Tuesday, July 9, 2019

How To Choose The Best Stock Image Site For You

There are a lot of really great stock image sites out there and it might seem difficult to choose the best one for you to use.

Here are some tips to consider when determining the best site for you:

  • How many images will you need? Will you need to purchase single images or would a subscription be a better value for you?
  • How much is your budget? knowing your budget limits will help you to find the right company to work with and the right subscription type.  Paying more doesn't always mean you getting more value.
  • Read the reviews. You'll quickly know by reading reviews if a company is worth giving your money to. Is their customer service willing to help when you run into trouble?
  • Who doesn't love a great deal!? Contact the companies you're interested in and see who has any special offers going that you might not have known about.
  • Make sure you read their terms and usage rules. You might sign up thinking you have the right to use images for commercial projects or print-on-demand. Call or email the company and be clear on your usage and let them tell you exactly what subscription you need to purchase.

Vital Imagery Ltd

I often hear people saying they can just get their images from Google or free stock image sites. The images on most "free" image sites are actually copyrighted and you will be liable for using them even if you are unaware of the infringement. Why take the risk? Use a reputable stock image company and make sure you and your business are not at risk.

Schools are also at risk. Vital Imagery Ltd offers two child-friendly websites specifically tailored for school use. Teachers and Students can safely use the images in class projects without worrying about the student or school being sued.

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A German school was recently sued (£360) because a student used an image in a project that was copyrighted

York University ordered to pay up after losing copyright battle

Visit these Vital Imagery Ltd sites to determine which site is best for you:

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Animation Factory


Clipart.com School Edition



iCLIPART for Schools

For any questions or comments contact support@vitalimagery.com

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

American Independence - 4th of July Celebrations

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Often celebrated with family events and a great show of patriotism. July 4th is when the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.

Best ways to celebrate the Fourth of July:

  • Wear your most colorful 4th of July red, white, and blue swag!
  • Visit a national or state park near you. Enjoy the scenery and look for bald eagles.
  • Pack a picnic and head to the park with family and friends.
  • Head to the beach for an afternoon of water, sand, and sun.
  • Take home-made cards to soldiers now living in nursing homes and hospitals.
  • Learn a patriotic song or sing one you already know such as America the Beautiful.
  • Have a bike parade in your neighborhood. Let the kids decorate their bikes with 4th of July swag.
  • Have a cook-out with family and friends. Be sure to take the time to pause and give thanks for our freedom.
  • Attend a local 4th of July parade.

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Decorating ideas: 

Make home-made toppers with your children.
Print images and cut them out. They can be flags, hats, stars or anything with a patriotic look.

Use them with tooth picks for cupcakes, cakes or with cheese and veggie trays.
Print larger images for along fences and to decorate your home. Hang with tape or string throughout the house or backyard.

Decorate items you have at home with American themed borders and banners.

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  •  Cups, jars or cans that can be used as utensil holders or for flowers and plants as centrepieces.

Safety Tip:

A good idea when attending large public events is to print name labels for your kids with their first name and your cell phone number in-case you get separated. They can be printed on sticker paper or just on paper and laminated.

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Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Coloring - for Kids and Adults

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As much as we would love the kids to stay off of the electronics for summer break. I wanted to let you know about a great tool on iCLIPART.com that could help save your summer and kids boredom.

Have you planned what the kids will do when you're away for the weekend or week and the weather just isn't co-operating?

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There's nothing worse than realizing you brought all the fun beach and sand toys but didn't pack anything for indoors or relaxing.

How could we really pack everything we "might" possibly need?

Maybe your little one isn't feeling the greatest and just wants to stay in bed or relax with some easy activities.

You might have noticed that we have great black and white images that are really great for printing and coloring but have you also noticed that if you are not able to print the images, they can also be colored right online in iCLIPART.com.

We have super simple images to images that are very detailed.

Choose one of these keyword search suggestions to get you started: coloring, mandala, activity or doodle and you'll have pages and pages of great images to choose from.

Editing your search choices can be done in the advanced search section, beside the search bar.

Adult coloring can help reduce stress, anxiety and create focus. Coloring is really great for anyone who has trouble with meditation.


Be sure to chose just black and white images in your advanced search.

When you have found an image you are interested just click on "color this image online" and it will open up in a new window where you can color your image or complete the activity.


If you don't have a subscription to iCLIPART.com, you can get one now: click here

To save 20% use coupon code: SAVE20FB for new users 
or to renew use code: REN20FB  

For any questions or comments you can contact support@vitalimagery.com

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Canada Day with Clipart.com

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Did you know? 20 Facts about Canada

Canada only got its own flag 100 years after it became a country on February 15, 1965.

The Canadian Mint has a 1 million dollar coin that is USABLE

A crater on the planet Mars was named after the town of Gander, NFL in honour of its efforts in space research.

Popular superheroes, Superman and Wolverine, were conceived by Canadian minds.

Quebec manufactures more than 77% of the world's maple syrup.

Twenty percent of the world's fresh water is in Canada. Canada has more lakes than all other countries combined. Ontario alone has over 250,000 lakes.

Canada’s longest place name is Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik Lake. Say that fast 5 times ;)

Canada shares the largest demilitarized border in the world with the United States.

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While ice hockey is Canada’s most prevalent sport, lacrosse is the country’s official sport.

The name “Canada” comes from the word “Kanata” used by the Iroquois, a native American tribe who lived in Quebec in the 16th century

The Hawaiian pizza was actually invented by an Ontario, Canada man.

Canada consumes more KD (mac and cheese) than any other country in the world.

Basketball was invented by a Canadian and the only Canadian NBA team, the Toronto Raptors, are the current NBA Champions! #WeTheNorth

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The first NBA game was played in Canada between the New York Knicks and the Toronto Huskies in 1946

80% of all alcohol consumed in Canada is beer.

Canada is home to the oldest brewery in North America, Molson, which was established in 1786

Ottawa holds an annual Tulip festival, filled with Tulips sent from the Netherlands. For one day in 1943, Ottawa designated a hospital room to be international ground so that a Dutch princess could be born a full Dutch citizen and keep her princess title. The annual tulips are a sign of gratitude from the Netherlands.

Pincher Creek, Alta., experienced a temperature shift from -19 C to 22 C in just one hour in 1962

Santa Claus lives in Canada. His address is Santa Claus, North Pole H0H 0H0. If you write him a letter from anywhere in the country, he will respond.

Canada will be celebrating it’s 152nd birthday on July 1, 2019

Happy Canada Day!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Benefits Of Having A Brochure For Your Business

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A well-designed, well-written brochure can help sell your company. If you want to grow as a business and reach out to more customers, a brochure can really highlight the benefits of your business.

Along with your website, social networking, advertising and marketing efforts, a company brochure is an indispensable part of your branding process. Most brochures are able to introduce the company, provide a visual snapshot of products and/or services, as well as share features, benefits and contact information. Basically, a condensed version of what a website does.

Compared to other forms of print materials, brochures can be mailed, used on location, or handed out at events. Whether it’s at a large event or distributing them door-to-door, another one of the advantages of a brochure is that they are a simple but effective way to target a specific group of people.  

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Have you ever received information from a friend or co-worker? Brochures can easily be passed from person-to-person.

You want a good design with visuals, bullet points with brief copy that will create interest – not paragraph after paragraph of text. Too much content and your potential customer will put the brochure down and read no further.

Vital Imagery Ltd sites can help you create stunning business brochures. Our brochure templates are available to suit any industry.

Click for more tri-fold design ideas: tri-fold
Click for more full-page design ideas : full page

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Celebrating Dad

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What most parents want is to know that all their hard word is seen and appreciated. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a great dad in their life but if you are Father's Day is a great time to remind him of how much he means to you.

Here is a list of funny captions to let dad know how much you care and recognize all that he does:

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You're the best father I've ever had.

I feel bad for other people today. Obviously my dad is the best.

Dad, thanks for killing all the spiders.

Happy Father's Day, Dad. You were right -- about everything. 

I can never repay you. Literally.

Without me, today would be just another day. You're welcome!

Dad, you're the cool parent. But I'll deny it if you tell mom.

You might have the worst jokes, but you're the best dad.

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Not all heroes wear capes. Mine wears cargo shorts.

Thanks for putting up with me, Dad!

We all know that Mom did the hard part. But Happy Father's Day anyway!

You're so hip, you had a dad bod *before* it was cool.

I'm sorry for everything, Dad. Unfortunately, the list is too long to explain.


On a more serious note:

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You have given me the best things in life: Your time, your care, and your love. I am truly grateful to have you in my life.

A daughter may outgrow your lap, but will never outgrow your heart.

You're the best, Dad. Plain and simple.

Not always eye to eye, but always heart to heart.

Dad: a daughter's first love and a son's first hero.

Life doesn't come with a manual—it comes with a father.

I love my dad to the moon and back.

Some great quotes about father's and fatherhood:

"On behalf of every man looking out for every girl, you are the God and the weight of her world." — John Mayer

"When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back." — Linda Poindexter

"A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be." — Carol Coats

"Any fool can have a child. That doesn't make you a father. It's the courage to raise a child that makes you a father." — Barack Obama 

“Being a dad isn’t just about eating a huge bag of gummy-bears as your wife gives birth. It means being comfortable with the word hero.” — Ryan Reynolds

“It’s all about you not trying to decide what your daughter or son should be or what you want them to be, it’s all about loving them no matter who they are or what they decide to do.” — Magic Johnson

“The only way I can describe it … at the end of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” you know how his heart grows, like, five times its size? Everything is full; It’s just full all the time.” — Matt Damon

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Images as an Educational Tool from Dover Publications

Dover Publications have been creating and publishing books for over 40 years. Ever since their first volume was released educators have been using the images as a fun and creative educational resource.

Dover Publications' images can be used as supplemental aids in lesson plans, classroom activities, art projects, worksheets, bulletin board decorating, fund raising, and much more!

On iCLIPART.com you can find an extensive selection of the Dover Publications' images organized by book titles and categories.

Choose from Civil War Images

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 Animal Silhouette Images

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Braun and Schneider's Historic Costume

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Human Anatomy

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For more information contact: support@vitalimagery.com

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Summer Family Fun Checklist

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Summer is quickly approaching and the school year is coming to an end. It's time to start planning those summer activities that will help make great memories with you and your family, keep the kids busy and won't break the bank.

Here is a check-list with something for everyone in the family:

  • Go to a drive-in movie. Bring a blanket and chair and watch under the stars. The kids will love it!

  • Visit an amusement park. Take on their biggest roller coaster!

  • Go camping. Real camping not glamping ;). Set up a tent, cook over a fire and don't forget the marshmallows.

  • Visit a beach. Be sure to walk barefoot along the sand. Walking barefoot, also known as "earthing," has gone from being a kooky counter-culture trend, to a scientifically-researched practice with a number of remarkable health advantages, such as increasing antioxidants, reducing inflammation, and improving sleep.

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  • Pick berries at a farm. If picking isn't your thing at least stop at a roadside stand and pick up some fresh local fruits and vegetables.

  • Have a barbecue with friends and neighbours. Make it the whole street and have a huge pot-luck meal. Set up some games for the kids to play.

  • Visit a new place or town. Get the kids to find out as much information about the town while you drive there. Small communities can have such great history.

  • Read a new book. This is great for kids and adults to have time away from the electronics.

  • Check out a local summer festival.There are so many festivals to choose from whether you like music, food or fresh produce. There are usually events going on every weekend of the summer.

  • Have a picnic. You can often find picnic tables at your local parks or bring a large blanket to spread out on the grass. Bring along some games you can play, like Frisbee or badminton.

  • Mini-golf. This can be a great family bonding experience and teaches sportsmanship.  It's a great way to burn some calories and isn't played in front of a screen.
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Do you have any other great summer family fun ideas for this list? 
Share them with me at support@vitalimagery.com

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Surprise Dad With These Wonderful Gift Ideas and Messages

Great gift ideas with images from iCLIPART.com

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  Create coupons for dad. 

  Print your offer to dad on the reverse side. Some examples might include:

  1. One free car wash
  2. Help cleaning the garage
  3. Take the trash out for dad
  4. Let dad sleep in

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Personalize mugs and shirts for dad. 

Create unique personalized mugs, water bottles, shirts and more without having to be a designer. Simply find an online printer ( For example: vistaprintthat you can load up your image choice and have a mug made and shipped to you.  
Dad will love it!

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Create your own Father's Day cards.

Save money by creating your own cards, year-round. All you need is a cardstock capable printer and some cardstock paper.

Choose the perfect card front at iCLIPART.com and then print your image on half the page and fold for the perfect greeting card.

Here are some sample messages to include that dad is sure to appreciate:

You have given me the best things in life: Your time, your care, and your love. Happy Father's Day!

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The older I get the more I realize how important it is to have a dad like you.

Your guidance, advice, and love has stuck with me through it all. I would not be who I am today without you. Enjoy your special day!

On a father scale of 1 to 10, I give you a million. Thanks a million Dad!

I hope I’ve made you proud, Dad and if not, hey, maybe you ought to lower your expectations. 

For more great Father's Day images visit iCLIPART.com 

Happy Father's Day!


Friday, May 24, 2019

Getting On Track With Your Marketing Strategies

Sometimes a little reminder or helpful tips can get you back on track with your marketing strategies.

Keep in Contact

If you have client email addresses, use them to keep in touch with your clients. Let them know about the latest offers, promotions or other important information going on in your business.

Rethink Your Content Management

One of the features of iCLIPART.com is that you can search images by collection/artist if you would like the same look and feel in your presentations and projects but you also have millions of images to choose from to keep your social media fresh and new. A great companion site to iCLIPART.com is iPHOTOS.com, with more of a focus on great photographic images it also has great illustrations and vectors.

Latest Trends

You don’t need to hire a team of 20 something year old's to be able to stay fresh and keep up with what’s trending. Take the time each week/month to search the information you need. You know your customers and what they need. Read articles, snoop the competition and network with like minded people.

Content Calendar

As we’ve mentioned in a previous Blog, this is one of the most important tools to include in your social media tool-kit.  A well-maintained social media content calendar keeps all your marketing efforts focused and saves you time.

Social Media Analytics

Equally important to go along with your content calendar is a report for keeping track of your social media analytics.

Followers gained/lost

Knowing what works and what doesn't is important for your future marketing plans.


Find millions of royalty-free stock photos, illustrations and vectors at Vital Imagery Ltd sites.

Comments or questions? Contact Lisa at support@vitalimagery.com

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Spotlight: Stock Animation and more at Animation Factory


Animation Factory brings you PowerPoint templates, animated gifs, animated clipart and animated graphics to enhance your web projects, blogs and emails.  Animation Factory is the place for web elements and animated graphics to enhance your web and video projects.

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Power Clipart

In addition to amazing animation, Animation Factory also offers High Resolution 3D Images for PowerPoint presentations.

Wow your PowerPoint audience with these studio quality, high definition 3D renders. These high resolution clips comes with an extra glossy style; with realistic shadows and amazing reflections and surfaces. These images will truly bring out the best in your project.

Power Clipart images can be used for business presentations, slideshows, seminars, and for school lectures.

PowerPoint Backgrounds and Templates

PowerPoint backgrounds give presentations a unique look and captivate the audience. Animation Factory has a huge library of PowerPoint backgrounds and animated backgrounds for every theme. 
Business, education, nature, science and more.

PowerPoint templates come complete with backgrounds, graphics, images, fonts, colors and styles and all that’s required is for you to add the text of your presentation. To use a template simply drop in your titles, bullet points, text and pictures.

PowerPoint templates and PowerPoint backgrounds are available with a Platinum or Pro Level membership at Animation Factory.  


Animation Factory also offers:

See how using our animations can dramatically improve the effectiveness of your PowerPoint Presentations!  Click Here for Video

To visit Animation Factory and discover all that they have to offer visit: www.animationfactory.com

Contact Animation Factory at afsupport@vitalimagery.com 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Happiness is Seeing Your Mother Smile.

As we get ready to celebrate our Mother's for Mother's Day, here is a list of quotes and sayings that will help you to personalize your notes and greetings to her:

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Home is where your mom is.

I do what I want, when I want, where I want… if my mom says it’s ok.

I believe in love at first sight because I loved my mom since I opened my eyes.

The worst sight in the world is seeing your mom cry.

A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s. -Princess Diana

To the world, you are a mother. To a family, you are the world.

Mom, because of you, I am what I am today. Thank you.

Moms are people who know us the best and love us the most.

There’s a reason some people think they can achieve anything. They listened to their mother.

My mother is my best critic, and yet my strongest supporter.
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We laugh, we cry. We make time fly. We are best friends, my mother and I.

Words cannot express the gratitude that you deserve for all that you have done for us throughout the years.

If I didn’t have you as a mom, I’d choose you as a friend.

No matter what we go through. No matter how much we argue. In the end, you are there for me always, and I love you for that.

I couldn’t ask for a better mom. Even in your flaws, I saw perfection.

I love my mom because she gave me everything: she gave me love, she gave me her soul, and she gave me her time.

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First my mother, forever my friend.

There will be so many times you feel like you’ve failed. But in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child, you are super mom.

Mom, I cannot thank you enough for what you have done me. You were always there when I needed you the most.

No matter your age, you always need your mom.

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Add these greetings to our wonderful cards and
backgrounds to print a wonderful home-made
greeting your mother will treasure forever.

For more backgrounds and cards visit:

Mother's Day Backgrounds

For more information please contact support@vitalimagery.com

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

What's on your Marketing Calendars?

A content marketing calendar is exactly what it sounds like:
A content plan that covers your marketing activities for an entire month or year.

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Content marketing is not something you should take care of on-the-go. It is best to organize your content in the form of calendar.

Perhaps you own a small pizza shop and it’s September 5th, just another day, right? You think about posting some images on Instagram that offer a special price on your pepperoni pizzas. Great, right? Not really, because September 5th is National Pizza Day and you didn’t realize until the day was almost over. If you plan out your month or year in advance with a Marketing calendar, you won’t miss out on those amazing marketing opportunities.

I like to include popular #hashtags that can be used within the month, wherever space allows on my calendar.

May Monthly Content Marketing Calendar

#Global Love Day💑
3 #TwoDifferent Colored Shoes Day 4
5 #Lemonade Day 6
Share a product
Quote/ Image

Share a product
Promote    Mother's DaySale👜
Mother's Day
Mother's Day 💗
Share a product
Share a product
 Quote/ Image


20 VictoriaDay

Share a product

Quote/ Image

Long weekend sale 


M A  Y       

27 Memorial Day (US) 28

M     A

D   N   E 

 S    S   


The purpose of a social media calendar is to provide a framework for sharing content that resonates with your audience and also sells your business. It is a good idea to mix business with pleasure when it comes to social media. If your audience is always being "sold" something, they will lose interest in following you. Try keeping a good mix.

Before creating your calendar, plan content around specific campaigns and goals. First, determine the type of content that make sense for your business and audience.

They say the best times to post on social media is between 12pm and 3pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I think it is important when first starting out to keep track of your post times and days of the week, as well as, when you're getting the most attention. Your followers might be different from the norm, depending on your business.

Take advantage of social media scheduling that Facebook has available and post as much as you can for the coming month(s).

Use quality images from stock image providers like Vital Imagery Ltd.
We have sites for all your needs: iPHOTOS.com, Clipart.com , iCLIPART.com or AnimationFactory.com

For more information or questions, please contact support@vitalimagery.com