Archive for January, 2011

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Police forces in the United States have stumbled on a new trend.  They find that using custom lanyards for crime scene investigations has its advantages.  In fact, having these useful products on hand helps the men and women with efficiency and effectiveness.  From providing identification at the scene to giving police officers a sense of pride in their achievements, imprinted and embroidered lanyards make the perfect addition to uniforms in police departments across the nation.

The Newest Trend in CSI

Being a police officer can be a difficult job.  This is especially true in the case of crime scene investigations.  Coming together as a unit is even easier when you and your colleagues have custom lanyards that you can wear.  This gives you a sense of pride and camaraderie that helps you handle anything that is thrown at you.

Great Tools for Identification

Custom lanyards are great for identification purposes.  Some have even been created to resemble yellow crime scene tape.  The ones that we have designed in the past have been bright yellow with black imprinted lettering that reads “Crime Scene”.  One look at these lanyards helps to immediately identify members of the police department.  This can make it easy to determine who gets access to the scene and who does not.

Optional Badge Holder Adds to Usability

An optional PVC clear badge holder can help hold ID badges in place and make it easier for police officers to keep their hands free.  Being able to pick up evidence is an important part of crime scene investigations.  Carrying a cell phone or police badge can be a nuisance.  That is why we offer a number of attachment options to our lanyard customers.  We find they are extremely helpful to a variety of working professionals.

To find out more about the colors, sizes, and styles of lanyards that we offer, visit  If you’d rather speak to someone on the phone, you can reach one of our helpful sales representatives by calling 1-800-519-9319 or emailing  We will honor your request by creating your department’s crime scene lanyards up to your specifications.

Friday, January 28th, 2011

It seems the latest trend in challenge coin requests involves using them at wedding receptions. More and more people are finding that custom coins, aside from their military roots, are a great way for close friends and family to remember their wedding day.

Capturing the Day’s Memory

The personalized coin you see here was placed on the table as a place mark for every guest at the reception. Those who witnessed the wedding and attended the celebration dinner got to take the coins home as a special “Thank You” from the bride and groom.

Incorporating the new couple’s monogram on one side and an inspirational message on the other, as shown on the coins here, is what gives the coin its sentimental value. This particular coin was plated in all silver, but if the newlyweds wanted to add a little extra flare they could have had the letters done in gold or added a special edge.

While we are on the topic of edges, did you notice the intricate detail on this coin’s edge?  This particular style is our oblique-line edge.  We offer a few more edge options including cross cut, bezel, and rope.  Though subtle, choosing something other than a flat edge really helps customized coins stand out.

Military Weddings Are an Ideal Match

Having challenge coins made for military weddings also adds a special touch.  Considering coins have a common place in the military, having personalized coins for the wedding would be a perfect match.  You can have your branch’s seal on one side and the wedding message on the other.

There are very few events in our lives as meaningful and memorable as our wedding days.  Though there are not many things that could add to the spirit of the event, commemorative coins will certainly inspire your family and friends to relive the memory time and time again.

Do not hesitate to take advantage of the unique benefits quality custom coins have to offer.  You can contact Challenge Coins Plus either by emailing or calling our office at 1-800-252-0904.  Let us help you make your wedding day even more memorable.

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

We are finding that more and more customers want to know about our edging options.  The most common question that we, at Challenge Coins Plus, are being asked is, “Can our custom challenge coin have a flat edge on one side and a custom edge on the other?” Our answer to this question is, “yes”.  We will easily and gladly fulfill this and many other customization requests.

Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. Takes Two

We used this design option on a custom coin created for Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. The silver plated, double-sided coin displaying the company’s logo includes custom text and relevant company information in addition to the flat and oblique line edges.

Now that you have seen how using a standard and different type of edge adds character to the coin, it is only a matter of deciding which edging options are best for you.  To help with this we have separated our selections into two categories, free edge options and custom edge options.

Variety and Character at Little Cost

Our free edge options include Flat, Spur ,and Rope. The front of the Keystone Automotive coin is an example of a flat edge.  A rope edge, just as the name suggests, replicates the angular lines you would see in a rope.  A spur edge consists of raised metal that curves, extends and comes to a point creating half-circle shaped recessed areas between its points.

The custom edges are Bezel, Oblique Line, Cross Cut, and Reed.  The bezel edge creates a wave like affect along the coins edge.  The oblique line, as seen on the back of Keystone Automotive’s coin, is made of angular slits.  The cross cut edge consists of a series of cuts intersecting one another and creating diamond shaped patterns.  Finally the reed is an edge that may be very familiar to you as it is very similar to the edge used on U.S. currency, usually quarters.

Our custom edges are $.35 per side. To get a better idea of how these options look, please view the custom edges section of our Coin Pricing Page at

Challenge Coins Plus takes pride in offering unlimited coin design options.  Mixing and matching the types of edges you use on your coin will add variety and character.  Feel free to call us at 1-800-252-0904 or email us with your questions at

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

It is hard to believe that in just a few days, on January 29th, it will be 125 years since the patent for the “vehicle powered by gas engine” was submitted by Carl Benz in 1886. Since then, the Mercedes-Benz has served as a symbol of class, luxury, and success for everyone that owns one of these amazing automobiles.

Over a Century in the Making

The world renowned automaker’s management and chair team credits its success to “the systematic advancement of ideas”, ideas like its new Embrace Tele-Aid Luxury Package. With the Embrace being the latest offering on Mercedes- Benz cars, the car maker launched a new advertising campaign and contracted Lapel Pins Plus to design its custom lapel pins.

As a perfect and unique addition to this campaign, the lapel pins Mercedes had us create feature the signature Embrace logo, “mbrace”, and well known Mercedes-Benz emblem.  Combining an internationally recognized symbol with simple text is a great way to get the message across. These promotional lapel pins are a guaranteed to not only market the new technology package, but also draw attention to whoever is wearing it.

Obvious and Undisputable Quality

By taking one look at this custom pin anyone will clearly see the statement that is being made. Mercedes employees, owners, and enthusiasts can all don these car pins to show that they are a part of something historical and legendary.  We knew that this, too, was a goal the premier vehicle manufacturer set to achieve and were more than happy to oblige.

When it comes to quality, the product always speaks for itself.  Over time its reputation and success will thrive as its product offerings and customer base continue to grow.  For the car industry, Mercedes-Benz is an example of this.  As for lapel pin makers, Lapel Pins Plus proves this principle to be true.

Contact our experts today to get the best custom lapel pins, in the fastest time possible, for your new ad campaign. We guarantee you will be 100% satisfied.  Call us at 1-800-252-0904 or send an email to

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

February is Black History Month.  Groups around the nation plan activities surrounding prominent African American figures like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and Harriet Tubman.  Custom lapel pins honoring these icons can be used in a variety of private and public programs as a way of educating the public about historical events.

What Is Black History Month?

Black History Month is a celebration of African American heritage.  It was founded in 1926 by United States historian Carter G. Woodson as a way of honoring former President Abraham Lincoln and former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

How Do Custom Lapel Pins Help in the Celebration?

There are a number of ways that custom lapel pins can help with the celebration.  Here are just a few ideas of their uses:

  • To Promote an Event or Fundraiser.
  • To Educate the Public About African American Leaders.
  • To Reward Pillars in the Community.
  • To Encourage Participation in Clubs and Programs.

Custom lapel pins are versatile in use and design.  A person can determine what size, shape, and colors that they want their pins to be after deciding what type of image to use.  For example, a larger graphic of a prominent African American leader requires a larger lapel pin.

Changing the shape of the pin from round to square can dramatically alter the appearance of the design.  Adding an antique wash over a pin adds layers of depth.  This detail also can change the overall look and appeal of the custom lapel pin.  Playing around with options like these can help a person to determine the exact look that they are trying to achieve with their design.

Black History Month is a time for sharing and learning.  African American culture is rich with stories.  Custom lapel pins remind the nation of this and invite others to join in on the celebration.

Monday, January 24th, 2011

The New Year always brings many new possibilities. For us this means receiving quite a few requests from gyms and fitness centers for custom lanyards. Though one explanation for it could be the many New Year’s weight loss resolutions that lead to clubs needing more staff, we are certain that the quality and reputation that precedes Custom Lanyards Plus is to blame.

Flexing Your Marketing Muscles

For many fitness centers, lanyards provide a practical and inexpensive way to advertise. For example, the lanyard you see here was designed exclusively for Diamond Trail Fitness Center in Sully, Iowa. This particular lanyard design only includes the center’s name and logo, but we could have easily included additional information like a website or email address as well as a phone number.

Exercising Practicality and Style

Customized lanyards offer a great way to help identify the center’s members as well as provide a place for them to store their ID’s and keys while they workout.  A gym owner can capitalize on this opportunity by creating special lanyards to give out to and thank new members.  Not to mention, lanyards also make it easier to recognize staff and personal trainers.

Putting Your Safety First

Fitness clubs and places like them take every precaution to prevent safety hazards and issues.  Our lanyards help with that also. The optional safety breakaway feature on them alleviates the need to worry about whether or not they will get caught on the machines.  Fitness center owners are particularly fond of this option.

If you are a member of or know someone who owns a gym, now is the best time to take advantage of the many benefits custom lanyards have to offer. We are still only at the beginning of the year and your gym’s personalized lanyards can make all the difference in how the year ends.

Contact Custom Lanyards Plus with your request and to get your Free Quote. We will send you a complimentary digital proof of your lanyard and make unlimited revisions to it at no additional cost.

Call us today at 1-800-519-9319 or send us an email at  Your satisfaction is always guaranteed!

Friday, January 21st, 2011

When it comes to making your business or organization known, there are few ways as versatile and flexible as custom lapel pins, at least according to Naturesway Productions.  The producer of nature videos that wildlife enthusiasts, students, and the general public can appreciate commissioned Lapel Pins Plus to create custom pins to mark their brand.

Start of a New Branding Effort

Naturesway wanted a lapel pin that individuals would see and be able to easily remember. Though the organization knew they wanted to initiate a new branding effort, they needed our help with creating the ideal lapel pin design.

Our graphic designers reviewed the company’s website to get an idea for the pin.  Considering the video clip of a majestic humming bird is the first thing visitors see when they go to Naturesway Productions website, using the same bird in the logo for the lapel pin successfully achieves the main goal of branding the business.

Not only does the company pin clearly identify the production firm but it also shows that its programs revolve around nature. Adorned in earthy green, red, and brown colors, this customized pin captures the essence of nature. The signature humming bird, busily gathering nectar from the flower shows that Naturesway is all about appreciating the natural world.

Establishing Your Brand

The unmatched skill of our graphic artists combined with the expertise of our representatives helped Naturesway Productions set itself apart from the countless number of nature video producers. Lapel Pin Plus can do the same for your organization.

Visit our Soft Enamel Pin page at to see the more custom lapel pins we have created for other organizations and businesses.

Call our toll free number today, 1-800-252-0904, and take the first step in branding your business in a way that only we can! Email us at to get your free price quote.

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day that celebrates the economic, political, and social achievements of women. With it comes a great opportunity to honor the remarkable women you know. Now is the perfect time to start designing custom pins for the occasion.

Outstanding Women Deserve Praise

When we think of outstanding women, the first people that typically come to mind are our mothers. The spirit of International Women’s Day can be captured in custom lapel pins that are just as unique as our mothers. They also provide a great way to say thank you to all the mothers all over the world.

Do you have a favorite aunt, sister, cousin or friend? Why not create a personalized pin with a special meaning just for her. The symbol of a secret, a photograph of a memorable experience you once shared or sentimental words can be included in your lapel pin design. No matter what role they play, lapel pins designed with these ladies in mind will tenderly remind them that they are loved and appreciated.

Another good idea is to hand out custom designed pins to all of the women at your workplace. Recognizing their contributions not only at work but also in their personal lives and society will help them feel appreciated and respected while boosting their workplace morale.

An Advantage of Starting Early

Placing your order now is a really good idea.  Once the order is placed, Lapel Pins Plus can have the lapel pins in your hands in less than two weeks.  That only leaves a couples of weeks for our graphic artists to receive your design idea so they can prepare your digital proof and allow time for revisions.

Let Lapel Pins Plus help you make this International Women’s Day one that all the women in our life will not forget.  Send an email with your ideas to or call our office today at 1-800-252-0904.

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) located in Orlando, FL contacted us with an exciting idea for their new campaign. They wanted a way to encourage employees to contribute to the hospital and its various programs. ORMC’s mission was to reward team members that make monetary donations with a lapel pin that is shaped like a piggy bank.  The campaign’s motto, “Keep it at home, keep it in the piggy bank,” encourages employees to get involved with issues that relate to them.

The Power of a Good Campaign

By “keeping their donations at home,” team members are able to see their dollars hard at work in their neighborhoods and communities.  They improve their physical environment with their contributions by making ORMC a more positive place to work for and visit.  Participants in the program also serve as mentors to their peers.  By wearing their piggy bank shaped lapel pin to the hospital, they are attesting to the power of charitable giving.  This encourages the men and women who did not donate in the past to do so in the future.

Lapel Pins As a Motivational Tool

Custom lapel pins are great motivational tools.  Because they are viewed as a tangible reward, they tend to be perceived as being more valuable than other types of incentives.  Hospital employees can take pride in being a participant in the program and at the same make a statement to others that know little about the campaign.

Because they are customized, lapel pins can be created in a way that is most beneficial to our customers.  In addition to being able to choose the style, shape, color, and size of the products that you order from us, you also can decide what image or slogan best represents your mission or cause.

ORMC’s lapel pins were unique in shape and easy to spot in a crowd.  We helped them achieve this by suggesting that the pins be piggy bank shaped rather than round.  You can come up with your own ideas and submit them to us via our Free Quote form located on our website, through an email sent to or by calling 1-800-252-0904.

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Silk screen printing, commonly used on t-shirts, hats and bags, can also be used to increase the appeal of your custom lapel pins. The well-known design method achieves this by adding its own touch of something special.

Richly Layered and Boldly Unmatched

Using the silk screen method, colors are laid over the raised areas of soft enamel and die struck lapel pins.On cloisonné pins, the silk screen is actually laid over the paint area allowing for a wide variety of interesting designs.

With the colors being layered, your custom lapel pin design is given a richer and cleaner appearance. The major benefit of this process is that we can achieve the tiniest of details which cannot be done with traditional stamped designs. The primary reason for this is the fact that we do not have to outline the silk screen color with metal.

Emphasizing the Details Has Not Been Easier

For example, the lapel pin you see here is one lapel pin that has used silk screening to enhance the final product that was delivered to the customer.  Because the silk screen is laid over a painted surface, we know that this is a cloisonné lapel pin with silk screening. Notice the boldness of the green and blue colors, how the details along the edge of the handprint appear crystal clear and sharp.

The lapel pin above makes it obvious how well silk screen printing captures fine details.  For this reason, it is best to use the process on customized pins that consist of several design features and small details, like military emblems and state seals.

Though silk screen offers a high level appeal in terms of a pins appearance, the truth is any one of our pin styles can be used to create a one-of-a-kind and outstanding lapel pin. Our Pin Gallery page displays finished samples of our wide selection of options.  To see them go to

To start your custom lapel pin order or to share your ideas and suggestions, feel free to contact us at 1-800-252-0904 or send an email to

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