Brooke

Brooke is the Design Team Director at Printsocial. She oversees the design department, assists with graphic design projects, and helps coordinate upcoming projects with customers/graphic designers. Outside of the office, Brooke enjoys being a Soccer Mom, a Gymnastics Mom, cooking, drinking wine, and is a firm believer in Sunday afternoon naps.

InkTank: Unique Uses for Hang Tags

Creative Uses for Hang Tags

Hang tags, commonly used as price tags and product information tags, are the latest product to be put under the microscope. How can this little card with a hole be helpful to people outside of their normal uses? Mason Jar Tags A customer came to us with an idea for a tea party she was […]

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Hang tags, commonly used as price tags and product information tags, are the latest product to be put under the microscope. How can this little card with a hole be helpful to people outside of their normal uses?

Mason Jar Tags

A customer came to us with an idea for a tea party she was having. She was going to give each of her guest mason jars that held the ingredients for Sweet Tea. She needed to give them something that held the instructions. We suggested creating a hang tag to be tied to the jar. With a little bit of string added, the gift was complete.

I’ve had many people over the years give me the jars of cookie mix for Christmas. A little hang tag would be perfect for this type of gift too. You can add the instructions and put a small holiday note, all on the same tag.

Tags for Mason Jars

Gift Tags

It seems like my kids are constantly being invited to birthday party these days. And with so many gifts being given, sometimes it becomes a bit much to also include a card for each gift. So I decided to create gift tags for each of them. Now, each time they have a gift to give, they attach their hang tag with a special note written on the back. Neither tag is birthday themed, so they can be used no matter the occasion. My youngest loves mermaids and my oldest loves Paris, so both tags reflect their interests.Hang Tags Make Great Gift Tags

Bookmarks, Branding, & More

Create jazzed up bookmarks by adding ribbon or string to the end of them. Hang tags are perfect for that. Rather than you having to worry about punching the hole yourself, you can order the hang tag that comes pre-punched.

Another idea that would be great for hang tags is for thank you’s. Businesses constantly are sending out thank you notes and gifts to their customers – thanking them for their business and loyalty. This photo below is a great example of how to spread the love to those who have helped your business grow.

Need a product tag for jewelry? Hang tags are great for that too. Just punch the earrings directly through the hang tag and voila instant branded packaging!

There are a variety of other ways to incorporate the use of hang tags. Use them as bookmarks, jewelry holders and thank you tags. The possibilities are endless.

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InkTank: Wedding Ideas

Unique Ways to Incorporate Print into your Wedding.

With wedding season right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about those small details that can add so much personality to your wedding. Everyone knows you need a save-the-date and an invitation, but what you may not realize is that there are a ton of additional printed items you can take […]

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With wedding season right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about those small details that can add so much personality to your wedding.

Everyone knows you need a save-the-date and an invitation, but what you may not realize is that there are a ton of additional printed items you can take advantage of, even on a small budget. We’ve put together a variety of unique examples that will take your wedding to a whole new level!

We’ve put together a variety of unique examples that will take your wedding to a whole new level! Beautiful Wedding Invites and Stationary

In the above Jenson-Baker wedding, this couple created eight different pieces that tied their entire wedding together. They started with the save the date and a matching envelope. A few months later they set out a coordinating wedding invitation with matching envelope. This also included a small postcard for the RSVP card. (No need to put this in an envelope. This will save you the cost to print the envelopes, plus you can get a break on postage by mailing it as a postcard.)

While at the wedding, each guest received a wedding program and when they got to the reception, the guests had a little place card with their names on it. The cards were printed with the design and then each name was hand written for that personal touch. After the wedding was over, the couple sent out a personalized thank you card that included a photo from their wedding.

Another example of wedding pieces was done for a couple named Emily & Joel. They did their save the date and invite with us, but also added a few other fun pieces. At the reception, they had business-card size cards sitting at each person’s place setting, asking everyone to give a little advice for the bride and groom. When cocktails were ordered, guests received square, silk card to use as coasters. And lastly, for the guest gift, each person received a mini bottle of wine. The couple printed white BOPP labels to go on each bottle, making it a little more personal.

Custom Wedding Stationary Design

Another idea, that I thought was clever, is that during an engagement party, Stefan & Reshma asked each of their guests to suggest a honeymoon location. They printed the below hangtags and had a large map of the world hung on the wall. Each guest wrote down their suggestion and then hung the tag, with pushpins, to the map. So much fun!

Uses of Hang tags at a wedding.

Creative Idea:

  • Hangtags are great to tie on to your guest gift, whatever it may be. Put a little “thank you for coming” message on there with your names and the event date.
  • Need directionals? Or just fun signs as guests drive in? Don’t forget about yard signs. You can purchase quantities as small as one sign and they come with the stakes to inset into the ground.
  • Step and Repeat banners are a great way to get your guests taking photos and creating memories. Print your names repeatedly (like a special even step & repeat) or create a nice photo backdrop. Either way, your guest will be excited to take their photos and remember this great event.
  • Do you have a hashtag or wedding social media page? Create a small card that directs your guest to your social pages so they can share all their photos with you. For hashtag inspiration, take a look at the blog by The Knot: 20 Creative Ways to Display Your Wedding Hashtag.  

When designing these pieces, one thing to keep in mind is that each piece should represent you and your theme. From the save-the-date all the way to the final thank you card, they should all coordinate and express your theme. Before starting your save-the-date, really put some time and thought into your colors and feel of the wedding. Not only will the guests notice these special touches, but they’ll make a wonderful keepsake for you to remember your special day.

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InkTank: Creative Uses for Business Cards

InkTank is a blog series that highlights unique and creative uses for print products. We encourage readers to th”ink” outside the box when it comes to your next print project. The following post shines the spotlight on business cards and shows how our clients are using the traditional product in modern and unique ways. The […]

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InkTank is a blog series that highlights unique and creative uses for print products. We encourage readers to th”ink” outside the box when it comes to your next print project. The following post shines the spotlight on business cards and shows how our clients are using the traditional product in modern and unique ways.

The 3.5 x 2 card, commonly know as “the business card,” has a lot more uses than just a handout of contact information. We have seen many people take that small piece of paper and use it for some very creative things. These small cards are perfect for getting information into the hands of potential customers. Here are a few uses of “the business card” that you may find helpful with your business.

Social Media Promotions

Have a blog or a social media page you want to share with the world? You can easily create a card that is specifically geared towards getting people to your site. Keeping it simple will make the card more intriguing.

Creative uses for Business Cards

Advertising & Coupons

Dress Direct chose to create cards to let people on the streets know that they have opened their doors, while Hawthorn 64 created a card to advertise a big sale they were having on some of their clothing.

Frequent Shopper Punch Cards

Everyone likes getting free stuff! Why not reward your loyal customers with a little something extra once in while? Punch cards are a great way to do this. Whether you actually punch them with a special hole punch or use a stamp, these cards are a great way to keep people coming back.

Frequent Shopper Cards

You can select from a variety of printing options to make your card unique.

SEE ALSO: What is Bleed & Why do Print Files Require It?

Check back each month for new and creative ways to use print products. And most importantly… don’t be afraid to th“ink” outside the box!

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The Truth About Mommy Cards: Why Every Parent Needs One

Business Cards and Trading Cards are great for Mommy Cards. These cards are important and each parent should have some on hand.

A couple weeks ago, my six-year-old came home from school and said there was a new girl in her class. She asked if it would be ok to play with her on the weekend. So the next day, I sent a post-it note to school with her with my phone number on it. It felt […]

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A couple weeks ago, my six-year-old came home from school and said there was a new girl in her class. She asked if it would be ok to play with her on the weekend. So the next day, I sent a post-it note to school with her with my phone number on it. It felt very cheesy.

Here I am, working for this great online print company, and I don’t have anything cute/professional-looking that contains my personal information. I changed that the next day. That’s when I thought about mommy cards, a creative way to use business cards.

Mommy Cards”(Mommy business cards, Mommy calling cards or trading cards) have been around for years; this isn’t a new concept by any means, but I can tell you that since I’ve had my own, I have gotten so much use out of them! I’ve set up play dates with school friends, handed out to other moms we meet at the park, given to acquaintances at church, given to other parents on their sports teams… the list really goes on and on. I truly feel that our social interaction with other parents and children has grown, due to the fact that I now have something to hand out. And, it’s been a great conversation starter!

Content for Your “Mommy Card?”

The first thing is to think about is how you are going to use the card. Where do you see yourself giving it out? What information do you want these people to have about you? If you are going to be handing it out to strangers you meet at the park, maybe you leave off your home address and just put your phone number and email address.

If the card is going to people you feel more comfortable with, maybe you include your Facebook or Twitter handle. If you want the card to send with your child to sleepovers and other events where you won’t be present, maybe you put your child’s medical information on it – especially if they have food allergies or special needs.

How Do You Design a “Mommy Card?”

Some “Mommy Cards” are kept very simple with just a couple lines of information while others include photos of you &/or your child. Some cards express the personality of the parent while others show off the fun nature of the child. This can be done by showing their favorite sports, favorite colors, a photo of them doing their favorite activities; I’ve even seen many cards with family photos too.

Some "Mommy Cards” are kept very simple with just a couple lines of information while others include photos of you &/or your child. Some cards express the personality of the parent while others show off the fun nature of the child.

I would recommend keeping the card small: Business cards or trading card sizes are best. You can keep it very simple, or you can have some fun with it by adding Spot UV, Foil or rounding the corners.

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