When I tell people about my blog, I find myself getting anxious as I stand there while they say
“crafts and cake?
craft and cake.
craft and cakes…?”
Then I follow with the whole “crafts is plural and cake is not” speech, which seems to be a little too much for most people to remember by the time they get to their computer.
The solution? Business cards.
But not just any business card. A business card with a QR code that can be scanned on the smart phone and automatically directed to the blog. If I’m making business cards to help people find their way here, I’m not taking any chances in spelling errors.
I know you’re thinking it’s not very expensive to order business cards. For me, I needed some for an event I was attending the next day. Some places offer same day printing and pick up, but their options are limited. Office Max for example could only print on one side for cardstock, and the double sided option was on regular thin paper. Fed Ex charges a ridiculous amount for you to use their program to “design” the card, which is necessary to put your logo in the format for their same day printing. Might as well pay for overnight shipping online, but that’s what I wanted to avoid. Plus, I just wanted a couple of cards, not 250!!
I’ll do my best to explain to you step-by-step instructions to customize these cards for your own blog/business. I do apologize if you have a Windows. These instructions will be for a Mac.
The 2 programs you will need is GIMP, and Publisher Lite. It will also help if you have a printer at home so you can make sure everything is going to print properly before heading down to you local Office Depot.
1. Start by making your QR code on QR Code Generator.
Sign up is free, and it will give you a high resolution photo.
Edit: The dynamic static code is what I originally used, but have realized the QR code will become inactive (will not scan and direct to your website) unless you continue to pay for a membership. I recommend making a static code, which is available without signing up.
2. Open Gimp and open the QR code file.
3. Select image -> scale image. Scale to 500px.
4. Press command A, then command C on keyboard.
5. Download and open my Gimp Template.
6. command P while on the template.
Use this tool to move layer.
8. On the right hand side should be a layers box. If you don’t see it, press command L.
9. Drag the pasted layer so that is second from the bottom.
10. Select the text tool which is a big A.
11. Click on text to edit and enter in your own information.
12. If you change the size and font, you can readjust the position of the text by going to back to the move tool and moving each text box.
13. Once you’re done filling out your own information, go to file -> save for web. Save to desktop for easy access.
14. For the logo side of the card, open your logo. For this project, I recommend using a logo/photo that has a white background.
15. Press command A, then command C on keyboard.
16. Go to file -> create new. You might have to quit Gimp and re open for this option to be available. I’m not sure why, but I think it’s a glitch in the program.
17. Create file that is 1341 x 729 px.
18. command P. Right click, select layer -> to new layer.
19. In the layer toolbox, right click on the pasted layer. Select scale layer. Adjust size to fit canvas (this will differ depending on the dimensions of your logo/photo).
20. File -> save for web.
Now you are done designing your cards. Open Publisher Lite and open my two files.
These are already set up so that it’s lined up when printed front and back. One side (with white background) is not outlined because it is very hard to line up the front and back perfectly.
1. Drag the logo file from the desktop to one of the 8 rectangles. It should replace my photo with yours, and snap into place. Repeat with all 8 spots. Be careful not to drag a photo out of place. If this happens, press command Z to undo.
2. Go to file -> export to -> JPG. Select quality to 100%.
3. Save where you can find it.
Repeat steps 1-3 with the back side.
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!
When you hit print and the options pop up, make sure you scale to 100%. If you don’t, it won’t print to standard business card sizes. When printing at Office Depot, make sure you tell them to select ACTUAL SIZE, not fit to screen. This will allow the front and back to line up properly. Yes, the top will look cut off. Yes, it will be fine.
I printed mine at Office Depot, because they let you see a sample before committing to however many pages you need. They also have more options when it comes to types of cardstock (textured, colored, plain).
Call to ask for their email to send the files, or email the files to yourself. You can forward this email to Office Depot with your phone once you get to the store. I like to make sure I have the files in my email, because I’ve accidentally mistyped the Office Depot email. Having the files on my phone allowed me to resend to the correct email without having to go back home.
Now to cut them. I like to use a ruler and an exacto knife to get a nice straight edge (be sure to use a cutting board under neath). The lines on one side of the paper are just for guidance (so you know where to cut). I like to cut a little bit on the inside of the lines so that bits of them won’t show on the card.
Here are the 3 templates if you missed them in the instructions above: