Buying Japanese stickers can be expensive. Worst of all, sometimes you buy a sheet that’s even too cute to use! I know shopping is a hassle, and lately I’ve really been enjoying printing my own stickers to use. The best part is you can reprint them over and over, so you don’t have any guilt when you use one that’s just too cute! So here’s a tutorial on how you can also print your own stickers using designs already on the internet.
What You’ll Need
Photo editing software
Sticker Paper (what I use, you could also print on regular paper and glue them in)
Paper trimmer (optional)
Let’s Get Started!
You will first need to locate designs you like. I believe that the LINE Store is the best for this purpose, as the designs are already small, meant to act as stickers, and are – best of all – cute! For best results, choose a set of stickers that are not animated. For this tutorial, I am going to be using these Eevee stickers.
Next, you’ll need to fully screencapture the page. I use this plugin on Chrome, if you do not use Chrome please search for a similar plugin on your browser. Take a full screenshot of the page and save it.
Open up your photo editing software (I use Photoshop) to set up a document the same size as your sticker paper. Copy/paste the screenshot of stickers into your document and use the lasso tool to arrange them on the page. At this point, you can also remove any you may not want by lassoing around them and deleting them. You can also use the lasso tool to tell how big they will be when they print, I like mine at around 1 inch since my journal is pretty small in size. If you would like to skip these steps and try printing first, you can use the same document I used to print my Eevee stickers by downloading it here.
Save your document as a PDF and go to print. When you print, make sure to print at “Actual Size” so that they aren’t squished even smaller. Make sure to follow your sticker paper settings to ensure even color, and print on the highest quality settings. Insert your paper in your printer, and print! If you are not sure about colors, you may want to first print on a regular piece of paper so that you don’t waste the more expensive sticker paper.
They should come out looking nice! If they don’t, you may need to check the ink in your printer or check your printer settings.
It’s time to start cutting. The hard part is over! I use a tiny paper cutter but you can also just use a scissors. I recommend cutting them all into squares first, and the paper cutter is helpful in quickly cutting the stickers down into evenly sized boxes.
Once you have them in squares, you’re technically done. You could start using them if you wanted to! But I like my stickers to have a little shape, so I go around the squares to cut out some of the excess white space. The smaller the scissors you use for this step, the easier it will be.
With the stickers all cut to shape, you’re all set! It’s time to use them!
Because LINE stickers are usually paid for, I must stress that this tutorial is solely for personal use and that selling your stickers sets a bad example for DIY enthusiasts. Please take care to only use your printed stickers for your own personal materials.
I hope this tutorial was helpful! If you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comments below.