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Free Valentines Card Template

Valentines Day is not just for lovers and romance, but a time to remember everyone you love in your life and those who love you. New parents like to be reminded about not only how much they love their children but also how much their children love them back. So Dad, if you want to score points on Valentines Day give your wife a card from her little girl or boy.  Or, Mom, do the same for Dad.

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Free Fathers Day Card

Graduation season at Hamilton Color Lab is just about over and it’s time for the next holiday, Fathers Day. Congratulations to all Dads and Fathers this month, we want to highlight our newest FREE Photoshop design for our customers and fans with this classy and masculine design just for Daddy.

This design is in shades of brown and the design and sized for a 5×7 card with an option for one horizontal photos or two vertical photographs. The vertical border can be turned on and off as a layer option (see below). No font downloads are needed for this Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements template.

Instructions are easy:

  1. Place your cursor on the layer labeled “Place image here”,
  2. Select FILE and PLACE. The image is then placed below the design.
  3. Flatten the image, save as a jpg and print your favorite photo lab for printing.

For best photo printing results choose a professional photo lab. Professional labs have heavier paper, sharper images, and increased detail clarity the one hour and budget photo printers can’t even touch.

For ordering from Hamilton Color Lab in Omaha Nebraska it’s as easy as uploading to our website. The cost for a 5×7 Fathers Day photo card is only $2.95. If you prefer you can bring your Fathers Day photo to our location at 120th and I street in sports Plaza and we will insert the photo and create the card while you wait.

For more Fathers Day craft and gift ideas

visit our Pinterest board “Just for Dad”


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Idea for Senior Pictures

Photo collage using senior pictures

Photo collage using senior pictures, black background

High school seniors love their senior pictures, especially the girls and the Mothers of boys. During a senior photo shoot it’s not uncommon to have multiple changes of clothes, and many locations. How do you just chose a few to print and frame? You don’t have too.

Let Hamilton Color Lab put together a senior photo collage with thirteen images on any square print. The most common frame sizes are 10×10, 12×12, and 20×20, but think contemporary with a presentation print mounted on black gator board, or a gallery wrapped canvas.  Background is available in either black or white.

Square photo collage using senior pictures

Square photo collage using senior pictures

How to order:

  1. Bring in your images to Hamilton Color Lab at 4305 South I St, Omaha NE, or upload them to our website
  2. We need 15 images to create the collage as not all pictures will crop appropriately into a square format
  3. Layout is at our discretion and we will email you a small viewable proof before printing for your approval. At that time you can request one edit.
  4. Due to the variety of size and display options pricing is done on an individual basis.
  5. You can also email email us for specific questions and price options to fit every budget

This collage layout is very versatile and can be used to highlight high school memories on the edge with friends with the senior portrait in the middle, or yearly school pictures from kindergarten through high school.

For the family think a first year baby picture with each month along the edge and the one year old photo in the middle. Create a theme and do this every year as a look back on your child’s life.

Have an athlete in the family? Celebrate the end of the season with a football, softball, or baseball collage commemorating the season, or players. Your creativity is the only limiting factor, let us at Hamilton bring your idea to life.


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Roll-up Banners, Stars of the Convention

Roll up retractable banners are popping up at conventions, conferences, trade shows and on the show room floor. Why? Because they are lightweight, versatile and very economical on the yearly budget.

branded roll up banners

Use paired banners

I have attended many trade shows over the years, have shipped heavy exhibit cases to hotels and  wrestled with them through convention centers and airports. Roll up banners are the perfect solution. They are lightweight and fit into a soft sided shoulder case and easily fit into the back seat of a car.

Set up is fast and easy, another point I like about the Orbus Orient Banners. Not to be chauvinistic (I am a women btw), but more and more women are setting up their companies booths at the  convention, so easy of setup is important. In actuality, no one likes wrestling with their trade show display.

Three steps to Setting up a Retractable Banner

Step 1: Assemble the three piece bungee pole, insert into the base

Connecting the pole

Connecting the pole

Assembling a roll up banner

Pulling out banner

Step 2: Tip the pole towards you and pull the banner from the base.  Guide the banner to the top of the pole and clip into the slot.

Step 3: “Walk” the banner into the upright position.

Assembling a roll up banner

Walking the Banner Up

Roll up retractable banner for trade shows

Simple and easy!

At Hamilton Color Lab, in Omaha Nebraska, we see a spike in sales in the beginning of the year just before the spring show season. Graphic departments are never at a loss for various designs and branding concepts and the roll up banner is an economical way to stretch the show budget.  A company can purchase four sets of bases and have an library of twenty different designs to switch out for various shows, audiences, and products.

Often exhibitors bring in the bases to have us change out graphics for a small service charge. All replacement roll up banners are printed and laminated in our Omaha location and loaded into the hardware ready to take to the show.

It’s not unusual for our shipping department to ship new banners and graphics to various cities around the United States this time of year. We work directly with marketing and design firms in Omaha who have customers all over the country. We can even ship directly to the conference center via UPS.

Next time you need trade show displays or graphics give us a call at 402-330-1600