Printables are one of my favorite things. I really can’t get enough of them. Sarah is sharing an awesome family newsletter template with us this month. She’s done most of the work for you and then shows you how to do the rest. Here’s Sarah:
Hi everyone! It’s me, Sarah, back again to share another fun printable with you, as you get ready to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. This printable is a template for a tradition that we do every year – a family newsletter. I don’t always send them out (usually because I never get them done in time), but I do stick them in our yearly albums. It’s really easy to create an elegant family newsletter, especially when you start with a template. All you have to do (literally) is type in your text. You can input your text in Photoshop, or in a free program like GIMP or even PicMonkey.
Just in case you are lost and wondering how to do that, let me show you:
Download the template from below – there is one version with headings and one without (for those who want to create their own headings). Once it has downloaded, open the image in PicMonkey. Text is the only tab you will use for this project, and you basically just hit the text tab, select your font, and then hit “add text”. You will move your textbox to the spot you want, and adjust the size.
Select the fonts that you would like to use. The general rule of thumb is to use no more than 3 – one serif, one sans serif, and one decorative. For my example I used Peoni (decorative), Bebas Neue (sans serif), and Modern No. 20 (serif). In case you are wondering, serif refers to the little “flicks” at the ends of letters – for instance, times new roman is a serif font. Arial is a sans serif font.
If you are working in PicMonkey, you won’t be able to use the same fonts as me, since I worked with GIMP and could use any font on my computer, but PicMonkey’s Tall Dark and Handsome is very similar to my Bebas Neue. Playfair will also give a similar look to Modern No. 20.
You can also add some color – how cool would these look if you coordinated them with your Christmas cards? And if you downloaded the card template from last month, this would be a perfect match! Just add some color to your sidebar text by choosing colors that coordinate. You can change the color code in PicMonkey by clicking on the 6 letter/digit code in the top right hand corner of the text box, if you know a specific color you would like.
And that’s it! Once you are done adding your text, you can save it to your computer (I would recommend saving it as the highest quality file, instead of the default medium quality). If you were to print it at home, it would involve a lot of ink – not so bad if you are only printing a copy for a keepsake, but if you are sending them to friends and family, you may want to look into having them printed at an office store. I print all of my invitations and party printables at staples for $0.39 a page – and when you have a full page of color like this, that’s way cheaper then it would cost at home!
You can download your own Family Newsletter Template here!
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! See you again in January 🙂
Thanks Sarah! Don’t forget the visit Becoming Martha where Sarah blogs regularly.