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Today we celebrate Easter with a post from Andrea, who is a graphic designer on our team, and also teaches pysanky in her spare time.
Growing up as a first-generation Ukrainian-American, I’ve been making Ukrainian Easter eggs- pysanky -with my family since I was a young girl. I always loved making these beautiful eggs and now as an adult I enjoy teaching lessons and sharing this tradition with others.
The designs are not painted on but rather written on the egg using a batik, or wax-resist, method. You start with a raw white egg. Then, everything you’d like to be white in the final design is covered with melted beeswax using a special tool called a kistka. You then dip the egg in yellow dye and repeat the process, using successively darker dyes. At the end, the wax is melted off to reveal the dazzling colors of the finished design.
Everything on a pysanka means something. A line around the egg symbolizes eternity. Wheat stands for wishes for good health and a bountiful harvest. Ladders symbolize the search for happiness. The egg itself represents rebirth and renewal.
A lifetime of making pysanky has influenced my design work as well. In this baby shower invitation I use a traditional Ukrainian pussy willow motif:
And my love of bright colors on dark backgrounds, definitely influenced by years of pysanky-making, is clearly seen in this postcard:
We’ve showcased Mommy Cards before, so now we want to answer some frequently asked questions about them: What, exactly, are Mommy Cards and why carry them?
The short answer: They’re a way for moms (and dads, too!) to provide important info when needed.
The long(er) answer: They’re a simple way for moms and dads to feel confident that, when it comes to their child or children, sharing essential information such as allergies and emergency contacts is always quick and easy. These cards can be as creative as they are practical — personalize them with a photo of you, your child or your family, or customize with fonts, colors, text and more. They are a great addition to any diaper bag or purse.
What do you think about Mommy Cards? Tell us in the comments section!
Today, Katie, a blushing-bride here at Vistaprint, is going to share how she will incorporate business cards into her July wedding.
I’m a party planner by nature, so the idea of planning and hosting a giant party with all my closest friends and family together is my dream! As soon as I got engaged (and maybe a bit before then) I bookmarked a ton of wedding blogs. I’ve found so many creative ideas and DIY projects I wanted to do. The project I’m really excited about is photo share cards.
Here’s what it is: You give guests a photo share card, with all your contact information on it, so they can send you photos they take at your wedding. I love the idea because while your professional photographer is trying to wrangle everyone into group shots or capturing key events like the cake cutting, your guest are taking fun and candid photos.
I’m hoping that through the guest photos, I’ll see some of the moments that we miss, and also get to experience our wedding from the point of view of our guests!
To create our photo share cards, I used one of our premium business card designs called Conservative Film Strip. I really liked this design because I could add three photos to it to personalize it and add all my contact information. I plan to tuck the cards in with our thank you notes after the wedding.
I’ll let you know how it goes!
No, I don’t mean that final four! What I mean is, we’ve thought of four ways to use a Vistaprint small circular sticker for a wedding.
1. Let’s start with the invitation: something I’ve seen brides do is wrap their invitations in a page of vellum. It gives the invitation just one more personal touch. To keep it there, you can place a sticker across the front.
2. Or, to take your invitation presentation to the next level, simply enclose your envelopes with a personalized sticker.
3. Use the sticker as decoration on a cupcake – with your wedding date, or your names. How romantic and sweet! Remember how Liz did it here for her friend’s bridal shower?
4. A sticker can also add the perfect final touch to your favors.
How would you use a small circular sticker? Or, have you already? Share with us!
Are you slightly obsessed with your pet? It’s ok — we won’t judge. In fact, if you answered yes, it’s likely that you’re not in the minority. After all, for most of us, pets are part of the family and play a significant role in our day-to-day lives. It’s becoming more and more common to not only pamper the paws off of our pets, but also showcase exactly how adorable they are.
The Social Pet
From the Westminster Kennel Club dog show to Presidential felines, pets showing up in pop culture is nothing new. But what is relatively new is how much social media is impacting the animal kingdom. Take, for instance, social media giant Boo, a Pomeranian who is marketed as the world’s cutest dog — and with good reason. Boo is not only adorable, he also has a massive Facebook following (well over 3 million), a book deal and a new Gund toy to prove it. Then there are super-popular sites like I Can Haz Cheezburger and Cute Overload, and we haven’t even mentioned YouTube yet, which feels like it was practically invented for showcasing animals doing funny things (need we mention treadmill kittens?). There are even a number of online communities dedicated to pets, like Catbook, Dogster and the start-up PetChatz, a new product that lets “pet parents” hang out with their animals virtually. So what does this all really mean? It’s simple: We really love our pets…and everything cute-animal related.
It doesn’t appear as though pet ownership is slowing down. According to a 2011/2012 American Pet Products Association survey, 62% of households in the United States own a pet which equates to over 70 million homes. The APPA goes on to report that an estimated $50.84 billion was spent on pets in 2011, and points out that many animals are getting gold-star treatment: “From high-end items to high-tech items, products for our companion animals now extend beyond traditional necessities.”
Pet Personalization at Vistaprint
Although the Independent Film Channel’s hit show Portlandia poked fun at animal accessories, we think accessorizing is a fun, easy way to showcase exactly how cute your pet is, or give a friend or family member with a beloved pet a unique gift to remember. So if you’re eager to go beyond simply making Fido your profile pic on Facebook, the options to use Vistaprint to personalize with a pet are nearly endless. Here are our top three choices:
Nothing says I <3 My Pet better than a custom bumper sticker. Chances are, you’ll get quite a few beeps of approval on the road.
If you’re looking for a creative way to start a convo around the water cooler, think about a mug with your pet’s, well, mug on it. If you’re not a big coffee or tea drinker, there are other office-friendly options to consider, like a notepad or mousepad.
Whether using it as a grocery bag or as an everyday bag, tote bags are a fun, fashionable way to showcase your pet.
Sweet sixteens are one of the most popular parties to throw and since it’s a celebration of your little girl growing up to be a young woman, you can have a ton of fun with the party theme. People enjoy this occasion in different ways, from quiet family affairs to big bashes with DJs, hair, make up and the whole nine yards.
Here are four tips to make your teenager’s Sweet Sixteen a party to remember:
1. Make the party fit the girl – with so much of a teenager’s life determined by what her friends are doing , make this party suits the girl – is she quieter and would like to spend an evening with family and close friends? Or, would she like to dress to the nines, and dance the night away?
2. Pay attention to the details – as with any party, it all comes together in the details. Maybe the decorations match, or you could show a photomontage from the birthday girl’s childhood on a big screen. Or, maybe she would like to have a first dance with her dad to officially kick off the evening’s festivities?
3. Consider cultural traditions – some of us have wonderful ways to welcome sixteen-year-olds to adulthood. In Latin American cultures, a Quinceanera celebrates the occasion, and in other others there is a debut. Each has its own special tokens that can be included – maybe the dad presents his daughter with a pair of high heeled shoes to replace her flats? Or mom places a tiara on her head? If your culture doesn’t have any of these specific traditions, how about making your own, and enjoying the special memory for years to come – and maybe passing it down to the next generation.
4. And, of course, set a theme – Vistaprint has a variety of sweet sixteen party invitations to get your creative juices flowing.
Today Rob is here to share some tips and tricks for getting through one of life’s major upheavals – moving!
Right now, there’s one rather large item on my to-do list: MOVE. Although I’m excited for the final destination, the journey ahead seems a little daunting. But, since this isn’t my first move, I have some handy tips-and-tricks I’ve picked up over the years on how to make moving successful.
First, seize this opportunity to scale back the heights of Mount Junk, the giant pile of all the stuff you’ve accumulated since your last move. Create designated boxes for items that are being recycled, donated or thrown out. This will help to clear the clutter and decrease extra boxes you need to move to your new place.
As any adventurer will tell you, it’s essential to pack light. Pack the items that you truly need for the first days in separate boxes – you won’t miss the rest! I like to call it an “open me first” box. Include a change of clothes, a towel, toiletry items, sheets, a coffee pot or anything you might want prior to unpacking the rest.
With everything else create custom color-coded stickers for your boxes. That way, you’ll know at a glance which boxes go in which room.
Once you’ve reached your destination and unpacked everything, it’s time to celebrate! Reward those who were kind enough to lend their time and muscles to help you move. Send custom thank you notes or party invitations to your housewarming party to show your appreciation. Personalize with a photo of your new home or include a map, for first-time visitors.
What tips do you have when it comes to moving?