When Nancy and Jim received their photography calendars this year, Nancy had tears of joy in her eyes. She works on the calendar design throughout the year, gathering images and quotes that really stand out to her. She sells the calendars and many of her customers cut out the pictures at the end of the year to keep them. She also gives the calendars out as gifts and it is important that they arrive on-time and beautifully printed.
After having a bad experience with their previous printer, Nancy and Jim wanted to find a company that would be able to produce a high quality product, who could deliver the product without it being damaged in the process. To start their search, they requested a free sample packet from us. When it arrived, they were impressed by the quality of the samples and wanted to learn more.
On our website, they found that we offer free Photoshop templates. Jim downloaded one and started to work on it. He called us to make sure that he understood our printing specifications and process. He was pleased when we were able to quickly and competently answer his questions. Since he didn’t like the look of the calendar grid, he deleted it and designed his own. We encourage this kind of customization because we want you to have the exact look and style that you want.
One unique thing about their calendar was the paper choice. They decided to print every page on cover weight paper. This means that the overall calendar weighs a bit more than what we normally print for calendars. Nancy decided to do this because a lot of her customers like to save the images. A teacher that she knows will cut up the calendar at the end of the year and hangs the pictures in her classroom. Because of the thickness of their calendar, they were required to get a wire-o binding, instead of standard saddle stitched, and it turned out fantastic!
The other thing that we liked most about their calendar design were the quotes that they included. Each month image had a corresponding quote to go with it. For example, in the month of March, the image is a bird skimming along with its beak open to catch any lurking fish. The quote says, “The world is full of power and energy and a person can go far by just skimming off a tiny bit of it. – Neal Stephenson”. We love this design choice because not only does it look good, but it gives the viewer a little something to ponder throughout the month.
We asked Nancy what advice she has for someone interested in having their own photography printed. She suggested getting a hardcopy proof. Basically, it’s one copy of your calendar that is printed and shipped to you, so that you can see it before the whole order is printed. This is especially handy if you have done a lot of extensive editing for your project or if you want a few different people to review it.
Nancy also recommends starting early. Granted, she gathers her quotes and images throughout the year, but putting the design together can take some time. Especially if you start from scratch and have to enter every date into the calendar. (and holidays, and moon phases, etc…)
Nancy had tears in her eyes when the order arrived, because they were packaged to ensure that nothing was damaged or scratched during transit. They were delivered carefully wrapped in bubble wrap, in stacks of ten and in perfect condition. She couldn’t be happier with the results and plans to work with us again when their next calendar project rolls around.
To see more of Nancy’s photography, check out her website: www.peacefulmoonphotography.com.
We loved working with Nancy and her husband and encourage all of our customers to call us or email us with any questions. We pride ourselves on high quality products, and even better customer service. Whether its calendars, brochures, booklets, flyers, or whatever you need printed, head to our website and check us out! On every product page you can instantly get a price by entering in all of your order details. We also offer free templates and a free online design tool to get you started! Get started today!