Welcome to the final episode of my Ancestor Trading Card template walkthrough. Over the last few weeks, I’ve worked through the guide to demonstrate using the PowerPoint template, currently available only from Etsy.
In both the guide and videos to-date my focus was on the setup and card creation. So in the last video installment, I want to cover export and printing. I talk about reordering the file for export, as well the steps to print the final PDF. Furthermore, I show you how the final print out will look (hint: like the example below). And discuss why reordering the cards is so important.
If you think that you might have missed an episode of the four-week tutorial series, see the links below:
Do I need the trading card template?
If you want to work through the video tutorials, it would be handy to have a copy of the template. You can buy this from my Etsy store. If you don’t have a copy, then the tutorial series is still for you. While the focus is on how to create a trading card, you also learn about PowerPoint and printing techniques. Both handy things to know if you are planning future storytelling projects.
The Ancestor Trading Card template toolkit
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 (or later) installed on your computer
- A copy of the Ancestor Trading Template
- JPGs of the photos or images you want to use
- Your genealogy research on your Ancestor
Let’s jump into exporting and printing
Remember that the key to storytelling is to get creative. While I would love it if you used my templates, my goal is to encourage you to tell the stories. I provide examples of how I do tasks based on information I have about my ancestors. But every ancestor is unique. Every story is different. Every story matters. I love the idea of a trading card for storytelling because it’s visual and shareable. It has also taken me three years to find a trading card format that works for my ancestors stories. Even if it’s not right for your storytelling, keep experimenting to find what is. Or better yet, let’s do it together.
What did you think?
Now I’d love to hear from you. Drop your thoughts in the comments below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What did you find most interesting about the tutorials?
- Is there one learning you would apply to future projects?
- Other than PowerPoint, what programs do you use for your storytelling?
Your feedback helps me develop better templates and printables for you. I aim to make the design part easy, using programmes that are already available to you. I may not always be able to accommodate every request, but I consider everything. Therefore don’t be shy about sharing ideas or issues. If it’s something urgent, drop me an email, otherwise pop your comments below.
More tips, tricks, and tutorials
Finally, don’t forget to check out my Facebook Live tips, tricks and template walkthroughs. I’m live most Friday’s at about 10 am AEST. So you don’t miss out, the videos will be available for replay for 30 days.
Until next week, happy storytelling!