I have had so much fun playing with my light box over the last few months. When I saw it at Wal-Mart for less than $10 I knew that I NEEDED it! I had seen the Heidi Swapp light box at Hobby Lobby but it was close to $30 on a good day and that was enough to keep me from buying it. So I was so happy to see it for a 1/3 of the price and grabbed it!
I started researching online how to create your own inserts because the boring black letters weren’t cutting it and there weren’t always enough of each letter to say what I wanted to say! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything that clearly laid it out for me. So through a lot of trial and error I perfected it and now want to share it with you!
Step 1. Get A Light Box
You will obviously need a light box. If you already have one GREAT! If not you can run to Wal-Mart and see if they have one or you click on these Amazon links to see the Leisure Arts light box that I purchased or the Heidi Swapp light box if you prefer that one! (It is a bit larger)
Step 2. Find The Right Paper
You can print the inserts on regular white printer paper, but if you want it to have more of a transparent look you can use transparency paper. I really thought transparency paper was a thing of the past. The last time I had seen this stuff in person was probably in 4th grade! When I discovered that I could print on this paper with my printer at home I was so THRILLED! I read a million reviews on different types of transparency paper and how they work with printers. Here is the most important thing to know before purchasing your transparency paper. Do you have an INKJET or LASER JET printer? The transparency paper prints VERY differently on these two types of printers so make sure you know which kind you have before you buy any paper.
I have an INKJET printer. This is the transparency paper I bought and it has worked super well. It’s dry before I even walk from my computer over to the printer and never smears.
If you have a LASER JET printer. Lucky you. The transparency paper is quite a bit cheaper for laser jet printers. Here is the same brand of paper. I can’t say how well this works on a Laser Jet printer because I don’t have one so read some of the reviews before purchasing!
Step 3. Create or Purchase Designs
Once you have your paper you can get to work creating! I create mine in power point. I initially printed my sayings on paper and cut them out to get the sizing right and when I felt I had it as close as possible I went ahead and printed them on the transparency paper.
If you don’t have the time or simply don’t want to create your own you can start out by trying the free pineapple set in my TPT Store or grab the whole bundle for year-round fun!
Step 4. Print
This can be the intimidating part because you don’t want to mess up on that precious transparency paper! However, it is REALLY simple! If you are using my inserts you simply hit the print button and you should have a dialog box that comes up that looks like this…
First choose which pages you want to print, or you can print them all!
Next, I’ve found that selecting custom scale and setting it to 103% gets them to the EXACT size you’ll need for them to fit. If you do actual size or fit to page they may be slightly smaller as the program tries to shrink them to fit to the page when printing.
Last, make sure you put your transparency paper face down with the white strip towards the back of your paper tray so that it will be the first thing to be pulled through. I believe the white strip is there to enable your printer to grasp something more sturdy when pulling it through but I could be totally wrong.
If you aren’t sure how your printer feeds paper through, test it out on a regular piece of paper by writing with pen on one side and placing it in your tray and printing your page and then see which side the pen ended up on.
Step 5. Cut Inserts & Place In Your Light Box
If you are using my inserts all you need to do is cut along the dotted lines. It doesn’t really matter if you can still see that line after you have cute because I found that portion is usually covered up once you insert them into your light box anyway.
It really is so fun to change these out once a week! Hopefully you have found this to be helpful! Let me know if you have questions!
If you would like the Spring inserts displayed in this post you can find them by clicking HERE.
They are also included in my Light Box MEGA Bundle that contains over 180 designs! You can see them all by clicking HERE.