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February 2017

Teddy Bear Portraits Composite Profile: Ashley George

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In 2009 Ashley George began her career at Teddy Bear Portraits as a Logistics Coordinator. Eight years and multiple departments later, Ashley is working with Teddy Bear Portraits as the Product Service Manager and overseeing composites, print production, shipping/receiving, and inventory regulation. From logistics to customer service- from training to marketing, Ashley has worked in nearly every department and left each one a little brighter.

Ashley is an employee who truly embodies our company’s core values. She has demonstrated her enthusiasm, effectiveness, forward thinking, loyalty and drive to grow in each department that she has worked in.

“My favorite part about working with Teddy Bear Portraits is they value someone who is not afraid to start working with a new department or any of the challenges that come along with it. I like working for a company that fosters career growth-whether it be position or knowledge based.” Ashley continues, “This is the longest tenure I have had with a company and this is one of the main reasons.”

Ashley is currently the Product Service Manager, managing printing, shipping and the composite department. Teddy Bear Portraits offers a complimentary framed composite to every center that photographs. This sets us apart from our competitors with regular group photography because this compilation portrait features 1 pose from everyone photographed on Portrait Day! Each school has the ability to offer individual class composites as a fundraiser if they wish. We produce an 8 x 10 composite print that can be sold for students and staff. Each center sets the price based on their needs. Our complimentary composite keepsakes can easily be turned into a fundraising event!

We are working very closely with the Marketing Department to not only give our composite design a fresh new look, but also our promotional materials that go along with it. We want the schools to be able to maximize on their fundraising profits from this wonderful opportunity. We are diligently striving to continue to improve our department’s communication with the schools, thus providing composite changes quickly for the approval to print process. Want to learn more about our composites and fundraising opportunities? Contact us directly at composites@teddybearportraits.com.

Valentine’s Day Card Crafts Made With Love

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Now that the holiday decorations have finally made their way up to the attic or down to the basement, it’s time to think about those special Valentine’s Day gifts. No one’s going to argue that chocolates are nice, diamonds last forever, and flowers are absolutely lovely. Here’s the sad truth, though: chocolates are caloric, diamonds pricey, and flowers, well, let’s just say they don’t last forever.

Hand-crafted Valentine’s Day cards with your child’s school portrait sent with love from your little loved one to their loved ones? Priceless.

One of the many, many lovely things about parenting is crafting, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to break out the glue sticks, glitter and sequins. DIY cards are a quick, fun and satisfying way to spend an afternoon with your child. Taking it a step further, making Valentine’s Day cards with your child’s portrait is a great way to show close friends and family just how much you love them and how incredibly proud of your little one you are.

As with any good kid-centered craft, the materials for your card are easy to source and the project’s complexity and scope can be scaled to match your child’s unique attention span.

Materials

  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Heart-meltingly adorable school portrait of your child
  • Fun paper for the frame (Tip: put a green spin on your card and show your love for Mother Earth by digging through your recycle bin for brightly colored boxes to use as the foundation for your frame.)
  • Simple, unadorned paper for the card and backing
  • Glitter, sequins, stray buttons, stickers, and other assorted bling
  • Glue stick

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Card with Your Little One

  1. We recommend selecting a standard-sized envelope and using your envelope to determine the size and shape of your frame.
  2. Once you’ve decided on the overall dimensions of your frame, sketch the outer outline of your frame on your “fun” paper. To keep it simple, your outer edges should be straight lines.
  3. Next, carefully cut the internal opening that will frame and reveal your child’s portrait. A rectangular frame opening mirroring your outer edge is the most common configuration, but feel free to play around with ovals, wavy edges, circles, and jagged edges. Let your child’s personality shine through at every step of the process.  Important: Make sure that your portrait opening is slightly smaller than your actual portrait.
  4. Using your glue stick, affix your child’s school portrait to the back of your frame opening.
  5. Cut a sheet of your “simple” paper to match the outer dimensions of your frame.
  6. Glue the “simple” paper to the back of your frame, this will serve as reinforcement.
  7. After you’ve allowed your masterpiece to dry, write love letters to your loves.
  8. Decorate the frame with doodled hearts, glitter, sequins, stray buttons, stickers, and other assorted bling.

Show friends and family just how much they mean to you by sending them something made from the heart. Personalized photo frame cards with your child’s school portrait are sure to generate smiles and become much-loved keepsakes. Be sure to share your child’s Valentine’s Day card with their portrait with us on Facebook!