2015
 
CUSTOM-DESIGNED  CALENDARS  AND
 HOLIDAY CARDS
(and optional envelopes)


Promotional products 
for marketing your business 


CUSTOM DESIGNS
(based on your specs & logo)

. . .  BY SHERWOODPHOTO & GRAPHICS




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2013 Postcard Calendars

Wide/Tall postcard (still U.S. Postal "standard size") 6" by 11"

Samples of Designs - everything is custom, so you can choose how you like it.

2014 calendar

2013 Custom Calendar Card      2013 Calendar Card

Custom promotional calendar card

calendar card
The above flower image is a cactus bloom (it bloomed last August, in the evening, for only about four hours; photo by Will Sherwood)

Sample 6x9" Horizontal Layout Cards:

Sample 6x9" Vertical Layout Cards:

Calendar Card with Flower images    custom calendars
     

Example 6x9 custom card (sample with 2009 holidays colored):

postcard calendar
Catchy image can encourage hanging on a conspicuous office wall to gain year-around advertising. Add your logo if you like.



SHERWOODPHOTO  GRAPHIC DESIGN


2013 CALENDAR DESIGN INFORMATION

We are flexible to meet your needs:

  • We can design a card or calendar based on
    our stock images   or   your own images & logo .
  • We can add the calendar text for your custom layout needs
    and/or prepare your files for offset printing
  • Or   you supply all the digital files(PDF preferred) and we will print it.
  • Turn-around time (from proof approval):
    usually one week including ground shipping. Shipping upgrades available.
  • Samples available by Priority Mail on request
  • Cards are printed on 14pt heavy card stock, and there's no charge for Aqueous Coating (glossy) both sides. Full color & Full bleeds both sides.
  • Our offset printer vendor does a gorgeous job!  Very professional.
  • Custom layout ("setup") is by the hour; stock photos are by the photo.
  • Calendars can be oriented any way you wish, even spanning more than one year (e.g., 18 months)

Tips:

  • Select a compelling image that people will WANT to hang on their office walls (or "refrigerator"). Reds and yellows stand out.
  • Often nature (flowers especially) are a good pick, or something interesting from your products or services
  • The images would need to be 300dpi (high resolution) for proper printing. We're happy to help you select.
  • Pick a contrasting background so that aside from the calendar function, people's eyes will be pulled to look at your image (and your name/logo!)
  • Print extras to hand out as "business cards" throughout the year; offer to clients and colleagues to have stacks for handing out in their offices
  • Mail as a postcard - if in an envelope, people may not open the envelope.
  • Simplest is usually the best: calendar with main image on one side, additional images and messages on the reverse.
  • If you're including a holiday greeting, we suggest to put that on the back (address side) - often people don't want to stare all year at a "dated" Happy New Year message when looking at the calendar throughout the year.
  • Don't forget the back side: In addition to your return address/contact info, include (additional) product/services images, lists of core competencies or major products, highlight your employees (one company has their employees sign their first names in various color inks, scan it hi-res, and we include as a holiday greeting on the backside)

Over the top:

  • Consider a "poster" calendar - a unique, compelling image with contemporary styled calendar - hangs on the wall to demand attention! Economical Sizes up to 24x36" - available quick turn-around (usually one week to your doorstep). Makes an impressive statement about your business, and people love posters. Contact us for details and pricing.
    We will help you brainstorm fresh and innovative ideas that will be memorable in your clients' minds.

  • Consider a custom "Window" envelope where the diecut window hole aligns with a creative portion of the contained card to give a peek inside.

POSTAGE & ENVELOPE CONSIDERATIONS

  • USPS defines "STANDARD SIZES" for specific sizes and thicknesses.
    The easy answer is that envelopes and cards up to 6x11.5" go for regular first-class rates ($0.45 in 2012).
    Larger envelope first-class postage is $0.90
    The maximum USPS-defined-Postcard size is 4.25x6" $0.32
    Note that we sometimes will use the term "postcard" informally just to mean "card with no envelope" and if the card is larger than 4.25x6" it will not go for the USPS POSTCARD rate.
    Always check with USPS.com or your post office for the official rules/rates.
    Postage Price Calculator - USPS.com

  • Envelopes come in stock sizes:
    A2 - 5.75 x 4.375
    A6 - 6.5 x 4.75
    A7 - 7.25 x 5.25
    A9 - 8.75 x 5.75        (smallest envelope to fit FOLDED 6x11 = 6x5.5")
    #9 - 8.875 x 3.875
    #10 - 9.5 x 4.125
    9 x 12 (named by their size)     (smallest envelope to fit 6x11)
    10 x 13

  • Although it's theoretically possible to use an envelope that's the same size as the inserted card, it's likely not to fit in practice. You would want 1/4" to 1/2" extra space for quick wiggle room to "stuff" the envelopes.

  • 6.5 x 9.5" and 6.5 x 11.5" envelopes are available on special order (optional black ink printing). The lead time is about 1 month, since these are diecut made-to-order for your specific quantity.

 



SITE DIRECTORY:

Call or email us to discuss your custom needs.


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How it works:

  • You choose the text (contact info, greeting, tagline/catchphrase, etc.)
  • You choose the picture - we can help with stock photos if you like. But: all pictures/logos must be high resolution or vector files. (Lo-res/web images print fuzzy and would look unprofessional, thus we would not want to be involved). If you supply the image, you are responsible for copyright issues (either you have permission from the photographer and venue, or you've purchased from a reputable stock agency)
  • We show you a PDF sample, and make edits (labor charges apply)
  • You approve the PDF proof and we submit to our offset printers by 5pm ET each day.
  • Regarding PDF proofs: Please check spelling, layout, and other aspects carefully. Beware that different monitors and printers can render colors differently. If color balance is critical for you, please check the proof on a color-calibrated monitor. See here for more info about color balance and color calibration.
  • Once approved, the offset printing plates are made shortly after 5pm and usually are printed that night. Thus you need to inspect the PDF proof carefully, since you are responsible for the printing costs once approved.
  • Drying, cutting, and packaging time is typically 2-3 days, and UPS ground shipping can usually have them on your doorstep in about 1 calendar week from approval.
  • You receive an email/web-based invoice from us, that includes credit card payment options.

 

FEATURED EXAMPLES (6x9" sizes shown)
(Year, monthly calendar, main display picture, any logo/Name/slogan/holiday message   are positioned to your specs)

flower calendar


POSTCARD-STYLE PRINTING PRICES

Note: below are our most popular sizes of cards and envelopes, call or email for other stock or custom sizes or folding.

Summary of options:



Contact for larger quantities
ENVELOPE SIZE
100
250
500
1000
2500
6.5x9.5" white envelopes
(unprinted)
for above 6x9 or for
folded 8.5x11 cards
White, unprinted (contact us for printed return address or creative window envelopes to give a peek at your card contents)
call for pricing    
6.5x9.5" white envelopes
printed black ink only
about 1 month lead time
call for pricing    
Any size custom envelope
with custom die cut hole to see
thru to the card inside-
wow them with creativity!
call for pricing    

9x12" white envelopes
moisten -   gum seal,
printed full color (no bleeds)
available for quantities of
(digital press...)
100-150-200-250 and
(offset press...)
250-500-1000-2000
and up


US$180 $240 $271 $350 $540

Self-seal are more expensive and available offset printing only for quantities 500 & up

9"x12" 10"x13" n/a
n/a
$613
$634
$785
$817
$990
$1035

Consider ordering extra envelopes and use throughout the year for routine business mailings-- add class to your distributed communications.
Note: there is typically no design (setup) charge associated with envelopes, since they are usually a simple pasting of your supplied text and a photo or logo.


WALL CALENDARS
PICTURE-BOOKLET-STYLE FOR HANGING

Printing Prices Starting at $750 for 250 (12-page, 5.5x8.5") "booklets".   Contact us for custom design pricing.

Highlight your services or products/artworks/nature scenes for each month, per page of the calendar.

Design labor and stock photo licenses are separate.


OTHER SHERWOOD SERVICES

Select from additional services we provide:


MORE SAMPLE CALENDAR DESIGNS
6x9" card samples are available by U.S. Mail (email us to request a hardcopy sample)

6x9" VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL SIZE SAMPLES BELOW; CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL SIZES SAMPLES
BACK SIDE (IF NOT BLANK) CAN BE ANY COMBINATION OF:
    ANOTHER IMAGE, ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PRODUCT DETAILS,
    HOLIDAYS, U.S. MAIL LABEL ADDRESS AREA

flower calendar

unique calendar design

architect calendar

 

Example (for commercial photography or restaurant/caterer) of back address side for 6x9 card:

NON-PICTURE DESIGN SAMPLES


HOLIDAY LIST

EXAMPLE (for 2013)

January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day 2013
January 21 Monday Martin Luther King Day 2013
January 24 Thursday Belly Laugh Day 2013
February 2 Saturday Groundhog Day 2013
February 12 Tuesday Lincoln's Birthday 2013
February 12 Tuesday Mardi Gras Carnival (New Orleans) 2013
February 14 Thursday Valentine's Day 2013
February 18 Monday Presidents Day and Washington's Birthday 2013
March 10 Sunday Daylight Saving (Start) 2013
March 17 Sunday St. Patrick's Day 2013
March 29 Friday Good Friday 2013
March 31 Sunday Easter 2013
April 1 Monday April Fool's Day 2013
April 1 Monday Easter Monday 2013
April 22 Monday Earth Day 2013
May 5 Sunday Cinco de Mayo 2013
May 12 Sunday Mother's Day 2013
May 18 Saturday Armed Forces Day 2013
May 19 Sunday Pentecost 2013
May 20 Monday Pentecost Monday 2013
May 27 Monday Memorial Day 2013
June 14 Friday Flag Day 2013
June 16 Sunday Father's Day 2013
July 4 Thursday Independence Day 2013
July 28 Sunday Parents' Day 2013
September 2 Monday Labor Day 2013
September 8 Sunday Grandparents' Day 2013
September 11 Wednesday Patriot Day or September 11th 2013
September 16 Monday Stepfamily Day 2013
September 17 Tuesday Citizenship Day 2013
September 27 Friday Native American Day 2013
October 14 Monday Columbus Day 2013
October 16 Wednesday Boss's Day 2013
October 19 Saturday Sweetest Day 2013
October 31 Thursday Halloween 2013
November 3 Sunday Daylight Saving (End) 2013
November 11 Monday Veterans' Day 2013
November 28 Thursday Thanksgiving 2013
November 29 Friday Black Friday 2013
December 2 Monday Cyber Monday 2013
December 7 Saturday Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2013
December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day 2013
December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve 2013