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There are tons of applications out there to help make beautiful cards but like many people, I don’t have any installed, and don’t prefer those larger programs.  Here’s a quick way to use MS Word to create a simple greeting card or note.

MS Word includes templates for all sorts of letters and cards.  Choose File (or the Orb at the top left), and New.  Choose any pre-designed template and edit.  Search for new ones online, or… create your own card:

1. Find a photo to match your needs.  Visit images.google.com and search for any key word.  Example: Birthday Balloons.  Click the image to enlarge, then right click it and choose copy.

2. Open MS Word (or Open Office or other document editor).  Right click anywhere and choose paste. Here’s a video demonstration.

3. Rotate the image upside down.  Video demonstration.

4. Write your text in the bottom right corner of the document

5. Print and fold in half, twice

Need help? See my example from above – you can just edit from here:
Download:  Stevi – Get Well Soon.doc

NOTE:  Some images may not be licensed to copy or reproduce.  Check the image source’s copy right notice.

In the news…
USAA Bank now accepts iPhone photos of checks for deposits!
WOW!  Other banks that offer this require a steep monthly fee as well as specific model scanners.  Thanks to USAA for paving new ground.  Video demo, or read more…


2 Minute Video: To start, click here or on the above image.

This video is a basic introduction on how to search the Internet.

Summary: Use words just like you might ask anyone else:
•    “How large is a killer whale?
•    “How do you make Christmas bows video?
•    “Time in united kingdom

… want to learn more?  Previous tip:  How to Search the Internet


Basic Lessons in Plain English

October 2nd, 2008

The CommonCraft Show produced the neat video we watched earlier this week, how to search the Internet.  If you didn’t explore more of their videos, you’re really missing out.  Again, their unique approach really breaks things down into small, short bites.  Learning and applying are simple.

Here is a great introduction to “Blogs”:
Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXI

Social networking:
Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a_KF7TYKVc

See much more at www.commoncraft.com/show (scroll down).