Free DIY Printables to Laminate


Need to whip up a sign to communicate with customers? Are you a teacher looking to bring new teaching resources into the classroom? Or are you looking for new ways to stay organized at home? We’ve got you covered with this list of eye-catching printables that can help you achieve all the above by simply downloading, customizing as you need, print and then laminate for durability!


  
  

For Businesses

Communicate with customers and employees about your COVID-19 safety precautions with these clear, concise and vibrant printable signs.

Here are some helpful signs to help communicate inside or outside the office – from Open and Entrance signs to Do Not Disturb. Download these signs and customize them as you wish!

There are some great printable lists here, like “to do” lists, sign-in sheets and a washroom cleaning checklist.

These day planner printables will help to keep you organized and on track!

 

For Teachers

There are no shortage of handy printables here to help in the classroom!

  1. Flash Cards
  2. Worksheets
  3. Charts, Signs & Other Organization Aids
  4. Awards, Games & Other Learning Ideas

 

For Home

Create your own Holiday cards or decorations with these printables!

Stay organized at home with these charts, checklists, planners and more!

Here are some fun printables to create your own crafts & games.

 


 

We hope you take advantage of some of these free printables for your workplace, home…or both! Shop our store for all the supplies you need to really make these projects POP!

 

What does Earth Day mean to you?


Earth Day is observed on April 22nd of every year. Most of us usually take the day to turn off or reduce all of our electronics and energy consumption appliances in order to reduce energy consumption. But Earth Day is much more than a one-day, week or month event of the year.

What does Earth Day mean to you?

Earth Day is intended to shift our consumption habits to become more sustainable all year round. From electricity usage to proper waste and recycling disposal. If you’re a regular reader of our blog you will recall our Earth Day statistics infographic covering some eye-opening environmental facts. While we are moving towards more sustainable practices there is more each of us can do, both as individuals and organizations.

That is exactly what Earth Day means to us…

A Reminder

To always be mindful of our waste, pollution and excessive energy consumption.

Drive to work every day? Try carpooling or taking public transit once or twice a week.

Use a lot of electronics? Plug them into energy-saving power outlets to conserve electricity when they’re idle.

Do you recycle? According to the infographic mentioned above, only 25% of paper was recycled in Canada in 2014. Make sure that all of your recyclable items are sorted properly. Batteries, paper, electronics, etc.

A Starting Point

While certain actions towards reducing our carbon footprint are straight forward, others require more knowledge or resources. How to recycle old computers and cell phones? Difference between incandescent, fluorescent and LED light bulbs?

Fortunately Earth Day Canada has developed a great web domain full of content suited for all walks of life: employees, kids, organizations and green conscientious individuals.

Earth Day Canada logoIt takes effort to become eco-friendly all year round, but the effort is well worth it.

A Global Effort

Earth Day is recognized by over 190 countries world-wide. It illustrates the importance we need to place on preserving our planet. Whether we reside in a fully developed economy or a newly emerging one, steps can be taken to ensure a more ecological approach to an ever increasing global population.

Global Earth Day

Working together has never been of more importance and the sooner each individual or organization makes a positive change, the sooner our collective efforts will start to yield positive results.


That is what Earth Day means to us, what does it mean for you?

March 31st: World Backup Day! Everything You Need to Know About Data Backup


Happy World Backup Day!

Never heard of it? Don’t worry, you’re probably not alone. World backup day is slowly gaining popularity. There is no surprise of its ever-increasing popularity considering the amount of data that gets lost or corrupted each year. We are sure you’ve lost an important document or file at some point in your life.

Well, fortunately for you we’ve come up with this handy guide on how and why you should regularly backup your data!

What Is Data Backup?

Data backup is the process of making extra copies of all of your important data such as documents, photos and so on and storing them somewhere secure in case the originals ever get lost or damaged. For an even more secure backup, make three copies of your files in case your first two ever malfunction.

Why Should You Backup Your Data?

Everyone should take the time to back up their data because you never really know when your computer could crash, your phone get stolen, or you accidentally delete a file and lose it forever. By creating another copy of all your important data you never have to worry about it getting lost or being destroyed.

Eye-opening facts from worldbackupday.com:

  • 30% of people have never backup up their files!
  • 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute
  • 29% of disasters are caused by accident
  • 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses each month

How To Backup Your Data?

Backing up your data is neither as hard or time consuming as you may think. But most importantly, it can save you from a lot of stress and heartache in the future if your files are ever compromised. First, you need to decide whether you want to back up your data online or to an external drive. (It is strongly recommended to start backing up to an external drive then make another copy online).

Backing up to an External/USB Drive

You will need: an external hard drive, storage size will depend on the amount of information and data you are backing up. Common options range from 8GB (gigabytes – light storage) to 6TB (terabytes – heavy storage).

Windows

Follow these steps to tell your computer start backing up your work automatically every hour:

  1. Plug your drive or its cable into your USB port.
  2. Click the pop-up notification that says, Tap to choose what happens with removable drives.
  3. Select the Configure this Drive for Backup option; when the File History window appears, click the Turn On button.Windows Backup Steps
  4. Open the Control Panel.
  5. Select the System and Security category and click File History.
  6. If you need to switch the drive, click the Select Drive link from the window’s left side and select a different drive.
  7. Click the Turn On button.

Mac

  1. Set up Time Machine. (Time Machine is the built-in backup feature of OS X.)
  2. When you connect an external hard drive directly to your Mac, you might be asked if you want to use the drive to back up with Time Machine. Click “Use as Backup Disk.”

If Time Machine doesn’t ask you to choose a backup disk:

  1. Open Time Machine preferences from the Time Machine menu in the menu bar. Or choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Time Machine.
  2. Click Select Backup Disk.
  3. Select an external hard drive, Time Capsule, or other storage solution from the list, then click Use Disk.
  4. After you choose a backup disk, optionally click “Add or Remove Backup Disk” to add more backup disks for extra security and convenience.

After you set up Time Machine, it automatically makes hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for all previous months. The oldest backups are deleted when your backup drive is full.

Backing up online

Although you shouldn’t backup your entire hard drive onto a cloud-storage service, you can use these services to preserve your important files. There are a number of different cloud-storage services you can choose from, some free, some paid. A few notable ones to look into include:

  • Google Drive (15GB Free)
  • Dropbox (2GB Free)
  • OneDrive (5GB Free)
  • SugarSync (5GB Free)

Once you’ve signed up for an online storage website, simply start uploading all of your important files. The benefit of storing online is that you can access it from any computer, anytime. You can also easily share and collaborate with others. There are also options to pay for more storage if the amount of free storage offered is not enough.

What You Should Back Up

Ultimately you should backup all of the files that are important to you and that are irreplaceable. If you still don’t know where to start, take a look at the following areas according to a MakeUseOf article:

Personal Files

This will include things you’ve created such as documents and things that you have purchased such as music and movies. So check your Documents, Pictures and Videos folders. Setting it up so that these folders are automatically backed up as a whole rather than picking and choosing files is ideal.

Personal FIles - Backup

Desktop

If you are in the habit of saving all of your projects that you are currently working on onto your desktop, this is another place you should be sure to back up. This way, you don’t have to worry about losing these projects and having to start from scratch and losing valuable time.

Desktop Backup

Browser Data

Don’t forget about all of the bookmarks and favorites in your browsers. Often we collect these over a large amount of time and don’t want to lose these so it’s a good idea to keep a second copy. Additionally, you probably have quite a few extensions and other browser settings you wouldn’t want to manually install once more.

Browser Data Backup

Emails

Backing up e-mails is often overlooked, but it’s a good idea to keep backups of your e-mails for your personal records especially any important business e-mails or receipts.

Email Backup