Teaching Tools and Personalizing Your Classroom

Learning is more effective and stimulating when you are using teaching tools that are already in front of you. It is up to teachers and other school staff to ensure every student has the tools they need to learn. When students know what tools they have available and how each works, they are more apt to pay attention and, in the long run, learn what they need to succeed.

Personalizing Your Teaching Tools with customized products like engravable signs, name plates and badge holders for identification.

Why are customizable products great for teaching tools?

By customizing our products to meet your school and classroom needs, you can help improve your instruction time. For example, free up time in your schedule by hanging custom signs with simple instructions so they don’t need to be constantly repeated. Use name tags and name plates to show teachers’ names. And even have badges available for parent volunteers. Here are several of our most popular items that teachers use as teaching tools for their classrooms and schools.

Custom Engravable Signs

Custom engraved plastic sign with a school's bell schedule and someone from administration as teaching tools to help students.

Use our engravable custom signs in your classroom today. For example, personalize a custom sign to show your classroom schedule. Or have a sign engraved with other classroom instructions. While these signs are a great teaching tool for the classroom, they work just as well for the rest of the school.

Use them for bell schedules, No Running in the Halls signs and even more. Each engraved sign is available in multiple colors on durable plastic material. This means that you can customize the color to match your school decor or even show some school spirit. Add logos, graphics and text to make your message seen.

Personalized Name Plates

Two lines engraved into a name plate to sit on a teacher's desk as teaching tools to help students.

From teachers’ desks and doors to the counselor’s office, name plates can be used everywhere in your school. Not only are name plates great for teachers’ names, but they are also great for identifying different classrooms and other areas in the building.

One of the great parts about custom name plates is adding your logo or school mascot next to names. Or you can use icons to designate closets and other rooms throughout the building. They come in the same durable plastic material as custom signs so that you can match everything in your building.

Badge Holders and Lanyards

A badge holder that has a printed insert with a teacher's photo to be used with a color lanyard as school identification.

Step up your security with personalized badge holders and custom lanyards. With a handy photo and your school’s name printed onto replaceable inserts, badge holders just became your best friend. Using these inserts, you can instantly identify teachers, staff and even visitors quickly by printing any information you need and sliding it into a holder.

Then match the lanyard to your badge. By using colored (and maybe custom imprinted with your school logo), you help your staff and visitors keep their identification handy. Lanyards are also perfect for fundraising events, sporting meets and any other time your school gets together.

Personalizing Your School and Using Teaching Tools

From the classroom to the counseling center, we have custom products to make your school run smoothly. Use these great teaching tools to help your teaching and instruction. Do you have other ideas for our custom products? We’d love to hear them!

Here’s a fun idea: when giving out welcome gifts to your students, make sure to wrap them with fun ribbon rolls. Your students are guaranteed a great first impression when handed trinkets with personalized ribbons wrapped around them. And, maybe they will even behave a bit better as a way of saying thank you for your thoughtfulness.

Customizing Spring and Summer Weddings

Roses and lace are traditional for bright spring and summer weddings, but the fun doesn’t end there. Personalized products are the perfect finishing touch for your happy day, and you can customize everything to go with your colors and theme.

Customizing spring and summer weddings with personalized products.

So, you have a venue and your guest list and have started thinking about everything else you need for your special day. But, have you started thinking about decorations? We’re here to help when it comes to the personalized details for your wedding. Start with custom engraved signs with your marriage date. Then throw in some name tags to identify your wedding party. Finally, finish with other special touches using name plates and other customized items for your wedding day. And, don’t forget that personalized ribbons are just as important for your spring and summer weddings!

Engraved Name Plates for Best Wishes

Ribbon pink plastic name plate with white engraving to show wedding guests where to put gift cards and other presents.

Name plates are perfect for springtime weddings and simply need to be personalized to match the event. Create custom text informing guests where to stash their gifts for the couple. And, with all sorts of material colors, they are here to help your decorating as they can match everything you already have. Choose from an abundance of colors that will fit perfectly with any wedding. Then, add graphics and details, or add names for seating your wedding party.

Get your creativity flowing with these custom name plates, from food designations to decorating for a beautiful evening. Add a name plate to your buffet tables to designate different dishes. Or customize a fancy table number or seating arrangements. You can also display the bride and groom’s names at the reception hall entrance. Decorate with different name plates around the reception area of favorite quotes or sayings. Use your imagination and create something unique for the couple that will help the wedding be memorable.

PRO TIP: Custom plaques are unique to every spring and summer wedding when used at the guest book table and customized with wedding details.

Wedding Party Name Tags for Spring and Summer Weddings

Euro gold plastic name tags with black engraving showing mother and father of the bride names and titles for spring and summer weddings.

Place settings are more fun with custom name tags for each guest. So, help your guests find their seats at your spring wedding using name tags as place settings. From custom shapes to matching colors, let us help you with a seating chart that will amaze every guest. Once your guests find their seats, they can wear their name tags so that everyone can mingle with ease.

Everyone will be excited about this unique idea, from the mother of the bride to the flower girl. And, no one will feel left out or awkward because they don’t know who everyone is! Match the material and color to your wedding theme, and even get creative with titles.

Custom Engraved Signs for Everything Else

Plastic custom sign in claret with white engraving and a ring bearer for a spring and summer wedding decoration idea.

Stray from tradition and use a personalized sign to announce the coming of the bride. Match the plastic material colors to your wedding theme, and create a message that will inspire your guests and captivate your wedding party. Have the ring bearer or flower girl carry this cute little sign with them so the groom can see this special message.

Custom signs are also a great way to designate guest books, names and dates, directions and so much more! Express your creativity with your text and graphics on these fantastic wedding signs. Share the love and feature the bride and groom’s names with their special date. Or, add a favorite quote or saying (or a unique hashtag) for a little extra wedding flair that adds to the day’s theme.

Planning a wedding takes time and a lot of patience.

With a wedding venue tucked into place and seating charts ready to go, all you’re missing for your fantastic fall wedding is customized products. So now is the time to work on all of your decorations and more minor event details. From ribbon rolls to custom signs, we have everything you need to make your fall wedding the dream you want.

But, no matter how simple or lavish your wedding is, personalized products guarantee to make any wedding unforgettable. Whatever you choose to use, from name tags to signs, make the most of them with personalization meant just for your special day.

P.S. Name tags and signs are as traditional as they come, but don’t forget those wedding ribbons! So, make this the wedding all of your guests remember by using unique wedding ribbon ideas.

Need wedding ideas for a different season? Start here: Autumn Wedding Fever!

Brand vs. Logo (and why magnets are cool)

Brand = a type of product manufactured by a particular company under a particular name.

A company’s brand is what they are, what they want to be, and what they aim to become. It can be a promise of quality, trust or service. A brand is what makes a company or organization truly unique.

Logo = a symbol or other design adopted by an organization to identify its products, uniform, vehicles, etc.

Your logo represents you, your company, your brand and your overall commitment to your clients and customers. And creating consistency by adding your logo to everything you personalize (from name tags to corporate gifts) lets people know you’re proud of what you stand for.

Multiple personalized name tags all with deluxe magnets for fasteners.

Adding a logo to any name tag is an excellent way to maximize branding for your company. Choose from either metal or plastic and customize it to match your work environment and brand. Logos are engraved or printed depending on the style and material you choose. P.S. Don’t forget the magnets!

For many professions, appearance is a crucial factor in this quality. Maintaining your commitment to quality is easy with a uniform and the proper name tag. So whether you choose a daily business attire like a suit and tie or a matching polo shirt for each of your employees, don’t forget that name tag.

From branding to color matching, name tags, like uniforms, help to symbolize your quality. Creating a positive influence with your brand means guaranteeing that all of your business’s services and products are consistent. Employees and customers know when that consistency is not present. Choose name tags that reflect your brand’s commitment to quality. Once accomplishing this, showing that you commit to quality is easy.

5 Design Principles for Logo Usage

Logo Size – A logo’s final size makes a difference. The more detail a logo has, the more difficult it becomes to see at smaller sizes, so a logo that looks great on a name plate may not work as well on a name tag.

Color – Carefully think about the color of your logo and the color of the name tag. If your logo has bright colors, it will not make as much of a statement on an engraved two-color tag, but it will look stunning as a UV color printed on plastic or metal or even as a full color plastic tag.

Contrast – No matter where you have your logo, you want to make sure it is highly visible. So, consider the contrast between colors as you choose materials and printing/engraving style. For example, as shown below, pastels on silver can wash out, and on the name plate and tag above, the blues in the logo blend with the chosen material.

Logo Orientation – The shape and orientation of your logo make a difference in where to place it on your product. The horizontal logo on this example works well when placed at the top of the name tag. However, when placed on the right side, it shrinks to a size that isn’t visible. A good rule is that a horizontal logo is best on the top or bottom of your tag design, while a vertical logo is best on the right or left.

Product – Artwork requirements for logos vary by product. For example, a single color vector file is required for some products, while a high-quality bitmap or multicolor vector file is required for full color products. Individual order pages will let you know which requirements are required for each product.

Which Name Tag Fastener is Right for You?

You’ve chosen which name tag you want, designed your logo to advertise your brand and made a list of the names you need printed on them. There’s still one crucial part of the name tag equation left: choosing a fastener. It isn’t a decision to take lightly, as different occasions and environments call for specific fasteners. Work attire, uniforms and environment need to be taken into consideration. The fastener you choose will directly impact the appearance and wearability of the name tag, so choose carefully!

Fasteners

A full color name tag with someone's first and last name as well as a deluxe magnetic fastener.

Even the fastener on a name tag helps reflect your company’s standards. Each fastener choice we carry only aids in the presentation of your chosen name tags by keeping them fixed firmly to uniforms and other employee attire. Our Deluxe Magnetic Fasteners hold through thick material and multiple layers of clothing, making them our most popular choice. Everything we offer not only is permanently attached to each name tag, but it will help your high-quality image stand out from your competition.

Why are magnets trendy?

Deluxe magnets shown on the back of a personalized name tag.

Our most popular fastener choice is the deluxe magnetic fastener.

This fastener consists of two parts: a metal plate with indentations, which holds the magnet in place and adheres to the back of most name tags, and a plastic bar that has two strong magnets, which holds in place through multiple layers of clothing.

There are many types of fasteners to go with your name tag. These include deluxe magnets, pins, swivel bulldog clips, pocket clips and more. Deluxe magnets have become more popular for name tags because they do not puncture clothing with pins. Name tags can also be worn around the neck using a lanyard or neck wallet.

Providing high-quality name tags at networking events is a minor detail that makes a big difference. They are worth the extra money. When we host networking events for hospitality industry professionals, we invest in high-quality name tags that stick to clothing using a magnet instead of those with a pin. We’ve learned that people don’t always want to put a pin through their clothes and that using high-quality magnetic name tags elevates the perceived quality of the event.

The final thing to cover is the fastener choice. Most name tags come with multiple options, but be careful with these. Don’t order a lanyard to go with an adhesive name badge! It just wouldn’t work. Be smart about the choice. While magnetic fasteners are popular, pins or clips might be more appropriate for your situation. Always think of how and where you are wearing the name tag before making the final selection on a fastener.