Send Your Customers Back to School in Style with Personalized Supplies!

For many parents, the end of summer signifies the beginning of hectic schedules, high-spending and hasty decisions: enter back-to-school season.

Emotions run high as families scramble to drag their kids away from the pool and into department stores – which can feel discouraging in itself. Toss in the unreasonable prices of plastic character backpacks and a kid’s desire to own every impractical celebrity-endorsed notebook available. The parental pressure to keep the kids happy and the teachers happier mounts, and suddenly the school shopping trip has turned into one giant, expensive guilt trip.

And unfortunately, all of those overwhelming emotions don’t disappear at checkout – and they are not unique to just parents, but teachers, too. The thing about kids is… as cute as they are, as responsible as they may seem…there’s an exceptionally good chance that $50 Spiderman backpack will need to be replaced before the third week of school even starts. Markers and pens will be lost after the first art project of the year. Water bottles and keys will be misplaced. The frustration and spending seems to never end.

But – what if you could help make that first day of school extra special for the kids while also making parents feel a little more secure about how much money they are forking over for supplies (which may or may not be lost on day one)? Personalized school supplies are easy to produce with a little organization and a lot of creativity and fun!

Check out these back-to-school ideas to offer your customers and help their families start the year off right!

Custom Backpacks for All Personalities

With its sublimatable front panel, these canvas backpacks can be customized to appease kids of all ages, which helps make going back to school a breeze. Personalize them with your customers’ names, monograms or school mascot.

This backpack includes a padded laptop pocket and side mesh pockets to store reusable water bottles.

Stay Hydrated, Save the World

Pair the backpack above with a custom matching water bottle – this way, kids will never mistake it for a friend’s. Keep germs away and the kids hydrated while saving the planet from the overuse of plastic and styrofoam cups.

Dude, Where’s My Car?

While your customers may have a bigger problem on their hands if their 16-year-old comes home without their car, losing the keys to said car can be just as big of a dilemma!

Creating custom keychains can help your customers easily find their keys and support their favorite sports team or player. Shop sublimation keychains on our site – our selection includes a football helmet, megaphone, jersey and more!

Sublimation Football Helmet Keychain

Teachers Need Love Too!

Help your customers show appreciation for the people that ensure their kids are learning new things everyday. Offer your clients custom plaques, mugs, clipboards, canvas bags and more so the teachers in their lives feel special and celebrated.

Teacher of the Year Sublimation Plaque

Decals for Days

Use sign vinyl to keep your customers organized in the classroom! Create vinyl decals of each school subject – or personalize the decals so important notes won’t get lost in the classroom.

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How to Press a Latte Mug Using The New BJ870 4-in-1 Mug Press!

The new 4-in-1 mug press machine is here to stay! Just like the older BJ860 model, the BJ870 is an improved version that features four different heat elements that fit a variety of mug styles including the standard 11 oz. mugs, 15 oz. mugs, and large and small latte mugs. Among our favorites are ceramic latte mugs and pressing them is easy!

Follow this step by step guide on how to press our 17oz latte mug with our multi-function mug press. 

Materials You’ll Need

Use the long latte element for the 17oz mug!

Set your mug press temperature and time to allow the machine to heat up! Slide the blank mug in the heating element and test the pressure. It is best to do it now rather than later when you have your design taped to the mug. For the latte mug, use the following settings:

Temperature: 330° F
Time: 240 seconds
Pressure: Medium

Because of the shape of these mugs, we recommend using this template to set up your design.

While your press is heating, line up your mug to the printed paper. Use thermal tape on each edge to secure the design.

 

 

 

 

 

Once the temperature has reached 330°, place the mug in the heating element and pull the handle towards you to “close” it. Push the round, red button on the right side of the press to activate the timer.

NOTE: A drop in temperature is normal and should not affect the transfer process.


After 240 seconds, the mug press will start beeping to let you know the mug is ready to be taken out. Press the red button again to stop the beep and reset the machine. You may use gloves to handle the mug but that’s not necessary. The mug handle is usually not hot and can be easily held while peeling away the paper.

Make sure to peel the paper right away! As long as the mug is still hot and the paper is on it, sublimation is still occurring.

The final result should be a beautiful image transfer without any faded areas.

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5 Practical And Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate and appreciate all the mothers and grandmothers out there than to give a personalized gift from the heart that will last a lifetime! It is a great opportunity to create unique custom gifts that can be used daily and can be integrated into the practical everyday life of a woman.

We have compiled a list of sublimation blanks that can be decorated and personalized in many ways from items that compliment an outfit to home goods that bring comfort to any living room.

  1. Charm Bracelets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewelry is a timeless gift idea for any woman, that can be worn daily or for special occasions. Take it up a notch with this Sublimation Silver Charm Bracelet by printing something unique for her on the sublimation aluminum charms that can be attached to the silver chain and switched out throughout the year. Take into consideration her favorite colors and the outfits she wears. Look through some free vector websites for floral, geometric or abstract patterns that match her personality or taste, such as Freepik! Or simply dig through family photos that will warm her heart and bring back loving memories.

2. Canvas Tote Bag

Customization meets practicality with these canvas tote bags! The large bag is sturdy and can fit bulky items easily. It is a convenient gift and a good fit for just about any mom from the beach or pool-goers, the back to college moms, fitness and yoga enthusiasts or simply shopping fashionistas. The 100% white polyester canvas bag is great for full-color sublimation and compatible with any other heat transfer process. Choose from a variety of heat transfer vinyl colors and textures to make your designs pop on our black canvas bag or try out heat transfer paper for more complex designs!

3. Compact Mirror

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compact mirrors are useful and lightweight, coming in handy right when you need them. Be it an eyelash in the eye or in need of a quick touch up during a night out without the kids, these mirrors come with a metal sublimation insert and a magnifying side.

4. Decorative Pillow Covers

Bring comfort and coziness to your mom’s heart with custom printed pillow covers.  The 15″ x 15″ canvas pillow case can be sublimation printed with photographs, phrases, drawings and more! Don’t like the canvas texture? For added softness, try out the peach skin pillow cover! Decorative pillows are not only beautiful home accents but also serve as additional comfort in the living room, kitchen, and bedroom. This is a must-have item!

5. Kitchen apron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the master chefs and baking divas, a custom apron would be an appreciated gift. The white polyester aprons can be sublimated edge to edge and will not only protect the cook from getting stained and dirty but also complement the wearer’s personality and style with an image or design that nobody else has. It is also a great conversation starter when guests arrive!