AN Excel Guru I Am Not

Working on a mailing list today, I got very frustrated when I lost about 30 minutes of work. Now I don’t usually do files for mailing but this was a list that I wanted to go over to take out names that were no longer relevant.  Fortunately for me and for Burns Mailing & Printing, I have an employee who is way beyond Guru when it comes to Excel and our mailing lists.  She has many tricks up her sleeve when it comes to getting our customers files ready for mailing.

I am a mailer and I am about to do a mailing, so yes, I definitely believe in direct mail.

If you are ready for your next direct mail project, email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com or call 865 584-2265 for a free print and mail estimate.

 

 

 

What The Design Department Does At Burns Mailing & Printing

You may have the idea that our graphic designers just lay-out post cards, brochures etc., but they do much much more.  In fact our design department, along with our production manager, manage the print production. They control and run our digital presses. They send files to our plate maker so that our pressman can make the printing plates to go on the offset presses.  They can even program our paper cutter so that the the bindery operators can pull up the job ticket number and the paper cutter is programmed for that job. They also check graphic files and make a print out for our mailing manager to check,  to make sure that they meet postal specifications before printing.  We check each file that comes in, even if we did not design the job.

We say “we are a printer that knows mailing and a mailer that knows printing”.  This adds up to a true one-stop convenience for our customers. Each job moves from department to department efficiently until the final stop, the United States Postal Service.   All of these services under one roof…it is a big roof.

If you don’t need the cost of an ad agency, but want to have some printed materials printed or mailed, call me, Phyllis Burns, at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com.

There will be an election this year in the City of Knoxville.  Offices on the ballot in 2019 are;

  • City Major
  • City Council at-Large, Seat A
  • City Council at-Large, Seat B
  • City Council at-Large, Seat C
  • City Council, District 5
  • Municipal Judge

The primary election is August 27, 2019 and the General election is November 5, 2019.

At Burns Mailing & Printing, we have been doing political design, printing and direct mail for years.  Not only do we print and mail post cards but we also do;

  • Push Cards
  • Brochures
  • Door Hangers
  • Lapel Stickers
  • Yard Signs
  • Posters
  • Laser Personalized Letters
  • Brochures
  • Letterhead and Envelopes
  • Donation Envelopes

Burns Mailing & Printing is experienced, professional and on time.  Please give me a call at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com.

Burns Mailing & Printing is a certified 100% Women Business Enterprise (WBE)

Winner of the AMA’s Big Wig Award for best fulfillment/ direct mail.

 

Do You Know What A Printing Bindery Does?

Our bindery department does all the paper cutting, folding, collating, drilling and other finishing operations used in printing projects.

  • SCORING: The process of making a crease in the paper so that it will fold easily.
  • PERFORATING: The process of punching lines of a very small holes into the paper to make a section easy to tear off.
  • EMBOSSING: The molding and reshaping of paper by the use of special metal dies and heat, counter dies and pressure, to produce a raised image o the paper surface
  • FOIL STAMPING: Impressing metallic foil onto paper with a heated die.
  • LAMINATION: Applying thin transparent plastic sheets to both sides of a sheet of paper, providing scuff resistance, waterproofing and extended use.
  • DIE CUTTING: The process of cutting paper in a shape or design by the use of a wooden die or block in which are positioned steel rules in the shape of the desired pattern.

 

Above is a picture of a folder used in commercial printing.

If you have need for graphic design, digital printing, offset printing and direct mail email me, Phyllis Burns,  at phyllis@burnsmp.com or call me at 865 584-2265.

Checking Things Off My Bucket List

 

 

 

I have been blessed to travel with my family over the last 5 years. Our spring trip this year was to Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic. This was one of the most relaxing trips we have taken.  I think that everyone recharged and relaxed. I read 4 novels while I was there and got lots of sunshine and good food.  We also celebrated Michael’s 24th birthday.

We did drive to Samana, about a 3 hour drive from Juan Dolio to do some whale watching.  Samana is where the mother whales come to give birth and train their calves for the long trip back to the Boston area.  We saw two mother whales with their calves.  One of the calves breached and gave us a thrill. I have tried to see the whales in Hawaii, Boston and California, to no avail.  Either it was the wrong time of year and in the case of Boston, the weather was so bad the boats could not go out.

Back at work today, doing what we do best..graphic design, printing & direct mail.  Thanks to all my great employees for keeping things going while I was gone.

 

 

What is Digital Printing?

Digital printing does not use printing plates the way that conventional offset does, but instead uses toner.  In conventional offset ink is put on paper and the ink is absorbed into the paper.  In digital printing the toner sets on the paper and is not absorbed into the paper.  This gives a different look to the printed piece and often digitally printed pieces has a brighter color. Digital printing is usually used for smaller quantities.  We usually run up to 10,000 on our digital press but if it goes over that quantity, we move it to an offset press.

A big benefit of using the digital printing is the variable data capabilities. Variable data printing is a form of on-demand printing in which elements (such as text, numbers, graphics, etc.) can be changed from one printed piece to the net, without stopping or slowing down the press, using information from a database. For example, a set of personalized letters, each with the same basic layout, can be printed with a different name and address on each letter. At Burns, we can print and address double-sided postcards on one pass of the press. When we personalize a letter we add a bar code on the back of the letter and our smart inserter can then read the bar code on the back and insert the letter into a non-window envelope.  This is like a hand match without the expense of a hand match.

Advantages of digital printing

  • Setup costs are lower for short runs (up to 10,000)
  • Print only the amount you need, when you need it
  • Lower minimum quantities (as low as 1,20 or 50 pieces)
  • Inexpensive black and white digital printing
  • Improved technology has made digital quality acceptable for more uses.

One thing that the buyer needs to be aware of is that if you print a small quantity on the digital press and then decide on a larger quantity that requires the printing job to be put on an offset press, the two jobs will not look the same because of what I described above, ink being absorbed into the paper and ink setting on top of the paper.  They will both be quality printed jobs but will not have the same look.

One of our digital presses at Burns Mailing & Printing.

I Love Cooking

Before my late husband Ken and I got married, he ask me if I would cook breakfast for him every morning.  That was probably his favorite meal and he was a big breakfast eater.  I agreed that I would and for 52 years, I did just that  and enjoyed seeing him enjoy the biscuits, pancakes, waffles and such.  When our two daughters, Kathy and Joy were in middle school and were old enough to have overnight visits with friends, they discovered that some families did not have a big breakfast like we did at our house.  In fact, one day Joy asked me “can’t we just have cereal like our friends have at their house”. However, when their friends came to our house, they were surprised that I cooked every morning.

I don’t cook like that now that Ken has passed away and sometimes I miss that very much.  However yesterday, I cooked all afternoon because we were celebrating Kathy’s birthday. I enjoy cooking for people who enjoy eating and last night was one of those nights.

Today, I am sharing one of my favorite recipes, pecan pie.  I have been making this for 40 years and it is the easiest recipe to make.  I usually have pecans and the other ingredients required so if I need a dessert in a hurry, this is my go to recipe.

Pecan Pie

3 eggs, slightly beaten

½ cup light brown sugar

1 cup white corn syrup

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ cup butter, belted

1-cup pecans

Beat eggs slightly, add brown sugar, corn syrup, salt and vanilla. Mix well by hand. Stir in butter and pecans. Mix well. Pour into an unbaked pie shell. Bake 45-50 minutes at 375 degrees or until set. I use broken pieces of pecans but you can use whole pecans as well.