Many of our teams and coordinators send out welcome letters to new residents. Why settle for a simple letter when you can add some flair with Canva? Each of these sample letters took me about 15 minutes.
Ah... the power of the minimal un-calendar. Two words when it comes to Canva & un-calendars... magazine template. They're like un-calendar gold. Check out a few below made from Canva magazine templates by our very own Canva legend, Melody Stadler (one of our Florida program directors and also a cares team). All it takes to customize is swapping out some images, swapping out/adding some text, adding custom logos, and done!
Click on the photos below to go straight to the original Canva template and start customizing for free. You can also find a ton more un-calendar friendly templates here!
Did you know Canva has an app? I (not a graphic designer even a little) gave it a try and whipped up this little un-calendar in about 10 minutes, all from my phone. It's pretty handy if you're on-the-go and need to put a calendar/flyer together! Here are some steps:
Once you download the app, open it and search for a template. I used a collage template, switched out the images, and added text.
Click on the template you want to use, and this screen pops up. Like it says, 'tap something to start editing.' I started with the title as you'll see below.
After I changed the title, I clicked on the plus sign in the bottom right corner (above). Then, these options pop up. I started by adding my event text & switching out images.
I selected the "text" option from the menu shown above and chose the one that says "BARE ORGANICS" in the text options.
I selected "image" from step 3 to get to this screen. Then, selected "image" again and searched for "mexico" for my Cinco de Mayo event. I chose a free image. The images that cost money are denoted by the 1 next to the stack of coins.
When you add the text, you can edit it with the options seen here - font, size, color, style, etc..
I copy/pasted my whole text box so they would match for all three events. To do that, select the box/item you want to copy and click the three dots inside the circle icon in the top menu. Then, it pulls up these options. Ungroup will break up the top/bottom of the text box making them two seperate boxes. The next icon is the "copy" icon. I used this one! The next two icons change the "layers". They can put one item behind another, so it would put the text behind this image selected here.
I updated the new text with my next event for the month and started searching for a mother's day image to use (see step 5).
I added my third event photo/text. You can also resize the images by zooming in/out on your phone... like you do when using your camera (see below).
Make sure you have the text style, size, and color you want. Make sure everything is easy to read and you have the images just the way you want! Then click "share" in the top/right. You can share the design lots of ways: email, text, post, etc.
My final design!
Like I said... not a designer... but you get the idea :) Enjoy!
Slice, Slice, Baby!
Give your neighbors something fun to look forward to at the end of the week with a free Take and Bake Pizza event. We’ve taken a large part of the guesswork out for you, and below you will find some free downloadable decorations, recipe cards, shopping list, supplies to purchase, ideas, and more.
Table Layout Idea
Here’s just an idea of how you can layout your table to help make the pizza building process an organized, enjoyable experience! It’s a great idea to have a volunteer or two at the end, helping wrap and box. It’s a great way to put a bow on the event, and you’re able to get some personal interaction with each person who comes through the line.
Free Graphic Printables
- Cut-out Pizza Pendant Bunting (4x6) – Cut these pizza pendants out and fold the tops over baker’s twine or string, staple twice, and hang for bunting decoration on a table edge or wall. Print out as many as you need for the length of your table/wall.
- Topping Labels (half page) – Frame signs and set up on spread, or use photo clips.
- Recipe Cards (half page) – Hang these above your serving table on a wire/string with clothespins, or make multiples and laminate them for people to take with them through the line and reuse like a menu at a restaurant. Recipes include BBQ Chicken, Chicken Carbonara, Mediterranean, Hawaiian Tasty, Buffalo Chicken and Margherita.
- Baking Cards (6-up) Directions|Blank – Print out pre-made baking cards and cut out. These will be placed on top of pre-made pizza before plastic wrapping and placing in box. The baking cards with directions included are for pre-made regular dough. If you make with pita, gluten free or another type of crust, the blanks cards are available for you to type out your own pizza baking directions. We’d definitely encourage a test run before printing out your baking cards, as everyone has different ovens and crusts.
- Pizza Box Stickers – Print these stickers out on 2 inch circle Avery labels. These are editable so you can include your names and cares team contact information. Stick these on top of every pizza box so it goes home with them!
- Blank Signs (full page) – If you find that you need to add some more info or signage to help your residents fully understand the process, or need signage just directing to where the event is, you can use these pizza themed signs! If you'd like to reuse the sign... print it, frame it, and use a dry erase marker on the frame!
- Dough (You can get boxes of premade 8” frozen dough at places like Costco or Sam’s Club) – regular and gluten free.
- Butter garlic
- Olive oil
- Meats: pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, grilled chicken, chicken sausage, Canadian bacon, beef, meatballs, bacon crumbles
- Cheese: mozzarella, shredded parmesan, ricotta, vegan cheese, cheddar
- Veggies/fruits: grape/roma tomatoes, mushrooms, green/black olives, artichoke hearts, onions, green/red peppers, spinach, banana peppers, jalapenos, pineapple, corn, sundried tomatoes, caramelized onions
- Fresh finishes: minced garlic, salt, basil, oregano, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, grated parmesan, chopped cilantro, feta
Ideas for Decoration & Supplies You Could Purchase
Round Cardboard Trays 8” (These need to be removed before placing pizza in the oven): https://www.amazon.com/Hobbyland-Boards-White-Circle-Round/dp/B06XY5GWFL/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1498161144&sr=8-12&keywords=round+cardboard+circles
Chalkboard paper to label the toppings on the table: https://www.amazon.com/Chalkboard-Paper-Table-Runner-American/dp/B011SFZB6S/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1498161561&sr=8-15&keywords=chalkboard+paper
We hope this helps you think through how to plan an awesome Take & Bake Pizza Event!
Canva has quite a few calendar templates to choose from... so just pick the one that vibes with your community the best! Here are three that we like. We picked these templates because they are stylish, simple, and require minimal customization. Which ones are your favorite?
SIMPLE VINTAGE PHOTO CALENDAR
- Simple Vintage Photo Calendar
- Customization required
- add a box & text for event details.
- swap out the image if you prefer a different one.
- Customization required
TEAL AND WHITE UNDERWATER PHOTO DAILY CALENDAR
- Teal and White Underwater Photo Daily Calendar
- Customization required:
- Swap out images for free ones (unless you don't mind paying $1/image).
- Update text to say "event details" instead of "today's reminders".
- Customization required:
COLORFUL SIMPLE SHAPES MONTHLY CALENDAR
Found your perfect Canva calendar template... but the dates are for 2017? I hate when that happens.
But don't worry... just scroll down to find the dates that match what you need (note, it might be October) and change the name of the month. Voilà! October 2017 becomes January 2018 in a jif (not to be confused with a gif).
Canva has so many images to choose from! And they're either completely free or $1. To find the free images, follow these steps:
- Once you've settled on a flyer or calendar design template, your screen will look like this:
- You'll see "search" in the top left corner.
- Search for the type of image you want (food, happy people, trees, cocktails, etc.)
- The free images will have the white "free" label on them. ("Pro" images are only accessible if you have a paid Canva account. "$1" images cost one dollar.
- Use away!
Hi there! I'm Christy and I am not a designer... I repeat... NOT a graphic designer.
And, I was still able to make this calendar in 10 minutes. Here's what I did in pictures (with descriptions under each photo/step). If you're wondering how I got "there," just check the menu bar on the left side and/or top... and look for the yellow dots!
- There are SIX pages of calendar templates in Canva.
- To find: Click on "Find Templates" and then "Calendar." Or, simply search "calendar" in the templates section.
- Not all of the calendars are free... because of the images used in them.
- To find the totally free templates, choose one template and "edit this template." Then look on the left side of your screen... you'll see all the templates listed there as well. The free ones say "free" on them. Like this:
- To use the template you want and make it free, find the image within the template that's not free and replace it with a free one.
- You can upload the Apartment Life logo ONE time (it's saved on the cares team toolkit) and it'll stay there for you to use every time your heart desires.
- You can download your calendar in pdf, jpg, or png formats.