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Are you looking for that unique holiday gift? We suggest checking out The Mole Hole. They’re centrally located at 2421 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just across the street from Target. The Mole Hole has been a Bay County small business for thirty-two years. Inside you’ll find Southern hospitality, a comfortable atmosphere, pleasing fragrances, and interesting gifts. The selection to choose from is truly eclectic and diverse.

Business Cards - The Mole Hole - Creative Printing - Panama City, Florida

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Recently we had to honor of printing a couple posters for Master Sergeant (MSgt) Aguilera’s  room dedication at Tyndall Air Force Base  Panama City, Florida.  MSgt Aguilera is “amazed” to have this room dedicated to him.

Creative Printing of Bay County worked with Mr. Wolf to help finalize and print this project. Mr. Scott Wolf owner of Wolf Designs, designed the posters and did a magnificent job.

We want to wish you all a Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all the military, past, present and future that have served to protect the United States of America.

Posters at Tyndall Air Force Base- Panama City, FL

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Arranging a funeral or a memorial service for a loved one can be an emotional and overwhelming task. There are so many details to consider before your final goodbyes. Here at Creative Printing we can help ease this difficult time by helping you create programs, large prints or collages, book marks, prayer cards or any other mementoes can be personalized to remember your loved one. You can choose to turn this time into a celebration of life and recall all the good times through the use of these keepsakes that will honour the memory of your loved one.

Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City, Florida - Funeral Programs

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Did you know that Creative Printing will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year?
 
We are proud to have been part of the Panama City Community for so long. Over the years we have grown and changed to better serve the print needs of our customers.
 

Look at how much our building has changed since we purchased it in 1999!

Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City, Florida - Remodel - Before and After
 
We are looking forward to celebrating our anniversary with an Open House Celebration later in the year!  Stay tuned for details at our office, on our blog, our Facebook page, Twitter page or sign up for our monthly eNewsletter.
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Did you know that here at Creative Printing we offer Mailing Services? That’s right, if you need to mail mass quantities of presorted mail that is at least 150 pieces or more, we can mail it for you. For instance, NAJU Boarding & Grooming has 7,000 post cards printed; labels added and mailed every month. In return they are getting an average of 200 new customers per month.  We take care of everything so they have more time to do what they love, spend with the pets at their facility.
 
Now let us explain what is meant by Presorted Standard Mail.

Presorted Standard Mail typically includes sales flyers, form letters, or other printed pieces that are identical in content. Each piece must weigh less than one pound. Presorted Standard Mail refers to mailing at least 150-200 addressed pieces (or 50 pounds) of mail sorted and arranged according to postal standards. Presorted standard Mail is a job-sharing program; Creative Printing and the Postal Service share the work of processing the mail. When businesses do some of the preparation and organization, it saves the Postal Service time and money. They pass these savings on to the business through postage discounts. Due to it being geared toward business mail, Standard Mail rates do not apply to correspondence such as personal letters and these other types of mail.

Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City, Florida - Mailing Services - Bulk Mailing
But is direct mail marketing effective for your business? According to DMA (Direct Mail Association) statistics, "15% of all consumers receiving at least a catalog and 12% receiving at least a letter, postcard and/or flyer from a company made a purchase on a company's website." NAJU, along with many of our other clients have seen great success come from using mailing services to market their business.
 
So if you’re thinking about marketing your business with direct mail and printing and mailing large quantities, but don’t want to have to worry about stuffing your envelopes or pay full price for stamps, come on into Creative and let us take care of it for you. We are a One Stop Shop and We Understand Budgets and Deadlines.
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Whether you are a business professionals or an individual, we have all had to make copies at some point or another, but have you ever thought about the wear and tear on your printer? If you are coping large quantities in house, then it typically more cost effective to go to your local print shop. It’s important to take into consideration employee time, the amount of toner/ink you’re using, and paper. Many businesses don’t realize how the cost adds up over time when coping in house.

So what kinds of copies are people making these days? Let’s take a look.

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Do you ever look at a sign going down the road and think, “That is too much”? The key to designing signs, business cards, etc. is to make them stand out and not look too busy.

The less you use in designing the better. You want people to read your signs and cards.
 
Let's take a look at some Tips to show how less is more in Graphic Design.
 
  1. Often people think that every area of white space has to be filled. This is not the case. White space is okay!
  2. Don’t use too many effects. This will take away from the message you are trying to give.
  3. Avoid using more than 3 fonts per design. This will make your design look unprofessional and busy.
  4. Don’t choose a font just because you think it is cool. Be sure it goes with the theme and is the right height so that it is visible.

     

    Letter Height Visibility Chart

    Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City, Florida - How Less is More in Graphic Design - Font Size Chart

     

  5. Avoid using too much information. If there is too much, potential customers will skip it all together. The less that is on your card or sign the more it attracts attention to your main points.
  6. When using graphics or pictures, make sure they look professional and only use one or two. Too many will make your design too busy.
  7. It’s important to have a focal point, something that draws your eye and then everything should flow out from there. You want your eyes to move to all parts of your design.
  8. When aligning your text, don’t feel like it has to be centered. Left or right justified looks more professional.
  9. Remember when choosing your colors, that different colors affect the way you feel.
  10. The best way to ensure that your text will be clear at a long distance is to use a high contrast color, such as White on Black.  Blue on Green is more difficult to see from a distance.

    Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City, Florida - How Less is More in Graphic Design - High Contrast Colors

     11.   When choosing colors for your company logo or any design project, it's important to look at the color wheel. You don't want to choose colors that are beside each other. Choose colors that are across from one another, so that they stand out and better.


Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City, Florida - How Less is More in Graphic Design - Color Wheel
 
     12.    One more important tip to remember is to trust your graphic designer! Their skills and experience will bring your images to reality. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
 
As you see there are many factors to consider when designing your company logo, business cards, signs and more.
 
At Creative Printing our friendly design team is here to help you! So when you’re ready to begin your design, come on in and let us help you Get Creative.

 

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Custom party invitations are growing in popularity and they're a great, easy way to add personal touches to your special event or celebration.
 
It's no mystery that a lot of folks are scheduling special events later this year on a noteworthy date. November 11, 2011 -- aka 11/11/11 -- will be a memorable day for many. If you're planning an 11/11/11 event, now's the time to start thinking about making your event even more special with custom invitations.
 
No matter when your event date lands on the calendar, you don't have to be a design whiz to get custom invitations, or even know exactly what you want. We can build custom invitations around your event's theme and help you choose a design that represents you. We know what questions to ask, and we understand how to listen to your answers, work with your goals and budget, and develop a solution that meets all your needs.
 Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City - Florida - Custom Party Invitations - Announcements
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