Receipt Book Printing


You can go to an office supply store and buy a receipt book. But if you cannot find one to fit your needs, going to a commercial printer and having a custom receipt book made may be your best solution.

Designing Receipts

Create the artwork or have the artwork created for you. Using software like Adobe InDesign is recommended, but Microsoft Word and Excel will also work. First, decide which fields of information you want. Revising an existing receipt book, changing the fields by adding new ones or deleting one that you won’t use is an easy way to design your new book. You can also obtain receipt templates online at the Microsoft website. Under the "Template Menu" tab, search for "Receipt book." Chose from a wide variety of layout in Word and Excel and download the file. Edit the template to suit your needs and save. When using a commercial printer to reproduce your receipt book into carbonless pads, save the template design as a PDF.


A typical receipt book has a space for customer information, date of transaction and space to list transactions and totals. Special instructions such as return policies can be added at the bottom of the receipt. Most receipt book forms have a place for a customer signature.

Time Frame

A commercial printer can print your book in two- or three-part carbonless paper as separate receipts, as a pad or a booklet. Allow at least 3 days for the printing process, depending on how busy the printer is. The first day, the paper is printed. Carbonless paper comes in a package, collated. The white, yellow and pink paper is ready to print.

Gluing the Receipts

On Day 2, once the paper is printed and dried, it is jogged so the paper lines up perfectly and then placed on a padding table. If the pads are printed as multiple forms per sheet, the paper must be trimmed to size, then padded.The glue takes about a half hour to dry, then the pads can be separated by fanning them at the top right and left corners. A piece of chip board is supplied to write between receipt sets.

Finishing the Receipts

The third day, the books are bound or finished. If the receipts are to be a book, the pages are bound with wire coil and glued with a backing. Booklet padding is glued to the side. Separate sheets or receipt pads are glued at the top. The receipts can be numbered if requested. That's done before the books are bound. The paper can also be perforated so a portion of the receipt can be torn off.

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