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With great weather and time-off from school and work in the summer months, it’s no wonder that family reunion season is here! We asked our customers* about their reunion experiences and found some really interesting insights:

• Family reunions are bigger than we thought! 43% of family reunions have 56+ attendees varying in ages from 1 month old to 75+ years of age.

• 41% of respondents have reunions once a year with 45% having one once every 2-4 years.

• The most popular activities taking place at family reunions are taking family portraits (70%), playing family games (56%) and sporting games (43%).

• Many families up their game by purchasing custom gear for the reunion, with 96% creating custom t-shirts and 15% creating custom drinkware (water bottles, koozies, etc.)

• Time away with family is valuable! More than half (52%) of families travel between 50-250 miles with 67% traveling over 250 miles. Additionally, a majority (57%) of reunions last for an entire weekend or for an entire week (23%).

*Survey conducted by CustomInk via SurveyMonkey in May 2015 with 420 respondents

Planning aT-shirts & Genes family reunion this summer? Enter by 6/25/2015 at 11:59pm EST for a chance to win $1,500 to celebrate family togetherness and $1,000 towards custom products from CustomInk!

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CustomInk Partners With the Boy Scouts of America®

CustomInk has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America®, one of the nation’s largest and most prominent youth organizations. Now scouts everywhere can design custom apparel for their troop, no matter the activity or event.

With the partnership, CustomInk has added officially licensed BSA® artwork to its fun & easy to use Design Lab, including emblems for the Tiger Scouts, Wolf Scouts, Bear Scouts, and Webelos. BSA EmblemsIn addition to the newly licensed artwork, CustomInk’s design lab features hundreds of fonts and over 40,000 pieces of amazing artwork that can be used to create a one-of-a-kind troop tee.

Offering a huge selection of t-shirts and apparel items, CustomInk gives Boy Scout troops the freedom to choose exactly how their
Boy Scout shirts will look, and get them their items fast with a free 2-week standard turnaround or 7 day rush turnaround for a small fee.

Troop members can even pay for their shirts individually, using CustomInk’s Online Group Order Form, reducing the hassle of guessing sizes and collecting money offline.

To learn more about CustomInk and begin designing your own custom BSA® products, visit customink.com/boyscouts

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The MISTI-Con Team Gets a Well Deserved Rest” and “Team Super Scotty Walking to Make a Difference for those Impacted by Congenital Heart Disease” are the winners of this week’s Ink of the Week contest.

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After four long days at New Hampshire’s MISTI-Con Harry Potter Convention, these dedicated staff members took a break outside the local storage facility to show off their unique shirts. With the help of CustomInk, one of the group’s graphic designers was able to bring his poster design to life on these t-shirts!

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Team Super Scotty recently walked in Boston’s Congenital Heart Walk to support Scotty, who was born with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. Participating in the walk not only showed support for those suffering with a heart defect, but it allowed for continued awareness and research for the cause.

Visit the contest and Like your favorites.

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Reunited and it feels so good! It’s been years of phone calls, emails, Skype, birthday cards, and Facebook updates. You love your family dearly, but keeping up with everyone can be quite the task. But finally, at long last, the stars have aligned and a family reunion is in the works! Since it’s sure to be special event, and photos will be taken (LOTS of them), everyone will surely want to look their best. Since coordinating colors and outfits can be a challenging task, why not show off your family pride with perfectly designed custom tees. From your grandma to your Aunt Sallie and even your second cousin Jim, everyone will love them.

Great idea, right…but where to start? Follow these easy steps and you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect tee for your family reunion.

Choosing the tee
Getting everyone in the family to agree on a color and brand of shirt can certainly be a difficult task. Rather than having every member choose on their own, pre-select 1-3 shirt options for the family to vote one (same applies to hoodies, tanks, or any other product of your choosing). Just remember sure to select an option that is offered in a wide range of sizes, including youth and plus sizes  (the Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt, the Hanes 50/50, and the Next Level Jersey tee are three great option), and a color that is gender neutral.

Selecting a theme
Now that your family has selected a shirt, the fun beings. Creating a design can initially be daunting with so many ideas and options, but picking a theme will help hone in your creativity. Think about the location of your reunion – is it on a cruiseDisneyland, or perhaps a more historical destination?  Wherever the location, we offer hundreds of fonts and clip art to bring the design to life. Take it from the Smith family. They chose a pirate adventure theme, perfectly fitting for a reunion on Kelley’s Island.

Getting Creative
Does your family have a special tradition, an inside joke, or a well-known story? Think about the things that make your family unique, reminisce about past events, and consider current trends. The Chu family added a clever spin to their reunion tees, taking the Nike slogan of “Just Do It” and subbing in their family name for a fun custom tee that read: “Just Chu It.”

Collecting sizes and payment
Since tracking down every family member to obtain their sizing info and payment can be a time consuming task, we’ve made things easier with the help of a group order form. Now each member can select their size and pay for their portion. After you’ve collected all of the info and dues, you can quickly and easily complete your order. If you have any questions or need help, please give us a call at 855-374-4687. We’re here 7 days a week.

Snapping the perfect pic
Hooray, you made it! You placed your order, anxiously awaited for its arrival, and now the big day is here. As you gather with family and friends, all of whom compliment you on the wonderful job you did on the t-shirts, start scouting out a location for your family photo. Make sure the lighting is just right (find an optimally shaded spot if it’s super sunny out), ensure everyone fits in the photo frame while maintaining the visibility of your shirts, check that everyone is smiling, and most importantly – act natural. So let out that inner family goofiness and snap a perfect pic. And, don’t forget to submit it into our Ink of the Week photo contest for a chance to win $100 off your next order!

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15 Fun Octopus Facts

Want to know more? Check out the links below for some more octopus info. You can also watch a video to learn more about Inky and read about our Three Hearts Initiative – the charitable giving and community relations “arm” of CustomInk.

Sources:
Reuters
National Geographic
Livescience
Smithsonian
One Kind
Distractify

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