Thursday, March 31, 2011

How to make a custom template in Word

Tired of wasting paper just to get the correct tag? Ever wonder how to get the perfectly sized tags for you homemade cards or scrapbook layouts?   Well wonder no more...

Crabby Cakes Studio is pleased to offer this quick tutorial on how to create custom Word Templates. For this example we are going to create a set of 2x3” Landscape tags.

1. Open Word. (For this example we are using Office 2007)

2. Select Mailings.

3. Select Labels.

4. In the Envelopes and Labels pop up window, select Options.

5. In the Label Options pop up window, select New Label.

6. The Label Details pop up window will open. This is where we will set up our custom Label. Our first step is always naming the label. In the Label name box type the name of your label. We usually enter the size and then the orientation (we will be creating a 2x3 Landscape Label). Example:

2x3 Portrait
2x3 Landscape
1x1 Portrait

7. To create the label, you will need to change the following fields: Label Name, Label Height, Label Width, Number Across, Number Down, Vertical Pitch, Horizontal Pitch, and Page size.

8. To calculate the number across or down, divide the width/height of the paper by the width/height of the label that you are making. For a 2x3” landscape Label the equation would be as follows:

11/3 = 3.66666 – so we will be able to have 3 labels across.
8.5/2 = 4.25 – so we will be able to have 4 labels down.

9. The vertical pitch is always equal to the label height and the horizontal pitch is always equal to the label width.

10. To Select Paper Size, click on the down arrow on the right side of the paper size. This will show the drop down box.

11. Click ok. Congratulations, you have just set up your first of many custom labels in Word.

12. Next time you need to use this label, follow steps 1-4 and then instead of selecting New Label, you will select Label Vendors and Other/Custom. This is where all of your custom label templates will be saved.

13. Select your label and click ok.

14. Select New Document

15. Your label is ready to use. Type, print, and cut!!

The sky is the limit for all the different size tags that you can create.

Christine and Bobbi
Crabby Cakes Studio
Where crabby turns into happy!


  1. This is excellent - Thanks! I'm definitely going to try this.

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [01 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  3. Wow, I would have never figuired this one out. Thanks

  4. What a wonderful idea. Thanks so much for sharing

  5. What a neat post! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Oh my, you are sooooooooo good! Thank you so much!

  7. Well, I have to mentioned here the latest resource which I have discovered is Word Templates.