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Guest Blog! Button Making Takes the Stage in the Classroom at Georges Vanier Elementary School (Surrey) February 12 2018

We work with a lot of schools and educators who are doing such incredible things in the classroom with their button makers. And what they are up to is too good to keep to ourselves. So we've asked some of these teachers to share their programs and results directly with you!

Anna Crosland is an awesome award-winning educator. She teaches at Georges Vanier Elementary School in Surrey, British Columbia.

 

At Georges Vanier Elementary, our People Power Press button maker has been a welcome addition to the student makers and creators at our school.

Our focus has been on Social Emotional Learning and students have been highly motivated to share and further develop their understanding of a number of important Core Competencies. Each of our themed designs are on different colour backgrounds with a border template that allows students to individualize their creations. It is a fully inclusive activity: Absolutely everyone can participate.

kindness in schools

Kindness Counts: A School-Wide Celebration

Our first initiative was to create Kindness Counts buttons. The goal was to encourage acts of kindness but in particular to remember the power and impact of a simple smile. All Staff and students from Kindergarten to Grade 7 drew self portraits and wore their pins proudly to school. We celebrated kindness with a school wide assembly with over 600 unique buttons.

Handy tip: Encourage students to write their names in the middle of the back of their papers. Names at the edges will be cut of by the circle template.

Maker education in schools Canada

A New Generation of Makers

We also encourage students to be Makers: to imagine, to problem-solve, to design, to work co-operatively, to build and to create. Student work is celebrated, confidence is built and students take pride in their accomplishments and efforts.

Our second school-wide initiative, K-7, gave students the opportunity to show off their latest projects, share ideas and helped to solidify the concept that everyone can be a Maker.

Orange Shirt Day Residential Schools Indigenous Peoples

Orange Shirt Day: Understanding the Impact of Residential Schools on Indigenous Peoples

Most recently a Grade 4 class created buttons for Orange Shirt Day. Students have been learning about the impact of Residential Schools on the Indigenous Peoples.

As students come to a deeper understanding, we used traditional Coast Salish Art eye shapes to accompany the message ‘Our Eyes Are Open’.

See more here: http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org/2017/09/27/our-eyes-are-open-learning-about-residential-schools/

Handy tip: When creating hundreds of unique buttons, write student names on the black plastic backings with white pencil crayons. Also, make a handful of extra pins for 'just in case' - everyone will want to be included.

Overall, the use of the People Power Press button maker has been a great success. Students are highly engaged, not only in making the buttons, but in developing a deeper connection to the message they are sharing. There is a greater understanding of the issues.

Creating the buttons, sharing the process, visibly acknowledging that the school as a whole is working together, helps build and connect our school community.

Anna Crosland is the Teacher-Librarian at Georges Vanier Elementary School in Surrey, B.C. She shares practical ideas on her blog: http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org and on Twitter: @crosland_a 

 

If you have your own story of how button makers are being used in your school, library or other communities, we'd love to feature your story on the button blog too! Please contact us for more information. :)

   

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Metallic Finish Buttons for Acclaimed Japanese Group DRUM TAOS's North American Tour February 09 2018

TAO: Drum Heart is the latest show from internationally acclaimed Japanese drumming group DRUM TAO. They kicked off their latest North American tour in Montreal on Jan. 31st and along the tour there will be buttons!

japanese drumming Drum Tao tour

We made custom 1-1/4" round buttons with their logo using a metallic finish for a button with an extra bang. 

DRUM TAO's modern, high-energy percussion shows have been seen by over 7 million people worldwide. The show is rooted in traditional art of Japanese drumming, but is distinctively modern with contemporary costumes and innovative visual displays. 

The group performed at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and their first North American tour was sold out. They have also performed live on The Late Night with Stephen Colbert. If you get the chance, be sure to see them live if you can. It is guaranteed to be a very memorable experience! 

Check out DRUM TAO and learn more about their North American tour!

For a full listing of tour dates you can visit the DRUM TAO website.

You can also find them online (some content is in Japanese):

YouTube: DRUM TAO Channel
Twitter: @drum_tao
Facebook: @DRUMTAO.JPN

Instagram: @drum.tao_official

How are metallic buttons made?

These metallic buttons are created by printing the design on duralar and then letting the silver of the button shine through as the background. You can learn more about this process here.

 Please contact us for more info about metallic buttons, including pricing. 

 

    

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Button Greeting Cards for Your Valentine's Day Sweetheart (and Galentine's Day too!) February 07 2018

The People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection continues to grow!

We have some super sweet (and maybe a bit sappy) designs just in time for that annual day of love, Valentine's Day!

 fun Valentine's Day cards locally made in Toronto

Get a fun card for your main squeeze that includes a button or two - one for them and one for you! Different designs available.

Not doing the Valentine's Day thing this year, but celebrating Galentine's Day on February 13th instead? Yeah ladies, we have a card for that too!

Greeting Card Galentine's Day February 13 Ovaries Before Brovaries Buttons Utureses before Duderuses Badge

You can order one of our Valentine's Day designs online or pop into the Toronto store to see our current collection.

Handmade Card for Valentines Unique

We also sell wedding cards, birthday cards and baby cards. And we stock various holiday cards throughout the year. You can see the entire (ever expanding) button greeting card collection here!

 

   

 

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Big Buttons for a Big Idea: Toy Lending Library Introduced in Calgary's Growing Sunalta Community Hub February 01 2018

Sunalta is a community in central Calgary, Alberta that is home to a thriving community hub full of great activities and services for all of its residents.  And the hub is about to expand with another awesome service for members of the community - a Toy Lending Library!!

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The new Sunalta Toy Lending Library will be open on February 20th - with these big 4-inch buttons - and will offer educational and age-appropriate toys, as well as seasonal equipment, for a low annual fee. Residents can even volunteer their time to help run the library to have that fee waived.

Lending libraries are a great way for families and caregivers to access a variety of toys without the cost of buying them new. You also won't have to clutter up your home with lots of toys and are able to reduce your environmental impact by sharing and reusing toys, all while building community.   

The Sunalta Community Association and the Community Hub Project

The Sunalta Community Association has been operating since 1954 and is up to lots of great community initiatives, including the Sunalta Community Hub Project in partnership with the United Way of Calgary and Area, The City of Calgary and the Rotary Club of Calgary. You can learn more about this initiative.

Community hubs are common, accessible spaces where all members of a community can come together to share ideas and leadership and access a variety of services and programs. What is offered in each hub is determined by the unique needs of that community. 

Check out the Sunalta Community Association's great website to see just what they are up to. Maybe there is something here that you could make available to your own community! 

You can also follow them on social media:

Instagram: @sunaltayyc 
Facebook: @Sunalta
Twitter: @SunaltaYYC

Big Buttons to Get Noticed 

4" buttons are big buttons. You only need a few but they are sure to get noticed. If you have questions about our really large buttons (there is also a 6" button!) or custom buttons in general, be sure to let us know

     

 

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Tips for Designing DIY Holographic Buttons January 29 2018

Designing Holographic Sparkle Buttons is really fun, and the finished product looks AMAZING. That being said, they are a little bit trickier to design than buttons printed on regular paper.

How to design holographic buttons with foil and dura-lar

Here are some hot tips for making your holographic button designs stand out and looking their very best!

1. Keep your designs simple.

2. The fewer colours, the better.

3. Make sure the shapes in your design aren't too small. 

4. Outline your image with a dark colour for optimal image definition. The picture above shows the same designs with two different treatments. The design on the left has a transparent outline which makes it tricky to see the mermaid. The design on the right has a black outline, which makes the mermaid stand out and look extra awesome!

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For full details on how to make your own DIY Holographic Sparkle Buttons, check out this tutorial blog from our archives.

Let us know what other design questions you have and we can include in future how-to blog posts! 

 

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Go Team Canada: Pin On Your Canuck Pride for the 2018 Winter Olympics January 26 2018

The countdown is on for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. And we are ready to show our support for the Canadian Olympic team with these fun, cute 1" buttons.

I mean, a goose playing hockey? A moose curling? A skiing polar bear? Adorable.

team canada winter olympic buttons

The Winter Games run February 9th to February 25th and is South Korea's second time hosting the Olympics, with their first hosting gig in 1988.

These Winter Olympic pins are People Power Press' latest vending machine buttons so you can come in and see what you get from all of our available designs. Or you can place an order for your own set (a mix of designs or just one or two, that is up to you!) by contacting us.

Toronto Canada souvenirs

The tiny, wearable Team Canada pins also can double up as a great tourist souvenir pin for anyone visiting Canada or to gift to visitors to this winter sport loving country. You can also get a souvenir pin with the South Korean flag. 

 

    

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Very Cool Custom Band Buttons for the Very Cool Vancouver-based Jeremy Tardif Band January 24 2018

We love making band buttons because we get introduced to a variety of great artists from all over the place. 

By way of these cool custom 1.25" round pins, we got to learn about the Jeremy Tardif Band and now we want to share them with you!

vancouver indie band buttons

Jeremy Tardif Band (JTB) is a 3-piece neo classical, progressive, piano rock band.

JTB is now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, after spending some time in Melbourne, Australia. The indie band has an emotional piano driven style. 

When describing the music, Jeremy Tardif says, I believe in emotion. It is my desire that when you listen to my music you will pull something out of the music just for you. You might understand something in the music that even I haven't seen yet! I just want to leave that up to you!"

The band recently released their first official music video for track Small Talk World and often perform live. You can check them out to hear their sounds and follow up on where they are performing next! 

Website: www.jeremytardifband.com 
Youtube: Jeremy Tardif Band
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jeremytardifmusic 
Instagram: @jeremytardifband

Got your own band? 

If you are in a band and want to have some band merch at shows for fans, get in touch and let us know! We can help you with some custom band pins using your design or we can come up with something for you. 

You can see some of our other recent band pins here, here and here

 

     

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New: Holographic Glitter Button Collection January 18 2018

Our Holographic Glitter Buttons were once only available to custom order, but now we've got a collection available online and in the showroom!

The buttons are made with Holographic Foil and Dura-Lar, and have a crazy sparkle that just won't quit. 

Holographic Sparkle Glitter Buttons Custom Toronto

 

We've got a ton of awesome designs too! From magical characters like mermaids and dragons, to zoo animals, all the way to outer space.

Sparkle Holographic Button Designs Toronto

You can order these holographic buttons online here, or swing by our shop in The Junction.

If you're inspired by these glitter buttons, take a look at these buttons for Daiza , a musical artist who wanted to get their sparkle on too! We even mounted their buttons on a card, which makes for a super sleek finished product. 

Get in touch with People Power Press by dropping by at 3095 Dundas Street West, or by giving us a call at 1 (866) 996-1984. We can't wait to meet you :)

 

     

 

 

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Supporting #MeToo and Time's Up January 17 2018

If you watched last Sunday’s Golden Globes or saw any coverage after the event, you probably saw celebrities sporting black on the red carpet along with a Time’s Up pin. 

Buttons have a long history of being simple, but powerful tools to share special causes or ideas so it is no surprise pins made an appearance at the Hollywood event.

times up movement

Time’s Up, which is what was on the pin worn by attendees at the 2018 Golden Globes, is a collective response by women in Hollywood to tackle systemic sexual harassment in all workplaces. You can see the action plan and get valuable resources at www.timesupnow.com.

Time’s Up was created in part as a response to the very visible #MeToo campaign and the continued ripple effect of sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

While #MeToo has been very visible on social media and in the news since the recent Hollywood sex scandals, it was actually first used in 2006 by social activist and community organizer Tarana Burke. When a 13-year-old girl confided in Burke that she had been sexually assaulted, Burke was not able to respond. She later wished she had told the girl “me too.”

#metoo buttons

#MeToo was originally intended to empower women, especially young and vulnerable women of colour, through empathy. But in recent months the phrase has been used by all women to share their experience and voice solidarity and is even expanding to include other vulnerable groups. 

In French-speaking parts of Canada #MoiAussi is also used and other countries around the world have come up with their own variation of the #MeToo movement.

Show your support for #MeToo and Time’s Up with your own button! Contact us if you would like to order one of these designs or pass through the store to pick some up. 

 

   

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Updated Video Alert! How to Use the Flex2000 Button Maker January 04 2018

The Flex2000 hobby button maker is made of metal and makes many button sizes! If you already have this machine and want help to operate it or are just thinking of buying one, this brand new Flex 2000 video is for you! 

This machine makes great buttons, but there are some special tips and tricks to knowing how to use this machine properly. Based on our experience talking with customers about the Flex2000 we have created a video that walks you through how it works. If you can't make it into the store to see a live demo, this is the next best thing!

If you like to follow step-by-step written instructions, we also have the FLEX2000 instruction manual available online. This is the same manual that is included with all new machines. 

If you still have questions about this machine or any other button queries, just email or call us and we will help you out!

This is our second video in this more personal style. Please let us know what you think! These videos are intended to help make your button making experience super awesome. Your feedback does help us decide what videos to make next!

 

   

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Give the Gift of Crafting with a Button Gift Card December 22 2017

On the first day of Christmas, my true love... had no idea what to get.

Give the gift of choice with a People Power Press Gift Card! (Gift card denominations ranging from $10 and up.)

Gift Card for crafters and buttons makers christmas

Gift Cards are A Hassle-Free Option for Every Maker or Artist!

Button Gift Cards are delivered by email and contain instructions for how to redeem at checkout. With no hidden processing fees, it's the perfect way to give a button maker if you're not sure which one to choose!

Button Gift Cards are redeemable for any product in-store or online. For more details, give us a call at 1-866-996-1984 and our knowledgeable button sales team will help you out :)

 Stocking Stuffer Make a Button Toronto

Another Great and Easy Choice for Young Crafters

If you're looking for a stocking stuffer, or simple gift for a child, the Make-A-Button Card may be the way to go. Or purchase a Make-A-Button Pack that includes the supplies and designs to make your buttons. Just bring in the card or supplies and use the button makers in our Toronto maker space at no additional cost! Find out all about "Make-A-Button" here.

 

     

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Too Hip for the 2017 Holiday Season? December 21 2017

The People Power Press "Too Hip For The Holidays" line is back for the 2017 season! These greeting cards, post cards, and pin packs are a great gift for the Grinch in the family.

Hipster Christmas Stocking Stuffer Toronto

All of these products are available in-store and online, but hurry before they're gone for another year, or whatever...

 

     

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Happy First Official Toronto Maple Leafs Day! December 19 2017

Maple Leafs 100th Anniversary Pinback Buttons

100 years ago today, on December 19 1917, our beloved home team played their first game in history. To commemorate the memory of that day, Toronto mayor John Tory has proclaimed December 19 official Toronto Maple Leafs day!

We wanted to pay tribute, by creating these new special Maple Leafs buttons.

This wasn't just the first game ever for Toronto Arenas, as the team was named back then, (the name Maple Leafs wasn't taken until 1927), it was also the first game in NHL history. Unfortunately, our team lost this first historic match to the Wanderers by 10-9.

To celebrate this joyous day, there will be a special Next Century Game this afternoon. At 2 pm the team will face the Carolina Hurricanes, wearing throwback Toronto Arena jerseys. 

The club is hoping to fill Air Canada Centre with thousands and thousands of children, to nourish and encourage a new generation of Leafs fans. 

But 2017 doesn't just mark Maple Leafs' 100 years in NHL, it also marks 50 years without winning a championship. The team has not won the Stanley Cup since 1967, which is the current longest drought in the NHL. 

Fortunately for the club, they have some of the most loyal and passionate fans in the NHL. No matter how many times the team loses or how expensive the tickets are, people keep coming to the games.

So these buttons are for all you devoted Maple Leafs fans, who never stop Beleafin' that this, this will be the season it all will happen. 

 

NHL Hockey Team Merch Badges 'Beleaf', 'Go Leafs Go', 'Our team since 1917'

We also have Blue Jays baseball buttons!

And these cute Toronto souvenir buttons!

   

 

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How to Fix a Jammed Graphic Punch Video (It's Easy!) December 11 2017

So you've been using your graphic punch without issue, but then it stops working. Gah, it's jammed! 

A jammed graphic punch is a common problem with a simple solution and this new video from the Button Guy is here to show you just how easy it is to fix!

Pretty easy, huh?

If you want to learn more about the tool you see in the video you can read this blog post.

Need the tool? You can purchase the graphic punch cleaner here!

Be sure to visit the Button Guy YouTube Channel - and subscribe! - to see more handy tips, trick and button making tutorials so you can make the most of your button maker machine and supplies.

 

      

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The 2017 People Power Press Holiday Gift Guide! December 08 2017

holiday gift guide 2017 button store 

 

The annual holiday shopping countdown is on! While you still have some time to shop for everyone on your list, we've prepared our annual People Power Press Holiday Gift Guide to help make things a little easier.

Consider a button maker for the artist, maker or crafter on your list. Make fun and unique personalized gifts for other friends and family. Pre-made buttons and cards for popping into a stocking too!

There are fun options for all ages and all budgets. People Power Press can truly be your one-stop shop so ... Happy Shopping!!crafty gift ideas maker

 

 

affordable button maker for crafts

 

Button Making on a Budget

Our “Hobby Button Makers” are great for kids or adults who want to get into button making on a budget. At the lowest price point of all, the T150 Button Maker is a great starter machine that makes standard 2-1/4” pinback buttons.

Though it isn’t intended for high volumes, the T150 is robust, and presses a button like the best of them. Unless the user is intending to make 100+ buttons in one sitting, this T150 Machine is the way to go.

For the Etsy Seller / Super Crafter

The Flex1000 Start-Up Kit is the ultimate hobby button press for the crafty person who is always making something. This machine is unique and wonderful because the add on die sets allow the user to make different sizes of buttons - big and small! - on one machine.

 

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affordable multisize button maker machine

Another Multi-Size Machine for the Maker on Your List

Another multi-size hobby button maker is the our Flex2000 machine. The add on die set sizes for this allows the user to create small and medium size buttons.

The Flex2000 has fewer removable parts than the Flex1000 and is a bit more straightforward to use, so it’s also a great option for kids (though parental supervision is encouraged).

Special pricing on the Flex2000 Complete Kit (with 3 dies) for the holiday season!

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For the High Volume / Professional Button Maker

Our professional series of button makers are the best choice for anyone starting a button making business, creating buttons for bands, or pressing a high volume.

These Professional Machines are top-of-the-line, metal bodied, and come with a lifetime manufactures warranty. Once the user gets acquainted with the machine, one can easily press hundreds of buttons in one session.



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For Grandparents and other Family and Friends

Is the 2017 holiday season going to be Baby's first Christmas, Hanukkah, or snowfall?

Remember the special occasion with these low cost Baby's First Custom Ornaments! They would look awesome on display in your home, on the tree, or by the mantle and are great presents for proud grandparents and other family and friends.

Baby's First Ornaments are also fantastic for fur babies! This little fluff wants to wish everyone a Meowy Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

For Mom and Dad from the Kids

Do you have a little Picasso at home who loves to colour and create? Show off their talent and creative exploration this holiday season with custom kid's art magnets!

We can make a custom run for you, and if you have a button maker, you can make them right at home :)

For Teachers, Parents and Beverage Loving Friends!

The People Power team is going to score you some major cool points this holiday season with DIY personalized gift ideas. Best of all, you can leave the "DIY" part to us if you like!

A customized coaster set might be the special gift your looking for! You can send along a picture and leave the rest of the designing up to our talented Design Team, or you can design a coaster yourself on The Online Button Designer.

 gift idea for teacher or mom

For Social Media Loving Friends

Commemorate the special moments of 2017 with custom photo buttons and magnets made from pics on your Instagram feed!

Stay true to the Instagram look with square magnets, or shake it up with round, rectangle, or oval. This a a great and unique way to give friends and families a special gift too!

Simply place a custom magnet order, and send your favorite pictures to us via email at info@peoplepowerpress.org.

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fun stocking stuffer ideas

For Foodies and Coffee Lovers

Super fun and popular fridge magnets based on our popular Pin Pack designs! Have something in mind you don't see here, you can always get us to make you some custom fridge magnets so that the gift is extra special!

Perfect for stocking stuffers or Secret Santas too!

fun fridge magnets for gifts

For Pretty Much Everyone - Sports Fans, Readers, Proud Canadians and Torontonians, Cyclists, Vegans and more...!

Show them you know them! Book and music lovers, cyclists, hipsters and coffee connoisseurs will be delighted by their very own Pin Pack, with all kinds of themes for all kinds of interests!

A simple and affordable way to show them you know them without breaking the bank.

For Writers, Artists, Vintage Lover or Bookworm?

 We're breathing new life into old library books with our collection of Up-cycled Library Notebooks and Sketchbooks. Made with library books that have been diverted from landfill, these books are hardcover, coil bound, and use "Tree Free" recycled paper.

Available in large and small sizes, we can even make a custom one out of your favorite book!

 

 greeting cards and gift cards for the holidays 2017

 

For Sharing Cheer with Everyone!

Hip Hip Hooray! The People Power Press Button greeting Card Collection is here for another holiday season - and with lots of new designs too. So be festive, cute or funny with your season's greeting this year.

Each full-colour card is blank on the inside, and comes with a special pinback button and envelope.

For Every Budget

On the first day of Christmas, my true love... had no idea what to get.

Give the gift of choice with a People Power Press Gift Card! (Gift card denominations ranging from $10 and up.)

Redeemable online or in-store this is an easy choice for the button maker or wannabe button maker on your list.

This is an especially great idea if you know someone who really, really, REALLY wants a button maker, but the cost is too high. Still contribute to their dream with a gift card.

 

We have loads more holiday gift ideas in store and are also happy to discuss a crafty button gift idea with you too! Just gift us a call, email us or come by the shop and we will make sure your special people get some truly special gifts!

Happy Holidays!

     

 

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See How to Use The Flex1000 Button Maker with This NEW Video! December 07 2017

The Flex1000 is a great all-metal multi-size hobby button maker, but it involves a few steps that you have to master to get making awesome buttons with every press.

So we decided to make a new video for the FLEX1000 to let people see how to use this machine properly. Just like being in the store or on the phone with us, we have taken the time to walk through how to use the machine and offer some common troubleshooting tips and tricks!

We hope this new video will help those who already have the machine and those folks who are thinking of purchasing the FLEX1000. We know you can't all pop into our store to get a hand's on demonstration before making your button making purchase so we hope this is the next best thing!

If you like to follow written instructions, we also have the FLEX1000 instruction manual available online.

And of course, if you still have questions please just email or call us and we will help you out!

Like this video and want to see more like it? Have some ideas for what you'd like to see next? Please let us know. We want these videos to help make your button making experience as awesome as possible and customer feedback does help us decide what videos to make next!

 

   

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Gifts to Make: Custom Coasters for the Holidays December 06 2017

Is there anything more special than giving or receiving a personal heartfelt gift?

The People Power team is going to score you some major cool points this holiday season with DIY personalized gift ideas. Best of all, you can leave the "DIY" part to us if you like!

 Custom Christmas Present 2017 Coaster

A customized coaster set might be the special gift your looking for! You can send along a picture and leave the rest of the designing up to our talented Design Team, or you can design a coaster yourself on The Online Button Designer.

For more info on how to use Button Designer, check out this post.

Custom Stocking Stuffer Coaster Gifts

 

Have a 3.5" Round Button Maker already? Purchase the supplies to make Button Coasters at home, or rent a coaster press at our shop (select 3.5" round from the drop down menu),  and we'll show you how to make coasters right in the showroom :)

Here is an instructional video showing all the steps of pressing a coaster with the Tecre Model 350 Hand Press and coaster insert.

 

If you're really trying to impress, why not make it a duo and design a custom bottle opener too?!

 

     

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New Kits and Special Pricing on FLEX1000 and FLEX2000 Hobby Button Maker Kits December 06 2017

It's December and that holiday shopping countdown is now on!

If you have a special crafty person on your list this year, why not consider introducing them to button making with a FLEX1000 hobby kit or a FLEX2000 hobby kit? Just in time for the holiday shopping season we are offering new kits and special pricing for both of these all-metal multi-die hobby button makers.

The FLEX1000 2-1/4" Start-Up Kit + 3" Add-On Die Set

The FLEX1000 2 Die Kit is a great place to start if you want to make mid-size and big buttons. Great for little artists who like lots of space to draw their designs. These kits include supplies to make buttons and magnets, as well as free rotary cutters for each size.Flex1000 hobby button making kit

The FLEX2000 Complete Kit (2-1/4", 1" & 1-1/2")

This FLEX2000 3 die kit includes dies to make 1", 1-1/2" and 2-1/4" buttons and magnets. This hobby maker is a different pressing style than the FLEX1000, but uses the same standard parts so the finished product looks the same. This kit allows you to make smaller designs that are great for small band buttons and mid-size art buttons.

If you are thinking of making just a few buttons for yourself and friends or some to compliment other crafts you make, both machines are ideal for these activities. Unlike the heavy duty machines that make only one size per machine, you get to have a few options when crafting with the FLEX series, but don't have to work with plastic machines that will break with use.

Make sure to make the DIY specialist or little artist on your shopping list (including YOU) extra happy this year with a button maker!

 

      

 

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Psst...Introducing Button Making Specials & Clearance Page That Includes Used Button Makers and Graphic Punches! December 05 2017


used button making equipment great deals

We get asked all the time about used machines and we often we have to say we don't have any used or secondhand button making equipment but ... now we do!

You will see we have a new tab on our header called "Specials & Clearance" where we will be posting, from time to time, special deals on button makers and button making supplies.

We do test all of our machines and are only selling used, secondhand and refurbished equipment that is still in good working condition. Many of our machines come from our popular rental program so we just like to make sure we cycle out some of our older machines from time to time.

If you do see something here, be sure this is something you want, but just make sure you don't hesitate too long as these machines will go quickly.

Buying any kind of used item online, however, can be a risk so while the machines you see in our new "Specials & Clearance" page are tested and have loads of life left in them, we do direct you to use some caution when looking at used, second hand and refurbished button makers and other equipment online.

 used button makers refurbished and secondhand


Some Tips to Consider When Buying Used, Second-Hand, Refurbished Button Maker Machines, Graphic Punches, and Other Button Making Equipment:

Look for solid metal machines and do your homework! If someone says "Oh it is super easy to get parts" or "You can get 1" parts anywhere!" make sure they can show you or that you can see that for yourself. People will say anything to offload a used button maker, especially if it is not a great machine or something that take a lot of money to use. Call the company directly to be sure their parts will fit your machine. Avoid machines made in China as they don't last long, are usually made of plastic with parts that are expensive and hard to find!

If looking at buying a circle cutter used: Check it out and test it if possible. Buy from trusted source. And ask a few questions: Does it need blades? Are there other replaceable parts? Are those parts easy to get? Are they priced reasonably? 

If buying a used button maker: Test the machine! Make 10-20 buttons to get a sense for how it works. Ask the same questions as above plus a few more: What kind of parts does the badge machine use? Are those parts easily available, priced reasonably? Sometimes a great deal on a used machine is quickly erased when trying to source super expensive parts. 

Buying high quality used machines - great brand name machines with good reviews - is a fantastic way to get into the button making game. You can still get a great machine that will make a great product - you don't have to settle for a hobby maker or other machine when that's not what you want - but you get to save some money because the machine isn't brand new.

This is also a great opportunity to get a graphic punch to go with the button maker you already own! Save time and money this way!

Have questions about what you see on this page? Pick up the phone and give us a call. We want you to be confident with your purchase.

And you may just want to bookmark this new page so that you can see the deals as they are listed, before they are gone!

 

      

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The Button Vending Machine is Filled with Familiar Faces December 01 2017

A war between light and darkness is raging in our Button Dispenser Machine this December.

Starwars Darth Vader and Stormtrooper buttons

For Star Wars fans across the universe, the holidays will kick off early this year, as the release date for Episode VIII - The Last Jedi is set for December 15.

Fans everywhere are speculating about what is going to happen in the next chapter of the Star Wars saga. The latest trailer is not giving away much.

The previous film, Episode VII -The Force Awakens, (SPOILER ALERT) ended right when the Force-sensitive protagonist Rey finally found Luke Skywalker, who had been lost for quite a long time.

According to the writer, Rian Johnson, the new film will begin right where The Force Awakens ended, which has raised the interesting question of whether or not the classic opening crawl that has opened every Star Wars film (A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...) will also open this film.

One thing's for sure, the light side will once again go head to head with the dark side. 

Classic Star Wars Characters Chewbacca, R2-D2, Yoda, Small Collector Buttons

Here at People Power Press, we don't really care if you are on the dark side or the light side, as long as you are on the button side!

 

Have you ever seen Darth Vader in a Santa hat? Check out our NEW Star Wars parody greeting cards.  

You may (the fourth) also want to check out these custom buttons we made last spring for The Star Wars Underground community.

 

      

 

 

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Tell Your Story with ChattySnaps Keychains November 30 2017

Introducing ChattySnaps Keychain

This totally unique button keychain is turning the keychain world on its head, and we want to shout about ChattySnaps from the rooftops!

Chatty Snaps Tale New Button Keychains

Why are ChattySnaps so special?

ChattySnaps Keychains allow you to sport not one, not two, but THREE buttons at a time and if that's not wild enough, the buttons are easily interchangeable so you can change your keychain as often as you change your socks :)

Just snap off the old, and snap on the new.

 

Chatty Snap button Keychain Tales

How do ChattySnaps Keychains Work?

Making your very own ChattySnaps button is a breeze. The buttons are made exactly like a standard pinback button, and even use standard shells and mylar.

  1. Place your shell, artwork, and mylar into the button press.
  2. Press like usual
  3. Put in the ChattySnaps back into the button press, just like you would with a pinned back. Make sure the “snappy” side is facing down.
  4. Press, and Voila!
  5. Snap the buttons onto your key ring strap
  6. Smile, because you are now the proud owner of a ChattySnaps Keychain :)

ChattySnaps Interchangeable Button keychain

Stay tuned for the ChattySnaps How-To Video on the Button Guy YouTube Channel! You'll see how making button keychians can be a SNAP :)

 

    

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied - Take a Stand for Hassan Diab November 29 2017

 

 

  2.25" French Revolution themed Buttons to support Hassan Diab accused terrorist awaiting trial

**UPDATE: Hassan Diab returned home to Ottawa, Canada after terrorism charges against him were dropped by French authorities. From here, Diab and his supporters want to work to see Canada's extradition laws fixed. You can continue to support this work and get involved here.**

**Important and Time Sensitive Update: On Wednesday November 29, please call Prime Minister Trudeau’s office at 1-613-992-4211, fax at 1-613-941-6900, or send an email through the form available here. You may also call his constituency office (Papineau, Quebec) at 1-514-277-6020. 

If you want help to know what to say, please see a sample script here

If you miss this date, please still call, fax or email the PM Justin Trudeau's office if you would like to help Hassan Diab's cause.**

 

Happy belated birthday to Hassan Diab. November 20th was yet another of his birthdays that he had to spend in a prison cell, awaiting trial.

In 2008, Lebanese-Canadian citizen, Hassan Diab, was arrested in Ottawa on instructions from French authorities who accused him of responsibility for a terrorist attack on a Paris synagogue in 1980.

In 2014 after some years in the Canadian courts, he was extradited to France to face trial, despite the Canadian judge’s view that the evidence was too weak to succeed in a fair trial.

It’s 2017 and Hassan is still in a French prison cell, in solitary confinement for 20 hours each day, awaiting trial.

 

Liberte for Hassan Diab French Flag Button___

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Egalite before the law for Hassan Diab French Revoultion Themed Pin Button____

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Fraternite - Stand with Diab French themed badge___
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Diab categorically denies any involvement in the bombing in 1980; he has proof he was in Lebanon at the time of the attack, writing university exams. The French claim to have a sample of the attacker’s handwriting from his hotel registration; numerous experts have refuted the claim that this sample matches Diab’s.

The French claim to have ‘intelligence’ placing Diab at the scene but can’t or won’t substantiate that information so Diab cannot respond to it. A witness says the man at the hotel was in his 50s; Hassan was 27 in 1980.

The French prosecutors were certain enough of their case to demand Diab’s extradition from Canada but now claim they need more time to build the case. This absurd situation cannot stand – Diab deserves a fair trial now.

 

Je Refuse French made until Diab is tried 2-1/4" buttons

Until 2008, Hassan Diab worked as a university professor at University of Ottawa and Carleton University. He is a father and husband and a law-abiding Canadian citizen. His main crime seems to be having come from Lebanon and deciding to make Canada his home.

Our extradition laws are so weak that a foreign power only has to show that there is a prima facie case – not that the case is winnable – and a Canadian citizen faces extradition.

Hassan Diab is any one of us who might have come from somewhere else or who might find themselves at the centre of a foreign political witch hunt. Canada has to insist on justice for Diab now.

Hassan Diab has been the victim of an abuse of state power on the one hand and an abdication of state responsibility on the other. He deserves Canada’s and Canadians’ support to get a fair trial in France now. What has happened to him could happen to any of us.

Je Refuse Boycott Made in France until terrorist accused Hassan Diab is triedJe refuse French wine until Hassan Diab is tried 2-1/4" pin for Canadian citizen accused of terror attack

The Canadian Government must take a stand for Hassan Diab and for us all. We hope this was the last birthday Hassan Diab had to spend without a fair trial.

Want to Help Take a Stand for Hassan?

If you are interested in learning more about Hassan's case and how you can help to get involved you can follow along here:

www.justiceforhassandiab.org

You can also sign the change.org petition.

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Gift Idea: Turn Instagram Memories into Custom Fridge Magnets November 29 2017

The Holidays are a fabulous time to take a moment and think of the year gone by and soon your social media feeds will be jammed with everyone's memories of the past year. But we had a thought - let's take those memories out of a packed Instagram feed, lost when someone keeps on scrolling, and put them somewhere else!

Commemorate the special moments of 2017 with custom photo buttons and magnets made from pics on your Instagram feed!

We had a pretty awesome year so we took just a few of our favourite memories and made square fridge magnets. 

If you want to see what else 2017 involved for us at People Power Press, you can take a peek at our Instagram here :)

Custom Instagram Photo Fridge Magnets

Stay true to the Instagram look with square magnets, or shake it up with round, rectangle, or oval. This a a great and unique way to give friends and families a special gift too!

Simply place a custom magnet order, and send your favorite pictures to us via email at info@peoplepowerpress.org.

To save yourself the setup fee, you can also upload your images and size them to the templates on our website, or on the The Online Button Designer!

If you have any questions about ordering special moment buttons or magnets, please don't hesitate to give us a shout at 1-866-996-1984 :) We're excited to hear from you!

And let us take this moment to thank all our wonderful button community for helping to make 2017 another super awesome year. We are so grateful to you all and are looking forward to making more memories with you in 2018. :)

 

     

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We Are Now Carrying Mr. Button Parts & Supplies! November 28 2017

Anyone who knows the world of button making knows that not all button parts are made equal. Some machines will only take certain parts. Others just won't fit even if they are also supposed to be the same size.

And it's a real bummer when someone is looking for parts for their machine that we just don't have. So in the effort to make more button makers happy, we are now carrying parts and supplies for Mr. Button brand machines.

Mr Button Blue or Grey Hand Press Hand Held Button Maker

This company is also based in the U.S. but their machines will only take Mr. Button brand parts.

So we now carry pinback supplies for 3 sizes:

1-5/8" Round Mr. Button Pinback Supplies:

mr button button parts

2-1/3" Round Mr. Button Pinback Supplies:

mr. buttons button supplies

3-1/8" Round Mr. Button Pinback Supplies:

mr. button us badge parts

Not sure if you have a Mr. Button button maker? While we don't sell the Mr. Button machines, we are including some photos so you can see for yourself.

Mr Button Bench Press Grey or Black Pin machine

And for those of you with machines that use Badge Parts brand or USA Buttons brand parts...we will have those parts online soon for you to purchase too! Stay tuned. :)

 

    

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