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Safety First! Halloween Themed Reflective Buttons
Going out on Halloween night is something that kids (and adults) look forward to every year. Planning ahead means dressing up in costumes that fit and function, but are also visible! Safety may not be on the minds of little ghouls and goblins, but at People Power Press we want to help make sure everyone has a safe and spooky Halloween! So we've created Halloween-themed reflective buttons.
Staying visible is key when navigating our busy neighbourhood streets, so we are making highly reflective buttons to pin to costumes, jackets and all ghostly gear. These buttons reflect light much like bike reflectors or high visibility construction clothing. Trick-or-treaters can be seen, but the awesomeness of their Halloween costume stays just as visible. No need to hide under spools of reflector tape!
Come into our Toronto shop on Saturday, October 31st to either purchase a pre-made reflective button for your and your spooky crew or join us for an in-store event to make your own!
During the in-store button making event, you can choose what your reflective button will look like from a series of pre-made designs and we will show you how to make them into a button.
We also have non-reflective Halloween button designs ready to be coloured in along with treats to appease everyone’s sweet tooth! Hope you can make it.
Registration is not necessary for this event, but if you would like to reserve a specific time to come in, just contact us and we will save you a spot!
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!
It’s Election Time: A Guide to Campaign Buttons June 24 2015
Well Canada, this is an election year. While we don’t know what day we will be headed to the polls to vote in the next federal election, we do know that buttons will be part of the plan for many candidates.
Buttons actually have a long history of being used by politicians during election campaigns. Abraham Lincoln and his opponents used a precursor to the pinback button in their election campaigns as far back as 1860.
So if you are running for office or involved as part of an election team for anyone running in the upcoming federal elections, you might want to think about using custom election buttons during your campaign.
Here are some ways that buttons can be used for political campaigns:
1) Identifying volunteers canvassing on behalf of the electoral candidate or political party
2) Low cost promotional hand-outs for supporters to wear and share along the campaign trail
3) Branding! Buttons can carry your message/slogan, your name and your colours to help people know who you are and what you stand for. And, if they wear one, it helps them tell others who they are voting for and what they stand for.
Which type of button should you order?
2.25” to 3” round buttons are the most commonly ordered custom campaign buttons, but if you stand for change or simply want to capture peoples’ attention, you might want to consider a more unusual shape (like Oval, Rectangle or Diamond).
What should you include in your design?
That’s really up to you, but common things to be included on a custom campaign button are:
1) The name of the candidate
2) The party he/she represents
3) The riding he/she represents
4) The year of the election
5) The colours of his/her party
6) A declaration of endorsement (usually along the outside/back edge), which declares who has sponsored/paid for the promotional materials and that the person in question is authorized to be campaigning on behalf of that party
Colour matching your party’s colours
We have made buttons for all of Canada’s major political parties so we know that having your buttons match your party’s official colours is very important.
If you are submitting your own design files, but colour matching is crucial, please tell us when you place your order. While we cannot guarantee “colour matching” (due to the limitations of our printers), we do a very good job of getting very close. This does, however, take a bit longer than a regular button job, so give us extra notice and we’ll make sure you get exactly what you want by the date you need it. You may also want to consider getting a physical proof shipped to you. If that is the case, we’ll need at least an extra week of lead time to account for shipping time and any edits that may need to be done before going to production.
Ways to create the design files for your custom button order:
If you are familiar with graphic design and using design programs, you can check out our free design templates.
If you aren’t a designer, you should check out the easy-to-use and free online button design software Button Designer.
We also provide design services and can create top notch campaign button designs for you in house. Pricing runs from $15 - $60 per design.
Want to make your own campaign buttons?
Here are some button maker kits that will make traditional sized campaign buttons:
If you already have a button maker, make sure you are well stocked with all the button parts you need when an election is called.
Not sure what you need, but just know you want to be election-ready?
We have lots of experience producing quality buttons in high volumes, have fast turnaround times, and ship all over Canada and beyond! Give us a call today and we can help you get what you need.
Buttons for USC Canada’s I Am A Seed Saver Campaign - Supporting the Seeds That Feed Us! April 01 2015
We have been making buttons for the fantastic folks at USC Canada and their I Am A Seed Saver Campaign for a while now and we love food, so we’re excited to tell you about the great work they are doing!
The I Am A Seed Saver Campaign is meant to #CelebrateSeeds, which are the foundation of our food system and are source of the rich and resilient biodiversity of what we eat.
USC Canada is working with family farmers in 11 countries around the world, including Canada, so they can continue saving good seeds and growing good food for their communities.
They have recruited some big name friends to support the campaign and be seed savers. Musicians Feist, Tim Baker of Hey Rosetta!, Jim Cuddy, Amy Millan of Stars, Ian Thornley of Big Wreck, Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire, Bruce Cockburn and Sam Roberts are all standing up for seeds. Go to iamaseedsaver.org to see what they have to say.
We Love Teaching Assistants March 27 2015
While the weather here in Toronto is still trying to make up its mind, we are thinking of all the Teaching Assistants from York University and the University of Toronto who have been outside on the picket lines daily for the past few weeks.
Education is so valuable! And we are pleased that buttons are helping these guys get that message out. :)
If you would like to show your support for TAs, you can find them online:
Farmers’ Markets Ontario played host to the 2015 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention where the theme was Connect for Success as horticultural specialists gathered from around the world to share stories, strategies and networking opportunities.
These buttons and cards were distributed at the convention that took place Feb. 18-19 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
“We are hosting a market manager’s day and I’m quite certain the managers are going to love these buttons,” said Christine Scheer, a member of Farmers’ Markets Ontario and the farmers' market manager at London's Covent Garden Market. “What a great way to promote our markets.”
If you liked the Farmers’ Markets Ontario buttons and want some for your own market, you can order one of our market-friendly designs here!
Love farmers and the markets that support the great work they do,? You should seek out a market in your area.
Want to know more about Farmers’ Markets Ontario and the wonderful farmers and markets they support? Check out www.farmersmarketsontario.com or make friends with these fine folks on Facebook and Twitter.
Make Your Own Button Necklaces with Magnetic Pendants! February 28 2015
Available in two shapes and three different styles to suit your taste, these fun and classy magnetic necklace pendants are a great way to show off your favourite button creations in new and original ways.
Designed to hold a 1" round or square flat back button, the pendants are made with super strong rare earth magnets that won't let go of your button until you want them to.
Infinitely customizable, you now have the greatest excuse to make all of the buttons you could ever want to wear and change up your look weekly, daily, hourly, or as often as you'd like! Without poking holes in your shirt! :)
Like a locket, button pendant necklaces make a meaningful personalized gift, arts and crafts project, or raffle giveaway.
Create and sell a series of interchangeable designs that people can buy together as a set or collect over time.
They can also be used as a unique and creative marketing tool. Above all else, they're a one of a kind accessory that will never get old.
Available individually or by the thousands (volume discounts apply).
To DIY it up and make them yourself, you’ll need a standard size 1” button maker.
You will also need flat back button parts to make your masterpiece.
Order everything for 1” ROUND Flat Back Buttons here.
Supplies for 1” SQUARE Unpinned Back Buttons are here.
Watch this great how-to video to see how effortless it is to make these new necklaces:
Don’t have a 1” machine?
If you love these pretty little things and want some of your own, but don’t own a 1” machine, you can buy the necklace pendants and then rent a button maker from us or have us make your buttons for you.
The pendants for the necklaces are sold without chains so you can wear your design with a chain you already own or choose exactly the style you want. We have a few necklace chain styles in stock and are adding more. If you are looking for a chain style we don’t have, just let us know and we can likely get what you need!
Be sure to check in often to see what new style options we have. Stay tuned for customizable bracelets and other new items to be introduced in the coming weeks and months!
Buttons to Celebrate the Year of the Sheep! February 14 2015
Chinese New Year is just around the corner, so we made these custom buttons to mark the occasion.
Stop by, say “Hi” and pick one up in store, if you’re in the neighbourhood :)
February 19th marks the beginning of the Year of the Goat or Ram or Sheep, depending on who you ask or where in the world you are celebrating.
Folks born in this year (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015) can expect the year to be very favourable. Read here to find out more about what’s in store for you!
This month-long celebration is full of superstitions so everyone, sheep or not, should be sure to abide by some certain rules during this time if you want the year ahead to be a good one.
If you are in Toronto, you should check out our friends from the great not-for-profit group Chinese Collective Arts Association. They will be holding a free event on Sunday, February 22nd that includes button making!
Are you holding an event and want to make buttons? It’s fun! And easier than you think! :)
We rent button makers in various shapes and sizes and have all the supplies you’ll need. We’ll even show you how the machine works before you leave the store : )
Not mechanically minded? Or maybe you need to focus your attention on other tasks? No problem! We also have an amazing events team who can run the button booth for you. Write them at email@example.com to learn more.
Regardless of what you’re doing for Chinese New Year, we would love to see how you are celebrating!
Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre presents Canoe 2015 January 30 2015
Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre produces a festival every year called CANOE2015. #CANOE2015 runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2 and will be presenting some of the most ground-breaking theatrical events by local, national and international artists.
“Every January, Workshop West turns its word-based mandate upside down to program non-traditional theatre that pushes boundaries and buttons” says newly appointed Artistic Director Vern Thiessen. “It’s our chance to show people what kinds of theatrical experiments people are cooking up from around the world.”
Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre is an Edmonton-based professional theatre company. The company is dedicated to the development, production, promotion, and presentation of new Canadian playwrights and their plays, and to the education of the public in playwriting skills.
If you want to learn more about the CANOE2015 Festival, check out their site: www.canoe2015.com.
If you think buttons would make a great complement to your festival, play, concert or other event you have planned (we sure think they would!), then reach out to us today!
Well, it’s that time of year again everyone! Haggis time!
January 25th is Robbie Burns Day. Burns was a Scottish poet and his birthday is a national holiday in Scotland and is celebrated by Scots and those with Scottish roots around the world. Traditions include reciting some of the bard’s beloved lines, raising a glass or two of whiskey, playing the bagpipes and eating the Scottish delicacy haggis. Haggis used to be made with sheep parts, but modern haggis usually is a variation of lamb, beef, oats, onion and seasonings. Vegan haggis is a thing too!
We might not be eating haggis here, but we did make a haggis button in honour of Burns. We made some with his poetry too. So come in to our Toronto shop, say “Hi”, and pick one up for free! : )
See, we really do make custom buttons for any occasion!
To learn more about haggis, check out these fun facts!
In Toronto and looking to celebrate?
Here are some picks for where to take part in the festivities in the city.
Happy New Year - Start a New Hobby Making Buttons January 12 2015
2015 is here! A brand spanking New Year is before us!!
Did you make any resolutions? If you did, you might like some of the resolution buttons we made at the office. They are our Button of the Week so if you are near our store in Toronto’s west end, please make sure you pass through to pick one up!
Resolutions or not, the New Year is usually a time for new beginnings... like starting a new hobby! Or a small business! Making buttons is great for both : )
In this week’s blog post, we will focus on getting started making buttons as a hobby. Next week’s post will focus on resources and tips for starting your own button making business.
If you are already a crafty person, then you will probably (very likely!) love designing and making buttons. They are also great for organizations looking to promote events or causes, for schools to keep kids creative and busy, or for bands looking for inexpensive ways to support their music.
A Button Maker!
We sell a variety of button making machines. If you are going to start buttons as a hobby, making only a few buttons at a time and not for reselling, then we recommend one of our hobby button making kits. We sell two different types:
1. The T150 Hobby Maker – plastic body, with parts to make 250 parts. Only makes 2.25” buttons.
2. Multi-Size Hobby Maker – Make a variety of different sizes with the same all metal body hobby machine! Comes with your choice of a) just the 2-1/4” size or b) 3 different sizes (including 2-1/4”) to get you started.
If you have a bit more money to spend and think that you may end up making thousands of buttons, will be selling the buttons you make, or need to be able to make lots of them fast, then you should look at purchasing one of our heavy duty button making kits. These machines are built to last and consistently make great buttons!
All of our button making kits come with parts to get you started making pin back buttons and include a sample pack of all the different products you can make with your machine. Once you’ve had a change to experiment and play around, you will definitely want to make more and can order parts for magnets, keychains, bottle openers, necklaces, bracelets, zipper pulls, and more (depending on what size of badge maker you have). Just scroll through the drop-down menu on the appropriate product page to see what other items your machine can make.
If you have a T150, order here:
If you have a Multi-Size Machine or Tecre Machine, order here for Standard 2.25” items:
Here for 1.75” items:
And here for 1.25” items:
Other sizes are also available for the Multi-Size Machine. Just ask! : )
Once you’ve picked your item type, you can also get creative about what designs or materials you use to put on your buttons. You can print your own custom artwork or use fabric, photos, Dura-Lar and acetate to create unique and interesting buttons.
Here are some resources for getting your designs together:
For Newbies! Use our Free Online Design Software – A Great Starting Place :)
Not a graphic designer? Don’t have Photoshop or any other design programs? Don’t worry! Button Designer is a free and easy-to-use software available online. This is a basic program intended for making simple button designs that you can design, print and press at home. It is a good starting point for folks who are new to button design and the world of design in general.
Do you know something about design and have access to design programs like Photoshop or Illustrator? Then you can use the free templates available for download on our site. Make sure you use the right template for the size of button you are making so that, when printed and cut, your designs will fit your machine.
VIDEO: How to use the Multi-Size Machine
Buttons are easy to make once you get the hang of it. If you have any questions after you’ve checked out these resources and links, give us a shout and we’ll be more than happy to help : )
We love making buttons and want to make sure you do too!
You can also sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss out on our regular updates with new product information, sales, and other helpful button making resources. We only send it out a few times a year, so keep your eyes peeled! :)
All the best in 2015!
Button of the Week - Buttons to Make Your New Year Sparkle! December 21 2014
Celebrate the New Year with a little sparkle! A glittery button like these make the perfect complement to your New Year’s outfit. Make them as a pinback button or as a flat back button with a magnet attached to prevent pinholes in your festive frock.
You can make buttons like the ones made by our designers by printing directly on Dura-Lar film and putting some festive paper underneath to match your party mood. You can even make buttons with some of that leftover wrapping paper!
Do you like these buttons so much you want some for yourself and your party-going posse? Are you a hostess who is thinking that these custom buttons will make great gifts for your guests? Why not let us make some for you in any style or quantity you would like!
Other ideas for great New Year’s buttons include resolution buttons and other messages that you would like to carry into 2015. You can use our templates here or create simple designs on Button Designer, a free online design program for buttons!
However you choose to start the New Year, start it with a button!
The 2014 Gift Guide December 16 2014
It is time to shop for the holidays! Button makers, buttons and button supplies make great and unique gifts for the crafty person in your life. If you don’t know this yet – buttons make people very happy. And we are happy to bring you a gift guide to help you figure out the perfect button gift for that special someone. : )
Gift Idea #1: For the Kids (And Kids at Heart!)
A hobby button maker is great for anyone who likes to do crafts. The T150 and Orange Multi-Size Hobby Button Makers will both make fantastic gifts for kids and hobbyists who will not make a lot of buttons and won’t be selling their buttons as a business.
T150 Hobby Button Maker Kit - This machine has a plastic body and makes 2-1/4” buttons only. The kit comes with enough parts to get you started.
Orange Multi-Size Hobby Button Maker Kits - If you are looking at a hobby maker, but want something that is a bit more durable and offers a few different size options than the T150, then you may be interested in getting our new multi-size button maker kit. This machine’s body is metal (not plastic like the T150) and can make up to three different sizes!
Gift Idea #2: For the Artist or Budding Entrepreneur
Professional Button Maker Kits - Make the investment in the one of the fantastic and oh-so-robust Tecre button presses and you can give a gift that will last long after the holidays are over. These machines can make thousands of buttons with consistent quality suitable for people who want to sell buttons as a business pursuit, to make some money as a fun side project or to showcase their fine artwork. Different sizes available.
Gift Idea #3: For the Musicians in Your Family
Button Making Kits – Get a button maker kit to help band members make buttons to support their music. Smaller sizes of button makers are recommended!
Pre-Pay for Custom Buttons – Know a musician who would love to use buttons to promote their music? Give the gift of custom buttons and we will make the buttons for you!
Pick Punches – Musicians can make their own custom picks with this new guitar pick punch. They won’t have to worry about losing another pick with this handy tool!
Gift Idea #4: Personalized Holiday Keepsakes
Custom Buttons – We Make Them For You! - Buttons make great gifts, even if you don’t want to make buttons yourself. Did you know that we can make more than just buttons? Send us your custom button artwork or photos and will we make a special gift to give out this holiday season. We can even work with you to create your custom artwork by scratch.
Necklaces – One of our newest products, these magnetic pendants let your pop your custom design in and out to be always changing your look. Contact us for pricing!
Coasters – Make a truly personalized gift with a set of 3.5” round coasters this year.
Bottle Openers – Like giving practical gifts? Bottle openers can be fun, but also useful. Keyring and magnetic bottle openers are also available.
Magnets – Send out your holiday greeting or family photo as a fridge magnet this year. Different shapes are available.
Family Photo Silly Face Buttons – Create your own dry erase design so that you can make your own silly faces. Use outlines from real photos or your own graphics. Then draw, laugh, erase and repeat!
Gift Idea #5: A Gift to Yourself (Preparation!)
If you already have a button maker then you may already know about all of the creative ways you can use your button machine this holiday season. Make special gifts such as ornaments, jewelry, magnets, keychains, zipper pulls and bottle openers in addition to buttons.
Just make sure you order your supplies in time to make something for everyone on your list! We will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1-2. We are not open on weekends. We recommend you place your order as soon as possible so that we have enough time to ship your order to you. Give us a shout so we can help you determine how long shipping will take to your destination.
Please call us today so one of our friendly sales team can answer all your questions and help you pick out the perfect button gift.
Gift Idea #6: Gift Cards
Still not sure? Give a Gift Card!
If you know someone who already has a buttonmaker and is passionate about buttonmaking, but aren’t sure what machine they have or what size of buttons they make, we now have gift cards that can be purchased and redeemed online.
Gift cards are also great if you think someone would like a button maker, but can’t afford to buy a whole kit. They will appreciate your contribution to the cost of a button making kit and supporting their button making dream.
You can even use them towards button machine rentals!
Button of the Week - Happy Holidays! December 14 2014
Looking for a fun way to make your holiday celebrations a bit more festive? We have a few button ideas to help you with that!
Custom holiday buttons can be used in so many ways.
You can pin them to your favourite holiday sweater, tie or hat. How about an ugly Christmas sweater button to wear with your ugly Christmas sweater?
You can create specialized button placeholders at the dinner table that serve as mementos for your family and guests to take home when the feast is over.
You can put buttons in homemade holiday crackers.
You can pin your buttons to gifts in place of gift tags.
If you need help with creating your custom button artwork, we are here to help! Our wonderful design team is ready and full of fantastic ideas. Or try out the easy-to-use free button design program Button Designer to create your own artwork. Just give us a shout!
There really are so many ways that buttons can be used to make your holiday season extra special. Have we missed something? We would love to see what you are creating this holiday season.
If you are in the Toronto area, you can also drop by the store to pick up your very own free holiday button of the week. So come by and let us share some button holiday cheer!
We are open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. We will be closed December 24 to 26, 2014 as well as January 1st and 2nd, 2015.
Introducing The People Power Award and the first winner! October 24 2014
Have you ever seen someone doing great work and think, “Man, I wish I could give that guy an award?”
That’s exactly what happened at here at the People Power Press office when we learned about Blake Morgan and the I Respect Music project. Blake is a recording artist, producer, and label owner who has created a campaign that asks people, including the music industry, digital economy and politicians, to treat artists like professionals and compensate them fairly. He is also asking artists to show respect and pride for themselves and their work.
And he is using buttons to spread this message, which is very cool!
This is a movement that the musicians and music lovers in our office really support. And others around the world are responding too. Just follow #IRespectMusic to find out!
Blake and his work with I Respect Music have inspired us to create the People Power Award. This is an annual award we will give to a grassroots organization that is working hard to make a difference and is using buttons to spread their message.
Many of our clients are charity, not-for-profit and campaign groups.
They often ask for discounts when placing orders. We want to help all the great work being done, especially with buttons, but to be a sustainable business we are not in the position to grant everyone discounts. We are hoping that with the People Power Award, we can have a greater impact for one group.
Along with a custom six-inch button award, the winner will receive a free order of custom buttons so that they can continue to spread their message! Through our promotion of the award and the recipient's work, we can help create greater awareness for the work they are doing.
Recipients of the award will demonstrate our own values here at People Power Press. We believe in the power of people working to create positive change in the world. Buttons are an effective, fun and low-cost way to share the spirit and message of any organization’s work.
Congratulations and keep up the amazing work!
The People Power Award: For excellence in grassroots campaigning and inspiring positive change.
Bomacaron est la première boutique en son genre au Québec. October 10 2014
La boutique ouvre officiellement ses portes le 11 octobre 2014.
Bomacaron est la première boutique en son genre au Québec. C’est aussi l’atelier dans lequel nous fabriquons tous nos produits.
Voici quelques photos qui vous donneront un petit aperçu de l’endroit. N’hésitez pas à venir nous voir et nous questionner, il nous fait toujours plaisir de partager notre expertise et notre passion!
Button Guy in Montreal at the new Custom Button Store in Quebec October 08 2014
I hopped in the car and took the trip to Montreal to see how Joel and Nic are doing setting up their custom button store in Montreal.
It’s very cool. They are not setup yet but their opening party is this Friday in Montreal. They’ve got it all: Button Making Machines, Button Parts and a really fast setup for Custom Buttons. Nic is after all the fastest button maker on the planet!
Here are some pics:
Buttons for Peace! September 19 2014
People Power Press is proud to be the official custom button maker of the 2014 #OneDayForPeace in Toronto - an event spreading hope, love, positivity, and awareness through music and in support of Amnesty International.
Hosted by the One Fire Movement (an organization dedicated to peace and change through art since 2009) and in collaboration with Canadian and international artists, One Day for Peace is launching as an annual celebration and taking place at Revival this year in Toronto to raise funds for Amnesty's great work in building a better tomorrow through a commitment to protecting and promoting human rights internationally.
- Ania Soul & The St. Royals
- Christian Bridges
- Brendan Albert
- The Responsables
- Jessica Speziale
- Dean West
- Alissa Vox Raw
Join in on the One Fire Movement and their message of peace at 8pm on Sunday, September 21st 2014
@ Revival (783 College Street)
Like One Fire on Facebook and tweet using the #OneDayForPeace hashtag on Twitter
Do you want buttons or other message boosting swag for your own fundraiser or music event? Send us your design or an idea you have. We can make them for you and workout solutions for any budget! You can even rent our machines and make the buttons yourself :)
For more info, visit our custom button page or give us a call.
A new button store opening in Montreal. Custom Buttons galore on Ste Catherine Est! September 17 2014
Great news for all button makers and button people in Montreal. The guys from Pinscity and Bomacaron have got together to open a button store on Ste. Catherine East in Montreal.
Nic and Joel are making custom buttons right there in the store and both are experienced button makers who can help and advise on any button making project. Ontario has had a button store for some time, in Toronto, but this is the first button store I have heard of in Quebec. They are stocking button makers, button machines and button parts right there in downtown Montreal.
This is what the store looked like in August 2014 and this is what it still looks like on Google street view.
Yes I don’t see a button shop either. But this is Google street view, it’s always out of date!
The new store is the one with the “Bieres” sign and next time I’m in Montreal I’m going to swing by and see how Joel and Nic are doing. I will provide a new update with the current picture soon. In the meantime lets support these guys and their brave new venture!
Macaron Machine Inc.
dba Bomacaron.com & Pinscity.com
4204 Ste-Catherine East
Tel 514 334 7000 Ask for Nic or Joel Checkout their websites, I know they are being updated but worth a look. Joel’s site is http://Bomacaron.com
and Nic’s site is http://PinsCity.com
They are coming together as Macaron Machine Inc.
Buttons on the Fringe! August 19 2014
Chase Padgett (6 Guitars) and Stacey Hallal (Curious Comedy) are touring their musical sketch comedy show Chase and Stacey Present: Joyride. Joining them on the road are their custom fringetastic buttons, a perfect way to bring the comedy home with you and show your Fringe colours all year long!
Featuring sketches and songs about time travel, elderly crime sprees, and ribbon dancing, Joyride is a hilarious exploration of life, spontaneity, and the choices that define us!
Selected as Patron’s Pick, Orlando Fringe 2014 and Best of Fest, Ottawa Fringe 2014. CBC Manitoba gives it 4 stars!
If you're in Edmonton or Vancouver this summer, check them out. And pick up a button!
August 14-August 24 @ Edmonton Fringe
August 4-September 14 @ Vancouver Fringe
Want your own custom buttons for plays, improv, festivals, musical shows, fundraisers, or any other event?
Making buttons is easy with this simple, solid metal, multi size button maker. A new multi die or multiple size button maker that works!
Whilst this machine is not as fast as a pro button maker if you need buttons in smaller quantities but in different sizes this is an option. The difference in cost is substantial. The multi machine at $400 is equivalent to 3 pro button makers at $1200 – $1600. Pro machines are faster but if you are not running a button business or producing bulk buttons this could be a low cost solution.
Currently this machine is available with dies in 1″, 2-1/4″ and 3″. 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″ and 1-3/4″ dies will be available by the end of the year. Additional die sets with a matching circle cutter are around $100 to $150 depending on size. To swap dies simply pull the pin out and remove the die carrier. Once you have replaced the die carrier with the size you need you slot it in place, slip in the pin and you’re away. With this style of button maker there are no upper dies which are harder to replace and often consequently do not line up correctly causing poor quality buttons. With this multi machine you should have no trouble.
As I have said before the method of using the dies is slower but it does seem to be reliable. The method is a little bit like Badge-A-Minit except these are inexpensive standard button parts and the dies are solid metal and not plastic. To make a button you flip the dies and press the button in sequence. Here’s a detailed instruction on making a 2-1/4″ pin-back button using a multi size button maker:
Before you begin check that you have everything you need!
Your machine parts:
The positioning ring
The pressing die
White plastic spacer rings for 2-1/4″ only
Button parts – Remember each die set will make a specific size button.
Match your buttons to the die set you are using.
And you will need your button image or artwork cut and ready to go.
Remember that you can also make magnets, key-chains, mirrors as well as all kinds of items. They usually involve changing the back button part, the front remains the same. Just follow these instructions but for example for a fridge magnet use a magnet back instead of the pin-back.
Once you’ve checked you’ve got everything you need you can begin making buttons.
Note! Adding the white plastic spacer ring is only necessary for the 2-1/4″ die set.
You should have now successfully completed the first press. Now we will transfer the button over to the crimp die to make the second and final press. You know you did it correctly if you got that give in the handle as it shaped your button.
"I thought of that while riding my bicycle." ~ Albert Einstein on the Theory of Relativity
National Bike day is May 26th, 2014. About 50% of our staff cycles to work daily, some all year round. We're really into biking here so of course we wanted to celebrate Bike day, Bike month and ride your bike to work day with custom bike buttons as our button of the week. In our online collection we have additional transportation buttons, or talk to us about making a custom bike button for your event.
Some awesome Toronto Cycling communities have more information on Bike Day 2014 and Cycling in Toronto:
Our friends at Community Bicycle Network are a registered non-profit organization founded in 1993 on the belief that bicycles are a powerful tool for positive change. We agree!
"The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
Iris Murdoch, writer (1919-1999)
"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."
"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope seems hardly worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a good spin down the road, without thought of anything but the ride you are taking."
Arthur Conan Doyle
And for more awesome bike buttons, visit our Pinterest board!