Fun, Trendy Holiday Ornaments

Custom shape name tags are perfect holiday ornaments!

It has become a tradition in many homes to decorate a hand-crafted ornament each year for Christmas trees and other holiday decorations. So, why not make your holiday ornaments easier this year with some custom shaped name tags?

using custom shape name tags for holiday ornaments and tree decorations

From snowmen to trees and stars to reindeer, custom shapes are perfect holiday ornaments! Or, add an extra bit of flair to your corporate name tags with a unique shape. Choose a shape that highlights your logo or goes with one of our many stock shape choices. A custom shaped name tag is a great way to draw attention to your company in a world of rectangle badges.

A name tag with a custom shape, color and size make a visual verification of the name tag easier. These name tags draw the customers’ eyes straight to you, leaving them with nothing to wonder. The different shapes or sizes will help make your name tag stand out from the crowd. Just let your imagination run wild and design a badge that will separate you from your competition.

But, don’t limit these shapes to just the office!

Share them with your family and friends on your Christmas tree or by giving them away as presents. From holiday greetings to a special someone’s name, these creative holiday ornaments are sure to be a hit with anyone. Choose a color to match each shape, and we’ll engrave names or any other text you may want.

If you order a blank badge, customize each shape with a permanent marker, stickers or anything that you might have around your home. Add names, drawings, images or write down memories with a permanent marker.

Once you choose a name tag or badge for your ornament, make sure to add some personalized ribbon for hanging it on your tree! Just attach the ribbon to the back of the tag to for easy displaying. Or, hang it anywhere that you want to showcase your homemade talents.

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using custom shape name tags for holiday ornaments, decorations and corporate branding
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From Halloween and Thanksgiving to Christmas and other holidays, these custom shape holiday ornaments are perfect for any workplace or home.

Create A Photo Album in 5 Steps

A photo album made from badge holders is the perfect holiday gift!

using badge holders to create a festive holiday photo albumWith the holidays coming, people are looking for a creative way to display their pictures. And, many people look forward to receiving homemade gifts for the holidays. Here’s a great little tutorial on how to make a mini photo album for those wanting to see your holiday pictures!

Follow these five, easy steps to create your photo album.

Badge holders are perfect for this cute craft. And, every year people take so many photos that these will come in handy not only for the holidays but year round.

Step 1

Choose the badge holder size that you would prefer for your book. Yes, this step is that simple, but we do carry several different sizes and badge holder types that it is going to take a bit to decide what will work best for your project.

Step 2

Either work with the inserts that can be ordered with the badge holders, or make a template so you can trim each picture to the correct size. The photos will need to be cut to fit either the badge holder or any insert you want to fit into the album.

Step 3

using badge holders as a creative and festive holiday photo albumFind the pictures you want to use and place them in order. Are you focusing on a theme for your photo album? Maybe you’re creating this for a grandparent so that it should be full of pictures of their grandchildren. Or, perhaps you’re making this for a Christmas present, so you want holiday pictures. Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, the list goes on! Whatever your theme, make sure your photos match.

Place your pictures in order. Before you start filling your badge holders with priceless memories, remember that sometimes arrangement is essential. The organization will depend on your theme for your album.

Step 4

Start stuffing! Don’t forget that badge holders are clear and you can use both sides to display pictures. And, don’t limit yourself to just photos. Use the inserts to create unique messages for the recipient. With someone a happy birthday or Merry Christmas right in the middle of all the festive pictures.

using badge holders with dry erase markers for a school book or photo albumAnother great idea is to use the badge holders with a dry erase marker. Scrawl out a cute message and then have a child sign it right on the badge holder. Or, if this album is a gift for a child, include pages that they can draw on with the dry erase markers.

Step 5

using badge holders and personalized ribbons to create a festive holiday photo albumSecure the badge holders together. Use some of our custom ribbon rolls to tie all your pictures together. Not only will the photos leave a lasting impression, but personalized ribbons are a great touch. There are so many ways to use ribbon to tie it all together. With the different punched holes and slots in each badge holder, creativity is key to finishing this project.

From creative, personalized ribbons to the final photo album, your loved ones are sure to enjoy this easy and fun craft for their holiday presents!

Writers & 5 Tips on Name Tags

Writers often use a name tag to stand out from the crowd.

First off, why do writers need a custom name tag? They’ll get a name tag when they go to the convention, the kind you peel off and stick on your shirt. And writers don’t make much money as it is. So why buy a personalized name tag?

The answer is the first and most important reason why writers should wear custom name tags at conferences and conventions.

writers often use name tags and name badges at conferences and other events

1. It adds to your brand.

Every author is his or her brand. Your goal is to stand out from the millions of traditional, indie and aspiring writers out there. And, a name tag can contribute to your brand in multiple ways. The font and color can match the genre you write, or it can reflect your writing voice. Even if you decide to stick with a black and white name tag that says your name in a simple font, it still contributes to your brand.

2. It spares readers embarrassment.

No one likes to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed, and while readers may remember your books, they won’t always remember your name. Readers read (duh!) a lot of books by different authors. And, readers don’t often look at your photo on the back leaf of your hardcover novel to memorize your face. So wear a name tag to help readers remember who you are and spot you at conventions.

3. It makes you more approachable.

When people don’t know or forget your name, they are less likely to approach you. By wearing a name tag, you make it easier for people to talk to you. You’ll seem more friendly and open to conversing with strangers when you have your name pinned or clipped to your chest. Approachability is key to networking, and networking is why you go to conventions, right? So make yourself more approachable with a name tag.

4. It looks professional and makes an excellent first impression.

writers often use name tags and badge holders to help establish their brand

In business settings, a name tag is much like a suit and tie (or a pencil skirt); you look professional when you wear it. It gives the impression that you take your job as a writer seriously. By wearing a professional name tag, you stand out from other writers. And, you make a better first impression when meeting agents and editors.

5. It helps editors and agents remember you.

Editors and literary agents meet writers all the time. Not only do they meet authors at conventions, but they also receive hundreds of queries and submissions every week. Embed your name in their memory with a custom name tag that represents who you are as a writer. If you write horror, and you have a black or red name tag with a scary font, an agent is more likely to distinguish you from all the other horror writers they’ve met. And, a cool custom name tag tells editors and agents that you’re a fun person to work with, and that gives them an incentive to look at your manuscript.

Stand out from the crowd!

create a unique brand for writers with custom name tagsA professional, custom name tag can help set you apart from other writers and make you more memorable. Custom name tags can include your own logo or a stock logo. Other helpful marketing tools include a name plate or, if you don’t like wearing name tags, a badge holder with a paper insert and a lanyard. Whatever personal identification items you want, they can help you market yourself as a writer wherever you go.

(Content courtesy of our new writer CreelaBelle Howard)

Families, Donating & Name Tags

Donating to our customers is an excellent way to express our community support!

We’re at it again! Our newest donation was to Barren Heights. Donating our time and goods to those in our community is something in which Coller Industries takes pride. We love helping out where we can.

Darlene Schuff, Ministry Operations Manager at Barren Heights, said, “Barren Heights’ vision is to create more compassionate communities through families serving families. Together, we strive to show love to these families, so they know they are never alone.”

donating plastic engraved name tags to our customers helps our community

Barren Heights retreat is nestled atop the gently rolling hills of Allen County Kentucky, near Barren River Lake. The organization is unique in that they are the only camp in Kentucky to provide a no-cost experience to the entire family of a disabled child and they involve volunteer host families.

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Our mission is to love and encourage families. We do this primarily by providing free mini-vacation style weekend retreats and hosting community outreach events for families with physically or developmentally disabled children.

Our vision is to create more compassionate communities through families serving families with the love of Christ and led by the Holy Spirit to further the Kingdom of God.

We donated plastic, laser engraved name tags.

donating plastic engraved name tags to our customers helps our communityThese custom plastic name tags are a great way to present your business logo. And they build an excellent reputation with your clientele. Laser engraved name tags are made from a two-color, plastic material so both the text and the logo will be the same color.

“Thank you again for helping us out,” said Schuff. “Our retreats are completely free to families with children who have disabilities or special needs. So every donation makes a huge difference.”

Each donation we make is something that helps us stand out from our competition. And every time we donate, we are grateful for the opportunity to share back into our community. We are thankful for organizations such as Barren Heights.

Neighbors, Donations and Name Tags

Our customers are amazing!

And, once again, we’d like to say thank you to them by highlighting our most recent donations. Coller Industries prides itself on our contributions to our community. Donations to repeat customers make our work completely worth it.

neighborhood house and donations help coller industries to stand out among competitors

Neighborhood House’s mission is to provide quality, affordable day care and supportive services to children and older adults based on their ability to pay. Preschool, afterschool, and summer programs for children and supervised care for adults are available to low-income families on a sliding fee scale, which determines the cost of care based on household income. Since opening our doors in 1894, Neighborhood House has remained committed to supporting low-income families in their efforts toward self-sufficiency and enhancing their quality of life.

Molly Neral, the Development Coordinator at Neighborhood House, said, “Name tags were donated to help our organization keep costs down while enhancing brand standards and brand visibility. They are used primarily for Tent Party, our largest event fundraiser of the year. They are to help differentiate committee, board, and staff members for guests.”

Logo Name Tags

Engraved in plastic, these name tags come in a variety of colors. Each name tag featured someone’s name, title and the Neighborhood House logo. These name tags are a great representation of how versatile Coller Industries’ products are. Each name tag is individually inspected to make sure it meets our quality standards. After that, we then send them to the customer.

plastic engraved logo name tags were part of coller industries' donations to neighborhood house

No matter the choice for a logo name tag, it will always meet our high-quality standards. And it is sure to match exactly what our customer needs.

“The event was wonderful, and the name tags look great!” said Neral. “Thank you so much again for this incredible donation! The event these name tags were used for was a record-breaking year for Neighborhood House with funds raised!”

We are grateful for organizations such as Neighborhood House. All of our donations are sincerely something that helps us stand out from our competition.