BirthAnn-Blog-Giveaway

Having a new baby is one of the most exciting times in a parents life and we know how much work is involved with getting ready so we want to make it easier by knocking one item off your to do list. If you have had a baby in the last 2 months or are expecting then this contest is perfect for you!

Enter to win FREE photo birth announcements.

Do you want to send a photo card that truly reflects your style and you are proud of? We care that our customers love the finished product because we love what we do and take great pride in producing something that we are proud of. We offer custom design service with all of our orders, which means you will work one on one with your own personal designer who will take your vision and design the birth announcement to match it. Do it in style with one of Grace Announcements exclusive birth announcement designs for your new baby.

ONE lucky reader will win 50 – 4″ x 6″ Photo Birth Announcements valued at $80. To enter, simply fill the form with your qualifying entries below. Good luck everyone!

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Teachers Gifts

It’s that time of year when we are putting together our holiday shopping lists. Some of the most important people on my list (besides of course my family) are my kids teachers. We’re blessed every year with the most amazing teachers so I want to put extra effort and though into their gifts. After all they do put up with my kids and many others all day long!

So for something different we wanted to put together a list of our top 5 picks for personalized gifts for those teachers who dedicate their life to teaching our kids. The best part is these are all from Canadian companies. In no specific order our picks are:

1. Juicy Red Apple Ornament from sunshineceramics on Etsy - $13

Made with earthenware clay, stamp a teacher’s name and then glaze the apple red with a green leaf and brown stem and then attach a pretty dark green organza ribbon for hanging. The ornament is also available in Sour Apple Green. They also make a very nice gift tag or wrapping decor for a special present or anyway you think to use them. Please note, they take 3-6 weeks so don’t wait long to order!

2. Personalized Pencils from Childish – $12

Emboss the teachers name in gold into the pencil available in many different colours and create their own personalized pencil set. They allow 30 characters so you can even include a short message like “Mrs. Smith – The Best Teacher!”

3. Book Labels from Mabel’s Labels - $16.95

Give a gift every teacher will use and help ensure their belongings will be returned back to them with these stylish, versatile labels. Please note, these labels are not waterproof. If their teacher is anything like me you can give any of the labels they sell and they would be happy. I use my sticky labels on everything from my iPhone to my stapler!

4. Personalized Notepads from Grace Announcements - $22

A great gift for any teacher, this apple notepad is a sure way to impress any paper lover. Perfect for writing a quick note, they are so handy you can use them to jot down ideas or write out your to do list.

5. Personalized Travel Mug from Kathy & Kim Originals – $30

They turn sensible, everyday items into adorable, must-have gear. They offer eco friendly water bottles, bags and accessories that are all personalized with names, sayings and designs that your kids teacher will love! Each piece is custom designed – simply choose your favourite colours, fonts and designs.

Our 2012 Holiday Card line is here and we wanted to reward our customers for ordering early with a free gift! Every Holiday Greeting Card order will receive 10 free gift tags* so don’t wait, order now to beat the rush.

Did you know what sets us apart?

  • you get to work one on one with your own designer who will take care of your order from start to finish to make sure that your order is exactly what you wanted.
  • we offer unbeatable quality by professionally printing all of our cards with the best suppliers we can find.
  • custom design service for no extra money so you can send out a card that is 100% you, no need to have to pick an existing template.
  • fast turnaround times guarantee that your order will arrive to you and leave you plenty of time to send them out
  • we offer many choices to fit every budget, from our digital “print your own” card to our premium cardstock cards.

Why wait, stop by and see our selection of holiday cards for everything from Christmas to Hanukkah. If you can’t decide or there isn’t anything perfect, just for you, let us know and we are happy to help you decide!

*While supplies last (although we have lots to go around!)

 

We are turning 7 years old and we want to celebrate by giving you the chance to win FREE photo holiday greeting cards!!

Send out this year’s holiday greeting cards with style, and sure to fit every style and budget. From modern to traditional we have cards to suit all styles. Grace Announcements also offers our holiday cards in many different formats that are sure to be noticed. From flat single sided photo cards and double sided card stock cards to folded card stock cards all available in many different sizes, there is a style that is sure to express your personality. You will also find holiday card designs that include anywhere from one to six photos allowing you to show off your family. So when Christmas rolls around this year, make sure you leave a lasting impression with your Christmas Cards.

ONE lucky reader will win 50 – 4″ x 6″ Photo Holiday Greeting Cards valued at $80.

To enter, simply fill the form with your qualifying entries and tell us what is your favourite thing about the holidays below. Good luck everyone!

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Are you expecting or recently had a baby?

We know how exciting a time it is to welcome a new baby into this world and how much work is involved with getting ready so we want to make it easier by knocking one item off your to do list.

Enter to win FREE photo birth announcements.

Do you want to send a photo card that truly reflects your style and you are proud of? We care that our customers love the finished product because we love what we do and take great pride in producing something that we are proud of. We offer custom design service with all of our orders, which means you will work one on one with your own personal designer who will take your vision and design the birth announcement to match it. Do it in style with one of Grace Announcements exclusive birth announcement designs for your new baby.

ONE lucky reader will win 50 – 4″ x 6″ Photo Birth Announcements valued at $80. To enter, simply fill the form with your qualifying entries below. Good luck everyone!

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I love this time of year, it is full of conferences which means that I am busy creating new business card designs for the amazing people attending these events.

Here are a few of the new custom designs created.

Do you want to hand out a business card that truly reflects your style and you are proud of? Don’t settle for ordinary or bland business cards when you can create custom unique designs to leave lasting impressions with clients and associates. Do it in style with one of Grace Announcements exclusive business card designs. Set the right first impression with a business card from Grace Announcements. Our business cards are printed right here in Canada on thick and luxurious card stock that will leave a lasting impression with clients and business partners.

Our custom order process is easy, you will work one on one with your own personal designer who will take your vision and put it on paper. We do everything we can to ensure your ordering experience is stress free! We look forward to creating something unique just for you. You can personalize your card by adding your photo, logo and contact information.

Buy One Get One Sale

Grace Announcements is a proud Canadian company and to celebrate Canada Day we are offering a BOGO (Buy One Get One) Sale on all of our Wall Art Prints.

Limited time offer – July 1, 2012 to July 3, 2012 at 11:59pm EST only.

How it works:

  • Shop www.graceannouncements.com for the wall art prints you would like.
  • Purchase one print normally from the website.
  • Complete checkout, but don’t FINALIZE ORDER.
  • Upon order confirmation enter your free print details in the “Comments” section. (see below)
  • Be sure to include the wall art print, colours if necessary, and name.
  • Double check that all information (billing and shipping address, items ordered, free print details) is correct.
  • Finalize order and complete your payment.

*Note – Free Print will be the same size as the purchased print. (ie. buy an 8×10, get an 8×10 free)

 

Sleepaway CampAre your kids heading off to summer sleepaway camp this summer for the first time? We want to share some tips from ourselves and our fans to help make preparing everyone a bit easier.

Remember that you want to make this a positive experience for both so it is best to get your kids involved every step of the way. It will probably also help if they are a little aprehensive about being away from you 24hrs a day for anywhere from a week to the entire summer.

1. Check the camp’s website as most have a very thorough packing list to help make sure you don’t forget anything important.

When my son and I recently had an overnight experience at Muskoka Woods I realized that I never thought to bring any hand soap to wash our hands after using the little boys/girls room. I thought about shampoo and such but it never occurred to me that there would be no soap dispenser in the cabin washroom.

2. Involve your kids in the shopping and packing process.

Making shopping for camping supplies fun and allow them to pick what sleeping bag they want, it might help to make their time away from home more enjoyable as their space will feel more like theirs.  As a fan shared, having your kids help you pack is important so that they know what clothes or items belong to them.

3. Label every single item that they bring with them.

Just like having them help pack, the labels are extra important. You could have 10 kids in one cabin and it will become very easy for items to get mixed up between kids. We highly recommend Mabel’s Labels Camp Combo which includes everything you need so everything that leaves with your child comes home with your child. Don’t wait too long as it is a limited edition and only available until the end of June.

4. Don’t forget stationery to allow your child to document their adventure and keep in touch with you.

There are many items that you could pack like our personalized camp note cards to hopefully encourage them to write home. Stamp and address the envelopes to make it super easy for them. But we can’t promise that they won’t use them to ask you to come get them! Also include a special journal that they write about their adventures. It will be fun for them to look back through once they are back home.

One mom shared how parents can send a letter the week before their child leaves so that it is there waiting for them. Her mom did that when she went to camp for the first time, it made her feel so special as she was the only one who had mail on the first day and helped her feel more comfortable being away having that immediate contact. We think this is a great idea!

5. Pack a digital camera for your child and include a large memory card.

If you your child doesn’t already have their own camera we recommend buying one so that they can document all of their memories and new friends in photos. You can buy a disposable camera or a good digital camera for around $50.

6. Be sure to include your child’s “special thing”.

If your child has a favourite blanket or stuffed toy be sure to include that too. Don’t worry that they might be the only one, on our adventure 3 of the 4 boys in our cabin had their stuffed toy with them. This will help your child feel connected with home should they start getting homesick.

 

Do you have any tips to add? Did you go to sleepaway camp?

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Traditionally, bridal showers have been put together by the maid-of-honor, but times they are a-changing! These days, the entire bridal party typically pitches in, and oftentimes other close friends and family members become involved as well. This is great because it divides the responsibilities and costs among many people, and makes for a better bridal shower experience! The most important part of putting together a successful bridal shower is planning ahead and operating on a timeline…here is a loose schedule to follow to ensure a stress-free party planning experience!


Eight Weeks Before the Shower

Bridal showers typically take place four to six weeks before the wedding. About eight weeks before the anticipated shower date, start putting together a checklist of what needs to be done for the party. This will help you keep track of budget, who’s taking care of what, and miscellaneous tasks that will need to get done. At this time, you should also set an exact time and date for the shower. Consult with the bride about who she would like to invite, and try to get some insight into where she would like the shower to take place.

Six Weeks Before the Shower

Contact a caterer (this site is a good resource to check out) and plan the menu…showers typically include an informal brunch or lunch buffet of small finger foods that allow your guests to eat easily while mingling. A fun, budget-friendly idea is to ask guests to make their favorite dishes for the buffet and bring the recipe along for the bride’s recipe box! At this time, invitations should be sent out, and the location should also be booked.

Two to Three Weeks Before the Shower

Call your vendors to confirm the party reservations…this includes the venue, caterer, and musicians. If your guests are bringing food, confirm what they are bringing to make sure that there will be an even spread of appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. Pick up any beverages that you anticipate having at the party, and don’t forget champagne for the toasts! If the shower will be taking place in someone’s home, ensure that there are enough dishes and utensils available, or pick up paper plates and disposable utensils. This is also the time to purchase decorations, bridal shower games, and bridal shower favors…all of these things are available from online retailers like American Bridal. One fun idea is to buy a disposable camera for each table at the shower, and allow the guests to take pictures at the party. Have all of the photos developed and put them together in an album for the bride, as a supplement to her wedding album.

The Day Before the Shower

Get to the venue EARLY. You’ll need at least two hours to decorate, set up tables and chairs, and set out the food and favors. Remember to bring a pen and notepad for documenting who brought which shower gift, and don’t forget your camera. Also, keep in mind that showers are supposed to be casual and fun! If something doesn’t go as planned, remember that this day is about celebrating the bride, and no one will notice if the spinach and artichoke dip gets lost along the way!

This guest post was written by Leslie. She likes to explore popular trends and creative ideas for every stage of planning a wedding. Along the way, she has picked up many tricks of the trade, and enjoys sharing them in freelance articles that she writes for various wedding blogs.

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Are your kids off to camp this summer?

Introducing our brand new personalized camp note cards for kids.

S'mores Camp NotesFill-in Notes from CampCamp Stationery for GirlsModern Camp Stationery

Here is a way for them keep in touch with personalized camp themed note cards. They will be wanting to send letters home to family and friends with our fun summer camp stationery. Suddenly sending updates from camp has never been more exciting. Pair these camp notes with our matching summer camp return address labels and your kids will be corresponding in “campy style”!

Visit the website to view the entire line.

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