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Five mindful mins…

‘Five Mindful Minutes’ bookmarks… #printables

Here’s a reminder of the bookmark design I revamped last year.

The bookmarks were originally created to be left in public places like airports, railway stations, waiting rooms etc.  They can be given out, or made available, where people might benefit from ‘taking time out’ of their busy lives.

These new down-loadable bookmarks are now designed so that it can be easily printed at home on your desk-top home printer.

They are designed without bleed, so you can simply print on A4 paper (or preferably card), and then cut it into five bookmarks.

These new bookmarks read:

  • Sit down comfortably, feet flat on the floor.
  • For one minute, just be still: Deep breath in… slow exhale… Relax your muscles, calm your breathing… listen…
  • For one minute, remember something you are grateful for. Say thank you for it, and know that gratitude is good.
  • For one minute, remember something you regret. Say sorry for it, and know that you are forgiven.
  • For one minute, think of some good things you would like for another person. Be hopeful for that person.
  • For one minute, think of some good things you would like for yourself. Ask how will this help you?…and listen for an answer.
  • For a bonus minute, pause again, and be still… Deep breath in… slow exhale… Relax your muscles, calm your breathing… …try a smile.

 

Feel free to download the #printable PDF from here: Downloadable PDF ‘five mindful minutes’

If you need them changed for your purpose – logos added etc. just get in touch.

I can also arrange bookmarks to be printed professionally in larger quantities if required. Just contact me…

I first produced a ‘God-based’ version of this back in 2014, you can see this here.

If you’re interested in these or perhaps something similar – just get in touch…

 

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Section Breaks – “…it stops everything moving around!”

“Wow! It stops everything moving around!”

“Section Breaks, Section Breaks my kingdom for a Section Break…” (or a page break at least)

Perhaps the most underused formatting option in the realm of Microsoft Word*!

In my experience the Layout, Break, Page or Section Break is one of the simplest formatting options that people either don’t know about, or lazily underuse. I reminded a colleague recently and they exclaimed “Wow! It stops everything moving around!”

Two docs, one portrait, and another landscape… One doc is colour and the other needs to print on the back in mono.

Combining Documents

Instead of keying return return return… to reach the end of a page, you can simply jump to the next page with a section break!

Click: Layout, Break, Page or Section Break

  • For one, this can solve the problem of ‘everything moving’ when you change an earlier paragraph.
  • Secondly, in the ‘new section/page’ you can then change your page orientation, margins etc… So we can insert a landscape page after the portrait page.

If you format your articles/chapters etc with Next Page Section Breaks it can all stay organised.

Another underused tip: If you click Show/Hide (Ctrl+Shift+8) you can see your hidden formatting symbols – which can be useful!

So we can add a landscape page (in a new section) after the portrait page.

‘Select All’ (Ctrl A), then copy (Crtl C) the content of our landscape document and paste (Crtl V) the content into the new one.

Colour and Mono in one document!

Often a black & white looking graphic is actually ‘a dark mix’ of colours, and should ideally be converting to proper grayscale!

Hidden colour £0.10p.         Grayscale 1p

Hidden colour £0.10p.     Grayscale 1p

Converting dirty images to greyscale will save you money – your printer will then charge it as mono and not as a colour page – these costs mount up when you’re printing a whole year group!

In Word, simply double or right click on an image that looks black and white and convert it to true grayscale.

Format Picture – Picture Colour – Grayscale.

(While you are at it you could compress all the pictures in your document and probably half the file size!… Double click and image and compress, selecting ‘all images’…)

*Formatting your documents is a good habit to get into. If you only use one new thing in your next Word doc, make it section breaks… it stops everything moving around!

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Novel Concertina Notelets

Do you have info for students to revise or remember?

About 900 words will fit nicely onto this notelet at 10pt typesize. About 750 words at 12pt. This prints 4 up on A3 paper, or you can print it smaller to 4 up A4.

Tuck ‘em in your pocket!  Effective economical novel print.

It’s just a thing I put together in lockdown, feel free to download, adapt and share.

Notelets printed – 4 on an A3 sheet,

You can print this on an A3 or A4 paper you’ll achieve four notelets per print.

Here’s a Word, yes!… a Microsoft Word.Document.

Yes, this sort of thing should be done using Indesign, Illustrator, or Publisher etc. but the majority of home/office users don’t have this software. So here’s a template in Microsoft Word.

Ick!… Word not nice.

But Yea!… anyone can use it!

The template is set at A3 and includes two pages. Start on page one and the text boxes flow through to the end. The last text box is not linked and becomes the cover of your notelet.

Simply paste your text in, edit and adapt it. Then copy and paste the content in the another three rows.

Happy daze.

Once printed, at A3 or A4 double-sided , simply guillotine the stack into four.

I guess you could just print the first page – ~450 words.

Students can fold their notelet themselves!

Notelets printed 4 on an A3 sheet.

If you print on A4 paper, you may want to increase the type size 2 points – but you’ll then get mini-notelets.

Smaller Notelets printed 4 on an A4 sheet.

When you start playing with MS Word then you really must be in some form of lockdown mode! 🙂

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Printable bunting for the classroom.

I’m occasionally asked for bunting for the classroom…

So I’ve put together some customisable printable bunting. You can download from here, a Microsoft Publisher template (and/or a PDF) of these colourful bunting flags.

It prints three letters on an A4 sheet – I suggest using card.

You can print the full alphabet from the PDF, and use what’s needed, or…

Or, edit the letters in the .pub document to tailor a bespoke sentence.

Happy Daze.

If you need help – just ask.

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Five mindful minutes…

‘Five Mindful Minutes’ bookmarks… #printables

I have revised the bookmark design that I first produced many years ago – see the original below.

The bookmarks were originally created to be left in public places like airports, railway stations, waiting rooms etc.  They can be given out, or made available, where people might benefit from ‘taking time out’ of their busy lives.

These new down-loadable bookmarks are now designed so that it can be easily printed at home on your desk-top home printer.

They are designed without bleed, so you can simply print on A4 paper (or preferably card), and then cut it into five bookmarks.

These new bookmarks read:

  • Sit down comfortably, feet flat on the floor.
  • For one minute, just be still: Deep breath in… slow exhale… Relax your muscles, calm your breathing… listen…
  • For one minute, remember something you are grateful for. Say thank you for it, and know that gratitude is good.
  • For one minute, remember something you regret. Say sorry for it, and know that you are forgiven.
  • For one minute, think of some good things you would like for another person. Be hopeful for that person.
  • For one minute, think of some good things you would like for yourself. Ask how will this help you?…and listen for an answer.
  • For a bonus minute, pause again, and be still… Deep breath in… slow exhale… Relax your muscles, calm your breathing… …try a smile.

 

Feel free to download the #printable PDF from here: Downloadable PDF ‘five mindful minutes’

If you need them changed for your purpose – logos added etc. just get in touch.

I can also arrange bookmarks to be printed professionally in larger quantities if required.

Just contact me…



 

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Many years ago I created these “5 minutes with God” bookmarks for The Bookmark People.
Alas, The Bookmark People are no longer trading.

The text read:

5 minutes with God…
Sit down comfortably, feet flat on the floor.

  • For one minute, just be still: relax your muscles, calm your breathing, listen.
  • For one minute, remember something you are grateful for. Say thank-you to God for it, and be sure that God is happy for you.
  • For one minute, remember something you regret. Say sorry to God for it, and be sure that God forgives you.
  • For one minute, think of some good things you would like for another person. Ask God for it. If what you want just isn’t possible, God will still use your prayer to bless that person.
  • For one minute, think of some good things you would like for yourself. Ask God to show you if it’s right for you, and listen for the answer. God seeks to guide you,

    May the peace of God be with you.
    The original text was by Moira Biggins – NEMACT

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I can recompose artwork for this bookmark if required and can arrange for these to be printed if needed.

If you’re interested in these or perhaps something similar – just get in touch…

Contact Jules…

 

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Image creation… it’s what I do.

 

I create images, products, sounds, movements, actions that might enhance our world, your product, a service or indeed an individual’s outlook.

If you need Artwork for print or screen, or Image creation or manipulation – I might be able to help!

ManinaliftLR

 

Image creation… #photoshop #illustrator #print #publicity #retouch #optimisation #artwork

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If you need Artwork for print or screen, or Image creation or manipulation – I might be able to help!

   My Flickr stream.      Small creative video projects also undertaken.

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Printing: insert a coloured sheet into certain positions of a multiple-page document.

OK, unless you print using a PCL driver for a Konica Minolta Biz Hub Pro 1100 or similar (geeky moment), this will mean nothing. But, for those that might…

Occasionally you need to do something that you have not needed to do before… like, print a 6000-page document and separate it into units of 30.

So, to do the above, we want to insert a blank coloured sheet into page position 30, 60, 90, 120, 150 etc of a multiple-page (150+) document.

Here’s how:

  • Under the Cover Mode tab, select ‘Per Page Setting’, and ‘Edit List 1
  • Add’ a detail between Body1 and Body-End
  • Edit the page numbers such as 30,60,90,120 etc
  • Click the ‘Print Type’ and Change Settings [Insert Blank Sheet]
  • Click the ‘Paper Tray’ and Change Settings eg [Post Inserter Tray1]
  • Click the ‘Paper Size’ and Change Settings [A4]

 And that should do it!  Little things please little minds.

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Save money, paper and time – School Repro.

Saving money, paper & time… by using MS Publisher* (“shock horror”) to create smaller sized documents that use all of the paper. Ask me!

I have been in the print industry for more than 30 years. I have lived scalpels, pixels, lick & stick, copy & paste, raster & vector… and I’ve experienced numerous graphics-for-print software platforms. While Adobe Creative Suite and the like are still the print craftsperson‘s go-to tool, I now surprise myself by recommending a more domestic tool for easy print and copy projects.

People in industries such as education don’t necessarily have access to professional tools such as Adobe Creative Suite. Teachers and educators have better things to do with their teaching and learning time than play with toolboxes and layers. They tend to stick to Microsoft’s Word† (it’s good at word processing) and PowerPoint† (because the screen is their primary communication tool).

“Eeeeek!”

However, I am often sent documents with boxed items on them; to be printed multiple times, and to be trimmed out into cards or batched sets. This is fine if you want one set, but it does waste paper. If you want a dozen or more, this wastes a lot of paper… and the guillotining and sorting takes ages to avoid mixing sets up.

This uneconomical unproductivity can be easily sorted – saving money**, with zero paper wastage, more print per sheet, and easy guillotining and set sorting – and we can make it look good!

For the layman, I’m recommending more use of software like Microsoft Publisher*, yes MS Publisher can be a versatile tool for the non-professional user when planning for multiple batch printing. Or for simply printing economically. Your Word or PowerPoint creations can usually be transferred to Publisher, but I suggest using it as a default tool for print-based projects.

Revision Flash Cards, Study Aids, Card Sorts etc.

Let’s say you want ~20 different small cards. 

What you could ask for is 20 A7 cards. (A7 is 8 to a sheet of A4. You could have any size card, as long as it multiples into an A4 page)

So, we set one Publisher page at the desired size, see below,

Duplicate a master, and create our ~20 different pages.

With Publisher we can then print this on A4 as a stack of sets that can be easily electronically guillotined and banded. 

It’s versatile, can look great, and it saves time and paper**.

You end up with multiple batches (quantity per sheet) of the set of ~20.

 

Don’t fret – send me the content, and given time I can create the .Pub doc for you. Just don’t spend your time in Word†, or heaven forbid Powerpoint†, trying to make it look nice.

If you need them – there are few Publisher “cards” and “label” template documents for you to download here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jkg2mjv3we5u59b/AAB6LXvedE3LjTjoD8cA6QTOa?dl=0


*Horror, Yes, Publisher! When I first was prompted to use publisher, because the situation didn’t warrant the cost of the more professional options, I was horrified. For starters, its Microsoft, but my preconceptions about MS turned out to be a tad misplaced. Secondly, it initially looks like you’re using a child’s toy. But get over it! It’s a very versatile tool for simple multiple-page publishing needs. Projects can even look qood, if you use design elements created in Photoshop and Illustrator etc.

†Word is a word processing program. PowerPoint is for creating screen presentations. 

**I the long-term, planning economically and productively can save an institution £1000s