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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.

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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!

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Graduation Album Page Ideas

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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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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!

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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!

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