Get your Camera and Matte Photo Paper Ready for St. Patrick’s Day

 

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are a big deal in Ireland but also in major US cities like New York or Chicago. Irish or not, millions of people attend the parades or join the fun by wearing green, dressing up like leprechauns or enjoying a few pints of beer at the local pub.

The joyous atmosphere becomes impossible to resist and offers professional and amateur photographers alike a great photo shoot opportunity. For an extra bit of fun, you can quickly turn the occasion into an almost instant photo exhibition to show off to friends and family. All you need is your camera or smart phone, good quality photo paper and a printer.

For a combination of output quality, versatility and affordability we highly recommend the Royal Brites matte photo paper – a heavyweight quality paper with photo coating on both sides which makes it great for laser and inkjet printing. Laser prints will look satin and inkjet prints will have a velvety look. This matte paper renders the colors in much more vibrant tones than uncoated matte papers do. Due to the special coating, water drops that may accidentally touch the printed paper do not cause ink smearing.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind for a great photo shoot session:

  • Consider your location and plan accordingly. Your set-up and camera needs will be different depending on where you’ll be shooting your photos. If your focus is on a parade, use longer lens and large aperture cameras to help eliminate distracting backgrounds. Consider becoming part of the actual parade for capturing best shots and get there early, the closer you are to the action the better the photos.
  • Tell a story. Walk your photo viewers through the experience – tell them what being there looked, felt, smelled and tasted like.
  • Try different angles. Move around and switch angles constantly – climb on chair, fences or bar tops for high angle shots and don’t hesitate to sit on the ground or on your knees, especially when photographing children.
  • Bring a friend. While you focus on your photo subjects, you risk not paying attention to what else is happening around you. Bumping into objects or other people bumping into you can ruin a great shot so bringing someone along as a buffer will come in handy.

Once you’ve edited and selected your favorite photos you are ready to print them. Use one of the best matte photo papers around, Royal Brites Premium Matte Photo Paper. It prints beautifully on both sides and works in both laser and inkjet printers to suit a variety of personal and professional uses. Matte photos are instant-drying once they come out of the printer and they are resistant to ink smudges and fingerprints.

How to Talk to Children About International Women’s Day

 

 

 

Every year, on March 8th, more than 100 countries celebrate International Women’s Day. The tradition started in the United States, in 1909, and marked the one year anniversary of the 1908 New York women’s strike. The strike was led by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) and this was one of the largest labor unions in the United States. It was also one of the first U.S. unions to have a primarily female membership.

Today, International Women’s Day recognizes and honors women’s achievements in science, arts, politics, literature, etc. The United Nation’s theme for 2017 is Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. TheUN Secretary -General, Antonio Guterres, also encourages everyone to “pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

As firm believers in equal rights for men and women and in the role of education as a powerful tool for change, TheRoyalStore joins today’s celebration. Here is an activity idea on how talk to children, both young boys and girls, about the history of women’s rights and gender equality.

International Women’s Day – Play the True or False Game 

Gather a few stats or interesting facts about the theme and share them with the group. We recommend Royal Brites White Matte Business Cards to print or write down the facts and give them out to participants. Ask each participant to pick up a card and read the text out loud. Then ask the group if they think the statement is true or false. Also, to make it more fun, take a few sheets of Royal Brites Poster Board, cut each one in 2 and print FALSE and TRUE on each side of the two halves. Give them out to the group to use as they play the game.

To help you with the research here are a few interesting statements to start with:

  • Women were not allowed to compete in track and field events at the Olympics until 1928
  • Marie Curie is the only woman to ever win two Nobel Prizes
  • American women cast their first ballots in the presidential elections of 1920
  • In Saudi Arabia, women voted for the first time in 2016
  • Women with full-time jobs still earn only about 77 percent of their male counterparts’ earnings. Talk about how much you earn, and report inequality.

Go to the United Nations website to download and print some useful information.Then include four images on a blank sheet of Royal Brites White Poster Board and print, cut and use them as part of the game.

As you play the game, make sure you stop and discuss each issue with the group. Then ask them to share their opinion, thoughts and ideas around how they think gender inequality can become a thing of the past.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Creative and Fun Ways to Use Royal Lace Paper Doilies

 

 

 

Spring is in the air or at least on our minds and with the blue skies and sunny days comes a fresh wave of playful energy. To put that energy to good use, here are a few project ideas that you could easily put together with just a few Royal Lace Paper Doilies

Welcome in the new season by inviting family or friends over for a nice dinner or a relaxed brunch. For an elegant touch, place Medallion white paper doilies under your hors d’oeuvre platters if you plan on turning the occasion into a cocktail party. At dinner, place paper doilies under the appetizer and dessert dishes. Fresh salads and colorful vegetable based dishes go well with a spring inspired dinner party.

 

An easy cake decoration: after the cake has cooled, place a Medallion paper doily on top. Then sprinkle powdered sugar or cocoa powder over it. Remove the doily, being careful not to disturb the lovely design left on the cake. For an added touch, place a Normandy Lace Paper Doily under the cake before serving. To keep up with the theme, serve a carrot or fruit cake drizzled with a light and refreshing lemon icing. 

 

Party decoration: make a parasol for your spring party. Cut circles of crepe paper a bit smaller than the paper doilies. The 4’’ French Lace Doilies from TheRoyalStore.com would work wonderfully. Curve one end of a straw or pipe cleaner to form an umbrella handle. Insert the other end through the center of the doily and crepe paper and tie the thread. Trim top and handle with ribbon bows and streamers. Choose bright, natural colors like green, yellow and red.

Gift wrap: design your own! Perfect for occasions like bridal or baby showers but also a great way to surprise a loved one with a spring inspired gift like a colorful scarf or a practical book on how to plant spring flowers. Choose a simple arrangement using the medallion doilies as pictured below or overlap and glue down the centers for a ruffled effect. Royal Lace Heart Doilies are also perfect accents for gifts. Use them on top of the wrapping paper or scotch-tape them under a transparent foil for a  great-looking gift.

On a more practical level, you can use paper doilies as china protectors to prevent chipping and scratching of fine china. Insert a doily, about the same size as plate, between each plate and stack them in the cabinet. We recommend using  8’’ or 10” paper doilies for dinner plates, 8” or 6’’ doilies for luncheon salad plates and cups. 5’’ Rose Embossed paper doilies for butter plates and 4’’ Medallion, French or Normandy doilies for saucers.

Use your imagination and have fun ushering in the new season.

 

Enter TheRoyalStore Paper Project Competition on Facebook

 

 

 

We love everything paper, especially creative paper projects. If you feel the same way, enter TheRoyalStore Paper Project Competition on Facebook. Share with us your favorite project, tell us why you love it and how you would use the final product.

Paper Project Competition details

The prize is a $50 coupon that you can spend at theroyalstore.com.

Facebook users can vote for the best paper project between 1–15 March, 2017 and the winner will be announced on April 16th, 2017. The winning project will also be featured on our blog.

If the photo or design are not your original creations, please don’t forget to cite the source.

Please note that all participants to the TheRoyalStore Paper Project Competition need to be 18 or older to enter and that the competition is only open to US residents.

Good luck and be generous – share with your friends.

Perfect Banana Bread Day with Royal Lace

 

 

 

On National Banana Bread Day, we are delighted to share a quick and easy recipe that can be whipped up for breakfast or savored as a perfect after-dinner dessert. The recipe goes perfectly with our Royal Lace Pastel Assorted Muffin Baking Cups.

To make this into a truly festive dessert, you can use our elegant Floral Lace Doilies.   All our Royal Lace Paper Doilies and Placemats are unique – they are made through engraving with intricate dies engraved by craftsmen at the beginning of the 20th century and can instantly turn any dish into a spectacular meal. Use these beautiful Paper Doilies and Placemats to serve coffee or tea with your desert.

Use Royal Lace Paper Doilies and add flair to your coffee of tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Walnut Muffins Recipe

Makes 12 muffins     Baking time: 20 -25 minutes

Ingredients:

Serve your Banana Bread Muffin on a white paper doily

  • 4 ¼ cups flour (unbleached, all-purpose)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • ½ walnut pieces, toasted
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 stick butter or 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tbsp. fine salt

You will need 12 of our Pastel Assorted Muffin Baking Cups or Gold Foil Muffin Baking Cups for baking and our exquisite Paper Lace Doilies to serve your perfect muffins.

 How to make Banana Bread Muffins:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Use a mixer to cream the butter & sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Wisk the eggs & vanilla, gradually add them in until they are fully incorporated into the creamed butter & sugar mix.
  4. Cut the bananas in pieces, mash them up using a fork and add them in – don’t worry if the mixture looks a bit curdled
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together all dry ingredients – flour, salt, chocolate,     baking soda – add them into the liquid mixture
  6. Fold in the walnut pieces
  7. Using a bit of butter or oil, lightly grease the Royal Lace Baking Cups and,     using  a spoon, gently transfer the mixture into the baking cups
  8. Place the filled cups in a baking tray. Place the tray in the oven, on the         middle rack
  9. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean, around 20 – 25 minutes
  10. Take the tray out and let the muffins cool. Remove muffins and place them on medium-size serving dishes.

Add a bit of flair to your serving dishes with our delicate  Floral Lace Paper Doilies       or elegant  Normandy Paper Lace Doilies. Our Royal Lace Paper Doilies are a beautiful, elegant way to help you turn an easy to make dessert into a festive looking eye-catching, mouth-watering treat for your family on National Banana Bread Day.

Make Your Valentine Feel Special. Go Gold This Year!

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day has been around for more than three centuries now and, every year, we all pretty much know what to expect or hope for – heaps of heart shaped chocolate boxes, armfuls of roses, stacks of greeting cards, all swimming in a sea of happy, cheerful reds and pinks. At www.theroyalstore.com, we love them all but here’s a crazy thought for 2017 – what if we ditch the red and go gold this year?

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We know what you’re thinking, red is the color of love but we’ve been reading up and found that gold is also associated with love, illumination, magic and, yes, passion. Just like the metal, gold can make you think of wealth and prosperity but also sparkle, glitz and glamour or perhaps “a heart of gold”? Moreover, wouldn’t you want your Valentines’ gift to stand out among the reds and pinks? Wouldn’t you want to make your Valentine feeling like he or she is like gold to you?

Whether you’re buying or hand crafting your Valentine cards and gifts this year, make a strong impression instantly with a glamorous gold envelope and make the feeling last by wrapping your gift in one of our elegant, intricate and delicate ivory or gold lace heart paper doilies.

If you are not feeling particularly romantic this year, it’s worth noting that February 14th is also alternately celebrated as Single’s Day (China) or Friend’s Day (Finland) so you might want to treat yourself or send a few words of appreciation to friends and family – you can do that by using our cheery Geographics design paper or our lovely, delicate butterfly themed envelopes.

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No matter who you might be reaching out to, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day of the year (after Christmas) for sending cards & gifts and, statistically, most of them are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday so, for all you procrastinators out there, this is the perfect time to do your Valentine’s Day shopping.

How to Make Valentine’s Greetings

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Materials needed:

Multiple 10″ Royal Lace French doily
8″x10″ piece Pink tulle
1 yard pink 1/4″ satin ribbon
1 Sheet Royal Brites red poster board
Assorted magazine cut outs of flowers or Victorian motifs

Directions:

1.  Fold the doily in half and position fold at bottom. Bring left & right ends together in center front of doily so that folds meed in center. This forms a triangle with a rounded top, point at bottom. (See illustration)

2. Taking folded points, fold them down to create flaps. (See illustration)

3. Spacing them evenly, cut three 1/4″ long slits along remaining center fold line. Repeat along other fold. (See illustration)

4. Pink edges of tulle. Gather piece of tulle at bottom and staple to inside back of doily.

5. Create “bouquet” inset. Draw a triangle about  2 1/2″x 2 1/2″ x 4″ on heavy paper, draw a roughly scalloped top, then cut out. Attach chosen flower or Victorian motif cutouts to this triangle base, placing 4″ side at top. Glue photos to paper to create a bouquet. Overlap and glue flower motifs so that some will come over the top of the triangle.

6. Place the “bouquet” inset over top of the tulle, placing point of triangle at bottom inside of doily fold. Glue or staple.

7. Thread the ribbon into 1/4″ slits like lacing a shoe. Tie remaining ends into a bow.

8. Add decorative heart on outside of flaps and make special “message card” ( trimmed with the edge of Royal Lace Placemat) to tuck into the fold of the remaining flap.

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Making Valentines can be as simple as cutting a heart out of red paper, writing your own special message on it and mounting it on a Royal Lace Medallion Doily slightly bigger than the heart.

Add bows, tiny flowers, lace or even a picture of yourself!

If you bring someone flowers, wrap them in a large Royal Lace Medallion Doily.

Let us know how your project came out. Get your Royal Lace Paper Doilies, Today!

Use Printable Thank You Cards and Save on Party Stationery

Printable Thank You Cards TheRoyalStorePrintable thank you cards are inexpensive and available in a wide assortment of colors, sizes and designs, particularly from stationery retail stores online.  As a result, making your own thank you cards is a great way to save money and make personalized stationery for special occasions and events.  By designing your cards digitally, you’ll have many creative options at your fingertips to make your cards exactly as you like them.

You can use printable thank you cards of any size to make thank you notes, but some common sizes are 4.25”x5.5” and 5.5”x8.5”.  Depending on how formal or informal your event is as well as how many people you are making cards for, you may want to choose one style of thank you card over another. For instance, printable thank you cards with a textured surface as well as embellishments such as embossing or foil detailing are an excellent choice for event such as bridal showers, anniversaries and more. Alternatively, thank you cards with a pre-printed themed design, such as birthday, floral, etc., are ideal for casual parties.  If you enjoy the idea of designing your card entirely from scratch, printable blank cards are available in an assortment of colors and sizes, and they often come with envelopes.

Creating a design for a set of printable thank you cards is simple, and you can choose from a variety of methods to get the job done. One cost-effective way of designing a card is to use a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word, on your computer.  The tricky part is creating an appropriate layout; you will need to alter the size and possibly the margin width of your page to match the size of the card you are printing and create your desired card cover. However, once you have the proper settings in place, you are free to design your card message by using whatever fonts, colors, alignments and digital embellishments (such as clip art or images) that you choose. If you are working with foldover cards rather than flat cards, it may be helpful to use a free thank you card template such as those offered by Geographics.com. Templates provide pre-made textboxes and help to ensure correct printing.

Printing your own thank you cards allows you to send a personal message of gratitude to your peers while saving you time and money. The iClickn’Print Design Center is a free design tool offered by TheRoyalStore.com. Try it to DIY in style and save!

How to Make DIY Wedding Invitations from Home

DIY Wedding Invitations TheRoyalStoreThere are many advantages to making DIY wedding invitations instead of ordering your wedding invitations from a designer. In addition to saving a lot of money, you will have the opportunity to make a personal impression on your wedding guests through your design. Printable formal invitations come in many sizes and designs that look professionally printed.

To make DIY wedding invitations, you should first find a set of printable formal invitations that suits the needs and look of your wedding.  Invitations can be made from printable flat invitations, printable foldover panel cards, design paper and many other stationery materials – the choice is up to you! Formal invitations will often feature professional embossing & foil designs and also be constructed from textured paper such as vellum, parchment or fine paper. Using invitations with a pre-printed design will save you time during your design process, but using blank textured stationery (often available in many colors) will give you the freedom to design your invitations from scratch and make them completely your own.

If you are looking to design all of your wedding stationery, try looking for invitation kits online. Invitation kits and sets may feature items such as printable invitations, envelopes, note cards, thank you cards, place cards & other stationery for formal occasions. If you need to make a large number of invitations and other stationery for your event, you can save both time and money by using a collection. In addition, kits ensure that you will have a cohesive themed look amongst all of your wedding stationery.

There are many ways you can design your invitations via computer. At the most basic level, DIY wedding invitations can be designed using only a word processing program. Simply adjust your page layout so your document matches the size of your printable invitations (ex: 5.5”x8.5”) and then type the text for your invitations using the desired fonts and colors. You can also use a downloadable invitation template, typically available for free from online stationery stores. Templates can be beneficial because they offer guidelines to help you type your text and print correctly. Finally, you could use a stationery design program to get the most design options in one package. The iClickn’Print Design Center is a web-based design tool that is offered for free to TheRoyalStore customers.

It is up to you to decide which methods to make DIY wedding invitations work best for you considering your wedding plans and your technical capabilities. With the right tools, you can create meaningful and memorable invitations at low cost!

Make Achievement Certificates from Home or Office with Printable Awards

Certificate of Achievement and Recognition TheRoyalStorePersonalized achievement certificates make fantastic gifts for your students, colleagues, or loved ones who deserve a little recognition.  With just your printer and a design tool or program, you can create both elaborate and simple certificates that convey your appreciation for your honorees.   Why make your own certificates from home?  Doing so is cost-effective, fast, easy and above all a highly personal way of showing that you care!

All certificates of achievement and recognition start with printable certificate paper.  You can find certificates in many designs, colors, and sizes both in stores and on the web.  The advantage of buying in-store is that you can see and feel your certificates, which will help you determine the best method of going about your award design.  However, you will have a wider selection of printable certificates when shopping online.  Traditional certificates are made from parchment paper and usually display a filigree border design in a color like blue, red, green, gold, or silver.  Non-parchment certificates are available in a bigger range of designs, such as themed designs for kids and school.  The most common certificate size is standard 8.5”x11” letter size, but you may also come across smaller 2UP and 3UP certificates that feature two and three certificates per page.

Once you have chosen your printable certificates, you can begin your digital design.  You may be thinking that you’ll need specialized software to design your own certificates, but this is not mandatory.  Standard 8.5”x11” certificates can be designed quickly and simply using your word processing program of choice.  All you need to do is set your page orientation (traditionally, certificates are oriented Landscape) and adjust your margins so you will type within the borders of your printable certificates.  From there, you can write your award’s message in the desired fonts and sizes and also add any digital embellishments, such as clipart or a logo for your school or company, if applicable.

Templates and design software can be helpful tools if you want to make a detailed achievement certificate.  Templates come in many forms, but you can commonly download free templates online from retailers of certificate paper and other printable stationery.  Using a template will provide guidelines for designing and printing your certificates correctly, and they may also feature certificate wording.  Design software for certificates ranges greatly in both price and function, but often includes creative tools that you cannot apply easily to templates.  IClickn’Print Design Center, a web-based design program offered for free to TheRoyalStore customers, includes hundreds of adjustable pre-made templates and design options that you can use to make certificates of achievement and recognition in minutes.

Making customized achievement certificates for your peers will make both you and your award recipients feel proud.  DIY and save!