Category Archives: Product & Design Ideas

Make An Artful Impression With Brown Kraft Cardstock Paper

See Why Brown Isn’t Boring With This Latest Addition To The NZ Catalog

With the vast selection in the NZ materials catalog, Brown Kraft Cardstock Paper may not seem like an “elegant” choice. But it’s time to rethink this perception.

Historically used to in consumer packaging, paper grocery bags and as a wrap for mailed parcels, this brown paper has been primarily viewed as utilitarian. But today, it’s a sought-after artistic medium for creating unexpectedly beautiful stationery products,

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Create Unique Stationery Projects—And More—With New Cardstock Papers

USA Catalog Expands Cardstock Paper Selection With Three New Designer Colors

Last month, we debuted three new cardstock paper colors (pink, grey and navy blue) in the USA catalog. We got such a great response; you guys loved them! So, we’re at it again this month with another three designer colors—aqua, azure blue and lilac—perfect for making one-of-a-kind stationery products that are professionally laser cut to precision and perfect to sell for a profit.

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Finding Empowerment Through Selling Etsy Jewelry

Maker Galactic Affair Represents People Who Want To Revolt Against Fast Fashion

Like many kids, Rachel Buske grew up playing video games and watching sci-fi movies, and she unleashed her creativity by making costumes out of staples and felt. Owning a small business certainly wasn’t on her young mind.

But after attending college and entering the workforce, something changed. She needed a new creative outlet. One that was inspired by the things she loved growing up.

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Cozy Up To New Felt Colors

USA Catalog Expands Premium Synthetic Felt Selection With Three New On-Trend Hues

Last month, we debuted three new premium synthetic felt colors (grey, red and charcoal) in the USA materials catalog. Well, we’re at it again this month with another three on-trend felt colors—army green, bone and ocean blue—that can be made into cozy products that are professionally laser cut to precision and perfect to sell for a profit.

Five Benefits Of Premium Synthetic Felt

What makes premium synthetic felt so striking?

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Eight Great Ways To Use Red Felt

NZ Catalog Expands With Red Synthetic Felt

Be still my beating heart! No, we’re not talking the Sting song (which is awesome in its own right). Right now, we’re all about the new red synthetic felt that joins the grey synthetic felt that debuted in the NZ catalog last month.

Red is enticing, engaging and even flirtatious. Fashion designer Bill Blass says that, “Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.” We couldn’t agree more.

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The 12 Immutable Laws Of Trade Show, Conference & Event Giveaways

Trade Show Giveaways For Brands & Agencies

As a graphic designer, you know great design is more than logo placement and text layout. So much more. So it comes as no surprise that this applies to trade show giveaways too.

Shapes, colors, proximity, similarity and continuity must all be considered. The arrangement of these visuals must convey a specific message while supporting any text. The tone must align with company values and image.

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3 Acrylic Color Trends You Can’t Resist

Six Laser Cutter Project Ideas Made From New Lavender, Stone & Aquamarine Acrylics

If you have a passion for purple, then this is your year. Pantone Color Institute, the consulting service that forecasts global color trends and advises companies on color in brand identity and product development, has named Ultra Violet as its Color Of The Year 2018.

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead and the discoveries beyond where we are now.

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Gold Mirror Acrylic, The Fairest Of Them All

Luxurious New Material Just Released To NZ Catalog

This is no fairy tale. When it come to acrylics, gold mirror really is fairest of them all. And while it’s been available in the U.S. catalog for some time, it’s been impossible to find in New Zealand. Until now.

Get Inspired: What You Can Make With Gold Mirror Acrylic

If you want to add an air of luxury to any laser cutter project—from signs and bookmarks to electronics enclosures,

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Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboards Turn Pain Relief Into A Small Business

Profet Keyboards Turned A DIY Mechanical Keyboard Hobby Into A Full-Blown Side Hustle By Addressing A Painful Problem

Sit in on just about any business strategy meeting, and you’ll hear execs talking about determining customers’ pain points and how they can create products and services to alleviate that pain. In most instances, this “pain” is figurative, a metaphor for a business problem that needs to be solved.

But for Ben Grabkowitz,

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Reinventing Classic Products With A Fresh Perspective

If You Want To Make Your Own Coasters, Magnets Or Wall Art, See How Etsy Seller Nine Day Weekend Has Laser Cut His Own Niche

Dan Narva, owner of Etsy shop Nine Day Weekend, “enjoys showing people a new way of looking at familiar images.” From how he can design a coaster to how he can illustrate custom laser engraved wall art, Dan’s artistic interpretation puts a fresh take on classic products.

Picturing U.S.

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