Fun Poster Board Projects Perfect for the Easter Break

Here are some Poster Board fun projects for Easter to keep your children engaged in fun and creative activities. Whether you plan on spending Easter at home, taking a family trip or visiting friends or family, we know that enjoying quality time with your children or grandchildren is always a treasured moment of the celebration.

Have a look at the below suggested activities and choose the ones that work best for you. For successful projects, get the right Royal Brites Poster Board Size and colors.

A versatile, unique and  most loved product is the patented Royal Brites concept 2Cool Colors™, featuring a different color on each side of the Poster Board. Kids may love crafting with the Fluorescent Neon Red and Green posterboard, now that spring is here with lots of love (green+red).

Gorgeous 3D Poster Board Pop Up Cards

This is a perfect project to try out with a group of girls and works well for different ages. All you need is scissors, a printer and paper [we recommand EZ Poster 8.5″x14″ for the cards and color paper for the blooms and leaves. Watch the video and download the templates. This is a simple project, it requires a minimum of supplies and kids can work on it anywhere, anyhow. Just print out the templates ahead of time, bring child friendly scissors and stock up on paper and board.
Photo, video and templates courtesy of https://peterdahmen.de/en/

Dino Balloons

This is a project that works great for both boys and girls. It does require a bit of adult supervision if the kids are younger but it will keep them busy and happy. In the meantime, you’ll have a moment to finish setting up for a delicious Easter meal or to catch up with the other grown-ups in the room.

Photo and video courtesy of www.youtube.com/NailedIt

Paper Crocodile

For this project, you’ll need Dark Green Poster Board, Scissors, Adhesive, Scale, Pencil and Sketch Pen. The kids will need a bit of help with measuring paper sizes but you could take advantage and use it as a creative way to work on their math skills.

Photo and video courtesy of www.youtube/StylEnrich

Make the most out of your time together, with creative and engaging projects using posterboard. We hope you will enjoy testing these paper and board projects out. You can buy your Poster Board and Color Paper in stores or you can order online from TheRoyalStore.com. Royal Brites Poster Board has some unique features that makes it stand out from the competition. The 2-sides coated C2S board gives it great UV resistanc- the colors will not yellow or change even when left in the sun for long stretches of time. Also, outstanding ink, marker and pen receptivity allows for easy absorption into the coating and water resistance – no ink smudging.

Make the most out of your time together with creative and engaging projects using posterboard.

Have a Peaceful and Happy Easter!

Award Certificates May Keep Employees Motivated

Do you think that Award Certificates and Recognition Diplomas can motivate employees? Is it possible that they may feel more appreciated and valued if they were awarded such a thing? Would a recognition certificate or diploma make them more loyal and motivated?
Leaders understand that money has limited power to motivate. It is true that paying people enough to get their minds off of the financial aspect will allow them to better focus on the work. That may not be enough if your aim is to motivate them to always give their best.

Geographics Award Certificates and Diplomas

Motivate employees with Geographics Award Certificates and Diplomas

In his best-seller “Drive”, business thinker and author Daniel Pink talks about 3 intrinsic motivators. These lead to high performance and personal satisfaction in the workplace: autonomy, mastery and purpose. So how, you may ask, do you go about creating such an environment using something as simple as an Award Certificate? Below are a few suggestions you can use with your team or company.

Award Certificates and AUTONOMY

This refers to people’s desire to be self-directed and translates into having the opportunity to have some control over things like time, technique, team and task. Respond by introduce flexible time, allow people to choose their own method to solve a problem or get a task done, etc. Whenever they do this successfully, you need to recognize the effort and reinforce the skill. This will help to also inspire others. Create an “Innovative Problem Solver” Award and offer it monthly. To keep things simple, fast and inexpensive, start with Printable Certificate Templates. You can fill the certificates, in quickly and print them using your office printer. Download templates from Awards Wording by Theme – TheRoyalStore.com, open them in Microsoft Word, customize and and print them in a snap.

Award Certificates and MASTERY

People love to feel they are improving, learning and getting better at things that matter to them. For managers, the trick is finding the perfect balance between overchallenging tasks that can lead to feeling overwhelmed or inadequate and tasks that are too simple or boring. You can build a culture of learning and growing within your team by creating “Goldilocks Tasks”, as Pink calls them. To reinforce the habit, regularly recognize those who take on learning challenges with a “Never Too Old to Learn” Award. You can give out the awards during informal team outings or as part of formal meetings. To fit the occasion, choose a classic certificate such as the Geographics Diplomat Award Certificate or use a less formal one with a modern design like Geographics Black and White Words Award Certificate. You have a good certificate design variety to choose from.

Award Certificates and PURPOSE

This involves an alignment between personal goals and values and those of the team or company. For employees to feel that their efforts have a purpose and that they are contributing, make sure they know and understand the mission and goals of the organization. Naturally, they can’t align to something they don’t understand. Communicate values and goals by organizing competitions or challenges focusing on company culture. Give out prizes in the form of award  printable certificates. Present them in elegant Geographics Document Covers or Document Frames or in  our special In Appreciation Award Presentation Folder that look great on desks or office walls.

Certificate Covers, Document Covers by Geographics with Serpentine Gold Foil Certificate

Certificate & Document Covers Geographics

For free customization of Geographics certificates, use IClicknPrint, a free Geographics stationery and Royal Brites paper and foam board customization software. IClicknPrint lets you create a certificate template from scratch or work on a ready-made template. You can also use Word Templates for certificates and diploma or awards that come with suggested wording options to help you get things done faster. Customize fonts, color and easily insert free clip art or your own images into your template with a few clicks. Edit and print up to ten Award Certificates, simultaneously to personalize in bulk and save time. Award Certificates May Keep Employees Motivated Just check, find out and let us know if that works.

Royal Lace Paper Doilies for Elegant Table Décor

Royal Lace Paper Doilies can easily turn a dull table setting into a spectacular, elegant table décor. Use larger doilies such as the 12’’ or 10’’ White Normandy Lace Doilies under plates to dress up your dinnerware. Also, match them with smaller size, 4″ lace paper doilies with the same pattern and use them as coasters under stemware and between cups or saucers. When shopping online at the TheRoyalStore.com, you can choose from several sizes, styles and colors of doilies and placemats – starting from 4’’ to 18’’ in diameter, in elegant styles like French Style Doilies, Medallion Lace Paper Doilies or Normandy Lace Doilies. They also come in assorted colors and shapes – white, gold, silver and red, round, heart shaped and shamrock.

Paper Doilies Placemats Royal Lace

Place lace paper doilies between plates

One use that is very practical is placing lace doilies between plates that you want to store so that you can prevent scratches. Just take a cake of doilies (there are three or 4 doilies in a cake, detach them carefully, on top of a surface that can be easily cleaned -there are small paper chips falling out in the process- which is unavoidable. Place each doilie between two plates and cover the top plate with a doilie as well.

 

All Royal Lace Paper Doilies and Placemats come in exceptional lace patterns – classy and elegant but also modern and versatile to be a perfect fit for both traditional and contemporary surroundings. Craftsmen who recreated royal lace patterns by hand imprinting them on metal dies have left behind their artistry in an unimitable way. That is why the designs for our lace doilies and placemats are unique. The names of the Royal lace designs usually denote the pattern’s lace origin or style such as Bobbin Lace, French Lace, Normandy Lace, Medallion Lace, etc. Use doilies that have been made in the USA since 1920’s. They are uniquely Royal!

Breakfast treats with Lace Paper Doilies

Doilies also look great lining bread baskets and on platters under finger foods, pastries and cakes. For a breakfast table setting Use Royal Lace Doilies to add zing to a fruit platter, frame those tempting croissants, and bring decorative delight to your table. Wrap each fruit with an elegant doily and entice your guests with a wide selection of colors and kinds of fruit. Be sure to add exotics, like kiwi, pineapple or star fruit. Place full, luscious strawberries, apples, grapes or citrus fruit, nestle them in a beautiful 6″ or 8’’ Medallion Lace White Doilies  or Gold and Silver Foil Doilies, as festive holders.

Paper Doilies Placemats Royal Lace

Make friends feel special – an elegant brunch with Paper Doilies

Bring the charm and hospitality of a fine inn into your own home. Lavish everyone with a sumptuous menu: eggs Benedict, French toast, croissants and delicious pastries with tempting toppings and a pitcher of fruit frappes or special fruit-blended healthy cocktails. Scones, muffins and a variety of fruitbreads should abound in a round or square (Basket doilies) doily-lined basket. Be sure to adorn each plate with fresh fruit in season. Use Royal Lace French placemats and make special, doily adorned place cards to seat each guest. Use your best dinnerware and have an elegant floral bouquet prepared with Medallion or French lace doily accents.

Paper Doilies Placemats Royal Lace

Whether the finishing touch to an attractive table setting, special food presentations or fun craft ideas, Royal Lace Doilies are the perfect way to bring it all together.

Find more ideas on how to use Royal Lace Doilies in our free downloadable brochure, The Creative Doilie

Paper Doilies by Royal Lace & Easter Recipes

Royal Lace Easter Paper Doilies go hand in hand with traditional Easter recipes.
Learn how to make Easter treats and pair them with Royal Lace doilies in a perfect table setting.

The Sunday Easter celebration starts with having a traditional meal and having the perfect table setting. For those who enjoy preparing food for their loved ones or sharing the festive meal with neighbours or friends, here is an inspiring list of traditional Easter food that can stimulate everyone’s appetite.

If cooking or baking isn’t your strong point, you can still help set the table in an impressive way. For a perfect table setting, use Royal Lace Paper Doilies and Placemats.

Hot Cross Buns

A traditional Easter sweet you can make with spices, raisins or currants that made its way from the United Kingdom to all corners of the world. You can find it in Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, parts of the USA, New Zealand and more. These little bundles of deliciousness are decorated with a cross on top, symbolizing the Christian significance of Easter – Christ’s resurrection.
The buns can be placed individually in 4″ Medallion Lace Easter Doilies by Royal Lace

Paçoca

Paçoca is a traditional Brazilian Easter candy made with ground peanuts, sugar and salt. One can add oats, cassava or corn flour to it. Knowing how much we love peanut butter here in States, this delicious treat could easily become the sweet of choice for all peanut butter fans. Here is a twist on the traditional Paçoca recipe. Great with Royal Lace Easter Gold Foil Cups

Cozonac or Kozunak

This traditional Romanian and Bulgarian sweet is a leavened bread like the German Stollen. Almost every family has a slightly different recipe they usually pass down through the generations. Modern interpretations contain dark chocolate and lots of walnuts. Also, older recipes, more traditional but less common today, use a delicious poppy seed paste. the best placemat you can use for this wonderful treat is Royal Lace Placemats that come in White Gold or Silver foil.

Koulourakia

A Greek sweet, butter based pastry you can make with orange juice and sesame seeds. People usually serve it on Holy Saturday. In addition, feel free to dunk these in your favorite coffee, tea or with a glass of milk. This treat works great with Royal Lace 12″ Normandy Easter Doilies.

In conclusion, with these mouthwatering treats to choose from and the variety of fine patterns and types of Easter Doilies by Royal Lace, made in the USA, use your creativity to really show off your traditional delights.

Delicate and intricate, Royal Lace White, Gold or Silver Paper Doilies for Easter will add charm and glamour to any meal. Easter Doilies, Placemats adn Baking Cups come in different sizes to fit all needs. Children will surely love the Heart Shaped Cherub Paper Doilies. They go perfectly with the occasion.
Have a peaceful, love-filled Easter!

Let Your Imagination Go – with Royal Lace Paper Doilies

… and turn any special occasion into a memorable one!

It’s a special kind of feeling when, after you’ve planned and worked hard to put together a special evening for friends and family, you take a minute to notice everyone enjoying what you have created. But it doesn’t always to be hard work – sometimes all you need is a few elegant Paper Doilies. Only Royal Lace makes the unique Medallion Lace Doilies design…a beautiful, exciting doily that you can enjoy for mere pennies.

Here are two ways to use them for your next party:

Present guests with little party favors.

Doilies were originally made from real lace but now we can enjoy them in the paper form also. Blue or Silver Paper Doilies make unexpected wrappers for favors. Place a miniature chocolate bar or other treat in the center of a round doily and fold its sides in. Thread ribbon through both sides (make slits with a utility knife firs if necessary), pull to center it and hold it in place with a sticker inscribed with a message of monogram. Fold the top and bottom of the doily over and secure with double-sided tape. Bring the ribbon end around, trim them so that they just overlap and glue ends together. Next, lay a 1 ½ inch piece of ribbon flat, bring the end in to overlap the center and glue this flat bow to the favor.

Create beauty from things that might initially appear commonplace – like a plain paper bag.

When decorated simply and then illuminated by a tiny votive candle, it casts a glow that will enchant your guests. The paper bags for these lanterns, known as luminaries, can be as basic as the familiar brown lunch bags. They can also be white, pastel, or jewel-toned, tall and narrow, or short and wide. All that before you even get started. Paper bags are easy to embellish: fold them, string them with ribbon, monogram them. Then open them and set votive holders and candles inside. Be sure that holders are made of heavy to help steady the bags; for outdoor displays, add about one inch of white sand to the bags first to weight them. The below intricate designs shining through the ivory sacks are courtesy of Gold Paper Doilies glued inside.

Luminaries present myriad decorating possibilities for all sort of special occasions – from wedding ceremonies and receptions to beach parties or romantic dinners. For weddings, use several together to line the isle, create a centerpiece, or light a path or staircase. You can also personalize individual bags to make place cards or table numbers. Placing luminaries on an outdoor staircase is another option. One way you won’t use them, however, is as guest’s favors – after all, there are those little flames inside that make them light up at night.

3 Ways to Use Royal Brites Design Paper

Man’s love affair with paper began more than 2, 000 years ago in China and we owe its invention to T’sai Lun (about 105AD). Understandably, he soon became the god of papermakers.

The history of writing goes back to Ancient Egypt. Even the word “paper” comes from papyrus, a plant that was abundant in Egypt and used to produce a thick, paper-like material used by Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Another predecessor of paper was “tapa”, a kind of cloth born in the Islands of the Pacific Ocean and from the inner bark of fig, daphne and mulberry trees.

Today, we see and use paper for both practical and artistic purposes. From storing and filing data to wrapping our food or packages to creating art. At TheRoyalStore.com, our love of paper is at the heart of everything we do. One of our favorite products is our wide and varied selection of Design Paper. We love Design Paper as it brings together two elements we value – practical use and beauty.

How to use and enjoy Design Paper:

  • Letter writing. Although considered a bit of a dying art, many of us still enjoy putting pen to paper and adding a more personal touch to communicating with people we care about. Think about it, in a world where digital has become the norm, don’t you feel special when someone sends a letter? They thought about you while choosing a paper style and envelope. They’ve added a personal hand message instead of using a computer. Not to mention love letters…
  • Thicker than normal paper, versatile and already containing décor elements, Design Paper is perfect for scrapbooking. It can serve as a base for gluing, stitching your favorite photos or magazine cutouts or you can use it to draw or paint on it. Our Floral and Nature Printable Design Paper features both delicate and colorful designs. Here are 36 Great Scrapbook Ideas and Albums to get you started.

  • Creative Writing or Arts and Crafts projects. Both at home and in the classroom, children love hands-on creative projects. Use School Printable Design Paper as a base for children to practice poem or essay writing or to paint or draw. Your students or children will love the creative design and it will help inspire them. They can also use Design Paper to replicate their favorite paper project.

To make the best out of your projects, you can further customize products purchased at TheRoyalStore.com – use Free Templates, Clipart &Wording section on the website or at iClicknPrint Design Center. This is a free tool offering a great selection of design options such as fonts, colors, clip art, shapes, templates, suggested wording and many more.

 

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.