Coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon are such rituals here at the lake cottage. As an early-riser, I am hardly awake before I stand pouring my first mug of coffee to charge me up for the day. Our little coffee station gets a lot of use, serving up not only fresh coffee, but just about any beverage that fits the season, from hot cider to coco. The coffee station has become “the gathering area,” so I am always looking for new condiments for guests to personalize their drinks. So…I decided to design a PERSONALIZED cup sleeve!
It is easy to design your logo once you have an idea of the art to use. That’s the fun part; choosing art, type fonts and naming your “Coffee House.” My sleeve design was really easy because I just used the graphics and logotype from my blog header. I learned that a simplified version of my logo looks less cluttered on the narrow cup sleeve, so I removed the waves and shifted the words around. If you have a hard time designing your logo, try just a circle around your name initial using a nice font. Then use your street name or a unique feature of your home (a tree, color or style of the house, number of children) to brand your “coffee house.” KEEP IT SIMPLE and it will look great.
I purchased plain paper hot-beverage 12 oz cups (1 pak/50 count), lids, and blank corrugated Kraftpaper sleeves at Office Depot. This store has become one of my favorites! Then, using Photo Shop Elements, I designed a simple logo that would later be rubber stamped onto the cup sleeves. There are online sites that print custom cup sleeves (in large quantities), but stamping your own is cheaper. Next, I ordered a rubber stamp and big stamp pad from Stamp-Connection.com. This online store ships free and does not add tax, which made the cost of the stamp affordable. My design fit within a 3″ x 2″ area, cost $18.45 (wood base with a wood handle.) I also ordered a large black felt ink pad, cost $6.45. Tip: plan ahead for logo design dimensions…purchase your cups, sleeves and lids prior to designing and ordering your rubber stamp.
Inspired by my post, How to Fill an Empty Wall, my son built a coffee station for his house using a tall book shelf unit which he laid on its side and reconfigured its shelves for that horizontal orientation.
His Coffee Station has also become a hangout for friends and Small Group, so I designed a personalized cup sleeve logo for him. To keep it masculine…it’s a bachelors’ pad, which they’ve named Eagles’ Helm…I found a big mustache rubber stamp at Michael’s (clearance price $1.50.) I stamped it, scanned it and pulled it into PS Elements to use as the graphic art. The mustache was so much easier than trying to design an Eagles’ Helm, whatever that is?? So think outside the box for art & keep it simple.
Like the fonts? they are so perfect…download them FREE:
FREEware Fonts used on MML logo: DK Yellow Sun (Grab a CUPPA…)
What would your Personalized cup sleeve look like?
Drop by for a cup…Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside!
Oh btw, did you expect to see a Potting Bench DIY post today? I have been moving slowly on getting that together…(promise) next week I will share my progress. Lots of twists and turns in my design process, which can be a time-waster…I finally had to just pick up the hammer and give it a swing.