Graduation is about possibilities. Whether its from high school or college, graduation means a fresh start. From the moment a student walks across the stage, they get a new beginning and a chance to build the life they choose. That’s a significant and powerful moment worth celebrating!

The question is, when your friend or loved one is stepping out into the world, what gift can you give that really celebrates this rite of passage? Sure, you could go with a gift card or cash, those things are always appreciated. But if there were ever a time to give a gift of significance, this would be it!

We may not be experts, but in our experience, you can’t go wrong if you ask yourself these three questions when shopping for a graduation gift.

DOES THIS SUIT THEIR STYLE?

The most important thing you need to think about is the person you’re buying for. This may sound elementary, but even when you’re out shopping for someone else, it can be really easy to pick up the items that you love. Make sure the gift reflects the taste and style of the graduate.

WILL THEY EVER USE THIS?

Graduating usually precedes a big move or lifestyle change, so consider what the graduate may need moving forward. Are they moving to a dorm room where they’ll need everything from decorations to basic sheets and towels? Are they starting their first big job out of college? Think about their upcoming needs and try to get them something they can use on a regular basis.

IS THIS GIFT PERSONAL OR MEANINGFUL?

The best graduation gifts reflect this moment in time. Graduation is both a beginning and an end (sort of), so you can go either way! You can give a gift that will make your graduate feel excited and inspired for the future, or you can opt for the gift that will take them down memory lane. Both are wonderful, you can’t go wrong. The most important thing you can do is make it personal. Choose a gift that you can customize and personalize.

We may not be experts, but we know how to customize and personalize just about anything. So while we can’t give you a “top ten things to buy a graduate” list, we can suggest a couple of things that are guaranteed to make any graduate feel special.

Canvas prints

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The best thing about canvas is that it’s super versatile! You can print custom designs, quotes, artwork, photographs, and more. Canvas can be mounted, framed, or hung as-is and you’re not limited to standard sizes.

Not sure what design you want printed? We offer custom design services as well as canvas printing, so if you’re not an artist, we’ve got you covered. If you’re fresh out of design ideas, our favorite graduation gifts for 2017 are customized maps. You can choose the map you like, and add a quote or a name that fits your graduate! This gift is great for grads who are about to embark on their journey into the world. They can even check off the places they visit as they go! It’s a keepsake for life.

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Interested in pricing for a custom canvas print? Simply fill out our short request a quote form and we’ll get you all the info you need!

Embroidered gifts

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Custom name or monogram embroidery is another great way to create a personalized gift your grad will use and love. We find that the most loved embroidered gifts are the ones students can use at school! Personalized blankets are great for dorm life because they can’t get mixed up with a roommates. We also suggest towels, backpacks, and cozy bath robes.

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Want to see more options for embroidered gifts? Shoot us an email and we’ll be happy to send you some more ideas! Maybe you’ve already got a special gift and you’re just looking to add that special personal touch. We can help you with that, too!

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Curious about other potential gifts? Check out our website and follow us on social to see more of what Cornerstone Impressions can customize for you!

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This year Cornerstone Impressions is turning 15 years old, so our business is a moody teenager. Just kidding, as we turn 15, we are humbled and excited to be where we are today. We are proud of the hard work it took to get here and we are thankful for continued growth year after year. Its crazy to think what started out as a man with a dream and a box of awards has grown into a team of more than 20 people working across six departments, all with the same goal; to make our clients look good.

Some say as you progress in business and life you should always keep your eyes forward. They  say not to look back because you’re not going that way. Occasionally though, its important to turn around and reflect on where you started. After all, if you never look back, you can never truly appreciate how far you’ve come.

Our story began in 2002 when Bill Cartmill decided it was time to take a leap of faith…

Here’s hoping our next 15 years are half as wonderful as the first. 🙂

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If you’ve been paying any attention to the news this year, you probably know that the upcoming election is creating even more buzz than usual. Now that social media gives everyone a platform to express opinions, it seems like everybody wants to make sure the public knows where they stand on a variety of controversial topics.

Here at Cornerstone we are certainly not experts in politics, but we’re pretty sure we have something you can all happily support this election season.

CHIPS & QUESO ’16
SHIRTS AND DECALS AVAILABLE NOW

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Chips & Queso ’16 shirts and decals can be purchased on our website. Shirts feature the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop logo on the back, but decals have no logo.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about our products and services, shoot us an email or leave a comment below! We’d love to hear from you.

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Ordering T-shirts can be a hassle. It starts out simple enough, you’re in a meeting and someone decides it would be fun to make T-shirts for your organization or maybe an upcoming event. Everyone thinks it sounds like a great plan until you all start trying to create a design. If nobody in the group is an artist, how do you make a T-shirt design that doesn’t look like a 6-year-old drew it?

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You can go online to a website and create a T-shirt, but then you’re limited to a few clip art options and approximately 12 font choices. You can create the shirt in a word document (bad idea), but then you have no clue how to size it correctly for a T-shirt or how it will look when it’s printed out.

We hear our clients talk about this problem over and over again, and we know it’s no fun! The good news is that artwork for T-shirts does not have to be stressful for you. Simply choose a screen printer with in-house designers. At Cornerstone, we are so lucky to have some amazing designers on our team. They take drawings, ideas and words and turn them into beautiful artwork for print.

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Next time you decide you want to make custom T-shirts for an event, all you have to do is let us know. We can brainstorm ideas with you, take any instructions you have for us and create a custom design you’ll love. Check out a few custom designs created by our artists below:

Some of these designs you see above were nothing more than a general idea when they first came to us. The beauty of having in-house graphic designers is that it saves you time, effort and a lot of group discussions over T-shirt designs.

When you’re ready to make tees for your next event, please don’t stress about the design! Let our artists handle everything for you. If you don’t like the design at first, no problem, we’ll make it again. To see more from our designers, follow us here at Just Inkin’ Around and check us out on social media!

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Most of the time when you’re shopping for custom apparel, you have a general idea of what you’re looking for. Maybe you know you want a polo or a T-shirt, but many apparel decorators offer so many styles and brands it’s hard to choose. Normally, we recommend our clients come by and see product samples before making their decision, but we know there are still plenty of you out there wondering ‘which one is right for me?’

In our new series, Product Impressions, our team is on a mission to answer your questions by doing the sampling for you. Literally. For each Product Impressions post, we’re bringing you real reviews, one product at a time. Here’s how we do it:

Step 1: As a team, we select a product to focus on. (Example: V-neck tees)
Step 2: Each of us picks a few different styles, brands and colors to try out for ourselves.
Step 3: We wear them, wash them, and wear them again. Spending a significant amount of time in the garments and doing everyday activities allows us to really see how they move and fit throughout the day.
Step 4: Write. Down. EVERYTHING. Things we love, things we hate and things we’re indifferent about for each product.
Step 5: Compare notes and share what we’ve learned!

RAGLANS

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We chose to start this series off with raglan shirts when we realized that half of our team didn’t actually know what a raglan shirt was. When you think of a raglan, you probably picture a classic baseball shirt style with 3/4 length sleeves and two separate colors for the body and the sleeves. You would be right. Well, you would be half right. The term raglan actually refers to the construction of the sleeves. Raglan sleeves do not have a shoulder seam. Instead, the sleeves are one continuous piece of fabric going all the way up to the neck, and typically with a diagonal seam in front of the shoulder. Hoodies are an example of raglans, as are most athletic jerseys.

So once we all figured out what a raglan is, we ordered some samples. We chose a few different styles from these brands: American Apparel, Next Level Apparel, Sport Tek, Gildan and US Blanks.

American Apparel

American Apparel Raglan

Product: American Apparel Unisex Poly-Cotton Baseball Raglan Tee
Fit: True to size
Material: Very thin, which means the shirt is very soft but also can be somewhat see through if you select a white body.
Color options: Available in 25 color options, the most of all raglans reviewed in this post.
Any changes after washing?: No, this shirt does not shrink up or lose color in the wash.

NEXT LEVEL
Next Level Raglan 2

Product: Next Level Unisex Tri-Blend Raglan
Fit: True to size
Material: This raglan is a tri-blend, which means it’s super soft and comfortable all day long.
Color options: 17 color choices
Any changes after washing?: No, this shirt does not shrink up or lose color in the wash.

Terry Raw Edge Raglan-Next Level

Product: Next Level Terry Raw Edge 3/4 Sleeve Raglan
Fit: True to size, shirt is a little shorter than other raglans in length
Material: Thicker material, does not stretch in the sleeves or at the waist.
Color options: 18 color choices available. All solid colors, 4 neon options.
Any changes after washing?: No, this product did not lose shape or color after washing.

US Blanks

US Blanks Raglan

Product: US Blanks Tri-Blend Long Sleeve Raglan
Fit: True to size
Material: Thin. The bottom of the shirt rolled up significantly throughout the day.
Color options: 4 available color options
Any changes after washing?: Yes, this shirt shrunk after washing.

Sport-Tek 

Sport-Tek Raglan

Product: Sport-Tek Colorblock Raglan Jersey
Fit: A little larger than expected. More of an athletic fit.
Material: This shirt is more stiff than other shirts we reviewed. It’s more for athletic wear than for fashion wear.
Color options: 19 color options available.
Any changes after washing?: No changes after washing, still a bit stiff.

OUR TOP PICKS

Best for fashion: Next Level and American Apparel
Best for utility (sports, athletics): Sport-Tek

We hope our Product Impressions series will make it easy for you to find the perfect styles to fit your needs. If you have raglan questions we didn’t answer in this post, or if you’d like to suggest a product for us to review in the future, feel free to email us! We’re happy to talk tees with you. 🙂

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In a business like ours, there’s never a dull moment and we like it that way. We love to help our clients showcase their organizations and businesses in creative ways. One of our favorite ways to do this is by combining our talents to make super cool stuff.

We realize a screen printing company with a wood shop might seem like an odd mix. In truth, when we first started out, we never expected to have an entire department dedicated to custom woodwork. Then one day a long time client, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, asked if we could create some restaurant furniture and the Cornerstone Impressions wood shop was born.

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Today, we still produce the majority of Fuzzy’s restaurant furniture, and we’ve extended our services to other clients as well. Combining custom woodwork with graphic design and digital prints has allowed us to build some amazing branded products. Sturdy, beautiful and completely unique items like these:

Wood sign made for client Uptown Tavern.

Custom beer taps made for client Panther Island BrewingCustom beer taps made for client Panther Island Brewing.


Texas table, made to order. Simply contact us for pricing info.

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Colored resin samples in yellow, blue and red.

Custom woodwork may not be typical of a screen printing company, but if you ask us, it’s an awesome way to BUILD new skills. Pun intended. 🙂

If you like these items from our wood shop, or have an idea for your own custom pieces, reach out to us! We are always excited to hear from you. To see more of our products and services, visit our website or check us out on social media:

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