I Had An Emergency At My House This Week – Not The 911 Kind

My emergency this week was that I opened my last jar of strawberry jam that my daughter, Joy Day, and I make.  Strawberry is my favorite although we make peach, plum and apple butter. It is getting close to time when those beautiful strawberries will be in season and we can make more for us to stock up for the year.  It is quite a production as we make enough for her family and me.  It is also very messy and time consuming but sooo worth it. The jam that you buy in the store does not even begin to compare to what you can make at home.  We look pretty scroungy in the pictures of us making jam, so I though that I would put one of us together where we are looking a little nicer.

 

 

 

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.

 

I Am Blessed

I feel very blessed to live in the USA, even with the problems that we have.  Yesterday I got a manicure at a salon where I go frequently and have gotten to know the owners.  They are both from Vietnam.  As he was doing my nails we were talking about my recent trip to the Dominican Republic and I was telling him that it is a poor country.  The people are friendly and the country is beautiful but poor. The average income in the Dominican Republic is around $320.00 per month or 6000 pesos He was telling me that his family supported the USA cause during the war but that after the war, things got pretty bad.  They had no health care and no dental care. He told me that at times they did not have enough to eat but his family took pride in walking their children to school every day.  He likes taking his 5 year old daughter to school every day and walks her to her class room.  This reminds him of his parents walking him to school. One day he peeked in to her classroom and she saw him and she said “go away Daddy”.  At five years of age she wants some independence.

He is so proud to be an American.  If only most of us knew how a lot of people in other countries lived, then they would appreciate what we have in our country. I am also proud to be an American and blessed to live in the USA.

Phyllis Burns, owner of Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc.

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.