Sometimes you want to fly by the seat of your pants and see where the winds take you. When venturing into a new area, improvisation can take you to great new places. This philosophy falls flat in the workplace, however.
Preparation is key when printing important documents, whether it’s for work or a private project. That’s because misprints are expensive. If you randomly print something you need without preparation in advance, it’s a waste of ink, time and money.
That’s why we here at Komando HQ like to leave our print models to the pros. Instead of trying to create our own calendars, spreadsheets, and business cards by hand, we like to use some of these free resources to get started on the right foot. Here are our favorite models you’ll use time and time again, brought to you by our sponsor Epson.
1. The ideal starting point for budding planners
Now, this is a great site full of freebies. We’ve bookmarked it, and you should too.
Day Designer is on a mission to keep you organized. He is so committed to this goal that he offers a library of free printable planners. Whether you need a planner for the day, week, or month, this helpful printable collection has you covered.
This website is a great place for anyone who wants to be more focused and productive. Browse its pages and you’ll find a ton of other helpful resources. For now, though, check out its simple and clean planner designs. They will be of great help in the coming year.
2. Face the music
No matter what instrument you want to play, 8notes has you covered. This website offers free sheet music for piano, guitar, recorder, trombone and other instruments. It even has sheets for the most amazing instrument of all – the voice.
Oh, and it has specific sheets for classrooms and mixed groups. It’s super easy to navigate and has specific filters that allow you to search by artists and styles. In addition to all this, you will also find some useful resources. Free stuff like this sounds like music to the ears!
3. What’s better than stickers? To free stickers!
Canva is one of our favorite websites for designers. This is because this site offers a ton of high-quality content for free. You can get free resources here no matter what you need to do.
Want to design your own book cover? Canva has you covered. Do you want to create a colorful and dynamic CV? Canva has you covered.
If you want to create adorable stickers just in time for Valentine’s Day — you know it — Canva has this, too much. Here are lots of free printable stickers you can use to start your next DIY session.
4. Best place for free printable calendars
It’s all there in the name. Free-printable-calender.com has a great library of free resources that you can send directly to your printer.
Whether you want a simple calendar or combine these templates with your artwork to create custom calendars, this is a great place to start. There are many templates you can use for a 2022 calendar. It’s never too late to start planning the rest of the year!
If you want to get a head start on 2023, Flanders Family Homelife has you covered. Tap or click here to download a free printable 2023 calendar.
The Flanders Family blog has a litany of super useful free printables. For example, check out this handy checklist below!
5. Use this comprehensive spring cleaning checklist for a perfectly clean home
Make your rooms spotless with this detailed cleaning list. It covers everything from your kitchen and bathrooms to porches and entryways. If you tend to get distracted during a deep clean, this well-organized document will hold you accountable.
It’s black and white, so you don’t have to worry about losing color when you print. There’s even a cute little drawing in the corner. Simply attach it to a clipboard, put on your cleaning gloves, and get ready to apply some elbow grease!
6. Kids color for free with Crayola
You don’t have to buy a fancy Barnes N’ Noble coloring book to inspire your child’s creative side. Crayola wants all kids to have fun with color, which is why it has an extensive library of free printables for you to choose from.
Whether your kids want to color Disney characters or their favorite animals, this free collection has plenty of coloring pages. Crayola’s coloring collection even has resources for adults who want to relax and enjoy art.
BONUS: Make your own door hanger
Maybe the locks in your house aren’t working. You try to put socks on the door when you sleep, but they fall off and people break into your room anyway. Maybe you want to start your own hotel or even turn your extra bedroom into an Airbnb rental.
Door hangers are a useful way to send a message without words. With a simple placement of this hanger on your doorknob, you can let people know to stay outside…or if it’s okay to stay inside. Your kids might like it too – and it’s much more pleasing to the eye than a bold cautionary tape or a warning sign saying to stay out!
Fortunately, Uprinting has what you need. You can download them for Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat. Or you can find a JPEG template or one that works with Microsoft Publisher.
Now that you know What to print, here’s how actually, you know, to print
We mentioned earlier that misprints can be costly. That’s because traditional ink cartridges cost an arm and a leg. Eventually, Kim got tired of paying too much for her ink refills.
After searching for a better solution, she discovered the Epson EcoTank, which puts a whole new spin on printing. Instead of relying on bulky cartridges that run out too quickly, these printers use large jugs of refillable ink. Using this printer can save you a ridiculous amount of money over time.
Epson EcoTank printers come with a ridiculous amount of ink straight out of the box. You get enough ink to print 6,000 color pages. So if you want to upgrade your printer, try the Epson EcoTank!
Check out Epson EcoTank printers at a Best Buy, OfficeMax or Office Depot store near you, or shop online at Epson.com/EcoTankKim.