2011 December blogging challenge — Day 9: Making stationery

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2011 December blogging challenge
Day 9: Making stationery

I finished up calling the management companies of the 39 condominium communities in my farm to get pet allowances and restrictions, as well as emergency contact information: River Colony, Mission Gate, Rio del Oro, River Scene, and Mission Village.

I'm also getting new pictures of the communities, new high definition pictures. Having so many high definition pictures will allow me to use them in more areas other than just postcards. For example, I could use a light picture as the background for a full 8½x11-inch sheet of paper:



When you have a cool software program and a nice laser printer that will print edge to edge, it's fun to make your own stationery because you can change pictures on the spur of the moment, giving whatever you send a little more punch than just a plain white sheet of paper. Print on some nice paper, like linen, and you really get a nice return on your message.


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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Very cool. What a great idea. Looks like something you might buy at a stationary store.

Dec 09, 2011 11:52 AM #1
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Good stuff Jim. What software do you use to get the picture to print completely to the edge on the paper?


Dec 09, 2011 12:15 PM #2
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Cool idea Jim.....and it has a real professional look and would be eye catching for sure.

Dec 09, 2011 12:40 PM #3
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Jim, That is a good idea!  What printer to you use?  Our laser printer died and we haven't replaced it yet, so I am looking for some input!

Dec 09, 2011 06:35 PM #4
Toronto, ON

Hi Jim - A great idea.  What printer do you have that prints edge to edge?  It would be very nice to get a bleed effect.

Dec 10, 2011 12:53 AM #5
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


It's remarkable what can be accomplished from a desktop now. These products would have been out of reach for Christmas cards servicing most accounts.


Dec 10, 2011 03:18 AM #6
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I guess I should have talked to my marketing guru before I opened my mouth, or at least put words down on the page. I thought I knew what I was talking about. Ooops.

Here's the scoop on printing edge to edge: You can't do it. However, you can simulate it. Buy an A3+ printer. Print your background for an 8½x11" page on an A3 or A4 page, or even tabloid, and then trim the oversized page to 8½x11". That's what my marketing guru does for me. Then all I do is print on the "stationery."

To me it seems like a hassle, but it sure looks neat when all is done, and doing things that look neat without spending a lot of money is part of his Guerrilla Marketing expertise.

Dec 10, 2011 12:13 PM #7
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!
Hi Jim I use pictures of local elements for some of the property brochures I create. Same concept as your letterhead where the picture is faded. Sellers love it once they recognize the background
Dec 11, 2011 09:03 AM #8
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Jim If I don't get by this way before now and then Arthur and I wish you and Russel a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year

Dec 12, 2011 01:10 AM #9
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