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Now Accepting Donations for The Button Guy's Online Button Designer September 29 2017

Donate to The Button Guy's Online Button Designer Software

If you've designed a button from scratch, you've probably come across the free Online Button Designer Software courtesy of The Button Guy.

With over 20,000 unique accounts, Online Button Designer is not only some of the greatest button designing software out there, but is also completely free to use! No graphic design skills required.

 

Donate to The Button Guy's Online Button Designer

As more and more people enjoy Online Button Designer, we are continuously running out of server space. The result is users are unable to access their accounts until more space is made on the server. The causes delays in button making, even for a few hours, which is a big deal for us especially as many Button Designer users run small businesses and are working to deadlines.

Currently, Online Button Designer is in such high demand that the only way to ensure that the software continues to run smoothly is by asking for your help. It is very important to keep this software free as an accessible resource for making buttons, but the server issues mean there have been more frequent outages.

We are now gratefully accepting donations to support the free Online Button Designer software.

To make a contribution, click here and select a denomination from the drop down menu.

Thank you for continuing to use Button Designer and for helping us to help more people use it.

 

 

More Blog Posts about Online Button Designer:

Video: How To Use Online Button Designer

The Button Guy YouTube Channel

Button Designer: Quick, Easy, and Free!

 

   

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Label Obscura: Canadian Indie Rock Buttons September 12 2017

Label Obscura is a website and music label that celebrates Canadian bands and albums from the past and present.

With a focus on releasing Canadian indie rock that never got a vinyl release or is currently out of print, Label Obscura celebrates the glory days while also introducing sounds to a new generation of listeners.

Canadian Indie Rock Buttons, Canadian Music Label Merch, Custom Pinback Buttons Toronto,

The Label Obscura website features news, reviews, interviews, and ruminations on mostly Canadian music, but don't worry, they don't discriminate against awesome tunes made elsewhere.

Their custom 1" round Indie Rock Buttons evoke the spirit of Canadian indie rock with a twist of crisp modernity.

 WEBSITE labelobscura.com
TWITTER @label_obscura
FACEBOOK @labelobscura

 

    

 

Excited about Canadian Music?

Check out the People Power Press "Music Makes the World Go Round" button collection. It will make you wanna put a record on and bust out some dance moves!

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Shadowlands: Glow in the Dark Buttons for Toronto Fringe Festival July 14 2017

This week, we had the absolute pleasure of making some Custom Glow in the Dark  Pinback Buttons for Shadowlands, a one-woman play in the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Savanna Harvey of Pretentious Productions is the writer and star of this experimental theater piece, which runs until July 16th in Toronto.

Glow in the Dark Buttons for Shadowlands at Toronto Fringe Festival

These amazing Custom 1-1/2" Glow in the Dark Buttons are made with Dura-Larilm (instead of mylar) in combination with a Glow in the Dark material (instead of paper).

The end effect is spooky and perfect for this play, which is staged in total darkness!!

The Graphic Designer behind these pinbacks in the very clever Alex Kirkpatrick who did an amazing job at capturing the mood of the production in a pinback button series which is no small feat! Check out more of Alex's work here.

Shadowlands Play by Savanna Harvey of Pretentious Productions Toronto Fringe Festival Buttons

To learn more about Shadowlands, check out the links below:

Website: www.savannaharvey.ca

Email: pretentiousproductionsart@gmail.com

Facebook: @Pretentioustheatre

Twitter: @PretentiousPlay

Instagram: pretentiousproductionsart

 

Thanks Savannah, and break a leg!

 

 

   

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Artist and Producer Daiza Shines with New Music and Custom Sparkly Buttons July 13 2017

Daiza is a musician based in Boston. She released her first single Metal Mouth this past March and released another single Crying Blanks in April.

The art-electronic producer and artist is currently doing shows to promote her new music and we got involved to help her make some unique concert merch.

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She designed these beautiful cards with custom 1.25" buttons for a show. We see a lot of custom orders come through our shop, but this one definitely caught our eye.

A double-sided pink card has one of two custom sparkly buttons attached and branded with all Daiza's contact information, including a QR code. We kind of love them!

Holographic Buttons with Custom Printing

The sparkly effect is from printing the artwork on Dura-Lar, a transparent film, and then placing over gold foil. You can read more about this process in this post about making holographic pinback buttons.

You can also see how it all works in the Button Guy video about How to Make Holographic Pinback Buttons:

 

 

We have a number of custom printing and packaging options available in addition to a different special finishes.
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Daiza's order beautifully combined all of these things and we feel these sparkly button cards are a perfect complement to her sound. We will be continuing to follow as Daiza's career continues to evolve and do hope you take a listen too!

Check out Diaza and her music online:

Website: www.daizamusic.com

Soundcloud: soundsbydaiza

Instagram: @soundsbydaiza

Twitter: @soundsbydaiza

Facebook: @soundsbydaiza

Looking for Unique Custom Options for Selling Buttons at a Show?

If you want to create some unique concert merch for an upcoming show or tour, we are here to help! A button doesn't have to be just a button if you are looking for something extra special for your fans.

You can let us know what you have in mind or you can call us and we can talk you through some of your different options. 

 

   

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Pin On Your Canadian Pride with Buttons for Canada Day June 23 2017

Oh Canada, it's almost your birthday and you are looking pretty good for 150 years.

We've made a special Canada Eh?! button collection to help celebrate the big day. You can pin on your Canadian pride with these red and white buttons for Canada Day.

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So many choices for Canada Day Buttons

The special themed 1.25" round glossy Canada buttons are available individually - pick out only the designs you want - or as pre-packaged Canada pin packs that contain a random mix of 4 buttons. There are 5 fun and patriotic designs available to choose from.

The pin packs are great for selling in your own store or for fundraising efforts. Or buy a bunch to give out to family and friends so you can all show your Canadian pride this Canada Day.

 

See a design you like, but not the size you want? Want your pre-packaged Canada pin backs to contain specific designs? Have your own Canada Day design you want to see on a button? If what you want isn't shown here, just contact us and we will be sure to help you get what you need.

Official Canada 150 merchandise also available

If you're feeling extra excited about Canada 150, you can also check out our official Canada 150 merchandise. We have Canada 150 pins, magnets and stickers available.Official Canada 150 merchandise

With our help you will have no trouble showing love for Canada this Canada Day and beyond.

So get some Oh Canada buttons and have a Happy Canada Day, eh?

 

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Introducing Bumper Stickers at People Power Press June 21 2017

You can now get vinyl bumper stickers from us! The bumper sticker is a powerful marketing tool, that is often used for advertising and political campaigns. 

I bet you didn't know that the world's first bumper sticker was created in the mid-1940s by a screen printer from Kansas named Forest Gill. What the history's first car decal actually looked like is unknown. But Gill was certainly on to something with his sticky bumper signs!

Vintage Bumper Sticker Everglades National Park

Tourist attractions became Gill's first big clients. They quickly realized the advertising potential in using cars as moving billboards. The car owners didn't mind sticking a message on their bumper, they would even pay for it! The bumper sticker was seen as a nice souvenir, a physical memory to cherish (and maybe to show off to the neighbors back home).

Political vintage bumper sticker, presidential election of 1956 'We like and we'll stick with Ike and Dick'

In the 1950s, political bumper stickers became increasingly popular. In time for the re-election of Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, these now vintage 1956 'We Like Ike and Dick' stickers were seen on many cars. Ever since, bumper stickers have played a crucial part in every election.

People Power Press Vinyl Bumper Sticker I Did Not Vote For Him 2016
Donald Trump Vinyl Bumper Sticker from People Power Press

 

Today, bumper stickers are often seen in a negative light. Research even shows that people who decorate their cars are more likely to express road rage than other drivers.

But before social media arrived, bumper stickers might have been one of very few ways for ordinary Joe to convey a message to a public audience.

Still in the digital age, bumper stickers provide a way for drivers to not only share the road, but also their opinions, personality and the occasional gag with fellow drivers.

Maybe you have smirked at a "My other car is a Porsche" bumper sticker, or been reminded of proper road etiquette by a "Don't drink and drive" or "Hang up and drive" decal.

People Power Press Vinyl Bumper Sticker Distracted Driving Accept or Decline
Distracted Driving Vinyl Bumper Sticker from People Power Press

 

Not to forget all the variations of "Honk if you..." bumper stickers! Its origin story dates back to the 1970's and the Watergate scandal. Back then, D.C drivers who wanted President Nixon impeached put the message “Honk if you think he’s guilty” on their bumpers.

Feel like personalizing your rear end with something amazing? Browse our collection of vinyl bumper stickers!

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Custom FIRST Robotics Competition Buttons for Team 2994 The ASTECHZ June 16 2017

FIRST Robotics custom buttons

Ottawa's All Saints High School ASTECHZ robotics team was formed in 2007, but this year has been a big one. The ASTECHZ, also known as Team 2994, traveled to the 2017 FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.

Before they went to the World Championships, they were in Toronto for the Greater Toronto Central Regional FIRST Robotics Canada competition where they won silver.

Before these events they had us make them some big 4" custom buttons that are hard to miss. 

Team 2994 is a group of 25 students who take on various roles including business, manufacturing, design and controls.

This team is just one of the many FIRST Robotics teams that we work with to either help them make their own buttons or to make custom competition buttons for them.

We love the concept of FIRST Robotics. FIRST is an acronym: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology and the program is meant to build valuable skills in science, engineering and technology. The competitions also allow participants to develop self-confidence and leadership. And of course they get to build robots, which is awesome!

So Why Buttons for Robotics Competitions?

Buttons at FIRST Robotics competitions are a bit of a thing, if you aren't familiar with the events. Teams will wear custom buttons to be noticed and will also trade buttons with other teams. When asking another team for buttons to collect, they also have the opportunity to have a conversation with their fellow competitors and share the spirit of friendship. 

Resources to Help You Design Your Own Robotics Buttons!

If you are part of a robotics team and would like to design your own buttons, there are a few great resources to help you do that:

People Power Press Templates - Our very own templates 

Free Online Button Designer - This program is easy to use and will let you print your artwork

Canva - This one isn't specifically for buttons, but is a free program that lets you create great looking designs without being a graphic designer. You would then just put your artwork into one of the button templates above.  

Follow the Adventures of Team 2994 

You can see just what Team 2994 is up to and what they've been making by following them online:

Team 2994's own website

Team 2994 on Facebook

Team 2994 on Twitter

 

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FLEX1000 and FLEX2000 Hobby Button Maker Manuals Now Available Online June 16 2017

If you have a FLEX1000 or FLEX2000 hobby button maker and have lost the instruction manual that was sent with your start-up kit, don't worry! You can now download the instruction manual for each model here.

 multi-size button makerall metal hobby pin machine

Download the FLEX1000 Instruction Manual (No Rings) here.

Download the FLEX2000 Instruction Manual here.

Just a note about any reference to rings. Our newer models don't require the plastic rings so if you see any reference to them, but you never received the rings, don't worry. Your version of the machine does not use plastic rings. Not sure, give us a call and we can help you out.

Keep it paperless and access online whenever you need it or print it out if you'd like a tangible copy. The choice is now yours.

Even if you don't have one of our all-metal FLEX machines you can take a peek to walk through the steps and see how it works!

And for the visual folks out there, here are the Button Guy videos showing you the FLEX1000 and FLEX2000 button makers in action. See how both hobby pin machines work:

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Custom Rounded Rectangle Buttons are Here: A Smooth and Sleek Option for Name Tags June 07 2017

It’s not often that a new pin shape is introduced, but there is a new button kid on the block. Helloooo Custom Rounded Rectangle Buttons!

This button has rounded corners, making it a smoother and sleeker option for name tags, poster art, marketing and campaign buttons.

rounded rectangle name tag buttons

Many Great Uses for the Rounded Rectangle Button

These are just a few great choices for this new pin shape:

Name Tags - Rounded rectangle buttons make great durable event name tags for workshops, trade shows and conventions. They can double as great event souvenirs.

Marketing Buttons - Available as 1-3/4” x 2-3/4” pinbacks, these buttons are the same size as a business card, which makes this button an obvious choice for marketing your business.

Poster Art Buttons - This new pin shape is a perfect choice for poster art buttons because of their layout and retro design.

Two Sizes Available!

The new rounded rectangle button comes in 1-3/4” x 2-3/4” and 2” x 3” sizes. The smaller size is the same size as a business card. The larger size gives you a bit more room to make your message stand out.

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A Perfect Choice for Vertical and Horizontal Layouts

The rounded corner buttons are available as vertical or horizontal pins. These layouts may be more suitable for logos and designs that are also have vertical or horizontal designs.

Now you get a rounded corner without having to adapt your design to a circle or oval shape and possibly losing part of your artwork.

But if you are looking for something with a harder edge, be sure to check out all our custom button sizes so you can make the choice that best suits your design!

 

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Celebrate Confederation with Canada 150 Buttons, Magnets, and Stickers! June 02 2017

Canada Day will be here before you know it, and Canada Day 2017 will be like no other!

On July 1st, Canada is going to be officially turning 150 years old! There are tons of great events happening all across the country and People Power Press wants you to be ready to show your love for The True North Strong and Free!

1.25" Canada 150 Buttons Official logo, Confederation, Canada Day 2017,

The People Power Press Canada 150 Official Logo Collection contains a range of sizes and colours so you can show your individuality as well as your patriotism!

Not only are these products all made in Canada, they are made in-store to order right here in our Toronto shop!

The 1-1/4" Canada 150 Official Logo Buttons are available in a rainbow of colours, a handful of these colours are shown in the above image. If you'd like to get some Canada 150 Buttons in a colour that is not offered in the drop-down menu, just give us a call at 416-204-1984 or email info@peoplepowerpress.org and let us know which colour you'd like :)

Official Canada 150 Merch doesn't stop at buttons either. Take a look at these 2-1/4" round button bottle openers and magnets! Available in quantities from 1 to 5000 in three cool designs / colour combos.

If round isn't the shape for you maybe these Rounded Rectangle Magnets and Pinback Buttons fit the bill:

 

Official Canada 150 merchLast but not least, these Canada 150 Official Logo Stickers on a roll are a great give away for Canada Day! Made of polypropylene vinyl, these stickers are tear resistant and are available in 3 sizes: 1", 2" and 3" round.

Official Canada 150 Logo

These stickers are printed to order and come in rolls of 100, 500, and 1000 so you can get a bit sticker crazy!

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A Perfect Spring Soundtrack and Custom 1" Buttons from Fallen Love Records May 24 2017

If you are looking for a great-sounding Spring soundtrack, we think we've got it! Our friends at Fallen Love Records recently released Secret Gardens, a compilation of picnic pop featuring 22 artists from around the world. In conjunction with the release they also had us make these adorable 1” custom buttons.
Fallen Love Records fan buttons

Fallen Love Records is a bedroom pop label based out of Oshawa. Their latest release Secret Gardens is full of great spring songs that will carry you through the season and beyond when – brr! - spring is only a memory.

The custom 1” buttons are included in a sweet package along some other great items when you purchase Secret Gardens now. Head on over to the Fallen Love Records site get your copy of Secret Gardens - with your own tiny button!

Band buttons for connecting with fans

The latest Fallen Love Records release is a great example of how band buttons can enhance a relationship between artists and fans. Buttons can always be sold at shows or online to support music labels and musicians, but they can also be tokens of appreciation for fans. These band buttons can then be collected or worn to share that support with the rest of the world.

These Fallen Love Records pins are custom 1” buttons, which are the most popular band button size, but custom 7/8” buttons and custom 1.25” custom buttons are great options too. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you can see all custom button sizes here.

Fallen Love Records Secret Gardens release with button

Other ideas for musicians

Add a lyric music video to your button order with these lyric video + custom button packages.

Liking the idea of band buttons so much, you want to make them yourself? Get going with a Standard 1” Button Maker Start-Up Kit.

Follow Fallen Love Records online!

Instagram: @fallenloverecs

Twitter: @fallenloverecs

Tumblr: fallenloverecords

 

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Buttons for a Cause: The "More Than a Label" Slow Clothing Movement May 13 2017

A group of students from Acadia University is handing out buttons for a cause. They want these custom buttons to change the way people think about the clothing they buy and wear with a simple question: "Ask Me About My Sustainable Outfit!"

More Than a Label is a slow clothing movement that supports buying used clothing, repurposing the clothing you already have and buying items that are built to last.

Custom buttons for a cause

The group had these custom buttons made to get people talking about their clothes. See someone wearing one of these buttons? Go ahead and ask them what the story is behind their clothes! 

Visit More Than a Label on Facebook and Instagram to read the many clothing stories they have collected there too. 

More Than a Label sustainable outfit clothing

Create your own buttons for a cause to get the word out and for fundraising

Are you thinking about buttons for a cause that's near and dear to your heart? Buttons are a great way to share your message. A single button let's people see your message while also inviting folks to ask questions if they are interested in learning more. You can promote your cause without saying a word!

Buttons for a cause like these ones from More Than a Label can also be a great fundraising idea. Your supporters can purchase a button, which helps raise funds for your cause, but has the added bonus in that when they wear the pin they are helping you spread your message.

It's easy to design custom buttons with free online tools

And designing your button is very easy with some great tools available online. Check out the free online button design program The Button Designer to create simple message pins in no time. A quick online search will also produce some other free design programs to create your image, which you can then upload into our button templates.

Other great examples of buttons with a message

Toronto Save Buttons

Together Project

Kids' Lit Quiz

Got a cause, but not sure where to start? We'd love to talk about your button ideas with you to help get you started. Just give us a call or drop us a line!

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Fun Giveaway Idea for Spring Trade Shows with 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Magnets and Pocket Mirrors May 09 2017

Hooray, it’s Spring!

Besides warmer weather, it is also time for Spring trade shows and the start of a busy wedding season. Want a great, fun giveaway idea? 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Magnets and Pocket Mirrors are the answer!

TWO new Button Guy videos!

Learn how simple it is to make 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Magnets and Pocket Mirrors with two new videos from The Button Guy! The first video walks you through making 2.5” x 3.5” Peel n' Stick Rectangle Magnets.

The second new Button Guy video shows the step-by-step process of making 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Purse/Pocket Mirrors. Making mirrors is fun, but there are a few tricks here that will help you be successful.

Why this size?

The 2.5" x 3.5" rectangle is great size for making magnets and mirrors because you get maximum surface space to display your artwork. With a bigger mirror you have a practical item to sell or give away to Spring trade show and wedding guests. People will actually want to stick these mirrors in their purse or bag to use all the time!

Getting started!

To get started you will need the 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Button Maker Kit. This machine also comes with pinback parts. To make magnets, you will need to order 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Peel n’ Stick Magnets and to make pocket mirrors, you will need to order 2.5” x 3.5” Rectangle Pocket Mirrors.

If you are loving this fun giveaway idea, but not ready to get your own button maker or don't have the time to make them - we did say busy wedding season - then we can do it for you! We have many design options available so you can send us your artwork or we can design from scratch or we can do something in between. 

See the options for custom 2.5" x 3.5" peel n' stick rectangle magnets.

Check out the choices for custom 2.5" x 3.5" rectangle pocket/purse mirrors here. 

Take a look to see all of our custom magnet sizes here and all of our custom mirror sizes here.

 

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May The Fourth Be With You: The Star Wars Underground Buttons are Out of this World! May 04 2017

 

The Star Wars Underworld

Forget all the other days on the calendar, because today is the day that matters for Star Wars fans around the world. May 4th has come to be known as May the Fourth Be With You Day, or Star Wars Day.

We thought it would be the perfect day to showcase our friends at The Star Wars Underworld and their out-of-this-world custom buttons.

The Star Wars Underground is a great community where fans all over the world can join one platform and connect with each other. The platform is fan-driven and family-friendly so Star Wars fans of any age can take part! 

Custom Buttons For Community Members

We had the chance to work with the rad guys over at to make these super cool and well designed buttons. Pinback custom buttons for community members allow them share that they belong in a special community and to express the voice, message and personality of that membership. We think these buttons do exactly that. 

The larger Custom 2" Round Button is a great pin size for extra visibility to showcase The Star Wars Underground logo. The smaller Custom 1-1/4" Round Button is great size for fun designs and messages that members can pin and wear all the time. 

Depending on what message or design you want to express, there is a pin size and shape that will perfectly suit the needs of your special community members! We would love to talk through all of those options with you so reach out to us anytime!

May the Fourth Be With YouExplore more with The Star Wars Underground Online!

What started as a Facebook page has now expanded into a full website and a podcast. You can also find them on a variety of other platforms:

The Star Wars Underground on Tumblr 
The Star Wars Underground on Instagram
The Star Wars Underground on Twitter
The Star Wars Underground on Google+
The Star Wars Underground on YouTube

May The Fourth Be With You all today!

 

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Making Metallic Silver & Gold Buttons with Dura-Lar April 26 2017

We're really excited about making metallic gold and silver buttons with Dura-Lar!!

Using Dura-Lar Film is the easiest way to make Do-It-Yourself buttons that look lavish and luxurious.

In this video, Dura-Lar is used with Gold and Silver Reversible Metallic Dura-Lar to make gorgeous, shiny, pinback buttons that are great for holidays and special occasions. Check it out!

 

 

The SILVER & GOLD DURA-LAR used in this video is reversible, with gold on one side and silver on the other. The Metallic Dura-Lar Foil is 2mm thick, comes in standard 8.5 x 11" sheets, and has an EXTREMELY reflective mirror-like finish. Doesn't that sound awesome for a button??!

**When making Dura-Lar Buttons, it is the Glossy or Matte Dura-Lar that goes through the printer, and NOT the metallic Dura-Lar! The metallic Dura-Lar foil goes behind the transparent Dura-Lar film. **

How to Make Metallic Gold and Silver Pinback Buttons Instructional Video The Button Guy

 How to make shiny metallic gold button pins with foil

 

 

Curious to see some other examples of buttons made with Dura-Lar Film and reflective Metallic Dura-Lar Foil? Here are some older blog posts that feature buttons with special finishes! Which one do you like the best?

Instructional Video: Making Buttons with Dura-Lar

Get That New Year's Sparkle All Year Long With Holographic Foil
Buttons for Chinese New Year: Year of the Rooster
Feeling Lucky? It's St. Patrick's Day

 

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Say it With a 2” x 3” Rectangle Fridge Magnet: Great for Personal Statement Gifts, Promotional Giveaways and More! April 24 2017

The 2" x 3” Rectangle Fridge Magnet is a great versatile choice. A popular size for family photos and personal statement gifts, this magnet is a favourite souvenir shop idea and for real estate promotional giveaways too.

See the process of making a 2" x 3” Rectangle Fridge Magnet in this new video from The Button Guy. This video will show you important tips to successfully make magnets with the 2” x 3” rectangle button maker.

This essential advice includes how to cut your artwork, how to properly apply the peel n’ stick magnet and why it is important to let your magnets sit on a flat surface for 24 hours before hanging them on another surface.

Once you see how easy it is to make 2" x 3” Rectangle Fridge Magnets you will be able to get busy. Some projects include:

  • Decorating your locker or fridge with family photos and other art
  • Making personalized statement gifts for friends and family
  • Creating promotional giveaways for your business to hand out to clients and at trade shows and conferences
  • Designing your artwork like a postcard for your city's attractions for a great souvenir shop idea

rectangle magnets for promotional giveaways and more!

 

To get started you will need the 2 x 3” Rectangle Button Maker Kit. This machine will also make pinback buttons so you can really have some fun! You will also need all the supplies to make 2 x 3” Rectangle Peel n’ Stick Magnets.

Peel n' Stick Magnet Parts for Family Photos

Loving the idea of these fridge magnets, but not ready to invest in a button maker? We can make Custom 2 x 3” Rectangle Magnets for you with the design of your choice. Check out the other custom magnet sizes we have available.

 

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Earth Love Pin Packs: Can You Dig It? April 21 2017

Calling all Green Thumbs and Tree Huggers! It's almost time to dust off the old trowel, and get digging :)

Spring is in the air and our Earth Love Pin Packs are in full bloom! Our button garden will be ready to harvest in no time.

Earth Love Pin Pack for Nature Lovers and Gardeners, Environmental Pinback Buttons

The Earth Love Pin Pack makes a great gift for gardeners, and is the perfect accessory for nature lovers or anyone of the Eco-conscious persuasion.

Each Earth Love Pin Pack include 4 x 1-1/4" Round Pinback Buttons with randomly selected button designs. You can also look through all of the Earth Love button designs and pick a single button design from the collection.

Pinback Button Accessories for Nature Enthusiast

If you like the Earth Love Pin Packs, you might also be interested in taking a look at the "I Heart Veggies" Pin Packs too! Another awesome button collection for those who are 100% Plant Powered :)

 

 
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Buttons with Simple Text Design for Tribute to the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge April 19 2017

Customer Lorne walked into the shop one day wanting to make a custom button with a simple text design to take with him to the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. The story behind the button design was anything but simple. 

Custom buttons with simple text design

These 2-1/4" custom round buttons were made to honour veterans, including those who fought in the historic battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago. This battle is considered to be a defining moment in Canadian history. 

Lorne will be carrying these custom round buttons as he travels to attend the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge this month. He has a very personal connection to The First World War, when the battle at Vimy Ridge occurred. His father was a soldier in this war. He also has a brother who is a veteran of the Second World War and was featured in a CBC miniseries called The Valour and the Horror. 

In addition to his trip to Vimy Ridge, Lorne was also present at the opening of the Juno Beach Centre.  

100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge

Buttons with Simple Text Design Can Share Your Message

These buttons are a great example of how one button can be used to share your message.

If you would like to tell your story with a custom button, please let us know. Often customers don't think we will make a single button, but we will make a few or as many buttons as you'd like!

If you have an idea, we can help bring it to life. We offer a variety of custom button sizes and shapes, as well as many other custom products. We also have a variety of design services available to match your needs. 

You can also get creative and create your own buttons with simple text design using Button Designer. It's free and easy to use!


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Fantastic Toronto Comicon Buttons by Artist Leanne Davies April 10 2017

Toronto artist Leanne Davies recently hit up Toronto Comicon with these rad custom 1.5” square buttons.

Toronto Comicon Spock buttons

Leanne Davies is a visual artist who paints in acrylics and watercolour. Her work illuminates beauty in the absurd and the ironic. Influences on her work include social media and popular culture with desire and the intricacy of human relationships as two common themes in her art.

She had two of her paintings put onto buttons to sell at the pop culture convention where she was an exhibitor.

Custom Super Dave 1.5" Square Buttons

Leanne Davies’ Spock and Super Dave paintings were pressed into 1.5” square buttons.

This shape and size combination is a great choice for visual artists looking for affordable ways to sell art at shows like Toronto Comicon. This is because the button is big enough to display the detail of the artwork, but is still wearable.

There are a number of custom options for visual artists looking to sell their artwork at a pop culture convention or any other number of shows. Custom magnets, mirrors, coasters, keychains and jewelry are other unique and affordable ways to sell art. These items also provide low cost ways for people to buy art. 

To learn more about Leanne Davies and view her fantastic online gallery, visit www.leannedavies.com.

You can also follow her - and see her recent Toronto Comicon adventures - on Instagram

 

 

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Celebrate Montreal 375 With Buttons and Magnets! March 30 2017

Happy Birthday Montreal! You don't look a day older than 374! :) In recognition of your big day, we decided to celebrate Montreal 375 with buttons and magnets. Our super awesome designers decided to use rounded rectangle button parts for these fun and funky retro designs, reminiscent of Expo '67.

Custom buttons for Montreal's 375 birthday

 

 Fun Facts about Montreal:

  • Montréal is an island.
  • Montréal is the second largest French speaking city in the world (after Paris).
  • Montréal's predominant religion is Hockey (haha).
  • 85% of the world's maple syrup comes from Québec, Montréal's Provence
    Source: ISHLT.org

Buttons and magnets are a great way to celebrate

Know someone who's joining the party? You can order Montreal 375 buttons and magnets quickly and easily on our site. We can also help you create and make your own custom buttons for this or any type of anniversary!

For those who are also getting ready for Canada 150 , take a look at the collection of Canada 150 Buttons and other fun stuff we made.

Get yer party chapeaus on, y'all! 2017 is going to be a big fun year :)

 

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All About Printing Your Button Artwork: CMYK vs RGB March 29 2017

Designing button artwork takes some creativity with a just a little pinch of technical know-how. Many customers who order custom buttons inquire about the best file type for their button artwork, but another important aspect of button artwork is the colour space in which it was created.

This blog post is dedicated to colour spaces and what that means in relation to designing buttons :) Let's go!

 

WHAT IS A COLOUR SPACE?

A colour space is simply an organization or range of colours. You can think of a colour space as palette of all the colours available for you to work with. The two colour spaces that are most common when working in Photoshop or Illustrator are RGB and CMYK. What is the difference between the two? Quite a lot actually!

 RBG vs CMYK, Colour Space, Custom Button Design, Designing a pinback button

 

RGB COLOUR SPACE

RGB in an acronym for Red, Green, and Blue, and is the colour space used by electronic displays. You should be working in an RGB colour space if the final product is going to be presented digitally on a screen, like a picture that's going on a website. Every colour in an RGB colour space is made of some combination of red, green, and blue.

CMYK COLOUR SPACE

CMYK is an acronym that stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (which is black). You should be working in a CMYK colour space if the final product is going to be printed, and not presented on a screen. The palette of colours that you can access in a CMYK colour space can all be made by mixing different amounts of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black, the colours of ink used by a printer.

 

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WHY USE A CMYK COLOUR SPACE INSTEAD OF RGB FOR DESIGNING BUTTONS?

The colour spectrum in an RGB colour space is vast, however, many of the colours are NOT able to be reproduced by a printer. Why not? Because the colours are just not able to be created by the mixing Cyan, Magenta,Yellow, and Black together. It uses a different palette of colours entirely.

If you do try and print out a file that was designed in RGB, you'll notice that the colours look pretty different than they do on the computer. This is because the printer has to substitute all of the RGB colours that it cannot create with a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black ink.


LET'S GET VISUAL

Below is an example of a button design that was created in RGB. The vibrant green on the screen looks bright and saturated. This is because the colours present in the design are made up of Red, Green, and Blue, and are also back lit on the computer.

RGB vs CMYK button artwork, button design, colour space, Beside the digital button artwork designed in RGB is the same button, the only difference is that it was printed out on a laser printer. The RGB colours were substituted to CMYK, and the final printed art looks really different because there is a different colour palette available.

The above picture sums up why it's important to design you button artwork in CMYK: you won't get any surprise colours!

 

BUT I REALLY WANT A NEON BUTTON...

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Just because a nice vivid neon colour can't be printed out on a printer, doesn't mean that there aren't other ways to achieve a vibrant, striking button.

A great way to achieve a neon look, is to print the button artowrk on a Dura-Lar transparency and pair it with bright paper. For extra sparkle, holographic foil or metallic foil can also be used to create something flashy and fabulous!

Watch the video "How-To Make Buttons With Dura-Lar" and get your neon on!

 

 

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Fun Fan Art: Custom Rounded Rectangle Buttons for Doggy-Yasha March 28 2017

Doggy-Yasha is a Winnipeg-based artist who creates awesome fan art as well as original illustrations. We recently made them come custom fan art buttons, and the finished product turned out pretty nice!

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These custom fan-art buttons are a unique size and shape which works well with the composition of the designs. The buttons are 1-3/4" x 2-3/4" Rounded Rectangle Pinbacks, a relatively new button size that looks extremely sleek and professional with clean rounded corners. We also make Custom  Rounded Rectangle Magnets, a lovely addition to any refrigerator door!

 

If You Like Fan-Art Buttons, Check This Out:

If the fan-art aspect of this post caught your eye, or if you're interested in making buttons for conventions or fan expos, take a peek at the blog feature "Button Making Business: Convention Tips from a Pro!" It's full of great information about selling buttons at conventions.

Check out more of Doggy-Yasha's work online!

Doggy-Yasha on Tumblr: http://www.yashaart.tumblr.com
Doggy-Yasha on Red Bubble: http://www.redbubble.com/people/doggyyasha
Doggy-Yasha on Instagram: @DoggyYasha


  

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Tokens for events as well as your gumball machine March 24 2017

We usually have vending tokens in stock for gumball machines.  This year I have had quite a few customers wanting to use tokens instead of tickets at their upcoming events this summer.  It's a smart idea!   Many organizations are now using tokens instead of tickets in their food/drink/ride booths.  Tokens do reduce the amount of cash handling by staff and volunteers and remember tokens are reusable year after year.  So if you're planning an event and need a ticket system maybe we have the tokens you need so your event runs smoothly this summer.

Tokens are great for event organizers

We stock .984 tokens and they are the most popular token size suitable for "free vend" mechanisms on vending machines and are great for event management and cash security at both indoor and outdoor events.  Order .984 tokens

.984 Tokens

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Learn How to Make 2 x 3" Rectangle Pinback Buttons March 23 2017

Rectangle pinback buttons are a neat shape and lend themselves well to making name tags, accommodating rectangular logos or photographs, and are awesome for fridge magnets too!

We love rectangular pinback buttons, and thought that you might be just as excited as we are! Check out this video courtesy of The Button Guy on How to Make 2 x 3" Rectangle Buttons!

 

 

Interested in making some of these yourself? Click on the link to find Parts & Supplies for 2" x 3" Rectangle Pinback Buttons on our website, or get more info on the 2" x 3" Rectangle Hand Press that was used in the video :)

We also carry parts and hand presses for other sizes of rectangle pinback buttons including 1-3/4 x 2-3/4", and  2-1/2 x 3-1/2".

 Pinback Button Shapes, How to Make Rectangle Buttons, The Buttona Guy, How To Video, Rectangle Pinback Buttons, DIY crafts,

Rather have us make some buttons or magnets for you? Cool! We also offer Custom Rectangle Buttons in a variety of sizes. Click on the link or send us an email to find out more :)

 

 
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