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Angelica's Dream Fund: Supporting Artists and Dreamers December 23 2015
Our shop has been looking a little bit cuter recently thanks to local artist, freelance writer and fellow button enthusiast Angelica LeMinh!
What is Angelica's Dream Fund?
An adorable array of Piggy Pins are on display in our shop as part of Angelica's Dream Fund.
The idea of the fund is to consciously cycle money raised from selling art like this to support and celebrate the arts while also supporting the many dreams of artists behind the art!
As a freelance writer, Angelica is looking to fulfill her dream: to create partnerships with people and publications that value unique voices.
Angelica's Dream Fund is super special because it is an interactive installation.
If you like anything that you see, it can be yours! All she asks is that you leave something or share something with her in return.
Next time you're in The Junction, come by the People Power Press storefront and pick out a Piggy Pin for yourself!
You'll not only get to home with the cutest one-of-a-kind creation, you will also be supporting dreams which is pretty awesome too!
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How to Make Coasters with Your Button Maker (Practical Craft Ideas!) November 11 2015
How to Make Coasters with Your Button Maker (Practical Craft Ideas!)
Did you know that with the right materials, a handy coaster adapter insert and a little creativity, you can use your 3.5” Button Maker to make one-of-a-kind coasters?
These coasters can give your cup or glass a fun place to land while also protecting your table. Practical and expressive - what a perfect combination!
Coasters are also a great way to create unique and personalized gifts or souvenirs for friends, family and customers. With the holiday season just around the corner, the 3.5” Button Maker Coaster Kit with everything you need to make coasters may be just what you need!
Here’s what you need to get started:
1 ) 3-1/2” Button Maker
2) Coaster adapter insert to help give the coaster a flatter surface than a typical, curved, 3-1/2” button
3) Coaster Parts/Supplies: Shells, Recessed Backs, Cork Discs, and Mylar (for standard glossy coasters) or laminated pre-cut art (for matte or high gloss finish coasters). For standard gloss, just order “Everything you need to make 3-1/2” Round Coasters” from our site and you’ll get everything you need. For matte or high gloss, you’ll need to order laminated pre-cut art separately.
And here’s how to do it!
Decisions, decisions… will you choose laminate matte or glossy finish?
When making coasters with your button maker, you can also make a choice on the finish: glossy, matte, or any other creative finishes you can come up with. Here are some things to consider:
- Laminating eliminates the chance of condensation between the paper and plastic, which is typically a function of humid climates – not being exposed to water. Both laminate and Mylar (the thin plastic sheet) are water resistant and can easily be wiped clean. You just don’t want to submerge the coasters in water, because the structure is made of tin and will rust and b) if it rusts or is sitting up to the brim in water for too long, the water will eventually find its way in through the seams. Regular table surface water and spills shouldn’t be an issue. The cork backing also helps, by raising it off the table.
- Colours pop way better with a high gloss laminate. Less plastic means more light gets to the paper, which creates greater vibrancy.
- Matte laminate feels nicer to the touch. Ooooh, smoooooth and satiny!
- Mylar shows scratches and shows wear more obviously because it is thicker and shiny.
- Matte laminate reduces glare, making the words on the coaster easier to read.
- While a warm mug will NOT melt your coaster, suction does occur between the mylar and the bottom of the mugs. This might result in the coaster lifting with the mug when someone picks it up. It will fall back off, usually on your lap or the floor – like many other coasters that you find at bars or craft shops. Laminate is melted onto the paper and doesn’t separate from the paper image (like mylar does, because it’s just layered, not melted), so no suction happens and the cup lifts off with no problems. : )
Loving the coaster idea, but don’t want to buy a button maker? We can make them for you!
Unlock the Potential of your 2-1/4" Buttonmaker! November 10 2015
A Whole World Of Products For Your 2-1/4" Button Maker!
Ever thought about branching out and making more items that showcase your message, art, or brand? Your 2-1/4” button maker may be the key to creating the key chains, bottle openers and magnets you've been dreaming of!
You can get a variety of parts for you 2-1/4” button maker. Pocket mirrors, bottle openers, and key chains are just the beginning! Check out our website for a complete list of products available for your 2-1/4" machine.
The process is no more complicated that pressing a standard pinback button so don’t be thrown off by the different backings. If you need help navigating a new product visit our blog or YouTube channel for many helpful tricks of the trade.
Don’t have a 2-1/4” machine? There are plenty of options available to make different items with all sorts of button makers! Check the product page associated with your button maker to get more details!
Button of the Week! - Winter is coming! November 09 2015
Celebrate the Cooler Temperatures This Week!
It's Monday and that means that it's time to unveil our button of the week! Every week we make a button available in the shop and this week we want to embrace the fact that winter is really coming.
The temperature is dropping and the sun sets at 4:30, but we've decided that instead of shying away from the cold weather, we would just embrace it! After all, winter means more than just snow, it means hockey, skiing, long johns and hot chocolate too!
We know it's hard to get on board after our endless summer but we thought we would try to spread the love with these custom buttons. Hopefully we can hold on to these good feelings until spring! It's easy to love winter when its still above freezing but it's even easier to love our cold weather pins!
Come into the shop this week and pick up a couple to show your winter spirit!
I Love My Library and You Should Too! Custom Buttons for the Vancouver Island Regional Library October 23 2015
October is National Library Month across Canada and we were fortunate enough to work with the outstanding folks at the Vancouver Island Regional Library.
Most of us have taken advantage of our local library at some point, but we would like to take a minute and highlight the heart and soul behind all of our local libraries - the librarians and staff who work tirelessly to provide us with this invaluable public resource.
Libraries represent spaces of equal access. They are free to the public and provide services that are essential in the digital age such as access to the internet, computers, and educational workshops.
In order to reach their broad client base, this regional library launched on its own campaign in support of the Canadian Library Association and local branches.
The VIRL started the "I Love My Library" campaign as a way to reach out to returning visitors but also reach out to those who haven’t tapped their organizations infinite resources. Using the “I heart NY” theme, their team chose to add a little west coast flair with the long-time west coast icon, the red plaid shirt.
During October Library Month, Library branches also put on Customer Appreciation Days as an opportunity to “share the love”, because the sentiment is shared both ways. Making sure that the customers feel appreciated is important to the staff behind the campaign.
As National Library Month comes to a close we want to thank all the librarians from coast to coast who make community programs possible and a big thank you to the folks at Vancouver Island Regional Library for sharing their work with us.
We really appreciate the work you do!
Earlier this month we made some buttons for the inspirational folks at Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia and we want to share the great work that they do with all of you!
JA Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that works to motivate youth through educational programing, addressing the gaps in financial and business education in school curricula. We have all experienced the stress of the job hunt or been faced with making overwhelming post-graduate life choices. It is good to know that there are organizations out there helping prepare people for their next steps!
JA volunteers donate their time through a variety of programs that highlight their experience. We love that the community rallies behind youth education, youth programing and the success of young people in Nova Scotia and beyond!
Junior Achievement programs believe in arming young people with the knowledge and experience to succeed in the global economy. One program in particular, 'Company Program' inspires high school students to understand the role of business in our society by creating an enterprise of their own. Students collaborate with professional volunteer consultants to design, organize and operate a real business. These new entrepreneurs work within the structure of our Canadian economic system and realize the benefits it provides.
As we move through Small Business Week we want to thank JA Nova Scotia for preparing future entrepreneurs for the workplace! Learn more about Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia and to follow them on social media check out their Facebook and Twitter pages.
In Nova Scotia and want to volunteer? Learn more about joining this exceptional team!
Impressed by JA Nova Scotia? How could you not be! Nominate them for the People Power Award by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to Our New Store! September 28 2015
After spending the past few years in Toronto’s fantastic Junction neighbourhood, we’ve expanded! Same location, but we now have a storefront with workshop space to offer more button-related fun!
The Liberators, helped us celebrate during our soft launch party on July 18, with lots of button making musical jam sessions and performances. It was a hot day, but so much fun. Thanks to all who joined us!
Parking and Entrance Changes
Our regular (and super awesome) sales staff will now greet you at the front entrance of 3095 Dundas St. W for all pick-ups and visits. Just look for the bubble gum pink building between Clendenan Ave. and Quebec Ave. You can’t miss us : )
Rear laneway access and parking is now for staff and deliveries only, but plenty of parking is available nearby. There is Green P parking on Dundas St. W. and lots of FREE parking on any of the side streets East, West, and North of us : ) If you have a large order and need help loading it into your vehicle, come to the store front first and we’ll happily help you out from there.
For health and safety reasons, we cannot let you walk through the factory space to get to the new store front. So, if you do go to the back door, you will be asked to walk around the block to the front. This will be an inconvenient transition for many of you and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation : )
New Hours – We are Open Saturdays!
Having a new storefront space means we also have new hours. In addition to our regular hours during the week, our store is open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are not open Sundays.
That means you can now pick up your orders on the weekend. You can also give us a call to place new orders and get a real person on the line to help you with any other customer service needs you might have. Or come by in person to pick up supplies and make your own buttons at our new work stations.
As usual, if you have hard deadlines and just want to drop in to pick up supplies, please call a week in advance to make sure we have enough stock on hand (or can have it sent over) before you come to pick up your order.
Shipping, Design, and Custom Button Production Services are only available Mon-Fri unless a special arrangement has been made in advance.
Make Something Different with In-Store Button Maker Rentals
Our storefront is a bright space with work tables so you can use any of our hand presses, for any size or shape, and just rent by the hour without the hassle of putting a hold on your credit card or having to lug the machine home and back again. This is especially great if you want to make a variety of items, but don’t necessarily want to buy all the machines to do it. There are so many things our machines can make: necklaces, bracelets, square, oval or rectangle buttons, magnets, and more!
Maker Space Memberships coming soon!
Make-A-Button Stations and Packs
Make-A-Button stations are set up so kids (and kids at heart) can drop in and make a button or two using artwork and art supplies already set out for you. You can pay per button and collect stamps to earn free buttons as you go! Or you can purchase prepaid button making cards, drop in whenever you want, and leave your pocket book at home : )
Give the gift of Make-A-Button with prepackaged Make-A-Button packs. The packs include artwork and supplies so all they have to do is bring the package in and we’ll show them how to do the rest : )
Birthday Parties and Workshops
We love running button making events in and around the city, but until now we have never had the space to run events at our location. Now we can! If you would like to have a birthday party or other special event, please contact our Events Team for more details about creating a special custom event for that special day.
We will also be running fun design and button-making workshops throughout the year so be sure to connect with us through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the newsletter and blog for more details about what we’ve got planned. (Psst…we will be soon announcing plans for a spooktacular Hallowe’en button making event!)
Create and Print Your Own Designs In-Store
We also soon have a computer station set-up with our templates and button design programs so you can design and print off your own unique designs here in store. We will show you how it works and then it is up to you what you create!
These are just some of the exciting new things we have planned for our new store space.
Stay tuned as we roll out more great stuff. We can’t wait to share it all with you!
Our First year @ Fan Expo August 27 2013
Hanging out with the button supplies at People Power Press! August 15 2013
Pancho! taking a break with some Button Supplies at the People Power Press Button Factory.
People Power Press goes live May 29 2011
We went live today. Despite some DNS issues we are now online and except for a couple test orders we did ourselves we are waiting for that first order but it may take a while! We are not yet spidered and have not begun getting linked up but hell, it's exciting anyway.
We have aprox 200 products online and hope to add at least another 1000 by the end of this year.
First Post March 27 2011
Spring is coming, snow is melting and work has begun on People Power Press. The team is building and the site is building momentum.
Watch this space!