Lori Wyer’s WS320 Blog

February 27, 2006

Create a Photo Card

Filed under: Teach — wyerl @ 3:27 am

The purpose of this exercise is to help you learn how to insert a photo that is saved on your computer into a Microsoft Publisher project and create your own photo card. 
This is a handy little trick to have up your sleeve!  My example is one of my kids.  You can also use this for pictures of your pets, of you and your sweetie, or anything else that you want to share with others.  Another project I like to do with this is to upload cartoon characters or themes and create custom birthday invitations for my kids.  The possibilities are endless!

Honestly, I had a difficult time figuring out really where to begin.  It was quite frustrating!  As I plugged along, I got a better feel for the whole project.  Since Publisher is a new program for me, there was a lot of trial and error involved.  When I finally figured it all out, I started with a clean slate and re-created my publication, while recording step-by-step each function I had to perform.

One major problem that I ran into is that I’m unable to complete my screenshots.  I know how to do it (just like the database project), but it’s not working.  When I get that fixed, I will go back and insert the visuals I chose for my step-by-step process.

I think my directions were clear enough to guide someone through the process.  And having one of my own completed projects to refer to makes it even easier.  If any additional questions arise, I have links to various Microsoft Publisher tutorials for additional information.


February 20, 2006

Teach Project

Filed under: Teach — wyerl @ 7:31 pm

I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony…  Just kidding!

As I’ve gone over the requirements for the Teach project, I think I am going to do an online lesson for how to make a birthday card (or invitation) using Microsoft Publisher.  This is a relatively new program for me that I’m just learning to use.  My hope is that by writing a lesson, I’ll be able to better learn the program.

I think that this would be beneficial for others since it’s a Microsoft program that’s available to many.  We’ll see!!!

February 11, 2006

HGP Customer Data

Filed under: Database Collection — wyerl @ 7:21 pm

This is a screenshot of my customer data. 

 HGP Customer Data1.GIF

HGP Customers Report

Filed under: Database Collection — wyerl @ 7:11 pm

This is a snapshot of my Home & Garden Party Customers Report. 

HGP Customers.GIF



Pluggin’ Right Along….

Filed under: Database Collection — wyerl @ 5:13 pm

I’ve been diligently inputting the information for my database.  At this point, I’m not sure if I’m going to include the actual product that they bought — but we’ll see. 

I’m using Microsoft Access.  It’s a new program for me, so I’ve had to tinker around with it quite a bit.  Since I’m not doing a real sophisticated project, I’m sure it’s going to work out fine.

If I can manage to keep it up, this database could prove to be invaluable.  I think just having the basic customer information will be helpful for contacting prior customers when sales or new catalogs become available.  Since I don’t anticipate doing specialized mailings, I’m not sure that the detailed info about their prior purchases is necessary.

The primary function of this database will be to use it to make mailing labels to send out catalogs or promotional flyers.  It will also be beneficial to have the customers’ phone numbers at my fingertips when it’s time to re-schedule parties with the new catalog.

February 6, 2006

Database Topic

Filed under: Database Collection — wyerl @ 3:08 pm

I’m an Independent Designer for Home & Garden Party and I will design my database to include my customers’ personal information (name, address, phone number) in addition to when they attended a party, what kind of party it was (in-home or catalog), as well as what they bought.

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