Equality Quote (6.28.13)

June 28, 2013

The Golden Rule…

The Golden Rule Quote from stayinspired365.com

Forgiveness Day (Wednesday, 6.26.13)

June 26, 2013

Forgiveness Day

Forgiveness Day Mood Board from StayInspired365.com

 They say forgive and forget, and now is the perfect time to put that practice to good use. Today is forgiveness day – a day to say you’re sorry for things both big and small. We’ve all done things and said things we wish we could take back, but saying “I’m sorry,” is often the first step to getting back on track. It can be hard to find the right words to express your apology. Sometimes we may even need a little help getting started and that’s where a good apology card comes in handy. If you need to send an apology ASAP (especially for a minor whoops), an apology ecard is a great choice because you can send it to email, mobile phone, or even post it on Facebook. Sending a personalized apology card to their mailbox is also a good option, and one that allows you the opportunity to craft your own message inside. So go ahead, reach out and use today to say “I’m sorry.”

 In the mood board: Oh Crap Postcard from American Greetings

In the mood board:  Really Sorry greeting card from Cardstore.com

Summer Quote (6.21.13)

June 21, 2013

Summer, Summer, Summer!

Summer Quote from stayinspired365.com

Today marks the first official day of summer and the Summer Solstice! Each year, the timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice). It seems like a great day to soak up the sun! How are you going to celebrate summer?

Summer Picnics (Monday, June 17, 2013)

June 17, 2013

Top 10 Picnic Tips

Top 10 Picnic Tips from stayinspired365.com

It’s time to stock up the cooler, spread out the blanket and bask in the sunshine…because tomorrow is International Picnic Day!  And with the official start of summer occurring on June 21, a whole season of picnicking is about to begin.  So here are ten tips to get you perfectly prepared:

1.    Keep it simple. Stick to a menu of summertime favorites that you can serve all at the same time.  Guests can leisurely help themselves while you kick back and relax.

2.     Make things interesting. Even classics like fried chicken, watermelon and potato salad can be updated with a new recipe.  Or visit your local deli or gourmet market for a picnic made by pros.

3.     Cool it. Freeze bottles of water or juice to use as ice packs until they’re ready to drink.  Ice the cooler several hours beforehand to keep it colder longer, but be sure to keep some ice separate to put in drinks.

4.     Pack wisely. Use lidded plastic containers to keep things fresh and prevent spills.  Pack dressings separately to avoid soggy salads.  For condiments, many brands now offer convenient “picnic packs.”  But you still can’t beat individual fast food packets, so save your extras!

5.     Keep it light. Once you consolidate your supplies, make sure they’re simple to carry and not too heavy.  Some picnic spots are quite a hike. 

6.     Set the table or blanket. Bring extra plates or platters for serving, large spoons for salads, at least one sharp knife, and an opener for wine or bottles.  To keep things organized, put food and drinks in separate coolers.

7.     Be prepared. Sunscreen, bug spray, a waterproof picnic blanket, umbrellas and a first aid kit should protect you from most of the elements.

8.     Avoid these. Foods that don’t transport well (ice cream, puddings, frosted cakes) should stay off the menu.  And keep in mind that sweet and sticky tends to attract wasps and bees. 

9.     Clean up. You can never have enough hand wipes—especially if you opt for barbeque.  And be sure to bring extra bags for leftover food and trash.

10.    Stay flexible. Even the best laid plans—and picnics—are weather dependent, but no one ever said you can’t picnic indoors.  If the skies turn stormy, move the meal inside, lay the blanket on the floor and stay in the summertime spirit!

A Cheer for DAD! (6.16.13)

June 16, 2013

A Cheer for Dad Video Ecard from stayinspired365.com

It’s Father’s Day — a day to cheer all the great dads you know who make a real difference in their kids’ lives. Send them a shout-out with this fun new video ecard that you can easily personalize. Just complete the lyrics by filling in the blanks with their name, a personal characteristic, their favorite activity and favorite food. You will definitely make them smile.  Hooray for dads everywhere!

Click here to send A Cheer for Dad Video Ecard from American Greetings.

Happy Flag Day (Friday, 6.14.13)

June 14, 2013

Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day from stayinspired365.com

Today is Flag Day – a day to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States which occurred in 1777. Although recognized in various states earlier, it was officially established as a national holiday in 1949. And if you happen to be in Quincy, Massachusetts on this day, you will witness one of the longest-running parades celebrating this patriotic event.

Be sure to display your flag and get your friends into the red, white & blue spirit by sharing this fun America Furever Talking Card from American Greetings!

Father’s Day Quote (6.13.13)

June 13, 2013

A Dad’s Love…

Father's Day Quote from StayInspired365.com

Father’s Day Mood Board (Wednesday, 6.12.13)

June 13, 2013

Dad Strong!

Funny Father's Day mood board from StayInspired365.com

Last week we featured a sweet and sentimental Father’s Day greeting card in our mood board that spoke to how amazing and special fathers can be. This week, we wanted to take a lighter approach and focus on the silly side of dads everywhere. Let’s face it, dads are funny (whether they mean to be or not) and they have a special way of making us laugh. Think about your funniest memory of Dad and there’s no doubt it brings a smile across your face. This Father’s Day, celebrate all the embarrassing moments, DADisms, bad jokes and overall funny moments that you’ve shared over the years! We’d love to hear your funniest stories – share them in our comments section below.

 In the mood board: Dad Strong Fun Song ecard from American Greetings

Meet the Artist (Tuesday, 6.11.13)

June 11, 2013

Meet the Artist…

Meet-the-Artist at StayInspired365.com

Bright, new talent is always fun to discover here at American Greetings which is why we want you to meet Laura Guardalabene.  Laura is a multi-talented graphic artist who is known for her creative typography as well as her fresh, relevant perspective while working on this blog. Here’s what she has to say…

When did you first realize you are an artist?

Hm… Maybe when I was 5 or 6? Whenever I was bored my mom would hand me some markers and paper and I could sit and draw for hours. I think it was around that age that I started to identify myself as “artistic”. It wasn’t until high school when I began to play around with Photoshop and took a vocational D.E.C.A. Marketing Design course that I discovered what graphic design was and the true potential of my artistic abilities. From that point on I knew Graphic Design was what I wanted to do.

What is your position at American Greetings and what is your background as an artist?

I’m a Graphic Designer on the Content Marketing team. I graduated from Kent State University with my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design in December of 2011. I’ve interned at a couple different advertising agencies and worked as a designer at a screen printing company and for a creative boutique on campus all through college. I started working professionally as a designer 6 years ago and before that I constantly drew for fun.

Could you tell us some more about your work?

Here at American Greetings my day to day tasks include designing email communications that go out to our AmericanGreetings.com subscribers, designing for this blog and concepting/creating sharable and engaging posts for American Greetings’ facebook page! I’m always freelancing on the side too. My most recent big freelance project was for my alma mater, Cuyahoga Falls High School where I branded a prom trade show event called “One Stop Prom Shop” that was organized by the D.E.C.A. Marketing students there (the very program that got me interested in design in the first place!).

Meet the Artist at StayInspired365.comWhat is it that inspires you when creating a particular design or graphic piece?

That’s a tough question… Can I say everything? My inspiration varies based on what project I’m working on. Generally speaking I’m heavily inspired by nature (butterflies, flowers and insects have some of the best color pallets!), fashion, science, movies & TV shows, old run-down Americana landscapes (I love a good vintage diner sign), interior design, architecture and music.

What’s your favorite piece ever created and why?

My favorite piece of art created while at American Greetings would have to be an inspirational quote I illustrated for this blog! The quote is “Enjoy what you have while pursuing what you want.” By Jim Rohn. I’m kind of obsessed with hand-done typography and really enjoy any chance I get to create it.  It’s difficult to pick a favorite piece I’ve created outside of American Greetings, but I do really like this sugar skull I illustrated for fun somewhat recently!

Meet the Artist at StayInspired365.com

What famous artists or graphic designers have influenced you?

Saul Bass and Lester Beall are some of my favorite pioneer designers and for typography inspiration, I tend to look at type “super stars” like Jessica Hische, Eric Marinovich & Jeff Rogers. I’m a Pinterest & blog surfing addict and could fill this entire post with names of favorite designers but those are some of the heavy influencers for me.

What inspires you to create your designs and how do you stay motivated?

Making a difference and leaving my “mark” has always been a driving force in my design career.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself being happy doing something I love. Generic, I know, but it’s hard for me to get any more specific than that! I know I will be designing in some way, but beyond that I’m not sure. I’ve always had a very strong interest in advertising and fashion so who knows? Maybe those will play a larger role in my life by then.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?

Always do what you love, but don’t forget to figure out a career game plan.

What do you do for fun?

I’m pretty much up for anything outdoors on a nice sunny day… swimming, running, playing tennis, hiking etc. I like to paint, sew and make jewelry whenever I have free time too. I’m also bit of a self-confessed nail polish addict and find myself creating crazy-complex pieces of art on my nails during all hours of the night. Oh! And I’ll add “foodie” to this list too, I love cooking and experimenting with unique flavor combinations. There’s not enough time in the day to do everything I want to!

Fab Father’s Day Gift Ideas (Monday 6.10.13)

June 10, 2013

Fab Father’s Day Gift Ideas…

Father's Day Gift Ideas from stayinspired365.com

Sunday, June 16 is just around the corner, so plan now for great ways to make your dad a star on his special day! Here are some gift ideas that are sure to make him smile…

•Gear Up and Get Outdoors! Make the most of warmer temperatures and surprise dad with a hike or a few fun hours of fishing with the family! Bring a picnic basket filled with dad’s favorite snacks!

•Sports, of Course! Sweet summer days can’t be beat when they feature a trip to the ballpark and an afternoon of popcorn, peanuts and the all-American hotdog! Present dad with baseball tickets wrapped up with a home-team cap and some slick sunglasses to get him into the spirit of the season. Or if it’s golf he loves, treat him to a round with a friend at his favorite course.

•Photo Op! Show dad how much you care with a fun family snapshot! Personalize the frame with words describing all his great qualities. Or, make a card from a retro photo!

•A Day Off! Show your love with some sweat equity! Surprise dad by cutting the lawn or moving some mulch. Or, wash his car and clean and organize the garage.

•Techno Smart. From remote holders to the latest TV, there are enough great gadgets and gizmos to make dad’s head spin! Simplify his workweek with a cutting-edge alarm clock or an organizational “APP” for his mobile phone.

•Get Grilling. Steaks for dinner, bacon for breakfast. Make a meal to remember! Serve it up on festive napkins and plates—or design some placemats with drawings and fun facts about dad!

•Musical Memories. Create some CDs of dad’s favorite songs for road trips or just relaxing around the house. Tie them up with ribbons and deliver with a special note.

Plug in with Power Tools! Always a winner, add a spark to his workbench with a gift card to the local hardware or appliance store.

No matter how you wish your dad a happy Father’s Day, take time to say how much you care! American Greetings salutes dads everywhere!

Don’t forget that you can make a personalized Father’s Day card on our sister site, Cardstore.com!

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