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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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Explore more with The Star Wars Underground Online!
May The Fourth Be With You all today!
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.
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. **
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Toronto artist Leanne Davies recently hit up Toronto Comicon with these rad custom 1.5” square 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.
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.
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.
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
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 :)
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!
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.
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.
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...
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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 :)
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 :)
Feeling Lucky? It's St. Patrick's Day! March 17 2017
Today is the day we all see a little green. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
We had a little fun creating our own button gold at the end of the rainbow.
We hope your day is full of some extra luck too, even if you have to make it yourself.
Creepy Buttons for Creepy Cake Co. March 09 2017
These wonderfully creepy custom buttons are a delicious mix of spooky and sweet, a perfect fit for Creepy Cake Co.
Boasting doom & gloom in every bite, this Niagara Region bakery specializes in baked goods with a distinctly creepy flair.
Creepy Cake Co. jumped on the button band wagon with these creepy custom 1-1/2" Round Pinback Buttons. The size of button works really well with their logo, large enough to read the text no problem, but still small and wearable. Excellent choice Creepy Cake Co!
Now if only making buttons could end with eating frosting right out of the bowl :)
Great Ideas: Buttons for Your Wedding! March 06 2017
Wedding planning season is here! We are always thrilled about the beautiful ideas that come through the shop at this time of year (like these beautiful buttons for the Wedding Co Show)
We always have questions about ideas for buttons as wedding favours but what about gifts for your wedding party too? Custom Bottle Openers and Pocket Mirrors as gifts for the loved ones supporting you on your special day can be personal and perfect!
Buttons, magnets, mirrors or bottle openers, make excellent wedding favours too! Some of our customers make personalized buttons with the name of each guest! One of our designers made illustrated "Bride" and "Groom" buttons for her wedding!
Daily Deals for the Month of March 2017 March 01 2017
Exciting news! Daily Deals are going to be a bit different for the month of March and beyond :) Now, each day of the week will have its own Daily Button Deal that will last all month long. So every Monday in the month will have the same deal, same for Tuesday, etc.
This lets you have a little more time to get in on the Daily Deal action. If you miss a day, you still have plenty of time to catch the deal before it's gone forever...
Also, the discount is now built right into the price, so it's easier than ever to save!
Deal for All Mondays in March:
Buy 2 Packs of Pre-Cut White Paper Circles for Button Making and Get 1 Pack Free
Deal for All Tuesdays in March:
Buy Everything for 500 Standard 1-3/4" Ceramic Magnets and get a 25 pack of Standard 1-3/4" Pinback Buttons FREE
Deal for All Wednesdays in March:
Deal for All Thursdays in March:
Design Service Upgrade: Get a FREE Simple Setup when you order a Custom Product
Deal for Fridays / Saturdays / Sundays in March:
Get 10% Off Parts & Supplies for the 3" FLEX1000 Die Set
Standard 2" Buttons: What's up with the Plastic Back? March 01 2017
If you've ever looked into getting a Standard 2" Round Button Maker, you may have noticed that the 2" Pinned Back is a little different than every other size of button. It's made of black plastic instead of metal.
There is reasoning behind the 2" Plastic Back, and you're gonna find out all about it!
First, start off with this video on "How to Make 2 Inch Round Buttons with Plastic Pinned Backs" courtesy of The Button Guy!
HOW TO MAKE 2" BUTTONS WITH PLASTIC PINNED BACKS
Now that you know how a Standard 2" Button is Made, we'll fill you in on the mysterious black plastic backing!
THIRD PRESS OPERATION
When a button is made with a plastic backing, the edge of the button gets crimped at a 45 degree angle. For a pinback button, this 45 degree crimp will hold the button together no problem. The problem with this crimp becomes obvious if you try and mount that button on a plaque, scrap book, or card. It just doesn't lay flat!
The Standard 1", 2", and 6" Round Buttons can be subject to a "Third Press Operation" patented by Tecre. This simply means that the the button gets pressed one extra time in the the pick up die, which flattens the edge completely. The button, now with a flattened back, can be adhered to whatever you like using double sided sticky foam disks or other adhesives.
So now you know what's up the the plastic back! Yay 2 inch buttons :)
Great Ideas: Collage Buttons! February 23 2017
Check out these beautiful buttons made by artist Sydney Rose!
Collage is Sydney's medium of choice for most of her art practice (Golden Encyclopedias from the 60's and 70's are her favourite source for images)
"As life gets more busy, I'm always looking at ways to hammer out ideas faster. I've also been looking for a way to produce small collages that can be distributed at a lower price point. The decision to get a button press was super random but it has been incredibly satisfying. It's so easy to produce collages quickly, without any adhesive. Like a sketch book."
We love the result!
Video: How to Make DIY Button Bracelet Charms February 20 2017
In a recent post, we featured Magnetic Button Bracelets with 1" Flatback Button Charms.
There are plenty of Charm Collections available for all of our magnetic jewelry, but it's so fun and satisfying to make a collection of your own!
Make charms with your initials, pics of your pet, or just a pretty design that you doodled. There's no wrong way to DIY your own button charms, but there's definitely a correct way to make them!
If you like the idea of DIY 1" Flatback Button Charms but would rather have us make them for ya, that's no problem at all!
Just give us a call at 1-866-996-1984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote :)
Beautiful Magnetic Button Bracelets! February 15 2017
These Beautiful Magnetic Button Charm Bracelets would look great on you!
These magnetic buttons bracelets use Button Charms made with 1" round flat back buttons. Super nifty :)
These beautiful button bracelets come in 2 different styles. Pictured above is the One Charm Magnetic Button Bracelet, that holds one charm at a time. The magnetic bracelet base is paired with a leatherette bracelet band, and comes with a collection of 5 flatback button charms so you can mix and match to your hearts content!
The second style is the Five Bezel Magnetic Button Charm Bracelet. This bracelet is able to hold up to 5 button charms at once, and each bracelet comes with a whole collection of flatback button charms right off the bat.
For more information about our magnetic button bracelets, custom flatback buttons, or any other products we carry, feel free to get in touch!
Email us email@example.com or give us a call at 1-866-996-1984.
From the Button Archives - Carnaval de Québec, Bonhomme Buttons February 12 2017
Who is 7 feet tall, is made of 400 pounds of snow, and is annually presented with the Key to the City of Québec?
Why, it's Bonhomme Carnaval, the King of Carnaval de Québec!
Bonhomme Carnaval has been the ambassador of the Carnaval de Québec since 1955 when he started warming the hearts of people in Québec during frosty winters. Though this 3" button isn't as old at the Bonhomme himself, it's still dates back to the 1970s which is pretty neat!
Have a cozy winter and Joueux Carnaval!
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