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.

 

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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.

Ready or Not, February 14th is Almost Here

 

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Whether you are planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart or go the alternate route of Singles Day (China) or Friend’s Day (Finland), celebrations are in order during this time of the year and we all want to be prepared. While chocolates and small gifts are a still a good idea, nothing says ‘I love you’ more than well-chosen greeting card. Over 1 billion cards are exchanged every year in US alone. If you are a history buff with a penchant for romantic twists, you might already know that the habit of writing and sending cards goes back to Roman times and is tied to the name of Bishop Valentine, a priest who went against orders given by Emperor Claudius II not to perform weddings during wartime. For this, Valentine was imprisoned and executed. From prison, he wrote to his jailer’s daughter, Julia, and signed his notes “from Valentine”.

This year, inspired by Valentine’s story, you might want to mix and match by creating and sending your own personalized note cards along with your ready-made greeting cards. Share them all with your loved ones – sweetheart, family, friends or favorite teacher. An interesting fact is that  over nine million people buy gifts for their pets on Valentine’s Day. They are the only ones  who do not need a greeting card.

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If you are good at making art, use Geographics blank white matte greeting cards (inkjet laser printable) or the matte-glossy laser greeting cards (print on both sides). Geographics offers free Valentine’s day clip art and suggested wording, including poems and quotes.

If you think you’re not good at making art, remember that there is beauty and elegance in simplicity so why not give it a try? For example, we recommend using our good quality, champagne themed note cards and envelopes to send as a handwritten invitation for a romantic dinner or night out. If you feel like saying more, our rose themed design paper would be a great backdrop for a poem or love letter.

 

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Make sure to come back for our next Valentine’s Day blog post as we plan on thoroughly discussing chocolates and how it can take you one step closer to happiness.

Make your own Award Ribbons

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Materials needed:

18″ of 1 1/2″ wide Blue Grosgrain ribbon

1 Pin back

1 Canning jar lid

1 8″ Royal Lace Medallion Doily

1 Sheet blue construction paper

12 Sticky back gold stars

Gold glitter fabric writer paint

Glue gun

Directions:

  1. Cut a 3″ circle out of the center of the round doily. Make a single cut through the remaining doily ring.
  2. Fan fold this remaining doily ring into 1″ sections, forming a pleated strip.
  3. Glue one end of doily to back of canning jar lid. Gradually gather and glue the doily strip around back edge of lid until the ends of doily strips meet. Allow 1 1/2″ of fan folded doily to extend from back of lid, creating award edging. (See photo)
  4. Please stars randomly on fan folded doily.
  5. Cut 2 1/8″ circle from construction paper and print ” World’s Best Kid” in center. Glue to center of canning jar lid. You can trace our pattern below, or write your own message.
  6. Cut 2-8″ lengths from Grosgrain ribbon and glue one end of each to back of award, so ribbons extend from bottom of award. “V” cut ends ribbons.
  7. After practicing with fabric paint writer you may print your “Best Kid’s” name one on of the ribbons, using photo guide for placement.
  8. Glue pin to back center of award.

Make these awards for any accomplishments that your child achieves. From a good grade at school to learning to ride a bike!

It’s a wonderful way to show that all these important moments are meaningful.

Your child can make one of these award for Dad on Father’s Day, or for a friend or brother or sister.

Let us know how your project came out. Get your Royal Lace Paper Doilies, Today!

Graduation Album Page Ideas

GRADUATION MEMORIES
How to Create & Share them with Friends and Family

Materials:

  • Photo Paper
  • Acid free background paper
  • Acid free die cuts to match the theme that you have in mind
  • Acid free glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Circle cutter
  • Photo safe paint pens
  • Stickers or punches

Create your Graduation Page

Start by browsing the Geographics site for the perfect graduation background paper, letterheads and cardstock to create memorabilia using your graduation photos and our paper.
After having done the fun part, choosing your theme, you need to pull out die cuts and punches, album pages or scrap paper solids and, if preferred, a pair of decorative edged scissors….
Now, you can really start to play and use your creativity!

The real masterpiece is what comes from you and your imagination. It is the way you use your creativity to breathe life into the pages that you will be able to share and enjoy for years to come!

 

Suggested paper products:

Photo Paper

Background papers

Photo Albums and Holders

Royal Lace Doilies

Choose from a wide variety of Graduation stationery design paper, letterhead, cards and invitations to create your own graduation theme.

Add an extra touch to your projects using various embellishments that you can cut out from the great looking grad stationery items made by Geographics.

Graduation Page Tips

  • Print your digital photos using Royal Brites Photo Paper or use existing pictures.
  • Use a mat to position the photos on cover stock paper sheets in a solid colors. If you use photo borders, these should match the color, nicely.
  • Cut out the decorative symbols and words from Geographics Graduation Letterheads or Invitations or use Graduation Seals and glue them on the page in the best places for an enhanced creative touch.
    You may want to overlap one or two corners of the photo for a layered effect.
    If you would like to use photo corners, cut small triangles, 1 ½” x 1 ½” x 2 ¼” and glue them to the corners of your photo.
  • To create medallion-like photos use a circle cutter. Place the round picture on a gold circle or heart background.
  • You can embellish your page using precise cuts of Royal Lace Doilies. Cut circle designs out of the Medallion Doilies or use the scalloped edges to mat a circle photo.
  • Use vibrant page toppers to create a page subject such as:
    • “Tom’s Graduation”
    • “Staples High School Graduation Party: July 15, 2009”

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Graduation Album Page Geographics Tips

How to Make Valentine’s Greetings

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Materials needed:

Multiple 10″ Royal Lace French doily
8″x10″ piece Pink tulle
1 yard pink 1/4″ satin ribbon
1 Sheet Royal Brites red poster board
Assorted magazine cut outs of flowers or Victorian motifs

Directions:

1.  Fold the doily in half and position fold at bottom. Bring left & right ends together in center front of doily so that folds meed in center. This forms a triangle with a rounded top, point at bottom. (See illustration)

2. Taking folded points, fold them down to create flaps. (See illustration)

3. Spacing them evenly, cut three 1/4″ long slits along remaining center fold line. Repeat along other fold. (See illustration)

4. Pink edges of tulle. Gather piece of tulle at bottom and staple to inside back of doily.

5. Create “bouquet” inset. Draw a triangle about  2 1/2″x 2 1/2″ x 4″ on heavy paper, draw a roughly scalloped top, then cut out. Attach chosen flower or Victorian motif cutouts to this triangle base, placing 4″ side at top. Glue photos to paper to create a bouquet. Overlap and glue flower motifs so that some will come over the top of the triangle.

6. Place the “bouquet” inset over top of the tulle, placing point of triangle at bottom inside of doily fold. Glue or staple.

7. Thread the ribbon into 1/4″ slits like lacing a shoe. Tie remaining ends into a bow.

8. Add decorative heart on outside of flaps and make special “message card” ( trimmed with the edge of Royal Lace Placemat) to tuck into the fold of the remaining flap.

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Making Valentines can be as simple as cutting a heart out of red paper, writing your own special message on it and mounting it on a Royal Lace Medallion Doily slightly bigger than the heart.

Add bows, tiny flowers, lace or even a picture of yourself!

If you bring someone flowers, wrap them in a large Royal Lace Medallion Doily.

Let us know how your project came out. Get your Royal Lace Paper Doilies, Today!

Make Your Own Christmas Cards

This holiday season, you can easily make your own Christmas cards using Geographics blank  cards: greeting cards , note cards, post cards or cardstock and Geographics free templates, clip art and suggested wording. With free templates, you can make beautiful Christmas cards in no time and be proud of your personal input and creativity.

Making a Christmas card template and saving it for later use will also save you time and money when it comes to creating and printing future greeting cards.  In addition, sending  Christmas cards made by yourself, is a great way to show love and appreciation for your friends and family.

To make a great Christmas Card you can use either of the two methods:

1. WORD TEMPLATES: Use Christmas Word Templates, Clip Art and Wording.
2. DESIGN SOFTWARE: Geographics iclicknprint free stationery customization.

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Learning how make Christmas cards using your computer is an easy process.
Since you will be printing your cards from your home, school or office computer, the first step is to order some attractive printable greeting cards that are compatible with your printer.  Most blank cards are compatible with both inkjet and laser printers.
Use Geographics  Stationery website to choose from a wide variety of fold-over greeting cards, flat cards, 2-up note cards and 4-up postcards and invitations.
Photo greeting cards are also a great choice.  If you would prefer to make a card from scratch, you can also find a good selection of quality blank greeting cards and matching envelopes that allow you to add your own unique touches, including text, images and clip art.  If you decide to use Christmas photo cards, just prepare your family photos to print on the photo paper.

Once you have picked out the paper for your Christmas cards, you’ll be surprised how many design choices you have in iclicknprint. Start by selecting a background to create your template.  From there, you can use one of the layouts to quickly design your card or you can design your template from scratch.  Whichever method you choose, you’ll have a wide range of customization options to make a Christmas card that your friends and family will  admire  and save it for years to come.
Create and edit text boxes, rearrange your layout in a drag-and-drop style, import photos, clip art and images, use shapes and lines, nice fonts and more!  You can create and  make your Christmas cards design ideas a reality.

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After you make your own Christmas cards you’ll never want to go back to buying department store greeting cards.  Geographics.com offers a wide selection of printable greeting cards for all occasions–try your hand at card-making with Iclicknprint or Word templates, clip art and suggested wording, today!

The images provided here show some steps and examples that give you an idea of how to use your creativity and free clip art provided by iclicknprint to make outstanding Greeting Cards.

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If you are good with MS Word, you can obtain the same results using our Word templates and the clip art and suggested wording available in the Word Templates page. you can save the Word template in your computer and use it anytime you want, make changes to it, etc
Show your artistic side this Christmas: make your own Christmas cards with Geographics paper and free customization tools. Save money and get cheers!

Print Graduation Party Invitations

 

 

Have you printed your Graduation Party Invitations, yet?
Graduation is fast approaching.
All over the world, the 2014 generations are studying for ex2014-Deluxe-Graduation-Invitation-Kit-5-3125-x-8-375-49225W-Geographics-Lams, planning for the future and of course, preparing for the soon to come graduation ceremonies.

The most sought for graduation stationery is printable design paper, cards and invitations. Grad invites will soon be printed to be sent to relatives and friends requesting attendance to grad parties and ceremonies.
As students and parents start thinking of a fast and inexpensive solution to print Graduation cards and invitations with the goal to save time and money besides having the nicest stationery around, we thought of offering a few practical suggestions.
Geographics offers the right combination of graduation stationery products that are pre-designed and easy to personalize. The best customization of grad cards and invitations, as well as certificates and diplomas, can be done with free templates, clip art and wording, as a DIY project.
Grad stationery templates allow customers to make fast changes by adding their personal data in designated spaces. Then, save, click and print!
Here are some reasons why should you use Geographics Graduation Party Invitations and cards to invite family members and friends at student graduation events:
Affordability – great prices;
Product Diversity: Graduation Invitation Kits and separate items like invitations, design paper, envelopes, mailing labels, seals and Calling Cards;
Free Customization with graduation invitation templates, graduation invitation wording and Graduation Clip Art, available in both MS Word and Iclicknprint.com;
Educational Discount Program
for schools and Universities which can save institutions up to 25%.

First, purchase the Graduation party invitations of your choice. Then, print them.
There are many ways to print your Graduation Party Invitations.
Either choose free templates, clip art and wording offered by Geo or use original text and images that you may have.
Using Geographics templates removes the step of preparing your layout and helps you finish faster.
Use MS Word Templates, Clip Art and Wording, if you are in a rush. It is the simplest way to personalize your grad invitations. Here is an example from the geographics.com website. Click on the image to get you there:

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If you want the highest level of customization, using free IClickn’Print design program is your best bet. It was created by Geographics to offer customers a variety of ready-made, customizable invitations and templates for all stationery, occasions and events, with lots of free clip art and wording. As you can see in the below picture, IClick’nPrint software allows you to add your own text or images on a specific item that you purchased. In the images below you can see Clip Art and Suggested Wording that I added from the left menu.

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picture for the geo blogUsing Graduation Party Invitations from Geographics to create personalized invitations for your grad ceremony and celebration is an efficient way to get your things done, while saving time and money!
Let us know how your project came out. Purchase your Graduation Party Invitations, Today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personalize Your Award Certificates

Certificate of Participation GeographicsAward Certificates like Certificates of Participation or Achievement Certificates and Diplomas are fun and easy to make from your home or office. Graduation is approaching with fast steps. It’s time to thing of a fast and easy solution to print your Graduation Stationery fast and easy and to get outstanding results.
Geographics has lots of free templates that allow you to choose the appropriate certificate format and make small changes like adding name and award, changing date and signatures. Furthermore, you are always free to add your own embellishments by hand after your certificates are printed.

You can print certificates and diplomas like a pro with little effort and add that personal touch that will make your award recipients feel all the more honored.
All that is required to make a certificate of participation or of achievement or a diploma is a set of printable certificates, a computer and a printer.

Printable certificates are available both online and at office stores.  Online shopping offers you a greater selection of certificate designs to choose from.  Parchment certificates with colored borders that range from gold foil, silver foil, blue, gold, green, burgundy and sometimes black or colorful, imprinted on fine parchment paper, are great for printing formal certificates for high school  diplomas, business and volunteer certificates, etc…

If you are making more casual awards, such as for parties or lighthearted events, non-parchment certificates come in a wide array of colors as well as themed designs for many occasions.  School and sports printable certificates are perfect as school and sports awards, diplomas and certificates of participation to be presented to children.

For a full set of award certificate kits are the perfect fit. Get certificates, foil seals, document covers and ribbons or other embellishments, in one pack. It save your time, it’s more elegant and it’s cheaper.

You can print a certificate of participation, of achievement or a diploma in many ways. However, going  digital is the most efficient way to do it, particularly if you are printing certificates for a large number of people.  If you are using standard 8.5”x11” size certificates, you can easily create your own template in Microsoft Word. Simply orient your page and align your text as desired, and then type your message and feel free to add digital embellishments such as clip art or a logo. Using Geographics free certificate template, removes the step of preparing your layout and helps you finish faster.
If you want the highest level of customization, using a design program is your best bet. The free IClickn’Print Design Center, created by Geographics as an upgrade to Word certificate and diploma templates, offers a slew of ready-made, customizable certificate and diploma templates for all occasions and events, free clip art and more. If you use the IClicknmerge module you can import a large number of names and award descriptions in the pre-set text boxes. Then, you can print and save your certificate templates for future use.

Designing personalized certificates of participation, achievement and more or diplomas for school, business, charities and more is an easy and meaningful way to reward effort, talent and commitment while saving time and money.

Printable Business Cards Offer Complete Customization from Home

Geographics Fleur De Lis Printable Business CardsDid you know that printing business cards from home is a great way to make personalized stationery for your business that can save you some cash? Printable business cards are available both online and in stores in a wide selection of color and designs. By designing and printing your own business cards, you can make impressive stationery for your business contacts that is personally representative of your company.

Printable business cards are usually found in the form of micro-perforated 8.5”x11” sheets with 10 cards per sheet. By printing sheets of business cards and separating them after printing, you can save a large amount of time, particularly when printing business cards in bulk. The cards can feature a matte or glossy finish for visual appeal as well as a number of pre-printed embellishments such as embossing, foil bordering, patterns for holidays and more. Before you plan out your digital business card design, make sure to choose the specific set of printable business cards you’d like to use. Cards with a pre-printed design may not feature a traditional straight alignment, and may also reduce the amount of space on your card. However, design business cards eliminate some of the design work on your part to make for a speedy design process.

It is easiest to use printable business cards with a pre-made template. Many times, you will find these online offered by printable stationery retailers. For instance, Geographics.com offers free business card templates that are workable in MS Word.  All you need to do is download the file and then type in the text for your cards within the designated guidelines. By using ready-made Word templates, you can also easily incorporate digital embellishments such as a company logo into your cards. Play around with various fonts, colors and alignments to create a professional design that best represents your business.

There are also many design programs available that can help you design your business cards with more thorough design tools. Although design software for business cards can be costly, the advantage is that the program walks you through the design process, gives you access to a variety of creative tools and ideally provides for a simple printing process. The iClickn’Print Design Center offered by Geographics.com is a web-based design program that is free to use for Geographics customers.

Whatever method you choose, using printable business cards gives you the opportunity to portray your business in the way you feel is best. DIY and save!