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Seven Tips for Building a Better Bulletin

1. Use boxes sparingly: Cluttering a bulletin with lines and boxes makes it difficult for your parishioners to know where to look. Keep lines to a minimum and separate content with color or white space. Try adding images to help illustrate the content allowing for a more attractive, clean layout. 2. Use white space: It […]

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Get Inspired!

Creativity can be very elusive, especially when you are working on a deadline and need an idea as soon as possible!  Many of the world’s greatest thinkers developed unusual habits in an effort to spark their minds.  Maya Angelou made hotel rooms her workspace of choice, while Igor Stravinski got his innovative juices flowing by […]

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Creating Event Calendars for Busy Schedules

Spring will soon be in the air, and Lent is now upon us. Preparing for holy seasons presents a challenge to our editors, who must find a way to squeeze many special events and masses into the bulletin. What is the best way to convey important dates and church happenings to parishioners within a limited […]

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Newsletter Design Trends: How to Find Your Style

All newsletters share a common purpose of communicating a message to a targeted group of people.  The type of information and reason for presenting it will vary, however, because every newsletter is unique.  For instance, the goal could be to build brand awareness, increase an organization’s membership base, educate readers, garner donations, etc.  Regardless of […]

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Bulletin Design Trends: How to Find Your Style

Every publication is unique, but there are several different styles commonly used for bulletin layout. Covers Inside Pages Which style is best for your church? When choosing a layout, first and foremost, consider the amount and type of content necessary.  Is there a lot of important information that must be included?  Choose a design that […]

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Print Preview Using LPi Express

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” — Benjamin Franklin Franklin’s adage is just as true today in the cyberworld as it was in colonial times. Before you submit your publication to LPi to be printed, walk through the following steps to prevent any issues. Always preview your PDF file by clicking […]

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Logo Design Tips

Logos are not just for global brands like Apple and Starbucks. They are a powerful tool for any organization aiming to differentiate itself and establish a loyal following. A logo can give religious institutions a recognizable identity that represents the core values and mission of the congregation. What makes a good logo? Simplicity There are […]

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Are you Linked into “Linking”?

If you use Publisher, Quark or InDesign to create your publication, one of the options you have when placing images is to link them to your publication file. But what does that mean and why would you choose to do that? Generally speaking images files are large and take up lots of storage in your […]

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CMYK

Color Makes You Key (CMYK)

You may see the letters CMYK mentioned with regard to printing. While it may seem to be an acronym for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, on closer inspection you’ll note it does not. The obvious issue is the letter K which oddly enough stands for the “key” as in the key plate. Just as with […]

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Spring Cleaning Your Bulletin

Spring is here and it’s time to spruce up your home, get rid of clutter, and get things organized. This year, take your spring cleaning beyond your home and yard and take a fresh look at your bulletin. Consider these tips for breathing new life into your bulletin: If it’s no longer working, throw it out: […]

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Setting Tabs in Microsoft Publisher

One of the easiest ways to maintain an even structure in Microsoft Publisher is to use tabs in the margin bar at the top of your document. Using tabs makes placing detailed information more visually pleasing and easy to understand. Pressing Tab by default gives you a gap of about a quarter of an inch in a document. This can […]

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Keeping Tabs on Your Content

Looking for a neat way to keep things in line within your bulletin?  Give your space bar a break and consider using Tabs, a convenient method for organizing your information in a clean, easy-to-read format.  When set up correctly, all you need to do is press Tab on your keyboard, and Microsoft Publisher will automatically […]

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