Thursday, October 16, 2014

My DIY Paper Tags

       My BuhayBohemio Shirts now has paper tags and they are home-made hehe. There is also a printed label inside the back of the shirts near the collar. I had been meaning to put these branding materials to make my shirts, well, look more presentable as a product. So after months of thinking (and procrastinating), I finally came up with a simple and stylish paper tag that I don't have to spend much money or time on.

        The tags are made of brown board and stamps. I got the boards in Divisoria and it's only less than Php 14 per 3 x 4 ft sheet (minimum of 10 sheets). I also had 4 stamps made  for less than Php 300 each. The rubber stamp is cut by a computer aided machine so any intricate design can be made into a stamp real quick!

       Also I bought 3 stamp pads of different colors for Php 96 each, a 3-mm hole puncher for Php 75, a tagging gun for Php Php 160, and box of plastic tag strings for Php 80. All in all, my supplies that cost Php 1,900 can yield around 2,000 paper tags. That same amount can only give me around 500 tags if I have them printed.

       Of course I don't need to make 2,000 tags all at once. I made 100 in less than 30 minutes (thanks to the handy paper guillotine here at home). Stamping the tags is the fun part. The fulfilling part is putting the tag on the shirts hehe.  With all these boards I can make tags and packaging for my other products. I'll let my creative (and meandering) mind take care of that.

       What's next? Paper bags. ^_^   

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Board Game Lounge, Anyone?

     Just last night my friends and I had dinner in BF, ParaƱaque City and on our way out we saw this new board game lounge, Puzzles, so we stopped over to check it out.  I remember that we once went to Ludo, a similar establishment in Quezon City but we didn't get to play any games because the place was jam packed that night on a Saturday.

     Well I must say that Puzzles, located at 287 Aguirre Avenue, is more spacious and I love the contemporary styled interior. The staff are friendly too. They got a fairly wide range of board and card games that you can try. They charge Php 100 per player for the use of one game set. 

     As I recall and if I'm not mistaken, Ludo doesn't charge for the use of the game materials. You go there and buy a snack or just a drink and that entitles you to play all you want. While at Puzzles, you pay to play games and enjoy some food... that you will also pay for of course hehe. I ordered just a small cup of cafe au lait for a price that could already get you a venti-sized beverage at Starbucks. "Why not just buy new card games and let's play them at Starbucks?", a friend jokingly asked. He's got a point, you know.

       The concept of a board game lounge is quite new here in the Philippines. It feels more for the barkada than for the family, unless the kids are already in their teens at least. And people have different preferences when it comes to their environment while playing board or card games. In lounges like these, expect a lot of noise. Everybody shares one big room that has no acoustic treatment so you'll pretty much hear the HOORAYs of scoring players, ARRGHs of the losers,  and the  HAHAHAs of other participants.

     We made our own loud heckling of course, while playing Cards Against Humanity - a nasty adult game that I played for the first time. It was boring at the start but it got really funny towards the end. I think we finished the game around 1 AM. A fun experience, yeah. Will we come back? Ummmmaybe.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

First Try on Vinyl Prints

      A regular client of mine for digital paintings knows that I also do screen printing  and she asked if I could customize a couple of shirts for her.  But I recommended vinyl prints instead. Because if only a single shirt or two is needed, vinyl would be best, especially if the design only uses simple solid fonts and geometric shapes. It's faster to produce and costs less, as compared to having the same design screen-printed on a few shirts. Another thing, vinyl prints can also last like silk-screened prints.

     So these two shirts above are for her. A birthday gift for her dad, the grandpa of her two kids. I had them done in a "personalize it" shop in a nearby mall.

     In vinyl printing, a machine is used to cut the needed shapes from a thin sheet of colored vinyl. Then a heat press is used to permanently fasten the vinyl to the shirt.  You can have a simple shirt done for less than P300. Even less if you bring your own shirt. My tip is that you use a thick cotton-polyester shirt. Though vinyl can be used on most shirt fabrics, I find that thick, less stretchable, and wrinkle-free shirts blend well with vinyl prints.

    I have been meaning to have shirts done for my own personal use. Lucky for me, I have the same vector editing software that these shops use to operate their cutter plotter, and not to mention the adeptness. Plus I have my own stock of blank shirts. So producing a vinyl printed t-shirt is really such a breeze!  ^_^

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Dark Side of Being Creative?

   I really like reading the funnies in newspapers and Dilbert by Scott Adams is one of my favorite comic strips because I could  relate to those funny office situations. Well, most of them. I've been a corporate artist for a decade, you know. 

    But this one has to be the best. It made me check the symptoms of  ADHD, dyslexia, being bipolar and schizophrenic! XD

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