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!

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, 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.