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Green Photo Cards

Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond!

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Our Simplicity collection includes three beautiful green cards.

  • Sage Green - A muted green that is neutral and looks great with almost any photo.
  • Willow Green - Very pale green card with small flecks.
  • Forest Green - Rich darker green for a pop of color.

Just slide your picture into the frame-style opening for an instant photo greeting card. All cards have the photo on the outside (front) of the card. Insides are blank for writing (or imprinting) your own personal message.

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New Photo Booth Folder Designs

Introducing our expanded photo booth folder collection.

Photo Booth Picture Strip Holders

  • Mustache – Inspired by the most popular photo booth props, with a vintage twist.
  • Script Heart – A bit of flourish and whimsy with this modern calligraphy design.
  • Damask – Always a winner for wedding patterns and design.
  • Ritzy Typography – Black tie affair? Put on the ritz.
  • Birch & Bird – Cute and wonderful for outdoor or rustic weddings. Put a bird on it.
  • Nautical Anchor – Ahoy! It’s finally here, a nautical themed design.
  • Monogram – Classic and simple, monograms are always in style.
  • Gatsby – An art deco inspired design that is both ritzy and glamorous.
  • Laurel Wreath – Beautiful for a winter wedding.

As always, all photo booth folders have die-cut slits on the inside to hold your photo strip in place, and can be customized for your wedding or event colors.

View all photo booth folder designs here.

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Photo Booth Strip Template

“Say cheese! Download our free template to create DIY photo booth strips.”

Photo Booth Frames to Hold Picture Strip Templates

We love photo booths. Old is new again, and photo booths are seeing a resurgence at wedding receptions, bar/bat mitvahs, birthdays, bars, restaurants, parties, and events everywhere. It is instant photo fun, what’s not to love?

While nothing can replace that old school fun of jumping into a photo booth and hamming it up with your friends, sometimes you just want the old fashioned photo strip look without renting one.

We know the feeling, and that is why we created  this freebie just for you.

Photoshop Photo Booth Template File

 

Photoshop Photo Booth Template Layers

Photo Strip With Photos

Download Free Photo Booth Strip Template

This download is a layered PSD (Photoshop) file, just open and place your photos behind the template layer. Try making your pictures black and white or sepia tone for a vintage look by applying your favorite Image Adjustment or Photoshop Action.

Be creative! Print and cut them out to make your own DIY save the dates or wedding thank you cards, birthday party favors, or simply combine your favorite photos to post to Facebook and share with friends.

Need custom printed photo booth frames? Picture strip folders are perfect for photo favors, handing out as photo souvenirs to event attendees, wedding guests, or using as a thank you card. Customize one for an occasion!

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2012 Photo Holidays

We’ve compiled a list of 2012 holidays for photographers. If you know of any others, please feel free to add them in the comments below!

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

National Photo Month

Nature Photography Day

Help-Portrait Day

Do you do anything special to celebrate these photography holidays?

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Printable Christmas Treat Bag Toppers

“Turn your homemade goodies into treats worthy of gift giving with FREE printable cello bag toppers.”

Giving homemade gifts from your kitchen are a heartfelt way to show others that you care. A lot of love and hard work that goes into making these treats, why give them away on a paper plate or zip-loc bag? Gift packaging makes the first impression! Present your cookies, chocolate bark or granola in holiday themed crystal clear food-safe cello bags to give a sneak peek of whats inside. Top each bag with a personalized treat bag topper for the finishing touch.

Treat Bag Toppers to Print

Homemade treats or candy are great for gift giving during the holidays. Fill a bag with goodies and finish off with a bag topper for an instant gift.

We’ve created DIY printable bag toppers to match our most popular holiday cello designs in 3 template sizes (favor, small & medium). Simply print, cut-out, fold & attach to the tops of cello bags using double-stick tape or staples.

DIY Treat Bag Topper

Click here to download FREE printable PDF treat bag toppers.

Here are some of our favorite ideas for homemade edible holiday gifts that work well for filled cellophane bags:

  • Homemade Granola
  • Spicy Asian Snack Mix
  • Whoopie Pies (chocolate filled with peppermint)
  • Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods (always a classic)
  • Gingerbread People (or try other shapes, like reindeer)
  • Chocolate Bark
  • Biscotti (great for coffee lovers)
  • Peanut Brittle or Toffee
  • Fudge or Caramels
  • Roasted Nuts (sweet or savory, or a combo of both)
  • Almond Roca
  • Cake Pops (the new trend in sweet treats)
  • Sugar Cookies (another classic)
  • Dog Treats (don’t forget your furry friends)

Packaged treats from your kitchen are perfect for hostess gifts, co-workers, classmates, friends and family. Don’t leave out others like your hair stylist, running or workout buddy, mail deliverer or your child’s teachers. Little packages of homemade goodness make festive stocking stuffers and also work well as party favors for weddings, bridal/baby showers & events.

What kind of homemade goods do you like to create for the holidays? Tell us in the comments below.

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Father’s Day Personalized Photo Gift Ideas

“Create a lasting memory this Father’s Day with one of these Dad-approved photo gift ideas.”

Photo gifts are not just for women! The key when selecting a personalized photo gift for Dad is to keep his personal interests in mind when selecting which photograph to use. While photo gifts with pictures of friends & family are always popular, think outside of the box and use a photo of his car, truck, boat or motorcycle!

Take a photo of Dad's car or truck and make a personalized beach towel!

Since Father’s Day is in summer, a photo beach towel is a practical & timely gift. At the pool or beach, a photo towel will surely strike up conversation and is a great way to show off his car. Even if Dad is not a beachgoer, a towel is a useful item to keep in the car or truck to protect his seats or to use for an afternoon on the boat, camping trip or hike.

Use your favorite photo of your Father for a unique photo tile.

Photo tiles are an alternative to traditional picture frames. The photo is printed directly on a ceramic tile and coated with a gloss finish to protect it for years to come. The tiles come with their own wooden stand to display on a table or desk. You can make a tile with any photo!

Harley Davidson Photo Blanket

A woven blanket with a photo of Dad's bike makes a cherished & useful gift.

Does Dad have a “man cave”? Blankets are useful all year long. Even in the hot dog days of summer, a nice photo blanket is a great accessory simply draped over a couch in his den. We’ve even seen these photo blankets hung on the wall as a tapestry! A custom blanket with a photo of his motorcycle is a unique work of art that will be appreciated by any biker.

If your Dad is not into cars or motorcycles, think about other hobbies that he enjoys and use photos of that instead. Every Father is unique and a personalized photo gift is the perfect way to celebrate that. Father’s Day is the 3rd Sunday of June, so don’t wait until it is too late to start thinking about gifts!

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Create a Candy Buffet in 5 Easy Steps

“Creating a DIY self-serve candy station at your wedding reception party is an easy & creative alternative to traditional candy wedding favors.”

Jordan almonds wrapped in organza or tulle & tied with ribbon have long been the traditional wedding favor choice for many brides & grooms. TheKnot.com explains the cultural significance for these sugarcoated candies. While this tradition will always be popular, wedding candy buffet bars are becoming the colorful, interactive & completely customizable candy favor choice for many brides.

Creating your own candy table at your wedding is easy & affordable, and requires only a few supplies. From the candy buffet jars to the favor bags to the tasty candy itself, we outline the 5 steps it takes to create your own colorful and personalized candy bar dream.

Step 1 – Choose Your Candy & Colors

This is the most fun part! First think about what colors you want to have. Usually a bride chooses colors that match the rest of her wedding. Jelly beans & M&M’s both come in a rainbow of colors. Don’t forget licorice, gum drops, chocolates, gummy bears & taffy which come in many flavors. Online retailers organize their candy by color making it easy to find choices that will work with your wedding colors.

Step 2 – Buy Glass Jars & Candy Scoops

Big glass jars work best to show off your colorful candy. Similar to the jars used at old-fashioned bulk candy stores, these often have removable lids to keep the candy fresh, although you may want to remove and store the lids right before the guests start to fill their bags up! Glass flower vases & trifle bowls also work nicely. Don’t forget the scoops (or tongs, depending on what kind of candy it is), they discourage guests from dipping their hands directly into the jars. Use one scoop per candy jar.

Step 3 – Hand Write Labels

Handwritten labels are elegant and help identify what is inside the jars. Choose plain labels or ones with a pretty border that ties in with your wedding theme. If you have messy handwriting, go ahead and print labels on your home inkjet printer or ask a friend to write them for you.

Step 4 – Buy Favor Bags

Just like clear glass jars work best for displaying the candy, clear cello bags work best for filling. If you’d like bags with extra detail, white striped candy bags or white lace cello bags are subtle & elegant for weddings but still let the candy show through. Don’t forget twist ties or pre-cut ribbon so guests can tie their goodie bags shut!

Step 5 – Set Up Your Candy Bar Buffet

Now that you have your candy fill, labeled jars, scoops & bags, you are ready to set everything up! Cover your candy table with a table cloth and add bunting to the front of the table, if desired. A vase of flowers also looks nice amongst the jars of delicious sweets.

On your big day, your guests will love filling their bags with their favorite candy, and you’ll love knowing how easy it was to create!

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Graduation Announcement Wording

“Find the graduation announcement wording that is right for you. Here are some ideas on what to write in your graduation announcements & invitations.”

Example of wording for graduation announcements

Dual-purpose, cards can serve as both announcement and invitation.

Graduating from high school or college is a special event! All that hard work at school is quite an achievement, and one to be proud of. Paper graduation announcements are an elegant way to announce and share this achievement with friends & family. Not sure what to write? When creating your grad announcement cards, while the wording is entirely up to you, there are a few essential pieces of information you should include.

Basic Announcements

Announcements don’t have to be fancy or overly complicated. If your belief is “less is more” and you would prefer a simple look, just three pieces of information are needed.

  • Graduate’s Name
  • School’s Name
  • Graduating Year

An example wording for your basic announcement text:

Kate Monahan
East High School
Class of 2012

Formal Announcements

Reading more like a wedding invitation, a formal announcement has a sophisticated look and is a good choice for proud parents wishing to send out the announcements to their relatives & friends.

  • Names of Parents or Guardians
  • Graduate’s Full Name
  • School’s Name
  • Graduating Year
  • Graduate’s Major (optional)
  • Honors & Awards (optional)

A sample of a formal graduation announcement text:

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Monahan
Announce the graduation of their daughter
Katherine Anne Monahan
from East High School
On Saturday June 3rd 2012

Story Announcements

Sometimes graduates want to share more than just their name, school & class year. Feel free to add additional information that you would like to share with everyone. Include a short paragraph on future plans after college, favorite school memory, or even an inspirational quote. Sharing these details creates a more personal card and lets family & friends know what you are up to after graduation.

  • Names of Parents or Guardians (optional)
  • Graduate’s Name (full name optional)
  • School’s Name
  • Graduating Year
  • Graduate’s Major (optional)
  • Honors & Awards (optional)
  • Future Plans
  • Quote

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Monahan
Are proud to announce the graduation of
Katherine Anne Monahan
from East High School
Class of 2012

Kate is attending Columbia College in Chicago this fall where she will study journalism.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Invitation Announcements

Popular with high school graduations, announcements can also double as party invitations. Use this opportunity to invite people to an open house or celebration in honor of the grad.

  • Graduate’s Name (full name optional)
  • School’s Name
  • Graduating Year
  • Graduation Date
  • Party Address
  • RSVP Details (optional)

Suggestion for grad party invitation wording:

Class of 2012
Celebrate Kate Monahan’s Graduation
from East High School
May 12th @ 4pm at the
Monahan’s Home
1200 West Palm Court
Sarosta, FL 60615

Sending grad announcements is appropriate for ALL graduations including kindergarten, montessori, junior high/middle school, high school, community college, state university & nursing school. All the hard work and time pursuing your education is a reason to share your accomplishment with others by sending an announcement.

Have you written a unique graduation announcement that you’d like to share? Tell us your idea in the comments below.

Additional Resources: Photo Graduation Announcements & Graduation Quote Ideas.

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How To Have A Successful Easter Bunny Event

“Ideas and tips for your Easter Bunny photo events.”

Thinking of having a picture with the Easter Bunny event this year? Seasonal events are a great way to connect with the community and bring people into your business, raise awareness for a cause and create goodwill in the community. However, a great event comes from great planning. This article will help you plan and organize a successful event this Easter season.

Easter Bunny Photo Supplies

From top left: Garden Arch Prop, White Wicker Chair from Pier 1 Imports, Happy Easter Banner on Etsy, Easter Bunny Imprinted Photo Event Folder from Studio Style (links to products at bottom of post)

The Bunny

This is a given! Make sure that the Easter Bunny can attend your event and pose for pictures with the kids. The Easter Bunny is very busy this time of year, so make sure to plan ahead! Many entertainment companies (think clown & magician businesses) have a bunny that can pose for pictures, walk around and work the crowd, pass out candy, entertain or even perform magic and other tricks. Don’t forget you could always buy or rent a bunny costume.

If the “real” bunny is unavailable, and a costume is out of your budget, try a jumbo inflatable bunny or giant plush rabbit. Cardboard cutouts can also work!

The Venue

Most malls host their own annual Easter Bunny events, but there are a lot of other great places to have an event. Have the Easter bunny visit your store, anywhere from small boutiques to large grocery store chains. How about a breakfast (or brunch) with the Easter Bunny at a restaurant or country club? A spring festival, parade or egg hunt? How about inviting the Easter Bunny to a local 5k race or other sporting event?  Try hosting a “Take your pet’s photo with the Easter Bunny” event at a pet store, animal shelter, grooming salon or dog rescue. Children’s hospitals are a great place to have the Easter Bunny stop in for photos & a visit. The zoo is also a great location and your guests will spend the whole day there. Park districts & chamber or commerces love to plan events around this holiday. We’ve even seen Easter events on trains and cruise ships!

There are a lot of opportunities for Easter picture events that go beyond the mall.

The Right Props

The most basic prop you’ll need is a sturdy place for the Easter Bunny & visitors to sit. Wicker chairs or benches are the most popular type of seating for Easter Bunny photos. White is a classic choice, but natural wood or black are more modern choices that are becoming popular.

For an indoor event (such as a mall or restaurant) a backdrop is needed to block out any distractions like store fronts or people walking by.

Outdoor events (like a community event at the park) do not need artificial backdrops. Use the outdoors to your advantage and pick a photo location that has trees, shrubs or flowers in the background. In an urban area (or an area that does not have a lot of greenery this time of year) try setting the scene against the brick wall of a building or other element that will make an interesting background.

While a chair and background are the two primary elements of an Easter photo shoot, there are lots of other props you can use. Try one or several of the following:

  • Oversized Easter Basket Filled With Eggs
  • Gazebo or Garden Arch (you can find them at a local wedding rental company)
  • Artificial or Real Floral Garland
  • Easter Banners or Flags
  • Inflatable Easter Eggs or Carrots
  • Potted Tulips, Daffodils or Other Spring Bulbs
  • Forsythia or Pussywillow Branches
  • Chalkboard With The Words “Happy Easter!” or “Easter Greetings!”
  • White Picket Fence

Make a trip to your local craft & party stores and see what is available. Look to nature and visit a local garden center or florist, or even your own backyard for branches and flowers to use at your event. Party rental supply companies & even the home improvement store have options for larger props, tables & seating. With a little creativity you can even make your own unique spring & Easter themed accessories.

The Photographer

Book a photographer in advance to ensure that you’ll have someone taking pictures on the day of your event. Take in consideration the photographer’s background. A photographer that specializes in event photography or kids & families is going to be more qualified than someone who shoots wildlife photography.

The Giveaways

Give your guests something to remember their visit by. The most obvious giveaway would be a photo. Due to the nature of these events, the ability to print photos on site is necessary. If you do not have access to a on site printer, then using an instant camera is an old fashioned alternative that is still used quite often. Your budget and equipment will dictate this decision..

You’ll want to have a cheap paper picture frame to transport the photo home in. An Easter photo folder or cardboard photo frame will protect the photo from becoming bent or damaged.

Most paper frames can be customized with your logo, event name or other information specifically for you. This turns a simple photo souvenir frame into a promotional marketing piece! It’s a great way to have people remember your company or event.

Sometimes the event photographer will supply the frames at an additional cost. Other times the event coordinator or staff will order them. Communicate and see who will be ordering the photo holders and make sure you’ll have enough for your event, in the correct size you’ll need. Easter picture holders are most commonly available for Polaroid & 4″ x 6″ pictures, but custom ones can be made for other sizes.

Some other great souvenir ideas would be coloring pages with crayons, fuzzy bunny ears, candy, snacks or stickers. Including a coupon for your business, or a related business, is a great incentive for repeat business.

The Promotion

Advertise! Make sure the public knows about your event. Flyers, blog posts, Facebook updates & Twitter are all great ways to get your message out about your event.

Easter Bunny Events on Twitter

Easter Bunny Events on Twitter

Try tying a promotion in with your event. If you are a restaurant, offer a special dining offer (like a unique Easter theme menu). If you are a store, offer a discount (try 20%) for that day only. Adding an extra incentive will get more people in your door and excited about the event.

Another option would be to donate all, or a portion, of the proceeds to charity. Give people a REASON to participate in your event.

With the right planning, a Visit with the Easter Bunny event can become a fun yearly tradition that will build awareness, bring profit & be a positive spring activity for your community.

Products featured in this post: Garden Arch Portable Prop from B&C Mortensen, White Wicker Chair from Pier 1 Imports, Happy Easter Garland from bekahjennings on Etsy, Happy Easter Photo Event Folder from Studio Style.

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New Products at WPPI 2011 Las Vegas

“The WPPI trade show floor holds a wealth of knowledge & opportunity, not just for wedding & portrait photographers, but for all photographers.”

2011 WPPI Las Vegas

We’re wrapping things up here at our last day of WPPI 2011 in Las Vegas, the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Show at the MGM Grand. This marks our third year of attending this great show and it is always a pleasure to meet with photographers new & old to learn about their photography needs and see how the business is growing. One of the best things is to hear stories of how photographers have used our products for their customers’ photos, and to get feedback. We also love to meet with brand new photogs and event planners and hear about their upcoming projects & events.

One of our signature products, imprinted portrait folders, were a popular choice with photographers looking to have a polished portrait folder imprinted with their studio name on the front. In addition to imprinted folders, we showed cardboard photo frames, full-color printed photo event folders, certificate frames, presentation folders and our photo cards, including our newest addition, the Wave Card.

Wedding Save The Date Wave Cards

New Product from StudioStyle.com - Wedding Save The Date & Thank You 3-D Wave Photo Cards

These cards can be customized with engagement or wedding pictures, personalized dates & text. They fold flat like a tri-fold card for mailing, and with a few cleverly placed tabs they are transformed into three-dimensional sculpture cards. (Learn more about Wave Cards on Facebook.)

It’s been a great week at the WPPI trade show, with lots of vendors showing some really great products. We’re proud to be part of the photography community.

Were you at WPPI this year? If so, what were the highlights for you? Tell us in the comments below.