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;

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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 blog post to women artists everywhere. At Geographics.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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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