Burns Mailing & Printing

December 15, 2017


End Of An Era

December 11, 2017

For years we have been offering our customers a free NCOA update on their mailing lists. Unfortunately, due to the rising cost of software and labor we will no longer be able to offer this service for free. The cost, effective, January 1, 2018 will be $45.00 for lists under 5000 and the cost for lists from 5000 – 30,000 will be $95.00.  For lists over 30,000 we will provide a quote depending on the size of the list.

If you have any questions about this service, please call me at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com.


The Story Behind Ken’s Cole Slaw

December 7, 2017

Back in the early 70s, Ken worked at a small print shop in Maryville, TN.  Some senior ladies put together a cookbook.  In the cook book was a recipe for Oklahoma Cole Slaw.  This is not the kind that has mayonnaise but is a vinegar based slaw.  He liked it because when we lived in Florida we used to go to a restaurant that served this type of slaw.  As Ken was prone to do, he modified it to his taste.

When my daughter Joy, her husband John and Kate were at my house for Thanksgiving, John mentioned that he would like to learn how to make a good Cole slaw.  I mentioned Ken’s recipe and so I sent it to him this week.  Now the tradition has been passed on to John.  I know Ken would be pleased that John will be making his Cole slaw.  If you would like to make it, the recipe follows:

Oklahoma Slaw

1 Small head of cabbage, shredded (3 lbs.)

1 Green pepper ( I have made this and I don’t use an entire pepper, use enough for your taste) noted by Phyllis

2 Onions Chopped ( I don’t use this many onions, again use enough for your taste) noted by Phyllis

1 Cup Vinegar

1 Cup sugar

1 Cup Canola oil

1 Tbsp. salt

2 Tbsp. mustard seed, white

1 Tbsp. Cumin seed

1 Tbsp. caraway seed

Shred and chop vegetables, set aside in a large bowl with a lid. Bring remaining ingredients to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Pour over cabbage mixture while hot. Chill. This slaw improves with age up to 9 days in the refrigerator.

This slaw is great with hot dogs.


In Printing It All Starts With The Artwork

November 28, 2017

There are a few things you should know about preparing press-ready files for printing. The first is setting up your document as the correct size. If your artwork is going to have BLEED – that is any element (color, images, text, etc.) that extends up to or past the edge of a printed page – your document needs to include an extra 0.125″ on each edge that will be trimmed off to give it a nice, clean appearance. To recap, your size will be the trim size plus bleed. Trim size is the final size of a printed piece after being cut from the sheet of paper that it was printed on. Say you wanted an 8.5×11 flyer with a picture border. The artwork you send us should be 8.75 x 11.25. If the artwork doesn’t have bleed, then the document will simply be the trim size.

Want more information and tips on printing and mailing?  Email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com and I will send you a FREE resource guide for printing and mailing projects.  Also our estimates are free and you can request an estimate at our website burnsmp.com or email me, Phyllis Burns.  We are a printer who knows mailing and a mailer who knows printing.  That is truly a great combination.

Burns Mailing & Printing is a 100%  owned Women Business Enterprise, certified by the State of TN, certificate #072706-01


What I Am Thankful For

November 16, 2017

I like so many others, am thankful for my family, but not just my relatives but also my work family as well.  I am blessed to have people who love me, a home, food on my table, freedom of worship and to live in a free country. I am thankful that I belong to the same church that my Mother took me to as a child and still go to church with folks that I went to first grade through high school. I am thankful for good neighbors who look out for each other. I am thankful for the beauty of East Tennessee with the Great Smoky Mountains in view and all the beauty that God created here.

I am blessed.

It has been A True Blue Monday At Burns Mailing & Printing Today

November 13, 2017

Fats Domino had a song back in the 1960 era that was called “Blue Monday”, the lyrics went “blue Monday, I hate blue Monday”, well this has certainly been a blue Monday at Burns Mailing & Printing.  It seems that a local electric company was doing work across the street on Friday afternoon and the broke the cable coming in to our office.  We have Comcast and they were called as we did not know that the electric company was responsible.  They did not come on Friday so when I came in this morning we had no internet, no phones and we could not even make the plates for our presses.  So in essence we were out of business until after lunch.  It got me to thinking about how dependent our business is on technology.  We receive mailing lists, art files and customer correspondence by the internet and that is how we do business.  I do love technology but when it is not working it really is a pain.  We did get some cleaning and filing done today.

If you tried to reach us today, please pardon our being down and give us a call or shoot us an email.  Phyllis Burns 865 584-2265 or phyllis@burnsmp.com


The 10 Most Common Mistakes In Mailpiece Design

October 31, 2017


Above is a link to the USPS article on the 10 most common mistakes in mailpiece design.  If you don’t want to try and learn all of these, let the professionals at Burns Mailing & Printing walk you through each step from the concept to the mailbox.  Call me Phyllis Burns at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com for a free estimate.