These tips should work in MS Windows98 or XP, MS Internet Explorer 5.0 or above. If you have other software or an older printer you may have to experiment.
My first advice is NOT to go to the browser menu and click FILE, PRINT. Some of the files on the site are long and you may get more than you ever wanted!
On some computers you can select text with your mouse, click PRINT and then SELECTION in the printer dialog box. However I would try it first on a small file.
Most of the time I save stuff in my word processor and print from there. That way I can adjust the font size and style, spell check, remove blank lines, adjust page breaks, etc. Also I can save the file to print again.
First go to your word processor and open a new blank document. Go back to the webpage (I use alt-tab to go back and forth between Internet Explorer and Word). Use your mouse to highlight the text you want. Then click COPY in the EDIT menu or click the COPY button on the browser tool bar. Then go back to the word processor and click PASTE in the EDIT menu or on the tool bar. You can format things the way you want and then print in your usual way.
Copyright is a very complicated subject and if you need specific information you should do research or talk to an attorney. You will find a lot of disagreement about how the laws are interpreted. These are just some general guidelines I go by.
It is usually okay to use things for personal use - such as duplicating a page idea or using a poem in your own scrapbooks. But it is always against the rules to profit from something without the copyright owner's permission. Just being on the internet doesn't make something public domain - it could have been posted without the owner's knowledge. And just because something doesn't have a copyright symbol doesn't mean it's not copyrighted. A copyright symbol is not required - and it could have been removed.
If you want to use something as a handout, pass it on by email or put it on a website it is best to contact the owner and ask for permission. Some people are now adding a note to their layouts and ideas that specifically state how they can be used - such as for a handout by CMC but not sold. That is very helpful.
The things on my website are meant to be used in scrapbooks or for other personal use. They are not meant to be sold - either in hard copy or on CD's. They can be passed on to others for personal use or given as handouts by scrapbook consultants as long as the names of the originators or authors (if known) are not removed from the ideas.
How you print graphics depends on the type of file you are printing and the kind of printer you have.
If you see a graphic (such as a page layout idea) on a website right click on the picture and select something similar to "Save picture as". In the dialog box that comes up name the file and select a folder to put the file in. The main thing is to remember where you put the file and what you named it. Then pick a file format. If the file is already a GIF file I leave it at that. Otherwise I usually select JPG.
Once you get the file on your computer you can edit it in a graphics program or print it as is. Refer to the ideas below on how to print Email attachments.
These tips should work with Outlook Express 5.0 or later and Word97 or later. If you use other programs or versions it could still work but the commands and menus might be different. Some people print directly from email but that doesn't work well for me. You can also print from a graphics program but they vary a lot so I will give instructions for printing from a word processor.
First copy the file from the email message to your computer. To do that open the email message. You should see a file name in a little window just above the message. (If the picture opens inside the file instead read the note at the bottom of this section.) Right click on the file name. In the pop-up menu select something like "save picture as". I would save the file as a JPG unless it is already a GIF. Pick any name you want and any folder to store it in as long as you remember them.
Next open your word processor. On the menu you should find something like "Insert" and in the submenu for insert you will find something like "picture" and in the submenu for picture you will see "from file" or something similar. Click on that and you will go to a dialog box where you have to navigate to the folder where you put the file. To go up one level click on the little folder with the arrow that is near the center top of the dialog box. Once you find the file click on it and then click the insert or OK button at the lower right. That should send you back to Word with the picture on the screen. If it is not the right size click it once to highlight it. Then drag the little box at the CORNER of the graphic until it is the size you want. Use "print preview" to make sure.
NOTE: if the file comes already open in your email message instead of as an attachment, put your mouse over the picture and right click to get the menu where you do the "save as". Then proceed from there the same as above.
If your Word processor won't do this and you have Windows 98 go to WordPad. Click INSERT then OBJECT. In the dialog box put a check mark beside "create from file". Then click on BROWSE and navigate to the file you want. Then click OKAY. The file will be inserted. Then look at the page in "print preview". If the entire graphic does not show on the screen click on close and adjust the size. You do that by clicking on the graphic one time then dragging it by the little black box at the corners and edges. Keep adjusting until it looks good in the preview window.
In order to share scans of layouts on a message board you first need a digital image of your layouts. You can scan the layouts but it is easier with 12x12 pages to photograph them with a digital camera or photograph them with a regular camera and scan the picture. Then you have to upload the photo to a hosting service on the web or to your personal web page. The easiest and fastest way is to use a place like the old PhotoPoint site. The last step is getting the scan to appear on the board. That can vary depending on the board you are on. On Stampin' and Scrappin' put the direct URL to your image in the "Optional Image URL" box below the message area. If you don't know the URL right click on your image (from where it is on the web) and choose "Save Image Location". Paste that in the box. If that doesn't work you can put a link to the page the image is on in the "Optional Link URL" box. Then type a name for the page so people can click to go to there.
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Copyright information: I have tried to give proper credit to originators of the things on this website. If you see something that is incorrectly credited, please contact me. If something of yours has been used in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, notify me and I will remove it. The things on this site are intended for use in scrapbooks or other personal use. They are not intended to be used to make a profit. Because of CM company policy I did not use the full name of active CMC's unless they told me I could.