Bring Instagram into the Real World with Blue Bee’s Square Stickers

Nearly half a billion people use Instagram every day, regularly posting the stories of their daily activities in the virtual reality of social media. If you’re one of them – and of course you are! — now you can bring the process full circle with Blue Bee’s custom square stickers, the ideal way to preserve your favorite Instagram moments.

Bring Instagram into the Real World with Blue Bee’s Square Stickers

Bring Your Best Insta Images to Life

Pictures of your precocious child, your adorable pet, that delicious meal, that amazing vacation, or those ubiquitous selfies can now jump out of your smartphone and stick around for years to come. Make sure you apply your favorite Instagram filters and other photo effects first for the ultimate in modern, eye-catching images.

Looking for inspiration on what to do with those cool stickers? Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Make a point with custom square stickers on your laptop or tablet, or even the non-screen side of your smartphone.
  • Use them as save-the-date or birthday reminders on your wall calendar.
  • Make your kids feel like superstars with stickers featuring their own happy faces.
  • Get creative with a collage – you could put them in a traditional frame, or arrange four vertically like those fun photo booth strips.  
  • Help non-tech-savvy loved ones “like” and share the photos from your feed with copies they don’t have to “log on” to enjoy. 
  • Make meals-on-the-go more festive with stickers on your child’s lunchbox or brown bag.
  • Skip the expensive wrapping paper and gift bags – stick custom square photo stickers on a simple brown paper bag for a meaningful presentation they won’t forget.
  • Create your own personal lending library with book labels.
  • Instead of traditional wine glass markers, stake out your drink at your next group event with personalized square stickers.
  • Who needs generic clip art from the store when you can illustrate your scrapbook with your own memories?
  • Surprise your family by adorning their bathroom or bedroom mirrors with square stickers from their favorite activities, as recently seen on Instagram.
  • Label storage bins so you’ll never forget what’s in them again!
  • Distribute custom square stickers as a creative marketing tool for your business or fundraiser.

Make it Stick – Your Way

It’s hip to be square with Blue Bee’s custom square photo stickers. And with our fully user-friendly site, it’s easy to upload all your photos and choose the sizes and finishes that are right for you.

Square photo stickers are available in 2×2”, 3×3”, 4×4”, or the size of your choosing – the perfect shape to translate your Instagram universe to reality. Stay traditional with white or clear paper waterproof stickers. For a pop of interest, use white ink on a clear sticker. Add low-tac backing for removable adhesive that won’t leave any residue.

Vinyl stickers offer a printable liner for additional information that doesn’t clutter your design. Single- or double-sided stickers are easy to apply to a window, and easy to remove when you’re ready for a new view.

Laminate stickers, available in gloss or matte, are terrific for use in packaging, laptops, and promotional use. Add UV protection if they’ll be staying outdoors.

Get a head start on your holiday shopping or home decorating, and visit www.bluebeeprinting.com to start making your custom square Instagram stickers!

Will Blue Bee’s Custom Bumper Stickers Damage My Car?

Custom bumper stickers are an inexpensive yet impactful way to tell the world about the places you’ve been, the family you love, the sports teams you cheer for, and the philosophies that mean the most to you.

Country legend George Strait even wrote a song about the one on the back of his truck: “There ain’t another like it ‘cause I had it made up.” But whether or not you share Strait’s vision to “Honk If You Honky Tonk,” you surely share an interest making sure that meaningful custom bumper sticker doesn’t eventually mean damage to your vehicle.

At Blue Bee, we feel the same way. That’s why our custom bumper stickers – available in white vinyl, clear vinyl, gloss UV laminate, and matte UV laminate – are specially designed with premium-quality professional materials to reliably adhere to chrome, paint, or glass; look great for thousands of travel miles no matter the weather or terrain; and, eventually, as your tastes change, leave no trace when removed properly.

Here are five tips to keep in mind when creating your next custom bumper sticker.

Choose bumper stickers created for automotive use. Seems obvious, but it’s worth noting. Normal paper stickers will likely either slip off at the first turn, or ruin the vehicle’s exterior when they have to be chipped off. Our permanent adhesive is intended for safe, long-lasting use on cars.

Radiate beauty. If your stickers are going to be in the sun more than six hours a day, or if they’ll be in a harsh environment, consider adding one of our UV laminates to protect your colors from fading and your stickers from scratching.

Location, location, location. You can put Blue Bee custom car stickers anywhere on your vehicle without fear of their damaging the underlying surface. However, because a sticker becomes a kind of sunscreen, depending on the kind of paint used on your car, removing your message could potentially leave a less-faded spot. A better choice might be a chrome bumper or a rear or side glass window. Just make sure it doesn’t block your view while driving.

Keep it clean. When you’re ready to apply your Blue Bee custom car sticker, wipe the area where you want to place it. Use glass cleaner, rubbing alcohol, or warm water and soap, then thoroughly buff it dry to prevent trapping dirt underneath. Once you’re sure the surface is smooth and no moisture remains, carefully peel the backing and slowly place the sticker onto the vehicle. Use a credit card wrapped in a thin washcloth to rub out any bubbles or ripples so they don’t obscure your message or shorten its lifespan.

Parting doesn’t have to be sweet sorrow. When it’s time to bid adieu to your bumper sticker (perhaps to put a new Blue Bee custom bumper sticker in its place!), take care to keep the surface looking as good as new. Try using a hair dryer cranked up high and blown at the sticker from a few inches away, starting in the middle and working outward. Then grab your credit card or a rubber spatula, or just use your fingernail to get under a loose edge and slowly peel the sticker and adhesive away. It may rip; just find another loose edge and start over. Spraying WD-40 under the sticker while peeling it away may help the process. Finally, remove any remaining residue with help from something like Goo Gone, rubbing alcohol, or white vinegar.

The next time you’re ready to make a moving statement, make it last with a Blue Bee custom bumper sticker that both you and your car will love.

Step Up Your Tailgating Game

Fall is in the air and for some that means crisp leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and apple picking. But for millions across the country, fall means football season, and that means tailgating. Are you the type of tailgater who shows up an hour before the game with a bag of sandwiches and a 6-pack of beer? Or is tailgating a way of life for you where you arrive at the stadium hours in advance to stake out your spot, stoke the charcoals of your portable grill, and set up a portable living room? Serious tailgaters are a culture all their own and you too can join their ranks. It’s time to step up your tailgating game with custom stickers and magnets.

The Car

Let’s start with your vehicle. Are you really asking your friends and loved ones to hang out with you out of the back of your SUV without going all out for your team? If you’re a true fan, custom vinyl decals are the way to go. Support your team with team logos and slogans for the sides and back of your car. Cool accents like racing stripes really show you made an effort.

Clear window stickers along the back windshield are another place to customize your car for your tailgating party. They are easy to apply and can be placed without obstructing your view. Support your team every day, not just on Sundays.

If you use your car for work and need something removable, custom car magnets can show off your tailgate on Sundays and come right off Monday morning. You can even move them around. There are smaller magnets for team logos and large size car sign magnets for the side of your car. Create a custom logo for your party for a sign magnet and be the envy of every nearby tailgater. 30 mil car magnets are strong and won’t fall off, so even if the stadium is a long way from home, you won’t lose the magnets on the trip.

The Gear

You may have spent hundreds on a Yeti cooler, but your tailgate gear should reflect your enthusiasm for your team. Don’t forget to outfit your cooler with custom die cut stickers of your team logo. Be helpful to your guests by labeling your coolers with their contents. People won’t have to open them as often and the drinks will stay cold. Have separate coolers for alcohol, non-alcoholic beverages, and food, each with their own label.

The grill is the focal point of a tailgate party. People wait for delicious burgers and hot dogs, milling around the grill in the meantime. You can personalize your grill hood with custom stickers. Some decorative flames at the edges, a fun grill nickname like Smokey the Bear or Hot Stuff, team logos, or a “Life of the Party” slogan all make for fun decorations for your grill.

Don’t’ forget your chairs when you’re preparing the party. Team licensed fold out chairs can cost a lot more than plain ones. You can customize your own chairs with team logo vinyl decals. They’re durable so they’ll survive people jumping up and out of the chairs.

The Location

There’s nothing worse than staking out your perfect parking spot only to have someone pull in right next to it as you’re setting up. Portable banner stands are an affordable, reusable way to reserve your party’s square footage. Once you roll into your spot, pop out the banner stand to let everyone know that this space is reserved for the best tailgating party ever.

The People

You’re going to be very busy manning the grill, making sure your guests are comfortable, and discussing the latest team trade. If you want to make sure you don’t have any interlopers crashing your party, give everyone a nametag sticker. You’ll know if someone doesn’t belong right away.

Be a Tailgating Star

With Blue Bee Printing, the sky is the limit for your next tailgating party. Custom stickers, decals, and banner stands are some of the ways to show off your team spirit. If you have something in mind, consult with our team of designers to help you. The next time you head to the stadium, your party will be so memorable you might forget you’re there to see a game.

Postcards without the Post

Postcards have a lot of appeal as a piece of mail. A postcard stamp is cheaper than a first class stamp. They are visually pleasing and concise. As a marketing piece they are more likely to be read since there is no envelope to open. It’s no wonder that billions of postcards are sent every year. However, postcards are versatile marketing materials with uses that go far beyond the mail room.

Recipe cards

Thanksgiving’s right around the corner and it’s a great time to catch up with family members. In addition to taking photos to preserve the holiday, recipe cards are a wonderful way to remember your family traditions. Grandma’s stuffing, your aunt’s pumpkin pie, your uncle’s turkey – all are treasured recipes to be passed down. Each person can fill out recipe cards for everyone to take home, so at the end of the meal everyone will have a full set of cards. Print a recipe card template on the front and include details like the year, who hosted the meal, who was in attendance, and whose recipe it is. On the back, the person can fill in what they are thankful for that year, or write a memorable family story.

Recipe cards are also great for bridal and baby showers. Send each guest an invitation with a card to be returned at the party. Bridal shower guests can give family recipes. Baby shower guests can give their favorite recipes for kids.  

Bar cards

Bars can promote their drink specials, happy hour specials, and upcoming events with postcards in stand-up displays. Leave a few extra on the bar for patrons to take home with them and share with their friends.

Invitations

There’s no rule that says an invitation needs to be delivered in an envelope. A 4 x 6 postcard is a perfectly acceptable party invitation. Kids can hand them out in their classrooms.

Coupons/Specials

Coupons printed on flimsy paper get torn and lost easily. Sturdy postcard stock is perfect for advertising a coupon or special promotion. Businesses can print them out to be inserted in bags at point of purchase. They can be given out in front of a store as a way to draw in customers. Workers at vendor events can give them out to people walking by and initiate conversation.

Product Descriptions

Sometimes it’s not enough to create a product, people want a story to go along with it. Printed cards with your business information on one side and product information on the other are a great way to give product detail.

Thank You Cards

Fall is fundraising season. Sports teams, schools, and scouts are out in force to fund their projects for the year. Cookies, candy, candles, nuts, coupon books, and baked goods top the list of fundraisers. Print thank you postcards ahead of time to give out when the product orders arrive. Include a personal written note on the back. Your customers will appreciate the extra touch and will look forward to purchasing from you again next year.  

Finding uses for postcards requires thinking outside of the mailbox. Whatever your upcoming project, postcards by Blue Bee Printing will make an impact. They are made from sturdy 14 point coated stock so they will hold up to whatever handling your project requires. You can even order them with rounded corners if you’re looking for a standout piece. Our customer service team is standing by to assist you with your new postcard design.

Halloween Stickers are a Spooky Treat

Americans plan to spend almost nine billion dollars celebrating Halloween this year. Every year, the October 31 holiday becomes more and more popular. People celebrate with haunted hayrides, festivals, parties, and more. All age groups are getting in on the fun. It’s a holiday that welcomes creativity. Custom Halloween stickers are a great way to show your spooky spirit in all the events of the season.

An Allergy Friendly Alternative

The awareness of debilitating allergies keeps rising and parents want a safe and healthy alternative for their children at Halloween. A wonderful trend is the teal pumpkin movement. A teal colored pumpkin is left on the porch to indicate that children with allergies can trick or treat there safely. While some candies are known to be allergy safe like Dum Dum lollipops, there is no rule that you have to give out candy. Little favors like spider rings and tattoos can be given instead. Halloween stickers are a great option for trick or treaters. They’re safe, fun, and unlike raisins, kids will actually be happy to get them. (We’re not hating on raisins, though! They are quite yummy, too.)

Class Parties

If you’re the class mom (or dad) in charge of your child’s school Halloween party, you will also need to come up with allergy friendly alternative Halloween treats. Most schools are now asking for healthy snacks and non-food favors. You can hit up Pinterest for healthy snacks: these banana ghosts and clementine pumpkins should do the trick.

But when it comes to party favors, virtually all kids will love Halloween stickers. You can personalize them with the class name, the year, and even have students help design them. The kids will love sticking them on their notebooks to remind them of how much fun their party was, and keeping some in their sticker books as a class memento.

Trunk or Treats, Parades, and Community Events

Community Halloween events have exploded in popularity over the last few years. There are many advantages. They’re safer than trekking through neighborhoods in the dark. They can be combined with vendor events and community sponsorship. Parents don’t have to choose between staying at home to give out candy or going with their children.

If you’re participating in the events, you can give out Halloween stickers to the kids. Trunk or treats often have themed participants. Create stickers to match your theme and if you’re competing for best trunk design, your stickers can help make your trunk more memorable. Vendors participating have the chance to make an impression on passersby with sticker giveaways. You can modify your business logo to give it a Halloween flair, or simply write “Happy Halloween” from your local shop. It’s a perfect opportunity for some goodwill and exposure for your business.

Party Favors

There are people that love Halloween and then there are those who go all out with custom made costumes and huge inflatable lawn creatures. Halloween enthusiasts love to throw a big bash complete with costume prizes, themed drinks, and party favors. Your Halloween party will be the talk of the town with custom party stickers. You can create your own party logo and update it each year that you have your party. Your next monster mash will be a graveyard smash!

This year make your Halloween season fun and memorable. Custom stickers from Blue Bee Printing come in a variety of shape options and you can even choose die cuts. It’s easy to design, create, and print with our user-friendly platform. Halloween stickers are spooktacular!

Why You Need a Business Banner Stand

Advertising your business is no easy feat. On top of the traditional means of getting the word out, business cards, posters, newspaper ads, and flyers – the modern landscape requires online and social media advertising. Engaging the consumer electronically is important, but there are, believe it or not, times when consumers are not occupying their phones. When you have the opportunity to grab attention visually and in person, you need to seize it. That’s where a business banner stand can set you apart.

How do you normally get someone’s attention? If you have a storefront, you use permanent signage for things that don’t change like your business name, hours of operation, policies, etc. Most people ignore these things unless they are looking for them. You’re not going to read the hours of a store if you can see that it’s open right in front of you. Promotional information goes on temporary signage so it can be replaced and updated regularly. This would be on posters, pricing signs and stand up flyers. While these can be more effective at catching the eye, consumers are trained to filter out a lot of the items vying for their attention.

A banner stand begs to be acknowledged. It jumps out into the walkway and in many cases requires a customer to walk around it. It stands tall at eye level so the consumer is more likely to read it. It’s large and eye-catching.

There are many benefits to a banner stand. It’s made of durable waterproof vinyl so you can use it indoors or outdoors. Even though it’s large, it has a minimal footprint so it won’t take up much room in your store or on the sidewalk. It’s lightweight so it’s easy to carry and comes in its own carrying case. When ready to store it, just retract it into its own aluminum casing for easy storage. Best of all – it’s affordable.

How can you use a banner stand?

A common way to use a banner stand is to advertise in-store promotions. They figuratively flag down a customer and lead them into the store. You can use them for long-running promotions that you want to let your customers know about. They’re also great to use for recurring promotions like a restaurant with rotating specials or a shop with seasonal sales.

Your business isn’t always tied to a location. A great feature of a banner stand is its portability. If your business needs to travel, your banner stand can travel with you. It can help you stand out at trade shows where everyone is trying to grab the buyers’ attention. Vendor fairs are where you get all kinds of passersby who might not even look at your table obscured under a tent. A banner stand can pull them in.

Banner stands are a great means of cross-promotion. If you work out a deal with another business to promote each other’s services, a banner stand is an easy way to promote each other. A clothing store might partner with a shoe store to give a discount for purchasing at both. A realtor may partner with a cleaning service to help get homes ready for sale. Using a banner stand to advertise these partnerships is convenient, effective, and easily removable at the end of the agreed time period, or if the partnership is dissolved.

Salespeople can use a banner stand to reinforce information shared during a presentation. Using visuals to keep the listener engaged is a great way to highlight key points. People hate sitting in on long Powerpoint presentations, and a banner stand lets the listener review information at their speed.

Crowd control is another way to put banner stands to use. In general, people want to follow directions and hate wasting time. You want your customers to have a good experience at your business and not resent poor crowd control. Waiting in line for a register only to see a small sign that they are in the cash-only line will infuriate your customers. Banner stands at the point of entry will direct people ahead of time. Events where people have to show identification or paperwork can become a bottleneck. Banner stands alert people in a timely fashion so that they will have their paperwork ready.

Blue Bee Printing’s banner stands are one of the most versatile and worthwhile purchases you can make for your business. It’s a unique and modern way to advertise at an affordable price. The durable construction and quality printing is impressive and will get the attention of your current and future customers.

It’s Back to School Time: Custom Labels to the Rescue!

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Parents everywhere are sending their children through the gauntlet of final school preparations. Haircuts, doctor appointments, physicals and medical forms, new outfits procured, backpacks, sneakers, and every other check mark off the to do list that can possibly be accomplished. And of course, along with all of the other back to school tasks comes the dreaded school supply list. It can all be maddening, especially if you have more than one child and they attend different schools. The good news is that you can organize this chaos and custom labels are here to help you do it!

Even though the dog days of summer are currently upon us – that means back to school time is not far behind. It’s a bittersweet time of year; joy at getting some free time back as the kids are occupied all day, sadness that summer is ending and another year has passed, babies growing up. Getting organized for the upcoming school year can be a fun activity that you do together with your kids. Here’s how to use our custom labels in the process:

School supplies

You follow the school supply list to the letter yet everything is still a jumble when you bring it all home. You’re trying to fit it all in the backpacks but there’s overflow and now each child has to bring in additional bag of supplies. You can simplify this process and make the first day of school a breeze for everyone. Make a label for each child with their name, grade, and teacher and put it on each item. Drop the supplies off a day or two before school starts and your child will arrive with them already at their desk. The first day of school should be about photos and friends, not “Did you pack your paper towel rolls and anti-bacterial wipes?”

Schoolbooks and notebooks

Keep a sheet of labels on hand for the first week of school as your children bring home books and workbooks. Attach a label to everything possible so that your child’s books won’t get lost.

Meal prep

Meal prepping for the week is on trend and definitely a healthy way to go. Many people would rather spend a few hours on Sunday cooking for the week instead of scrambling to pack the same sandwiches every morning. Kick your school lunch meal prep up a notch with labels for your cool bento containers. Color-coded labels for each child and the day of the week will make the boxes easy to grab in the morning and help your children to get themselves ready for school.

Snacks

Most kids come home from school and immediately start scrounging for snacks. If you’re anything like Martha Stewart you have a tray of freshly baked cookies and milk ready to go. If you’re like the rest of us you’ve completely forgotten to go grocery shopping and there’s a half bag of beef jerky and some saltines in the pantry. Kids will start digging around and making unhealthy choices. You can simplify after-school snacks with custom labels. Keep a mason jar on the counter or in the refrigerator labeled with their name and “Snacks.” When you prepare their lunch for the day, put their snack allotment in the jar. Once they’ve finished their allowed snacks, they can only eat healthy fruits or vegetables afterwards.

Clothing

School requires extra clothing and all are supposed to be labeled. Daycares and younger grades ask for an emergency extra set of clothes. Higher grades need spare gym clothes. Sports require uniforms. Put down that sharpie which will damage the clothing and use printed labels instead. Sharpies can bleed and show through but labels can be easily removed for washing.

Extra-curricular activities

The supply list doesn’t end with the classroom. Extra-curricular activities have their own supplies and the kids tend to pile all their stuff together at meetings or practice. Scouts have uniforms, shirts, and hats. Band and chorus have music books, instruments, and uniforms. Sports have endless gear: cleats, balls, racquets, gloves, sticks, uniforms, helmets, and more. Student council, national honor society, and other after school groups have folders and notebooks. Labels make it easy for the activity lead to locate the right owner of the items.

Calendar labels

While you’re organizing all the back to school stuff, you’ll want to organize the back to school schedule to get your family back into a routine as smoothly as possible. Most parents are using their phone calendar or an online calendar to sync the events, but if your children are too young for phones they may feel like they are not in control of their own schedule. They will go through the week being dragged from one activity to another without knowing in advance what to expect. You can help your kids prepare for their week with a visual aid. A large printed calendar will help them track their days and labels will let them know what they are doing. If Mondays are dance class for one child and Tuesdays are soccer practice, they will get used to getting their gear together after a quick calendar check.

You can tame the chaos of back to school and make the process smooth and organized. With custom labels, your family will go to the head of the class!

Create a WOW Moment with Custom Greeting Cards

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Has this ever happened to you? You go to the greeting card store and spend way too much time picking up cards and then putting them back because the tone isn’t just right. Finally, you find a suitable card, flip it over, and see $5.99 emblazoned on the back! You’re looking for a simple message and what you’re getting is costing you 20% of the gift you planned to purchase. Never mind that the message doesn’t even quite fit with the tone you wanted. There is a better way to create a meaningful moment and that’s with custom greeting cards by Blue Bee Printing.

What’s the advantage?

With custom greeting cards, the design is totally your own, so you can create a meaningful, heartfelt message. You can include a photo of you, your family, or your pet. You can use a drawing or create your own design in Photoshop. You aren’t pigeonholed into using someone else’s words and images.

In fact, there are many benefits to creating custom greeting cards. One is the variety of options. Our cards come in two sizes, 10 x 7 or 8.5 x 5.5. Make sure you choose your size before you start your design so the proportions are correct. Once you design your front and back, you can choose whether you want to leave the inside blank for a handwritten message or printed on the inside in full color as well. Our cards can be ordered with envelopes or without if you plan on hand-delivering them. Quantities range from 250 to 10,000.

Custom greeting cards can save you money as well. The per-card cost is less than a dollar for custom cards versus the $3-$5 average at a greeting card store. Since we use volume printing, the cost per card goes down the more you order. Custom cards will definitely save you money in the long run.

How you can you use them?

If you’re always scrambling for a birthday card and picking them up from the grocery store every other week, then a set of custom birthday cards would be a fantastic idea for you. You can take a fun family photo with a cake and have your interior message personalized from your family. Your recipient will be more likely to remember your card if it’s fun and heartfelt.

Christmas and other holiday cards are also much more meaningful with a customized look. Generic boxed cards are immediately forgotten and many are tossed in the trash at the end of the season. With custom cards you can print a family photo of your choice. Your friends and family members will appreciate seeing your new picture each year and seeing your kids grow and change. Sending cards to work colleagues and customers also creates a meaningful connection. Your family becomes more real to them and they feel more connected to you as a person.

Blue Bee’s quality custom cards make excellent invitations as well. Milestone celebrations should be announced with a custom touch. Don’t cheapen your event with store-bought invitations or evites. Announce your party in a way that everyone will be talking about for years to come. Anniversaries, birthdays, engagement parties, christenings, first communions, sweet sixteens, and even weddings are a great place to use custom printed invitations.

Another way to use custom printing is with thank you cards. Writing thank you cards doesn’t have to be a lost art. People always appreciate a thank you note for gifts or a kind gesture. If you’re ordering invitations for a party, don’t forget a set of thank you cards as well.

Custom greeting cards are great promotional pieces for businesses. If you are holding a client appreciation event, your customers are more likely to respond to an actual mailed invitation than an email or a postcard. Greeting cards in envelopes are almost always opened rather than discarded. They stand out in a pile of junk mail or #10 envelopes. They make great promotional pieces for prospects and you can even include a handwritten note on the inside. It’s an amazing way to make a professional impression through direct mail marketing in a digitized world.

Don’t spend another minute on generic, expensive store-bought cards. Create a WOW moment with Blue Bee Printing’s custom greeting cards.

Using Custom Stickers to Achieve Your Decluttering Dreams

Minimalism is a trend that’s here to stay. People are finding happiness in letting go of unnecessary possessions. Having vast collections of bric-a-brac is no longer desirable. People want open living with clean, modern spaces. Marie Kondo has tapped into the trend with her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and konmaring your life has become part of our vocabulary. It’s easy to get started decluttering your own home and custom labels can make you an organizing machine!

Sorting Labels: When you have momentum for going through your things, you can derail it pretty quickly. Don’t get bogged down finding new homes for items as you go. Instead use boxes, bins, or bags for categories of items and labels to make it easy. Some categories you may need are keep, trash, recycle, shred, return, sell, donate, and relocate. Being able to quickly make decisions about each item and addressing all like items at once will make the process easier.

Placement labels: Key to keeping any system of organization working is having a place for everything. Custom labels make it easy to know where items will ‘live’ in your home. It also helps to stop you from buying unnecessary things if you know you don’t have room for them. Here are a few areas where you can work labels to your advantage:

  • Closet labels: Label shelves and bins so you don’t have to search for seasonal or special occasion items. Keep kids’ closets organized with hanger dividers for sizes and seasons.
  • Art supply labels: Keep like items with like and label your drawers for paints, drawing supplies, glue, scissors, cloth, and miscellaneous craft items like popsicle sticks, googly eyes, and pompoms. 
  • Office supply labels: It’s unfortunately very easy to overbuy office supplies since these are items that need restocking. But how many binder clips, paper clips, and staples do you really need? After you clear out your drawers to a manageable amount you can use custom labels to separate items.
  • Tools: Why go rifling through a tool chest every time you need a screwdriver? Use custom labels to clearly mark where everything belongs and avoid the urge to throw everything together.

Label photos: If your important family photos are living on your phone you risk losing them or just never looking at them. You can easily organize your photos and create an album you can pass on to future generations. Print out your favorites and write on the back all the important information. Think of it like retro tagging. Create a label with headings and blank areas that you can fill in like names of people, date, and location. The label prevents indentations on the photo from pen and helps you stay organized.

Paperwork: Inundated with endless paperwork, bills, and tax records? Get it off your desk and file everything away. Use custom labels for each year and within the year, each category of bills: medical, credit cards, mortgage, etc. Most accountants agree that you should keep seven years of records so categorizing your papers by year will make it easier to shred the files at year eight. You can elect to receive paperless statements to eliminate some bills. Just make sure you back up your files because the bank often keeps only eighteen months to three years accessible. Don’t store those files on a hard drive only. Keep them backed up to cloud, Google drive, or on a flash drive.

Kids Toys: This is one of the most difficult areas to organize because children are constantly in motion. You may spend hours sorting toys, finding missing puzzle pieces, and matching doll outfits only to have a 3 year old immediately misplace everything. After you’ve gone through and eliminated all broken, outgrown, or incomplete toys, make it easy for your children to maintain an organized space. Custom labels are a great way to help little ones understand where everything belongs. Use large colorful labels with a picture and a word. A puzzle piece and a large word ‘Puzzles’ will help pre-readers know where things belong.

Custom labels are a great way to get started organizing your home. You can design colorful labels with modern fonts on square stickers that make you smile when you put your things away. The team at Blue Bee Printing can walk you through your label order and make sure you have the right sizes for what you need. Once you see how easy it is, you’ll be inspired to organize and simplify every area of your home.

Design Your Business Cards to Get Noticed

Business cards have been in existence since 17th century Europe. Despite digital takeover of every aspect of our lives, business cards remain strong. The expectation of a business card is that it conveys all of your information in once place. However their small size makes them easy to lose. Here’s how to make your business cards stand out and not get left in a trashcan.

Clean and modern design: If you’re using the same format your company has been using for years, it’s probably time for an update. Keep the design clean and easy to read. Avoid script or decorative fonts. It doesn’t do you any good if your customer can’t read your name clearly.

Front and back: Don’t forget to use the back of a business card. Including all of your information on one side makes for a cluttered design. Using the back frees you up to keep the important information on the front and secondary info on the back. It allows you to have a cleaner look without sacrificing important text.

QR code and other digital information: Business cards have stepped fully into the digital age. Contact information no longer has to be manually typed in by a card’s recipient. You can create a virtual business card or vcard. A vcard contains all your contact information, website address, title, and anything else you want to include in a virtual file that can be directly added to a phone’s contacts. How you convey your vcard to the customer is through a scannable QR code.

QR codes are free to create and you can use any QR code generating website to do so. Once you input the vcard information and generate the code, download the image file as an .eps file. Then add it to your design. QR codes have to be a minimum of 1 x 1 cm to be scannable, but you might want to go larger to be on the safe side. Print it out at home actual size and test it to make sure it works before you finalize the design.

The best part about including a QR code is that if your contact information changes, you can update the vcard and the QR code will still work. Instead of having to order new cards immediately when your email address or phone number changes, you can explain to customers that the QR code will have your updated contact information.

Minimal text: Nothing makes a customer’s eyes glaze over than endless blocky text to read. Sometimes people are tempted to include too much information on a business card. Along with company name, your name, title, mobile phone, office phone, website address, physical address, and email address, people will include a company slogan, description or listing of services, fax number, and more. That’s a lot of information to fit on a three-and-a-half by two-inch card. Keep it to the essentials. If someone really needs a fax number they will call your office number to get it, which gives you a chance to have a personal conversation with them and create a connection. Keep your list of services short or use images to convey the idea. Try to make the company slogan blend with the logo so it separates that text from the rest of the card.

Photos and logos: Clear photographs and clean company logos go a long way to making your card memorable. If you include a photo of yourself, use a professional shot where you are smiling. If you are using stock photos or taking your own photos, make sure you use a high quality camera. Be careful to upload the full image size. Print requires high-resolution photography, where as websites can take a lower dpi without losing clarity.

Use Professional Design: If graphic design isn’t your strong suit, you can browse the extensive template library at Blue Bee Printing. We have a variety of templates that are customizable to fit your needs.