Start with a card. These are easy enough for a first grader and everyone loves them. By fifth grade, they can create one in the five minutes before heading off to a birthday party.
- Open Publisher. Go to ‘publications for print’, ‘quick publications’, ‘greeting cards’. Pick the one you want.
- For younger students, leave the cover alone.
- For olders, 1) adjust color schemes and font schemes to your preference. They’re on the left panel, toward the top, 2) pick a verse you like with ‘select a suggested verse’ at the bottom of the left panel, 3) if you want your own verse, change the text by clicking on it, 4) change the picture by deleting it and replacing it with one from clipart (insert-picture-clipart) or Google images (Copy-paste is fine from Google. Be sure you’ve selected a non-copyrighted one)
- Use the tabs at the bottom to change pages (1, 2, 3, 4). Go to page two. All ages: add a picture to the left side of the card. This can be from clipart or Google images.
- Go to page three. As with the cover, leave it if you’re a young user. Make changes if you’re older.
- Go to page four. Make sure your name is there after the phrase, Made especially for you by
That’s it. Check it over and print. Don’t forget to fold. I have lots of kids who don’t realize they’re supposed to fold it–twice–to create a real greeting card.
Later this week, we’ll make an even simpler card in Publisher. Be sure to tune in.