Archive for February, 2011

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Spring is the perfect time of year to gather for picnics and family get-togethers. In fact, we have been working with quite a few customers on designing this year’s family reunion lapel pins.  We know that one reason for this is that customized lapel pins make great reunion gifts. Other reasons why they are so popular is their unlimited design potential and how easily they can be made to capture family memories.

A History Teacher with Fetching Features

Though a custom pin is simple to create, there is nothing simple about the lapel pin design shown here. The Washington Family reunion pin not only displays how well different design elements can work together, but also how to graphically display your family history. The custom lapel pin is separated into quadrants, each possessing its own important piece of the family’s historic details.

In the upper left corner, the outline of Africa appears filled with the colors from the African-American flag. The upper right corner lists key family members. The lower right quadrant provides more geographical understanding with a replica of the state of South Carolina while the lower left pays homage to the couple that marks the beginning of the family’s lineage.  At the middle of the lapel pin, the words “Generation after Generation” join the four sections, echoing the “Family Unity” it was created to represent. One feature that is not shown here is the unique custom back stamp with the name of the family member who designed the pin, a truly memorable and personal touch.

Taking Full Advantage of This Time

If you are planning or will be attending a family reunion this spring, now is the perfect time to order your family reunion lapel pins.  When ordering your personalized pins you should consider the following aspects of its creation:

  • Lapel Pin Style.  We offer a wide assortment of styles including die struck, soft enamel and cloisonné lapel pins.  Each one offers its own genuine look and feel, such as the jewelry like quality of cloisonné and the traditional and classic appeal of die struck pins.
  • Type of Artwork. Graphic artwork is most commonly used to design lapel pins. However, there are other methods you can use to illustrate and colorize them. Offset printing allows you to use actual photographs while silk screen printing offers rich and boldly layered colors that capture intricate design details.
  • Customized Shaping. Long gone are the days in which lapel pins are limited to being to round.  Now they can be crafted in any shape you desire.  The reunion pin shown above resembles a shield, like a family crest.

Don’t let this spring season go by without adding to the sentiment of your family’s reunion.  Furthermore, you do not want miss the opportunity of using quality lapel pins as unique reunion gifts.  Designing your own authentic pins will help display your family’s history and preserve the memory for years to come and Lapel Pins Plus can help.

Call us today to find out more, 1-800-252-0904 or send your inquiry and ideas to  Let us help you make this year’s spring family event special!

Friday, February 25th, 2011

The Iron Order Motorcycle Club (IOMC), a club that has been around for many years and our loyal customer, has relied on us once again to fulfill its custom lapel pin needs.  This time it needed biker pins with a symbolic meaning that could be given to designated club members.

Biker groups like IOMC are frequently adding new members and clubs on a regular basis. Using custom biker pins makes it easier to identify them. To effectively achieve this, the group devotes the time and attention required for developing one-of-a-kind lapel pin designs.

Something to Ride Home About

As a premier lapel pin maker, we genuinely look forward to what the motorcycle club’s artistically talented members will come up with for its unique and creative pin designs.  We have noticed, with a lot of Motorcycle Clubs participants being military veteran’s, that they are proud to where patriotic pins on their jackets and other articles of clothing.  However, this time IOMC’s pin offers elements of simplicity and exclusivity.

Not only is the custom biker pin’s diamond shape appealing, but the contrast between the silver and black details really makes it stand out.  The silver number “8” is set against a rich black background rouses the curiosity of those who are not a part of this elite group of riders.  Straightforward, mysterious and tempting are all words that can used to describe this motorcycle lapel pin.

Pins Help Clubs Continue to Grow

Whether they are on the road, at the group’s designated meeting place or simply out taking care of business, bikers can proudly don these pins to further promote their club. Given the simplicity of the design, they can use questions about the pin as a means to inform and educate others about the club as well as invite new members and gain sponsorship.

Having an authentic, versatile and attractive lapel pin serves many constructive purposes for groups and clubs. Iron Order Motorcycle Club knows from experience that custom pins are the best way to go. That’s why they come to Lapel Pins Plus each and every time.

Order your group’s lapel pins today by calling 1-800-252-0904 or by emailing us at  We look forward to receiving your inquiries and requests!

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

We have been manufacturing custom challenge coins for a long time. Over the years, we have seen coins made into different shapes and with various layouts. Recently, we had the privilege of designing what we believe to be one of the most unique challenge coins ever.

The Best Just Got Better

This 4.75” dagger shaped custom military challenge coin was created to hand out at an award banquet on the military base. The challenge coin design features the emblems for three military branches.  As you can see here, what makes it truly one-of-a-kind is not only its overall shape, but the meaning behind the incorporated symbols.

This daring customized coin is a prime example of the fact that coins do not have to be round objects, though most people think of them that way. Creativity is definitely the key to arriving at a challenge coin your recipients will be excited and grateful to receive. If you step outside of the box, like this customer did, maybe your coin will be added to the all-time best list as well.

Who Will Be the Next Winner?

We are always happy to design and produce challenge coins that not only mean something, but our customers are also proud to show off. As far as the running for the most unique challenge coin is concerned, the one above simply cannot be beat; or can it?

Do you have the creativity and vision to design the next best challenge coin? Even if you don’t believe that you do, our talented graphic artists can add their unique perspective to any design idea you have and take your customized coin to the next level.  Contact one of them today by calling Challenge Coins Plus at 1-800-252-0904 or by emailing  Your satisfaction is our guarantee!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

An Ergonomics Award is something that University of Michigan’s students look forward to each year.  As a facet of the institution’s health programs and services (MHealthy), students are encouraged to find new and innovative ways to decrease one or more ergonomic risk factors commonly associated with repetitive motion in the workplace.  This year the program’s administrators partnered with Lapel Pins Plus to design a reward lapel pin that is not only unique but identifies proactive students as the heroes they truly are.

Students’ Ergonomic Studies Pay Off

Most of us are familiar with carpal tunnel syndrome and how it is a major risk factor for individuals who are required to constantly use a keyboard to perform their jobs duties.  There are, however, many other physical health issues that can be provoked from the use of other office equipment and  work tasks.

Not only do the students design new keyboard layouts so that your wrist will not hurt or become injured, but they also configure chairs that put very little pressure on your lower back.  MHealthy students’ commitment to finding ways to help every day work related motions become safer and healthier is what makes them heroes worthy of praise.

Ergo Heroes and Heroines Unite

The silver lapel pin’s custom shape frames the silhouette of the “ergo hero” donning a classic superhero cape.  The cape showcases the famous Michigan school’s colors, maize and blue. Keeping the custom lapel pin design simple and clean ensures that anyone whose eye it catches will be able to easily see what the award represents.

The idea of using custom lapel pins as rewards is great for any university with multiple departments.  As shown above, we can easily incorporate a school’s signature colors and use non-traditional shapes. In addition to these features Lapel Pins Plus also offers:

  • Offset  and Silk Screen printed image options
  • Add-On Accessories like glitter, cut-out, gems and danglers
  • Rush Pins that can be received in as fast as a 3 to 5 day turnaround

Don’t wait! Start rewarding your students today by calling 1-800-252-0904 and speaking with one of our lapel pin experts.  You can also submit your custom design ideas and inquires to

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Baseball season offers teams plenty of opportunity to trade pins with one another at games and tournaments.  This simple act has become a big part of sports culture with players from around the world donning and swapping pins with other players, spectators, coaches, and umpires.

The Californian Crushers contacted us with a really unique idea for trading pins.  They wanted to ensure that their pin was traded the most at the tournaments they attended.  We took their idea and created a puzzle pin according to their specifications.  The more unique the trading pin is, the more sought after it is at tournaments.  This is especially true with puzzle piece lapel pins.

The two piece puzzle pin that we created for the Crushers is rich in symbolism and text.  It is easy to see where the team comes from because the state of California is present in the pin’s design.  The team’s name is also included in the design along with 2011.  Details like these add appeal to trading pins because of their relevance and sentimental value.

What Is a Puzzle Pin?

Here’s how puzzle pins work.  They ultimately consist of multiple pieces that fit together to form one pin.  That’s why they resemble a puzzle.  Although each “piece” can be worn individually, players prefer to have all of the pieces so that they can have the larger completed image.  You can see players from all over the world running around the tournament trying to collect all of one team’s pins.  This allows them to have the most sought after collection of trading pins possible.

With baseball season right around the corner, it’s never too early to start planning out your trading pin design.  Visit and fill out our Free Quote form.  Or, if you’d rather, call 1-800-252-0904 toll-free or email with your questions or ideas.

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Recently, we were challenged by one of our customers to recreate the appearance of a chess piece.  The piece in question had a lot of shadows and gradients which gave it a 3D look.  We recommended going with an offset printed pin because we could give the 2D pin a 3D appearance.  To finish the pin off, we added a clear epoxy coating to help protect the printed image.

What is Offset Printing?

Offset printing is an option that we offer customers when they want an exact match of an image or photograph.  The process allows your design to be printed on the lapel pin surface with one or more color gradients, or fades. This process also allows us to have two or more colors touch each other without having to divide the colors with metal like our traditional die struck lapel pins.  Once the design is printed, an epoxy dome is put over the top of the design as a way to protect it from damage.

In the case of the customer referenced in this blog, we wanted to capture the regality of the King piece that they sent us to use in their lapel pin’s design.  In chess, it is the most important piece.  The object of the game is to trap the opponent’s king so that its capture is unavoidable.  This move is called checkmate.

Chess pieces in general are multi-dimensional.  Using offset printing allowed us to capture the detail of the King piece.  Rather than look flat and two-dimensional, we created it in a way that shows all of its angles and the lustrous finish of the piece.  This 3D design helped capture the essence of the church’s chosen symbol and made a stylish lapel pin for the fellowship campaign.

If you’re looking to create a lapel pin that is similar in appearance to the one featured in this blog, contact Lapel Pins Plus to find out how we can help.  Give us a call at 1-800-252-0904 or email  A trained sales professional can explain in detail the ordering process and the different ways offset printing can benefit you, your business or organization.

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The cool and sunny weather, a welcomed prelude to the spring season means only one thing; it’s time for the county fair!  Organizers of county fairs all across the United States have been calling on us for their custom lapel pin design and creation. County fair participants all be it performers, local businesses or vendors can benefit from the many different ways in which unique lapel pins can enhance and commemorate the guests’ fair experience.

Local, Fun and Inexpensive Advertising

Vendors participating in a county fair choose to do so for one main reason. The reason, especially for new businesses, is that they see and are taking advantage of a one-of-a- kind marketing opportunity. For small growing and even well-established organizations, custom lapel pins serve as a great give away item. With so many other vendors participating and competing for customers, vendors need a way to set themselves apart from the rest and leave people with something to remember them by. Lapel pins help them to do just that.

Spreading the Word and Building Anticipation

Passing out custom fair lapel pins around town are a good way to build up the excitement. In addition to that, while a large number of people are usually aware of and anxiously anticipate their local fair’s arrival, there are still many that do not know about it.  Newcomers and visitors to the town will greatly appreciate not only being informed about the event, but also being given lapel pins as a welcome gift and county fair reminder.

Making Pins an Event Standard

No local fair is possible or complete without the many individuals that work so hard to organize, promote, and operate it. Having fair employees and volunteers wear lapel pins will help guest identify them as staff. Considering most county fairs are very lively, musical, entertaining, and busy, finding the right person to go to for assistance or guidance might be difficult.  Lapel pins make is easy for visitors to find help when they need.

Are you hosting or a part of a major local event that could benefit from custom lapel pins?  If so, contact the Lapel Pins Plus office, at 1-800-252-0904, so one of our skilled representatives can start your order. By calling today you will receive a full-color digital proof of your lapel pin design, and price quote all free of charge!  If you prefer, you can also send your inquires to us via email at

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Gander Mountain (Gander Mtn) is a giant outdoor supplies, equipment, and apparel retailer. Though it may not be obvious at first, there is one thing that Lapel Pins Plus and Gander Mountain have in common, we both share the belief that custom lapel pins are one of the best ways to recognize and reward the efforts of those who have worked hard to reach their goals.

Hunting for Recognition is Not Required

The elite group of people set to receive the gun pin Gander Mtn enlisted us to create is none other than the retailer’s own associates. Working for the hunting gear mogul that sells a wide assortment of firearms, associates are required to attend work related courses and complete specific certifications, including training at the Firearm Academy.

Each Associate that successfully completed the course earned an award lapel pin which signifies that they are up- to-date with all of their required certifications. This concept can also work well for many other companies, especially those similar to Gander Mtn which has multiple departments. Using customized pins can not only instill increased amounts of pride and enthusiasm in employees, but also help management with their supervisor and leadership responsibilities.

Identifying Certified Associates Aids Managers

When this type recognition lapel pin is worn by employees, managers can easily identify who has completed all of or the most recent training criteria. With this information readily available they can effectively oversee the completion of training by those who still need it and ultimately improve the performance and efficiency of their respective departments.

Meeting Your Complex Business Needs

The versatility of customized company pins allows the lapel pin design to easily become a reflection of a business’ many different areas. Making slight changes to the size and shape of, or images in the pin will lend itself to more than one group of employees.  For example, Gander Mtn’s employee lapel pin could easily be switched from a hand gun motif to a shot gun or fishing pole to reflect their game hunting or fishing departments.

All businesses, regardless of how large or small  they may be, can benefit from the use of custom staff pins. Lapel Pins Plus possesses the knowledge, talent, equipment and industry experience to create lapel pins for any organization.  To find out more about our services or to start your custom lapel pin order feel free to contact us at or by calling 1-800-252-0904.  Your satisfaction is our guarantee!

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

We are committed to and always happy to assist in the name of science as well as the well-being of all people.  In light of this statement, we completed the design and production of custom lapel pins for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Million Dollar Memory Walk.

The association’s annual walk to end Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event for raising awareness and funding.  The money collected is put toward the care, support, and medical research which aid many individuals whose precious memories have been robbed by this devastating disease.

Making Memories to Save Memories

Champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s were able to proudly show their support with this custom awareness lapel pin. It was given to all who generously gave of their time and money. The lapel pin design, though simple, speaks volumes about the organization and the event.

Designed in eye-catching purple, the official awareness ribbon color for Alzheimer’s, the Million Dollar Memory Walk lapel pin states it purpose and the name of the organization in plain view.  The event year, in this case 2010, is posted in the coin’s gray center backed by the silhouette of an enthusiastic participant. Classic, clean, and motivational are a few words that can be used to describe this awareness pin.

An Unforgettable Pin Design

The Alzheimer’s Association’s design ideas combined with our lapel pin expertise is what made it possible to arrive at such an ideal and purposeful pin. Offering a wide assortment of design options for the organization to choose from played the primary role in its creation. Lapel Pins Plus’ selection includes but is not limited to:

·         Cloisonné, soft enamel, and die struck lapel pin styles

·         Photo etched, offset and silk screen printed imaging

·         Add-ons such as cut outs, danglers and gems

·         Custom shape, size and color scheme

Visit our Pin Gallery at to get an idea of how far your imagination and our industry experience will take the creation your unique lapel pins.

Lapel Pins Plus is dedicated to helping organizations make positive differences in the world. The Alzheimer’s Association is just one of many non-profits we have helped spread awareness and increase their funding with customized lapel pins.  Will your organization be the next? Call or email us today at 1-800-252-0904 or

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Custom lanyards are portable and versatile.  That’s why businesses, organizations, and academic institutes like using them.  When it comes to identifying staff, students, vendors, and volunteers, nothing compares to a lanyard.  Lightweight yet durable, these items are great for branding purposes and are yet another way to show school and workplace pride.

Perfect For Carrying IDs

Many of our customers ask if we carry badge holders.  The answer is, “Yes, we do.”  We have a variety of sizes to choose from.  Each is made from clear plastic and comes with a hole at the top or a slot for the attachment to go through.  These badge holders are perfect for carrying ID cards because they are lightweight and visible.

Added Security For 25 Cents a Badge Holder

Each badge holder costs a mere 25 cents extra.  That’s a small price to pay for added security.  Lanyards with badge holder attachments are beneficial because they prevent unauthorized individuals from being in restricted areas.  They also make it easy for others to know who you are and what role you play within the group or organization.

Determining Your Size of Badge Holder

If you know the size of your badge, our salesperson will make a recommendation as to what badge holder will work best given the information that is provided to us.  One thing to consider is the orientation of the badge holder.  For example, is it vertical or horizontal in nature?  The easiest way to determine this is to see if the longest edge of your badge is horizontal or vertical.  This will ensure that your badge will fit properly in the badge holder.

Places to Use Custom Lanyards With Badge Holders

Custom lanyards with badge holder attachments are simple in design but deliver favorable results.  The businesses and organizations that use them on a day-to-day basis report how beneficial these items are.  Not only are they great in work and academic settings, they are also perfect for conferences, job fair, press events, and workshops.

To learn more about the types of lanyards and attachments that we offer, visit  You can also reach us by phone at 1-800-519-9319 and email at

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