Since our daughter goes to the Northwest Career and Technical Academy she is able to do quite a bit of marketing for the family business. This semester she is even taking a marketing class. I know that she has given our business cards out to several teachers and team coaches. She was approached by the running club coach to print 15 three color shirts with a custom design. We were given a hand-drawn picture to be placed on the shirt. We scanned it into a digital a jpg format so that we can manipulate it on our computer. After tweaking it a bit and adding some text we sent it out for approval. The coach loved the shirts and we started printed. It didn’t take long to get the 15 shirts printed. We will be delivering them tomorrow because they have a meet at the end of the week. I know they will love them.
Kelley has been a pretty busy in the shop lately. She also finished a job for the Las Vegas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. This was a 200 shirts order with one color on the front and three colors on the back. We are moving a conveyor dryer up on the “want” list because it sure would have been handy with this job. Kelley printed all of the shirts in two days and I delivered them on the Thursday before the event. Everything went very well and the Scouts were happy with the final result.
Kelley finished the Civil War Reenactment shirts in record time. This year she burned and registered the screen rather quickly. When we printed the shirts we realized that the black text was too hard to read on the blue background so we decided to make a change. By placing a little tape on the shirt side of the screen we were able to stop the black ink from going onto the shirt. This made it so the words appeared to be printed in white really standing out from the design. They turned out great and we delivered them to our client in time for his event.
We have been contemplating how to bring our business to the next level. We started looking at Ryonet’s Bling it Pro. We have purchased Rhinestone designs in the past and put them on some garments with our heat press but never were able to create custom designs ourselves. The Blink it pro along with the Graphtec Craft Robo Pro seems like a perfect fit for us. We started kicking around ideas on how to market the new option. We’ve even thought about spinning off a T-Shirt Girl web site as most of the designs are for ladies anyway. We started pouring through all of the Bling it videos online and think we have a pretty good grasp of the product. Along with Bling it our plotter can cut vinyl graphics as well which may be good for some of the “one-offs” that people always seem to want. We’ll research it a bit more and see what Ryonet’s Cyber Monday sale yields.
Another successful evening of t-shirt designer. This time for the civil war reenactment weekend. This is a repeat job for us as we did last year’s shirts as well. I do like creating new designs especially when people are excited to see their vision come to light. Last night was a little frustrating though. It’s hard to be creative when you just don’t know the material. Our client, Jason, did his best to give me as much information as he could so that I could get a grasp of what I was creating for him. He scanned his history books and offered images. I was able to piece together a few images, add some text, to reshape the design to something usable and creative. Of course I missed a few battles which we had to add it, and I had to move “Las Vegas” to the left, which honestly I’m not really sure why it was on the right, but everything came together. Kelley should be printing the shirts either today or tomorrow for delivery by Thursday evening.
We still have two more orders that we need to finish the designs for; Northwest Seniors and Northwest Dress Code Violations. It seems that there is always work.
We are pleased to get our first job from the Las Vegas Area Council. This is a pretty good sized order for us being 200 shirts. Being involved in Scouting we have made shirts for our troop but never could breach the barrier of the council. Last year we became officially licensed by the Boy Scout Council here in Las Vegas. We ordered the shirts on Tuesday of last week and they arrived on Friday. Since we just moved into our new house today was spent cleaning, putting away, and organizing the garage (or the shop). Although everything isn’t set up to our liking it will be usable to get the job done by Thursday. I did the color separation this evening and printed out the transparencies. Kelley is going to burn the images tomorrow and register the job. She will probably start printing on Tuesday. Looking at the design it should be a fairly easy design to print as there is only a small amount of green and white. We have found that the black ink prints so smoothly and easily that it really is fun to print. Once Kelley starts printing we will post up pictures of the finished shirts.
It’s that time again! Time for another Ryonet Silk Screening Supplies contest. This month it’s all about bloopers and outtakes. We poured through all of our videos to find the very best. We reviewed our outtakes from our initial Pick Me contest entry, Cowboy Christmas and Henderson Winterfest videos. We looked through hours of video from our silk screening academy visit and the NBM show. We even managed to grab some bloopers from a client or two. If you like what you see post a comment on the wall!
Here is the blooper contest video from Ryonet.
Last weekend we participated in the city of Henderson’s Winterfest. We brought our press and our Koozies! We talked to a lot of people and are feeling good about the potential sales that can come in. Below are the designs that we printed. We also brought our Pocket Pro platen and printed Koozies while at the show too!
After a lot of time and deciding what would work out best for our setup, we decided to go ahead and make a new drying rack. Using the PVC rack for the wood screens proved to be too small for the aluminum screens. If you need any specifics on how to make this, just let us know!