Brother CreativeCenter “Back to Business” Contest $500 Prize Suite

Brother Creative CenterBrother has created a free way for anyone to design professional business cards, mailers, calenders, posters, and much more by editing templates provided in their CreativeCenter.

If you can point and click you can create beautiful marketing materials. Print them out on your own printer or save them as a PDF file. Easily upload and use your own photos to make them even more special.

Even if you have no graphics skills to create marketing materials,
you can make beautiful documents like the ones below.

This is an example of a mailing created for Deep Valley Farms CSA in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.  [Note: all images below have been reduced in physical size and resolution for use in this blog post. What you create will be in high resolution suitable for printing.]

Deep Valley Farms Okmulgee, OK CSA mailing

Deep Valley Farms Okmulgee, OK CSA mailer

Tips for Creating Business Cards and Other Printed Materials:

Here are some quick tips to make what you create look beautiful:

  • Stick to one font in 2-3 sizes for your text. Having many fonts takes away from a professional appearance.
  • Choose three basic colors to use. Note in the images above they are green, beige, and white. In the image below they are black, gray and red.
  • Photos, logos and other images are essential. Text only is boring!

You can prove these concepts to yourself. Take any stack of business cards or anything printed – or even web sites. Glance at them quickly and put them in two piles: like and don’t like. Then review your choices for the two points above. For a professional appearance, less is more.

Julie Weishaar at created this poster for her video services: Video Creation poster

Entry Deadline: March 19, 2014 at 11.59 pm Eastern time (EST).
Read the Full Terms and Conditions of the Competition.

3 Winners each will receive a package including:

  • Brother Wireless Color All‑in‑One Inkjet Printer (MFC-J6920DW) – $299.99 value
  • 3 Color Ink Cartridges (LC105-3PKS) – $54.99 value
  • Desktop Office Labeler (PT-2030) – $49.99 value
  • Black Ink Cartridge (LC109BK) – $39.99 value
  • Labels, half inch – TZE-335 (2 packages) – $43.98 value
  • Labels, half inch – TZE-231 (2 pack) – $34.99 value

Brother reserves the right to replace a product with a similar model based on availability.

3 winners will be announced during the first week in April.
Approximate total value of the package to each winner is $500+

If you can use a Word processor or any other common computer program or application, you can create beautiful promotional marketing printables yourself.

Head over to the Brother CreativeCenter to get started now.

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Gail Gardner

Small Business Marketing Strategist at GrowMap
Creator and owner of, Gail is primarily known for mentoring small businesses and encouraging bloggers to join collaborations to share skills and support small business.


  1. This I need! I am not a person who are assigned to be lucky on designs. I know a little, editing like super beginner…
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  2. This contest is not for me because I am not good in it. Anyway good luck for all of you.

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  3. Hi Thanks for this and thanks for sharing..i am not so great at design and don’t really have a creative side but i will give this a go.


  4. Thanks for sharing this great article and great ideas and tips for business creative with us. i like your tips.
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  5. Brother is one of my favorite brands in the electronics. I have also a Brother Made Printer at my office that has been obsolete but still has worth.
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  6. I am terrible at designing so am going to try this for designing professional Business cards as I wanted them from long time.
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  7. Forgot to thank you for the tips.Business cards won’t be that bad.
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  8. Business cards I thought they were out as I’ve not seen them for a long period of time.

  9. Yes Brother Creative center is best place for creating business cards, mailers, calenders etc. Thanks for sharing useful post with us, you done a great job man. Keep sharing useful ideas.
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  10. I agree with Kaloyan. I too have not been using printed media. I saw a lot of small business giving out printed media in our city and some of them ended up in trash cans. But I do really need a good printer right now. I’ll give this a shot and test my creative skills. hehehe Thanks for sharing!
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  11. Great things to know about.Thanks for sharing.
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  12. I have to admit that I haven’t created printed media for many years, nor I have adverticed in printed media. Main reason is that there isn’t any way to track the results.
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  13. This is an awesome contest. I want to create materials like this.

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