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Boy Trouble | Custom Buttons Edmonton August 12 2019

Summer is fringe festival season and we are always all here for it. The Edmonton Fringe Festival 2019 is running in the later part of August and if there is any chance of you being in the city then, you should head out and see some of the great shows happening this year. 

Boy Trouble is Playing This Month at the Edmonton Fringe Festival

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One show you will want to put onto your schedule is Boy Trouble. It is a show developed by an exciting team of emerging Edmonton artists from Vena Amoris Projects and focuses on a queer teen's coming-of-age story. The star of the show is emerging Edmonton actor Max Hanic

The show explores questions of toxic masculinity and anonymous online encounters. Sure it is some heavy modern day subject matter, but the writing by Mac Brook is both comedic and dramatic. 

There will be 6 showings of Boy Trouble starting August 15 and running until August 25. You can check out the times and buy your tickets online. 

Annnd if you do get to see Boy Trouble, look out for some awesome custom fringe buttons we got to make for the show.

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Buttons Over Playbills: Something for Playgoers to Hold Onto

According to the show's writer Mac Brock:

"We chose to print buttons through People Power Press to reduce the waste that comes from Fringe handbills, and give festival attendees a more personal way to remember our show that is less likely to wind up in a garbage bin the next day."

 

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The buttons are the standard 2.25" round button size, which boldly showcases the show's great graphics for a great show souvenir. Paper handbills are easily tossed, but a button is a great thing to gift those who have come out to support your show and your work. If you are fundraising, you can even offer all designs on sale at the show for people to collect. 

Contact us to find out more about getting custom buttons for your fringe show

Boy Trouble is produced by the independent Edmonton performing arts company Vena Amoris Projects. 

Check out all the cool folks behind Boy Trouble here:

Vena Amoris on Facebook: @amorisprojects

Vena Amoris on Instagram: @amorisprojects

Edmonton Fringe Festival Websitewww.fringetheatre.ca

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See the Joy of Getting a New Button Maker Kit from People Power Press | Button Maker Unboxing Videos August 09 2019

We totally understand the joys of getting a new button maker and it is something we see often here in our stores when someone picks out a kit and gets ready to take it home. 

But it is kind of hard to explain to someone on the fence about button making. So we were thrilled when one of our customers Alex decided to create an unboxing video for her brand new button maker kit. 

What is an unboxing video you ask. It is pretty much what it says and YouTube is full of them. People recording their reaction to opening up their new purchase so that you can see along with them what they got and how they feel about it all.

Unboxing videos are a big deal and this article of The Joys of Unboxing Videos breaks down what is so satisfying about them.

As for Alex, we are so grateful that she decided to record this reveal of her opening up her new 1-inch Standard Button Maker Kit. And we are even more excited to see what she creates with her new button press. Judging by her other videos on her channel, she is crafty and artistic. She will make great use of her new button maker. 

To follow Alex, you can find her here:

YouTube Channel: Alex's Art and Journal Journey 

Inspired to Get Your Own Button Maker? 

We have the largest selection of button maker sizes and kits available so it can be overwhelming, but we are here to help!

You can visit one of our locations in Ottawa, Toronto or Napanee or you can contact us by phone or email. We are friendly folks who want to guide you to getting the right button maker for you. 

   

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Bike Tours of Ottawa for Intimate, Local Experience | Custom Buttons Ottawa July 26 2019

Oh, we love Ottawa in the summertime! 

And we love having the warm weather to get out and see the city by bike. 

If you are traveling to Ottawa or just a local who wants to experience the city in a new way, you should check our Steel Pigeon Bike Experiences. They are a local Ottawa tour operator that runs daytime and evening bicycle tours for tourists and locals alike. 

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This Ottawa small business is run by Wes Scheer-Hennings, who is out to offer a different picture of Ottawa. It is a unique and personal experience that he describes this way: 

"When people come for our rides, we inevitably find ourselves bonding, exchanging stories and laughing. The most important thing for me is that guests get a glimpse of Ottawa beyond the pomp and bureaucracy. I want them to feel Ottawa's artistic pulse, friendly neighbourhoods, eco-consciousness and, of course, historic sites."

Highlights of the Steel Pigeon Ottawa Bike Tour include:

  • Tours that are brisk, but will not overly exerting;
  • Small groups (4-7 people, on average);
  • Different routes and experiences with each ride;
  • 3 hour tour that includes a stop to eat (picnic);
  • Cost is $55 per rider; and
  • See Ottawa landmarks, historical sites along with local favourites for a real insider view of the city. 

Here at People Power Press, we get to be a small part of this great experience in that we made some sleek souvenir buttons that riders can snag on each ride.  

More Information About Ottawa Bike Tour Company Steel Pigeon

Reservations and Other Info: www.steelpigeon.ca

Instagram: @steel_pigeon_ott

Facebook: @steelpigeon

Are You a Small Local Business and Want to Show Love to Customers with Buttons?

Buttons are not expensive, but make great souvenir buttons. Customers love a simple, yet personal gift. You don't have to plaster it with your logo either - unless you want to! - but can create a fun and simple design that links your company to your customer in a meaningful way.

This doesn't have to be your father's promotional swag; make it mean something more that a different shaped business card that will get discarded. Make it interesting and folks will keep it along with some fond memories. 

And if you are looking for some Ottawa souvenirs, we are located in Little Italy, which is part of the Steel Pigeon bike route, and have some great Ottawa souvenirs in store including the great Julia Gash Ottawa designs that we carry exclusively.

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New Sizes Available for the Flex1000 Multi-Die Button Maker | Multi Size Button Maker May 30 2019

You've asked if there will be any other sizes for our popular Flex1000 hobby button maker and finally we can say YES!

The only all-metal button maker that makes more that one size now just got even better. There are TWO new sizes - 1-1/2" and 1-3/4"!!

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This robust entry-level button maker is the perfect machine for anyone looking to make a little bit of everything. Being made without any plastic parts, this machine is the sturdiest hobby maker out there and by being a multi-size button maker - you change the dies to make different sizes of buttons - it is also among the most versatile button maker. 

The new sizes - 1.5" and 1.75" - now join the 1", 2.25" and 3" sizes that the FLEX1000 button maker makes. 

If you already have a Flex1000 machine you can just purchase one (or both) of the sizes as an add-on package that includes button parts and the cutter. 

Adding to the versatility of this hobby maker, you can choose to start with just the standard 2.25" start-up kit or you can choose to get every size available all at once. 

The Flex 1000 button maker is a hobby maker as it is perfect for making small amounts of buttons at a time. If you are a business or a school or anyone looking to make lots of buttons at a time or over a long period, then you still should consider buying one of our standard button makers

Check out this video to see the Flex1000 in action:

 

Come in to one of our 3 locations to make a button with this machine and see how it works. We now have locations in Toronto, Ottawa and Napanee

 

   

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Educating Youth About Environment with MLK & Buttons | Custom Buttons Seattle May 17 2019

Climate change is happening and there are constant reminders around us every day, but as a collective human population, we are having trouble changing behaviours and working to fight against the environmental changes we see. 

Barak Gale is a Seattle environmentalist who is both looking to the past and to the future - bridging the two - in order to spur conversations about climate change and to inspire change. 

MLK civil rights quote for climate change

Gale visits high schools in the city with his Climate Reality presentation to get students thinking and talking about climate change. It is not an all doom-and-gloom presentation, as he offers humour and personality into the the talks. He also seeks to engage the students and have them contribute to the conversation, which they do. 

It is an important task that Gale is taking on as one poll has indicated most teachers in the United States are not teaching their students about climate change, but 4 in 5 parents wish they did

He has also found the right audience by targeting the voters, consumers and policy makers of the future, as another study indicates the best way to get to adults who don't seem to care about climate change is through educating their children

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It is at the end of Gale's presentation that he looks to the past for wisdom through Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He has this quote printed on custom red buttons:

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter."

He has a challenge for the students in order for them to get a button. Anyone who pledges to talk to their family and friends about climate change gets a button. 

The buttons are always scooped up. 

It is an inspiring response to Gale's work as he continues to talk to hundreds of Seattle-area students. 

(This button features this People Power Press civil rights movement design. It is also available as a white button and as a black button.)

Gale is a member of the Thurston Climate Action Team so you can find out more about their activities and resources in the following ways:

Website: www.thurstonclimateaction.org

Facebook: @ThurstonClimateAction

Instagram: @thurstonclimateactionteam

Twitter: @ThurstonClimate

YouTube: Thurston Climate Action Team Channel

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Buttons Get Engagement at Trade Shows | MacEwan University Design at Skills Canada Alberta May 15 2019

Over 700 high school and post-secondary students from 50 communities across Alberta showed up in Edmonton to learn about skilled trades and technology careers while also taking part in the Provincial Skills Canada Alberta competition. The province's new premier Jason Kenney was also there to try his hand at a few trades. 

Edmonton's MacEwan University's School of Design was also on hand to greet the students - with button makers. 

MacEwan Design wanted to be at the event to show visiting students what a career in multi-disciplinary field of design could look like. And they used button making to get the students engaged in thinking about design and what it means to them. 

macewan university design program

Students were given pre-cut paper with different black and white designs that they could bring to life with their own colours and drawings and words. They also had other materials to cut out words and designs to make a varying array of buttons showing love for design. 

Looking at MacEwan Design's Instagram and Facebook pages, you can see that the buttons were a hit and students were very engaged in making loads of great-looking buttons. 

MacEwan University is located in Edmonton and offers a variety of programs, which you can find out more about here

Skills Canada Alberta is the provincial arm of Skills Canada, which was created to promote skilled trades and technologies among youth across Canada. 

How to Get Engagement at Trade Shows with Button Making

If you are tasked with running a booth at a trade show or conference or any kind of event, you want to attract attention and invite people into your space. 

Popular ideas include giveaways, draws for big prizes, promotional freebies like pens and some good candy. 

But if you really want to give people a reason to stay at your booth so that you can talk to them, button making is a great idea just as MacEwan Design discovered at the recent Skills Canada Alberta event.

Button making booths drive engagement for a number of great reasons. 

1. Button Making Gives People Something To Do

Inviting students and others to engage through a fun and easy activity is less awkward than saying hi and hoping attendees will engage that way. 

2. Making Buttons is Accessible for Most Ages and Abilities

Button making is a simple activity that most can take part in, in some way. The process is simple and fun and can be done hand-over-hand so no one is left out and there is no large learning curve.  

3. Button Making is Fun and Different From the Usual 

Stand out with a button maker! Making buttons is different from free pens and other giveaways typical of trade shows and events. Many people have never made a button and there is a lot of satisfaction in pressing that button, as simple as it is to do. 

4. Lets Customer Create Their Own Freebie

Use branded black and white templates with your own logo or message so that even if attendees get to decorate by adding text, colours and their own images just as MacEwan University did, they are still walking away with a promotional item. 

Contact us today if you are ready to add button making to your next event. You can purchase your own machine or rent one of our machines. We can work with you to find a solution that fits your budget!

   

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How to Make Buttons (and Other Stuff) With Old Books | Vintage Book Buttons April 15 2019

Somewhere along the way we came into possession of a large (really large) collection of vintage books. Many are decades old and cover a range of topics. 

Instead of letting them sit around collecting dust we have been using them to upcycle into new products like fridge magnets, mirrors and notebooks. And now we thought we'd share the wealth of these books with you! 

craft ideas with vintage books

When we make the upcycled notebooks, the books original pages get removed so we can add the blank note paper. And we get too many pages to be able to make products with. 

So we've packaged them up into vintage book pages bundles available online and in our Toronto store for anyone who likes making new things from old like we do!

The thing with making buttons is that you do not have to print our your artwork all the time. You can use scrap paper or wrapping paper and even some wallpaper as long as the pages are not too thick. The key here is the thickness of the paper. Button makers are designed to only press a certain thickness.

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If you press something think like cardstock and some photo papers, you will find that you machine will have trouble pressing the button pieces together tightly.

And even if you do manage to press a thicker paper with your machine you may over time actually stretch the machine's die so that making a regular old button now is difficult. The press won't be nice and tight, which means your button may come apart after pressing. 

But vintage book pages are just fine to use with your button maker. And some old books include beautiful images and drawings you just don't see anymore so the result can be nostalgic and romantic. 

Do you have any old books laying around the house that you just know you aren't going to read again (if you ever did), but you can't fathom the thought of tossing the book out? Try some fun new products using your button maker. Think coasters (for the 3.5" machine only), magnets and mirrors. 

And don't forget to tag us on Instagram or Facebook so we can see what you are making. We really love to see what you are creating. 

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Celebrate Oh Susanna, Indie Record Stores on Record Store Day | Band Buttons Ottawa April 11 2019

Welp, whether the temperature says so or not, there is another sign that Spring is here - Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 13th. 

And there is stuff happening all over the world as music lovers are invited to get out and visit their local independent record shop.

This is the annual event that sees indie stores offer special deals and live performances. 

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Ottawa's The Record Centre is one shop that will be taking part in Record Store Day in a big way. 

If you are a fan of Canadian music, there is going to be a special live performance to celebrate the 20th (whoa time flies) anniversary of Oh Susanna's Johnstown release. To mark the milestone, in addition to the live show, the album will be available for the first time on vinyl. Alan Neal from CBC Radio Ottawa's All in a Day will be on hand as well to do an interview. 

We made some special buttons for the day, in 3 different sizes: custom 1-inch logo pins, 1-1/2" square buttons and 1-3/4" x 2-3/4" rectangle buttons

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The Record Centre is the kind of place this day was meant to celebrate. It is a gem of a store located in Ottawa's arty Hintonburg neighbourhood.

The shop is run by John Thompson who, prior to opening the store, had been buying and selling vintage vinyl and vintage audio equipment online. In addition to all the great vintage stuff, The Record Centre carries new vinyl too. The selection is not sparse with 1000s of titles in stock and new titles are being added all the time. 

Find Out More About The Record Centre

Facebook: @TheRecordCentre

Instagram: @threcordcentre

Website: www.therecordcentre.com

Listing of Record Store Day 2019 Events

If you are not in Ottawa, but curious to know what Record Store Day events are happening, you can see a list of events in Canada and in the U.S

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Toronto Metal Band Smoulder to Release New Album | Custom Band Merch Ideas April 10 2019

If you are into metal and/or the Toronto music scene, we have a recommendation for you. One of the perks of making band buttons is getting to hear music we might not otherwise know about. That is how we came to learn about Smoulder, a Toronto-based metal band that has some new music coming out. And yes, you should check them out. 

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The album is called Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring and is available for pre-order now. We don't wanna be too pushy here, but they have a bunch of cool band merch that is available if you pre-order the album, and some of the exclusive pre-order bundles are already sold out. 

The custom 1.25" buttons we made featuring their album cover are one of the items available as part of the bundles. But there are t-shirts, vinyl records and patches among the other band merch. 

Smoulder describes themselves as "epic power doom in the tradition of Tales of Medusa, Gates of Slumber, and Solitude Aeternus" and they feature a great female lead singer

You can learn more about them here:

Website: www.smoulder.bandcamp.com
Facebook: @smoulderdoom
Instagram: @smoulderdoom

The band's album sales strategy is a great one.

You want to be able to offer you fans - especially fans that are prepared to pre-order your stuff - something special.

Band buttons - 1-inch and 1.25" are wthe sizes we recommend - are super affordable band merchandise that fans are into. You can give them away with album sales and you can also sell them at shows.

Reach out if this is something you are thinking about and we can best guide you. The album design for Smoulder is awesome and detailed so the 1.25" gave them a bit more room to display the artwork, but often the 1" works better for other designs. 

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Ontario #StudentsSayNo Student Walk Out on April 4th | How to Make Protest Buttons March 29 2019

If you are regular readers of this blog, you know we mention the button's strong history of being a tool of politics and protest. 

Well, there does seem to be a strong wave of button activism happening right now. And next week will be another opportunity for buttons to be part of a protest as students across Ontario walk out of their classrooms on April 4th to protest changes in education happening in the province's schools. 

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Some of the changes being made by Premier Doug Ford's government that are under protest include the banning of cell phones from schools, mandatory e-learning, larger class sizes, reduced staffing levels and the reduced funding or cutting of various programs and initiatives, including the Ontario Autism Program and Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). 

If you are looking for more information about the planned walk out and what is being protested, you can find out more from the official #StudentsSayNo organizing team. They have resources and information for anyone wishing to take part or organize a local protest. They also have active Instagram and Facebook pages where the conversation around education changes is happening in real time. 

You can also follow and use the hashtag #cutshurtkids to join the conversation. 

Now if you are planning on being part of this student protest, or another, and are thinking of including buttons, we can help. 

 

ontario student protest buttons

 

Here's how to make buttons for your protest:

1. We make them for you. You can submit your designs, which can be as simple as the one shown here, to us and we can make your buttons for you super fast in time for April 4th. 

2. Use your school's button maker. See if your school or another local school already has a button maker and use it to get making buttons for the walk out. If you need to purchase supplies, find out what kind of button maker the school has before you contact us and then we can hook you up with all the parts you need to make them!

3. Rent our button makers. If you are students from Ottawa or Toronto, you can come into one of our stores to rent our button makers and make your own buttons. You can use the machines in our store space or you can rent the machine for a day or two out of store. 

Start designing your protest buttons using our templates, with free online design programs like Canva and Button Designer

how to make protest buttons

If you have any questions or need any help with your protest buttons, reach out to us please. We are here to help!

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A Look at Former Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker | Custom Buttons Saskatchewan March 27 2019

While so much focus in the news is on the upcoming federal election and the drama surrounding current Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, the face of a former PM came through the shop, via some buttons we got to make for the Diefenbaker Canada Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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The Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker was prime minister of Canada from 1957 to 1963. Canada's 13th prime minister was a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, is buried near his alma mater and bequeathed many of his personal items to the school so it only seems fitting that the University of Saskatechewan is home to the Diefenbaker Canada Centre

The DCC houses those personal items, but is also a larger celebration of a united Canada that is strengthened by its diversity, which was Diefenbaker's dream. Its mandate is to build on this legacy by celebrating citizenship, leadership, human rights and Canada’s role in the international community.

The centre hosts various exhibits throughout the year and offers free admission so that everyone can access them. Buttons are part of the artifacts house at the DCC (there are some visible in the image of an exhibit below) as buttons and politics have long gone hand-in-hand. 

"I have but one love, Canada. One purpose, its greatness…one aim, unity from the Atlantic to the Pacific." - R. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker

These new buttons we've made for the DCC are both a throwback to old campaign buttons and a tribute to the man they helped to elect. 

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Fun Fact: The DCC is also home to the Little Stone Schoolhouse, a historic building that was actually Saskatechwan's first school and public building. It was built in 1887 and visitors take a look inside and travel back in time. 

If you have a trip to or through Saskatechewan planned, be sure to hit up the DCC to learn more about Diefenbaker, Saskatchewan and Canada. 

diefenbaker centre university of saskatchewan

Find Out More About the Diefenbaker Canada Centre

Website: www.usask.ca/diefenbaker/

Instagram: @diefcentre

Facebook: @diefenbakercentre

Twitter: @DiefCentre

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Industry Training Authority Youth Buttons for Skilled Trades | Custom Buttons British Columbia March 22 2019

"So whaddya wanna do with your life?" 

This is the lovely question we get asked and ask ourselves throughout our youth ... and beyond. Maybe we never figure it out or keep coming up with different answers over the years, but it's always nice to get a bit of guidance, direction and support.

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The good folks at British Columbia's Industry Training Authority, through their ITA Youth Trades Programs, are helping youth in the province learn about training for a career in the skilled trades well before they leave high school. 

Skilled tradespeople make our lives better in many ways and are very necessary in our society. And it is the mission of ITA Youth to help show youth what is possible through a career in a trade. 

In BC alone it is projected that there will be over 1 million job openings by 2025 and over half of those available jobs will be in the skilled trades. 

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We work with the ITA Youth team to print and cut custom artwork for their button making. They have a button maker, but cutting artwork can be time consuming and potentially costly if you don't have a cutter or even if you do and you have a lot of cuttIng to do! We offer pre-cut artwork services to just save you time and energy. Then you get perfectly cut paper circles ready to press, which is especially handy for making buttons at events.

Button making is a a great hand's on activity for an event and is enjoyed by all ages. Get people engaged and then they get to take home some handmade swag. 

If you'd like to learn more about what ITA Youth does you can check out their website and various social media profiles. Educators and employers will also be able to find information and resources on the website. 

Website: www.youth.itabc.ca  
Twitter: @ita_youth
Facebook: @IndustryTrainingAuthority
Instagram: @ita_youth
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How to Make Your Election Buttons Stand Out | Special Finish Campaign Buttons Canada March 21 2019

We recently spotted an early 2000's Paul Martin campaign button in the archives of York University, and thought that this would be a good time to talk about special finishes for pins and buttons.


Election Button With Golden Details

(Image Source: York University)

Although we don't know this for sure, we're pretty-pretty sure that this button was made with dura-lar and gold foil paper. To create buttons with a special finish like this one, we simply print the design on plastic acetate-like sheets that we can layer on top of all different kinds of special papers and foils.

For the golden Paul Martin button, the orange must have been printed on dura-lar, while the text was left blank/white. Once the dura-lar was placed on top of the foil, that eye-catching golden touch was created.

With this method, you can create a bunch of different finishes and effects for your buttons - it'll sure help the voters remember you!

What Is Dura-lar?

Dura-lar is a printable plastic film that works with most printers. When making regular buttons, we print the button designs on regular paper. The paper is placed on top of a metal shell, and on top of the paper we place a little plastic mylar cover before pressing everything together with the pinback.

But when we make special finish buttons, we print the button design on dura-lar and place it on top of the paper. Before printing, we mirror reverse the designs - so that we can place the print "face down". This way the ink ends up on the "back side" of the dura-lar, keeping it safe and protected from wear and tear, wind and weather.

Fun Foils Give Your Button an Eye-Popping Finish

Buttons that sparkle and shine
Examples of some foils or specialty papers to use with button making and dura-lar includes:

  • Holographic Foils - can make your buttons sparkle, shine and glitter.
  • Metallic Foils - can make your buttons shine like gold, silver or bronze.
  • Fluorescent Paper - when you're looking for extremely vibrant, neon colours, but your printer can't produce it, fluorescent paper will sure give you a satisfactory result.
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Foil - NOW THIS IS FUN! With glow-in-the-dark foil or tape, you can create a design that lights up in the dark.
  • Reflective Foil - make your buttons reflect the light! This doesn't just look cool - it can also help car drivers spot pedestrians from far away!

Button Design Tips for Dura-Lar and Special Finish

Designing buttons for dura-lar printing is really fun, and the finished product looks amazing. That being said, they are a trickier to design than buttons printed on regular paper.

Button designs with dura-lar and special paper or foil tend to be most successful when paired with simple clean digital artwork. Black and solid bold colours look great!

Here are some quick tips for making your dura-lar button designs stand out and look their very best:

  • Keep your designs simple, with just a few elements and no small details.
  • The fewer colours you use, the better.
  • Make sure the shapes in your design aren't too small.
  • If you play around with negative space, you can create some really cool effects!
  • Outline your image with a dark colour for optimal image definition. This picture shows the same mermaid design 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!

Tips for Designing Sparkly Buttons

This article was first published by our friends at Custom Buttons Ottawa. You should also check out also our comprehensive Guide to Election Buttons.

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Election Buttons Are The Original Twitter | Campaign Button Makers February 14 2019

Twitter, as we all know very well now, is the place where lots of folks talk politics and make political statements. But before Twitter, how did people stake their political claims? Buttons of course. 

We have noted many times on this blog the role that buttons have had in the history of elections, but let's look at some campaigns from the past that used buttons to really change the way conversations happen in election, much like how Twitter, and social media in general, have changed the modern political discourse. 

In the 1940s, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt was running for his third term against Republican candidate Wendell Willkie. Willkie was a long shot to win, but he was aggressive with his election campaign merchandise. His use of buttons, as seen in this Life article, for election were a highlight. 

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Here are a few of his button designs that ditched campaign slogans and were made to respond to election stories as they happened. Not as instant as Twitter, maybe, but the intention was the same. 

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Campaign buttons have been around since 1790, but this is the election that changed the course of election campaigns with its new focus on catchy slogans and commentary. And now Twitter plays a heavy hand in political commentary, but buttons still remain as vehicles to push a political message and candidate's name and party in a tangible, very visible way.

And buttons continue to be one of the most affordable election products out there. 

To read more about Willkie's buttons, you can check out some of the great coverage from 1940 here:

Willkie's Buttons (New Yorker)

Willkie is Way Ahead in the Battle of Buttons (LIFE)

If you are looking for more information about how to use buttons today in the upcoming election, check out our comprehensive Guide to Election Buttons here.

   

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Awesome and Affordable Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day | Valentine's Day Gifts Made in Canada February 08 2019

It can cost a lot to say "I love you" on Valentine's Day. 

Consumers actually spend an average of over $600 to celebrate the day of love and this number has been climbing in recent years. 

While we do think letting your significant other know that you love them is important, we are here to suggest that it shouldn't break the bank. 

We have a whole roster of perfect gift ideas for Valentine's Day that will make your honey smile, but will not put stress on your finances. 

Unique Valentine's Day Cards and Other Gifts 

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If you are going to buy a Valentine's Day card, at least buy one that stands out.

We carry a range of unique cards that are designed in house so you won't find them anywhere else. Being a button shop, many (not all) of our cards a button cards so you get a button as part of The cards range from funny to sweet so however you want to say "I Love You" on February 14, we have got you covered!

Love-ly Valentine's Day Mugs

Choose from a number of mug designs or customize your own (you will get extra points for personalizing your design) mug or mug set this Valentine's Day. Made on location in Toronto by What the Mug

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Anti-Valentine's Day Gifts

We even have gift ideas if you don't want to celebrate Valentine's Day. 

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Galentine's Day Gifts 

We also have Galentine's Day covered if you will be celebrating your gal pals on Feb. 13. 

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Come into our Toronto and Ottawa gift shop locations to see everything we have. We carry a wide range of  novelty gifts so we are pretty sure you will find something just right for your Valentine. 

 

      

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Find the Buttons with The Great Toronto Yarn Hop | Great Customer Engagement Ideas January 25 2019

The Great Toronto Yarn Hop is all about getting Toronto knitters out together in real life.

So it should be no surprise that they came up with this great idea to have their online followers find them - and their awesome 1-inch logo buttons - at various events at local yarn shops for another level of customer engagement

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Fun Button Hunt for Customer Engagement In Person and On Social Media

Here's how it works: 

1.Find Emily, their primary social media person, at local yarn shops and local yarn shop events. 

2. Say "Hi!" to Emily and ask for one of the logo pins. 

3. Take a photo there on the spot while wearing the 1" button and use the hashtag #TGTYH.

This is such a fun idea that is totally on brand for the group and easily gets an already engaged community another way to be involved and promote the brand. When followers asked how to snag a button, the rules stood. Come out to support independent local yarn shops and then share with the online world that you are there.

The buttons feature the Great Toronto Yarn Hop logo and are a fantastic looking promotional item, but in being only available in this game, they remain an exclusive giveaway. 

This idea is great for other businesses too. Just adapt to your audience.

Engage Customers with A Local Scavenger Hunt

Other companies and organizations have used buttons for more of a scavenger hunt. Buttons are left in special spots. Followers will find the spots using online clues and then get out into the real world to collect the buttons. Then the successful button hunter will be rewarded in some way (gift certificate, products). And the entire adventure is documented online. 

Custom buttons are great affordable promotional items, but things get really fun with you add some real world and online engagement element to get your followers actively promoting your brand with the buttons. 

Here's more info about The Great Toronto Yarn Hop:

Website: www.thegreattorontoyarnhop.com 
Facebook: @TTCKnitalong 
Instagram: @the_great_toronto_yarn_hop

 

   

 

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How to Get Organized With Custom Labels, Clips and Magnets | Organization Tips for Office and Home January 16 2019

So it is a New Year and you said you want to clean up and get organized. Maybe you've been watching "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo" on Netflix. We feel you and we want to help. 

Aside from buttons we make a number of custom products that will help you get organized at home, at the office and in the classroom. You can organize your stuff in an affordable way that still fits your style. 

1. Custom Bull Dog Clips 

Organize your mailboxes and organizational trays with these simple custom bull dog clips.

Have to keep stuff from multiple kids separated or maybe bills and other paperwork to file? These clips are super simple and sturdy to attach. The great thing is that they can also be moved around as needed. 

Contact us for pricing!

2. Custom Magnets

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Same as the custom bulldog clips, you can label and organize with fun custom magnet sets to easily label magnetic surfaces like filing cabinets and white boards.

Custom magnets are great for labeling at the office, in the classroom (have a magnet with every students name for duties board), as well as at home. 

3. Custom Stickers and Labels 

 

If you want to label items in the kitchen (spice jars, bins and containers), then custom stickers would be the best choice. These stickers really stick so they can be used to label toy room bins and items in your home office so you know what is what and everyone can find things easily. 

4. Coming Soon - Flexible Magnet Sheets

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These are sheet magnets you can print on. These are not made with a button maker so there is no tin involved. Just the sticker sheet that is attached to the magnet sheet. In a variety of shapes and sizes. 

Contact us for pricing if you would like to order these. Our pricing for this product will be on the website soon!

Great Item for Professional Organizers Too

If your business is organizing people's homes and/or offices, we do bulk orders or small orders. We also work quickly so you can provide an awesome custom product to your clients right away. Have questions or your own ideas? Get in touch with us today and we will be happy to chat with you!

If you haven't heard of Netflix's latest hit show, then here is the trailer for "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo." Yes, you really can watch a show about how to fold your clothes. 

Happy organizing! 

    

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University of Toronto's Faculty of Information | Buttons for Promoting Higher Education January 07 2019

Does the New Year involve a decision to head back to school? Learning something new and changing jobs/careers consistently show up on annual lists of top New Year Resolutions

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If you are thinking of hitting the books in 2019, but still looking to settle on what you want to study, The University of Toronto's Faculty of Information may have what you are looking for. 

They are holding sessions about their various programs this Saturday January 12 and registration is still open so if you are curious, sign up to find out more!

The Faculty of Information is a Tier One Member of iSchool, an international association of universities that lead and promote programs for the information field worldwide.

Elements of Great Button Design

We made these awesome custom 1.25" buttons to promote their school and programs at upcoming fairs and information session. 

These promotional pins are bright and bold, their message is simple and clear: We Study Information. 

We love button designs like this: eye-catching and good looking design paired with little text to make the message clear. The school's name and website can be found in the edge text so the button is still informative, but the button's face isn't cluttered so that the message gets lost. 

More Higher Education Custom Button Designs for Inspiration

This is What a Feminist Looks Like: Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg

Fine Arts Buttons at the University of Lethbridge

How To Get More Information About The U of T's Faculty of Information

Website: www.ischool.utoronto.ca 
Twitter: @UofTInfoFaculty
Facebook: @iSchoolToronto 
Instagram: @iSchool_TO
YouTube: iSchoolUofT

   

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Introducing New Look Silicone Lubricant - Still a Button Maker Must-Have | Button Making Resources December 21 2018

We like to say a stick of lubricant is a button maker's best friend. And if you've made 100s and 1000s of buttons with your button maker you know what we mean. 

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For those of you familiar with silicone, there is just a change in that we are carrying a new brand. We will now be selling AGS Stick Lubricant. This replaces the Panef stick lubricant we have been carrying. 

Why Do I Need Silicone Lubricant for My Button Maker?

Well-built button makers like the all-metal machines we sell are made to last, but with lots of use they will need some maintenance over time to keep them pumping out buttons. 

Silicone lubricant is that handy tool that doesn't cost a lot and will last forever -  you only need to use a bit at a time - but will assist when you find your buttons aren't pressing as cleanly as they did. 

When and How Do I Use Silicone Lubricant? 

When you notice buttons aren't crimping well (the mylar and paper aren't pressed together with the rest of the button smoothly) then it is time to add a bit of lubricant to your machine. You only need to put a small amount of the lubricant (like a glue stick) onto your finger and apply to just one spot on your machine. Like magic!

To see exactly where to apply the small bit of lube to your machine, check out this video:

Lubricant can - and should - be added to your hand press and your automatic machines. Here, with our automatic presses, we are adding a bit of lube every 100 buttons because they can pump out over 1000 pins in a single day.

As Recommended on The Button Guy Blog

This is the little button maker must-have tool that is recommended by The Button Guy

 

   

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Horror Artist Kameron Doyle | Custom Bazaar of the Bizarre Show Buttons December 12 2018

If The Nightmare Before Christmas is more your holiday style then you may be looking for a different kind of craft sale this season. 

Bazaar of the Bizarre: Frostbite is the holiday version of the delightfully unusual craft show that happens throughout the year in Toronto. 

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The latest edition is happening on December 15 and features handmade goods from a long list of vendors. One of the wicked vendors is Toronto fantasy and horror artist Kameron Doyle.

Doyle's paintings and sculptures feature a wide range of spooky characters - "anything you were afraid of as a kid." 

She appears with her work at shows throughout the year and has her art put onto other items like these 1.25" round custom buttons we made for her, along with jewelry and other items. She also takes requests for commissioned work.

You can find out more about Doyle and see more work here:

Website: www.kamerondoyle.com 
Facebook: @creaturesbykameron
Instagram: @creaturesbykameron

Custom Buttons - Affordable Products for Artists to Sell 

Custom buttons are a great source of revenue for artists looking to offer affordable products for sale online and at art shows and conventions. Someone may not be able to purchase your original work, but as a fan they can pick up a handful of buttons to collect and pin on. 

Buttons are also not complicated or expensive to ship so they are also another affordable product for artists to sell online on Etsy and other online stores.

To see some other great artists who have put their work onto a button check out these past posts:

Toronto Comicon Sqaure Buttons by Artist Leanne Davies

Cross Country Comicon Buttons - Calgary Comic Expo and Nothern Gamin Expo

 

     

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Farm Fishing Protest Buttons | Custom Buttons Nova Scotia November 22 2018

The Nova Scotia government has opened the door to a salmon farm expansion in Liverpool Bay, Nova Scotia, but scientists and local residents are not convinced this is a good idea. 

Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd, a subsidiary of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., has been given an option to lease, which would increase their salmon farming operations dramatically. 

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While approval would still need to be given for the actual lease to be granted, residents and members of the scientific community are sounding the alarm that this would not be a good development for the coastline and environment. 

While the company is currently doing research about the possible expansion, a group called Protect Liverpool Bay will be holding a protest at the Nova Scotia Legislature on Monday, November 26th. They will be wearing these bright yellow custom 1-1/4" protest buttons when they do. 

Beyond the planned protest, they are active online and in the media with mission to educate people about what a larger fish farm could mean for the community and it's environment. The company already operates a smaller farming operation, but it is contended that the expansion would put too much pressure on the are and there has been criticism of how the company currently operates.

If you'd like to learn more about Protect Liverpool Bay and get information about the issue, you can check out their Facebook Page

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Here are links to some media stories to follow coverage of the issue:

Cooke Aquaculture Looks to Expand Sea Farming in Liverpool Ba (The Chronicle Herald)

Residents Concerned About Salmon Farm Expansion Near Liverpool (CBC News)

    

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Custom Fashion Pins for Pin-Up Brand Putré-Fashion | Custom Buttons Quebec City November 20 2018

When Isabelle Drolet was still in high school she started Putré-Fashion, a fashion company that has now grown to be available in stores across North America, Australia and more. 

The clothes have a variety of influences including gothic, punk, pin-up and underground. The designs, while sometimes hard to  categorize, are designed for comfort for all ages and body types. 

Along with the clothes Putré-Fashion carries various other accessories including these sweet pin sets. 

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The Tiki Surfing Monsters, Vintage Cat Toys and Retro Space Cats sets all feature images taken from popular Putré-Fashion skirt designs and are available in the Putré-Fashion Esty shop or at various shows throughout Quebec and Ontario. 

Fashion pins also allow you to have another item to sell to your customers, especially those that are serious fans. This popular pin size is super wearable, perfect for selling as collections and being so light to ship, makes a great item to sell on Etsy.

To learn more about Putré-Fashion, you can visit their online store or follow them on social media!

Online Store: putrefashion.net
Etsy Shop: altputrefashion
Instagram: @putrefashion.clothing 
Facebook: @Putrefashion 

Here are a few other ways fashion buttons have been used by our fashion-focused customers.

One Fire Movement Launches Clothing Line

Custom Fashion Pins for More Than A Label Slow Clothing Movement

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Loads of Fun Gifts Just in Time for the Holidays! | Novelty Gift Shop November 15 2018

While there are loads of button-related gifts we can recommend, we now stock a range of other fun novelty gifts too! Available in our stores and online

Just in time for all your Christmas shopping, we are carrying a wide selection of new products.

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There really may be something here at People Power Press for everyone on your list this year!

 

Home Decor

We are also now carrying neon lights and light boxes in various styles so you can light up your home or office space. 

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Add some personality to your kitchen with our line of cheeky oven mitts and dishtowels

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We are so thrilled to have a new in store partner, What the Mug. WTM makes a range of fun and original mug designs, many of which can be customized. You can also add your own image or design to a mug for a truly personalized gift.

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Bath & Beauty

We are loving the smell of our new line of hand soaps made by the Perth Soap Co. We are also carrying lip balm and chewing gum with messages to make you smile. 

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Cards & Stationery

Our greeting card collection has definitely expanded to include even more fun and unique card styles for all occasions. 

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In addition to our beloved upcycled notebooks, we are now carrying a few other notebook styles and sizes to make sure you get all those thoughts down on paper. 

Fun & Games

So much fun stuff including juggling balls, playing cards and puzzles.

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There are also various quirky gift ideas such as pen scissors (scissors that look like a pen), tiny alarm clocks, bike bells and bike lights, smoking cases and more. 

Collectors Frames 

If you have a collector on your list, we carry a range of collectors frames for keeping those precious comic books, baseball cards, sports memorabilia and album covers protected while on display. 

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Other Creative DIY Stuff - Screen Printing and Block Printing Kits 

If you are an artist and are looking for a creative outlet in addition to button making, we have screen printing kits and block printing kits ranging from beginner to advanced skill level. screen printing kits toronto

This list is only general overview of our fun new novelty gifts. There is too much to list here and new products are arriving in store all the time.

Stay tuned to this page to see what else we have in stock! 

 

   

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Flightnook Platform to Facilitate Using Cleaner Fuels for Air Travel | Custom Buttons Montreal November 12 2018

Climate change is a tough reality. It is happening so now the question is what are we going to do about it?

Flightnook is a Montreal company that is coming up with ways to help us make more sustainable choices when we fly. 

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The popularity of air travel continues to grow, so people are not going to stop flying, but Flightnook is a non-profit venture that wants to change how we fly to reduce climate change and exploitation. They are creating a platform that will allow people to calculate the cost of their flight choices and to be able to pay to support a move to use cleaner fuel for flights. 

Flightnook is not asking us to stop flying, but to do our part to reduce our environmental impact when we do choose to fly. 

The Hummingbird Philosophy - Do Your Part Even if Small

The hummingbird in the Flightnook logo and on these custom logo pins we created for the Montreal company signifies their philosophy that while doing one's part may seem trivial, everyone's actions taken together can have a positive impact.

This is based on a story of a hummingbird carrying water in its beak to help put out a fire:

There is an Amerindian legend that says that one day a great forest fire took hold, all the animals were dismayed, helpless, except for the hummingbird that was going to take a few drops of water in its beak to throw it on the fire. The irritated armadillo said to the hummingbird: “You don’t really believe that you’re going to extinguish the fire with a drop of water?” And the hummingbird answers “I know, but I’m doing my part”.

You can find this story and more about their mission on the Flightnook website

Learn More About Flightnook and Get Involved!

Website: www.flightnook.com 
Twitter: @flightnook 
Facebook: @Flightnook

Custom Buttons Montreal - High Quality Buttons with Fast Turnaround Times

With stores in Toronto and Ottawa, we can make high quality custom buttons for Montreal customers and ship them to arrive quickly. Contact us today to discuss your project and learn just how fast you will be able to get your buttons or button making supplies. 

 

   

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Shaolin Temple Pilots | Custom Band Buttons Toronto November 08 2018

High Park Martial Arts students who train together also ... jam together!

What began as a few people jamming at a Christmas Party a few years ago has now grown into a band named the Shaolin Temple Pilots. The band's members are all members of High Park Martial Arts and describe themselves as "a cover band with a Karate twist!" 

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It was a pleasure to make this group's custom 2" band buttons. This button size is a bit larger than the usual band button size (1-inch) for a bigger impact. 

The band now perform at various venues and events in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood and beyond with a typical set consisting of The Clash, The Beatles and The Ramones, or Billy Idol, Billy Joel and Simple Minds, or Garbage, Elastica and Depeche Mode, or The Romantics, The Talking Heads and The Cars. 

Check out their YouTube channel to get a sample of their fun live performance.

 

The Shaolin Temple Pilots can be hired for events so visit their Facebook page for more information about how to book them. 

 

    

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Anti-Bullying Awareness Week Buttons and Stickers for Schools | Custom Buttons November 02 2018

Students have been back in class for almost two months now. Routines have been established and things probably feel a lot less new now. 

Along with the homework and tests and routines comes another reality of school life: bullyingbullying awareness week 2018

Kids can be mean. But every November students, schools and communities come together to increase bullying awareness and also agency in the face of bullying.

This year's theme is #ChooseKind, inspired by R. J. Palacio’s book “Wonder"

How to Use Button Making for Bullying Awareness Activities in Schools

Button making can play a part in bullying awareness efforts and already does for many of our schools who have button makers.

Based on discussions in class and ideas presented around the topic of bullying , kids can then get to work to create art and messages for their buttons.

Younger children can colour in anti-bullying designs you have already printed while older children can come up with their own images.

You can have kids create buttons that follow the theme of #choosekind or give them other prompts as needed.  

If your school doesn't yet have a button maker, consider getting one of our two most popular Button Making School Kits

2-1/4" Button Maker School Kit - this typical campaign button size is a larger size that is great for younger ages and events for all ages.

1-1/2" Button Maker School Kit - a smaller wearable button size suited for older students, especially high school students and digital designs.

If you do have a button maker, be sure you have enough supplies to fuel your all your button making!

 

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Pre-Made or Custom Anti-Bullying Buttons and Stickers

We have also developed our own collection of anti-bullying buttons and stickers. Any or all of these designs can be purchased for schools to hand out to staff and students to wear from Nov. 18 - 24 and beyond.

Everyone wearing their pin is a great show of solidarity against bullying and help keep the conversations about bullying and being kind on everyone's mind

You can also make your own anti-bullying design for us to make into buttons for your students. Add your school or school board logo too! You could even hold a contest among students with the winning designs being used for the final button design. 

Stickers are also available as an alternative to pins. These can be added to planners or stuck on sweaters instead of a button with a sharp pin. 

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Share Your Anti-Bullying Button Designs with Us On Social Media!

We want to know how YOU are marking Bullying Awareness Week this year!

Please be sure to tag us in your posts so we can see your designs. We can even feature your great work online throughout the week. Also be sure to use #BAW2018 to be part of the larger conversation online during this week! 

 

   

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Youth Resources Niagara | Custom Buttons Niagara October 22 2018

Just being a kid can be hard enough sometimes, but if you are a young person going through the legal system or Family and Children's Services it can be pretty challenging and even isolating if you don't have a support system. 

In Ontario's Niagara region the organization Youth Resources Niagara is focused on helping youth in these situations so they don't have to go through this tough stuff alone.  

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We recently got to make these custom logo pins for YRN to help them promote the work they do in their community. It is the vision of YRN to support and empower youth in Niagara to not only face their challenges, but rise above them to be able to live a life that can be focused on reaching their full potential. 

If you or someone you know could benefit from the services that YRN provides, please don't hesitate to reach out

Where to Find Youth Resources Niagara

Website: www.yrn.ca 
Twitter: @YouthResourcesN
Facebook: @YouthResourcesNiagara 
Instagram: @staffyrn

Looking for Your Own Custom Buttons in Niagara Region?

If you are looking for custom buttons in the Niagara region, we offer fast turnaround and shipping so that you can get your buttons as fast as if we were local. Contact us today to get what you need!

 

   

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Our Ottawa Button Boutique is Now Open! | Custom Buttons Ottawa September 07 2018

We are growing! If you have been on our website or placed an order you may have noticed mention of an Ottawa Button Store location. 

Well, it's true - the People Power Press Button Boutique is now open for gifts and crafts on Preston Street in Ottawa's Little Italy neighbourhood. And we are loving it. 

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The People Power Press Button Boutique - More Than Just Buttons

Many of the same things available in the Toronto store are also available in Ottawa. You can pick up supplies and custom button orders and rent machines. Ottawa customers can now save on shipping costs, yay! and Little Italy has a new craft store for hobbies, gifts and crafts like screen printing and block printing as well as a button shop.

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Ottawa Themed Novelty Items and Souvenirs

You can also see many of the other products we now have in our Toronto store - buttons, mugs and stickers. We are also carrying a range of fun and unique products that are not all button related in both stores and you will see.

We also have a special collection of Ottawa themed novelty items and souvenirs that is always being expanded.

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Ottawa Button Store Location and Hours

If you live in Ottawa or the National Capital Region and want to visit us, here is where we are:

People Power Boutique
169 Preston Street

"Little Italy"
Ottawa, ON  K1R 7P6

Phone: 613-230 8484

Hours: Thursday Noon till 7pm, Friday 9-7pm, Saturday 9-4pm.

Please call to confirm we're open!

We are really thrilled with the response and welcome we've had so far Ottawa. And it has been so nice to finally meet some of our Ottawa customers who have been ordering with us online. 

 

   

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Silhouettes Dance Company Gets Motivated University of Toronto Students a Place to Move | Custom Stickers Toronto September 04 2018

Well, it is back to school for some of us this week. 

Starting university is a big commitment that sometimes means ending or putting on hold other hobbies or activities while picking up the responsibilities of a new school schedule. 

There are a group of students at the University of Toronto who haven't wanted to give up their passion: dance. So they have created Silhouettes Dance Company, a performance-based company, to keep on dancing while also balancing their academic workload. 

This student-run group gets dancers of a variety of genres together to bond and continue training, with an original year-end performance as the culmination of their efforts throughout the school year. The year-end show usually happens in March before Spring exams. They also perform at various events throughout the community. 

Custom Bottle Opener Silhouettes Dance Company University of Toronto

The company is now getting ready for another great year of dance. They hold auditions in September be sure to follow them on social media for audition dates. So they had their logo put onto 1-inch custom stickers - and a 2-1/4" custom bottle opener! Who says you have to get custom buttons? 

This dance company, being entirely student-run, is always looking for help to fund their work. Donations and sponsors are welcome. You can contact them directly to find out more!

See what the Silhouettes Dance Company is up to online:

Instagram: @silhouettesdance 

YouTube: Silhouettes Dance Company Channel

Facebook: @silhouettesdancecompany 

 

   

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Toronto Funny Guy Anesti Danelis Taking Fringe Show International / Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 August 24 2018

Toronto musical and sketch comedian Anesti Danelis is headed to the 2018 Endinburgh Fringe Festival this August with his successful fringe show Songs for a New Order. 

The show debuted in Toronto at last year's Toronto Fringe Festival and even got its own run at The Second City comedy club. He also performed the show at the 2018 Montreal Fringe Festival in June. 

Anesti Danelis Funny Fringe Festival Buttons

He will be performing Aug 2 - 18 at the Scottish festival and is these 1-1/4" custom buttons will be making the trip with him. This popular and wearable button size is perfect for artists performing at fringe or other shows. Sell them at the show or hand them out to the audience to say thanks. 

 

When not performing Songs for a New Order, Danelis can be seen in web shorts that he posts on Facebook and YouTube. You should also keep tabs on his Shows page to see where he will be performing next. He is a skilled improv artist, having trained with The Second City Toronto and Bad Dog Theatre Company and performs at various shows and comedy festivals regularly. He also has a comedy album in the works. 

Find Danelis online in these places if you are looking for a good laugh:

YouTube: Anesti Danelis Channel

Website: www.anestidanelis.com

Facebook: @anestidanelis

Instagram: @anestidanelis

   

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Join Robot Field Tests this Summer with Bowie and Robot Missions | Custom Buttons Ottawa July 16 2018

Have you ever seen a robot in action? If you would like to while also helping the environment, you can head over to Ottawa's Westboro Beach to take part in a great citizen science project. Robot Missions will be running Field Tests throughout the summer with Bowie the Robot to clean up the beach.

All members of the community and visitors to the area are invited to participate. No experience is needed. This is also a great introduction for children to see robots in action in a very purposeful way.

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We love making more custom 1-1/2" round buttons and custom 1-1/2" square buttons that feature Bowie the Robot and the Catalyst Pod to mark another set of Field Tests.

Robot Missions is the brainchild of inventor Erin Kennedy who wanted to use robots to create a social impact. The vision is for the robots (there multiple Bowies that have been made) to work autonomously to identify and clear debris from beaches and other areas. The robots have been made mostly with a 3D printer.

To date 250 people have participated in Robot Missions Field Tests and robots have collected 3.1 kilograms of debris.

These robots would give parks an automated way to clean parks with very little cost, while also accessing difficult areas of the park.

Current Field Test dates are in July and August. Sign up for one of the Field Test dates to take part in this great activity for all ages.

If you aren't in Ottawa this summer, you should still head over to the Robot Missions website or follow along on social media to see these robots in action and learn more about what Kennedy and partners are up to. You can see footage from the field tests and see what kind of debris they have picked up.

Such cool stuff!

Twitter: @RobotMissions or @RobotGrrl 
Facebook: @RobotMissions 
Website: www.robotmissions.org 

   

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Laugh with Comedian Anjali Sandhu at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival | Custom Buttons Winnipeg July 13 2018

Comedian Anjali Sandhu wants to make it clear: she is not Taylor Swift.

But one thing is for sure, she is very funny and you can experience her humour firsthand at her upcoming 2018 Winnipeg Fringe Festival show "I'm Not Taylor Swift."

Anjali Sandhu Comedy Winnipeg Fringe Festival

Sandhu is in her early twenties, but she has been doing standup since 2011 when she was just a teenager. "I'm Not Taylor Swift" is a 30-minute solo show that has 8 showings throughout the festival that runs July 18-29.

We got to make these fun custom 1-3/4" buttons to support her show.

You can find more info and get your tickets here.

Get the whole Winnipeg Fringe Festival lineup here.

If you are not in Winnipeg or can't see her show at the festival, follow her online to experience some of her funny and see where she will be next:

Instagram: @anjaliXIII

Facebook: @AnjaliComedy

Twitter: @anjaliXIII

   

 

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Catapult Brewing Company July 09 2018

Is it just us or is beer synonymous with summer for you too? 

Toronto has given rise to a number of great local breweries in recent years, but we are really excited to support one of the newest - Catapult Brewing. 

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Founded by wife and husband team Sherry Lin and John Thompson, Catapult is making its rounds through the city this summer after officially launching in the Spring.

The first beer on tap from Catapult is an American Pale Ale and they have just introduced a Kolsch-style Lagered Ale. Thirsty yet?

We have been making custom promotional pins for Catapult since the Spring and are just thrilled to be working this great local company with a great product. We wish them loads of success as they continue to be discovered and to expand. 

You can find Catapult beer at local Toronto restaurants and festivals in and around the city for now, but they are growing so watch for updates about where to find this great new beer on their social media pages or sign up through their website to get the latest updates in your inbox.

Instagram: @catapultbrewing
Facebook: @Catapultbrewing 
Website: www.catapultbrewing.com

   

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Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society July 05 2018

Pride events are continuing this summer across the country and our friends at the Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society (VLSCS) are going to be busy this July taking part in various Pride events across Vancouver Island.

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Along with these bright 2.25" logo buttons, members from VLSCS will be at the Esquimalt Farmer's Market on July 5th and then will be at the Nanaimo, BC Pride Picnic on July 8th.

The group's tagline is "Amazing women doing amazing things!" and we'd have to agree. It is their mission to support the health and social needs of lesbians as they age. This work is meant to help ensure safe and accessible spaces for building community and enabling social interaction through social action and public education

If you would like to work with VLSCS, or find out more about the work they do - and stay on top of their full calendar of events - please do head over to their vibrant website.

You can also email them directly at hello@amazingwomen.ca.

    

 

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Trade Tariff Troubles: #BoycottUSA Buttons #BuyCanadian July 04 2018

Whether you’re for or against the movement, you’ve probably heard about the Canadian boycott on American goods in light of a Trump-Trudeau trade tariff scuffle.

Things took a turn for the worst at the G7 summit when Trump criticized Trudeau's comments for being “dishonest” and “weak.” The icing on the cake was when White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro said there was a “special place in hell” for our Prime Minister.

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Hashtags have been popping up on social media too, urging Canadians to #BoycottUSProducts and #BuyCanadain. It definitely makes sense to “vote with your pocketbook,” but as a nation that has imported almost $100 Billion USD in 2018 alone, is a boycott really in the best interest of our country?

Some say yes, and have sworn off imports like Florida oranges and wine from California. Even daily staples like a Starbucks coffee is off the menu in favor of Canadian alternatives (Timmies anyone?).

This great article written by Maclean’s has a list of common American-made products and their accessible domestic alternatives.

Others believe that boycotting American products could be detrimental to the well- being of both Canada and the United States. Historically speaking, countries prosper when trade is flourishing, and history knows best, right?

The situation gets even more precarious because most American farmers are AGAINST the proposed tariffs and are all for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Are you partaking in the USA Boycott? If so, what kind of changes are you making to #BuyCanadian?

For the full story with all the details, check out this article by The Globe and Mail.

       

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Up The Bloc Indoor Rock Climbing Destination | Custom Buttons Mississauga June 25 2018

If you have ever done rock climbing or are thinking of trying it out, you want to check out Up The Bloc, an amazing indoor rock climbing space in Mississauga, just west of Toronto. It is an awesome experience with a 11,000 square foot facility that contains over 5,000 square feet of climbing space.

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It has something for beginners, experts and everyone in between:

  • 8 bouldering curcuits
  • 120 + problems to keep you busy

What is really cool about this space is that Up The Bloc has been designed to be a community. You can sign up to be a member, they have a training area, a coffee/juice bar and wifi so you have space to hang out. There are events and they have a ton of great Up The Bloc merchandise.

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Which leads us to the latest custom 1.25" buttons we made for them. We love the colourful design so much and hope you do too. From the space down to these pins, the folks at Up The Bloc know great design and we are big fans.

Check them out to see what we mean:

Website: www.upthebloc.com
Facebook: @upthebloc
Instagram: @up_the_bloc
YouTube Channel: youtube.com/upthebloc

 

    

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Positive Space Network | Custom Buttons Halton Region June 20 2018

Pride Month is underway, which is a great time for celebration, but it is so crucial for LGBTQ+ youth, individuals and families to feel welcome and supported in our communities all year round. 

In Halton Region it is the mission of the Positive Space Network to realize this fully by working to support inclusive communities in Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Acton and Georgetown. They provide a range of programming and training for the diverse population of Halton Region. 

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We got to make these sweet 1" logo pins featuring the new PSN logo just in time for Halton Pride events across the region. If you are out at any Pride events in the area, be sure to track down the folks at PSN and find out more about their important work. Snag a pin if you can too! 

Want to find out more about PSN now? You can find them online in these places:

Websitewww.positivespacenetwork.ca
Facebook: @PositiveSpaceNetworkCA
Instagram@psn.halton

You can also reach out to them directly at psnyouth@rockonline.ca or are in crisis you can call their 24 Hour Crisis Support Line 905-878-9785.

And if you are thinking custom pins for Pride, it is not too late to place your order! We can make custom logo pins for you with your own design or you can choose  from our new LGBTQ+ Collection, We have no order minimums and super fast turnarounds to get you your pins in time for your event. Reach out to us today for more information!

    

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We Wholesale Custom Buttons! We Wholesale Fun! June 18 2018

It's great when you have a serious business but you know your business is a lot of fun and button making and custom buttons are fun and we find ourselves wholesaling fun on an ever increasing scale.

we wholesale custom buttons, we wholesale funThere is nothing like walking into a school building or event carrying a couple of button makers and you hear a ground swell of noise rising as kids see the button makers and get excited.

Buttons are serious business for a lot of our customers so we really do wholesale fun.

 

    

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#RefugeesBelong Pins to March for World Refugee Day on June 20 June 18 2018

According to the United Nations, 20 people leave their home and everything they know every single minute. They are escaping war, terror and persecution.

June 20 is World Refugee Day, when the focus is turned to those people who have fled their homes and their countries out of fear.

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It is a day to show support for refugees and their families; to recognize their strength, courage and perseverance.

It is also a day to take a stand for the work being done to support refugees and what still needs to be done.

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There are marches and events happening in cities and communities all over the world.

Here in Toronto there will be a march hosted by Amnesty International and other local organizations that work to support refugees. It begins at 9:30 in Dundas Square (downtown Toronto intersection of Yonge and Dundas) and will be a walk through the community stopping at 6 community organizations along the way. The walk will end in Regent Park with a lunch happening from 12-2pm. Anyone looking to participate can attend any or all of the event. Contact info for the event can be found here.

These custom campaign pins featuring #RefugeesBelong will be part of the event. 2.25" round buttons are a great size and shape for community marches and walks.

You can also learn more about World Refugee Day 2018 and find resources on the United Nations website.

"This not about sharing a burden. It is about sharing a global responsibility, based not only the broad idea of our common humanity but also on the very specific obligations of international law. The root problems are war and hatred, not people who flee; refugees are among the first victims of terrorism." — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

 

    

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First Aid and CPR-Certified Buttons to Get Your Medical Message Across Clearly June 13 2018

So does everyone know who has CPR training in your school, business or office? Where is the First Aid kit located? Is it easy to find? Are you traveling with medical equipment and need an easy way to identify it when going through an airport?

Custom medical buttons and magnets can be super useful communication tools in the workplace and various public spaces. Medical buttons and magnets help to easily and clearly communicate important information to people. 

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For example, if you have staff that works with the public, you can ask staff members who have CPR training to wear a CPR-certified pin so that everyone can easily access help if in distress.

You can also have First Aid buttons and magnets visible so employees and the public can access first aid tools quickly. First Aid magnets can be stuck onto cabinets or other magnetic surfaces to make very clear where the First Aid kit and/or supplies are located. 

medical buttons

These custom pins, if designed with clear designs and images can even help those who may not speak the official language or are non-verbal to get help from the right place. 

You can choose from one of our pre-made designs or we can come up with a custom design that works for you to get your medical message across. We recommend a larger mid-size button or magnet like the 2-1/4" size shown here so the message stands out clearly. This is not a job for a small button size.

 

    

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Exciting Music - and Custom Buttons - from Toronto Singer-Songwriter Poesy June 06 2018

Poesy is an exciting Canadian artist you want to check out if you haven't yet.  

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The name is familiar if you watched the first season of CTV's The Launch. She was the winning singer on her episode of the singing competition show that featured Shania Twain, Alessia Cara, Fergie, Boy George, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue as mentors.

Her hit song that was launched on the show, Soldier of Love, was also played on the hit TV drama This is Us. 

We made these custom 1.25" artist buttons for her. She has a unique sound that is ethereal and edgy at the same time. The airy illustrations on the buttons do seem to capture her sound. 

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While she is working on new music, she is still performing. Toronto and Hamilton peeps she has shows coming your way in June! She is performing with a lineup of great bands at the Horseshoe Tavern on June 23rd and in Hamilton on June 30th at Mills Hardware

And you can follow along with her journey online. She has a great Wednesday Vinyl feature.

Official Website:  www.poesyofficial.com
Twitter: @poesyofficial
Facebook:  @poesyofficial
Instagram: @poesyofficial
YouTube: Poesy Official Channel

 

      

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow ... Are These Dance Recital Buttons for the Swansea School Of Dance May 31 2018

"I would dance and be merry, life would be a ding-a-derry if I only had a brain."

There will lots of merry dancing when the Swansea School of Dance presents "Follow The Yellow Brick Road" as their annual recital on June 1st and 2nd. There are 3 performances to choose from - Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. All shows will be at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at the CNE Grounds. 

Based on the beloved Wizard of Oz, the show is the result of months of hard work and preparation by all of the dancers at the Swansea School of Dance. We had the pleasure of making these fun  custom 1.25" pins for the show. They feature Dorothy and friends as they embark on their magical adventure on the Yellow Brick Road and the dance recital will bring that magical adventure to life!

The school is based in Toronto's Bloor West Village neighbourhood and offers dance programming to all levels and ages of dancers from 2 years old to adults. 

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You can dance your way over to their website to learn about what programs they offer to boys and girls. They teach a range of dance genres including Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Creative Movement and Modern Dance. Dancers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn the technical aspects of dance in a non-competitive environment to build their confidence and explore their own creative expression. 

If you are a parent or caregiver and live in and around Toronto's Bloor West Village, this may be the perfect place for your kids to learn to dance and express themselves.

Contact us if you'd like to make buttons for an upcoming event like a dance recital or concert. Buttons make great, affordable souvenirs. 

    

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Small Logo Buttons to Support Community Radio Station CJRU (Ryerson) | Custom Buttons Toronto May 29 2018

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We need good sounds around the button shop to keep us going. We have varied tastes around here, so you can find us listening all kinds of music, podcasts and ...community radio! 

So we can honestly say we appreciate the work of community radio stations like Ryerson University's CJRU The Scope. And streaming means so many great community stations are available online so the choices are unlimited. You can check them out wherever you are in the world! (Dooooo it!)

The Scope is a way to connect the campus community at Toronto's Ryerson University, but just a quick look at programming you will see something for everyone, even if you aren't part of Ryerson. Take a listen and you will see what we mean!

The folks at CJRU often show up at events around Toronto so you may see these custom 7/8" logo pins around. There are two great designs and both are perfect examples of what to put on a teeny tiny 7/8" button. There isn't much space, but this super wearable size are a good choice for logo pins that listeners can leave on a coat or bag to show their support. This 7/8" size is the smallest custom button size around and we love it.

We also recently made these custom 7/8" logo pins that popped too with a great and simple design.  

Want your own small logo pins to give your supporters? Get in touch and we will get you what you need!

buttons for Ryerson radio station CJRU

If you would like to find out more about CJRU The Scope, you can find them in all these places:

Website: www.cjru.ca 
Twitter: @CJRU1280 
Facebook: @ScopeatRyerson 
Instagram: @CJRU1280

If you are looking for a change in your usual listening, we highly recommend checking out their shows! 

 

    

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6 Ways Buttons Can Make the Perfect Summer Camp (or Camp Themed) Souvenir! May 24 2018

What says summer like summer camp?

Around here we know Summer is around the corner when we start making custom buttons for summer camps. 

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1. Custom Camper Buttons Personalized for Each Camper

We make camper buttons for a number of camps each year. Each custom buttons is personalized to include each camper's name and year.

The camp pins can also be printed on coloured paper to identify different groups of campers and staff. 

One of our awesome customers is Forest Cliff Camp in London, Ontario area. They make a variety of buttons that are coloured for different years, but also make buttons for campers as awards for things like kindness and friendship. 

2. Get a Button Maker to Make Your Own Camp Buttons 

Some of our camp customers also like to do the button making themselves and incorporate button making into their camp activities with the kids. Get your own button maker start-up kit and supplies to make buttons all summer long!

Forest Cliff Camp has a 2-1/4" button maker to make buttons that their campers love. They have a few different types of buttons they make:

"[Our] happy camper buttons are given to each camper at the end of the week in our graduation ceremony for overnight summer camp", says day camp director John Burkholder.  "The award buttons are given to each camper at our day camp, at the end of the week and they are recognized in our closing ceremony with all the parents."

camper buttons

They also ordered pre-cut circles (see pictured) with their designs to make button making a breeze.  

3. Button Making for Hands On Learning

If you are in the Toronto area, you can even hire our Events Team to come and show the campers how to make buttons. We bring all the supplies and machines you need, including custom artwork if necessary.

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Want to just have the kids make buttons? That's easy. Or we will work with you to make a tailored button making workshop that ties in what campers are learning about. This is a great activity for day camps and summer programs in the city. Contact us with your event ideas and we'll talk with you about options. 

4. Camp Themed Wedding Favours and Decor

Are you a couple who met at summer camp and are now getting married? Or are you a couple that is holding your wedding at a summer camp site? Have fun and include camp themed wedding favours for your special day. This can be done as table settings or place settings that include the camp's logo along with the table number or guests name.

Buttons can be made without the pin for a flat back that can be attached to another surface easily or with a magnet that the guest can then take home as a souvenir. So many options! Just get in touch with our awesome customer service folks to find out more. 

Custom Summer Camp Themed Buttons for Weddings

5. Nostalgic Camp Buttons for Reunions

Consider having camper buttons for your camp reunion, big or small. Seeing the old camp logo on a button will instantly bring back all those summer camp memories.

Super simple and affordable, but personal, nostalgic camp buttons make fantastic and fun camp reunion souvenirs. 

6. Custom Camp Buttons for Donors and Fundraising

If part of your camp's fundraising efforts includes holding a special event like a golf tournament or gala dinner, consider making camper buttons for donors.

Custom camp buttons provide a simple, inexpensive way to thank your donor in a personalized way while also staying on theme. As a donor they get to be honorary campers!

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Through Ruff Times: How One Toronto Group is Helping Folks and Their Pets Stay Together May 18 2018


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LGBTQ+ Pride Button Series - Made to Order Buttons May 16 2018

Every year Pride events across the country bring together the LGBTQ community and its allies to celebrate, and those celebrations continue to grow. 

We make a lot of custom buttons for Pride events across North America and are now happy to introduce our very own LGBTQ+ Rights Button Series.

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These pin designs are the latest installment in our growing People Power Press Social Justice Merchandise Collection. To date this collection of social justice merch also includes designs to support Women's Empowerment and Anti-Racism.

These pins are available in 6 different designs in 2 sizes with 2 different coloured backgrounds to choose from. They are available in 1-1/4" Blue and 1-1/4" White or 2-1/4" Blue and 2-1/4" White.

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While larger cities may have better established Pride organizations, we understand that smaller communities and groups may be operating with smaller teams and budgets or just getting off the ground. These new designs can made to order to support Pride festivities in your communities. So you can resell the designs as a fundraiser or just hand them out as giveaways. We can also add your logo or organizations website to these designs to make them yours and direct others to find out more about you!

We've made things easy by creating a number of designs you can use to make buttons, stickers or any other custom product we make and we are one of the few high production button shops that have no order minimum so you can order as many or as few buttons as you'd like. 

These buttons can be purchased as an individual wanting to show their support and express themselves or can be ordered in larger quantities to be used by organizations at Pride events or throughout the year. Use them as part of your fundraising efforts or just hand them out at your events or to employees in the workplace to promote LGBTQ+ rights

Please contact us today about how these buttons can support LGBTQ+ rights in your communities and share the message of love.  And we will also, of course, make Pride buttons with your own custom design. 

      

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Buttons are in Bloom for Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre and Spring into Parkdale Event May 11 2018

One of the best things about Spring in the city is all the great neighbourhood festivals that start happening to see new parts of the city and interact with members of the community. 

Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre is one fantastic community group that will be out for the Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market happening in Toronto's awesome west end 'hood on May 12th. Some have called this the best annual event in Parkdale, if you are looking for something to do in Toronto. 

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The Parkdale Queen West CHC is going to be set up with a booth - and these custom 2-1/2" buttons - outside the Parkdale Library on Cowan Avenue. 

h is an intergral part of the Parkdale community offering various services including primary health care, dental care, harm reduction, health promotion, counselling, and community development programming. They operate throughout the community and at three main clinic locations serving members of the south-west Toronto service area that does extend beyond Parkdale.

Buttons are a great idea for festivals and other community events like this one. They help identify vendors, can be given away as inexpensive giveaways and sold as a simple yet effective fundraiser. A button maker at your booth also is a fun way to draw people to your booth. 

    

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Souvenir Pins for PhotoEd Magazine’s Educators Photography Field Trip May 10 2018

If you’ve been reading this blog you know how we feel about using buttons and button making in education. We love when educators can use a variety of tools to expand learning in the classroom and find ways to take that learning out of the classroom.

So we are digging PhotoED Magazine’s recent exclusive field trip for photography teachers and other educators looking to use photography students including community arts program directors, youth leaders and mentors. The May 6 event introduced a variety of tools and resources for educators to use photography with students.

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We made these sweet little buttons for PhotoED to give out as a custom souvenirs to all the participants. These are custom 7/8" buttons, the smallest button available, which are great for souvenirs because they are super wearable. People are more likely to pin these to a bag or jacket and not take them off. 

Taking place in Toronto, the event included learning how to lead a photo walk with Project Kids and Cameras, learning about products from FujiFilm and Flixel, a tour of various Toronto galleries and more! 

If you are an educator in the Toronto-area, you can find out more about the awesome day here. Make sure you get on the list to be part of the next event. 

If you aren’t an educator or in Toronto, but want to take in some amazing photography, be sure to check out PhotoED magazine. Following them on Instagram, Facebook  and Twitter will fill your feeds with some remarkable photography. 

 

     

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