DIY – How to print on bookpages

diy- how to print on bookpages

On Etsy you find prints on bookpages everywere. I love them but they are really easy to make yourself, so why should you pay for them? If you just run your bookpage through your printer the placement is not always right. Here I’m going to explain how you print on your book page.

The full instruction continues after the jump . . .

diy- how to print on bookpages

What you need

– book page
– printer paper
– printer
– masking tape
– scissors

diy- how to print on bookpages

How to make it

First print your image on the printer paper. Cover the image with the book page and use masking tape to keep it in place. Run the page again trough the printer. Now remove the masking tape and your book page print is ready for framing!

The illustration of the bird is from Flow Magazine.

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    joy
    March 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Hi! I’m confused at the part where you write “run it through the printer again” – can you elaborate?

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      Wilma
      March 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      You have to print on that page again. So you will print two times on the same paper. One time on the printer paper alone and one time on the printer paper with the book page taped to it. That way the bird will be printed on the book page. Hope that this makes it clearer!

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        Michel
        March 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

        Why not just print one time on the dictionary page? I don’t understand why you need to print on the plain paper first.

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          Wilma
          March 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

          @ Michel, this tutorial is all about getting the placing perfect. And this is a really easy way to do that.

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        Pam
        January 29, 2014 at 4:47 pm

        I’m not exactly intuitive when it comes to my printer, so I read and ‘re read this post about 15 times determined to understand how the original image was somehow supposed to “transfer” to the dictionary page! Like I said, not the brightest bulb on the string 🙂 Then it came to me! The only purpose of the 1st printed (bird) copy is for you to see where the next printing of the bird image will end up on the dictionary page. The first bird image is only a reference. Aha!
        I hope this helps others who may not have quite understood 🙂

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    joy
    March 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Thank you, yes it does!

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    Connie
    March 13, 2012 at 5:00 am

    I use this technique all the time to print on a lot of things including ribbon, crepe paper and smaller pieces of paper. I also use it to print on already punched tags and cards. Once you do this a couple of times you will find it very easy to print something exactly where you want it. Just make sure to make adjustments to your margins if necessary. I like to use double stick tape to adhere my second piece of material to the feeder page. I also find that using a light box makes it very easy to position things on the page.

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      Wilma
      March 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Thank you for the tips! The lightbox would be great to. Or you could use a window.

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    Kelly
    March 15, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Great tip. I made a spider print for my brother for Christmas on a dictionary page and think I printed 5 test pages before I got it lined up right to print the actual page. I wish I had thought of this.

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      Wilma
      March 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Thank you Kelly! I know the problem. Printer margins can be a real pain..

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    Kristin - The Goat
    March 19, 2012 at 5:01 am

    I don’t use masking tape, instead I use a low tack removable tape so it comes off the book page easily. The more delicate the paper, the easier it is for it to stick to the tape and then not come off!

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      Wilma
      March 19, 2012 at 9:44 am

      That’s a really good tip. Thank you Kristin!

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    Jamie
    May 10, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Hi, how do you get the image not to print with a white background? Like most images have a white background that show up when you print on colored paper.

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      aeflinn
      May 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Your printer cannot print white, as there is no white ink (or toner) cartridge 🙂

      I have no idea how you would get the “white” background to show up on colored paper though…that doesn’t make any sense.

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      December 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      If you mean that you have an image with a background color in word you can right click the box and under the options you can select ‘no fill’. Is that what you’re referring to?

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    Vanessa Marins
    May 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Great idea! Loved it!

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    Ceci
    November 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Willma this its great! i will do it!

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    November 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm

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    Cathy
    March 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Masking tape rips the delicate old book pages,no matter how carefully I try to peel it off. What else could one use? (and I suppose it means another trip to the craft store. I swear, I never seem to have what I need when I’m inspired to create!!!)

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      Wilma
      March 19, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      I know the feeling! I do have A LOT of craft supplies but it’s a mess and I’m never able to find what I’m looking for. About the project: I found that the cheapest kind of masking doesn’t stick very well. So maybe that is an option? And otherwise I’m afraid you need to use a different book… XO

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    two birds
    March 19, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Funny, I just bought some on Etsy, and I was looking at them thinking to myself that it must be easy to do myself! Well now I know, it is! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    Very nice. I will try this. Thamks.

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    Jean
    November 12, 2015 at 5:12 am

    It’s actually not quite that easy unless you are printing something extremely simple like a black and white photo of something small. And it all depends on the paper you use. Depending on the age – using any kind of tape will rip the paper. There is a lot more to this process but it’s a nice start for someone wanting to do it quickly.

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    Sandy Dierckman
    October 3, 2016 at 6:28 am

    I use painters tape or washi tape to do this. Neither will rip your paper.

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