Everyone has their senior photos taken. And everyone wants theirs to be unique. So how do YOU make yours stand out and show your personality? Here are 5 tips for taking senior shots that are all about you.
1. Bring along props. What do you love best? Bring it along to be included in your senior photo: an instrument, your pet, a sports item, your camera, paint brushes, your bike, your pointe shoes. Maybe your fun personality means you’ll bring along confetti to toss in the air!
2. What’s the season? Do you want your photos to be taken in the winter, summer, spring or fall? Each season has its own perks (snow, leaves, sun, flowers) and its own great photo opportunities.
3. Dress the part. Have some shots taken of you in your sports uniform, in your running clothes and shoes, in your pointe shoes and tutu, etc. You’ll capture yourself at a moment in time doing what you love.
4. Location, location, location. Take the photos somewhere you love: at the lake, on the basketball court, in the woods or at your favorite hangout spot.
5. Be expressive. Take a mixture of smiling, serious and fun photos so you have plenty to choose from for different purposes (framed portraits, yearbook, etc.).
Extra credit: Pick out your announcement beforehand so your photographer can stage your photo to fit your announcement perfectly.
Fleming's Printed Affair now offers Envelopments' Inc. Metallic Gold or Metallic Silver ink options.
Envelopments' digital printing now enables metallic gold and silver ink to be printed on card stocks and papers at a lower cost and faster turnaround than other traditional printing processes as there are no plates required or expensive set up fees to accomplish this type of printing.
Similar to digital printing with CMYK toners, metallic gold and silver toner is fused to the surface of card stocks and papers with heat. This digital option offers a great way to highlight metallic gold and silver text and graphics on dark pigmented stocks with smaller quantities and quicker turnaround. We recommend using matte stocks for better metallic contrast. Make sure your type is large enough to be legible.
PRODUCT AVAILABILITY: Digital Metallic Gold and Silver is available for cut stocks, folded cards and envelope liners. Digital Gold and Silver can be printed on text weight stocks, however, we cannot print Gold or Silver on envelopes at this time.
Digital Gold can be combined with Digital CMYK on the same print panel, but not Digital Silver. Likewise, Digital Silver can be combined with Digital CMYK on the same print panel, but not Digital Gold.
People love getting all kinds of holiday cards in the mail, but they love getting photo holiday cards the best. They’re personal glimpses into the sender’s life and a meaningful way to send greetings.
But before you send photo holiday cards…you have to get the perfect photos! Here are some great tips to help you get them.
DO: let your family’s personality show through in your holiday card photos – make funny faces, take selfies and have fun!
DON’T: feel like you have to hire a photographer and take formal, posed shots for your holiday cards if it’s not natural for your family.
DO: Use your favorite photos from Facebook or Instagram on your holiday cards.
DON’T: Forget to make sure the photo size is large enough and the quality is good enough to produce in a larger format so you don’t end up with fuzzy photos.
DO: include pets in your holiday card photos.
DON’T: send a holiday card using only the pets’ photos – friends and family want to see YOUR faces most.
DO: If you recently got married, use a wedding photo on your holiday card.
DON’T: think your holiday card can take the place of a handwritten thank you note – the two should be separate.
DO: choose a card that shows off multiple photos.
DON’T: forget to take individual pictures of you and your spouse, the kids, pets so you have different content to fill the photo areas.
DO: browse for your perfect holiday card before taking photos.
DON’T: forget to leave room in your photos for the card’s design, message area and personalization.
DO: have everyone in the photo wear coordinating outfits.
DON’T: wear matchy-matchy outfits – people will only see the clothing, not your faces.
Choose your holiday card, say “cheese!” and you’re on your way to personal greetings this season!
Written by Amy for Carlson Craft
For the eager hostess, no time is more exciting than the holiday season. The delight is in the details: Festive garlands, perfectly garnished cocktails and, of course, beautiful invitations and stationery accessories. Below are our recommendations for making your soiree the toast of the town.
The invitation sets the tone for the event. Exquisite printing in vibrant ink on our coveted 100% cotton paper will certainly evoke one of a soiree not to miss.
Place & Table Cards
Create a feast most memorable by making guests feel impossibly special. Table cards, which guide them to their respective seats, and place cards, which greet them once they arrive there, do just that.
Every couple’s invitation ordering process is a unique experience. While some may prefer to order them online from the comfort of their couch, others would rather spend time browsing invitation albums in a store, where they can touch the paper, see the details of each design up close and have the professional guidance of a retailer. Most, however, choose a combination of the two. They’ll peruse various wedding invitation sites online, discover what they like (and don’t like) and then head to our studio to see samples and place their order. Fleming's Printed Affair is an authorized dealer for Crane, William Arthur, Vera Wang, Bella Figura, Checkerboard, and b.t. elements, to name a few. Call or schedule your appointment online. We look forward to meeting with you!
Now that summer is officially here, invitations from friends to various cozy retreats are beginning to arrive and thus we are reminded of the loveliness of house stationery as a host/hostess gift.
Commonly placed in a country or beach home, house stationery may be used by any resident of the house or by any guest during their stay. It typically features the name of the house or the address but can also be designed to fit the mood of the location. A graphic of a lake, a palm tree or mountains are all nice ways to convey the feeling and spirit of the place.
House stationery, of course, is different from family stationery. The latter features the family surname and/or the given names of all the family members, and thus is not appropriate for guests.
A hand painted edge on one's personalized stationery or invitations adds an exquisite touch. See how the Crane & Co. artisans create painted edges.
As with the clothes you wear, the stationery you use makes a statement. When you create and assemble your stationery wardrobe, keep in mind the impression you hope to make. Your stationery should reflect both your personality and the type of correspondence you’re sending. With that in mind, there are three questions you should ask yourself when creating your perfect stationery wardrobe. Let’s dive in, shall we?
What Kind of Paper Should I Use? This is actually a three-part question, as you need to choose the material from which the paper is made, the color and the types of stationery.
Paper Material Paper is made from either cotton or wood. The first true papers were made from cotton almost 2,000 years ago. Wood-pulp papers came into being in the 1800s during the Industrial Revolution. They supplanted cotton-fiber papers for many uses because of their lower cost and the seemingly endless supply of trees.
Some of the finest paper, though, is made from cotton. Before you order your stationery, run your fingers across the paper. Stationery made from cotton will have a soft, rich feel. You’ll undoubtedly recognize the quality inherent in cotton-fiber papers. Crane’s 100% cotton fiber papers have the touch and feel of uncommonly beautiful papers.
Paper Color Stationery comes in many different colors. Ecru (also known as buff, cream, ivory or eggshell) and white are the most popular, but grey, blue, pink, yellow and other colors are also available.
Type of Stationery You can order several different types of stationery. The two most basic are one for writing notes and one for writing long letters. While these two items are essential, you may wish to add variations of these two as you build your stationery wardrobe.
How Should My Stationery Be Printed? Stationery can be engraved, blind embossed, thermographed or flat printed.
Engraving Engraving is one of the oldest and most beautiful processes for reproducing images on paper. The appeal of engraving lies in the exquisite detail created by its three-dimensional impression. Engraving is produced when the copy is etched in reverse into a copper plate. Ink is deposited in the resulting cavity. The engraving press then forces the paper into the cavity, creating a raised impression. The paper is literally raised, with the ink adhering to the raised surface. The fact that the paper is raised is what distinguishes engraving from thermography and flat-printing.
It’s easy to tell if a piece of stationery is engraved. Simply turn it over. If there’s an indentation (caused by the pressure from the engraving press), it is engraved. You can also tell by looking closely at the impression on the front. The paper will be smoother there, and the sheet may have a little ripple. This is called the “bruise” and is a natural part of the process. Engraved stationery is more expensive than thermographed or flat-printed stationery. However, much of the price difference lies in the initial cost of the engraving plate. Since engraving plates can be used over and over again, subsequent orders of engraved stationery cost only a little more than other types of stationery.
Blind Embossing Blind embossing is the same process as engraving minus the ink. The image is simply the raised paper. You might recognize blind embossing as the raised address on the flap of a wedding envelope.
Thermography is sometimes called “raised printing,” although the printing is not raised at all. Unlike engraving, where the paper is actually raised, the raise in thermography is created by a resinous powder that is melted over the flat-printed ink. Thermography is less expensive than engraving but, while quite handsome, is not quite as luxurious as engraving.
Flat printing, as its name implies, is simply ink applied to a flat surface with no raise. Back to top
SOCIAL STATIONERY WARDROBE ELEMENTS
Half Sheets Half sheets are single sheets of stationery that fold in half to fit their envelopes. They may be embellished with your monogram, name, address, or name and address. Write only on the front of a half sheet, never the back. If you need additional space, use blank second sheets.
Monarch Sheets Monarch sheets are used for longer personal letters and for personal business letters. They measure 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches and fold into thirds to fit their envelopes. A name, address or name and address appear at the top of the sheet. Write only on the front of the sheet, never the back. If you need additional space, use blank second sheets.
Folded Notes are used to write thank-you notes, extend informal invitations and send short messages to friends and acquaintances. Your monogram or your name may appear on the notes. The monogram or lettering style that will work best for you is the one that best reflects your personality. Folded notes may begin on page one when the imprint is at the top of the note. The note may continue on page three. When the imprint is in the center of the note, the entire message is written on page three, and pages two and four are not used. If you need more space, use a different type of stationery, perhaps a half sheet.
Correspondence Cards One of the most useful items in a stationery wardrobe is the correspondence card. Less formal than notes, these increasingly popular items are used for thank yous, informal invitations and short notes. Correspondence cards are flat, heavy cards that usually measure 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches and are mailed in matching envelopes. They can be plain or bordered, depending on your tastes. A name or a small monogram may appear at the top of the card. Write only on the front of the card, never the back. If you need more space, use a different type of stationery, perhaps a half sheet.
House Stationery House stationery may be properly used by any resident of your house or by any guest staying at your house. Many people keep house stationery at their country and beach homes so that stationery is always available for their guests and for themselves. Only the name of your house or your address appears on the stationery.
Couples Stationery A folded note or correspondence card, couple's stationery features either the couple's names or a monogram. This stationery is used for correspondence that should come from both parties, such as a thank-you to the hostess of a cocktail party you both attended. Couple's stationery makes a lovely wedding gift.
For assistance in building your business stationery wardrobe, please browse the Crane & Co. Business Essentials Guide.
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