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Spin Art Card Frames

Spin Art Card Frames

Easel-back cardstock paper frames like the ones shown above are perfect for holding and displaying 5" x 7" spin art card inserts.

Spin art is a popular activity at carnivals, birthday parties, school fun fairs, summer camp, festivals and events. Also called twirl art, spin art machines can be rented at carnival and party rental supply companies.

Paint (and sometimes glitter) is squeezed or dripped onto a paper card that is attached to a spinning platform creating an abstract piece of art. For decades, spin art has been a carnival staple because it is a fun and interactive arts and crafts activity that results in an instant novelty souvenir that can be taken home. It is also a proven money maker at fundraising events.

Most spin art cards measure 5″ x 7″, which fit nicely into one of our 5″ x 7″ cardboard or paper photo frames. Spin art card holders can also be personalized with your event name or logo!

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Cardboard Photo Frames For VBS

“Mailable vacation bible school follow-up photo frames are a valuable outreach tool.”

Looking for an idea to connect with families after VBS (vacation bible school) ends? Paper & cardboard photo frames are a fun & effective outreach tool. Take individual photos of the kids participating in crafts & activities, or take a group shot of the entire class. After VBS or church camp ends, mail each child a souvenir photo frame with their picture inside!

VBS FollowUp Photo Frame

Send us your art, and we'll print custom photo frames for any VBS theme! Add your church's name, a thank you message or anything you'd like!

Photo frame mailers can be foil imprinted (hot stamped) or printed with your church name, or use a stamp or sticker to personalize them yourself! Add additional text to thank the child for coming and to invite the family to come back. Suggested text would be “Look at how much fun you had at VBS!”, “Glad you came, we hope that you and your family will be back for more fun activities!” or include info on upcoming programs.

Sending VBS follow-up frames as a gift shows your appreciation for the child’s enrollment, and at the same time reaches out to the family. Photo keepsakes are often hung on a refrigerator door or propped up on a desk, and serve as a constant reminder of your church and how much fun they had.

Custom photo folders are available for 4″ x 6″ and 5″ x 7″ photographs. We offer both Photoshop & Illustrator templates that you can download and lay out your own art, or send us a JPG or PDF to work with.

If you are looking for a pre-designed folder or a different size, we have those too! Some of our pre-designed folders include both a Western themeHawaiian Luau theme. We print custom folders for customers everyday and are experts at what we do! Give us a call to talk about creating cardboard or paper picture frames for your VBS or other church event.

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How to Sell Your Nature Photography

“Make money doing what you love by selling greeting cards of your photography.”

Taking photos of nature & wildlife is a passion for many lovers of the great outdoors. Nature photographers spend hours outside at parks composing beautifully proportioned images of landscapes or the vivid and crisply detailed macro shot of a single flower. Some are fortunate enough to work for National Geographic or have thriving careers in the photography industry. However, for many others photography is just a hobby. How do you take your hobby to the next level and make an income stream from it? An easy way to get started is by selling photo cards. It’s easier than you think, and we’ll show you how.

Nature Photo Cards

Examples of nature photo cards. Blank greeting cards with a "picture frame" style front cover make it easy to insert your own photographs.

How To Make Nature Photo Cards

  • Select Your Best Photos & Make Prints – Take inventory of your photo collection and narrow it down to just a few of your strongest images. Make prints (usually 4″ x 6″) of these photos.
  • Assemble The Cards – With pocket-style photo insert cards, the front cover has a window opening to slide your photo in. This makes it easy to create instant photo greeting cards, and if you change your mind, you can remove the photo without damaging the image or card.
  • Add Your Personal Touch – Don’t forget to include your name, web address and the title of your photo and location. Some photographers like to handwrite this on the window border or back of the card, some create printed labels to stick on the back while others choose to have us foil stamp their cards for a truly professional look.
  • Consider Product Packaging – While not necessary, it is a good idea to insert your cards into a clear cellophane sleeve to protect it from fingerprints & moisture.

Where To Sell Your Nature Photo Cards

  • Parks & Forests – A great place to sell photo cards is within gift shops at parks & tourist areas. Many larger parks & wildlife areas have gift shops on site to sell souvenir pins, walking stick medallions, iron-on patches, ornaments, commemorative pins and other souvenir items. Greeting cards of photographs taken at the park are the perfect compliment to these other items! Visitors love to take home visual reminders of places they’ve been.
  • Local History Museums – An often overlooked place is your local history museum. People visit museums to learn more about specific regions, so selling cards featuring photos of that area is a natural fit.
  • Tourist Areas – There is great opportunity to sell your photographs to tourists visiting your area. Take photos of the natural surroundings in town, perhaps even expand into local architecture & landmark photography. We’ve seen photo cards at coffee houses, fudge shops, ice cream parlors, apple and pumpkin farms & general gift shops. Photo cards also do great when merchandised at the front counter of locally owned restaurants that require you to pay at the cash register.
  • Farmer’s Markets – Setting up a booth in a farmer’s market is a great way to meet new people, sell your cards & get fresh air all at the same time. If running your own booth is too much work or money, see if another vendor would be willing to partner with you. For instance, selling cards at a booth that also sells fresh cut flowers or handmade gifts is a smart idea.
  • Etsy.comEtsy offers photographers a place to easily sell their photo cards and reach a wide audience. Try setting up your own Etsy shop and promote it with your blog, website or Facebook page.

Other Tips

  • Display Your Goods – For offline (in-store) sales, in most cases you’ll be responsible for your own card display. This can be as simple as a basket filled with your cards or a bigger, eye-catching wire greeting card display rack.
  • Welcome & Inform With Signage – Try creating a sign with the name of your photography business, price and a short bio. Make it personable by including a photo of yourself. Any little bit of information can help make a connection between you & the customer. If selling to a local market or if your work has been acknowledged, make that a selling point. Example: “Martha Williamson – Award Winning Local Photographer”
  • Take Photos of Your Cards – For selling online, you’ll need crisp & attractive photos of your cards. Set aside an afternoon to do a product photo shoot. Optimize your images in Photoshop using the “Save for web” feature to create quick-loading optimized images.
  • Determine Your Selling Price – Do other photographers in your area also sell cards? Do some research and find out what they are charging and price yours accordingly. Generally speaking, you can easily sell cards in most markets at a price point between $6-$9 per card. Anything over $10, and people are less likely to buy. Buying your insert frame cards & prints in bulk can help cut costs and keep more money in your pocket.
  • Think Seasonal – In most parts of the world, nature changes with each season. Varying your photo card selection by season will keep your work fresh & current. Don’t forget the time of year people send the most cards – Christmas! Create seasonal winter & holiday theme cards and make these available starting in early November.
  • Be Patient & Positive – Like with any new adventure, results can take time. Don’t become frustrated if your cards don’t sell right away, give it time. If your cards still are not selling, evaluate your photo choices, selling location & marketing efforts. Make adjustments & keep a positive attitude!

Selling photo art greeting cards is a great way to make extra money, express your creativity & gain exposure of your photography.

Related: Don’t forget that June 15th is Nature Photography Day!

Do you have any photo card selling tips or ideas? Feel free to share your experience in the comments below!

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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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Promotional Calendars Are Still Relevant Today

“A product that has stood the test of time, calendars are proven to be great marketing giveaway items for your business.”

Chances are you’ve seen and used an advertising calendar. Perhaps you’ve received one in the mail from your insurance agent, hair stylist or mechanic. Maybe you’ve picked one up on the counter of your dentist’s office or florist or maybe you are one of the savvy businesses that already use promotional calendars as part of your marketing toolkit. Either way, you are probably familiar with this long-standing form of advertising.

Promotional Wall Calendars

Now & Then: A 1973 promotional wall calendar (on right) next to a 2011 calendar. Not much as changed over the years, proving calendars are and always will be a classic tool in your business marketing.

Often called promo calendars, ad calendars are excellent promotional giveaways that have stood the test of time. Unlike other forms of advertising, calendars provide a practical & personal way to connect with customers. Giveaways like stress balls, magnets & frisbees seldom get used, but calendars are used on a daily basis. What does this mean for your business? It means that your name is in front of your customer 365 days a year. What other form of advertising can do that?

Calendars are used in frequent use areas of the home & office, most likely on or near a computer desk where people spend most of their days. Put your logo where your customer will see it daily, on a calendar!

The great thing about calendars is that they can be used by any type of business and it’s easy & affordable. Start the new year off on the right foot with your customers with advertising wall calendars and watch your business grow.