Archive for April, 2011

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The majority of us are all too familiar with the scene from the Rocky movie, when he, like many boxers, engages in jumping rope as part of his intensive training. That image is very telling about the value that can be placed on a jump rope. As a matter of fact, jumping rope is one of the most fun and easy full body exercises to get into, especially for children.

Involving Kids in the Action

Jump rope teams are becoming more and more popular all over the United States. The much anticipated rope jumping tournaments they participate in offer youth a fun, physically active and creative way to express themselves while developing team building skills. With that, Lapel Pins Plus has been contacted by a number of teams to design their customized team pins.

Most often, the members of jump rope teams will wear lapel pins on their hats, use them as adornment on bags and trade them with other teams at jump rope competitions. The latter of the pins’ uses provides even more reason why one should make sure that the pin’s design not only represents the team but possesses qualities that will be found desirable by other individuals as well.

Getting a Jump on the Competition

Some of the most popular themes we have seen on jump rope lapel pins are children jump roping, state landmarks jumping rope and jump ropes combined with team names and logos. By tailoring any one of the themes above to your group’s liking and utilizing some of our most attention getting add-on options, we are certain you will create a team lapel pin that everyone will want and your jumpers will be ecstatic about wearing.

We understand that the idea and desire to arrive at the perfect and most tradable lapel pin design may be overwhelming, especially if you are not familiar with many of the design options that are available. However, as a leading lapel pin maker, we have developed a way that makes it easy without taking away from the quality and originality of your custom lapel pins.

The happily satisfied owners of the lapel pin shown above, if asked, would attest to the effortless and pleasant experience they had ordering lapel pins from us. Our graphic design team truly captured the essence of the team jump roping and is more than willing to do the same for you.

No matter what kind of team you are a part of, Lapel Pins Plus can help to make them stand out and get noticed. To begin our easy ordering process, call 1-800-252-0904 or send an email to

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Since motorcycling is an activity that involves risk, it is sometimes prudent to bless the machines and their riders before taking off on a group ride.  This ritual is commonly known as Bike Blessings or a Blessing of the Bikes. 

These informal religious ceremonies are conducted by ministers, priests, rabbis, and other religious authorities.  Some Bike Blessings involve thousands of bikes while others may involve a smaller number.  Motorcycle clubs across the country partake in these type of events as a way of reassuring themselves that their next trip will be a safe one.

Here are some ways that lapel pins take Bike Blessings to the next level:

  • For promotional purposes. If you want to generate interest in your event, consider ordering custom lapel pins to hand out prior to the occasion.  Because these items are visible and portable, they can travel to different locations and work as miniature billboards advertising your event.
  • For fundraising purposes. Riders gather together to raise money for their selected charity and receive a blessing for a safe and happy riding season.  Pins sold at the event are given to the non-profit or group chosen by the motorcycle club.
  • For sentimental purposes. Handing out or selling the pins at these events allows riders to always remember that day and particular ride.  People that were present at the event have something memorable to take home with them.  They can look back at their collections of lapel pins with pride because they know that they were there to witness the Blessing of the Bikes firsthand.

The Bike Blessing lapel pin that we created for our customer was very detailed and eye-catching.  It featured a fully dressed biker holding part of the road in his hands.  The words “5th Annual Bike Blessing, Twisted, MC 2011” helped make the pins easy-to-identify and relevant.  The colors featured on the pin meshed well with one another.  Gray, red, black, and yellow come together to form a powerful statement.

If you’re thinking about blessing your club’s bikes, give us a call or shoot us an email.  We’d love to hear from you!  The number to reach us at is 1-800-252-0904.  You can also send an email to with any questions you might have regarding designing and creating custom lapel pins.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

If you have a favorite photograph and have envisioned it as a 3D mold for a challenge coin, we are able to accommodate your request.  Imagine taking a beautiful photograph of a mountain range or a revered leader that you know and capturing it forever on the face of a challenge coin.

Hand Carved Molds Give Lifelike Detail

The hand carved mold is shaped and formed to the likeness of the photograph which allows us to capture as many of the 3D attributes and details as possible.  This gives the images being featured a lifelike quality that will impress its recipients for years to come.

As you can see from the example we have posted here, a 3D image is very realistic.  It captures all of the details of the subject, including the shape of his mouth and ears, his hairline, and even the cleft in his chin.  The ringer t-shirt that he is wearing in the photo is also incorporated into the 3D design.

Offset Printing Provides An Exact Replica of Your Image

We also have the ability to take your photograph and create an offset printed coin that matches your image exactly.  This process is ideal for images that have one or more color gradients, or fades.  This allows you to have an exact replica of your picture in all of its glory on a custom challenge coin.

Custom products make the perfect gift for people of all ages because of their personal nature.  Offset printing is just another step we take to ensure our customers are 100% satisfied with the challenge coins that they order.

Reorders Are Easy

Just like with our other challenge coin molds, the ones that we create for you stay in our production department for two years so that you won’t have to incur the cost of the mold on reorders.  This allows you to take advantage of the savings for years to come because we know that your 3D photographic challenge coins are going to be a hit with the people that you give them to.

When you’re ready to reorder, simply call us or email us with your request and your next shipment of challenge coins will be on its way to you.  As always, we can be reached by emailing or calling 1-800-252-0904 toll-free.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Urban clothing designers and fashionistas are adding customized lanyards to their assortment of accessories and styling tools. Using a very cool effect, like graffiti, and having it wrap around the entire lanyard is a great way of being creative and expressive. Small companies can use this design option to brand themselves without coming across as overly obvious.

As shown in the lanyard here, the graffiti can be printed on the top to cover the full length of the lanyard. Another great option to maximize all of the usable space on the lanyard is to print on the bottom side of the lanyard. Using multiple imprint colors gives the lanyard a unique and authentic look that is sure to differentiate itself from other lanyards.

Why Should I Create A Custom Lanyard?

The most beneficial aspect of creating custom lanyards for your Urban clothing line or company, aside from the fact that they are wearable, is their branding capability and overall usefulness. After giving it some thought, many people are often surprised to find the many different ways in which they can be used.

Given the exciting look and feel of graffiti lanyards, here are just a few suggestions about lanyard usage we offer to businesses that want to maximize their custom lanyard’s marketing and branding potential.

  • A Unique Give-Away Item, like a custom imprinted lanyard, is a great way to say thank you to loyal and potential customers. The originality behind your lanyards design combined with your company’s information, and the fact that it did not cost them anything, is more than enough to leave a lasting and positive impression with customers.
  • To Identify Staff and Volunteers, especially at large events like fashion shows and conferences, sometimes takes more than a name badge or sticker. Lanyards designed specifically for the event and in a non-traditional way will make it easier to recognize your company’s employees. Should guests or event organizers have a question about your company, they will not need to try and figure out whom to talk to.
  • Using Lanyards to Support a Cause. Many companies, both small and large have made a commitment to give back and participate in non-profit events that support their causes. Your lanyards can be used as a fundraising tool either by distributing them to donors who give a certain amount of money or selling them for a nominal cost and letting purchasers know that the proceeds will be going to your businesses charity of choice.

The ideas listed above are only a few of the many ways in which you can use your stylishly designed lanyards for your benefit and the benefit of others. In truth, creating the design is the easy part, especially with help from the experts at Custom Lanyards Plus.

Let us help you take your lanyards design and marketing potential to the next level. With years of industry experience under our belts and use of high quality durable materials, Custom Lanyards Plus has the tools to fulfill all of your custom lanyard needs.

Just give us a call at 1-800-519-9319 or send an email to .

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Bowling is a sport and pastime that dates back to Ancient Egypt but the rules of the game were not established until September 9th, 1895.  Today, 95 million people in 90 different countries enjoy the sport.  Whether it be for fun or financial gain, bowling is loved by people of all ages and skill levels.

Demonstrating Pride and Showing Support

Bowling leagues allow players to compete with one another.  Serious competitions like the World Series of Bowling, the AMF World Cup, and the PBA World Championship allow professional players to show their skills.  Custom bowling lapel pins help advertise these events.  In addition to being worn by athletes, spectators that follow the sport also attach them to jackets, shirts, and hats as a way of showing support for their favorite bowlers.

Bowling Symbols

Some common symbols that can be used on custom pins include:

  • Bowling balls
  • Bowling pins
  • Bowling shoes
  • Bowling bags
  • Male and female bowlers

Lapel pin manufacturers like Lapel Pins Plus can help you determine the size, shape, and style of pins that go best with the artwork or image that you submit to them.  They can also suggest different colors based on your ideas.

Bowling League Trading Pins

If you’re looking for a fun way to interact with other leagues, you might want to consider creating custom trading pins.  These popular items are great for games and competitions where you want to break the ice with other bowlers.  You can meet up with and mingle with other leagues before or after an event to trade pins.

You can personalize your pins with the name of your team and an image or photograph that means something to your league. You can also incorporate different add-ons like glitter, blinking lights, spinning and sliding pieces, and even dangling charms.  Imagine your players faces when they see that you’ve gone the extra mile to make your custom bowling pins even more special.

Learn more about the options that we provide by visiting  You can also email or call 1-800-252-0904 toll-free for more information.

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Custom lapel pins, like the one shown here, are great for boosting staff morale, especially those who work in a medical environment.  The California Hospital team decided to find out for themselves how much of a difference having inspirational team lapel pins would make in their team members.  Likewise, they commissioned us to create a custom pin that would make it perfectly clear to employees how valuable they are.

Emphasizing the Collective Effort

Something as small as a customized team pin has many positive effects on those who wear it.  The group lapel pin becomes a source of pride and accomplishment to those that have met organization’s objectives and earned recognition for being dedicated members of the team. It is also an excellent motivator for individuals whom have fallen just a little short of achieving their goals. In addition, lapel pins serve as a constant reminder of what the team or company’s mission is to all who see it.

Keeping the Goal in Mind

When the mission or vision of an organization is always in sight, it is not forgotten and is obtained more easily.  In respect to lapel pin design, this means a simple message is usually all it takes. You can pick a key phrase from your company’s recent campaign or its motto.  Even a mission statement can be used as the basis of your group’s lapel pin design.

A Shining Example of Teamwork

As seen in the lapel pin above, California Hospital chose to play on the word “teamwork” with the catchy phrase “You Make Our Team Work”. Another design feature worth mentioning is that it is shaped like a star and displays miniature stars on its surface. Designing the high polished silver, soft enamel lapel pin in this way was a great attention getting idea that is sure to keep employees motivated.

If your team could use a morale boost or you simply want to recognize them for their hard work and cooperation, why not give them customized team pins?  Aside from being able to choose the shape, text and graphics for your personalized lapel pins, Lapel Pins Plus also gives you a choice of size, colors, add-ons like bobbles and danglers, as well as attachments and packaging.  Visit our How to Order page to learn more,

Call Lapel Pins Plus today to speak with a knowledgeable representative and have one of our graphic artists get started on your free digital proof.  If you already have your own custom lapel pin design ideas, we would love for you to share them with us by emailing

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Badge reels, or retractors as they are sometimes called, are an attachment that we offer for each of our custom lanyard styles. These small retracting reels, about 1.25 inches in diameter, add usability and style to any custom lanyard.

Typically, the badge reels are used as a way to keep I.D. cards or keys on hand and easily accessible.  The reel allows wearers to swipe their cards or use their keys without removing the lanyard from around their necks. This is possible due to the cord’s ability to stretch out when pulled and retract back into the reel’s casing when not in use.

An Easy and Customizable Attachment

The badge reels are placed at the bottom of the lanyard and are normally attached to a split key ring. The back of the badge reel has metal piece, similar to a money clip attachment, which is used for attaching to the key ring. This clip is versatile because it allows the wearer an option to clip the badge reel onto a belt or pocket in addition to a lanyard.

If you are considering ordering custom lanyards for your company or an upcoming event, it is important for you to know that our badge reels come with custom design options. Initially, you can choose between plain black or white badge reels. After that, you may choose to customize them.

You can have your company, organization or school logo imprinted onto the badge reel. Taking this simple step will instantly customize your lanyards.  Wearing the company logo gives recipients a sense of pride. Not to mention, custom imprinted badge reels will increase your lanyards’ level of sophistication and class.

We make adding custom badge reels to your lanyard easy to do. Just email your logo to and get ready to receive your very own digital proof via email just minutes after you contact us. If you do not have a logo yet, just share your vision and ideas with us and our graphic designers will take care of the rest!  You can also call one of Custom Lanyards Plus’ knowledgeable professionals at 1-800-519-9319 and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

There are many things that we show appreciation for in the month of May. The warm sunshine that replaces April showers, the blooming flowers and the increase in outdoor activities are some of the many things that make May a favored month among many people.  Another much anticipated happening of the coming month is National Teacher Appreciation Day, which falls on May 3rd.

Great Teachers Inspire Great Leaders

The National Education Association (NEA) launched its Teacher Thank You Project in 2009 at the directions of NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The project is a collection of heartfelt and artfully crafted cards displayed on a mural measuring 8 feet tall by 75 feet wide. As a result of this appreciation movement, PTA and PTO organizations from all over the country have been contacting Lapel Pins Plus to design this year’s custom recognition lapel pins.

Showing Appreciation Without Saying a Word

For the tireless work they put into positively influencing and shaping our future leaders, a small token of thanks, like the thank you lapel pin shown here, will ensure that teachers know how much they are valued. Some schools have ceremonies where the pins are handed to each teacher.

Placing the pins in one of our acrylic cases is a great way to present the deserving teachers these special personalized gifts.  Other schools have chosen to attach the lapel pins to beautifully designed card stock and travel from room to room to pass the pins out. An added benefit of having us create the card stock is that you get to completely customize this part of the gift just as you did with the teacher pins. Also, with the lapel pin attached to the card stock, it is wrapped in clear cellophane which adds a touch of class to your presentation.

If you are not sure about your design, here are a couple options that have always brought customers’ design success. Images of apples, stacked books, alphabet blocks and school mascots, have been used in unique and fun ways to create teacher appreciation pins that educators will wear proudly.

With the event date falling on the 3rd of May, there is still time to get your lapel pin design created, produced and delivered for the day. We embrace our customers’ visions and ideas to arrive at a lapel pin design that they, and their recipients, will love. Not to mention, Lapel Pin Plus’ ordering process is easy and fast.

Contact us today at and a sales representative will be happy to help turn your ideas into a one-of-a-kind lapel pin. You can also reach us at 1-800-252-0904.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Xerox, with over 6,500 agents, locations within 160 countries and about 10,000 resellers, has been serving government agencies, healthcare providers, small businesses and schools for 105 years. The strategic service delivery group within Xerox commissioned the creation of customized challenge coins to spread its global message and presence.

Why Choose to Create a Custom Coin?

Investing in challenge coins is a great idea, especially for groups within a large company or corporation.  With coins’ unlimited design potential, sub-groups are given an opportunity to uniquely identify themselves while letting everyone know what they stand for.

Using a challenge coin design that features the parent company’s well known colors or logo is the first and most important step to successful branding and establishing credibility.  This concept was effectively applied to the challenge coin shown above.

Big Way of Highlighting Small Groups

Though the company coin’s high polished gold accents and bright red enamel are enough to capture any loyal and prospective client’s attention, the popular Xerox logo helps to merge the delivery group with the company’s branding.

A double sided challenge coin, such as the one above, is a common choice for the majority of our business and professional clients.  Not only is the coin very recognizable, with the logo on the front, but the back depicts the part of the world which the group focuses on through highlighted areas on a map.

Building a Wider Customer Base

In today’s global economy, reaching out and connecting to other countries has become a required practice.  Customized coins present a stress free, innovative and cost-efficient way of networking around the world while creatively expressing your company’s purpose and vision.

Challenge Coins Plus takes pride in helping businesses, organizations and groups, both small and large, clearly establish themselves in society and stand out from their competitors.  To see more examples of challenge coins that we have produced, feel free to visit

We are interested in hearing your ideas and are ready to answer any questions you may have. Call our office today at 1-800-252-0904 or send an email to to request more information and get a free price quote

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Motorcycle clubs worldwide are known for their charitable nature.  Some sponsor toy runs around the holidays to help provide gifts for disadvantaged children.  Others honor the memory of fallen riders by holding fundraisers in their honor.  Many donate the proceeds that they raise to non-profits and groups committed to bettering the lives of others.

Motorcycle Lapel Pins Remind Others What Matters

Biker lapel pins created in honor of a special event are often given away to attendees and participants or sold in an attempt to raise more money for a particular charity or cause.  These items tend to be very popular at events because of their personal nature.  People like seeing their hard earned dollars at work.  Each time that they wear a motorcycle pin, they are reminded of the donation that they made.  This helps connect people with charitable organizations.

Logo Lapel Pins Help Identify Clubs and Other Biker Groups

One of the benefits of creating lapel pins is that the artwork is custom.  That leaves a lot of room for interpretation.  Motorcycle groups can choose the size, shape, style, and colors to include in their biker pin design without any pressure to buy from us.

Our free quote service is just that–FREE!  You are under no obligation to purchase anything.  A full-color digital proof helps eliminate errors by clarifying your vision for your own custom motorcycle pins.  You submit revisions as often as you like until your design is just the way you want it to be.  This step ensures that your biker lapel pins are exactly as you specified.

Honoring Veterans and Prisoners of War (POWs)

Veterans and Prisoners of War (POW) are another group of people that receive a lot of attention from bikers.  Custom lapel pins as well as embroidered patches line their jackets and vests.  These symbols of patriotism and moral support remain popular no matter what decade it may be.  A new generation of military men and women will be serving soon and what better way to honor their commitment to our country than through the use of custom motorcycle pins featuring a patriotic message?  From a military perspective, being given an award is truly an honor.

As you can see, motorcyclists love to give back to their communities.  From hosting charitable events to helping an injured member in their club, those that commit themselves to serving others are the ones that stand out the most.

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