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6 Unique Ways to Use Buttons in College Admissions

6 Unique Ways to Use Buttons in College Admissions

The academic year is drawing nearer and orientation sessions have already begun! There are so many ways Admissions departments can support incoming students and excite those already on campus. Buttons are a great opportunity to build connections among new students, let proud parents show off a little, help newcomers make connections with faculty, and more.  Check...
Hot Dogs Go Punk: Hot Doug's Black Flag Parody Button

Hot Dogs Go Punk: Hot Doug’s Black Flag Parody Button

Busy Beaver has happily partnered with our old pals at Hot Doug‘s for this weekend’s Dog Dayz of Summer. For two days only, Hot Doug’s Doug Sohn will pop-up his legendary restaurant at Goose Island Barrel Warehouse in Chicago.  Attendees will enjoy an exclusive “best hits from Hot Doug’s” in a festival-like setting, paired with delicious beverages and live music....
Bands, Buttons, and Backrim Text!

Bands, Buttons, and Backrim Text!

Everybody knows that bands and buttons go hand in hand. For your fans, they’re a cheap merch item they can wear to show their undying love for your band every day. And for you as a band members, buttons are inexpensive and super easy to customize, even for a design newbie. But maybe you want...
"For All the World to See": Putting Girls at the Center of International Development

“For All the World to See”: Putting Girls at the Center of International Development

The recent Nobel Prize awarded to 17-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai should leave no doubt about the power adolescent girls can yield. The challenge however, is in harnessing that power, given that millions of girls live in poverty around the world and lack access to the supports that would allow them to live up to their potential as change-makers. The Girl Declaration...
How To: 6 Tips for Going Totally Neon

How To: 6 Tips for Going Totally Neon

Ready to get bright? Totally Neon is Busy Beaver’s newest special finish, and it’s perfect for adding some major pop to your designs! With Totally Neon, your black and white artwork is transformed into a mix of five super bright colors on buttons, magnets, bottle openers or mirrors. Since Totally Neon is different from any of the other...
Meet the Beavers: Ben Bertin, Shipping Coordinator

Meet the Beavers: Ben Bertin, Shipping Coordinator

Today in our Meet the Beavers series, we’re introducing you to our Shipping Coordinator, Ben Bertin. Ben is responsible for packing orders for shipping and pick up and he also recently took over assembling printed orders to get them ready for production. As both one of the first, and the very last set of eyes on an order before...
Totally Neon! New for Summer

Totally Neon! New for Summer

We hope you’re wearing your shades because these colors are BRIGHT! It’s our Totally Neon paper special, and it’s just in time for summer! Printing with Totally Neon turns your black print artwork into an unmissable fluorescent rainbow. Featuring a mix of five super-saturated colors including yellow, green, pink, dark orange and light orange, Totally Neon has the perfect...
7 Ways to Use Buttons for Pride Month

7 Ways to Use Buttons for Pride Month

Pride Month is just around the corner, and we put together some of our favorite creative ways to use buttons in your celebrations. From parade giveaways to fundraising, buttons are a great way to increase visibility and show support for LGBTQ issues. 1. Giveaways at Pride Parade This one is probably a no-brainer, but Pride Parades and other community...
"Mad Men" of Buttons

“Mad Men” of Buttons

In honor of Mad Men’s series finale this weekend, we decided to honor the real mid-century “mad men” of Madison Avenue by collecting some of our favorite mid-century advertising buttons. Looking back through the Button Museum archives, it’s easy to imagine taglines written by Peggy Olson and campaigns straight out of Don Draper’s head. Here are...
Make Your Summer Reading Program Shine with Buttons!

Make Your Summer Reading Program Shine with Buttons!

Summer is just around the corner, and for librarians that can only mean one thing– it’s time for summer reading programs! And whether you’re looking for promotion ideas, irresistible program incentives or ways to stretch a limited budget, buttons are a great option. Check out these ideas for utilizing buttons for your library’s summer reading program. Buttons Fit Your Budget...
Meet the Beaver: Natalie Peeples, Designer & Pre-Production Coordinator

Meet the Beaver: Natalie Peeples, Designer & Pre-Production Coordinator

Busy Beaver’s Designer and Pre-Production Coordinator, Natalie Peeples, is taking over our Instagram account today to give you a peek into a day in her life. As the person in charge of getting your artwork ready for production, Natalie processes over 100 orders each week– that’s over 5000 every year! Natalie’s role starts by checking design...
Button Memories: BOOK IT! Buttons

Button Memories: BOOK IT! Buttons

“Button Memories” is a new series in which Busy Beaver staff and other button lovers share the stories behind some of their favorite pinbacks.   Remember Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! program? As a kid who already enjoyed reading, being told that I could also earn free pizza was just icing on the cake… or rather, pepperoni on...