Wapuu Setting Sail for WordCamp Jacksonville 2017

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Our dear friend Wapuu will be rigging his ship and shoving off for WordCamp Jacksonville this week. The design team behind this sticker sheet really packed in some great icons on this edition. They’ve got Wapuu in a United States Navy “dixie cup” hat, a sweet WordPress logo compass, two shining sun peels with WordPress logos, and a nicely branded event logo that ties together the entire nautical theme perfectly. We love printing WordCamp stickers because of the creativity involved and the local flavor that each events brings to our printers.

If you’re not using WordPress, well then you’re in the minority of web users. In a recent study from ManageWP, a WordPress site management service, they report that “74.6 million sites depend on WordPress, WordPress-related keywords score 37 million searches per month, 22% of new U.S. registered domains run on WordPress and there are six new WordPress.com posts every second.” Those are some serious numbers, and it shows why WordCamps are so important. They bring people together to talk about WordPress and how to evolve the platform.

As you’ll see on their site, they have a diverse tech crowd that comes together.

WordCamps allow anyone who is interested in WordPress to come network and learn from members of the community. Everyone from brand-new users to experienced developers are encouraged to attend. WordCamp Jacksonville will welcome attendees such as: Bloggers, Business owners, Website hobbyists, Plugin developers, Marketers, Social media experts, Designers, SEO experts, Content strategists

Big thanks to venue sponsor Keiser University on Jacksonville’s Southside. Keiser University is a private non-profit university. Keiser provides educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in traditional and online delivery formats. Attendees will have plenty to take in, including a KidsCamp where the younger will be introduced to the world of WordPress and help them learn or improve upon their development, design, and use skills! After the day is complete, they leave with their very own WordPress.com site up and running. That’s the kind of community we’re looking to foster with these sponsorships, one that gives back and looks forward at the same time.

There will be a fully stocked Happiness Bar, a WordCamp staple all around the world. This  is a super laid back place to ask any WordPress questions you may have. But even if you’re more advanced, there’s room in the Happiness Bar for you, too. It can be a great place to have code reviewed and to give back to the community. Naturally after a long day of coding, the After Party will be where everyone lets loose. Thanks to Blue Bamboo for hosting.

We wish everyone a great WordCamp, and we hope there’s inspiration from the speakers. Thanks to all of the organizers for all of their hard work leading up to this weekend.

Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid’s 2nd annual Grip, Sip, Give Golf Classic

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Fore! CAN’d Aid’s 2nd annual Grip, Sip, Give Classic sold out in advance and raised a total of $31,000. That’s a lot of good that’s being done right there. The team at Oskar Blues Brewery printed up an instant-classic die cut sticker, with a golfer teeing off on a can of America’s favorite craft beer featuring the foundation’s logo. Their vector artwork really shines on this, with the brand’s colors standing out on a custom shape.

And of course, there’s a beer theme, as the event starts with a happy hour starting MamaMosas (Mama’s Lil’ Pils + OJ) and then a Shotgun start (get it?). Golfers will play until they’ve earned their 19th hole beers. The day concludes with a BBQ on the green, event awards, and a rollicking silent auction with raffle prizes.

About Oskar Blues and CAN’d Aid

Oskar Blues Brewery started in Lyons, just up the road from our first factory in Hygiene. Oskar Blues now has factories in North Carolina, Texas, and Colorado, plus they own breweries in Florida and Michigan. They’ve become quite the craft beer empire, and it’s convenient that their Anti-Corporate Headquarters, taproom, barrel room and three restaurants are in our hometown here in Longmont, with locations opening in Boulder and Denver.

The CAN’d Aid Foundation is all about really making difference where they CAN. They have a variety of events across the year in multiple locations, and this one takes places in our backyard here in Longmont.They focus they “do-goodery” efforts on supporting Towns, Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama programs. What does that mean for each of those categories? We’ll let them do the talking.

TOWNS
Whether it’s digging our neighbors out of a flood or helping a local business get back on their feet after a disaster, community is at the heart and soul of the CAN’d Aid Foundation.  We respond quickly and passionately to help towns across the US.

TRAILS
Outdoor activities feed our soul. We LOVE bikes! We love running, hiking, climbing, camping and soakin’ up sunshine. If a trail needs maintenance, low-income children need a new bike to ride or there’s a program to get more people off the couch and ready to explore the outdoors – CAN’d Aid is ready to make it happen.

TUNES
We believe music transforms and transcends – it’s the backbone of good times with good friends and should play a major role in our lives – so, we support programs that teach, share, inspire and make a difference through MUSIC, ARTS & CULTURE.

LOVE YOUR MAMA
From our “Crush It Crusade” which helps launch grassroots recycling programs, to jumping in and helping with local cleanup efforts, CAN’d Aid is all about showing love for Mama Earth.

Braden Stevenson is the 2017 Happy Smackah

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The 7th annual Happy Smackah 5k is the morning of May 13th. As part of our yearly sponsorship of this event, we are proud to support Braden Stevenson as the 2017 Happy Smackah. Braden is sophomore at Longmont High School. Last winter, Braden broke his leg, and during the procedure to repair his femur, Braden’s surgeon noticed that his bone did not look right. He was diagnosed late in 2016 with osteosarcoma, a malignant bone cancer, and will lose his leg. But like a true Happy Smackah, he faces his challenges with gusto and determination. He to have part of his leg removed, and he is going to be fitted with a prosthetic, and, according to the Happy Smackah site, “he jokes about making some Ninja moves with his newly rotated leg.”

What’s “Happy Smackah,” you ask? Well it’s a tribute to Dan Cribby, the inspiration for this event. Cribby is a local St. Vrain Valley School District educator and one of his expressions is known as the happy smackah, and there’s a guiding set of principles that guide a smackah through life:

  • Lives with a positive attitude
  • Lives a no nonsense, no excuses life
  • Takes joy in life’s little treasures

Yet, throughout his tribulations, Braden remains unfazed, and he’s recovering from his chemotherapy and his surgery, which is why he makes for a great recipient of this year’s Happy Smackah. We printed up two different stickers as this year’s sponsor. A die cut sticker with their logo and a sticker sheet with their logo in a custom shape die cut peel-off, and then two smaller circle stickers with the logo. We see that over 700 people have signed up for this year’s event, and we value all of the participants who will be getting outdoors here in Longmont, Colorado, at Lake McIntosh. Find the Smackah crew on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dan Cribby, born and raised in Maine, has many expressions, and one of his favorites is “Happy Smackah” (It’s probably spelled smacker). The Happy Smackah originated as a fundraising event for Dan, a St. Vrain Valley educator who became seriously ill and required amputation of his arm and shoulder and extensive skin grafting.  He was at University Hospital in Denver for over three months.  Dan is back at work full time, and is fully recovered. The term Happy Smackah is his favored expression to describe his favorite people.  The term originates with happy “smacker”, but when a native Mainer says it, the r sound is dropped.  It’s meant to describe someone who is simply…happy.  Dan has lived his life finding joy anywhere and everywhere, and when the community brought together the fun run, his friends thought of the perfect name: Happy Smackah Fun Run.

All Things WordPress at WordCamp Jackson, Michigan

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We are heading to Michigan that wonderful mitten-shaped state in the Upper Midwest for this weekend’s gathering of WordPress aficionados. The designers of this sticker for WordCamp Jackson use the custom shape on our die cut machine to full effect, with the blue-toned color palette really shining through. They got their event branding as the foundation and they feature the City of Jackson logo along with a WordPress logo atop Cascade Falls, a local highlight.

According to Ashley Maurer on the WordCamp Jackson organizing team, the Cascades were built in 1932 and still remain one of the largest man-made waterfalls in the world. “For our logo, designer Joel Worsham wanted to represent something our little city is known for, so the falls were the natural choice!” says Maurer. “He also used the logo for the city of Jackson (the O in Jackson is a map showing the Jackson county in light blue), and then the three shapes above represent the three main levels of the Cascades.” The City of Jackson has a few claims to fame, but one is that it’s the birthplace of the Jackson Style Coney Island Hot Dog,  a true American delicacy. Jackson and Detroit (78 miles east) debate the true birthplace of the Coney, but that’s a story for another post.

This edition was really popular, as it was originally going to be a single track event. If you’re not sure how a WordCamp works, each day is broken speaking sessions and workshops, often by topic areas called “tracks.” These organizers had so many session submissions that they had to add a micro track specifically for developers. There is a lot to learn about WordPress, which is one of the most popular web publishing platforms online today. WordCamps are meeting all around the world every weekend, with some events hosting entire days where participants help work on the WordPress codebase and try to improve the tools as part of a service project. It’s more that just a web hosting platform, and we are also in support of community events, whether they are tech events or local 5Ks.

Here’s a little bit more about how WordCamp works, in the words of the folks at WordCamp Jackson.

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 75 million sites on the web. Each individual event is organized by local WordPress users, developers and fans. Showcasing local talent is one of the best things about WordCamp, and a WordCamp program includes local speakers/presenters whenever possible.

Walk or Run at the 15th Annual Bob Turner Classic 5K

 

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It’s time again for the Annual Bob Turner Classic 5k, now in its 15th year. This event is a fundraiser that supports the athletic and academic needs of the students at Turner Middle School in Berthoud, Colorado, a neighboring town near our factory. They have a die cut circle sticker with their event name and a blue dragon representing the school mascot.

The 5K event itself is open to all age groups and all ability levels. You can go out to win, or you can go out with a friend for a beautiful walk through Berthoud.  Kids are encouraging, along with strollers, and if you best, four-legged friend wants to join, leash them up for a run. Last year the 14th Annual Bob Turner Classic raised $6000.00 dollars for their athletics program, which is an incredible contribution to the school and the district. With our sponsorships, we love to see when the community comes together to do some good.

For the 5K race they have several categories:

Grade 3 & Under
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9 to Age 19
Age 20 to 29
Age 30 to 39
Age 40 to 49
Age 50 to 59
Age 60 +

They also have a free 100-yard Dragon Dash event for the youngsters who aren’t able to do the whole 5K yet.

Here’s a little bit more about the event’s namesake.

The Bob Turner Classic was named in memory of Robert Turner for whom our school is now named. Bob Turner was born and raised here in Berthoud, Colorado, the same town that his ancestors founded.  He attended Berthoud schools and in 1939 graduated from Berthoud High School.  After high school he attended the University of Colorado and then married another Berthoud native, Violette Lucas.  Bob then became a teacher and eventually a high school principal in Littleton, Estes Park, Rocky Ford, Sterling, and Greeley.  In 1969 he became the Director of Instruction for Thompson School District,and in 1980 Bob Turner accepted the post of Superintendent of the Thompson School District.  He retired in 1983.

Designers at Create Upstate Take Over Ithaca

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Create Upstate will be taking over the bucolic New York State college town of Ithaca for a three-day celebration of design and creativity. This event has a jam-packed schedule with some unique twists on the standard design conference, but we’ll get to that. We’re rather proud of the die cut sticker that they put out for this year’s edition, and it features the beautiful lakeside sunsets and scenery of the Finger Lakes Region. There’s a royal purple foreground with a setting sun in the background. The circle shape wraps the entire design in a custom shape that will be portable and noticeable. We’re all about awesome designs at StickerGiant, and this conference blends art, discussion and fun, which is why we love this sponsorship.

What’s cool about this gathering is that the venues are all downtown right in the Ithaca Commons, with the State Theatre, Cinemapolis and Coltivare representing as venue sponsors. There’s an entire day set aside for attendees to explore the trails and nearby attractions. In addition to inspiring lectures, the organizing team is filling this weekend with plenty of face time, shop talk and fun. Bonus: There will be a street fair on State Street with vendors and maker stations for event goers to check out, along with local adventures to join.

Here’s the overall plan for the weekend, just in case you’re nearby and still need a sales pitch to visit this awesome get together.

Thursday is Upstate Discussions, four sessions of focused conversations, led by the best design shops in the area. Then it’s over to the kick off party hosted by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) chapter in Upstate New York, who is building a community to advance design and designers across Upstate New York and is 100% volunteer-powered.

This is a must-do event that will have trivia, the Student Design Challenge, and the first two rounds of Cropped. What is Cropped? Well, Cropped is an event presented by MyFonts, a company that provides access to 900+ free fonts, and it’s just like the annual NCAA basketball tournament, but for art and design

Anyone attending Create Upstate 2017 is eligible for Cropped Tournament, and the field has 16 teams. The first round will challenge all 16 teams to improvise and create artwork on the fly for 20 minutes. Teams will battle head-to-head during the first two rounds that will be held at the Kickoff Party on the evening of Thursday.

Then on Friday is the marquee show hosted by Mitch Goldstein, a design professor at the Rochester Institure of Technology. There are four illustrious speakers: Gemma O’Brien, an Australian artist who is a lettering, illustration and typography wizard; Cap Watkins is a product designer living and working in Brooklyn who is currently the VP of Design at BuzzFeed; Catt Small is a product designer, game maker, and front-end web developer. She makes awesome things at Etsy; Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, author and educator based in Kansas City, Missouri. Carpenter co-runs the design and branding studio, Carpenter Collective with his wife, Jessica.

After all of the speakers, it’s off the after party at Coltivare, Ithaca’s culinary center, for the final two rounds of Cropped where they’ll announce the winning team.

Saturday is adventure day, with a hike at Buttermilk Falls, a brunch on State Street, and finally a tour at Ithaca Brewery,

You can connect with the team on their blog on Medium.com, at their Twitter feed @CreateUpstate, on their Facebook page Create Upstate and on their Instagram account at create (underscore) upstate.

Big thanks to kenwoodworth, thesarahburns, and dblizzy for putting this all together.