Living Locurto FAQ

What printer do you use? 

I love my Canon i9900. This is great for my design comps since it prints up to 13″x19″. I’ve had this for about 6 years and never had a problem. I use a wireless HP Envy printer and scanner. I love it too!

 

What paper do you use?

My favorite paper is Red River Paper, they specialize in ink jet papers. The 60lb Polar Matte is awesome, it produces really bright images.

I also really like double-sided matte paper for when I print on both sides. Epson and Staples brands are both good. You can always find several packages of sticker paper on my shelves as well.

 

How do I download your printables?

You need to click on the link provided in the blog post and depending on your computer, the file should automatically open, or it will download to your “download” folder on your desktop. You can right click the link to save the file to a folder of your choice. We recommend you open the files in the Free Adobe Reader for the best results.

 

I can’t get the printable files to open what should I do?

You must have the Free Adobe Reader to be able to view and print your PDF files. Make sure you have the latest version for your files to work correctly. You might also try a different internet browser.

The latest software installed on computers will automatically open a zip file when you double-click it. If not, your computer doesn’t have software already built-in, so you will need to install a zip file decompression software.

Two popular free decompression software programs are WinZip and WinRar.

If you still have problems, the file might have been corrupted when it downloaded to your computer and you need to contact us.

 

Can I change the colors and fonts on your printables?

Sorry, no you can not. Adobe Acrobat Reader does not allow edits of fonts or colors.

I like your designs, but can you personalize something for me?

Sorry, but no. I wish I had time to help, but with my family, several businesses and an email in-box full of unread emails, I just don’t have time for custom design jobs.

 

I signed up for your Exclusive Membership, but can’t see anything in the member section.

** Please note that we have a free newsletter subscription and a premium section of Living Locurto called the Exclusive Membership. Some people often think that signing up for the free newsletter gets them into the membership area. Those are two separate things.

If you can login, but only see a blank page then your membership has expired. I am no longer accepting NEW members, but if you have been a member in the past and would like to rejoin for the last year of 2016, please let us know via the contact form and we’ll get back to you ASAP to help you get your membership set up.

How do I get into the Exclusive Membership section?

Click here to login and browse the current exclusive designs.

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Edit your profile or password here.

 

I can’t get the printables in your Exclusive Membership section.

Please read the question above. Also check your download folder. Files should automatically download to your computer when you click a link. You need to open them from your computer with the Free Adobe Reader.

 

I can’t remember my password for my membership. How can I change it?

You can update your password and profile here.

 

How do I cancel my membership?

Memberships are subscription based and automatically renewed each year. Because this section is closed to new members, ALL membership will not renew starting December 11, 2015. You can cancel your subscription anytime in your PayPal Account. Memberships last one year from purchase and are non-refundable.

If you want to rejoin later after cancelation, you will need to contact us.

 

What were you doing when you decided to create your own business?

I started my career as an Art Director for Fossil in the early ’90s. I was in charge of photography styling and design for the catalog, designed watches, belt buckles, key fobs, and packaging, and even worked on some design for the retail stores. Then the internet boom came, so I moved into a career focused mainly on internet design and marketing materials for large businesses. I eventually started my own design firm in 1999 designing corporate marketing materials and websites. Then this blog was born in 2008 from my need to share my creative whimsical side.

Amy Locurto Styling a photo session

Photo by Keli Hoskins.

How do you do all that you do?

I don’t sleep much! Seriously… I only get about 5 hours of shut-eye a night. My husband helps out a lot too:-) My goal is to get more sleep!

 

What is your favorite pastime besides arts and crafts?

I LOVE playing tennis, photography, reading and traveling.

 

How do you make your printables? Are they original drawings or stock? How can I do what you do myself?

All of my designs are original and usually hand drawn, then scanned and traced in Adobe Illustrator. I have gotten pretty good with drawing directly in Illustrator, so some designs I whip out pretty quickly.

Unless you’re a professional designer, you don’t need Illustrator. I’m on the hunt for affordable drawing programs because I get this question so much. Right now, I have been recommending Photoshop Elements. You can download free trials of Adobe programs at Adobe.com. You can also try these online program, inkscape.org.

After you are done designing, just save as a PDF file and that’s it!

See my equipment and recommended products here.

 

How do you stay so organized?

I AM NOT an organized person! I just have good ideas for organizing. I have good intentions of staying organized, but never follow through:-) It’s the artist in me that works best in clutter I guess. I have goals of being organized though. I’m trying!

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