Reduce, reuse, upcycle

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We strive to be good environmental stewards — leaving the environment better than we found it is important, and we believe a strong community has a crucial role in making that possible. That’s why we love our friends at Upcycle Parts Shop.

Upcycle Parts Shop is made up of a dream team that works to reduce waste, strengthen the community and get people inspired by turning one man’s trash into another man’s really cool art piece. We sat down with Michael Hudecek, Business Relations Manager at Upcycle Parts Shop and upcycle artist, to get the details.

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Dad Hats: this trend is no joke

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However unexpected it may be, Dad Hats are one of this year’s hottest trends. Rihanna wears them. Drake wears them. They’re so hot that even President Obama, the ultimate dad, wears them. They’re effortlessly cool and easy to wear, making Dad Hats a pain-free trend to embrace.

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LT Magnotto: Color Separation Legend and Cleveland Busy Body

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We chatted with LT to find out what color separation is and how he spends his time off the clock.

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Vintage Vinyl with Spicher & Co.

We love seeing new creative uses for everyday products. So, you can imagine our excitement when Spicher and Co. came to us with the idea to use Record Jackets to package their rad, vintage-inspired vinyl floorcloths. 

Spicher and Co. started as a way to showcase the paintings of Kolene Spicher — artist and founder Mark Spicher’s wife — and are a high-end manufacturer of framed artwork and home goods. Vintage Vinyl (a division of Spicher and Co.) began producing vinyl floorcloths (or floor mats) that feature patterns and colors with a luscious vintage aesthetic. The company draws inspiration from historic, hand painted canvas floorcloths and vintage kitchen linoleum to create their groovy, fun products that have modern durability. Vintage patterns and vinyl records are both making a comeback in this blast from the past product.

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Look Fresh (and Feel Cool) with Ultra-Light Apparel

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Summer means beach vacations, driving with the windows down and a change of wardrobe. To save you from the brutal summer heat, we’re offering Ultra-Light Apparel. You can keep feeling (and looking) your coolest with some of the thinnest fabrics on the market. Let’s dive right into the deep end.

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Jennifer Young on Giclee Printing

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Jakprints employees are artists, musicians, photographers and creators that know a thing or two about the creative process. With a staff full of creative people, we understand what a piece of art means to the artist. No one wants their work to be presented on anything less than the best, and that’s where we come in. We understand that you want reproductions of your art to reflect the time and attention you put into each piece.

Giclee prints are perfect for reproducing your drawings, paintings, digital art and photographs accurately. But what exactly is a giclee print? What sets it apart from other types of printing? We know technical talk can get complicated, so we turned to Giclee Manager, Jennifer Young, to break it down for us.

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Sticker Types

So you want some rad custom stickers, (who doesn’t?) but you’re not quite sure which sticker is going to be best for you? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of common questions that can quickly guide you to the right type of sticker sticker for your needs so you don’t find yourself in a sticky situation.

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Quantity? A lot or a little?

The first questions to answer on the path to the sticker of your dreams.

Roll Stickers which come in high quantities are the most economical option. These stickers are available on a variety of substrates such as clear, white and yellow vinyl, paper and foil stocks. Typically clocking in around 10-20 cents per sticker these will be the most inexpensive option for larger quantities of 500 or more.

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What you need to know about Giclée Printing

Your art deserves a color-accurate, tack-sharp print that will last a lifetime. Giclees are the go-to source for museum prints for a reason: Few other prints accurately reproduce drawings, paintings, photographs, prints and digital art. So many artists we talk with are confused by giclees: what makes them different than other art prints, what’s with all these weird terms and what the hell does giclee mean, anyway?

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Technically, giclees are just ink jet prints. And, some unscrupulous vendors will just sell you any overpriced ink jet print and call it a day. What truly separates an inkjet print, like your home printer, from a giclee is the number and quality of the inks. Instead of a standard 4 dye-based inks (CMYK), giclee printers use 8-12 pigment-based inks (like traditional printmaking inks or fine art paint). This creates more vibrant colors and allow you to reproduce a larger color range (gamut).  

We’re printmakers and craftsman, so we carry on the legacy of outstanding quality by using incredible people, people who are well versed in traditional methods to ensure each print is created with our high expectations of detail, color and saturation. Each print  is hand cut to size and carefully packaged in acid-free and PH-balanced tissue paper.

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Making A Great First Impression at Tradeshows

 

Tradeshows are one of the best places to present your brand to new customers and contacts. If you’re not paying extra attention to the little things, you could find your booth struggling to gain interest — and you’ll be stuck wondering why.

We sat down with Jakprints’ Co-Founder and tradeshow whiz, Dameon Guess, for advice on starting the show confidently and impressing attendees. Dameon has attended many tradeshows over the years — ever since Jakprints was born in 1999!

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Printing for a DIY Wedding

Everyone loves having the ability to control their plans. That way you know you’re getting what you want, when and how you want it — at your discretion. Utilizing DIY is a great way to have this same control over your wedding and still get a high-quality outcome, without having to hire someone to do it for you.

If you truly go all out with DIY, it’s not only cheaper but more importantly — you’re getting free reign on creativity. With all of the options out there for DIY projects, your print materials for your wedding can be as unique as you are.

The Invitation

Every wedding starts with a great invitation. They should showcase your personalities and set the tone for the ceremony. Going the DIY route can result in unique invites. This way, you have total control what’s going to be included in your invitation and associated products.

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