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A new year is almost upon us and what a year it has been! A global pandemic, civil unrest, political upheaval – and that’s not even accounting for the murder hornets! There is no doubt that 2021 is going to be a very different year for many as we all try to return to a sense of normal. People are looking for ways to distract themselves (especially in areas were periods of isolation are required), to earn extra money, or to learn a new skill. Making vinyl stickers is a way to do all this – and more.
Why vinyl stickers?
During 2020, there was a rash of new trends brought on by people in isolation. For some it was learning a new language. For others it was baking. Others perfected their sourdough making skills. Long overdue novels were written, spaces were organized, and art supplies were hauled out of the back closet. However, what if you are not a writer, painter, or have any desire to learn an entirely new language? What if you want a low-cost way to pass the time that engages the brain without wearing you out physically, emotionally, and financially? Making vinyl stickers is affordable, easy, and you can make it as intense or as relaxing as you wish!
Today we’ll dive into all the reasons why you should start making stickers in 2021. Ready to get stuck on a new hobby? Let’s begin….
1. Making vinyl stickers for fun
First of all, sticker making is just plain fun. It’s a way to express your creative side without having to draw, paint, sculpt, or bake a single thing. You can use existing art (as long as it is for your own use only) or make up your own creations from scratch. As long as you can copy and paste it, scan it, or photograph it, it can go on a sticker.
2. Making vinyl stickers is affordable
You already have half of what you need to be making vinyl stickers right in your home – a computer/tablet/laptop and a printer. Once you have that, all you need is high-quality vinyl sticker paper. These are formulated for laser or inkjet printers, and come in boxes of multiple sheets. You can even buy the sheets in bulk. It’s easy to simply apply a label template to get even rows of identical stickers, or use scissors or a CriCut® to cut out larger or more intricate designs. Vinyl sticker paper has one side to print on, and an adhesive side that is covered by a protective backing. Design, print, cut, peel and stick – that’s all there is too it!
3. A flexible hobby – vinyl stickers have a broad definition
Don’t just think of sheets of stickers. Sticker vinyl covers a wide variety of products including the peel-and-stick vinyl mentioned above; adhesive vinyl, which are colored or decorated sheets that you cut into intricate designs; and t-shirt transfer sheets.
4. You can monetize making vinyl stickers
Who doesn’t love vinyl stickers? As many small business entrepreneurs have discovered, making vinyl stickers and selling them online is a great way to earn a little extra cash. These sellers have been making vinyl stickers (or creating and selling downloadable templates and files) to create waterproof labels (great for tumblers and mugs), personalized gifts, custom t-shirts, customized bullet journal accessories, photo stickers, home décor, wall signs, and more. With today’s e-commerce platforms, it’s easier than ever to sell stickers online.
5. Making vinyl stickers is a family friendly activity
Whether you are home schooling, need rainy day projects, or just want something fun to do as a family, making vinyl stickers can be a group activity. Everyone can help design the stickers or create drawings that are photographed and transferred into digital files. What a fun way to keep little fingers busy while avoiding excess screen time.
6. Making vinyl stickers means affordable décor!
In many regions, people have been stuck inside for weeks on end. Tired of staring at the same four walls? Change it up! Gather your favorite photos, quotes, pictures of places you’ve been (or want to be) and more and make yourself a sticker gallery wall. It’s so easy that you can routinely change out the pictures, giving yourself an art installation that can change daily or weekly. Magnetize your stickers to make changing them out easy. If you happen to put a sticker on a wall and have trouble removing it, don’t panic. There are many ways to remove stickers, even permanent ones.
7. Making vinyl stickers can engage the brain – learn something new
What if you want to use the time of isolation to learn a new skill? Making vinyl stickers can fill that need too. Each week, you can learn how to make a new type of sticker, while also learning how to incorporate a new desktop design skill. Here are a few ideas from our blog to get you started on black and white stickers, photo stickers, gift stickers, clip art stickers, and trendy stickers.
8. Making vinyl stickers for peace of mind
Visual cues are powerful goal motivators and during times of extra stress, making vinyl stickers can help motivate you or your family members. Kids love getting stickers on their homework and that feeling doesn’t end as we grow up! Set out your daily goals and give yourself a sticker, that you made, when you reach those milestones. Stayed off Facebook for three hours while working from home? Sticker! Your child finished homework on time? Sticker! Journaled today to help improve your mental health? Sticker! Making vinyl stickers as rewards is a fun and fast way to help yourself stay focused and motivated.
Making vinyl stickers is a great way to learn a new, cost effective hobby. Sticker making is fun and easy. All you need is a computer or laptop, vinyl sticker sheets, and an inkjet or laser printer. Your stickers can be pictures or graphics that you like, or you can design your stickers or convert photographs. Making vinyl stickers can fulfill many of the isolation trends seen during the pandemic; you can learn a new hobby; sell your stickers for cash; branch out into magnets, t-shirts, and tumblers; bond with your family; change up your décor; learn new skills; and develop stickers as motivational tools. The best part is, it’s all easy and affordable.
Ready to join those already making vinyl stickers? Royal Elements sells printable sticker vinyl for both laser and inkjet printers in our online store and our blog has plenty of design tips. We love to see the projects you make using Royal Elements products. Post your results online with the hashtag #royalelementsstickers so we can feature your designs on our social networks (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube). Visit https://www.amazon.com/royalelements and https://www.royalelements.com/ today to learn more.