Chances are, if you’ve bought a ginormous bundle of fonts and design elements, you might be wondering what to do with all the goodies. You probably had one or two things in mind when you made the purchase, but now that it’s all there in your drive, staring back at you, you’re open to ideas for putting this investment to work for you. You’re in luck! In this post we’re going to talk about 116 things you can do, and quite easily, with a bundle of design elements.
Whether professional designer or hobbyist, using high-end software or a free app like Canva or PicMonkey, the ideas on this list are accessible to all. You can print at a local shop or use a site like Zazzle or CafePress to print on demand. Almost all of the ideas in this post can be printed at Zazzle. Yes, even the underwear. And the shoes. And the chocolates. Hey, if you’re going to design up some undies, shoes, and chocolate you might as well create some fancy pants too. Please.
Yes, you can create an entire outfit and some sweet treats (and more!) at Zazzle.
The best part about some of the design-your-own sites is that you can upload your design to print a one-of-a-kind piece for yourself just as easily as you could print a case of items for your next big event. You can also upload your design onto several of their products and list them for sale in your own store. They’ll even provide the storefront and the traffic. How awesome is that? We’re not affiliated with Zazzle, or any of the others, we just find their interface easy to use and fun to recommend. Do a little research and pick the site that fits your needs the best.
Many of the items on this list don’t even require a printing site. Enhance your own website with a selection of free printables. Or prettify some organizational tools to brighten up your home or office. Planning a birthday party or special event? Look no further than your bundle of design elements for theme ideas and get to work on a custom suite of invitations, programs, table cards, and favor boxes.
The possibilities are nearly endless – they certainly don’t stop at the end of this list. The idea here is to get your creativity flowing and demonstrate just some of the fun things you can do with a bundle of design elements. Challenge yourself to grow a new skillset and work on a new design each week. At the end of the year you could have quite the portfolio to print, share, or even sell. What are you waiting for?
Printables for home – whether it’s a simple shopping list or your home management binder, there is quite lot to be designed for use in the home:
- Weekly to-do list (tip: print up a whole note pad and tear a sheet off whenever you need one)
- Daily action item list
- Shopping list
- Weekly or monthly menu
- Chore chart
- Important dates list (be a hero and compile all the family birthdays and anniversaries and send it around. Better yet, design it into a calendar and send it to all the cousins for Christmas.)
- Babysitter info sheet (important contact info, allergies, special instructions)
- Asset inventory sheet for insurance
- Pantry inventory and expiration list
- Stickers or labels (yes, there’s a difference!)
- Party invitations
- Party game pages
- Party favor boxes
- Christmas letter stationery (get fancy and create a mad lib-style template)
- Scrapbook page templates
Wedding printables – DIY is all the rage for weddings these days. So get your DIY on and create the printed pieces for your big day.
- Save the date card/magnet
- Enclosure cards
- RSVP cards
- Thank you notes
- Favor boxes
- Napkins (go ahead, get fancy and order cloth napkins to match your custom tablecloth!)
Classroom tools – if you’re a teacher you’ve probably already got a long list of things you can’t wait to create for your classroom. Teachers are like that. There’s a whole class (like what we did there?!) of sites just for you to sell your designed pages to other teachers. Check out TeachersPayTeachers.com and be inspired! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Handwriting practice sheets
- Themed unit study pages
- Simple story templates
- Homework calendar template
- Newsletter template
- Blank journal pages
- Attendance record
- Resource inventory/check-out sheets
- Skill progress sheets
- Behavior records
- Inspiring posters
- Substitute planning/notes
Stationery pieces – who doesn’t love a set of pretty letter-writing implements? Tie it up with a custom ribbon and you’ve got a gift set!
- Blank stationery sheets
- Book marks
- Note cards
- Post cards
- Gift tags
Inspirational art – whether you print and frame them, or offer them as a free download, the possibilities are only limited to your imagination here.
- Wrapped canvas
- Desk cards
- Alphabets (perfect for nursery, playroom, or classroom décor)
Clothes – fancy yourself a comedian? Now is the time to see your witty remarks on a t-shirt. Or a necktie. Or a baby’s onesie. They’re all here, just waiting for your brilliance. Do one for each member of the family…matchy-matchy picture time!
- Fabric (printing your own t-shirt isn’t custom enough for you? Design your own fabric and make your own clothes!)
Gifts – Go nuts with this one! You could be the cool kid, giving custom gifts to all your friends this year.
- Wall art
- Water bottle
- Playing cards
- Key chains
- Bumper stickers
- Phone cases
- Tablet sleeve
- Laptop skin
- Shower curtains
- Backpack/Tote bag
- Gift wrap (if you’re going custom anyway…go big!)
Productivity and organization tools – these make great note pads or downloadable freebies.
- Blog planning sheet
- Idea sheet
- To buy list
- To do list
- To make list
- Event planning sheet
- 30-day challenge sheet (pick an area and brainstorm a month’s worth of tasks)
- Planner pages (you could even print an entire book – check out com to design and create your own custom planner)
- Calendars (desk and wall)
- Packing/storage lists
Business tools – take a small business to the next level with fully customized print pieces. Once you’ve landed the logo, apply it across several items at once for an extra-polished look.
- Letter head
- Business cards
- Report covers
- Note cards
- Name tags
- Brochure/flier template
- Social media header
- Invoice template
- Email template
- Mouse pads
There you go – 116 things you can design today. Go forth and create!