Printable Stationery to Promote Your Business

Have you ever thought that using Printable Business Stationery to visually capture attention, make your brand name stand out and promote your products or services is a less expensive and most relevant way of communicating with your public? Building a visual identity that quickly and intuitively lets customers know what your business is all about is the way to go. Preserving this identity for ever, if possible is even better.

Once you have defined your visual identity, make sure that the graphic design elements for your  Business Cards, Letterhead, Envelopes or Brochures are perfectly aligned and working together to make a lasting, memorable impression on existing and potential customers.

Geographics Printable Business Cards
Geographics Printable Business Cards

With Geographics Printable Business Stationery, you can strike a perfect balance between affordable pricing and quality stationery featuring classic and new, trendy designs.

You can customize brochures and flyers from scratch using the blank, white C2S inkjet and laser printable paper available from Royal Brites, made in the USA or using the pre-printed stationery with business designs.

 

Geographics Business Stationery comes with a variety of business designs ready printed so that you can just enter the text. To customize Geographics Stationery, we offer Word Templates, Clip Art and Suggested Wording as well as a free online customization tool – IClicknPrint Design Center which comes with a variety of unique features such as hover over fonts and colors, free clip art, shapes and lines, suggested wording as well as pre-set templates. It contains a Data and Mail Merge application which allows you to merge data from Excel and CSV into text boxes from your business letterhead, envelopes, brochures, fliers, mailing labels, business cards, invitations and more. This feature is a huge time saver and you can always access the saved files next time you need to send correspondence to the same customers or print the same business cards.

Using Geographics Business Stationery with Designs replaces working with a professional designer to build your visual identity. A business design that represents your company should be consistently used in correspondence and communication with the outside world.

Your company and its products or services can be associated with freshness, optimism, happiness, cheer etc. if you choose to use fresh, colorful designs or if you are aiming to be perceived as a more traditional or conservative business, you can choose classic designs.

Geographics Envelopes Gold FoilTo convey the right company image you need to carefully  choose your logo, colors, typeface, images, etc. Luckily, Geographics Business Stationery comes with various unique style designs and papers to suit a variety of needs – from the more classic designs to modern and exciting colorful ones

Geographics Business Letterhead

An important thing to keep in mind that your visual identity does not need to be complicated – simplicity is beautiful and memorable. When you try to include too many things you risk confusing your audience. This becomes even more important if you are designing everything yourself, remember that professional designers work hard to achieve elegance through simplicity. that means removing elements from a company’s business identity that do not add real value. Turn “less is more” into your design mantra and keep things simple.

Brochure Paper Geographics

At Geographics.com, we know that managing a business is hard, challenging and time consuming so we strive to offer quality products that save you time and money. Use Geographics quality Printable Business Stationery and Royal Brites US-made coated Business Cards, Matte Paper and Brochure Paper and start communicating!

Award Certificates Build Self-Esteem

One way of helping children build and grow self-esteem is to reward them for their achievements as often as possible. Geographics Award Certificates are a fine and affordable way to do just that. Add the certificates and foil seals to your family toolkit and start expressing healthy doses of appreciation for your children and other family members.

Kids need to feel acknowledged for who they are and recognized for their strengths, knowledge or skills. These are undeniable human needs. Regardless of age, people need to feel “seen”, appreciated and valued. This is even more crucial for children. It is a fact that a child who grows up feeling appreciated, loved and supported will become a confident, stable and mature adult.

Set up a strategy. Plan on how often to reward your children, what kind of behaviors you want to encourage in them, or achievements to acknowledge, etc. Ideally, you want to encourage good behavior and award them with a diploma or Award Certificate regularly, perhaps once a week or once a month.

The key is to be intentional, credible and relevant. Start by holding a family meeting and tell kids that, for the next few months, you will award them for things that you are listing – to be in plain sight – the fridge would be a great place for it. The list could include being organized and keeping the space clean and orderly, completing homework in time and well, helping with chores, being on good behavior for a specific amount of time (increase it slowly until they get in the habit), getting good results in school, showing courage by getting over something they fear, etc.

This exercise shouldn’t become a competition between siblings but a way for everyone to feel appreciated for what is unique about them, for creating good habits and overcoming obstacles, trying out new things and growing into healthy and successful teenagers and adults.

You can award children for things like:
– Helping a younger sibling with homework – you could set up a monthly “Family Helper Award”;
– Making an effort to improve in a subject that they have difficulties with – like spending an extra 10 minutes every evening working on the subject, Hard Work Award
– Being organized – going to bed and waking up at the right time each day;
– Cleaning their room and keeping it organized for a week;
– Showing courage by raising their hand in class, expressing themselves in polite ways, etc

You could have a conversation with your children’s teachers and craft a strategy together, looking at reinforcing strengths and improving weaknesses. They will certainly appreciate your involvement and welcome the partnership.

Focus on what matters most and update the goals in your strategy, as kids develop new skills and behavior.

You can order affordable, high quality Printable Award Certificates from Geographics. Choose between classic designs like the best seller Optima Gold Award Certificate or more playful School Certificates like the Chalkboard School Certificate.

To print them easily or for for inspiration and ideas, search Geographics Free Templates, Clip art and Wording.
Encourage children to show off their most precious awards by hanging them on a wall in their room or set up a Family Award Wall, check out the Frames & Plaques for Certificates and Awards section.

Take this to work, with employees if you have a managerial role, or at school if you are a teacher.

Use Royal Brites Poster Board for DYI Easter Decorations

Easter is a perfect time for creative projects – either to explore your own creativity or as a fun and engaging family activity. For DIY paper projects, the most versatile type of paper to work with is Poster Board, a sturdy paper product, yet pliable enough to be cut and shaped easily. Use it to make your own Easter decorations, cards, invitations, table setting décor and more. All you need is a bit of curiosity and a desire to explore.

Royal Brites Poster Board comes in a variety of colors and shades, making the creative process even more fun and the results spectacular. You can choose between Fluorescent Neon colors, Black and White and plain colors board that come in different sizes. We recommend starting with the 8.5”x14” E-Z Print Poster Board that is inkjet and laser printable, coated on both sides with a different color. For larger sheets you can’t go wrong with the 22”x28” and 20”x30” poster board C2S (coated 2 sides).

For those of you interested in the meaning of colors, here is a chart to help you choose the most appropriate and expressive color combinations.

Geographics offers free Easter Clipart and Wording as well as ideas to help customize your projects.

Our project ideas for inspiration and help to get you started:

Make an Easter Bunny
Creating an Easter Bunny from Poster Board is an inexpensive and fun arts and crafts project that can be used at home, in schools and kindergartens.

Craft Spring Flowers with Card Stock
Bring the colors of spring into your home with these easy crafts ideas for kids. Paper flowers are the quickest, most fun way to spruce up your kids’ room this Easter season.

Paper Leaves Easy Design
A video tutorial perfect for a creative project celebrating Palm Sunday.
Video curtesy of youtube.com/handmade

Make Easter 3D Paper Eggs
Try making your Easter Eggs out of paper this year.
Video curtesy of youtube.com/papermagic

Have fun trying out various suggested projects!

For creative ideas and special offers on Royal Brites Poster Board and other great quality Geographics stationery and Royal Lace paper products, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Use Printable Stationery for Art Therapy Exercises

 

 

 
The positive impact art has on our physical and mental is now beyond any doubt. Whether we are talking about how being exposed to visual art can help improve children’s cognitive abilities and can make them more tolerant or empathetic or about adults healing trauma through dance, drawing or theatre, art therapy is a powerful wellbeing tool.

At Geographics.com, we are madly in love with paper and Printable Stationery and we are always happy to find way of using it in new ways and what better way than helping people protect or recover their vitality and good health.

To prove the point, a team of researchers from the University of Arkansas have looked at the impact of art focused school trips – like a visit to the art museums or viewing a theatre play – and have been able to show that “exposure to the arts also affects the values of young people, making them more tolerant and empathetic. We suspect that their awareness of different people, places, and ideas through the arts helps them appreciate and accept the differences they find in the broader world.” (Jay P. Greene, professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas)

There are also a lot of proven benefits on adults: from using dance to express emotions in a healthy and safe way to the now popular coloring books for adults as a way of reducing stress and stimulating brain areas associated with motor skills and creativity. The psychologist Luis Rojas Marcos says “coloring comforts us, gives us peace, and lets us enjoy ourselves – it even temporarily frees us from daily pressures. Although coloring a couple of hours does not eliminate all problems and worries, it takes us away and relieves us from the stress that overwhelms us.”

To help you stay heathy, we are sharing 2 easy and calming exercise ideas:

  1. Make Your Own Traffic Sign

Benefits: Use the exercise when you need to make a difficult choice or when you are feeling disempowered or confused about next steps in solving a problem or dealing with a tough situation.

Materials: Royal Brites Poster Board, scissors, markers.

How to:

  • Take a moment and think of all of the road signs you have seen and choose one that describes a positive direction you would like to go towards. You can change the wording to something that is more specific to you.
  • Decide on the shape you want your sign to be and then cut the Poster Board into that shape.
  • Using your markers, create your personal road sign and, on the back, write down a detailed explanation of where or what the sign is directing you to do.
  • Place the sign where you can see it easily and revisit until the issue is resolved.
  1. Thank You Cards” Exercise

Benefits: It shifts the focus from the negative aspects in your life or from a current problem that is a source of stress to a more positive state where feeling grateful can help become calmer and more balanced.

Materials: Blank Cards, markers, pens, pencils, collage materials, glue sticks, postage stamps, and envelopes.

 

How to:

  1. Sit quietly and think about three people in your life that have had a positive contribution, people are grateful for.
  2. Think of images, colors, words, which come up that are associated with these people – positive memories, things you have learned from them, etc.
  3. Using all available materials, create personalized thank you cards – you can use cut-out images, drawings and text to share your feelings and express appreciation and gratitude for about each person.
  4. Place the cards in the envelopes – feel free to personalize the envelopes also. You can send or hand them them to each person for their birthday or for Christmas.

We hope you find these exercises helpful – enjoy and stay happy and healthy!

Award Certificates and Happiness

 

 

 

You may wonder if there is a connection between award certificates and happiness. We  kicked-off this week with International Day of Happiness and it got us thinking about what makes people happy. Regardless of what people might say when asked what makes them happy, there is now an abundance of studies linking happiness with gratitude.

For example, psychology researcher Robert Emmons showed that expressing gratitude positively impacts our social performance but also our health – he found that people who regularly list things they are grateful for are more self-confident, more active and respond better to stress.

Actively and consciously looking at things we are grateful for helps us feel less frustrated, more positive while also helping us stay open and improving our relationships with others. With our love of both paper and creativity, we think that a good way to show gratitude is using award certificates. Recognizing someone’s merits is a way of saying thank you for your work, or for who you are.

How to show gratitude and build up your happiness muscles:

Use certificates to show appreciation for the important people in your life. Start a tradition of family awards, award your children for being hard working, improving a skill or overcoming a fear. Geographics.com offers a great selection of Printable Award Certificates and Seals you can use along with many Templates, Clip Art and Wording. Kids can award their grandparents or parents. Think about giving the Best Mom Award on Mother’s Day or the Best Dad Award for Father’s Day.

Don’t be shy to practice gratitude in the office. Studies have shown that people who feel appreciated are more productive, have lower stress levels and are generally more satisfied at work. So why not make it a habit to thank people for their contribution? All you need to do is grab your favorite Geographics Certificates along with a matching Document Cover. In the month of December, make a list of things you can award people for – being hard working, conscientious, a pleasure to be with, finishing a project ahead of schedule, completing important projects, bringing in a new                                                                             major client, being proactive or creative, supporting others, etc.

Start a gratitude journal. Every evening, before going to sleep, take 5 – 10 minutes to list a few things you are grateful for. Keep it simple but consistent – you can be grateful for a great achievement at work but also for finding time to grab coffee with a good friend or a nice dinner with your family. This works wonderfully with kids also and the sooner they learn to express gratitude, the more natural it will feel and the happier they will be. To make the process more pleasant and to add an element of creativity, you can use your favorite Design Paper to make your daily gratitude list. Keeping a journal helps a lot. Finding at least three things that you can be grateful for and writing them down can improve your overall well-being and health.

So, make gratitude a daily habit and take advantage of its results.

Project Board Ideas to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

 

 

Every year, more than 250,000 New Yorkers take over 5th Avenue for St. Patrick’s Day parade while millions of others celebrate in schools, homes and pubs. Celebration comes with fancy green clothes, hats, various spring symbols such as the clover and ends with partying and beer.

For St. Pat’s celebration we found a more sedate idea – a Project Board related one, easy to use. Project Boards are great, especially for kids, as they combine visuals with written pieces like poems, jokes or family slogans. Royal Brites Tri Fold Project Board with gridlines is helpful in better positioning elements on the work area.

Here are a few steps that your child or student should keep in mind:

  1. For a Family Tree Project, start with your main idea. Though the theme is St. Patrick’s Day, what is your main focus? If you have an Irish background, this might be your family heritage project. Or, perhaps you are just trying to entertain people with a few funny facts…
  2. To celebrate the family heritage, start with visuals. Make a family tree using green and tan Poster Board. Having a graphic display will make it easy for children to understand their roots and how they fit into the great picture.
    They usually have great fun cutting and gluing pieces to put the tree together. A combination of colors such as Dark Green and Neon Green Poster Board will make it stand out. Use Royal Lace Shamrock Doilies as leaves on the tree branches and write names of the family members directly on them using a thick marker or cut out prints of family members’ names that are glued to the leaves.
  3. To capture attention, share new, funny or less known information. You can write these directly on the Project Board or print them on smaller pieces of Poster Board see printable EZ Print Board 8.5” x14” and then glue them on. Choose a mix of paper colors to print on: green goes great with yellow, orange and even light blue or purple. Check out the great color selections Geographics website offers.
Here are a few interesting facts that you may want to include in your project:
Did you know that:

  • Saint Patrick’s signature color was light blue. Green only became associated with his celebration after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century;
  • The shamrock is a symbol of the Holy Trinity;
  • Saint Patrick’s real name was Maewyn Succat but he changed it to Patricius after becoming a priest;
  • The odds of finding a four-leaf clover are 1 in 10, 000;

International Women’s Day – Honoring Powerful Women Artists and Not Only

International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in the United States in 1909, honoring the 1908 garment women workers’ strike. Since then, it has become a global celebration of women’s achievement – social, economic, political, cultural, etc.

As strong believers in creativity and artistic pursuit, we are joining the celebration and dedicate this week’s blogpost to women artists everywhere. At Georgraphics.com, we strive to offer beautiful paper products – from elegant or playful Geographics Design Paper that is a practical, and affordable product while encouraging creativity to indispensable business stationery such as Business Cards, Business Letterhead and Business Envelopes.

To show appreciation for a special woman in your life, mother, teacher or role model, have a look at our rich collection of Geographics Award Certificates.

Art can be defined in many ways – for painter Georgia O’Keeffe, art meant “Filling a space in a beautiful way.”

Visual artist Favianna Rodriguez talked in her essay Change the Culture, Change the World, about art as having a role in social change:

“You may attend a rally or vote, but you also read books, listen to music, engage with visual art, turn on the radio and create your identity through culture. Artists are central, not peripheral, to social change. To have the movements that make the wave, you need cultural workers.”

On our list of favorite women artists, we’ve included strong female figures that have seen and used art both as a way of infusing beauty into the world but also as a way of making strong, sometimes controversial statements about the world. Hopefully, the list will spark your curiosity to learn more about these strong female figures and their work.

 

Create Your Company Brochures in 5 Easy Steps

 

 

 

Just like your business cards, your company brochures are essential tools – they help build your brand image but more importantly they tell potential customers who you are and what you do.

Step 1   Always focus on the goal and decide what you are trying to achieve with your company brochures – remember that you need to make it clear how you can solve a problem for your customer.

Step 2   Your brochures need to grab attention, spark interest and prompt action. They might be visually interesting but do they clearly convey what you do and why that matters for them.

Step 3   Keep text relevant and only keep what makes sense for your potential customers. Choose a template and decide on the design – if you build houses you will choose graphic elements and colors that will be very different than if you owned a flower shop. For example, Geographics Leaves-Tri-Fold brochures would work wonderfully with a flower shop, the paper design quickly let’s potential customers know what to expect from the first moment they see it. You can easily add your text and print using your office printer. They are designed for printing on both sides and scored for easy folding.

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If you prefer to design your brochures from scratch, Geographics also offers premium quality white Tri-Fold Brochure Paper, perfect for impressive three-panel brochures and pre-scored for easy folding. Geographics also offers IClicknPrint Design Center, an application where you can customize Geo brochure paper. The application is offered free to all Geographics customers and offers many editing tools, among which Merge. Once created, your company brochure file can be downloaded for print as a PDF file and you can save it in your computer for future use.

Step 4   Use words and images that make it easy for customers to understand what you do. If you sell flowers, don’t put a photo of your building on your brochure or an abstract image – use a photo that shows an employee handing someone a beautiful bouquet.

Step 5   Include your contact information and a call to action, what do you want people to do next – use a discount code to place an order, stop by the shop to see a new product, etc.

Remember that your company brochures are a quick and inexpensive way for people to learn that you exists but also to understand what that means for them and why they should care.

Yes, You Still Need Business Cards!

 

 

 

Though you may not have a large budget to spend on printable stationery, there are still plenty of affordable solutions. Geographics business cards  are one solution that solves your problem when it comes to time, money and availability.

People talk about fully embracing the digital path when interacting or promoting a small or medium size businesses.

 

Geographics Stripes Printable Business Cards

Do Business Cards still have a purpose?

We’re saying a big YES and here’s why we think this is true. Despite all the digital tools available, so much of what we do in terms of doing business or promoting what we do is this very personal – think about how much sales and marketing are still dependent on the relationships you build with your customers. Most of the trust people have in businesses comes from the direct interaction with the owners or the employees of the company or institution.

How frustrating would it be to find yourself engaged in a conversation with someone who seems genuinely curious and interested in what you do or have to offer and having to scribble on a piece of paper your company’s name, website or contact information. Would you really want to rely on a piece of paper? They could grab their smartphone and look up your website  or write your contact details but wouldn’t you rather have them spend that time focusing on meaningful conversation?

A few tips on how to make the best out of Geographics business cards:

  • Choose a blank perforated business card pack or design business cards. If you have a paper cutter, you may choose cardstock in the texture and color that matches your taste or your company’s specs. Geographics offers a variety of designs and finishes, including gold and silver foil stamped business cards.
  • Geographics Paisley Business Cards

    Keep the design simple, elegant and include visual elements that represent with your business such as a logo, a suggestive clip-art or your picture. Slick and elegant Paisley Business Cards would work wonderfully with an art, fashion or even furniture or home-design business while our Flowers Mini Cards would be perfect for a photographer or a flower business. All Geographics cards have MS Word free Templates and you can easily play around with various fonts, colors and alignments using your MS Office editing skills.You may want to choose a matte or glossy finish for visual appeal as well as a fine embossed or foil stamped business cards.

  • Geographics Flowers Mini Cards

    Geographics also offers IClicknPrint Design Center, an application where you can customize Geo Business Cards while being able to see the chosen item image in the background. The application is offered free to all Geographics customers and offers many editing tools, among which Merge. Once created, the business card file can be downloaded to be printed, in the form of a PDF file and you can save it in your computer  for future use.

Surprise Your Valentine with a Glorious Chocolate Cake

 

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If you’ve already chosen your Valentine’s Day greeting card and planned a romantic day but still have room for one more surprise, we have just the thing – here’s our recipe for a delicious, decadent desert to share with your loved ones.

Ingredients:

Chocolate rum cake

2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

5 ounces unsweetened chocolate

¼ cup dry instant espresso coffee

½ cup boiling water

Cold water

1/cup Myer’s Dark Rum

½ pound sweet butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups granulated sugar

3 extra-large eggs

1/3 cup Myer’s Dark Rum

Don’t forget to choose from our collection of delicate paper doilies and placemats and give your cake an extra festive look.

Recipe

Adjust rack one-third up from the bottom of the oven and preheat to 325°. Choose a 9 inch Bundt pan or any other turban tube pan (10 cup capacity). Butter the pan well, then dust the whole inside of the pan with fine, dry plain bread crumbs. Shake out any excess crumbs and set aside.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt, set aside.

Melt chocolate in a small double boiler or microwave on low setting. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a 2 cup glass measuring jug dissolve the coffee in the boiling water. Add cold water to the 1  ½ cup line. Add ½ cup of Dark Rum. Set aside to cool completely.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, add the vanilla and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until smooth. Add chocolate and beat to mix well.

Adjust the machine to low speed, add the dry ingredients and the coffee/rum liquid alternately and gradually to avoid splashing. Scrape the bowl with a spatula, and beat until smooth.

Put into pan, smooth the top to make level.

Bake for 10 minutes. Test for doneness with a cake tester or a long thin barbecue stick and bake only until the tester comes out clean and dry.

Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then cover with a rack and invert. Remove the pan. Using a pastry brush or any 1 inch bristle paint brush, paint the cake with the extra 1/3 cup of dark rum, it will absorb completely. Leave the cake on the rack to cool.

Serve the cake plain or make it even more delicious with coffee flavored whipped cream.