Vinyl-Not your old school 80’s stuff

When we tell someone we are going to “vinyl” their shirt, they think, “ew…that heavy stuff they used to press on shirts in the mall in the 1980’s??!!”  Well, no. When we talk about vinyl, we are referring to Siser EasyWeed Vinyl, GlitterFlake Vinyl from Stahls, Thermofilm, Glow in the Dark, Metallic, or many other options available now.  These vinyl materials can be as thin as 90 microns, which is about the equivalent of 0.09 millimeters…which feels like a very thin sheet of paper.  For example, when you print Easy Weed or Easy Weed Stretch on an entry level Gildan 100% cotton T-Shirt, the vinyl feels like a screen printed design!  There are even vinyls that look like gel, puff, and the already mentioned glow in the dark! 

Vinyl really has advanced with technology just like everything else.  Vinyl is a great alternative to screen printing especially when you need smaller orders.  These pictures are a great example.

 

Variety School designs

The different colors of shirts highlights the necessity of vinyl.

Variety School designs

Unique apparel options for the staff gives everyone individuality

Variety School designs

Cooler weather creates the push for custom sweatshirts

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The whole lot of apparel

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The school specifically requested sport tech polos.

Variety School designs

Jackets are a great addition to this packet of apparel.

Variety School design

The white polo shows off the design very well.

Variety School designs

The Core 365 jacket comes in many colors including black shown here.

Variety School Designs

Finally a ladies V-neck shows the unique abilities we can create with vinyl.

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Vinyl gives us the ability to create each of these shirts with different color combinations but the same logo.

Variety School designs

The red tee was made using black vinyl and blue vinyl.

Variety School designs

The black tee shows off white and red vinyl very well.

 

Each of these items create a unique look for the customer, but a team look for the school. Parents will know the staff members by the apparel they are wearing, yet each person did not have to order exactly the same shirt. And the school didn’t have to order 30 jackets when not everyone wanted jackets.

In addition, the vinyl is tested and will last the life of the garment.  In fact, most vinyls will outlast the garment!  So you may remember the vinyl of the 1980’s, but this is not it!  The new millennium vinyl has come as far as the phones from rotary to cell!  Go ahead, dream about what you would like made.  Vinyl just may be the answer!

 

Glitter vinyl and softball/baseball designs

We have great new designs for two local teams-one for baseball and one softball. Badgers designs feature glitter vinyl. In the sunlight, this glitter is amazing! Rhinestones highlight the Intensity designs. Check out our store at http://store.thetshirtgirllv.com to purchase any these shirts and more!

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New Web Store!

We have been working on our web store for awhile and have it up and running now. The T-Shirt Girl

We’ve been working on making ordering rhinestone shirts easier. We are set up to post new designs right away for purchasing. Right now we have these great shirts for 4th of July shirts ready to order!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Today is LIVESTRONG Day!

Although we don’t get too much business for charity events and shirts, we do contribute a good bit to the Southern Nevada Susan G. Komen Foundation.  We run every year in the Race for the Cure and like to promote events that help raise money to find a cure for breast cancer.  I am also a big supporter of LIVEstrong and Lance Armstong’s endless fight to help find a cure for all cancers.  As today is LIVEstrong day, find a way to help share the message or help find a cure!

Looking back to move ahead

As the days go by and we are busier and busier thankfully, I started to think the other day about where this whole T-shirt business started.  Many people know our story that we bought VERY basic screen printing equipment in order to make T-shirts for our son’s cub scout troop.  That was over four years ago.  After making those shirts we really didn’t do much else with the equipment except made a few fun shirts for our family.  I don’t know what point we decided to try out making money with screen printing, but I had a good chuckle when I thought about how difficult printing seemed then.

When we printed, we were MESSY!  Everything was covered in ink, cleaning up was a nightmare, even exposing screens was awful.  I didn’t really do much with the screen printing then, Kyle did most of it.  I would sit with him in our dark room (i.e. the bathroom) while he exposed screens for 12 1/2 minutes exactly, and I might have helped him wash out screens, but I just wasn’t into the whole process.  After we did get our first equipment and found out Ryonet had classes to help learn the process better, I arranged the whole class and trip for Kyle.  I went with him, but not to the class.  I spent the two days in Portland and had a great time!  I just figured this was his hobby.

I don’t know when I started printing, but I remember asking Kyle if I could try it.  I wasn’t great at it and it was more difficult than it looked, but I liked the end result. So somewhere along the line I started printing and Kyle let me!  He always said the printing stressed him out because he didn’t want to mess it up.  I enjoyed the time to see what I could come up with and how the mesh, ink, shirt relationship worked. 

By the time I had done a couple of prints, Ryonet decided to have a contest to help a new business or a not yet existing business expand their potential with the Pick Me Contest.  The contest would consist of an initial video telling about the company or soon to be company that you would like to have.  And then people got to vote for their favorite.  And we won! 

We won lots of great equipment that really helped us sculpt our small hobby into a “real” business.  The silver press, exposure unit, and tons of great ink were just the beginning of what I found to be a fabulous business. We also were treated to another class but this time were able to go to LA at the new Ryonet LA facility.  It was my turn to learn more about screen printing and I was definitely hooked!  Foil, glitter, and other specialty inks caught my eye and I was anxious to learn more.

Now fast forward almost two years and we have definitely expanded.  We do not print full-time just yet, but we do work steadily.  We have several repeat customers including the Archery Club, and Student/Teacher softball game at Northwest Career and Technical Academy, several other school groups, two teams, Batitudes and Team Intensity, with the Northwest Girls Softball League, and we just keep getting more and more repeats.  We are always glad to get calls for new business and strive to provide a great experience for our customers.  

Our products don’t just revolve around printing anymore.  We do car vinyl decals, buttons, lots of rhinestones, numbers and letters for jerseys or other shirts, and promotional products.  I look around now and see our business as an opportunity for my family to work together to make a better life together.  That’s why we started this business and it is nice to know that we have followed through with our family in mind. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Las Vegas Area Council Mega Scout Expo Booth

In an effort to increase sales and visibility in our community we decided to take out an ad in the event guide at the Mega Scout Expo for the Las Area Council Boy Scouts. The Expo event occurs every year and every troop, pack, and venturing crew is invited for this two day extravaganza. We figured this is a perfect spot to advertise. The event guide is given out to everyone that attends and it comes with a free booth. We asked our designers to come up with an ad to be placed in the guide. You can see what she came up with below. If all goes well we will have talked to a lot of people that are interested in shirts for their unit and hopefully come out with some new orders. We will be promoting our normal business with The T-Shirt Guy as well as our girly blinged out shirts for the moms with The T-Shirt Girl. We are even going to roll out our promotional items and see if anyone needs customized key chains, cups, pens, and more!

Boy Scout Mega Scout Expo Ad

Boy Scout Mega Scout Expo Ad

Photos today

Today we are working on some photos that Ryonet requested.  As we won the first www.ryonetblog.com Pick Me Contest, Ryonet is doing an article on our company and the continued success of our business.  As we’ve looked back over the past year, a lot has changed for us and we have learned a great deal.  We are thankful to everyone at Ryonet.  Over the next couple of weeks we will highlight some of our successes, some trials and tribulations, and tell you our favorite moments from the last year!