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Meet the May ABM Button Maker of the Month - Lana Anderson!

Meet the May ABM Button Maker of the Month - Lana Anderson!

This month, we proudly spotlight a young button maker who embodies all that we love about the ABM Button Maker of the Month program.  Lana Anderson is the owner of Small Things Matter and the VP of Projects for Difference Makers in Silver Spring, MD and she works hard to live up to the name by making a difference in the world at every opportunity.   Difference Makers is a student founded, student run organization, founded in 2009 by a group of Takoma Park Middle School students.  The club is currently primarily an after-school student service program at Takoma Park Middle School...

How to Create a Mail Merge List for Custom Name Buttons

How to Create a Mail Merge List for Custom Name Buttons

Creating a mail merge list using a .csv file is not only a time saver - it is also amazingly easy with Build-a-Button 5.0!  We are going to show you step by step how to turn that long list of names, jersey numbers or any other index of information into one-of-a-kind personalized badges of honor.   Personalized buttons have endless uses for everything from family reunions and conventions to sports teams and weddings.  They offer a considerable upgrade to the "Hello my name is" stickers of the past and will make your event look both professional and beautiful while providing a lasting...

Buttons for Change - We Are All Winners!

Buttons for Change - We Are All Winners!

What a week!  Not only have you guys reached out and donated to Buttons For Change, you showed up to vote for the next recipient of your amazing generosity.  With almost 1,500 votes cast, Minden High School Art Club in Minden, LA is your winner! Minden is a small city in the Webster Parish of Northwestern Louisiana.  Minden High School serves approximately 700 students in the small, rural community. It is obvious that although Minden is a small town, they have very big hearts.  One of their claims to fame is that they raise more money per capita for St. Jude Children’s Hospital than...

2 Button Monkeys Shine as February's Button Makers of the Month!

2 Button Monkeys Shine as February's Button Makers of the Month!

What could be better than using an American Button Machine to spread happiness and smiles?  Using one to spread happiness, smiles AND encourage young children to read!  Teri Mattsen of Seattle, WA volunteers at a couple of the most underprivileged schools in her area and wanted to create a way to bring fun and excitement to the community while teaching the children to love reading.  So, she enlisted the help of a buddy, came up with an ingenious plan and just like that, 2 Button Monkeys was born!   First, they asked a class from each of the schools they volunteer...

The Mystical, Magical Eraser Tool

The Mystical, Magical Eraser Tool

So, you’ve FINALLY found that perfect puppy image that is going to launch your button from blah to AMAZING!  The only problem?  There’s a roll of toilet paper soiling the whole vibe. Fear not!  Our Build-A-Button design software has a feature called “Eraser” that can extract any portion of an image from the whole.  In this case, I would like to extract the puppy from the image leaving the toilet paper roll and the background behind. Let’s take a look and see how this is done. Load ‘er up! First, I’m going to upload the image into Build-A-Button by clicking...

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