How To Create Printables

By now, you’ve probably noticed that printables are trending! Nearly every time you visit Pinterest, you’ll probably see some kind of printable whether it’s a list, a chore chart, or even just an artsy printable for decoration! We’ve talked about how to sell printables online before, but in this post, we’re talking about how to create printables so you can do them yourself!

How To Create Printables - whether you want them for decor or to sell your printables online, learn how to make printables in this easy tutorial!

Here’s the printable we’ll be showing you how to make today, just in case you want to print it for yourself!

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For this tutorial, we’ll be using the program free Canva. This program gives a lot of resources and tools that you might need to create printables, however, there are also other programs you can use for creating printables like PicMonkey and Photoshop if you prefer those. If you’ll be creating printables a lot for personal use or for selling online, it might be worth it to use a combination of the programs mentioned above.

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For your background, you can use any image you want. Whether it’s one you’ve created, a stock photo you want to use, or an actual photograph you’ve taken, Canva makes it easy to upload as your background! Next, you’ll want to add any text and imagery to your background to create the printable.

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It’s as simple as that! There are so many different kinds of printables you can create, and if you want to spend some time creating printables to sell online, here are a few ideas of different kinds of printables you can sell:

  • Chore charts
  • Business expense trackers
  • Meal planning charts
  • Party planning charts
  • Birthday invitations
  • Wedding invitations
  • Seasonal gift tags
  • Organizing labels
  • Coloring pages
  • Kids art activities
  • Play money
  • Recipe cards
  • Direct sales party planners

When you create printables, be sure to save a copy on your computer as well as in Canva or anywhere else you might keep it like your Etsy store. This is also a great service to offer if you want to become a VA – printable creators are always sought after! Make sure if you’re selling printables as a VA, you mark whether they’re exclusive or semi-exclusive too. If you’ll be selling it to multiple people, you need to designate that in any listings you have.

There you have it – now you can create printables all on your own for anything you might need! It’s a simple way to keep organized or create some new art for your decor.

Have you ever wanted to create printables before? What kind of printables are you favorite?

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    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      Absolutely!! blog savings definitely but also on all those organizers we love and buy, we can make our own now! Also, selling printables on Etsy is a huge profit!

  1. Veronica

    I also use Canva for so many things! This is a great site and an app. You have great designs by the way!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      Aww, Thank you so much Veronica! I haven’t used the app much but do use it on my laptop quite a bit. Once I get ‘brave’ or short on time I’m sure I’ll be trying the app too!

  2. Paula

    A very nice intro to using Canva. I find it to be a great tool for making all sorts of graphics – I haven’t sold anything I’ve created, mostly it’s images for social media.

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      I think most people do use this for some pretty fabulously creative media shares!! I loved when I found how my creative readers could find a way to help add to their savings a little or a whole lot.

  3. candy

    Very helpful and useful information.

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      I’m glad you had a moment to check it out. I hope you can find some fun and creative uses for it some day 🙂

  4. Maaya Legaspi

    I love using canva too! Especially for designs and basically everything I need about blogging that has graphic design in it. Canva totally helps a lot. This is very helpful post for those who are not familiar with this tool 🙂

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    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      Canva totally is all that and with a cherry on top! So happy you stopped by! 🙂

  5. Holly

    I love Canva. I use it all the time for my blog, Pinterest, and so much more. It doesn’t give you the options that Photoshop or Illustrator but most people don’t need those expensive programs to create beautiful images.

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      I agree that its Perfect for Pinterest, Printables, and so much more !! Being a frugal blogger too I just can’t seem to justify spending much on something I can use for free or super affordable that meets all ‘my’ needs!! I’m just loving Canva!

  6. Nina

    I myself have used Canvas for so many things. I need to up my printable game for sure. Thanks for sharing!


    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      I am for sure working on improving my printable skills!!

  7. laura londergan

    I have been making printables for years and always thought everyone used Photoshop or Illustrator. lol It’s great to see that people have options for those wanting to create for themselves.

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      I love that you can start with so many of these creative tools for free and the upgrades are super affordable! Long gone are the days of just a couple of choices for being creative 🙂

  8. Tammilee Tips

    I love these tips!! Canva is so much fun to create images and printables in!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      Canva is awesome! You could even create unique printable wall art and email it as a gift to a friend far away! Now that is way better than a card any day!

  9. Nicole Escat

    Canva is also my tools in creating Media Kit, and Facebook post. This is also helpful so glad you shared it.

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      And you do have some fabulous Facebook Posts!!!

  10. Sondra Barker

    Very nice tutorial! And so useful, too! I could definitely use this to create an organizational chart for the upcoming weeks that doesn’t look uber boring!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      So happy you found this useful. I’m all done with boring schedules and charts too!

  11. Chei

    Thanks for sharing. this is a great tips!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      You are very welcome and I’m so happy you stopped by.

  12. Renata

    I love canva and I use it myself for easy projects.

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      Absolutely!! It really is incredibly easy to use!! I’m all for that!

  13. Kim

    I love creating printables. I feel like I’m a designer since I’ve started blogging. Canva is awesome too!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      I bet you have a home filled with awesome printables too!!

  14. Shelby Bromley

    I love how detailed and informative this is.

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      That makes me happy! I try hard and it’s nice to know when I’ve ‘nailed it’ !

  15. Jenny

    Wow, so detailed, this is amazing!Thanks for putting this together in such an informative guide.

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      You are most welcome! I hope you are able to create some fun and maybe even functional printables using these tips!

  16. Janine Good

    Canva is such a great program! I use it frequently. Thanks for the tutorial! I enjoy making printables for my blog 🙂

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      Canva really is great isn’t it? I just love seeing your printables too!

  17. andrea

    Thank you for writing this post:) I have wanted to work on creating printables but never had the time to do the research

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      I am so glad you found this helpful 🙂 I look forward to seeing your new printables 🙂

  18. Andrea

    I absolutely love Canva! What a time saver, too. Thank you for your post I am always looking for new ideas!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      I love Canva now too! They just make it too easy not to love them!

  19. Jill Wiley

    Nice. I have been making and selling printables for years on Etsy (punkerdodesigns). 🙂 I don’t use Canva… as it wasn’t around when I started, but boy would it have made things easier.

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      OH, I am absolutely going to find you now on Etsy and favorite your shop!! I love how many free and easy options there are out there for new bloggers like myself and very affordable upgrades too, makes life a little less challenging!

  20. Idriss

    I love Canva ! Have been using it a lot lately for my pinterest account. Thank you for sharing this with us

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      I really need to dig into and re-vamp my Pinterest with Canva. Can we just have one more weekend day ? Going to hop over to your Pinterest board right now !!

  21. Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade

    Thanks for this post, I cannot wait to try and create my own printables! I’m addicted to quotes 😀

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      YAY!!! Quotes have got to be one of the hottest printable items out there on Etsy too, do I hear a side gig coming on? Can’t wait to see your new creations 🙂

  22. Lindsey

    Saving this so I can reference it later!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      Oh please do and be sure to let us know what you ‘create’ 🙂 I’m certain it will be glorious!!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      So much fun for Back to School projects, I absolutely agree!!

  23. Ruxandra

    I love Canva ! it’s so easy to use and the result is so pretty!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      I find myself using both PicMonkey and Canva now, Love them both so much!!

  24. lex

    very resourceful post, i have been looking for a way out and now i have found one. off to get started with printables.

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      Thank you for stopping by Lex! I’m looking forward to seeing your new printables.

  25. Hayley

    I’ve never used this but it looks really simple… will go it a try!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      YAY!! Can’t wait to see your ART!

  26. Toughcookiemommy

    I had no idea that you could create such awesome printables this way. I am going to tinker with canva to see what I can come up with.

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      Looking forward to seeing your favorite creations on your blog!

  27. Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    Wow, thank you so much for this tutorial. I’m sure people are hesitant to try and this tutorial will walk them through the process step by step!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      We all need a little help now and then 🙂

  28. Ivonne

    I use Canva all the time! It’s so very simple to use!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      Oh good, now I know who to go to with questions haha!! I am by no means an expert, just enjoying creating as I learn.

  29. Emilee Westervelt

    I LOVE Canva. I just discovered it! Thanks for the helpful post!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      I do too! It’s so easy to use ! And fun…………. who doesn’t love to be creative and have fun!

  30. Cricket Plunkett

    I never imagined it would be that simple. I’ll definitely be making my own now!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      Right? and you get to impress a whole lotta people with your new skills!!

  31. Karen Coghlan

    I love Canva, upgraded to the paid version, not because I like paying but for the extra features… Paid version allows transparent images, I use it for Favicons. There is a search feature. But it is the resize that got me this time… I am in the process of changing the format of my image from a small one to a much larger, Canva resize feature allows me to use the old version and resize then just adjust to fit the new size… Like I said love it…

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      I’m really learning to love Canva as much as PicMonkey these days, each for different things, I think it’s personal preference and like anything there’s a learning curve.. Great tips!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  32. Ellie Augustin

    I love Canva I use it all the time as as pic monkey. I love how easy it is.

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      And FREE too! Oh sure we can do upgrades, however such an incredible amount we can do with the free resources available don’t you think ?

  33. Kristina N.

    I’ve always wondered how people make printables. I’ve used Canva for photo editing and didn’t realize you could make printables on there too. Thanks for laying out the process so clearly!

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      I’m really looking forward to improving my skill too! There’s some beautiful printables out there I envy 🙂

    • Kimberly Ann Elizabeth

      oh you must!! even some to hang around the house as FREE artwork!!