Scrapbooking Ideas – Creating Scrapbook Presents

One known fact about Christmas is that it’s a season for sharing and giving – thus the concept of presents. While you can take the easy road out and cut “gift” images from magazines or patterned papers and wrappers, you can also take the creative way – making a present for your scrapbook. Aside from d├ęcor, these presents can also be used as a peek-a-boo for photos and hidden messages, giving your scrapbook a fun and exquisite side.

Scrapbooking ideas such as presents on a layout create a unique look for any scrapbook. To make these presents, you’ll need cardstock, glue, punchers, scissors, kaleidoscopic thin ribbons and a wide array of small embellishments such as sequins, brads and stickers.

First of all, you need to cut the cardstock to the size of the present. Make sure to leave a small, but adequate fold on the side if you plan to create a hinge opening for your present. Create the wrapper by pasting sequins, small stickers and punched designs onto the cardstock. Draw little words if you’d like an almost-wrapper look-alike.

Secondly, snip thin and even pairs of ribbon that will fit the size of the present you’d like to make. Cross the ribbon over each other on top of the cardstock. With a small strip of ribbon, curve your own ribbon for a final ribbon finish and place above the first crossed pair.

Last, glue the fold of the cardstock onto the back of the photo. Then glue the photo and the fold onto the background. If you’re more patient, you can create two halves of a present and have the opening in the middle.

Delivering Effective Presentations – Tricks Professional Speakers Know

Not everyone loves delivering speeches or presentations, so knowing a few tricks make it easier.

In some instances, using power point or other visual aids is helpful. In other situations, an after dinner speech for example, the speech by itself reigns supreme.

Look at your audience and the setting to determine the best forum for the delivery of the message. Some people appreciate using power point or some other visual prop to convey their message, while others find power point limiting for certain interactive seminars. If you are preparing for a presentation, this article may help.

A few benefits of using Power Point:

Power Point has many benefits, and the most obvious is there is less for the presenter to remember. The slides act as your teleprompter. Once you see the title of the slide, or the first line, it should start you on your story or point.

If the idea of public speaking makes you want to be doing almost anything else, including swallowing ground glass, the power point slides can be comforting. Power point slides can help anchor you to the speech, give you a place to refer to if you get nervous or forget a point, and be a reference if you get a question that sidetracks you during the talk.

One of the best aspects of Power Point is that it forces the presenter to get (and stay) organized. Some people claim they do their best speaking off the cuff, and they like doing a speech spontaneously. Honestly, this is only true for a very small percentage of the population. Most people do best when they think about their message, carefully craft their information, and then take that framework and organize it into a cogent presentation. Most terrific speakers write out their main points, expand their points with secondary points, and reiterate those main points throughout the dialogue with stories, ideas, or other information.

Actually making the slides:

Most people will listen to a percentage of what is said, but they will read and see what you have on the slides. Make the slides the points you want your audience to remember.

The font size for the title of a slide should be no smaller than 36 point, and at least 28 point for major bullets. Presenters can use 24 point for indented bullets, but anything smaller tends to frustrate the audience because they can’t read it. One of the most irritating aspects from an audience perspective is illegible slides, and then they stop listening completely. You will know they have stopped listening if they start drafting their grocery store list.

The font type should be normal and familiar, and most of all, easy to read for all audiences. Times New Roman, Arial, or Tahoma are all good standards.

Some speakers use video clips of other speakers or humorous incidents to break up their speech. This makes me nervous for a few reasons. Video takes up computer space, it may not work with the audio visual support in the facility (particularly the sound), and most of all, people generally don’t want to watch a video of someone else if they came to see you.

A few thoughts on the mechanics of a good power point:

  1. The rule of four. Keep your bullets on a slide to four or less. If there are more, no one will remember them.
  2. Use light on a dark background. Make sure the slides can be easily seen from the back of the room.
  3. Use upper and lower case letters. Thanks to email, ALL CAPITAL LETTERS is seen as shouting. Instead of CAPS, use bold, italics, size, or colors to emphasize points.
  4. Kill the animation! Yes, it is a cool feature. No, don’t use it. Flying in sentences word by word is not creating drama, it is creating annoyance. You cannot stop it once it starts, it takes time, and it is distracting at best. Excess animation can make audiences hostile. Most of us don’t need the help.

A few speaking Do’s and Don’ts:

  1. Never, ever, read the words on your slide from start to finish. You can emphasize a point, or you can get someone in the audience to fill in a word for you as you point to it on the slide. Most people can read faster than other people read out loud. They will get to the point before you do, and then you missed your opportunity to make a point.
  2. Never talk to the slide with your back to the audience!!!!! If your focus is on the slide, it is not on the audience. This is akin to a teacher who writes on the chalkboard and talks to the chalkboard at the same time. It is not effective.
  3. Open with something about the audience, focus on their problems and provide solutions, and close with something memorable. The opening slide should be interesting to the audience and give them an idea of what they can expect and why they should pay attention to you.
  4. Always know your opening and closing paragraphs verbatim. This is where people listen the most, so make them great. This is also where most presenters stumble. Knowing them word for word alleviates problems.
  5. All talks are about the audience, either providing information or motivating the audience or ideally, both.
  6. Give people a resource or a way to get more information from you. They need your contact information for future communications.

Better Speaking Tricks:

  1. Get rid of “and”, “uh”, “but”, “so”, “then”, and “hums.”
  2. Keep your hands out of your pockets.
  3. Make an effort to deliberately look at individuals in the audience. Make eye contact.
  4. Practice! Out loud! More than once! The whole presentation! Every joke and every gesture needs to be practiced.
  5. Spontaneity is great on vacation, not in a business presentation. Practice some more!
  6. Practice being loud enough to be heard.
  7. Use voice inflection to keep the presentation interesting.
  8. Know your material and be prepared to answer questions.
  9. When you pause for dramatic effect, freeze your body.
  10. Have fun! When you love your audience, it makes the presentation easy and enjoyable!

Top 4 Christmas Presents for Grandparents

Christmas is the season for giving. Though one might think that the season is focused mainly on children, bear in mind that the older ones also yearn for love and attention. Our grandparents may be just fine without receiving anything on Christmas but making them happy will assure you happiness too. Their smiles, disregarding the wrinkles brought by old age, create burst of emotions that even though they are in the midst of their life, they are still loved and appreciated. In view of the fact that they are aged and sensitive, you must consider gifts that are remarkable and exceptional. Customization of gifts is the most appropriate for their dramatic stance. At the top of our list is the picture perfect personalized pillow. Instead of just a plain color or simple design, you can now personalize your gift. Printing it with an adorable photo of their grandchild will do. Why is it our top one? Two things – pillows are nice gifts for everyone at any occasion; and the print brings smiles on their faces whenever they take a look at it. You may do it yourself or buy and make it customized for $20-$30. It is definitely worth the price.

Next on the list is a classic book-type picture frame with a poem and a photograph on either side. It took the second spot for it will be such an inspiration having those two (poem and photo) in one. A classic type of a frame will suit their type. You could actually buy them at any gift shop. You may wish to add some fun by putting some designs on the actual border of the frame. The poem will make it more sentimental so you might as well do one or copy a piece from the internet. It’s your choice. You can also borrow a line from letters from Santa Claus that your grandma and granddad sent you when you were young. A line that would make them remembers that you keep those letters they sent through the years. Now, that is so touching.

The top three present would be a grandmother bracelet. You may pair it with a card to make it more special. This would be a memorable gift. Instead of giving them gold or a silver one, a beaded bracelet will make them feel like they are still up to date. Not only it will make a difference, but it may also be a lucky charm. There are existing good luck bracelets, mostly beaded, that can be found both at some Chinese or non Chinese gift shops.

Last but definitely not the least is the personalized grandma or granddad mugs. Use their fondness of drinking a morning coffee to your advantage. Since they love doing so, consider it to be a choice of gift for Christmas. This is rather affordable yet remarkable. These gifts are humbly decided by a non-professional so your own opinion matters most. This season ought to bring a happy environment for every one of all ages. But whatever the occasion is, let us not forget our grandparents, who send us lots of Santa Claus letters when we were young. They too need to feel the warmth of your appreciation. Either on a budget or not, you may give them something that would be a symbol of your love. It’s still the thought that counts.