One thing to remember when creating stationery for emails, is that not everyone has broadband/ADSL connections. The greater number of net connections are still by dial up modem, so downloading times can be slow. Also many people have to pay for the amount of bytes they download, so please remember to always use your gif or jpg optimisers when creating stationery graphics. I try to keep mine below 50kb for a basic stationery graphic count. ;o)

Download the graphic below and save it in 'My Documents | Stats' (you will need to create this folder now). The bear in this graphic was tubed by Jazzl. You can find some great tubes for using in stationery at Jazzl Tubes. (Right-click and save to your folder.)

Open up your Outlook Express. (For those who use Outlook, you should still have a copy of OE on your PC - on your "Start | Programs" menu).

Once you have Outlook Express open, look along the top menu, you will see 'Tools', click on that and then 'Options' and then the 'Compose' tab. The graphic below is what you should now see. (I have OE6 after downloading the updates at the Microsoft site).

Click on the 'Create' button, which you can see highlighted in the above graphic and a new window will open, and should look like the one below. This is the Stationery Wizard.

Click on the 'Next' button, this is where we set the background for your stationery. The Bear graphic will be set as the background for the email. Click on the 'Select' button, and navigate through your directories to your 'My Documents | Stats' folder, and double click on the 'MeToYouStat-Kaysea.jpg' file, this will appear in the little window, as in the diagram below. Don't worry for now about setting the background color. The wizard doesn't have much to choose from. ;o) Leave the other settings as they are, and then click on 'Next'.

In this pane we choose the font, font size and font color.

Note:When choosing a font, please remember, you may have some lovely fonts in your font folder, but the people who receive your emails may not. It's always best to try and stick with basic fonts, and just dress them up with colour. Most decorative fonts need to be used at a higher setting too, and if the receiver doesn't have the font you use, they could end up being hit between the eyes by huge writing popping out of the screen at them.

The following are basic fonts that most people have on their PC's (all have been shown at 10/12pt):

Book Antiqua
Cataneo BT
Goudy Old Style
Dom Casual
Eras Light ITC
Gill Sans MT
Comic Sans MS
Times New Roman
Trebuchet MS

Select your font and choose your colour setting and size setting then click on 'Next'.

This next pane is where we make our margin settings. This will determine the placement of the writing on each email. For this particular graphic, the settings should be:

    Left Margin - 120
    Top Margin - 150

Once you have the writing where you want it to sit on the email, hit 'Next' and you will be taken to the last window, which will ask you to name the Stationery file. I always title mine with the Creator's Name and then the Stationery Name, so I can always see who's stationery I am using. So for this stat, it would be named: Kaysea - MeToYou. Once you have named the stationery, click 'Finish'. The window will disappear, and you will be taken back to the original 'Options | Compose' window.

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