Friday, August 30, 2013

Closed for Labor Day

Our offices will be closed on Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day

We hope that everyone has a great Labor Day! Our offices and production facilities will be closed on Monday to celebrate Labor Day. Although our offices will be closed, you can still place your orders online. We will process the orders when our offices open again on Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How to Make Custom Political Banners

Step by Step Instructions on How to Make a Custom Political Banner Online

How to Make Custom Political Banners
If you are looking for an easy way to order a custom political banner, you've come to the right place! We have lots of political banner templates available for you to customize. To get started, go to our political banners page

Step 1: Choose Banner Size and Quantity
The first step is to choose your banner size and quantity from the drop down menu. You can get any banner size up to 16 feet by 50 feet.

Step 2: Choose the Banner Add Ons / Finishing Options
The standard finishing for vinyl banners is hems and grommets every 2-4 feet around the banner. We also have reinforced hems, reinforced corners and pole pockets.

Step 3: Pick a Design Method - Pick a Political Banner Template
There are three different ways you can order political banners. You can pick a template, upload a file or work with a graphic designer. We will show you how to order a custom political banner by selecting a template.

Political Banner Templates
Political Banner Templates
How to Start Designing a Political Banner Template
When you find a template that you want to customize, put your mouse over the template and click on the "Customize Template" button. This will take you into the online designer. All of the political banner templates are fully customizable.
Political Banner Template in the Online Designer
Political Banner Template in the Online Designer

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fabric Flag Finishing Options

Fabric Flag Finishing Option: Left Header with Grommets
Left Header with Grommets

What are the Finishing Options for Fabric Flags?

One question we get quite a bit is what are the flag finishing options. There are several finishing options available including a left header with grommets, hems and grommets and pole pockets.

Left Header with Grommets
The standard finishing option is the left header with grommets. We add a piece of canvas to the left side of the flag that is about one inch wide. The canvas is sewn onto the flag for added strength and grommets are placed at the top and bottom of the left header. The rest of the flag is sewn around the edges.

Sewn Hems and Grommets
The flag hems are sewn, not heat welded like vinyl banners. The hem line is very close to the edge of the flag around the perimeter. Grommets are placed in the corners and every 2-4 feet around the flag if needed. This option is commonly used for fabric banners. The main difference is the fabrics. Click for more information about flag fabric materials or banner fabric materials.

Pole Pockets
We can also sew pole pockets on the flag. When you have pole pockets, we recommend having your art work at least 4 inches away from the edge of the flag to prevent having seams run through your graphics.

Click here to get started on your fabric flag.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Featured Banner Stand: Retractor Lite 31

Retractor Lite 31 Banner Retractor with 78.5" x 31.5" Full Color Banner

Retractor Lite 31 Banner Stand
Front Side
Retractor Lite 31 Banner Stand - Back Side
Back Side
The Retractor Lite 31 Banner Stand is one of our most popular banner stands. The banner stand is retractable, meaning the banner can go up and down within the display. The banner can be stored in the base when it is not in use.

Retractor Lite 31 Information:
The kit includes the banner stand base, a banner rail, the shock cord pole, a pin and a carrying case. The viewable banner graphic is 78.5" by 31.5". The banner can be printed on 13 oz vinyl, 14 oz no curl vinyl or banner soft fabric. We will install the banner in the stand and ship it to you.

Click here to for more information about the Retractor Lite 31 Banner Stand.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What are Reinforced Corners?

Vinyl Banner Finishing Options: Reinforced Corners

The standard finishing option for vinyl banners is hems and grommets, but we also have reinforced corners. We recommend adding reinforced corners on banners over 32 square feet that will be used outdoors for added durability.

Vinyl Banner Finishing: Reinforced Corners
Reinforced Corners
Reinforced Corners
Reinforced corners are made of 13 oz vinyl banner material that is reinforced with 1 3/16" PVC coated webbing to increase the strength. The material is cut into a triangle and added to each of the corners of the banner on the backside. The corners provide extra strength for the banner.

Grommets
Three grommets are used to hold the reinforced corners in place. We also add grommets every 2-4 feet around the banner perimeter to help you hang the banner. We recommend keeping all important text and images at least 2-3 inches away from the edge of the banner to avoid having grommets go through your information.

You can not have pole pockets with reinforced corners. Click here for additional vinyl banner finishing options.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Wall Graphic Quotes

Inspirational Wall Graphic Quotes for our Office

When we remodeled our offices we decided to hang up inspirational quotes. We printed the quotes on our wall graphic material and they are visible for all of the customer service representatives and graphic designers to see from their desks.

Wall Graphic: What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
Wall Graphic Quote: Achieving your Goals
Wall Graphic Quote: Attitudes are Contagious... is yours Worth Catching
Wall Graphic Quote: Attitudes are Contagious!
Wall Graphic Quote: Believe You Can and You're Halfway There
Wall Graphic Quote: Believe You Can!
Wall Graphic Quote: Don't do tomorrow what can be done today
Wall Graphic Quote: Don't do tomorrow what can be done today
Wall Graphic: Positive Thinking
Wall Graphic: Positive Thinking
Wall Graphic: Proverbs 15:1 Verse
Wall Graphic: Proverbs 15:1 Verse
Wall Graphic: The "Earth" without "Art" is just "Eh"
Wall Graphic: The "Earth" without "Art" is just "Eh"
Wall Graphic: Team Quote
Wall Graphic: Team Quote
Wall Graphic Quote: Why Fit in When You Can Stand Out?
Wall Graphic Quote: Why Fit in When You Can Stand Out?
Wall Graphic Quote: The Customer is Always Right
Wall Graphic Quote: The Customer is Always Right

Thursday, August 15, 2013

What are Reinforced Hems?

Vinyl Banner Finishing Options: Reinforced Hems

The standard finishing option for vinyl banners is hems and grommets, but we also have reinforced hems. We recommend adding reinforced hems on banners over 32 square feet that will be used outdoors for added durability.
Vinyl Banner Finishing: Reinforced Hems
Reinforced Hems

Reinforced Hems
Banners with reinforced hems are cut down to the size of the banner. We then add a 1 3/16" PVC coated webbing along the edges of the banner. The reinforced hems are heat welded to the backside of the banner to increase the strength of the banner.

Grommets
We also add grommets every 2-4 feet around the banner perimeter to help you hang the banner. We recommend keeping all important text and images at least 2-3 inches away from the edge of the banner to avoid having grommets go through your information.

You can not have pole pockets with reinforced hems. Click here for additional vinyl banner finishing options.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

College Dorm Decorations

Custom Dorm Room Decorations: Door Signs, Removable Wall Decals and More!

Custom Dorm Room Decorations: Door Signs, Removable Wall Decals and More!
 Going to college is one of the most exciting times of your life. You are moving out of your parent's house and into the dorms where you will meet lots of new people. One of the best parts about your new living space is that you get to decorate it how you want! There are lots of ways you can decorate your dorm room to make it unique.

Custom Door Signs
When you first move into the dorm, you might not know that many people. You can make a custom name sign like "Welcome to Sarah's Room" to put on your door to let people know who you are.

Removable Wall Decorations
In the dorms you won't be able to paint the walls, but you can customize the walls by making custom removable wall decorations! You can create anything from quotes to whole wall murals. The wall graphics are similar to a poster, but they have an adhesive backing. The best part is, the decals are removable so they won't harm the walls when it's time for you to move out.

Fabric Banners for Wall or Curtains
Another unique decoration is custom fabric banners. You can hang the fabric over the walls for a backdrop decoration. If you get the pole pocket option, you can use the fabric as a custom curtain. You can print any sort of design on the fabric to make your room unique.
Canvas Wall Art in Dorm Room
Canvas Wall Art in Dorm Room

Framed Canvas Wall Art
Canvas wall art can also be used to decorate your dorm room. You can make picture collages of your high school friends and your college friends. You can also have your favorite quote hanging up.

To get started, visit our website, or contact a customer service representative at 320.965.9300.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Labor Day Banners and Signs

Common Labor Day Banner and Sign Uses

Labor Day Banners and Signs
Labor Day is the first Monday in September. It is a federal holiday to celebrate the economic and social contributions of American workers. Lots of Americans think of Labor Day as the end of summer, so they celebrate with parades, family gatherings, celebrations and shopping trips. Here are some of the most common ways you can use Labor Day banners and signs.

Labor Day Parade Banner
Labor Day Parade Banner
Labor Day Parade Banners
Lots of towns and cities have parades on Labor Day. If you are having a float, you can put a sign or banner on your vehicle or trailer in the parade. You can also use signs for registration booths, entrances, exits and bathroom locations.

Labor Day Sales Banners and Signs
Ironically, Labor Day is one of the biggest sales weekends in the United States. If your company is having a Labor Day Sale, be sure to put up banners and signs to let people know when the sale is and what types of deals your store is having. You can display the signs on your window, on the side of the store or in front of the store.

Labor Day Picnic Banners and Signs
If your company, church or family is having a picnic on Labor Day you can use banners and signs to let people know when and where the picnic is going to be held. You can use signs to let people know if it is open to the public, where parking is available and what events are going on throughout the day.

Happy Labor Day Banner
Happy Labor Day Banner
Happy Labor Day Banners and Signs
If you want to wish people a happy Labor Day, you can also display a yard sign or banner in your yard.

We have lots of Labor Day banner templates available for you to customize. Click here to get started.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Football Banners and Signs

Common Football Banner and Sign Uses

Football Banners and Signs
There are lots of ways you can use football banners and signs this football season!

Football Camp Banner
Football Camp Banner
Football Tryouts and Camps Banners
If your football team has any football camps during the off season, you should advertise with banners or signs so people know when the camp is and how much it costs. You can also let the football players know when and where the football tryouts are with a banner.

Team Banners and Player Banners
Once you get your team photographs, you can make a banner of your
football team. You can make individual football player banners that have their name, number, position and year in school. These banners can be hung in the school or displayed at the football game for all the fans to see.
Football Game Yard Sign
Football Game Yard Sign

Football Game Banners
You can make a football schedule banner to let people know when are where the games are.You can put yard signs up around town letting people know that there is a game tonight. Cheerleaders can have banners saying things like "Go Team!" or "Touchdown" to use during the game.

Football Directional Banners and Signs
At the football stadium you can have banners up to let people know where the home team sits and where the visitor section is. You can also have signs up for the tickets, concession stands and tailgating locations. If you have any fundraising booths or merchandise booths you can have banners hanging up letting people know what is going on.

Sponsorship Banners
If the football team has any sponsors, you should have banners thanking your sponsors. The banners can be displayed at the game on fences or by the end zones.

Designing Football Banners and Signs
If you are ready to get started on your football banners and signs, you can go to our football banners page. We also have step by step instructions on how to make football banners in our online designer on our blog.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

What are Pole Pockets?

Vinyl Banner Finishing Options: Pole Pockets

The standard finishing option for vinyl banners is hems and grommets, but we also have 2 inch pole pockets or 3 inch pole pockets available.

Vinyl Banner Finishing Options: Pole Pockets
Pole Pockets
Pole Pockets
Pole pockets are extra material wrapped around to the back side of the banner and heat welded to create a smooth 2 inch or 3 inch seam. They are similar to heat welded hems, but there is room for a pole or rode to go through the loop of material.

You can have pole pockets on the top only, bottom only, right side only, left side only, both top and bottom, both right and left, or on all sides of the banner. The pole pockets are used to hang the banner.

When you order a banner with pole pockets you will set up your artwork to the size you want it finished. We will add the extra material for the pole pockets. You should keep all important text and images at least 3 inches away from the edge of the banner to avoid having a seam run through it.

Click here for additional vinyl banner finishing options.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

What are hems and grommets?

Vinyl Banner Finishing Options: Heat Welded Hems and Grommets

Vinyl Banners: Hems and Grommets
Hems and Grommets
The standard finishing option for vinyl banners is hems and grommets.

Heat Welded Hems:
Hems consist of one inch of the vinyl banner material folded over to the backside of the banner and heated together to form a clean and strong one inch hem. The hems increase the strength and durability of the banner.

Grommets:
Grommets are made of #2 brass rings. Grommets are about 1/2 inch in diameter. They are placed every 2-4 feet around the banner perimeter and are used to help hang the banner. We recommend using all of the grommets provided when you hang your banner to prevent the banner from tearing or ripping.

Other finishing options for vinyl banners include 2" pole pockets, 3" pole pockets, reinforced hems and reinforced corners. Click here to get started on your banner.

Monday, August 5, 2013

How to Maintain Your Fabric Banners

Tips for Maintaining the Life of Your Fabric Banners

Fabric banners are printed using a direct dye sublimation printing process. They are typically used indoors but they can be hung outdoors too. We have some tips to help you maintain the life of your fabric banners.

Hanging your Fabric Banner
Fabric banners are usually finished with sewn hems and grommets placed every 2-4 feet around the perimeter of the banner. When you are hanging your banner, you should use all of the grommets provided to prevent your banner from tearing or ripping. You can use bungee cords, hanging clips, ropes and zip ties to help secure your banner. Pole pockets are also available for fabric banners for easy hanging. You should avoid direct sunlight to avoid fading.

Cleaning your Fabric Banner
If your fabric banner is exposed to the elements, it might require occasional cleaning. Fabric banners can be washed in cold water on the gentle cycle. We recommend air drying the banner first. If needed, you can tumble dry on low to get rid of wrinkles.

Ironing Fabric Banners
We do not recommend ironing the fabric. However, if you feel that your banner needs to be ironed, we suggest starting with a small portion of the banner and starting on the lowest setting to prevent damage.

Storing your Fabric Banner
Fabric banners are rolled onto a cardboard core and shipped in a box. You should keep the cardboard core and box for storing your banner when it is not in use. You should roll the fabric around the core. We do not recommend folding the fabric as this will cause creases. You should also avoid windows or other direct sunlight to prevent the banner from fading.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

How to Make Custom Soccer Banners

Step by Step Instructions on How to Make a Soccer Banner Online

Soccer Banner
If you are looking for an easy way to order a custom soccer banner, you've come to the right place! We have lots of soccer banner templates available for you to customize. To get started, go to our soccer banners page

Step 1: Choose Banner Size and Quantity
The first step is to choose your banner size and quantity from the drop down menu. You can get any banner size up to 16 feet by 50 feet.

Step 2: Choose the Banner Add Ons / Finishing Options
The standard finishing for vinyl banners is heat welded hems and grommets every 2-4 feet around the perimeter. Reinforced hems, reinforced corners and pole pockets are also available.

Step 3: Pick a Design Method - Pick a Soccer Banner Template
There are three different ways you can order soccer banners. You can pick a template, upload a file or work with a graphic designer. We will show you how to order by selecting a template.
Pick a Soccer Banner Template to Customize
Pick a Soccer Banner Template to Customize
How to Start Designing a Soccer Banner Template
When you find a template that you want to customize, put your mouse over the template and click on the "Customize Template" button. This will take you into the online designer. All of the soccer templates are fully customizable.
Soccer Banner Template in the Online Designer
Soccer Banner Template in the Online Designer