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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.

Use Printable Invitations to Personalize a Party

Geographics Printable InvitationsUsing printable invitations to prepare for a special event is a worthwhile investment of your time for many reasons.  Designing custom invitations from your home computer gives you the power to make an invitation with personal touches that your guests will appreciate and remember.  And by using an invitation template or a design program to assist you, you can literally have your invitations ready to print in minutes.

As with any kind of printable stationery, printable invitations come in a variety of designs to suit different needs.  If you’re the type of person who loves to do things from scratch, you can find blank invitations in a plethora of sizes and colors from online retailers.  However, using an invitation with a pre-printed holiday or themed design will save you more time (and possibly ink) during the printing process.

Formal printable invitations are an excellent material to use if you want to save a bit of money on an occasion like a wedding, shower, or anniversary.  These invitations come in many types of finishes and textures, such as vellum, for a professional look.  Using an invitation kit is a convenient option for a formal event because they include multiple stationery items in one set.  They can range from simple (containing response cards and envelopes) to complete (containing programs, place cards, and other items).

Creating the design for a printable invitation will depend on the type of invitation you purchased, but in most cases it is a fairly easy process.  Before you start, it’s important to note the size of your invitation.  One common size is 5.5”x8.5”, which is essentially half of a standard size of 8.5”x11” paper.  You may also see 2UP invitation in this size, meaning that there will be two invitations per 8.5”x11” sheet.  Chances are you will be able to find a free invitation template for any size and style of printable invitation on the market.  Templates will differ in functionality depending on the source website, but a good template should facilitate both the design and printing process.  iClickn’Print (offered by Geographics) is one example of a design program that offers a variety of pre-made templates in addition to many creative tools.

Whether you are working with blank invitations or invitations with a pre-existing design, you should always feel free to add your own personal embellishments.  Play around with different fonts and font colors, experiment with the spacing and layout of your text, and consider adding decorative clip art or an image of your own.  For example, adding a photo of the happy couple to an invitation for an anniversary party would make a heartwarming memory for your guests.

Making your own invitations using printable invitations is cost-effective and will also mean a lot to your partygoers.  All it takes is some creativity!

How to Design a Flyer

How to Design a FlyerLearning how to design a flyer is a fun and fast activity.  There are a wide variety of materials that will suit a flyer design including printable design paper, printable letterhead and neon paper.  Geographics.com offers a wide selection of printable stationery and paper to work with flyers for all occasions.

There are a variety of methods you can use to design a flyer.  It may be helpful to first create a layout or template on standard 8.5”x11” printer paper.  It is most important to make a list of the information that your viewers need to know—this may include dates, times, and addresses for your event, etc.  You’ll want to present this information in a brief but bold style, such as by using bullet points.  Consider adding some extra details about your event or embellishments like clip art to make your flyer unique and eye-catching.  There are really no limits when designing a flyer, but make sure that your most important information is clearly displayed on the page and visible from a distance.

Once you have an idea of what you want to include in your flyer, the next step is choosing a method to help you make it.  If you just want to make a standard 8.5”x11” size flyer with text, you can use a word processing program to write your text and print out your flyers in minutes.  Geographics.com  also features free downloadable templates with a pre-made layout and suggested wording—they are an excellent resource for making holiday and themed designs.  If you prefer a hands-on design experience, Geographics.com’s free design program, Click n’ Print, offers a variety of fonts, colors, layouts, suggested wording, clip art and creative design tools to help you make a reusable flyer template.

Geographics offers some great materials and tools for making flyers.  Visit Geographics.com to find a wide variety of printable stationery items for all occasions.

Make your Own Thanksgiving Invitations with Printable Stationery

Creating your own Thanksgiving invitations is a fun project that can be accomplished many ways.  While making an invitation from scratch may seem complex, you can actually accomplish the task using a variety of methods.  Using different materials to make invitations will let you personalize them to suit friends and family while saving you money during the holiday season. Geographics.com features a wide selection of printable stationery and embellishments which you can use to make impressive but inexpensive invitations.

Thanksgiving invitations typically feature warm colors and autumn or harvest-themed designs.  Geographics.com offers a wide variety of printable Thanksgiving stationery which includes an assortment of paper suitable for invitations.  Printable invitations can come in the form of flat or fold-over cards in many colors and patterns.  Some other types of stationery you can use include Thanksgiving letterhead and design paper.  One advantage to printing your invitation on design paper is that it will have more space and read like a letter.  This is a nice creative option if you would like to do something different from a traditional card invitation.  With colored or design envelopes and seasonal seals, you can create a festive greeting that is attractive both inside and out.

Designing invitations for Thanksgiving is simple.  Once you have picked out the type and size of Thanksgiving stationery you would like to use, using a design program or an invitation template to help you design your invitations will make the process fast and easy.  Geographics.com offers free downloadable templates for invitations of all occasions.  Each template opens in Microsoft Word for easy editing and can be saved and edited again for future use.  Click n’ Print, a free online design program offered by Geographics.com, is also a great tool for making detailed invitation templates.  Whether you choose to make a template from scratch or pick one of Click n’ Print’s ready-made templates, you can create your own text boxes, insert clip art and your own images, re-arrange your layout in a drag-and-drop style, make shapes and lines and much more!  With a program like Click n’ Print you can truly print memorable Thanksgiving invitations in minutes.

Making your own personal Thanksgiving invitations is a fantastic way to connect with family and friends during the holiday season.  Check out Geographics.com for a versatile selection of Thanksgiving stationery and invitation templates!

Use Halloween Stationery to Spice up Your Autumn Festivities

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Designing stationery is fast and simple with Click n’ Print.

Holidays such as Halloween are times when you should reach out to friends and have fun, and using Halloween stationery to connect with your loved ones is a great way of sending a warm greetings.  At Geographics.com, you’ll find a diverse selection of beautifully designed, functional stationery.  Check out the Halloween-themed letterhead, cards and invitations, scrapbooking supplies, poster board materials and party decorations—you’re sure to find stationery to suit your Halloween party!

Whether you want to use Halloween stationery for a party or a personal project, you’ll be able to find plenty of stationery items that help you fulfill your goals.  Geographics.com is all about do-it-yourself stationery.  If you’ve never printed your own cards or letterhead, don’t worry—it’s a fun and super easy process.  For every type of stationery on Geographics.com, you’ll be able to find free Halloween-themed stationery templates to help you design and print your content.  These templates are free to download and open in Microsoft Word; simply replace the default wording with your own, add your own images or clip art if you like, and you’re left with an original design that you can print on your stationery.

Also check out Click n’ Print, a free online design program offered by Geographics.com, to create your own templates in an easy-to-use interface.  You’ll have access to free wording templates, an assortment of themed clipart, and creative tools which you can use to make unique designs in minutes.  You can work on and print up to ten different templates at once for optimal convenience and save your templates for future use.

Geographics is offering a brand new selection of Halloween stationery for the 2012 fall season!  Come check it out on the Halloween Stationery page to find some great items for your Halloween project.  Orders of over $50 qualify for free shipping!

Make Free Custom Stationery for Work and Home

While using custom stationery may seem old-fashioned in this day and age, sending a physical letter or card instead of an email will give your messages a personal touch that online communication cannot beat.  Nowadays, making your own custom stationery can mean a world of difference when communicating with your personal and business contacts because it shows them that they are important to you and deserving of something special.  Using Geographics.com products to create your own mailing materials will leave you with quality, professional-looking stationery.

Learning how to make your own custom stationery is a worthwhile endeavor because it is fun and easy—not to mention, you will also save money!  Before you begin thinking of designs for your stationery, browse Geographics.com for a wide selection of design paper, fine paper, and formal cards and invitations to find the perfect designs for your customizable stationery—Geographics offers office a wide variety of office stationery and social stationery conveniently organized by holiday and theme.  Since you will be creating your own stationery, be sure to consider that the designs you have in mind will fit appropriately on the paper or card you choose, as some Geographics designs have thick borders or other embellishments.  Also, if you are making a stationery set that includes letterhead, invitations, note cards or more, be sure that your designs for these items are consistent with one another so your stationery set will have a professional, cohesive look.

At Geographics.com, we offer some helpful tools for you to create custom-made stationery hassle-free.  If you go to Geographics.com/templates, you can access our collection of free downloadable design templates which let you customize your stationery right in Microsoft Word.  You can also try Geographics.com’s free design program, Clickn’ Print, for a variety of in-depth design options.  Clickn’ Print lets Geographics customers create their own original templates or utilize pre-made templates.  You can add and edit text with a variety of fonts and colors, insert complimentary clipart or suggested wording layouts, and even import your own images and other content.  Clickn’ Print enables you to work on and print up to ten templates at once for a time-saving and convenient experience.  Explore Clickn’ Print and start designing your custom stationery today, free of charge!

Making custom stationery with Clickn’ Print will ensure that your personal and business letters are attractive and unforgettable.  Shop with Geographics.com for a fantastic stationery selection!  Sign up for our newsletter via the Geographics.com homepage and get a free $5 coupon to use on your stationery purchase.

Get Personalized Stationery for Free

With the use of e-mails and the internet, personalized stationery seems to have taken a second place or, one might think it’s been eliminated, altogether.
However, there are many instances in which one needs to use personalized stationery.  Think about a note that you would like to include with a gift to send a friend or family member. Or, the invitations you have to send for special occasions.  They simply cannot be impersonal. You need to add your personal touch.

Whether you’re writing to a friend, family member, or a group of business partners, it is always good to to send your messages on personalized stationery.

It’s easy to do with Geographics Stationery: Design Paper, Fine Paper, or Formal Cards and Invitations. Geographics has free Word Templates and Click’nPrint – free software that allows you to personalize for free your cards, invitations, letterhead, envelopes, etc., and save them for future use.

Using personalized stationery for your letters will ensure a professional result and create a favorable impression.  An important step in making personalized stationery could be choosing the design paper or the fine paper that represents you, your event or your company.
If you’re writing an invitation to a party or a seasonal event, make sure that the design paper is representative for the occasion: Geographics has divided its stationery as follows: Business Stationery and Social Stationery by Holiday and by Theme.

If you plan on making personalized business stationery, think about the consistency in the design of your business letterhead, cards and envelopes.  Geographics.com offers a wide range of business letterhead, business cards, envelopes and card stock so, you will easily be able to find the best paper to use for your stationery.
All Geographics design paper and business letterhead is 24lb, inkjet and laser compatible.  All Geographics cards are made on 65lb cover.
Once you have picked out your favorite paper to personalize, you are all set to start designing your personalized stationery right from your own computer.

As mentioned before, besides the free downloadable templates, accessible directly on the Geographics.com’s homepage and customizable in Microsoft Word, Geographics customers have access to Geographics.com’s free design program, Clickn’ Print.  With Clickn’ Print, you can create your own template(s), or pick up ready made templates and layouts. You can incorporate clip art, suggested wording, shapes and your own images, add text boxes and personalize with great fonts and color. You can work on up to five different pages  per album, so you can print multiple versions of your stationery at once.  Finally, you can save your personalized stationery templates online and work on them again any time in the future, hassle-free. No download is necessary, which is even greater!

 

Making your own personalized stationery shows that you care and it definitely says something about your status.  Choose the best!  Plan your next personal or business personalized stationery run with www.geographics.com/templates !