Tutorial: Saving Ink When Printing from PowerPoint

Hi! Did you know there was a big sale coming up very soon on TpT

I'm joking, of course you know this! 

Well, in efforts to help you out a bit with all of that printing you'll be doing after the sale, I have a new tutorial for you!

This tutorial is to help you save ink on certain items you DON'T want to print on a page...but it only works in PowerPoint on those editable and customizable files you purchase.

I'm using an example from my Ready 2 Number Library Labels pack:
As much as I'd like to think you can use each and every one of these oh-so-lovingly-designed labels, I know the reality...you just don't need them all!

And sometimes you have to print more than you need.

But there is a way around this! First, go to the page you would like to print:

Click on Shapes and choose a shape that will cover the graphic or graphics you don't need:

(so, in this example, I'm choosing the oval to cover the Plants circle I don't need to print out):

Now I have a circle large enough to covered the unwanted graphic:
Now to make that circle white to save on ink! 

Double-click on the shape and change the Fill to white:

The Line to No Line (or white would work as well):

The Shadow to no shadow (by unchecking that box):

And this makes our white circle:

Which can be dragged until it covers the Plants graphic:

Now I am left with the two circles I want to print and I'm not wasting any ink!
The next part is the best!

To continue this technique and block out all unusable graphics, just copy that white circle that you just created and paste anywhere else in the PowerPoint presentation!

The same will work for different shapes as well. In the pictures below, you will see how I used a rectangular graphic instead to cover up the large oval I didn't need to print...

Starting with this:

Selecting this:

Covering this:

And making it white, leaving me with just this:
Oh, those labels just above are a part of my newest library pack and should be available very soon. If they are not ready for the sale tomorrow, they will be introduced at that same sale price later this week! I've been working on them around the clock, but it's a lengthy process :)

Thanks so much for reading, I hope this tutorial will be of help!!


Student Toolbox Labels

Hello!! I wanted to say thank you for all of your kind comments about the Student Toolboxes from the other day...I really am so excited about them! I love the fact that my students will have everything they need within their grasp all day! No more passing out materials and everything can be kept so neat and organized. :) :)

So, I started some back to school shopping (though it's a bit early around here) and started filling up some of the drawers...

I had some requests to place the labels in my store, so I made some with several different options...
Whole sheets to print an entire toolbox at once...
...or multiple labels per sheet for several toolboxes.
Labels all sized for you...ready to print, laminate, and glue right on!

These toolbox labels are designed to fit the Homak 12 Drawer Organizer which can be found at the following locations:

That price at Walmart right now is great, the shipping isn't very much for all of them so it's actually a better deal than what I originally found.

If you are interested in these labels, you can learn more by clicking the preview image below:
Thank so much for visiting! I will be back next time with a new shopping find that is part of an organizational system I am working on for my class. Hint: It involves colors :)
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