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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As a Fort Worth based company,  we are right in the middle of an area with multiple colleges and universities. Every fall, sororities and fraternities from these local universities begin recruiting their new members.

Recruitment for sororities is a huge deal. For nearly a week, hundreds of girls go from sorority house to sorority house meeting girls, learning about the various philanthropic efforts of each sorority, and eventually deciding which one is the best fit for them. Once the week is over, the new sorority members are super excited to wear their new Greek letters!

Sometimes finding congratulatory gifts for sorority girls is hard because not every company is licensed to sell these products. Fortunately, we are! Just in time for fall recruitment, we’ve added plenty of new products to our online sorority shop. It’s now easier than ever to purchase Greek apparel and gifts for the sorority girl in your life.

Check out some of our sorority gifts below!

CHARLES RIVER EMBROIDERED PULLOVERS

 

GOLD GLITTER EMBROIDERED V-NECKS

 

 

CAR DECALS AND STICKERS

 

EMBROIDERED STADIUM BLANKETS

 

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In addition to our online store, we take custom orders. So if you have a different gift in mind, just shoot us an email here: hannah@csimpressions.com and we’ll make sure you get the gift you’re looking for!

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Embroidered jackets and button down shirts are great forms of advertising and a popular choice among clients this time of year. When you’re shopping for shirts and jackets, you have a wide variety of fabrics, styles and sizes to choose from. In a store, all the choices are laid out in front of you so you can easily select the option that best suits your personal style.

When you’re thinking about custom embroidery, it’s a little less simple. You might have plenty of options, but if you can’t see them it’s pretty hard to choose the one that’s best for you. We don’t think that’s fair, which is why we are laying some of those options out on the table today. Now you can choose your custom embroidery style just like you would choose a shirt in a store.

LEFT OR RIGHT CHEST

Okay, we’ll go ahead and state the obvious here. The left or right chest is by far the most common embroidery location on a jacket or shirt. It’s simple, classic, and professional. Basically, if it were a person, it would be the person you take home to meet your mother.

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The left and right shoulders are also very popular locations because they’re great for advertising, and here’s why: It’s less awkward for someone to stare at your shoulder from afar than it is for someone to stare at your chest. People may not take the time to read the logo on your chest for fear of making you uncomfortable. However, if it’s on your sleeve, they’re free to stare as long as they like.

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Upper Back

Embroidery on your upper back is all about personal preference. Some like their embroidery in the center of the back, while others choose to place their logo on one shoulder blade or the other. Another common use for upper back embroidery is displaying a web address or full company name.

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The yoke, or nape of the neck, is a discreet location for those who want personalization but nothing flashy. It’s also a popular location for athletes to put their jersey number for a couple of reasons. First, the number allows the players to identify which jacket is whose. Second, the number lets the fans identify players on the sidelines during the game.

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Cuff

Embroidering shirt sleeve cuffs is becoming more and more popular as a gift item for events like weddings. Brides give their bridesmaids custom embroidered shirts to wear on the day of their wedding and to have as a keepsake afterward. Popular embroidery ideas for cuffs: date, “bridesmaid,” “bride,” “maid of honor,” etc.

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 Now that you know some of your options, we’d love to see what you’ve chosen! Comment below with your custom embroidery photos and tell us what you love about it. If you happen to have some Cornerstone Impressions custom embroidery, don’t forget to post a picture of it on Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #csimpressions for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card! Follow us here at Just Inkin’ Around and our social media channels below for more chances to win.

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The decorated apparel industry is constantly evolving and improving. It seems like every day we hear about a new ink or a better machine. There’s always something more to learn and room to grow. At Cornerstone, we have employees with more than 10 years of experience in this industry, and we have employees to whom apparel decoration might as well be a foreign language. This week, our whole team is attending the Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS), the largest trade show dedicated to the decorated apparel industry.

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The expo floor is filled with new products and equipment, we could have wandered for hours!

The conference also offers a variety of seminars dedicated to apparel decorators at all levels, so every member of our team gets the chance to improve upon their specific set of skills!

For us, the Impressions Awards gallery is one of the highlights of ISS Fort Worth. Every year, Impressions magazine holds a contest for apparel decorators, and the entries are on display at ISS Fort Worth. Award winners are announced at the end of the conference, and their work is shown at every ISS show the following year. We love seeing the awesome submissions from apparel decorators across the country and beyond.

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^^^That one’s ours!!!! ^^^

The best thing about the Imprinted Sportswear Show isn’t that we get to see new screen printing toys and take classes, though. For us, the best part of ISS is getting to use what we learn to make even better apparel for our clients. Like our industry, we are constantly evolving and developing to bring our clients the best products and services available.

We can’t wait for you to see more of what we’ve learned on the blog, so make sure you subscribe! As always, email any questions you might have to hannah@csimpressions.com. You can also learn more about us on our website, and by visiting our social media pages.

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We don’t have to tell you there’s a lot to love about fall. Football is back, everything is pumpkin flavored, and the air gets crisp. When seasons change in the real world, cool air blows in and leaves change colors right before your eyes. In a screen printer’s world, the tank tops turn to t-shirts and the t-shirts turn to jackets.

Making you look good is our passion. It wouldn’t be right for us to let you run around in the cold wearing your summer tank tops, now would it? So today, we’re pulling out those warmer clothes and sharing our five faves for fall.

LONG SLEEVE TEES

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Long sleeve T-shirts are a staple in every fall wardrobe. Whether you wear them in the yard, around the house or running errands, chances are you have at least a few in your closet. Comfort Colors garment-dyed cotton tees wont lose their shape or softness in the wash, so you’ll always get that relaxed look and feel you love.

WIND JACKETSJacketsWhen the wind picks up, we pull out our Charles River jackets. These lightweight jackets are perfect for blocking you from the wind and the rain without weighing you down. A hood and convenient pockets make these jackets perfect for athletic events and other outdoor activities. Personalize yours with custom embroidery!

BEANIES

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Keeping warm is easy with beanies in every color. Beanies can be embroidered right here in our shop, so add your logo or your name for a personal touch!

SCARVES

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Scarves are fashion’s secret weapon. They can be used to dress up or dress down an outfit. They provide warmth without ruining a hairstyle. Embroider your team’s name on a scarf and you have the perfect accessory for cold games in the stands! These grey scarves are light weight and super soft, which makes them perfect for everyday wear. Customize yours with a monogram, name or logo of your choice!

LIGHT WEIGHT HOODIES

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Light weight hoodies are our final fall fave for good reason! They’re forever soft and provide the perfect amount of warmth as the weather transitions from hot to cold. Screen printed hoodies are the most comfortable way to represent your businesses, brands and organizations, we guarantee it!

Now that you’ve seen our five faves for fall, we want to know yours! Leave a comment and tell us what you love to wear when the weather gets colder. As always, we love to hear from you, so send your questions in to hannah@csimpressions.com and we’ll answer them on the blog. New posts go up every week, be sure and follow us so you don’t miss a thing! In the meantime, we love to connect with readers on social media:

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It may only be the second day of October, but our shop is already covered in pink! As you probably know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and our clients are all about supporting the cause. So this week we’re taking you behind the scenes for a special October edition of Just Inkin’ Around, otherwise known as:

JUST PINKIN’ AROUND

Screen printers Jon, Jean Paul and Moses pose before they print!

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Graphic artist Pecos takes a break from designing pink shirts to pose with one.

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Meet your masters of pink shirt sales, Aaron and Stephanie.

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Embroidery manager Matt loves National Breast Cancer Awareness Month so much, he pinks out from head-to-toe.

Erik and Jeff are Just Pinkin’ Around as usual.

At Cornerstone Impressions, we truly love to print for a good cause, which is why October is one of our favorite months every year! So if you’re in need of a cool design for your breast cancer awareness event this month, look no further. Our artists are filled with cool ideas we’d love to print for you. Give us a call or shoot us an email to learn more!

Thanks for joining us this week for JUST PINKIN’ AROUND! As always, if you have any questions for us, email them to hannah@csimpressions.com and we’ll answer them on the blog! New posts go up every week. In the meantime, we love to connect with readers on social media:

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Did you know the art of embroidery has been around for centuries? We like to think that’s because of it’s simple elegance. With embroidery, the smallest things can make a big impact. For example, what separates a basic collared shirt and a Ralph Lauren Polo? A little embroidered horse.

A few stitches are all it takes for the world to see and recognize a logo. So, when you’re looking for a way to show your brand to the world, why not choose what works? Custom embroidery is classic, elegant and makes a statement. All you have to do is select the items that work for you, and don’t worry, you have plenty of options.

Check out some of the ways you can utilize custom embroidery services:

Gifts

One of the easiest ways to turn a simple gift into a thoughtful gift is through embroidery. Personalize a simple scarf by adding your friend’s name or monogram.

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Stitching your organization’s logo or name onto everyday apparel items such as jackets, hats and laptop bags is a classic way to showcase your organization on the go.

Businesses and Teams

Businesses, sports teams, and schools often wear polo style shirts with their logos embroidered. This is a perfect casual look that’s comfortable all day.

Personal Items and Decorations

Embroidery isn’t only for apparel, it can also be used to decorate. Show off your favorite quotes and designs in your home or at the office. For wall art, frame a piece of pretty fabric embroidered with your favorite quote, and hang it up. Pillow cases with embroidered designs make great accent pieces in the home. You could even give your favorite tote bag a personal touch by embroidering it with a cool design.

Hats

Hats are probably the most requested item in our embroidery department. Hats come in all different styles and colors and they’re perfect for representing your brands, organizations, teams, businesses, and anything else you can think of!

Now that you’ve seen some ways you can benefit from custom embroidery services, consider your own groups, organizations, businesses and friends! Which of the items above would you most like to see your brand featured on? The sky is the limit, so start brainstorming, and as always, if you have any questions about custom embroidery, we are happy to answer them. Simply, leave a comment below, shoot us an email or give us a call!

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Here at Cornerstone Impressions we are incredibly thankful to live, work and play in America! This week, instead of sharing a million reasons we love our country, we’re going to share some of our favorite patriotic prints and designs.

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Embroidery: USA with flag and eagle. It doesn’t get much more American than this.

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American flag + camo = cool

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Sororities and fraternities have a gift for working the American flag into just about everything!

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What? We’re from Texas, we can’t help it. We love America!

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This design is on our all time favorites list.

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When you’re taking product shots with the American flag, become the mannequin head. 

We know the Fourth of July is one of the most fun holidays of the year, so watch some fireworks, have a BBQ, find a lake and enjoy the day. We hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!