Posted by Rene.Bross on 28. June 2009 11:46
The online card customization tools on My Good Greetings are really easy to use and a big part of why our customers love our site. But sometimes you need to place more text or need an extra line of type on a card than the sample shows. It's still easy to create your card- no matter how much text you need. Here's some easy to follow tips for creating your custom announcement, invitation or stationery:
Step 1: For this Baby Bumblebee Baby Shower Invitaiton you'll see that after entering the RSVP line of text, the text appears to run off the sides of the card (see example 1). This is a very easy fix. Just roll your mouse over the line of text to reveal the surrounding green text box (see example 2) and click to bring up the pop-up Text Editor.
Step 2: Within the Text Editor pop-up box, you can place your cursor and hit "return" on your keyboard to move the text down to a second line. Be sure not to double space for best results. Then click the SAVE button to apply your changes to the card preview. (see example 3).
Step 3: Now you'll see that the overlapping text has been moved to two lines to fit on the card. But the spacing between the lines seems to need more space. Our online tools do not allow you to fix the space between lines of type, but you can tell us to fix it in the "Special Instructions" box on the "Preview Your Card" page. The Special Instructions box is on the right side of this page. Here you can relay any special instructions to our production department. After you place your order, we will see your Special Instructions and make any necessary adjustments to your card. We will then send you an additional proof to your email address for your review before printing your cards.
That's it! Easy peasy to customize your own birth announcements, baby shower invitations, bridal shower invitations, birthday invitations etc.
Posted by Rene.Bross on 23. June 2009 20:15
Recently a customer of ours gave us some really wonderful comments saying how much she loved our designs, but she nicely pointed out that we needed some more birth announcements for twins. Well we take our customer's comments to heart and added some beautiful Twins Birth Annoucement designs to our site. Take a look at these... Sarah Jessica Parker are you looking?
Posted by Rene.Bross on 22. June 2009 16:28
I had to go to the dreaded grocery store today- not my favorite chore to say the least. And when I got to the checkout I realized I only had 2 compact reusable bags in my purse (the rest are in my old purse) and of course I did not remember to bring in my cloth bags. So I stratigically placed the smallest items on the belt first and the largest items- milk, juice etc.- last. I told the bagger to stuff those bags as much as she could. She did and then she started to immediately go for the plastic. I said, "Wait. Let's do like Costco and just put everything else in the cart- no bags please." She did and I had a plastic bag Aha moment! On previous trips I would reluctantly take the plastic bags figuring I was only taking 1 or 2 and I was making an effort. For some reason I automatically thought that you had to have everything in a bag. Here's the AHA moment- you don't have to bag anything (except liquor I believe). You can simply refuse the bags altogether!! WOW! What a concept.
Now here's where the wind got knocked out of my sails... As I was leaving the checkout stand- so proud that once again I got out without any plastic bags- I heard the checker say, "She wants paper inside her plastic." What the- who the- what the??!! The customer behind me was completely negating my valiant no-bag efforts in one feld swoop. And so it goes...
Posted by Rene.Bross on 20. June 2009 20:47
True confession time-- no matter how hard I try I ALWAYS forget my big fabric grocery store reusable bags. They're in the back of the car. Sitting there. Waiting ever so patiently to be used and fullfill their eco-friendly destiny. And EVERY SINGLE TIME I forget to bring them in with me. It's so frustrating. But I've found an answer to my absent minded shopping problem- the Compact Reusable Bag!! I've picked up a couple of these little gems and I carry them in my purse. Now they ALWAYS make it into the store with me because I always have my purse! And three or four of these are usually enough to do the trick. You can stuff these things to the gills and anything bigger- like toilet paper, bottle of juice, milk jugs etc don't really need a bag anyway. Now my only trick is to whip them out faster than the checker can start bagging.
Now it's become a personal quest to see just how many times I can avoid taking any sort of bag- plastic or paper from any store. I was in SubWay recently and after ordering my sandwich and proceeding down the counter, I saw the checker start to bag our sandwiches and I halted her and said, "wait a sec- I have my own bag." She said, "oh you carry your own bags?" and proceeded to announce loudly to the entire store, "look she carries her own bags with her. Isn't that cool!" and I felt so great and even better that my 4 year old was with me and witnessed his super-star environmentally conscious mommy in action! Whoot Whoot! One small step for mommy-kind, one giant step for the environment.
Interesting info: The average American uses between 300
and 700 plastic bags per year. If everyone in the United States tied
their annual consumption of plastic bags together in a giant chain, the
chain would reach around the earth 760 times.
When you see these compact bags around, pick up a couple- they're so much easier to carry around and remember to use!
Posted by Rene.Bross on 14. June 2009 10:39
What the heck does photo resolution mean anyway? If you’re a professional photographer or graphic designer or work in the print industry you certainly know. But what if you’re a new parent trying to take a decent photograph of your precious little bundle of joy for the perfect birth announcement? Do you really need to understand the photo size settings on your new fancy digital camera? You certainly should- if you want that perfectly cute birth announcement to look great once it’s printed.
Size resolution refers to the number of pixels in the photograph. Simply put, the more pixels the clearer and sharper your photo will be (assuming it’s in focus to begin with). The more pixels or the higher the resolution, the larger your photo size. At MyGoodGreetings, we recommend a minimum size of 1500 x 1050 pixels to print well. Anything smaller in size will risk the chance of printing grainy or blurry and if your photo is grainy to begin with- due to low lighting, no flash or poor camera quality- a smaller sized photo will only print worse than it appears on your computer screen.
Below are two examples of photo quality based on size. In the first sample, the photo is sized at 1500 x 1050 and appears very sharp with no graininess. This card will print beautifully. In the second sample, the photo size is much smaller at 480 x 600. The image had to be enlarged significantly to fill the photo space and because of that, it appears very blurry. Just look at the blurriness of the baby’s eyes. This sample will not print well. Colors will appear blotchy once printed and will result in dissatifaction.
So can you just open a low resolution photo in an image editing software such as photoshop and increase the size. Well you can, but it won't make it sharper and in most cases it will make it even worse. Even the best image software cannot magically ADD in pixels by simply resizing. When you increase the image size manually, you're really just enlarging the pixel size, which makes the photo appear blurry. The only way to have 1500 pixels is to shoot 1500 pixels.
So check the settings on your camera- heck, even break into that manual if you have to. You’ll be glad you did. Make sure it’s set to an image size of at least 1504 x 1000 or larger. We have ours set to 3008 x 2000. That way we can zoom in with no distortion problems and if we ever want an 8x10 printout for the wall, we can do that too.
Posted by Rene.Bross on 2. June 2009 08:07
Announce your upcoming nuptuals in Eco-Friendly style with a beautiful Save The Date Announcement from MyGoodGreetings.com. Be sure to check out all the newest Save The Date designs in the latest wedding colors. Choose from photo Save The Date Cards or more traditional announcements. All of our cards are printed on 100% recycled, FSC Certified, heavyweight matte card stock and include high-quality 100% recycled white envelopes. The recycled content is printed very small on the back of each card so your guests will know that you care enough about the environment to make an eco-friendly choice when it comes to your engagement announcements. Check out our gorgeous Save The Date selection today.