Moving Announcement or New Address Cards

b303dedbd26f85f638a35455548f0951Whenever you move to a new location, 9 times out of 10 you want to let everyone know of your new address. Typically, people send some sort of announcement that will enable them to do this, such as a moving announcement postcard or new address change card. They may even send out emails however, you may not always know everyone’s email address and it could result in going into a spam or junk folder. So the good, old fashion method of sending an announcement in the mail seems to be the most reliable choice, in this case.

You can create and send out moving cards very quickly and easily by using a ready made template for such an event. Often this is a reason to celebrate! Moving into a new home can be exciting and exhausting at the same time! The templates created are meant to save you time and just get the word out. They are completely customizable and enable you to let all your friends and family know of your new address. You can even use it as a form of an invitation, for those who are going to have a new home celebration, like a BBQ or dinner party.

Even though we live in the age of technology, I always prefer invites or announcements in the form of something tangible. This is because I get such massive amounts of email, it is bound to be lost in the shuffle. And when I don’t have something I can hold on to…out of sight, out of mind. So personally, getting an announcement in the mail is refreshing, since it does not seem to be the norm these days. Just think… Your invite will all the more, stand out.

I wish I would have known about these templates when we moved into our new home almost 5 years ago. It would have made it so much easier to let everyone know how to get a hold of us. But since I know about them now, I want to spread the word so you won’t have to go through the frustration I did. 🙂

Have a happy day.

Printable Magazine Cover Template

Screen shot 2013-03-01 at 11.07.35 AMHave you ever secretly wanted to be on the cover of a magazine? Come on, I think we all have at some point. Well, guess what? Now its completely possible! You won’t get paid or anything as those high fashion and celebrities do but you can still grace the cover of any magazine you’d like!

You can get professional looking magazine cover template to place on top of any photo of your choice. All you need to do is insert the photo and bammo! Your on the front cover of any magazine you want.

You then can print it yourself or take it to a local office supply store to get printed into what size you’d like for framing or putting as a booklet on a front cover of some kind of program. It’s awesome and it’s cool! I just love how these templates already have the type done for you and you are still able to customize 3 text boxes so that you can put your name or the subject’s name to fully make it personal. Amazing.

What’s more is that these can be edited with software you already own such as Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, Publisher, and Apple iWork Pages. The great part is that I can print it on my own home printer myself or take it anywhere I want to. Unlike some online websites where you can create the template for free but you must use their printing services and its usually a one time fee. If you use it again, you have to pay again.

No thanks. I like the freedom to purchase something once and then use it as many times as I like without having to pay an additional cost. I can see these as great gifts and framed or if I’m creating some kind of booklet, gracing the cover of my booklet program for a great impact.

Love this!

What is a Gatefold Program?

gatefold147.saffronEver heard of a gatefold program? Well, its not the most popular choice for businesses but is an elegant and lovely presentation for memorials and weddings.

The gatefold is similar to a trifold but the folds come in differently. As the name implies, the folds open out simulating the opening of a gate. It is typically offered in a legal size 8.5 x 14 sheet of paper since you do need a little more room in order to achieve that nice gate fold effect.

Wedding programs as well as funeral programs are done in this type of layout but really, you can use it for birthdays, anniversaries, business presentations, or just about anything. You can think outside the box and produce a unique printed material for whatever occasion you need.

I like to use them specifically for weddings, personally. It’s different and I like that. I also have added a coordinating colored ribbon around the entire thing horizontally which makes it have a special finishing touch. This is a very difficult program to produce on your own or from scratch. So i’ve used a template to take the hard work out of it. That is definitely the way to go if you want to produce this format. Without one, you could be on the computer for days. 🙂

There are only a handful of sites that offer this as a ready made layout. I would recommend checking CelebrationsofLifeStore.com where they have a nice variety of templates for gatefold programs. Here’s a video on it to help give you a visual:

Using Poetry To Soothe The Soul

So, I recently attended a memorial service for a friend’s mom and was amazed to hear how poetry was incorporated so beautifully inside the ceremony. Some poems are very beautiful and really get to the heart of a person’s emotion. I, honestly am not a big fan of poems until recently.

In grammar school we were forced to read poems that didn’t make any sense to me therefore, it was really hard for me to connect with the words. Some just didn’t even rhyme. For a kid of 10 years, making the connection was just not happening.

Needless to say, that flowed into my adult years and poetry reading was just some obscure things people read. It wasn’t until I found poems pertaining to a certain subject that sparked my interest. Then hearing them read at a ceremony such as a wedding or memorial service really won me over!

Don’t get me wrong, I like poetry but those that are used within the context of an event. Since I’m in the business of all celebrations of life events, it was a wonderful revelation for me. Often non-religious people come to me and want to have some sort of reading or saying on a printed material and just don’t know what to put.

Enter a poem. Now I have collected a huge amount of poems stored on my website as a free reference for people who may not know where to begin looking (like me, many moons ago). I have them categorized in an orderly fashion so anyone can find exactly what they need within a few minutes and not have to delve into a huge list to sort out.

The compilation took me several years to do but its been worth it. The many accolades I’ve received for the help it has been to so many people has made its weight in gold.

The Purpose of Prayer Cards

Screen Shot 2013-02-08 at 8.27.46 PMHave you ever heard of prayer cards? What are they and what is their purpose? Are they cards that you pray with? Well, I’m here to set the record straight and explain exactly what these things are.

First of all, you do not need these to pray. You can hold on to them as with any object during prayer but it not a necessity. Prayer cards are 4.25″ x 2.5″ in dimension and have Screen Shot 2013-02-08 at 8.28.02 PMsome kind of religious figure on the front of them. Typically, these can be seen at Catholic ceremonies but you will also see them distributed in other denominations as well during a memorial service.

The back of the prayer card contains an imprinted prayer, poem or message. It’s not required that it be a prayer on the back of the card since they are called “Prayer” cards. Some families opt to imprint a special message on the back, and that is perfectly acceptable. There isn’t any hard and fast rule that it needs to contain a prayer of some sort.

The modern prayer cards today do not contain a religious figure on the front but rather a picturesque background of flowers or outdoor landscape. I actually prefer them since they are very attractive and can be used for non-religious ceremonies as well.

The purpose of prayer cards is a giveaway the family or host wants to provide guests as a remembrance of the honoree or event. It is convenient in size and can be placed inside a wallet or purse. Handy, just handy, and people love that. It is a kind of token of remembrance that enables you to personalize by adding a photo of the honoree and their name. Most finish the card by laminating it which leaves for a longer lasting keepsake.

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Custom Seed Packets

Screen Shot 2013-02-06 at 10.37.47 PM Screen Shot 2013-02-06 at 10.38.04 PMOK, I found the cutest things! Custom seed packets are all the rage in the favor world. If your looking for a unique type of favor or giveaway for any celebratory event, this is it!

Check them out. They are wildflower seeds in a packet like you would buy at any store but they contain a photo of the honoree or deceased, which you are using it for. You can literally use them as favors for every type of event or party possible and they make such memorable tokens of remembrance.  I’m actually really excited about them, silly me, getting excited about a thing. LOL.

I guess I am in love with them because they are also friendly for the environment which is always a plus in my book. There are so many favors out there that don’t do anything or serve any type of purpose except sitting pretty on a shelf. At least with these seed packet favors, you can plant the flower seeds and see it blossom year after year. How great is that? A favor that keeps on giving every year! Love it.

You can pretty much choose the type of wildflowers you want to have inside the packets along with personalization on the front. Placing a photo of the bride and groom, birthday girl or boy, or the recently departed loved one are just some of things you can use these seed packets for.

The Celebrations of Life Store website offers the seeds in accordance with geographical region which is nice because you know exactly which wildflowers will grow best in your area of the country. So cool.

Creating Your Own Bookmarks

book011.promiseIf you like to read, it may have crossed your mind to get a bookmark. They are pretty handy when it comes to keeping your place in a great book, no matter what the topic!

Creating your own bookmarks is pretty simple and you can come out with one looking very professional, if its done right. The best place to start is by getting yourself a template with a pretty background. In this way, everything is pre-measured for you and there won’t be much guess work on your part.

I, personally like doing it this way better because I can customize it to my heart’s content! OK, so I am also a little bit of a control freak and like to be able to put things where I want them and this allows me to do so!

You will find a plethora of different types of templates for bookmarks for various occasions. Select one that you can fully edit. Once you have the template, you can create bookmarks for giving away as favors for any time of celebration. I’ve seen them distributed at school events, birthdays, baby showers, and even memorials.

I like to finish the bookmark off by laminating and adding a satin ribbon. This little extra step helps make a great finishing touch. When searching online, try the term “bookmark templates” and you should be able to pull up a large selection of online resources.