Whether you're sending out a notice to your practice's patients about upcoming holiday closings, creating an annual family mailing or just want to celebrate an upcoming seasonal special occasion, a quick way to put your information into your readers' hands is through a brochure. Brochures are typically double-sided, tri-folded pieces of paper with information, graphics and your contact details. Take advantage of your computer's desktop publishing program's preset brochure templates and holiday clip art to speed along your holiday brochure design process.
Open your desktop-publishing program, click "Publications for Print" and select the "Brochures" option. Scroll through the preset design options; don't worry if you don't see a holiday theme, you can change colours and add images in a later step. Double-click a brochure style that appeals to you so that it opens in the software workspace.
Click your cursor into one of the headlines on the brochure; all of the text becomes highlighted. Start typing directly over the top of the placeholder headline with your own information, such as "Happy Holidays from The Smiths" or "Herman Office Holiday Closures." Highlight the text and use the text toolbar at the top of the page to change the font, size and colour. Repeat throughout the document to change all of the placeholder headlines.
Click into one of the text boxes on the brochure and type your information right on top of the highlighted section. Don't worry about not filling the entire text box; use the font size drop-down menu to enlarge your text if necessary.
(Optional) Right-click a placeholder image on the brochure and select "Change Picture." Choose "From File" and browse to a location on your computer with a family portrait, office group shot or company logo. Double-click the file and it will appear in place on the brochure. Repeat throughout both sides of the brochure.
Add holiday-themed clip art to the brochure by pulling down the "Insert" menu, selecting "Picture" and clicking "Clip Art." Type a word or phrase, such as "reindeer," "snowflake," "menorah" or "pumpkin" into the "Search for" box and click "Go." Scroll through the results and double-click a graphic. After it appears on the brochure, drag it into place with your cursor.
Change the preset colour scheme to the holiday colours by clicking the "Color Schemes" link on the "Brochure Options" panel on the left side of the screen. Scroll through the colour families to find a set of colours to use; double-click the colours and the brochure automatically updates in the workspace.
Depending on your computer's version of the Microsoft Office Suite, you probably have Microsoft Publisher, a desktop-publishing program. Another desktop publishing program, InDesign, is sold as part of the Adobe Creative Suite. Each of these programs offers a free trial download you can use to experiment with making brochures. You can create holiday brochures in a word-processing program such as Microsoft Word (part of the Office Suite), but because a word-processing program's focus is on text documents, you won't have as precise layout potential and as many design options.