September 15, 2010
Amazing Homemade Coupon Books
Have you ever really wanted to give your spouse a great gift, but didn’t have the budget to do so? Well, me too! That is why I created this awesome coupon book! This little book will tell your spouse just how much you love him/her, as well as keeping things fun and different. There are coupons for staying home or going out, and even a blank one to have your spouse fill out! I decided to make this into an easy step by step process so everyone can follow it. You never know when you might need to whip up a set of “love coupons”!!
Before you start, if you want to download my coupons, go HERE. OR…you can create your own by following my steps below.
To create your own…
Step 1- Open up a new document in Microsoft Word
Step 2 – Under the tab “Mailings” – click on the “Labels” button
Step 3 – A pop-up will appear, click on the “Options” button toward the bottom right-hand corner
Step 4 - Another pop-up will appear, select Avery US Letter
Step 5 - There is a box where you can select the product number. Scroll down until you get to number 5392, and select that one
Step 6 - Push OK
Step 7 - It will then bring you back to the 1st pop-up box. In that box there is a tab (toward the bottom left) that says “New Document”. Push that button.
Step 8 - Now you want to go to the top of Word and select the “Page Layout” tab.
Step 9 - Select the “Orientation” tab.
Step 10 - Click on the “Landscape” option.
Step 11 - Now click on the “Margins” button.
Step 12 - Select the “Custom Margins” button at the bottom.
Step 13 - You want to have the top and bottom margins be .5” and the right and left at .3” (a pop-up might appear that says that these settings are outside the normal range. Just click ‘ok’ – NOT fix!)
Step 14 - I chose to do a cute border around my coupons, but it is totally an OPTION not a MUST. If you want each of the boxes to have a border, select the “Page Borders” button (in the “Page Layout” tab).
Step 15 - Select which border you want and the size. You can also select where the borders will go (just on the outsides, insides, or all 4 sides of the box). I did mine around all 4 sides.
Step 16 - Your coupons are now ready to make cute! I, of course, wanted a cute font so I chose to use the font “Papyrus”. I also wanted a cute picture on the coupons. I found a cute picture of some lips in the clip art section.
Step 17 - I then added a text box on each coupon, where I typed each coupons “value” into. To find a text box go to the “Insert” tab in Word and select the “Text Box” button. You can place the text box anywhere you want to on the coupons. I centered mine.
Step 18 - Now you are ready to type. Make sure you make your first coupon similar to a title page, explaining what this book is. Once you have finished typing your coupons, they are ready to print.
Step 19- I printed mine on 2 different colors of card stock (and alternated them through the whole book). Print the coupons.
Step 20 - Now you get to cut each coupon out. Make sure they are all the same size. (It’s easiest to use a paper cutter, but if you don’t have one scissors will work just fine too)
Step 21 - To bind, I punched 2 holes on the left side of each coupon (make sure to line all them up properly), then I alternated my colors and stacked them in a pile.
Step 22 - I then cut about 4-6 inches of ribbon, put it through the holes, and tied a knot.
Step 23 - Now you are finished. Have fun!
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