. But in this post I'm going to show you how to print Classic Happy Planner size pages on a Mac.
So before we hop in - Classic Happy Planner size pages measure at 7" wide and 9.25" tall, and they fit into the Classic Happy Planner by MAMBI (available at craft stores, online at Amazon & Blitzy, and a whole bunch of other places) If you're looking for planner pages in this specific size you can see what I offer in my shop here.
What you'll learn:
Below I go through 2 methods for printing your planner. Both methods work when printing out your planner - whether it is a fully completed, dated planner or a piecemeal DIY planner. I talk about the basic steps that you'll need to go through, and at the bottom I include a screenshot walk-through to give you a better visual (I use my current Canon MG7720 inkjet printer, for reference).
From start to finish, you will need the following items:
1 a computer with Adobe Reader
I always suggest having the latest Adobe Reader program. It's free and it works the best with my pages (and most pages) because I design in Adobe.
2 printer and printer paper
3 a paper cutter of some sort
4 a hole punch
If you want more info on planner basics check out this blog post .
And now a disclaimer:
While I try to do my best to cover as much as I can when it comes to printing, I cannot know what every printer is like. I also cannot promise that my ways of printing will work for you or will turn out as well as they do for me. I do suggest that if you are having issues with your printer you google the problem first, as those familiar with your printer will likely be able to help you more than I can. If you can't find your answer, feel free to leave a comment and I can try my best. I also suggest that you be aware of your printers capabilities before you purchase any planner pages.
Also everything is based on using US Letter size paper as the basic printer paper.
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THe 'as is' method - On Pre-cut Paper
This is always my suggest method of printing your planner pages. It's much easier to get pages in order for a dated planner or to get double sided pages for other pages. The basis of this method is that you have pre-cut pages and you print 'as is' - meaning in that page size.
step 1 - open your pages in adobe reader
step 2 - hit print
Under 'Page Size + Handling', be sure 'Actual Size' is selected.
You can also select 'Print on Both Sides' in this box.
step 3 - hit properties
This box is more customized to your printer. You'll want to be sure you have 3 things right:
Be sure the paper size is correct. In this case, you'll make sure it's set to [size]. Many printers will allow you to set a custom paper size if the desired one isn't available.
Select your desired print quality. I always suggest printing at a good quality so you have a good planner. This may mean simply 'high' quality, or you can select 'photo' quality, whichever is better. You can also manually adjust the color settings on some printers to get a more accurate match to the screen output.
This may be displayed as 'double sided' or 'duplex' printing. Be sure to select it if your printer can handle it. If it is letter or half letter, it should be able to. My printer, for example, can automatically print letter size double sided but to print half-letter double sided you need to change it to manual. This means it prints out one side of the stack, you put the paper back in, and then it prints the other side. My printer cannot print personal side double-sided, so I have to print those one at a time. If you aren't sure what your printer can do double-sided, you can either google or just try it out & see.
step 3 - print
Now all you need to do is print! And punch holes in the pages.
1 Print Box - Click 'Actual Size', then click on 'Page Setup'
2 Page Setup - Under Paper Size, go to 'Custom'
3 'Custom Paper Size' - Enter in the correct dimensions (7" x 9.25"), then click OK and go to 'Printer'
4 Printer - Under Media & Quality, click best quality
5 Printer - Under 'Layout', select Long-Edge Binding
The 'As Is' Method - On Letter Paper
So I'm not going to give a full play-by-play for this one. The gist of it is - if your printer cannot print on Happy Planner size paper, you can still just print on full US Letter paper and THEN cut the pages out. I'm not as big a fan of this method because (1) the printing is a bit less aligned with the end result and (2) you get smaller scraps of paper, making them harder to reuse. Also you have to cut more. BUT it is nice to have the option if your printer can't do the custom size.
If you are going to do this method regularly I highly suggest getting a proper paper cutter. That way you can simply do your measurement on the cutter and cut - instead of having to print out guide lines or mark with a ruler.
The only difference will be that you WILL NOT PUT IN A CUSTOM SIZE. Just leave it on US Letter (8.5" x 11"). It will print out with your planner page centered on the paper.
If you want some cut lines to print on the paper to help you out - I got you. I made it in both PDF and PNG - either will work. Just gather up your planner pages, put them back in the printer, and print the proper number of copies of the cut lines. Flip your papers over and do it again.
I've also made a nice little draw-up of where your cut lines will be if you're doing the original 'As Is' (Cut then Print) or printing on US Letter (Print then Cut).
And once you've printed and cut out your pages, all you need to do is punch them and put them into your happy planner!
Hope this helps you in your planner printing! If you have any questions feel free to comment below, or if you've found a solution to a problem you've been having please comment too - I'm sure others are having that same issue. Be sure to pin this tutorial for the future.