Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Marketing Content Ideas for December

“December's wintry breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer's memory” - John Geddes 

Decorate your social media pages: You decorate your tree, your house, and even your pets! You should also decorate your social media profiles for the season with festive graphics.

Let your business pages get personal: Do you have a favorite holiday memory that inspired you to open your business? What about a family recipe or tradition? You can have a day where the staff dress up (Santa hat’s or ugly Christmas sweaters) and share the images on your social media pages.

Add a personal touch: Create personalized cards or e-cards and send them out to customers, important business connections and local businesses.

Click on the Special Dates and events for images that can 
be used for marketing and social media content:

December 2: Cyber Monday
December 2: Special Education Day
December 4: Santa's List Day
December 4: Cookie Day
December 5: Ninja Day
December 6: Give a Secret Gift Day
December 7: Letter Writing Day
December 8: Brownie Day
December 10: Human Rights Day
December 12: Poinsettia Day
December 19: Build a Snowman Day
December 20: Games Day
December 20: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
December 21: (approximate) Winter Solstice
December 24: Christmas Eve
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Boxing Day
December 27: Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day
December 30: Take a Walk Day.
December 30: Bacon Day
December 31: New Year's Eve

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Publishing a Book - Photographs and Illustrations

Have you ever thought about publishing a book? You've got your story/idea but now you need images to complete your book and something really eye catching for your cover photo. Whether you want to design the cover yourself or hire someone (who will probably use stock images anyhow) to design it for you. Why not save time and money by finding a great image from the team of talented creators that have probably already designed the perfect image at has millions of great royalty-free, copy-write safe images you can use to complete your projects. Click the links below to find your perfect images:

Comic Book Images


Children's Book Images


Cook Book Illustrations/Photos


Business Themed Images


Play around with different keywords to find images more specific to your projects. You can also contact to assist with your needs.

Know your rights when it comes to using stock images. Make sure you have the correct license for what you are using the images for. When in doubt contact the image provider and get specific on how the image will be used, how many cumulative copies of images you will need and if the print will be in advance of sales or print-on-demand.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Marketing Content Ideas for November


It's important to keep a Marketing Calendar/Social Media Content Calendar. These are great tools for showing what marketing events, media campaigns and merchandising efforts are planned and for when.

November is an extremely busy time of year, as we prepare for the biggest holiday season and keeping a calendar to stay organized will be helpful to you and your team.

Finding and creating content is not always easy, so we’ve put together a list of monthly observances for November and hopefully a few of these will get your creative juices flowing.

Click on each November observance for images that will help with your campaigns:

Aviation History Month

Epilepsy Awareness Month


Military Family Appreciation Month

National Adoption Month

National Fun with Fondue Month

National Georgia Pecan Month

National Native American Heritage Month

National Family Literacy Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

World Vegan Month

Special Dates in November:

Veterans Day / Remembrance Day -  November 11

Thanksgiving (USA) - November 28

Black Friday  - November 29


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Remembrance Day - Canada


On Remembrance Day we come together to honour the Canadian men and women who fought and died for peace and freedom.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we will remember.

Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 AM

Remembrance Day boils down to memory, respect, appreciation, and gratitude.

In elementary school students participate in Legion Poster and Poem contests. It is a wonderful, interactive way to teach children what Remembrance Day really means. Even 50 years after elementary school, you would be hard-pressed to find a Canadian born adult that doesn’t recognize John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields.

In Canada the only two provinces that do not observe Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday are Ontario and Quebec. Personally, I think this is how all of . As a student, if I had been able to stay home and sleep in on Remembrance Day, I wouldn't know as much as I do about the history and the importance of the day.

 Find images related to Remembrance Day and Poppies, as well as millions of other royalty-free and copyright-safe images at

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Online Invitations

For those interested in making a difference to help save trees, time, and money, you can customize an invitation design and email it to your guests.

Create elegant online invitations to send directly to all of your friends and family.

Whether your planning for your wedding day, a birthday event or just a casual get-together, sending out your invitations has never been easier.

No more worries about your hand writing, when you create your invitation online.

There are many company's offering this service but we decided to have a closer look at what Paperless Post has to offer with their "upload your own" design feature:

I'm choosing to work with a "save the date" invitation vector image from has thousands of images to work with. To keep it simple you can choose a blank image or remove the sample text that some images provide. Here is my edited version of image #1829660.

For more "save the date" invitations: click here

The steps are simple for creating your paperless invitation:

1. Choose page
2. Upload your design or image
3. Edit the image text, photo, motif or backdrop
4. Choose your envelope and liner colors/patterns
5. Choose your stamp and postmark
6. Choose your reply card options
7. Enter further details and your recipients.

I really loved the option to request your guests mailing addresses, so that you can send out formal invitation by mail if you chose to.

Give them a try and tell us what you think:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Free Stock Images - NOT worth it

Free stock images are just not worth the risk. You run the risk of being blamed for copyright infringement and having to pay thousands of dollars to the image creator.

But, the image came with a license, you say. Great! but those licenses are really only valid if the issuer is the copyrighted owner or has the legal permission from the owner to distribute the image.
Are you willing to bet that the "free image providers" are using enough resources to verify every image that has been allowed to be uploaded by virtually anyone?

Vital Imagery

Vital Imagery is a provider of royalty-free, copyright safe, digital image content with one of the world's largest wholly owned collections, and over 25 million images available 24/7. Our content includes clipart, photos, fonts, sounds and animations used by corporate, agency and freelance graphic design professionals, the educational sector, publishing, media and entertainment industries.

Offering a wide range of choices to meet all creative needs from Animation Factory, and, we make it easy for customers to get to work with straightforward purchase plans for single-images or all-access subscriptions for a chosen time frame.

We offer special educational pricing for teachers and students with our school sites that offer child-friendly, royalty-free and copyright safe images. iCLIPART for Schools and School Edition

Vital Imagery offers subscriptions and single image purchases to suit every budget. If you are unsure which subscription or site would be best suit your needs, contact us and let us know what you will be using the images for and how many you might need:

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Halloween Images and Ideas

Look no further! All the images you need for Halloween. Animations, cut-ready vector images and photographs to help complete your marketing, decorating, craft projects, gift ideas and more.

Check out these amazing Halloween Alphabet Vectors: Click here to see more


Halloween Banners, Posters, Place Cards, and more: Click here to see more


Make the perfect gift with cut-ready images, vectors and customizable images: Click here to see more

Keep the kids busy with Halloween Coloring Images: Click here to see more

 If the image has "color this image online" below it, you can click on that to open our image coloring tool and the kids can color the image on their device and you won't have to worry about their crayons or markers or you can print and color. (subscribers only)

Use the online coloring tool: Click here to try it

Check out these links for more Halloween ideas: Animation, Photography, and Clipart