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#1 starchild

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    Posted 30 April 2007 - 05:39 AM

    I have my OOT bags and fillers, now I just have to get my darn logo on the bags. They are natural canvas totes, very simple. The best professional quote I could find would be about $140 for 30 bags including set-up fees. I'm sure the quality would be wonderful

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    If I printed out logos on transfer paper and ironed them on, do you think I could save money? I've been told that I'll run the orange and brown ink out on the printer fast and have to replace the ink cartridges which could cost me as much as paying for a professional job in the end. If the price is similar I'd rather pay someone who knows what they're doing.

    It's Monday, any feedback would help me from ending it all .... thanks :o)

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    Posted 30 April 2007 - 10:22 AM

    I would agree that your logo is very dark, so it probably will suck up a lot of your ink. But, I think it depends how large your logo will be. I would say hire a professional, but I like the look of that much better than an iron-on. Not to mention, time is money and ironing on 30 bags might take awhile. $140 isn't bad.

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      Posted 30 April 2007 - 10:30 AM

      I only did 10 bags, but I did a 5" diameter circle of almost solid red and no where near ran out my ink cartridge. My color cartridge is about $40, so even using 2 completely up I would still have saved $$. The transfer paper isn't too expensive either. They probably took me a total of 4 minutes each to make. It just depends on how much you want to spend and what kind of look you're going for.

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        Posted 30 April 2007 - 10:49 AM

        I would have a professional do it. Or just leave them blank and put cute ribbon with a tag on it. then your guests can use it again.

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          Posted 30 April 2007 - 10:52 AM

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          Originally Posted by NABUMBAH
          I would have a professional do it. Or just leave them blank and put cute ribbon with a tag on it. then your guests can use it again.
          I should have prefaced my comment with "if you can afford it- hire a professional. If not...this is what I did." I didn't realize how many you said you had to make! It just wouldn't have been economical for the number I had to make.

          I agree with Natasha!

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          Posted 30 April 2007 - 12:30 PM

          i had a proffesional do mine and am so glad it was 1 less thing for me to do...people still use the bags

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            Posted 30 April 2007 - 11:31 PM

            Thanks guys. I'm trying to save where I can but $140 isn't gonna break the bank and maybe it will also buy me a little sanity...lol. I'll let you know how it turns out :o)




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