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Sheila, Steve and the staff of Creative Printing of Bay County want to send out a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our contest and helped us reach our goal of 350 Facebook fans. We are thankful for a great community and all the individuals who stay connected with us. Our website and our Facebook page are places where you can connect with us and learn about Panama City's  "One Stop Print Shop" and how we can help you with all your design and print projects.

We are excited about adding the ability to print and wrap canvases here at your local printing company. Learn more about our canvas prints and how they can be a great addition to your home or office. For yourself or as a gift.

Who is ready to Get Creative?

The WINNER of our Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print is Teresa Roberts. Congratulations Teresa! Check your inbox for details on how to redeem your prize.

More contests? Yes, we think so. Comment below with any ideas you have for future posts or contests.

 

Keep Calm Get Creative - Creative Printing of Bay County 

Update: The Winner of the Canvas Contest

Teresa chose and sent us the image she wished to have as a canvas. We created her beautiful canvas and mailed it out to her. After she received her Canvas she took this photo. Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward the having another contest soon so keep a look out and you could be the next winner. Thank You Teresa for you participation in our Canvas Giveaway and your continued support.  a1sx2_Thumbnail1_CanvasContestWinner_CreativePrinting_PanamaCityFlorida.jpg

 

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It’s that time of year, as summer slowly comes to an end and fall begins, event planning is in motion for many businesses, schools and organizations. Many events take several months of preparation that is why it is important to begin now, especially if you have an event coming up in October.

Here at Creative Printing of Bay County, we are a One Stop Shop for all of your printing needs. We can help you prepare for any event or occasion. Below we share several items and products to help you prepare for your next event and provide tips in which to get started. Enjoy!Keep Calm and Get Creative - Panama City, FL

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Summer is finally here! Do you have your promotional items ready to hand out? If not, now is a great time to get your name/brand out into the public. With vacationers here on Panama City Beach, you can hand out promo items big or small quite easily.

Here are several unique promotional items that can help you get your name out into the community.

1. Beach Spike Cup Holders

  • Whether you’re headed to the world’s most beautiful beaches (Panama City Beach)  or any beach for that matter, these spike cup holders will come in quite handy. Simply lay out your blanket and stick your cup holder in the sand. That’s it, no more sandy cups, cans or sunscreen for that matter! Have your logo and contact information printed on the side and these unique promo items are ready to hand out.

Beach Spike Cup Holders - Creative Promotional Items

 

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Several months ago, we shared a 2 part series regarding How Color Makes You Feel. Now we would like to share what brand colors say about your business. As we all know branding is crucial for your business and how customers/clients recognize you.  Did you know that color is the most noticed and remembered part of your business? It is important to have a matching color scheme across the board, from your logo, website, business cards and more.  Here at Creative Printing we have a wonderful graphics department that will help you develop your brand and have a matching scheme from online to print. Contact us for more information. Feel free to comment below to share how your brand color has helped your business.

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VIVO Spa Salon is located in Rosemary Beach, Florida. They are a great example of a customer creating their own artwork and then having us print it for them.

Hi guys,

     " I got your message, thanks for knocking out the menus for me so quickly. That’s why you guys are the best!! I would love it if you could mail them to me."

 

Thanks!

Michael J.

 

 

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As you can see, it is fine to create your own artwork and send it in to be printed here at Creative Printing of Bay County. It is important to make sure the files are set up properly and then there is little design expense, if any. If you have any artwork you would like printed, feel free to contact us and our friendly staff will assist you.   

 

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Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City, Florida - Merry Christmas

 

To our friends and customers,

Warm wishes for a Joy-filled Christmas Season and a Peaceful and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from our fantastic team at Creative Printing!

 

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We are looking forward to 2013 and getting CREATIVE!
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As we all know, our first impression are often the last impression. This is why it is extremely important to have a professional, yet creative letterhead that will make a huge impact. Letterheads and envelopes are important for sending letters, invoices, receipts, and much more. These are essentials for any business, no matter the size. You want to make sure that your stationary matches and are of professional quality.

So what do you include on your letterhead and envelopes?

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Are you trying to decide on a design for your business cards? You want a design that is unique and will stand out to your customers or clients. You always want a design that will leave a lasting impression so that potential customers/clients will remember your business when the need for your services arise.

Check out these awesome ideas!

 

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Shape and size will help your card stand out in the pile. So think about veering away from the traditional shape and size of your business cards and see what happens.
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USB business cards! Now that is amazing!
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Die cut business cards are a great way for your card not to be stuffed into a drawer and forgotten.
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Eyecatching

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Business cards are your number one marketing tool and one of the easiest to use. It is to your benefit to work with a professional printing company that can design what you are envisioning. Creative Printing’s design team can help you leave a Creative, yet lasting impression with custom designed business cards. Come on in today and get started!  
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When it is time to make a purchase or use a service, do you shop local? Are you familiar with the importance of supporting local businesses? Many people are under-informed about the important values that local businesses provide for you as an individual as well as for the community. 
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Did you know that May is MADE IN AMERICA month? Let’s join together and help build our economy! By purchasing made in the USA products and shopping local we are supporting our COUNTRY and our COMMUNITY!
 
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Downtown Panama City has many locally owned shops. Come on down and visit Creative Printing and all the local stores this month!
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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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At some time or another many of us have used signs. We see them all over the place, from yard sales, to baby showers, political signs and even for real estate. There are so many uses for yard signs such as, parties, now hiring, now enrolling, sales, special events, schools and sports. The choices are endless. Yard signs are a great way to grab people's attention and it’s important to learn how to use them in your business. 

Do you ever wonder why you should use yard signs? Where they should be placed to grab attention? How about what information to include?

We want to provide you with some tips to make the most of your Yard Signs.

Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City, Florida - Yard Sign Tips
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Ever wonder why you feel cheerful at Christmas? Could it be all the red and green lights?  Have you ever felt tired in a blue room or full of energy in a red room? Colors can change our mood, make us motivated or feel tired – – the colors that surround you may be the reason for your lack of productivity or lower creativity!  The human eye sees about 7,000,000 colors. That’s an incredible amount of color!

Artists and interior designers have long understood how color can intensely affect moods, feelings and emotions. According to about.com, color is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood and cause physiological reactions. Certain colors can raise blood pressure, increase metabolism or cause eyestrain.

Let’s find out how different colors make you feel. 


Red

  • (Think passion) stimulates, arouses, increases awareness.
  • Elevates a room’s energy level. It’s a good choice when you want to stir up excitement.
  • Pumps the adrenaline.
  • Draws people together and stimulates conversation.
  • Love.
  • Has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration and heart rate.
  • It is usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms or classrooms.
  • May trigger feelings of anger in some people.
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Company Newsletters are important to keep in touch and create loyal relationships with your customers. Plus, it’s a cost effective and simple way of marketing. You can’t beat that! 

What to include in your newsletter … a great, catchy name. To get your customers attention, focus on quality content. For instance, you want articles to be relevant and informative. Try not to focus solely on your business and sales goals. By this we mean, remember the 80/20 rule: 80% education and entertainment and 20% sales. Use your customers and include testimonials. Including a call to action is important.  So remember to link to your website and social media sites! Don't forget your contact information like your address, phone number and website. Believe it or not, many businesses often leave their contact information out.

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If there's one thing we know how to do at Creative Printing (besides, you know, creative printing), it's get down and spooky for Halloween! For years, we've been dressing up as our favorite monsters and villains, ghosts and ghouls, and just having fun.

We wish you a safe and happy Halloween this year and invite you to take a sneak peak at some of our favorite Halloween photos from over the years!

 

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Is there a high school senior in your life? 

Chances are, they've already been given information about ordering expensive graduation announcements through their school. They might have a few options to choose from but one thing is certain: those announcements will look an awful lot like the announcements all their classmates will be sending out.

Why not make your senior's graduation truly special and get them a completely custom graduation announcement that not only shares the news of their graduation, but also includes their photo?

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It's been a busy summer around the office at Creative Printing. Of course, we've been busy printing your business cards, letterhead, postcards and party invitations, but there's more! We've been busy implementing a ton of exciting new equipment with the help of our technology partner Garner IT Consulting. We're so excited about it that we couldn't wait any longer to share the changes with you! 
 
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Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City - Florida - Proof Print Jobs - ProofreadingYou've worked on a design with your graphic artist. You've decided whether your business cards should be matte or glossy. You've settled on the quantity of new brochures to order for your small business.
 
What's left?

Once the design and layout of your print job are finalized, you'll be asked to review a proof. A proof is a document or image that will show you exactly what your item will look like when it's printed. This is your last opportunity to change your mind about design elements and to check all the details to ensure there are no mistakes.
 
Here is what to look for when you review a printing proof:

  1. Check the colors. Make sure the colors you see are what you expected. Do the font and background colors coordinate with your company logo?
  2. Check the graphics. Make sure the correct, current version of your company logo is being used. If you've been thinking about redesigning your logo, consider doing that before ordering new print supplies that will soon be outdated.
  3. Check the text--including phone numbers and addresses. Your print professionals can help with colors and graphics, but they might not realize that your office phone number ends in 2354 rather than 2345. Check and double-check these important details.
  4. Take a step back and review the overall print job. Is it generally pleasing to the eye, interesting, and easy to read? Remember, this is your last chance to make any changes, so if you have reservations, now is the time to speak up.
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What happens if there is an error or change needed on your printing proof?

Don't worry! We'll make the changes and create a new proof for your review. You'll have to sign off on all the changes and approve the proof before we proceed with the print job, giving you final control over what we print.

We understand budgets and deadlines. A careful review of your printing proof can save you both money and time, important resources for any small business.

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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.
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Business cards are the most important marketing tool that your company uses. They are often the first representative of your business and easily the one that sticks around the longest. How can you make sure that your business cards are doing everything they can to promote your business in a positive way?
 
Here's what you need to know:

1. Go with the pros. Running a small business on a budget--or starting a new business from scratch--might require some creative financial planning, but don't skimp on business cards. DIY cards look cheap and make your potential clients think you don't care about the details. Hire a professional printing company to print your business cards, and show your clients that you're serious about your business.

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2. Short and sweet. Don't try to write a novel on your business cards. Only include the information that is actually pertinent, such as company name, your name, basic contact information including your e-mail address and website.
 
3. Don't be cute. Every small business owner wants their business cards to be memorable, to stand out from the crowd. Don't try to do this by being cutesy with your business cards. This means no knock-knock jokes and no cartoon characters (unless you happen to be in the cartoon business). Instead, stand out by using a sharp design and textured paper. Or, if you're really feeling adventurous, consider something really out-of-the-box like a structural aspect, like this business card with tear-tabs: 
 
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Or these clear plastic business cards: 
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4. Use a smart design. The design of your business cards should be appropriate for your business. If you run a landscaping business, don't put wine glasses on your business cards. Choose graphics and layouts because they represent your business, not because they're your favorite color or because they remind you of your favorite vacation spot.
 
5. Catch the typos. Handing out typo-ridden business cards is a death sentence for your marketing efforts. Be sure to check and double-check spelling of names and especially addresses and phone numbers. And if you get a new number or your website URL changes, it's time to get new cardsand toss your old ones in the recycling bin.
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In our first blog post (of many!), we didn't want to start off with the same old boring marketing lingo. We're not here to toot our own horn, push our services on you or anything like that.
 
We just want to get to know our neighbors.
 
We're also ridiculously excited to start this blog and to get connected with more of you in internet-land. As a matter of introduction, we thought we'd invite you to take a stroll through our print production facility. We're located in Bay County, Florida, and we love working on print jobs for small businesses as well as individuals.
 
Come on in!
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