Shop Talk | Resizing Garland Banners

Earlier this winter we hosted a Sledding Party that included a hot chocolate bar. I decided to experiment a bit with the size of the garland banners in the Let It Snow printable party collection, printing them out at half size. You can see the same style of banner at a make your own ice cream sundae bar we had last summer, using the banner in the Ice Cream Sundae collection at full size.

Resizing banners is pretty easy. I essentially printed the banner at half size by printing two pages per printer page. This is really a function of your printer. I’m going to go through the steps I took using my printer, but since all printers are different things may look different in your printers dialog box.

Open the PDF document, with the banner you want to print, in Adobe Reader. In my case the diyPaperJoy Let It Snow Printable Party Collection printables PDF from the Let It Snow Printable Party Collection.

1. From the toolbar, select Fit one full page to window for easier viewing.

2. From the toolbar, click on Show next page (Right Arrow) until you have the first page of the garland banners in the window, in my case page 18.

3. Select File  4. and then Print to bring up the Print dialog box.

5. Under Pages to Print, select Pages and type in the page range of the garland you wish to print, in my case pages 18-23.  6. Under Page Sizing & Handling, select Multiple.
7. Under Pages per sheet select 2.

Note: You can experiment with how many Pages per sheet you would like to print. Choosing more pages per sheet will make your banner flags even smaller.

8. Make sure the cardstock/paper you would like to print your banner on is loaded in the printer then select Print.

A note about purchasing collections from the shop – Immediately after purchase, you will be sent an email containing the link to download your collection. After unzipping the download file you will find one or more PDF files, depending on the collection, but usually one file with instructions and tips on working with the printables and one (or more) files with the actual printables. To open the files you will need Adobe Reader, available as a free download here at

The advantage to being able to resize the banners is that you can hang a garland that suits the space you have available. In the case of a hot chocolate bar the full size garland would work well for a wall over a large buffet or table set up where the smallest banners would work well for a small hot chocolate bar set-up on a small table or a counter.

The collections in the shop are very versatile and have lots of options for customization to suit the needs of your get-together or party set-up.

Whether you are a new reader here or know your way around already, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment and let me know what you think, if there is anything you would like to see more of here or if you have any questions.


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Valentines day freebie

I created this printable for our Cookie Bar for Valentine’s Day and wanted to share some love with you in the form of a free PDF download. You can download the Heart Printable Party Collection freebie here. The mini collection comes in both red and pink with three designs in each colour being customizable. That means you can edit the text that is printed on the food and beverage signs, the bag toppers and the 2″ toppers/tags. You can check out the designs below.

You can use these designs to label food and beverages at a Valentine’s Day party table, customize your own gift tags, top treat bags, add straw flags to your drinking straws at Valentine’s Day snack…you get the idea.

The download is a PDF file so, to open and customize the files you will need Adobe Reader, available as a free download here at Instructions for customizing your printable party collection are available here and cutting instructions are included with the PDF file. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below.

Hope you enjoy it and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

XO Debbie

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Cookie bar valentines day

Cookie bars or cookie stations are fun. They are popular at weddings and family reunions and big celebrations. They let guests play a bit, interact in a fun way and they are delicious too. But you don’t have to be having a big event to enjoy all the fun. A small scale cookie bar is a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day whether it’s just you and your sweetheart, your family or a get-together with some friends.

Cookie bars are often cookie decorating bars. You know the ones, where the kids try to load as much candy on a cookie as possible. I wanted our Valelntine’s Day cookie bar to be a little less about the candy grab but still fun and yummy.

So instead of icing I thought we would give dipping the cookies in a chocolate fondue and then in bowls of candy decorations a try. Still fun for the kids but a little more grown up for the adults. And if you want to grow up your fondue even more (if you are only serving adults of course) you can add a splash of your favorite liqueur.

Plus we have the added bonus of dipping fresh fruit in the chocolate fondue too. Just supply the skewers and guests can assemble their own.

A lot can be done in advance to make this a quick set up. The cookies can be baked days in advanced and stored in an air tight container. Or even a month or two in advance and frozen. The candy decorations can be placed into serving bowls and covered. Some of the fruit can be washed and prepped and stored in airtight containers a few hours before, but some of the fruit, like the bananas, will need to be prepared right before serving. Something to think about when choosing the fruit you want to serve. And here are some great tips for making the chocolate fondue ahead too. This is the chocolate fondue recipe I used.

For the final touches I added a heart garland hanging down above the table and sprinkled some heart confetti in and around the serving dishes. I made the heart confetti by punching out hearts, using a hand held 6mm heart punch, from the scraps of cardstock left over from making the heart garland.

A fun and delicious Valentine’s Day treat for everyone.

XO Debbie

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Heart garland

Here is a quick and easy heart garland DIY to fancy up your Valentine’s Day this Friday. Making several strands and hanging them vertically will definitely send the message that love is in the air – or that hearts are in the air anyway.

All you need is cardstock (I used three shades of pink), a heart craft punch, ribbon, double sided tape and scissors. Heart craft punches come in a variety of sizes and are available at craft stores or in the craft department of large retailers.

I wanted the hearts on my garland to start with light pink at the top and get darker as they went down. I measured the length of ribbon I need and laid out the hearts to determine how many I needed. I ended up using 5 of each colour in a row (double sided equals 10 of each colour per garland strand).

To start I place double sided tape on one of the dark pink hearts and stuck the ribbon to the tape in the center of the heart, not letting the ribbon stick below the bottom of the heart. Then I placed double sided tape on a second dark pink heart and stuck it right on top of the first heart, sandwiching the ribbon between the two hearts and making sure the edges were lined up.

I continued to work my way up the ribbon, making sure the hearts were evenly spaced. I found it easiest to lay the hearts out, a full colour grouping at a time, with double sided tape before attaching them to the ribbon

And that’s it. Easy, quick and hearts hanging everywhere – love!

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