Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Biz Cards & Mail Labels
I ran out of business cards and it was time to change anyway.
Here is what I did/do.
I design and print my own and it is really pretty simple. I know it would probably be easier to just order them but I'm usually not that far ahead of myself, if you know what I mean. When I'm out, I'm out and need more yesterday.
One thing about my way is, I'm not committed to hundreds and can change them up whenever I want to.
I know there are products available to eliminate the cutting and all but who has time to fetch.
Instead of using plain paper or card stock, I use Avery Sticker Project Paper. This is like one big sticker and then I cut is apart. It is a peel and stick product.
Of course Avery offers many many label and free templates to set up and print your labels, name tags, stickers, business cards, etc.
First, as I receive orders via Paypal, I send them all to my "Paypal transaction folder" in my GMail.
Here on the monitor you can see this folder opened and minimized. I have also opened a new word document and minimized it on the same screen.
I open the email, copy the address and then paste it over in the word document.
Copying and pasting the address removes me from making mistakes. After I get them all pasted I edit if necessary things like caps and lower case stuff and then I highlight the whole string of addresses and change the font size to 16. Print the page and take it to my cutter and cut them apart.
As you can see, I use clear mailing tape to adhere the addresses to the envelope. This protects the label.
I take these steps: print instead of hand writing; enlarge the print; and use clear tape all to make it easier for the USPS to get it right.
I have a stack going out today and thank you all for the orders. I am thrilled to pieces with the results of my little online shop sale. Don't forget to use the code INEEDTHIS to get a 10% discount.
OK, just one more thing, would you be interested in a tutorial of how I actually design the cards using Photoshop Elements 5.0?