Button Collection!

Buttons are not just a novelty they are a physical representation of your cause, your brand and your social ideas!

Photos of Crysta's button collectionIf you’ve ever questioned whether or not buttons or a button maker would be a good investment, people will keep the pins long after an event and remember your cause or brand–we’ve got the answer. They will! We had the pleasure of borrowing Crysta’s button collection (our 1” Button Guru here at BB!). These are from Canada mostly and we decided to highlighted a few interesting ones…

Collection of buttons, Elmer's Glue & South Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority Bottom Left: Elmer and I never forget button – Elmer the safety elephant mascot was an attempt to teach young children street and road safety. The character began in 1947, in Toronto. The illustration you see was done by Charles Thorson.
Next to the Elmer’s pin, we have the South Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority which started around 1951 in order to, well, conserve. Mostly water!

Vote Carly Button from SCI HighschoolSCI’s SAC BALLOT button – This one is from Crysta’s time at high school when her friend Carly was running for class president

Canada’s fitweek 1988 pinback button Canada’s fitweek 1988 button – As the button says, it was held on May 20th 1988 by Fitness Canada. 7.5 Million Canadians nationwide participated.

Let’s Talk Jerky & Federal Express Olympics buttonTop Right: Let’s Talk Jerky! button – We’re not sure of the origins of this one but we are sure that they wanted to talk to you all about jerky 🙂 Mmmm…Bottom Right: Federal Express Olympics button – Always interesting to see a big brand’s progression from one name to another. This was for the 1988 Olympics before Federal Express rebranded to FedEx!
Top middle: Anyone else remember KMart?

Red Rocket Button & OthersTop Left: Ride the Red Rocket Toronto button – Did you know Toronto, Canada has a huge streetcar network? It started way back in the 1860s with horse drawn carriages and quickly grew to electric powered streetcars. This button makes memory of the beloved red rockets.

Buttons are like diamonds, with proper care they can last forever. Keeping your cause, brand or social idea in mind-decades later!!
Tips:

  • Keeping them from getting rusty by avoiding unnecessary moisture
  • Keep out of direct sunlight to avoid your colours bleaching
  • For the button maker, start with good quality materials like ButtonBiz parts, acid free paper and high quality inks
    All these will help with the longevity of your pins!

So do you have a button collection, what is your favourite? Share in the comments below!! 🙂
– Megan // Bayleaf Buttons

Button Making At Your School – Ideas and Tips!

 

The new school year is full swing! You’ve never had a better excuse to add a button maker to your school. Button makers are affordable; they last a lifetime, and will be the buzz in the student activities office. With buttons you can fundraise for your school or class trips, promote your schools sports teams, and raise school spirit!

Teacher looking at button making systems from Buttonbiz.com

 

Think about it!! Try some of these ideas:

  • Generate buzz within your school, have a design contest to get students involved. Once the winner has been chosen, make that button available for sale and fundraise for your school!
  • Offer custom buttons for parents whose children are doing exceptionally well on a team or in academics. Encourage parental pride!
  • Students attending off campus competitions can easily be recognized with your school’s logo on a large button.
  • Charge students a small fee for making custom buttons to promote their candidacy while running for student council.
  • Make a special line of buttons for the big football game, encourage school spirit, and give a lasting memento from the game for years to come.
  • Team up with your favourite local charity, sell buttons to fundraise for them and add your schools moto or mascot to the buttons. It’ll encourage charitable giving while showing the local community you care.
  • Buttons make a great keepsake for graduating students; they’ll look back on the pins fondly.
  • Give your honor roll students a reward; make a customized button just for them. They will know that are grades important and feel appreciated at the same time!
  • Having Staff or Parent volunteers wearing a button can make it easier for others to identify them!
    Picture of buttons reading Parent Liaison, ASK ME!

    Example of some ‘Ask Me’ Buttons, great to use for parent volunteers or teachers-Easily get conversations going with the help from buttons!

These are just a handful of ideas that you can use…your school’s creativity is the limit.
Button Biz has a great selection of button making systems to suit your school’s needs, check them out here!

 

Till next time!
– Megan // Bayleaf Buttons

 

5 Band Button Ideas

Buttons can be great source of revenue and a great marketing tool for bands.  It only costs about $300 to get a complete button maker system.  It’s not cheap, but it will pay for itself in no time.  Not only can you make buttons for your own band, you can also make them for other bands and other organizations.

Below are few ideas on how bands can use buttons to make a little money and generate a little buzz.

  1. Buttons can be used as a promotional tool.  Place your band logo on a button and it’s instantly a free advertisement.  Buttons are cheap to make so you can give them away or sell them for a big profit.
  2. Buy a t-shirt and get a button free.  Everyone loves free stuff.  Concert t-shirts can be a little expensive; give your fans a little incentive possible by offering them a couple free buttons with the purchase of a t-shirt.  You can also give a free button to anyone that purchases an album or spends $10 on other merchandise – the ideas are endless.
  3. Promote your upcoming album.  Put the name and release date of your next album on a button and make the staff at the concert venue wear it.
  4. Do you play a certain venue or geographic location often?  Instead of promoting your next album, promote your next gig by having the staff wear a button that shows when and where your next gig is.
  5. Is a member of your band artistic?  Create a limited edition set of buttons that was designed and signed by a member of your band.

The buttons below were created by Fez to promote their band.

fez-band-buttons

More button making ideas for bands can be found below:

Button  Making Ideas for Bands and Music Groups
Buttons for Bands: Using a Button Maker for Band Promotion

If you’re not interested in making your own buttons, there are a few companies below that specialize in making buttons for bands.

YourBandButtons.com
RockButtons.com

Do you have an idea on how a rock band can use buttons?  Please post it in our comment section.

5th Annual Stereohype Button Badge Design Competition

Stereohype.com is holding its annual button design competition.

The entry deadline is February 16, 2009.  There are two separate categories – single badge design and set of three.

For some inspiration, you can see a see the winning entries from the past four competitions.