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Rainbows are awesome.

Posted by Jo Sweeney on 29 June, 2015

Clearly if I call myself chief colour-inerer I freaking love colour. As a designer I am a bit as I would call it 'rainbow bright'. I love vibrant high contrast combinations that punch you in the face. I've art directed designers who love nothing more than endless shades of beige - the struggle was real!

The day the rainbow took over
June 27th 2015 was a great day for humanity with LOVE winning. And a great day for rainbows. As my Facebook feed became flooded with rainbows the happy energy ran through me, but for a moment I was actually jealous of America... If they have same love why can't we? 

Taking Action
We've been making bin stickers for over 7 years now and for the first time ever I was fuelled to make a political statement and put it curbside. Australia needs to step up! And who wouldn't want to see beautiful rainbows on bin day?!

The meaning of a rainbow
When we see a rainbow in the sky it's a deeply personal experience - at the same time it's a bliss you want to share... Come quick there's a rainbow! Don't even get me started on the elusive pot of gold.

I'm not sure when the GLBQT community claimed the rainbow as their flag but I've always declared no-one owns the rainbow it belongs to all of us! Use it!

My Rainbow
I loved designing our love is love bin sticker. It felt good, it felt right and the arty nerd side of my personality mixed those colour pallets to the exact CMYK inks of my perfect cliche rainbow!

Make your own...
So after 20 years of colouring-in this is my favourite combination, I've shared it to inspire you designers out there to keep on making rainbows.



#lovewins #rainbowsareawesome

chief colour-inerer Jo.

Sticker Idea #1 - Pantry Door ’Weekly Schedule Wallpaper'

Posted by Jo Sweeney on 17 June, 2015

We’re known as Chief Bin Lady and Chief Colour-inerer and we’re passionate about stinky bins… BUT at heart we’re artists and we love getting creative in our own homes with sticker stock! We’ve decided we’ll start sharing different ways you can use stickers over a few different blog articles.

OK we’re also designers but with websites like fiverr - you can get someone to set up your artwork to size and ready for print… for literally $5!

Steps.

Measure up!
  • Measure your pantry door with a tape measure - exactly!
  • Write down the size in millimetres - the width x height.
Planning your design
  • Figure out how you want to best use the space, what works for your family
  • I’ve gone with a weekly free flowing list with only the days of the week pre-printed for structure
  • I’ve got a teenager daughter at home so I’ve used inspirational quotes to keep her thinking… (saved as jpeg files off Facebook)
  • We also use the planner for our shopping list
  • There’s plenty of free stock websites available for artwork, borders, photos etc. my favourites are shutterstock.com and istockphoto.com - you can browse their collections for inspiration or if you download the eps version of any illustrative artwork you can have a designer edit it for you.
  • You can even sketch out a rough layout with pencil and photograph it as a reference plan.

 

Jump on Fiverr

Post a job similar to this style text.

Hi! I’m wanting some artwork created for my cupboard door. 

I’d like to use family photos that I can email to you. And list all of the days of the weeks as headings, in purple script style font. I’ve also attached a pencil rough of my idea. Please provide me with a press ready PDF at 0000mm high x 000mm wide with 5mm bleed on all edges. The minimum resolution needs to be 72dpi @ 100% size.

(You can share this article with them to help even more!)  

Find a local signwriter

Once you have your artwork complete and the PDF emailed to you, google a local signwriter and order a self adhesive vinyl print with laminate. (You can always email us if you want us to print and ship one to you!)

Make sure you explain to them that you want to apply it to your kitchen cupboard laminate, tell them the size in mm and ask them to check your file. 

We recommend laminate for two reasons… 1 - it’s easier to apply because it’s thicker, 2 - extra durability with using whiteboard markers, you can get an actual whiteboard film placed on top (I don’t personally use this - I just clean mine weekly to avoid shadowing). 

Application 

Ok think of this as being a like covering school books (it’s easy!)

  • Remove the handle off your cupboard.
  • Make an applicator - grab a credit card and wrap it in a clean chux cloth (to make it softer).
  • Keep all the backing paper on the sticker, start at the top left and expose the first 10cm of the sticker the whole way across the width (top of sticker).
  • You have 5mm of extra sticker around the edges to overhang (you cut this off at the end).
  • Position the top left corner of the sticker with approx 5mm of sticker overhanging, push firmly to hold this in place.
  • Then moving left to right with the applicator apply the sticker to the top of the pantry.
  • Now slowly start peeling back the backing paper 10-15cm at time and sweep the applicator left to right from edge to edge.
  • Work your way from the top of the sticker to the base.
  • If you go off track or get a wrinkle you can quickly peel the sticker slightly back and reapply it again.
  • Once your sticker is on get a stanley knife and carefully trim back the excess sticker stock on all the edges.
  • We have a video on our site on how to apply a bin sticker - check this out if you get stuck! 

I'd love to see other people with these pantry stickers - I get so many comments on mine!

cheers
Jo Sweeney
Chief Colour-inerer

Our 7 year celebration and spanking new website!

Posted by Jo Sweeney on 29 March, 2015

Welcome to our first blog post on our sexy new website! This is pretty special for us, March 2015 marks our 7th year in the business of making bins beautiful.

Building our new website has been like birthing a child (not in the painful sense.... It's just the intensity of knowing you're creating something limitless and exciting)!

We're super passionate about stinky bins and we love it when humans take pride in reducing, re-using and recycling waste. We're also artists so our business is really all about creating a canvas for every new customer.

We could write a book about running an online store, the successes, the pitfalls, what works and what simply doesn't... If you're wanting to start an online business and have any questions interact with us, we love to share wisdom from our adventures!

The photo above really tells a story for us... Taken on March 17th it was our exact 7 year anniversary, we're in the middle of a commercial photoshoot trudging up a hill carting stinky bins in the hot sun when our photographer Russ from www.russbenningphotography.com takes a sneaky pic of us in action.

If there's one piece of wisdom we'd like to impart on people wanting an online businesses - is it's not a matter of having a great idea and just building a website.... it doesn't magically happen!!!

We hope you enjoy our new site, it's a real evolution for our business and now we're 7, we feel like we've finally matured and know exactly where we're going :)