How to Make Printables Using Canva

Do you want to make your own custom-made invitations, bookmarks, tags, cards, or any other personalized printables? You are in the right place. I will tell you everything you need to know about making your own customized printables through software that is made for this very purpose!

There’s nothing more exciting than receiving a personal invitation or card from someone with whom we share a special bond. It has the power of making us feel loved and appreciated on an emotional level. But did you know that it can also be powerfully motivating on an intellectual level? Yes – when we get something tangible in our hands that captures our attention and speaks directly to us, there’s no limit to what it might inspire within us.

That’s why people are so crazy about creating their own personalized printables with the help of Canva, online graphic design software that is perfect for beginners. If you are trying to learn how to make invitations or any other type of printable, read on!

What is Canva?

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Designing your own printable can be easier than you think. In just a few minutes, you can create a personalized card, invitation, or bookmark. You just have to choose from the templates that are available, then personalize it with your favorite photo, quote, or message. Once you are done, you can download your design in either PDF or JPEG formats.

Canva, an online graphic design software, allows users to customize their own invitations, cards, and other types of printable designs in just a few minutes. Plus, there are many great reasons to use it. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. It’s free !! And it does not require special skills or knowledge in graphic design

2. It has more than 1 million stock images, graphics, photos, and fonts

3. There are lots of customizable templates, so you don’t have to worry about what you are designing

4. You can create and download your custom-made invitations in just a few minutes!

5. You can save your creations and use them again later on

How to make printables using Canva

1. First, log into Canva (Or create a free account if you haven’t already) and start by choosing from one of the many templates. There are lots of choices for invitations, flyers, cards, and more.

2. After you have chosen your template, start customizing it by adding a photo or image from the available graphics and photos that Canva has to offer. You can also upload your own image.

3. Next, personalize it by changing the font, layout, and arrangement of elements. You can choose from among more than 1 million stock fonts that are available.

4. Finally, download your printable design in either PDF, JPEG, or other formats that are available with a Pro membership depending on what you need!

Tips to create a good design

1. Start by looking at other people’s designs so you can get inspired and have a better idea about how your design should look. I like to look through Pinterest to see what inspires me.

2. Use your camera or mobile phone to take pictures of different elements that inspire you, such as colors, words, or symbols.

3. Ignore the templates that you’re not interested in and edit those that catch your attention.

4. Choose the design that has a color scheme you are drawn to, then change it up by adding different colors.

Tip: If you are having trouble picking a color scheme, use coolors.co to generate a color scheme or pick one of their color schemes under explore.

5. Use the opacity and rotation tools for color and text layers so you can have more control over the style of your content.

6. Keep in mind that it’s always better to have too many fonts available than not enough. You can easily upload fonts in the brand kit area of your Canva.com dashboard.

The benefits of making your own printables with Canva

There are many different benefits to using Canva to make your own printables but here are a few of my favorites.

1. You can save money by using Canva to make your own customized designs instead of hiring a professional graphic designer.

2. There are no complicated tools or software to use, so you don’t have to worry about being skilled in design at all!

3. Your customizable invitation cards are perfect for those who are hosting small to large-scale events, including weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries.

4. You can choose from a wide range of templates that cover different types of occasions.

5. It only takes a few minutes to create your design and download it in either PDF or JPEG formats.

6. Canva has lots of great photo filters to choose from.

7. You can use Canva not only for printables but also for posters, social media graphics, and presentations!

The cons of making your own printables with Canva

1. Your design may not come out the way you want it to be because you are stuck using the elements that come with the program.

2. You might also have difficulties with downloading your design because of the file formats required.

3. There are few options for editing photos, giving you fewer creative choices in terms of layout and visual elements.

Resources to help you learn more

Canva’s official website – https://www.canva.com/

Canva’s blog – https://canva.com/learn

Canva’s tutorials page – https://designschool.canva.com/tutorials/

Online courses to learn how to design with Canva-https://designschool.canva.com/courses


Making printables with Canva is a great way to personalize invitations and make other printables yourself. With Canva’s many templates and dozens of different photo filters, you can create designs for all types of occasions!

Thank you for reading this article! Happy Crafting!

Published by Melissa Jiggetts

I am a graphic designer who enjoys using my skills to help busy moms and teachers such as myself.

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