2015-10-15


It is that fun and exciting time of year again when you either go trick or treatin’ or prepare to host a bunch of trick or treaters who will shortly be knocking on your door. If you're planning a Halloween party of some sort or just want to get your home all decked up for the holiday then we have ideas and products that are sure to delight you. Plus there is special October coupon for you in there

DIY Halloween Decorations And Ideas


You can print out scary posters and images to put up on walls and in the bathroom and so on! Print out darkly looming silhouettes of an evil grinning cat, a scary ghost, a fanged vampire, bats or witchy talons. To this you could add suitable text: ‘Beware! They are Coming’ or ‘Frankenstein Needs a New Brain’, etc. Or even this one: ‘WANTED! DEAD OR ALIVE ‘(with a picture of the host or a guest).

You could create custom Halloween themed t shirts for yourself and for your guests to really get into the ‘spirit’ of things! Similar spooky themes and text as the posters can be used for these as well. If you're having a party this could be a special give away!

You can also create other Halloween themed printables: masks, place cards, table décor, banners, flags, or streamers. Halloween chalkboard printables, tree décor and favor boxes are some more items you may want to DIY. Get some great ideas from this Free Halloween Printables page on Pinterest: cutouts, posters, wall décor, tags, candle wrappers, treat boxes and more.

And how about some of these décor ideas:
  • Use discarded toilet rolls, cut out scary eye shapes and in insert lights.
  • Spider or bat cutouts hanging down from the ceiling in unexpected places.
  • A garland or banner of little ghostie cutouts.
  • Cutouts to make your front door look like Frankenstein’s head. 

DIY Halloween party ideas


It may be a great idea to organize a Halloween themed kids party for your kids or grandkids or even for the neighborhood kids. Even if you're planning a dinner party for adults, here are some ideas that could come in handy:
  • Customized pintable cards and Halloween invites.
  • DIY paper napkins with scary, spooky images.
  • Custom menus with regular items suitably amended to reflect the scary theme (call it bloody entrails instead of spaghetti; put scary googly eyes in the salad and so on).
  • Halloween themed straw toppers, cupcake toppers or coasters.
  • Scary/ witchy party hats.

Get plenty more cheap invitation templates and Halloween party ideas on Pinterest.

Check Out Our Special New Product Ranges For Your DIY Projects


Now that we’ve given you some DIY ideas for your next adult or kids’ party, we have some terrific new products that will help you bring these ideas to life. We are excited to tell you about some of these new products:
  • Printable Fabric to print fine art, create authentic looking canvas prints and other images.
  • Printable Magnet Sheets for pictures, personalized fridge magnets, bumper stickers, magnetic signs, business cards and more.
  • Textured Photo Paper for photos, posters, invites and party giveaways.
  • Transfer Paper to create your own spooky, funny t shirts, aprons and more using these iron on heat transfer papers.
  • Canvas Photo Paper for that textured canvas look. The scratch proof, resin coated paper is water resistant and long lasting.
And to really make your party memorable, you may want to take pictures of all your guests, print them out and hand out some as they make their way home…a lovely keepsake from the host!

Our October Coupon Code To Get You Started


All this October, we are proud to be partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc (NBCF) to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 2% of our net collections this month will be donated to NBFC. For all our wonderful readers and customers, we are offering 5% off all purchases equal to or over $55 + free shipping and memo pad. So be sure to use coupon code UNITY5 at check out all this month (Expiration Date: 10/31/2015).
10/15/2015 01:40:00 PM Madeline C

It is that fun and exciting time of year again when you either go trick or treatin’ or prepare to host a bunch of trick or treaters who will shortly be knocking on your door. If you're planning a Halloween party of some sort or just want to get your home all decked up for the holiday then we have ideas and products that are sure to delight you. Plus there is special October coupon for you in there

DIY Halloween Decorations And Ideas


You can print out scary posters and images to put up on walls and in the bathroom and so on! Print out darkly looming silhouettes of an evil grinning cat, a scary ghost, a fanged vampire, bats or witchy talons. To this you could add suitable text: ‘Beware! They are Coming’ or ‘Frankenstein Needs a New Brain’, etc. Or even this one: ‘WANTED! DEAD OR ALIVE ‘(with a picture of the host or a guest).

You could create custom Halloween themed t shirts for yourself and for your guests to really get into the ‘spirit’ of things! Similar spooky themes and text as the posters can be used for these as well. If you're having a party this could be a special give away!

You can also create other Halloween themed printables: masks, place cards, table décor, banners, flags, or streamers. Halloween chalkboard printables, tree décor and favor boxes are some more items you may want to DIY. Get some great ideas from this Free Halloween Printables page on Pinterest: cutouts, posters, wall décor, tags, candle wrappers, treat boxes and more.

And how about some of these décor ideas:
  • Use discarded toilet rolls, cut out scary eye shapes and in insert lights.
  • Spider or bat cutouts hanging down from the ceiling in unexpected places.
  • A garland or banner of little ghostie cutouts.
  • Cutouts to make your front door look like Frankenstein’s head. 

DIY Halloween party ideas


It may be a great idea to organize a Halloween themed kids party for your kids or grandkids or even for the neighborhood kids. Even if you're planning a dinner party for adults, here are some ideas that could come in handy:
  • Customized pintable cards and Halloween invites.
  • DIY paper napkins with scary, spooky images.
  • Custom menus with regular items suitably amended to reflect the scary theme (call it bloody entrails instead of spaghetti; put scary googly eyes in the salad and so on).
  • Halloween themed straw toppers, cupcake toppers or coasters.
  • Scary/ witchy party hats.

Get plenty more cheap invitation templates and Halloween party ideas on Pinterest.

Check Out Our Special New Product Ranges For Your DIY Projects


Now that we’ve given you some DIY ideas for your next adult or kids’ party, we have some terrific new products that will help you bring these ideas to life. We are excited to tell you about some of these new products:
  • Printable Fabric to print fine art, create authentic looking canvas prints and other images.
  • Printable Magnet Sheets for pictures, personalized fridge magnets, bumper stickers, magnetic signs, business cards and more.
  • Textured Photo Paper for photos, posters, invites and party giveaways.
  • Transfer Paper to create your own spooky, funny t shirts, aprons and more using these iron on heat transfer papers.
  • Canvas Photo Paper for that textured canvas look. The scratch proof, resin coated paper is water resistant and long lasting.
And to really make your party memorable, you may want to take pictures of all your guests, print them out and hand out some as they make their way home…a lovely keepsake from the host!

Our October Coupon Code To Get You Started


All this October, we are proud to be partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc (NBCF) to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 2% of our net collections this month will be donated to NBFC. For all our wonderful readers and customers, we are offering 5% off all purchases equal to or over $55 + free shipping and memo pad. So be sure to use coupon code UNITY5 at check out all this month (Expiration Date: 10/31/2015).

2015-10-09

Zine Festival Image Via BrooklynZineFest
Have you ever desired to create something from start to finish, completely independent from the influence of others? To experience a sense of self accomplishment and expression upon completion of such a task can be a much needed treat for the human soul. For many of us, this excitement is lost to our childhood and our individual voices are drowned out by a modern society that values uniformity. Luckily, there is an outlet for such work to be shown off and appreciated solely for its existence, that outlet is Zine creation.

What is a Zine?

There are no strict rules for what a zine is or has the potential to be. Zines are usually booklets of images and words that are self-publicized and printed. They can be  either sold at independent book stores, online, or displayed at local zine festivals for sale. Nobody expects to make much profit off of their zines. It is more about expression and exposure. So what can a zine be about? Anything and everything that exists can make for great zine material. Make a zine about childhood fantasies, radio waves or fashion. Zines are excellent for small collections of poems or a silly comic. You could even make a zine about nothing. It’s a pure and raw manifestation of expression and personal thought.  After making one and putting it out there, you will be surprised with how connected you feel with your authentic self.

How do you make a zine?

There are many ways to make a zine and no reason why you shouldn’t. All mediums are acceptable. Zines can be digitally created and published on a website. They are sometimes made of photo copied doodles and snapshots. You can draw a picture, scan it into the computer, digitally color it and compile it with other images then print it. Once the pages are printed, there are many ways to put them together. But, if you aren’t familiar with book binding techniques, you might want to start with this template:
http://blog.umamidesign.com/ud-content/2013/09/ud_130918_zine-instructions.jpg

With this template, you can create a zine using only one sheet of paper. Go ahead and follow the instructions to create the booklet. Once you have done that you can plan out your zine content on each page. When you have all the pages filled out, unfold it. You will then use a scanner to create an image of your creation. After the image has been taken, you may print off as many as your print head can handle.

How can I market myself?

 

Showcasing your zines (Image via PublicBroadCasting)
Great job! You have made a zine and are ready to sign up for your local Zine Fest, you Zinester. To find a zine festival closest to you, try Googling it. If that doesn’t work, you may try this site which has some major zine events posted here.

Some “Zinesters” will even create supplemental print items to accompany their zines as an added bonus. I have seen stickers, t-shirts, pins, magnets, post cards and posters!  These are fun items to have at your booth for trading with other creators or giving out to fans. Creating your own T-shirts is easy with our Premium T-shirt Iron-on Transfers for Inkjet Printer papers. You just print an image out using any inkjet printer and iron it right onto the shirt. Magnets are great for throwing in with purchases or using to trade other artists for their extras. Our Glossy Printable Magnet Sheets are a great product to use for creating these fun and timeless trinkets.

We have created an exclusive Zine Starter Pack that is available on CompAndSave.com. It will include a 15% off discount if you purchase any of these items: white/light premium t-shirt iron-transfers (8.5x11) - 20 sheets, dark/black premium t-shirt iron-on transfers (8.5x11) - 20 sheets, or white premium glossy printable magnet sheets (8.5"x11") - 10 sheets.
  • Coupon code: ZINEPACK
  • Expiration date: 11/30/2015
What a deal!  Zine fest better watch out.

10/09/2015 01:26:00 PM Denise Resendez
Zine Festival Image Via BrooklynZineFest
Have you ever desired to create something from start to finish, completely independent from the influence of others? To experience a sense of self accomplishment and expression upon completion of such a task can be a much needed treat for the human soul. For many of us, this excitement is lost to our childhood and our individual voices are drowned out by a modern society that values uniformity. Luckily, there is an outlet for such work to be shown off and appreciated solely for its existence, that outlet is Zine creation.

What is a Zine?

There are no strict rules for what a zine is or has the potential to be. Zines are usually booklets of images and words that are self-publicized and printed. They can be  either sold at independent book stores, online, or displayed at local zine festivals for sale. Nobody expects to make much profit off of their zines. It is more about expression and exposure. So what can a zine be about? Anything and everything that exists can make for great zine material. Make a zine about childhood fantasies, radio waves or fashion. Zines are excellent for small collections of poems or a silly comic. You could even make a zine about nothing. It’s a pure and raw manifestation of expression and personal thought.  After making one and putting it out there, you will be surprised with how connected you feel with your authentic self.

How do you make a zine?

There are many ways to make a zine and no reason why you shouldn’t. All mediums are acceptable. Zines can be digitally created and published on a website. They are sometimes made of photo copied doodles and snapshots. You can draw a picture, scan it into the computer, digitally color it and compile it with other images then print it. Once the pages are printed, there are many ways to put them together. But, if you aren’t familiar with book binding techniques, you might want to start with this template:
http://blog.umamidesign.com/ud-content/2013/09/ud_130918_zine-instructions.jpg

With this template, you can create a zine using only one sheet of paper. Go ahead and follow the instructions to create the booklet. Once you have done that you can plan out your zine content on each page. When you have all the pages filled out, unfold it. You will then use a scanner to create an image of your creation. After the image has been taken, you may print off as many as your print head can handle.

How can I market myself?

 

Showcasing your zines (Image via PublicBroadCasting)
Great job! You have made a zine and are ready to sign up for your local Zine Fest, you Zinester. To find a zine festival closest to you, try Googling it. If that doesn’t work, you may try this site which has some major zine events posted here.

Some “Zinesters” will even create supplemental print items to accompany their zines as an added bonus. I have seen stickers, t-shirts, pins, magnets, post cards and posters!  These are fun items to have at your booth for trading with other creators or giving out to fans. Creating your own T-shirts is easy with our Premium T-shirt Iron-on Transfers for Inkjet Printer papers. You just print an image out using any inkjet printer and iron it right onto the shirt. Magnets are great for throwing in with purchases or using to trade other artists for their extras. Our Glossy Printable Magnet Sheets are a great product to use for creating these fun and timeless trinkets.

We have created an exclusive Zine Starter Pack that is available on CompAndSave.com. It will include a 15% off discount if you purchase any of these items: white/light premium t-shirt iron-transfers (8.5x11) - 20 sheets, dark/black premium t-shirt iron-on transfers (8.5x11) - 20 sheets, or white premium glossy printable magnet sheets (8.5"x11") - 10 sheets.
  • Coupon code: ZINEPACK
  • Expiration date: 11/30/2015
What a deal!  Zine fest better watch out.