Have you ever contemplated a World without printing?

 

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Where would we be without warnings signs and traffic signs? How would we know when or where to exit a freeway or a parking lot? How could we know the speed limit? How would we know which gate to board at an airport? How do we tell which soft drink can to remove from a café refrigerator or shampoo to put into a supermarket trolley?

In short, how would we function without printing?

Steve Thobela, CEO of PrintingSA, the representative body for South Africa’s printing and packaging industry, says that he relies on printing and packaging every day. Without printing he would not have vital information where he needs to see it most, be able to make quick, informed decisions or communicate.

Thobela is not a Luddite (someone who does not like new technology and avoids using it). He enjoys reading on his tablet, relies on his smart phone and relaxes in front of the television when he has a night off. But he also knows that new age technology and print are closely linked and an integral part of everyday life.

In South Africa, this has spawned an industry that employs 45 000 people and contributes R55-billion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Printing impacts the lives of almost all South Africans on a daily basis. At the same time, digital is the mainstay of a modern day economy. Without the internet and technology, businesses and even homes, could not function.

“It’s time to call a truce on the print versus digital war. People get very emotional when they begin discussing whether digital media will close down newspapers and magazines and whether libraries and bookshops will disappear. But that is only a very small part of the picture. Printing goes far beyond textbooks and novels,” he points out.

In summary, print informs, educates and entertains. Without packaging, labelling and advertising, it would be impossible to tell different brands and products apart. It is these – and consumers’ responses to them – that gives brands the value that they covert and supports the extensive advertising and marketing sector.

Fashion is also all about print. It goes beyond glossy magazines and advertising. Without printing, there would be no trendy designs on T-shirts or printed fabrics, no printed sneakers or even a price ticket on a pair of jeans.

On a more serious note, without labels on food stuffs, consumers could not identify ingredients to which they could be allergic and there would be no way of finding out the dosages of over the counter medicines. Someone with an intense headache or nausea is unlikely to hit Google to find out.

On the business side, Thobela adds, the printed business card remains the mainstay of networking.

Even smart phones – which have been seen as the major rivals of print – come in an attractive printed box with – wait for it – a printed instruction leaflet.

“It is definitely time for people to take a more rounded view and to celebrate the strengths of each. Printing has been bad-mouthed for damaging the environment. The paper industry has been criticized for using large amounts of electricity and killing trees. But trees are grown especially for paper and no indigenous trees are harmed. We do not accuse meat producers of threatening to make cattle extinct when we order a steak at a restaurant or of causing large emissions of greenhouse gases which lead to global warming,” he says.

While critics point to electricity consumption and emissions from printing and paper companies, they could also look to the massive amounts of electricity – ultimately generated by environmentally unfriendly coal-fired power stations – consumed by computers and digital devices. Unlike this equipment, paper can be safely recycled. According to the eWaste Association of South Africa, toxic compounds including lead, mercury and cadmium can be dangerous if electronic equipment is dumped in landfills or not recycled properly.  A typical computer monitor may contain more than 6% lead by weight and up to thirty-six separate chemical elements are incorporated into e-waste items. These items are also very difficult and expensive to recycle due to their complexity as well as the fact that many contain flame retardants and other compounds which are extremely difficult to process.

And so the list goes on.

For Thobela, it’s time to stop the counter-arguments and to focus on growing the print industry for the good of all.

Modge Podge DIY ideas

 

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DIY Tin & Sweetie Jar

 

Hi Treasures

So this post is a tutorial to make Upcycled gifts

For those who have friends that have just moved into a new house, or perhaps rearranging their décor, this may be a great idea to give as a housewarming gift.

What you will need:

  • Cleaned Tin can
  • Cleaned Coffee Jar with lid
  • Printed paper with design or tissue paper with design
  • Chalkboard sticker
  • Chalk
  • Modge Podge
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Sponge or sponge paint brush
  • Masking tape

Making an upcycled utensils holder using a tin can

 

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Upcycled tin

 

Baked Beans never looked this good! I used a Rhodes Baked Beans tin as this has a pull open top, which leaves a smooth finish to the rim when removed.

Step 1: Rub sandpaper over the inner of the rim to remove any sharp points.

Step 2: Sponge paint the acrylic paint the inside of the tin (be sure to get in between the grooves). Leave to dry.

Step 3: Once dry, paint a second coat and leave to dry.

Step 4: Dab Modge Podge over this to seal. (Be careful as the paint may start to lift. Be gentle)

Step 5: Measure the paper against the tin and cut to fit. Then paint Modge Podge around the outside of the tin and carefully place the paper on the tin. Press down to help it adhere. (The Modge Podge acts like glue). Then paint Modge Podge over the paper in one direction. Leave to dry. Once dry, paint Modge Podge in the other direction. Leave to dry. Repeat x2.

It is optional to lightly sandpaper in between each coat, if you prefer a smooth finish.

Glass Sweetie Jar:

Step 1: Position masking tape around the container so that the bottom is separated from the top. Paint using acrylic paint. Leave to dry. Paint a second coat. Once dry, sponge Modge Podge over to seal. Once dry, remove masking tape.

Step 2: Place the chalkboard sticker on the jar.

Step 3: Remove the lid and measure the lid against the paper, taking into consideration that the sides need to be covered as well and then cut. Paint the outside with Modge Podge. Stick down the paper and for the sides, fold the paper as you would if you were wrapping a gift. Once dry, paint over with Modge Podge in one direction. Leave to dry. (Optional to lightly sand). Then repeat with the Modge Podge in the other direction. Repeat x2.

Step 4- Using chalk, write a message on the jar.

These items are so easily upcycled and can make a great inexpensive décor addition to a home, especially if the theme or colour is carried through.

I finished mine off with a little note and tied some other household items together.

 

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Finished products

 

P.s: The woven basket was bought from a flea market. (I will be posting an article on my flea market finds soon).

Happy creating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Tutorial: Upcycled table centrepiece

My hubby recently turned the big three-O and I could not wait to host a party – just so I could get creative with the party decor. 


As an avid car lover, I wanted to do make DIY table centrepieces that incorporated cars, but found that this was going to be too costly, so I opted to design a car logo to fit the theme instead. 


Because we both love the colour gold, I decided to create a black, white and gold themed party.


I am the type of person who despises throwing away goods that can be upcycled, so I opted to re-use some of the empty bottles and cardboard milk boxes that I had stashed in a cupboard for when I needed it. 

What you need: 

Glass bottles – (I used 6  – 1 per table)

Glue (I used white all-purpose glue)

Old sponge 

Corrugated Cardboard that is quite firm (I used the cardboard from a long life milk box)

Acrylic craft paint (in your chosen colour)

Acrylic craft paint in black

Double-sided tape

Black and white striped wrapping paper (I bought mine at GAME @ R20,00 for 3 rolls)

Method:

DIY Gold painted bottles
DIY Gold painted bottles



Using an old sponge, I sponged paint onto 6x 750ml beer bottles and left them to dry. I then sponge painted a second coat once they were dry. 

I then traced a ‘3’ and an ‘0’ on the cardboard and cut them out. I painted the one side with black paint and left to dry. 


I then laid out the striped wrapping paper, rubbed white all-purpose glue onto the other side and stuck it down onto the white side of the wrapping paper, so when cut out, it would be a striped letter.  

Striped wrapping paper and numbers
Striped wrapping paper and numbers

Once the letters were dry, I cut them out and had 6x 3’s and 6x 0’s. I then used double-sided tape to stick them to the front of the bottle. Then, I had printed out 6x car logo’s I had designed and stuck them on the other side of the bottle. I then filled 6x balloons with helium and tied ribbon to the balloon which was then tied to the bottle neck.

This was the end product.

 

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30th Centrepiece idea

Ciao – till next time

 

 

Tips from a professional: Your Child’s First Haircut

I can commiserate with parents who dread taking their little human to the hair dresser, as it is all so overwhelming. All those scissors, shears, funny looking objects, mirrors. It is all so frightening for our little ones!

However in saying that, haircuts are inevitable and it is best to get the first haircut done by a professional.

I recently had to take my small-e to get his first haircut and thought it was going to be full of drama and snot en trane (snot & tears) and screaming, but this did not happen, well not for a long time anyway *giggles*

So off we took our boy to our family barber, a salon called Mr President. My nephew has been going to this salon since he was a few months old, as it is his granny’s salon and he has become very used to sitting in the barber’s chair to get his hair cut.

When it came to my son, however, taking the initiative to sit on the chair by himself, was not an option.20170315_083512

So I decided to take some advice from OUR very own professional. Here is her advice:

  1. Don’t make a big fuss about him getting a haircut. If anything, try keep your child calm.
  2. Allow your little one to hold their favourite toy, to help them feel some sort of comfort.
  3. Have a fun, bright character apron that the child can talk about, look at and take their mind off the haircut.
  4. Sit with your child. Ask the barber to give you an apron to protect your clothing and let you child sit on your lap. Your child should feel safer this way.
  5. Follow the barber’s instructions to make the haircut go as fast and professional as possible.
  6. Play some fun music in the background to hide the sounds of the shears or scissors cutting.
  7. Keep telling your child they are brave and reassure them that you are right there and the haircut won’t hurt.
  8. If the barber does not have any sweets or treats to give at the end of the haircut, ensure you have some packed in your bag or pocket so as to reward your little one for being so good. (Or reward them in a way they are used to – such as a big hug, star or sticker or similar)
  9. If your child is kicking and screaming, it is best to remove them from the situation and take them for a walk before returning – just to give them time to gather themselves.
  10. If your little one is not complying, then just keep trying. Children need to be introduced to new things a few times before they get comfortable with it.

I hope this advice helps you. All the best!

Tips supplied by Linda from Mr President. To find out more, email me using the details provided under the contact tab.

Book Review: The Shack

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In December last year, I was introduced to The Shack. A novel I had somehow never heard of and when I was told that this was a novel I have to read, I did.  I recently found out that this novel will be screened in cinemas next month. *Happy Dance* 

What is it about, you ask? I have included my brief synopsis below (Read the full one here)

The novel is based on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey after suffering a family tragedy. I won’t divulge too much information, but it is thrilling.

Anyway, he goes into depression and then out of the blue, receives a letter… and this letter is the start of his journey.

What do I think about the novel?

I don’t know about you, but I am the type of person who loves reading gripping books of substance (It just so happens that some of these have been turned into films)

After reading the novel in only a few days, I learned so much from 270 odd pages and it honestly gave me a new outlook on death, my relationship with Christ and above all, my understanding of being a human dealing with my very own internal shack.

Although this novel is non-fiction, I truly feel that there is so much truth to it. It makes so much sense – with the smart, well thought out storyline coupled with a message about seeing & thinking out-of-the-box. All I can say is that this story has moved me.

As much as I don’t want to give anything away to those who have not yet read it yet, my favourite part of the entire journey of enlightenment is near the end, where the main character, Mackenzie is in the presence of God. He realises that forgiveness does not mean that anything is forgotten – as per the saying “forgive and forget”. It is more an understanding that when we forgive someone, it is about leaving that person’s hurtful actions in the hands of Christ and being freed from the anger and internal wounds.

Overall, this novel is easy to read and follows the story line without jumping from different scenarios.

Now I cannot wait to watch the film. Check out the trailer on The Shack’s official website – http://www.theshack.movie/#trailer

Have you read this book? I would love to hear your thoughts about it.

 

Quick tutorials for awesome hair!

Hi Treasures,

I have recently signed up for the Good Housekeeping magazine newsletter and am absolutely hooked. This is probably the only newsletter that arrives in my mailbox, that I am actually excited about.

For those that know me, I usually wear my hair up in a bun or in a low ponytail, just because this is the simplest and quickest option in the mornings. But! I have just been inspired by watching these 15-second videos that I am sure will make my hair look awesome.. everyday!

Check these amazing hair hacks here: Quick hair hacks

Ciao,

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March #InspirationForTheNation

Craig Dietz
Image courtesy of http://www.midmarmile.co.za

My inspiration for March – that I’d like to share with you – is someone who, like hundreds of others, recently completed the aQuellé Midmar Mile in KZN, South Africa.

The only difference is that this swimmer is like no other. His name is Craig Dietz, and he is a limbless American open water swimmer.

According to Midmar Mile reports (www.midmarmile.co.za), Dietz is immediately warm, engaging, always ready with a laugh, and accommodating towards everyone that wants to chat to him. Talk to him for a while and his limitations seem to melt away.

Dietz was invited to attend the event for 2013 after meeting aQuellé Midmar Mile organiser Wayne Riddin at the World Open Water Swimming Conference in Long Beach, California, in September 2012 and he did not only attend, he swam it as well.

Being the second time Dietz has competed in the Midmar Mile, this year, he finished the men’s race in just over half an hour, although, Dietz did not stop at swimming the mile once, he crossed the dam seven times in total. Amazing!

For those who do not know how Dietz swims, he does backstroke using a flipper fitted to his right leg stump, which drives him forward.

I personally have never participated in the Midmar Mile and have always wanted to. After reading Dietz’ story I have now decided that I want to compete in the 2018 event.

To read more about the race visit http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/best-mile-yet-in-low-midmar-20170212 or to read more about Dietz, visit http://www.pressreader.com/ where you will find an article published by Jaco Hough-Coetzee taken from You Magazine.

And that’s your March #InspirationForTheNation