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Tips for Choosing a Photo for Engraving on a Headstone

The original photo is roughly 14″ x 9.5″ at 300 dpi, straight from the camera and unaltered. There is some light/dark contrast and no one extreme area. The line art example on black granite has a lot of visible fur texture. Line art is used on photos less than 4 inches. The halftone example on black granite looks more like a photo than the line art, with more contrast and feature definition. Halftone filters can only be used on photos at least 4 inches.

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Crystal Paperweights for a Job Well Done

The year is 2013. Cryptic Studios, a leading developer of very popular online role playing games such as City of Heroes, City of Villains, Champions Online and Star Trek Online, just completes the launch of Neverwinter, a new adventure that “combines fast-paced combat with over 25 years of Dungeons & Dragons lore.”

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5 Tips for Tracing Your Ancestry

It can be an exciting journey into not only our own past, it can shed light on the history of many nations, genealogy, religion, politics and world events. From a practical standpoint, tracing our ancestry is the first step to building a family tree. To begin, follow these five tips:

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Team Photos and Trophies

From the school yearbook to military deployment and professional sports championships, whether it’s professionally taken or taken with a cell phone, team photos document “the thrill of victory” that likely lasts a lifetime for every team member pictured. When that competitive spirit shines brightly in each person’s eyes, the meaning of teamwork – the ability to work collaboratively as a group to achieve a goal- gets a high-five. A high tweetable moment, for sure.

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Military Plaques

PlaqueMaker’s extensive clip art gallery has thousands of logos, seals and other artwork for every branch of the military, including the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines as well as the Coast Guard, the National Guard, POW-MIA and more.

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Honor Memorial Day May 30

Memorial Day is a truly American holiday that is observed with parades, memorial dedications and cemetery visits to acknowledge our Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy personnel who sacrificed their lives for our country. Memorial Day is also the unofficial start to the summer season, so many Americans celebrate with friends and family at outdoor gatherings, picnics and barbecues. Originally known as Decoration Day, which fell on May 30 in the years following the Civil War, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.

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How to Assemble Certificate Plaque Display Kits with Tacks

Present all your certificates with panache … and PlaqueMaker’s Pressed Wood Certificate Plaque Presentation Kits. From portrait and landscape orientation to a variety of standard sizes, it’s easy to do. Here’s how:

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Wayfinding Your Way Around

If you have, then you are already acquainted with the spatial problem-solving method of wayfinding. Coined by American architect and urban planner Kevin Lynch in the 1960’s, wayfinding is a traditional design principle of navigation that helps visitors make their way around an unfamiliar place, getting to a desired destination with ease. Lynch calls it the “imageability” of a space, the way people visualize it using clues that help them get from point “A” to point “B,” such as landmarks, paths, edges, intersections and the signs that help to identify them.

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Creating a Retirement Gift for Someone Special

Robert Rock, Jr. of Certified Grinding and Machine in Rochester, NY was looking for a particular plaque design that would not only reflect the company’s place in the machining industry, it would commemorate a customer/supplier on his retirement, paying tribute to their long and happy working relationship.

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Gifts of Glass and Crystal

In the dream world, glass can represent clarity, perception and wisdom. Dreaming of glass can also represent the presence of a scholar, a wise sage or a person of knowledge in your life. If you receive a gift from anyone in a dream, it denotes that you will be unusually fortunate in speculations or love matters.

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Celebrating 17 Years as a BBB Accredited Business

Since 2005, the Better Business Bureau serving Central Indiana (BBB) -and customers everywhere- have been congratulating PlaqueMaker.com as a business that meets the organization’s good faith commitment to resolve any consumer issue. For 17 years running, PlaqueMaker has conducted exemplary advertising, selling and customer service practices that are creating and maintaining consumer trust in our business, earning BBB Accreditation.

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Happy Anniversary, French Academy!

One hundred years ago today, Mary W. French Academy was founded as a liberal arts school for all Decatur, IL Public School students. The K-6 program focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and on local, state and national history, using hands-on teaching techniques and practicums, supplementary curriculum materials and innovative practices. The Academy creates a positive environment for children to explore their self-worth and develop self- confidence, including responsibility, respect for others, and good citizenship.

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Planning a Wedding Part 3 – Personalized Bridal Party Gifts

Do you know? In the United State alone, 17 tons of gold is made into wedding rings each year. They may be adorned with jewels to symbolize everything from marital bliss (sapphires), wedded harmony (aquamarines) and fashionable chic (diamonds, first made popular in the 15th century by the wealthy Venetians) to eternity (circle rings of Victorian England, coiled snakes with ruby eyes). Each of these rings is given by the groom to the bride and vice versa, as a token of their love and affection and a symbol of their special bond. Husbands and wives wear wedding and engagement rings on the fourth finger of their left hands because the world once thought a vein in that finger led directly to the heart (pitter pat).

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Hug A Sailor on Navy Day

Established in 1922 by the Navy League of the United States, Navy Day not only serves as a reminder of the U.S. Navy’s outstanding record past and present, but a commemoration of heroic service and special American pride, as well as a salute to Theodore Roosevelt, a former Assistant Secretary of the Navy and U.S. President who celebrated his birthday on October 27. The history behind October 27 runs all the way back to 1775 during the birth of the U.S. Navy, when a special committee of the Continental Congress decides to purchase merchant ships as its foundation.

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Planning a Wedding Part 2 – Customized Décor & Signs

Full of possibilities. They say if a bride runs into a blind man, a doctor, a policeman or a frog; a black cat, a dove, a lamb or a clergyman; sunshine or a rainbow on her way to the ceremony –good luck is sure to follow. For a groom, it is lucky to run into a pigeon, a wolf or a goat on his way to the big day.

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Planning a Wedding Part 1 – Personalized Favors

Even though old English folklore proclaims Saturday as the unluckiest day to marry, an estimated 7,000 American couples marry every Saturday of the year –making it the most popular day to tie the knot!

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4 Occasions Where A Custom Plaque Makes For The Perfect Gift

The best gift you can give someone is one that comes from the heart and says what you want to say especially if you can't find the right words. One such gift is a personalized plaque.

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Featured Items

When you visit PlaqueMaker.com, you’re welcomed with an elegant home page that not only lists plaques, awards, gifts and more by occasion, we separate them by type, which makes it super easy for you to find what you’re looking for in short order.

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Custom Engraved Signs for Your Hotel or B&B

The summer vacation season is almost here. Is your bed & breakfast, hotel, resort or other seasonal business ready?

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Celebrating Life After College

As you bask in the splendor of summer vacation, perhaps your last for a long, long time, we have some surprising factoids about you and your current position in life. Some may make you chuckle and some, well … you’ll just have to wait and see.

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