Buttons, Badges & Pins - People Power Blog
Is There a Button Shell Stuck in my Machine? March 22 2016
Have you ever gotten a button part stuck in your machine?
It happens to the best of us, and can be really frustrating. However, there are a few tried and true techniques to getting that button part UN-jammed in no time!
Most machine jams will probably be the result of using a paper that is too thick, or putting more than 1 shell in the die. Though there are lots of different things that COULD jam a machine, these two scenarios are the most common.
HOW TO AVOID JAMMING YOUR MACHINE.
Though this instructional video makes is super easy to un-jam your machine, its a lot easier to NOT get a machine jammed in the first place. Here's some tips on how to avoid a jam all together.
- The paper is too thick: The best paper to use for button making is your good ole' fashion printer paper. If you try and use paper of a heavier weight, you run the risk of getting the mylar, paper, and shell stuck in the top die when pressing your button. Stick with a paper that is around 28 Lbs and you should be golden!
- There were 2 shells smooshed together and it looked like there was only 1 shell: Sometimes the shells like to piggy-back on each other. Though that sounds kind of cute, this double shell will inevitably lead to a jam, or at the very least, a button than doesn't get crimped properly. If you think there may be two shells stuck together, just throw them against a hard flat surface. Industry secret: the floor works GREAT! The impact will make the shells come apart, no tools or elbow grease required!
March 22nd is World Water Day March 21 2016
Saying that water is REALLY important is an understatement.
The purpose of this day is to educate people about water-related issues and inspire individuals to take action. We decided to take action ourselves by creating some custom 1-1/4" buttons that are all about water!
Every year, World Water Day focuses on a different water-related issue. This year's theme, Water and Jobs, was chosen because many of the 1.5 billion people who work in water related fields aren't protected by basic labor rights.
Official Trailer: World Water Day 2016 from unwater.org
Concept: Walk This Way
Production & illustrations: La Pompadour
Music & Sound Design: Mooders
The Very First Button. Like, Ever. March 11 2016
Buttons have been around for a long time. And by "long time" I mean since the late 1700's.
The first "button" was used during the inauguration of George Washington in 1789. It looked like this:
A few decades later in 1824, election buttons hit the scene during the campaign of John Quincy Adams against Andrew Jackson.
Back then, campaign buttons look quite different from the buttons of today. Some main differences in the buttons of today vs. the buttons of yester-year include how the buttons are actually worn. In 1824, buttons were sewn onto clothing rather than just pinned on.
Keep checking in on our Button Blog for more great posts every day :)
If you can't wait to read more about the history of buttons, check out another great blog post we wrote a while ago!
Yesterday was International Women's Day, a day celebrating the achievements of women in the social, economic, cultural and political sphere.
I am sure that everyone in the Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Department at the University of Winnipeg celebrated the day by rocking one of these great custom buttons!
The custom buttons were created for UWinnipeg's annual Open House event, and were designed by the mighty talented Erin Heroux, a Graphic Designer for The University of Winnipeg.
Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) is among more than 50 undergraduate programs available at UWinnipeg, and the department was looking for a way to stand out from the crowd at Open House 2016.
Not surprisingly, the buttons were a massive hit :) Rumor has it that UWinnipeg is already coming up with new button designs to use in the future!
Did You Know that The Button Guy is on YouTube? March 08 2016
Last week we posted about Button Designer, a great free resource from The Button Guy.
Whether you need to know how to use, make, fix, or design something button related, there is bound to be a video that can help you out!
Here are just a few featured videos:
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If you're looking for a "How To" video that isn't featured on this blog post, check out The Button Guy's full YouTube Channel!
Don't worry about asking us a question that you thing seems strange or silly. If it's button related, GO FOR IT! We love helping our customers have the best button making experience possible :) YAY!
International Women's Day Buttons March 07 2016
Happy Monday button enthusiasts!
Tomorrow March 8th, is International Women's Day, a day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
Here are just a couple of well known women who have made a hugely positive impact.
If you are interested in creating your own custom buttons, we can help you out! Click here and make all of your button dreams come true!
It's Cool to Recycle: Upcycled Notebooks are Here March 03 2016
Who would have thought that some old un-loved books could get a second chance at life? We believe that anything is possible, and we have proof. Take a look:
These books have been turned into some seriously cool notebooks and sketchbooks, ready for you to fill with whatever your heart desires.
All books are hardcover, coil bound, and use "Tree Free" recycled paper.
So whether you like retro books, sketching and writing, or just want to reduce your carbon footprint, we've got you covered.
Custom Buttons for our Friends at The Wedding Co. March 02 2016
February was a big month for weddings, and nobody knows this better than our friends at The Wedding Co.
The Wedding Co. is an awesome group of creative professionals who live and breath all things wedding! Not only do they make it SUPER simple and fun to plan every aspect of a couple's big day, they also ensure that the experience of planning is just as fantastic as the wedding day itself.
On February 21st, The Wedding Co. celebrated its 15th bridal show in Toronto, and it truly was a showstopper! Each of the exhibitors were even sporting a gorgeous custom button to identify themselves at the event.
Button-Designer: Quick, Easy, and Free Online March 01 2016
PICTURE IT IF YOU WILL...
It's been a long day, and you still have a bunch buttons to design for that super important thing tomorrow.
Most people would start brewing that late-night cup of coffee, and get ready to hunker down for the long haul...
But not you! You head over to button-designer.com
WHAT IS BUTTON-DESIGNER?
It's a website that makes it really simple to whip together button designs. And best of all? It's freeeeeee :)
The website allows you to add an uploaded image, text, icons, etc. to a button template of any size. Once you're done, the button design is saved as a PDF print sheet, and is ready to be cut and pressed.
HOW TO USE BUTTON-DESIGER: A STEP BY STEP GUIDE
1. Go to www.button-designer.com
3. Select the size of button you are going to design. We carry the button parts and presses for ALL sizes that button-designer offers.
4. If you would like to upload an image, Click on "Image Upload" and select your file.
5. Click on any element of the button that you wish to change. For example, to change the maple leaf icon, click the icon on the button template.
6. Use the check boxes to turn off the elements you don't want or turn on the elements you do want.
7. Click and drag to move the elements on the button face.
8. Once you're happy with the button design, click the save button. To view the buttons you have saved, go to the button gallery. From there you can print a single button, or create print sheets of one OR multiple designs!
9. Make your buttons
10. Wear you button proudly and get many high-fives and compliments!
If you are ordering custom buttons from People Power Press, you can use the Online Button-Designer to create the artwork. All you need to do is provide us with your user name and the image title :) We will retrieve your artwork and produce your custom order!
Nothing Counts on Leap Day: Custom Buttons for February 29th February 29 2016
Happy Monday everyone :)
This is an extra special Monday, Indeed. A day that comes only once every 4 years...
That's right, it's a Leap Year!!
Put aside the responsibilities of real life and live today to the fullest. After all, nothing counts on Leap Day.
Real life will resume tomorrow, March 1st.
Why does the extra day fall in February?
All the other months in the Julian calendar have 30 or 31 days, but February lost out to the ego of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus.
Under his predecessor Julius Caesar, Feb had 30 days and the month named after him - July - had 31. August had only 29 days.
When Caesar Augustus became Emperor he added two days to 'his' month to make August the same as July.
So February lost out to August in the battle of the extra days.
Black History Month February 16 2016
Let's celebrate black history month this through buttons! A great way to show recognition towards current and past African Canadians that make and have made great contributions in art, culture, public service, politics and human rights.
Toronto itself has so many talented musicians that contribute to music history while helping Toronto's reputation grow stronger.
Drake whom was given a key to the city a few days ago, also helped host one of the most important sports events this weekend here in Toronto; the NBA all-star games. It attracted so many tourists including all sorts of celebrities and gave our residents opportunities to participate in local events and entertainment.
The Weeknd whom was nominated for 7 Grammys, preformed and brought home a Grammy for Best R&B Performance.
Rapper Shad (not originally from Toronto) took over Q on CBC Radio in 2015, and is still somehow finding the time to create music.
21 year old Andre De Grasse a GTA born athlete has been claimed to be the fastest man in Canada and won the 2015 Pan Am 100m and 200m.
Willie O’ree from fredericton, was the first black player in the NHL with the Boston bruins in 1957-58.
George Dixon also known as “Little Chocolate” from Halifax, was the first black world boxing champion in any weight class and first ever Canadian born boxing champion.
Also a reminder on an interesting article that came out a couple years ago on Albert Jackson, a child slave who fled to Canada on the underground railroad was to become the city of Toronto’s first black letter carrier in 1882.
Thanks to those important brave figures from the past, we have all kinds of young talented people shaping and making our future!
Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day <3 February 08 2016
It's almost Valentines day, and everyone here at People Power Press hope you have the happiest one yet!
If you "don't really DO Valentine's Day" but have a special someone in your life, we've got just the thing for you!
Come by the shop and take a look at our super cute "Sorry, Valentine" button collection.
These sassy little buttons are a great way to begrudgingly participate in all the Valentine's hype.They're just the right amount of "salty" to balance out all of the "sweet."
Available in packs of 4 assorted buttons ($5.00), or as single button Valentine's cards ($2.00)!
Wishing you a Valentine's Day full of love and happiness <3 <3 <3
Do you have something great you want to put on a button? Here is how you can get custom buttons of your very own!
Button of the Week: Go Raptors Go! February 03 2016
We love our Toronto sports teams around here, especially when they are playing well.
The Blue Jays gave us a great summer and fall and now the Toronto Raptors are killing it on the court.
So, just like our Jays buttons, we wanted to make some buttons to show our love for the Raptors and celebrate their record-breaking success.
And what a year to be going hard - in a few weeks the city will play host to the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.
Oh and we have to share the video because it is awesome and these two guys will be playing together for the game.
How can you not be excited? #WeTheNorth all the way.
DIY Project: Mystery Series Pocket Mirrors January 31 2016We love books around here. We love to read them and normally wouldn't condone taking them apart, but we're going to make an exception with our latest craft project.
The thing is, we have all these great looking books in the shop that we use to make our upcycled notebooks. But the pages inside don't always get to be reused.
Well, we've found the perfect way to salvage some of the pages from old vintage books - Mystery Series Pocket Mirrors!
If you have some old books or magazines, you can do the same. Parts for mirrors can be purchased on the same page where you order your button supplies.
As with any artwork you put in your button maker, just make sure the pages aren't so thick they will jam your machine. Then cut, press and carry.
And the images from these old books get to tell a story in a whole new way.
Ingenious Storage Containers: Marketing with Magnets! January 28 2016
Our friends at Ingenious Storage Containers had a predicament. How could they add their branding to the storage containers they were selling?
Stickers could do the trick, but they'd probably get peeled off as soon as the container arrives at its new home. And nobody likes that sticky residue that gets left behind.
Then, they had it! The perfect solution: Ingenious Storage Magnets!
Ingenious came to us at People Power Press with their custom magnet request, and we thought it was a great idea! After all, their steel containers, cabinets, and storage lockers are the perfect canvas for a custom magnet!
They weren't sure how their magnets would be received by their customers, but from the sounds of it, they're a big hit already! The magnets are even finding their way from storage containers to the fridge. I'd like to see a sticker try and do that! :)
You can find all of Ingenious Storage Containers' products on their website!
Canadian Women in Food: Using Buttons to Stir Things Up! January 18 2016
Canada’s food sector contributes in a big way to the national economy, being responsible for more than 9 per cent of GDP and 2.3 million jobs. That's approximately 13 per cent of all employment in Canada!
Women represent more than 60 per cent of those employed in the food and beverage industry.
Canadian Women in Food is a super cool community that supports and celebrates female entrepreneurs in this industry. And they are asking that we all do the same!
What is Canadian Women in Food?
Canadian Women in Food is a network of women from a wide variety of food-related sectors: from bakers to food photographers, sommeliers to restaurant managers!
The members of this national social enterprise have access to learning seminars and events, while providing opportunites for members to support each other.
CWIF supports women-owned food businesses, and cultivates opportunities for female food entrepreneurs. By 2020, they hope to be the leading connector of female entrepreneurs in Canada. We can all help them achieve their goals by spreading the word, and getting stirred up about women in food!
Become a Member
If you're a woman in the food industry, you can find out about joining CWIF here. They value their network of entrepreneurs so much, that they will even refund the entire membership fee in exchange for 4 hours of volunteering within the community. How can you say no to that?
Get in Touch
You can find Canadian Women in Food on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook,and of course, on their website! Stay in the loop and see how CWIF continues to cook up! Learn more about the awesome women in the food industry and check out their featured recipes. It all looks deeelicious!
Happy New Year! January 05 2016
We wanna wish you a rad start to 2016!
2015 was another great year here at People Power Press and we owe a lot of that to our very awesome customers.
We want to send you all a big thanks for making our year totally rock and being one of our best yet.
Among the highlights:
- Introducing Daily Deals for daily specials on button making supplies, machine and custom buttons!
- Launching our new website to make placing orders and finding products easier!
We're beyond excited for year ahead and introducing more new programs, products and services.
We're also looking forward to what amazing button stuff we can come up with together!
Oh, we really could go on about how lovely you have all been to us, but blah blah blah...
Have a Happy New Year!
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!
Get In Touch With Angelica
Too Hip for the Holidays? We've Got a Button For You! December 21 2015
We probably all know somebody who thinks they're too hip for the holiday season.
Whether they conveniently forget to wear their ugly Christmas sweater to the party or don't want to take part in the annual Secret Santa gift exchange, they just don't seem to get into the holiday spirit.
It's near impossible to buy gifts for that too hip friend of yours, but don't worry. We've got you covered!
We're proud to present our Too Hip for the Holidays Button Collection!
Featuring characters such as Grumpy Snowman, Apathetic Ornament, and Passive Pine Tree, it has never been easier to shop for that person your life who says they can't be bothered with the magic of the holidays!
You probably won't get them to wear those reindeer antlers, but they will definitely be happy to wear a button (even if they won't admit it).
Seasons Greetings from People Power Press!
May you have a lovely holiday season :) ... or whatever.
Video: How to Make Button Christmas Tree Ornaments December 11 2015
The holidays provide a great opportunity for us button makers and crafty folk.
We get to make personalized gifts for our friends and family and fill our own homes with crafts made by hand – all with our button maker!
One great and fun DIY project is button ornaments. Hang them on your Christmas tree or around the house. This is a great Christmas craft project for kids!
New Video: How to Make Button Tree Ornaments
Available in 5 Different Sizes
To make ornaments you will need Everything for Slotted Backs with Tabs. You can order the complete set of supplies needed to make your ornaments here. The only thing not included is the hook, but you can pick some up at your local craft store.
Don't Have A Button Maker? No Problem!
We have a few ways you can make button ornaments even if you don't own a button maker.
We Will Make Them For You!
Contact us for pricing!
Rent A Button Maker
Rent a button maker to make your ornaments at home.
Come to Make Ornaments In Store - Great for Kids Off School!
You can drop into the Toronto store to make an ornament or there is still time to book an ornament workshop party if you'd like to bring in your children and their friends. This is a great idea for those when the kids are off from school!
Call to get more information or to book a spot or contact our Events Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introducing Daily Deals: Serious Button Savings Every Day! December 02 2015
Button lovers! We have some exciting news for you all!
You all know how dedicated we are to our customers and how we truly enjoy helping you guys out, right?
Well, we’ve decided to start offering all sorts of button deals for each and every one of you. Every single day.
We've launched Daily Deals, where we offer one fantastic button-related deal every single day of the week. You may need to bookmark this page!
And of course because we love to keep you on your toes, you will have to check in with us everyday because each deal will only last you 24 hours.
So you’ve gotta act fast!
Not what you're looking for? There's always tomorrow.
We will be offering you deals on absolutely everything to do with button making. So that means everything from the button machine itself, parts and supplies- to discounts on custom pins and our in-house design services.
No need to thank us, we are always looking out for you!
But again..... don’t wait tooooo long! These offers will change at 12:00am EST everyday and we only have a limited amount of each item!
One Fire Movement to Launch One Fire Clothing in 2016! November 24 2015
We recently had the privilege of working once again with One Fire Movement, a beloved customer and friend of People Power Press.
They are always busy working on some exciting initiatives, so it is no surprise they have a couple of great new projects on the horizon.
Coming Soon: One Fire Clothing!
The clothing line will be launched in 2016 and will consist of super cool clothing adorned with custom tags and One Fire buttons! (Yes indeed, you read that correctly. We do custom tags and packaging too!)
One Fire Movement is great organization that uses the power of music, videos, photography, art, and events to support charitable organizations. Everything that One Fire does is driven by their mission to make a difference and spread the message that “We Are One.” That is the kind of message that we can all get behind!
Holiday Concert and Toy Drive
If you’re interested in experiencing a One Fire event first hand, you are in luck!
On December 17th you can listen to some great live music, AND support a wonderful cause. Get your tickets for One Fire Movement Presents – Holiday Magic, A Benefit Concert for War Child Canada here or stop by the store!
In true One Fire style, the event features a handful of musical artists,while benefiting War Child Canada and the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish Toy Drive. It’s wonderful how one event can do so much good for our local AND global communities.
Thank you One Fire Movement for making a difference in the world, and for using super cool buttons to spread the love!
Buttons are always a great way to campaign and spread a message to a wider audience.
This week we wanted to use our Button Of The Week to highlight Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week happening throughout Canada and beyond.
This is a message that we all need to hear and practice so everyone in our communities feels safe and respected.
To learn more you can check out Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to see how you can get involved. Use the official hashtag #BAW2015 to join the conversation.
Recycle Fabric wtih Fabric Buttons! November 17 2015
Do you have some old clothes or fabric scraps lying around, but don't want to throw them away?
Beautiful fabrics can be used to make great pins, brooches or even earrings with your button maker! Get creative and upcycle some of the materials you have at home.
When using fabric to make buttons, you can get a more textured look to your button than the usual glossy finish that comes with using mylar and paper.
Before you get started, here are some things you should know about how to make fabric buttons with your button maker.
What kind of fabric to use with your button maker
When attempting to make fabric buttons you should know that not all fabric can be used with your button maker.
You need fabric with a high tensile strength - is able to be stretched - otherwise tearing can be a problem and your buttons will tear at the edges.
You will also have trouble pressing a button with fabric if the fabric is too thick. Anytime the fabric, paper or any material is too thick your machine will get jammed.
Testing fabric with your button maker
The only way to really know if your fabric will work with your button maker is to test it.
The button making process does not put a lot of pressure on the fabric, but do a small test before cutting or purchasing a large quantity of fabric.
Cutting your fabric
Use a piece of mylar as a guide for cutting your fabric with scissors unless you have a rotary cutter. A fabric pencil will work great to mark where you should cut your fabric.
Graphic punches that often come in button making kits do not work with fabric. Trying to feed fabric through a graphic punch is pretty impossible.
A rotary cutter can work with some types of fabric, but again you will want to test it with the fabric you are planning to use as cuts will differ depending on the kind of fabric.
It's great to switch up your buttons and try new things! Just remember to always test new materials before embarking on a big project!
Have a question about another project you'd like to try with your button maker? Let us know and that could be our next how-to blog!