Ordering Business Cards

Whether ordering for yourself or on behalf of someone else, we've made ordering business cards easy and stress free!

(Business Cards are typically for School Leaders and Remote Staff only)

Guidepost Montessori business cards will now be customized in Canva and ordered through zazzle.com!

Designs for Guidepost Academy are coming soon.

For more information on logging into our shared Canva account to access all the pro features, head to this link.

For HGE PMI, and Montessorium cards, keep scrolling past this section and find our instructions when working with Mediavalet.  

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First, you’ll want to head over to Canva and edit the business card template. Link here.

Double click the text boxes to edit the information in each field.

Be sure to keep the margin lines in tact and to not go beyond them to ensure nothing gets cut off when printing.

To customize the QR code on the back of the card, on the left side panel, click ELEMENTS and type in "QR Code Generator" 

You'll see the QR Generator app come up. Click 'USE APP'

Next, you'll want to get the URL to your school location's page.

So an example is: https://www.guidepostmontessori.com/schools/deerbrook-deerfield-il

You'll paste that into URL box and hit 'GENERATE CODE'

You'll notice that it places the QR Code in the center of the card so we'll want to size the QR Code down a bit, delete the placeholder, and move it to where the placeholder was. 

To elevate the look of the QR Code, we'll want to curve the corners to help it fit more into our brand. To do that, you'll want to head to the 'BORDER STYLE' button in the top panel and give the corner roundness a value of 5.

Now we have our information filled out in the front, QR Code made, placed, corners rounded, and the card is ready to go to Zazzle.

In the upper right corner, click 'SHARE' then 'DOWNLOAD'

Under 'FILE TYPE' click 'PDF PRINT'

By default, Canva will want you to download both the front and back sides as one single PDF but unfortunately Zazzle cannot read multiple page PDFs so we'll need to download each side separately. 

So uncheck 'ALL PAGES (1-2)' and just select 'PAGE 1' 

You'll want to repeat this step for Page 2 as well.

Under 'COLOR PROFILE' click 'CMYK (BEST FOR PROFESSIONAL PRINTING)'

Click 'DOWNLOAD' and save the PDFs on your computer. 

Now we head to Zazzle to upload and order our business card.

Click 'VIEW PRODUCT DETAILS'

Next, make sure the card is set to 'STANDARD 3.5x2' 

Choose rounded corners to make it more on brand.

Choose the quantity you need. 

Click 'CUSTOMIZE THIS DESIGN'

You'll want to head to the 'UPLOAD' section and pick both the front and back of the card.

Drag the front of the card to the workspace. Make sure all the copy and design fits within the margins.

Once that's placed in, click the little button that says 'FRONT' and choose back. Place the back of the card in the workspace. 

 Once the front and back are in place, in the upper right corner click "DONE'

You'll be brought to a page to see a sample of what your card will look like. If everything looks good, click "ADD TO CART' and simply follow the checkout procedure. 

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HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR CARDS STILL USING MEDIAVALET:

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO TUTORIAL

1. Choose your template in MediaValet:

 

2. Select More ->Select "Edit in Print UI"

 

3. Fill in your information on the contact side. Once complete click "Done"

 

4. Download as a PDF ONLY (you will lose the contact side if downloaded as JPG or PNG)

 

5. Go to VistaPrint.com for Business Cards and select "Upload your design" and select Horizontal, Standard. 

 

 

6. Upload the file by selecting "Images," then "Upload logo or image" and upload the pdf file saved from MediaValet.

Make sure that the color is "flush" on the edges. Use the warning signs on the border as a guide to expand the image to fit. 

7. Click "Add the back"  (the $8 upcharge is approved) and "Select Upload your design."

 

8. Select the image under "Recently Uploaded," trash the front image and then select the back image.

 

 

9. Click Next in the upper right corner of the webpage, and review and approve.

10. Select Standard for Paper Thickness, Matte for Paper Stock, None for Finish, and Standard for Corners. Select the desired quantity, and add to cart.

11. Create an account or continue as a guest. Checkout with your shipping and payment information. The total should be around $25 before tax and shipping. 

You can use your company card  or personal card, make sure to save your receipt to expense through Expensify (submit a ticket to accounting if you need to set up an account)

 If you have any questions about VistaPrint or need to reach out to customer service go to https://www.vistaprint.com/customer-care/help-center.

Still have questions? Submit a ticket here to Marketing

A Guide to Events for Guidepost Montessori

Whether you're planning your first open house or a series of themed playdates, here are a few seasonal and continual event suggestions to inspire and plan events.

Get inspired by these amazing events produced by our very own school leaders here!

Best Practice Reminders:

1. Run 1 event per month: they are a great opportunity to engage new and existing families.

2. Each school has a monthly budget of $500. Consult with your RD to approve changes in your budget.

3. Create a flyer and social media graphic in MediaValet to share with your community!

4. If you have an event where you can invite prospective families, reach out to marketing on Wayfinder (3 week notice required) so that we can help drive attendance, RSVPs, and support  making your event a success!

August and September Events

Back to School Open House

Build excitement for the upcoming school year by hosting a Back to School Open House!

What makes it Back to School: Provide current and prospective families with "supplies" from our swag ordered from Montessori Marketplace or throw a raffle for items from The Guidepost Store

Open House Basics: During an open house event, prospective parents and children are invited to tour our school, meet the staff, see the classroom, and learn more about Montessori and the benefits of Guidepost. It lasts for about two hours and parents can drop in during the 2-hour window. Tours are conducted throughout for individual families or at a set time for a group. The goal is to get the parents excited and invite them to enroll.

Key supplies: Signs and banners, tour folders, fold up table with table throw, Back to School Sticker Sheet, refreshments (small water bottles and packaged snacks from your local store, add a Guidepost Sticker to make it branded!)

August and September Events

Back to School Festival

Welcome back current families by celebrating the beginning of a new year and invite new families to get acquainted with your community.

What makes it Back to School: Provide current and prospective families with "supplies" from our swag ordered from Montessori Marketplace or throw a raffle for items from The Guidepost Store. Set up the Guidepost backdropwith the social media signs and fun props for an easy photo op for parents to share on social media.

What makes it a Festival: Invite local entertainment and food vendors. Search for vendors or use current partnerships. Great examples include food trucks, local restaurants and bakeries, bubble artists, bouncy houses, etc.

For Prospective Families: Provide the opportunity for ongoing tours and tour folders for prospective and current families interested in move ups.

Key supplies: Signs and banners, tour folders, fold up table with table throw, refreshments (provided by vendors, or small water bottles and packaged snacks from your local store, add a Guidepost Sticker to make it branded!)

Classic Events

Grand Opening

Grand opening is one of the most important events we host for the families in our school community. We use the grand opening event to announce to the local community that our school has joined the community and is now enrolling. The event takes place before or after a school is open and it usually lasts for about 3 hours. It’s a large-scale event with 100+ attendees including current families, prospective families and general leads in the community. There is a defined theme (carnival, festival, etc) and a few activities designed for the children and their families. The goal is to drive enrollment but also connect with existing families and staff and the larger community.

Best Practice: Bring in local vendors for food and activites, games, prizes, and decorations. Provide stations for different activities that could include facepainting, gardening, arts and crafts, etc.

Key supplies: Signs and banners, tour folders, fold up table with table throw, gift bags for guest with items from the Montessori Marketplace, and the Guidepost backdrop with the social media signs and fun props for an easy photo op for parents to share on social media.

ongoing events

Local Partnerships

Find local vendors and neighborhood groups to work with to find new families. Do you or your guides have a favorite coffee shop or local café for breaks? Is there a local golf course that is popular in your community? Introduce yourself and see if they can feature your school or bring their business to you! Local chambers of commerce, neighborhood festivals and farmers markets are also great opportunities to get the word out about your school with table space and a fun Montessori activity.

Key supplies: Signs and banners, tour folders, swag ordered from Montessori Marketplace, table throw, refreshments (small water bottles and packaged snacks from your local store, add a Guidepost Sticker to make it branded!)

Share your event!

Social media is a great way to spread the word in your community about your upcoming event!

Post 2-3 times on Facebook and Instagram before your event.