July 2008

17
Jul

Butterfly Themed Baby Shower

Decorate your baby shower with butterflies. There’s something so sweet and dreamy about ...

17
Jul

What is with these words?

In the garden, I’m known as a “purple thumb” because I am uniformly mediocre. While ...

16
Jul

More Unusual Baby Names

Hot on the heels of our last blog on Wacky Baby Names, superstar Nicole Kidman named her new ...

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16
Jul

Calling all moms…

Tiny Talk is introducing a new feature called “Adorable Baby Photos” to our blog.  If you ...

16
Jul

When is Stationery Stationary?

Do we sense a controversy simmering? Seems there is quite a bit of uncertainty regarding how to...

16
Jul

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!

Check out events at your local craft stores for ways to get creative this season. Stores like ...

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15
Jul

Tracking your Family Tree Online

The other day, a relative of mine who is planning our family reunion forwarded a family tree ...

15
Jul

Cooking with Kids

Whether you’re planning a birthday party or just a special day for your kids, cooking is ...

14
Jul

Bouncy Birthdays: Fitness Made Fun

A common trend for children’s birthday parties involves renting an inflatable bounce ...

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14
Jul

Planning a Beach Party

The sun is out and summer is here! Why not plan a beach party for friends and family? ...

11
Jul

Beat the Heat and Still Stay Chic!

Sandals, shade and sundresses aren’t necessarily enough to keep your kids cool as the ...

11
Jul

Organize Your Busy Life

Life seems to go by faster the older you get. With more and more responsibilities piling up, ...

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The other day, a relative of mine who is planning our family reunion forwarded a family tree spreadsheet via e-mail to every member of the family with a request to update any missing or incorrect data and to verify addresses for the customized party invitations she created on our site. Family Party Invitation Card

As soon as the e-mail arrived, I thought to myself, “There has got to be an easier way.” Imagining each person making changes and returning the document, I wondered how all the information could be merged into one cohesive family tree.

A quick search indicated there are several products available to help categorize this kind of information, but the problem was that she wasn’t just interested in the family tree–she wanted current e-mail, phone numbers and mailing addresses as well.

In this case, a spreadsheet makes sense because it can be converted to a document that most contact software can read and convert to mailing labels. But, instead of an e-mail attachment, the ideal solution would be to use a relatively new product called Google Documents. Her existing spreadsheet could be uploaded and shared with all of the family members at once. Since they would all be editing the same document, no merging of the data would be necessary. Even better, everyone can access the document through a simple web portal, so no additional software is required. Voila!

Since Tiny Prints is in the business of helping people keep in touch, we’re always interested in hearing your techniques for keeping friends and family connected. If you have something to share, please let us know!