If you've ever been bashing your head against the wall trying to print a design evenly spaced in the four quadrants of a standard sized paper, I can tell you that your problem has something to do with built-in printer margins.
At first I thought I'd have to go find out what the standard margins are, do some math, go through some painful trial and error to see if my layout was properly compensating...
But it turns out you can just go to the amazing Avery website and download one of their (free) postcard templates. The one that matches your needs. I used the Postcard - wide, 4 per sheet template and it worked like a charm.
Except make sure you save the template on its own once and then as a different file name when you've added your designs, because you might need to go back to the empty template later.
For instance, my first two cards printed perfectly (on my printer, at least - someone please test and tell me it works for you, too!) and then I figured I'd just replace the big front snowflakes and re-save. It all looked fine, but when it printed, the info on the back of the card was printing off the page. I have no idea why, but from my limited computer programming experience, I can tell you there is a reason, but it is not likely a reasonable reason.
Anyway, my advice is: start with a fresh template every time.
But you don't need to know any of that to print my snowflake word art thank you's; all you have to do is:
- Download the .doc files for Snowflake Thank You Notes 1 and 2 and Snowflake Thank You Notes 3 and 4 (by clicking on those links, there, Mom). These are sized for 8.5"X11" paper. (And I'd recommend a heavy-weight paper so it feels substantial.)
- Open one file at a time in Microsoft Word and use the menu Print option (not the print icon) so that you can make sure your print quality is set to "High" (a lot of the design lines are very very fine, so the cards won't look great at standard quality).
- When you actually press Print, you might get some sort of warning saying something is outside the printable area... tell it to go ahead anyway and everything should be fine.
- Cut the pages down the middle (at 5.5") and fold over.
- Pour out your gratitude and put it in the mail!
As I think probably goes without saying, these cards are free to print for personal use (please retain the web address, etc. on the back of the card). You can't print and sell them, nor extract the snowflake designs for other purposes!
Thanks for all your enthusiasm about these yesterday. I really appreciate it. :)