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Guest Blogger: Erin Vaughan

The event has ended, the caterer’s bills have been settled, and the photos posted online. The thank you notes and well wishes have been written—and received. There’s just one thing left to do, and it’s weighing you down with the heft of 100 unused posters.

For the sake of your closet space, something really needs to be done with the leftover print materials you never got to use. Throw them away? After all the work you put in, creating the design and ordering the prints—not to mention paying for them? No thank you! Thankfully, you don’t have to trash your design—you can re-purpose it into one of these clever projects.

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Tiny Tags

Christmas gifts, party favors, and wedding presents—many things could use a tiny, homemade attachment. This look uses brown paper craft tags and a sewing machine to give the cards a vintage touch. They appear as though they were swiped straight from a Victorian curio cabinet.

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Geometric cardboard lamp

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t associate cardboard with lamps. That’s just what this tutorial will get you—and no, you don’t have to be an origami wizard to do it. Make sure to use an LED bulb, since it will make your light stay nice and cool.

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Grown up mobile

Why should kids get to have all the fun? This chic mobile re-purposes triangle-shaped pieces of leftover paper for an effect that’s both eye-catching and whimsical. It would work well in a nursery however, it’s also mature enough to bring to your craft room, bedroom or kitchen.


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Recycled paper basket

If you’re less attached to your print’s aesthetic and are good with an X-acto knife, you may be the perfect candidate for this recycled paper tutorial. It will take some patience, but at the end, you’ll have the perfect pint-sized vessel for fruit, candy, toiletries, and potpourri.

That’s one way to give a new life to your leftovers!

Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner.  She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize.com, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.

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Business Cards, Everything Print / Las Vegas, Fonts, Welcome Bloggers

Why be standard? When you can express your uniqueness to every individual you come across? That is the question you should ask yourself before starting to create your business card. There are plenty of standard, black and white, let’s face it, boring business cards floating around out there. That doesn’t mean you should blend in with the crowd or just try to be conservative. Business cards are essentially an extension of who you are and what you bring to the table. You don’t want your business card to read exactly the same as all of your competitors. If you want that job, if you want to make a lasting impression; it all starts with a business card. 

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As stated previously, a business card is an extension of who you are. So, ask the question who are you? What makes you special? Then transfer it over onto paper. One way you can do this is using bright and bold colors. Rich blues, gold, and bright reds are some examples. However, you don’t want to just have one of those colors make up the entire card. If done this way, your card will be overwhelming and in-creative. The trick is to mix and match colors, but really think about what colors complement each other. If you go to Google and look up complimenting colors, you will find a lot of information. Turquoise mixed with white looks very elegant, bright, and peaceful. Red and light blue also complement each other quite nicely, the complementing colors are endless. What colors represent your personality and express who you are? This is what it comes down to. 

So we all know the stereotypical 3.5″ x 2″ business card. Must we stick to the standard? NO! Overnight Prints has a plethora of non-standard business cards. Why not completely change the shape of your business card to let’s say a 3″ x 3″ Circle Business Card? Or what about a 2.5″ x 2.5″ Square Business Card? Or maybe you can still keep that standard size but spice it up with extra thick 34pt card stock with our FAT Business Card. These cards automatically stick out with either their distinguished shape or superior thickness. Whoever you give your card to will notice and remember you just by the quality, shape, and texture of an Overnight Prints business card. Once you place your color using 4:4 full color printing, your card will already be expressing quality and uniqueness and these are two factors that matter. 

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Now, going back to color. They don’t have to be extremely bold to be considered unique. They can also be subdued, light, and tranquil. It depends on again who you are, or maybe your job position, and what you do. If you work by the beach or are for example a yoga instructor, you might want to use those lighter tones. In this case the lighter tones work perfectly. It expresses relaxation, peace, and if your job embodies this, you don’t want your business card to communicate and entirely different message. 

Of course, the most important part is placing your information and contact on the card. So, this brings us to choosing the correct font. There are an abundant, almost innumerable amounts of fonts circulating. Knowing this, there is one that fits effortlessly and accurately for everyone. 

 

Now for some examples…

If you are in marketing or business, you want a solid, simple, and sophisticated font. My suggestions: “Josefin Sans,” “Adamina,” and a good old “Helvetica.” 

Let’s say you’re a copywriter and want to express the beauty of words on paper. My suggestions: “Magnolia,” “Allura,” or “Handwriting-Dakota.” 

Maybe you’re a graphic illustrator, my suggestions: Use my personal favorite “Matilde,” Arcata,” or Josefin Slab.” 

Your font should coincide with who you are and what you do. These are only font suggestions, if you find others that you love, don’t be afraid to choose those. Business cards are all about expression and being true to you. 

If you have never thought about your business card or just rushed through the process. It’s time to really think about your business card. You want to make great impressions not average ones, and you want to get that job, not be disregarded. Business cards are not only essential they are critical and vital in establishing relationships and making connections that last.

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Do you know what you want but don’t know how to go about it? Please call our design services at 855.977.1968 or email designservices@overnightprints.com. Our team of expert designers will be able to craft the business card you envision. Talk to a designer personally and give them all the information you need to and watch your thoughts and ideas come to fruition, only with Overnight Prints. 

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