365 Days of T-Shirts: Day 1 – Printable T-Shirt Journal

Hello, you’ve just discovered the 365 Days of T-Shirts Project! I’ll be making something fun, T-Shirt related and (hopefully) cool for each day of 2011. Please wish me luck because I’ll need it if plan to finish the project!

Day 1: Printable T-Shirt Journal

You’re a T-Shirt fan and you’ve got a ton of T-Shirts, but no real way to keep track of them all. Say hello to the Printable T-Shirt Journal. Use this printable journal to collect and organize your passion for T-Shirts.

Tools: Stick Glue, 3-Hole Puncher

Instructions:

1. Print the included template using a color printer.
2. If you use thick stock paper you’ll be able to print double sided (recommended).
3. Either fold in half to make a small book or use a 3-hole puncher so that you can place your journal pages in a binder.
4. Start cataloging your T-Shirt collection!

This journal page was inspired by the various journals by Moleskine.

Download the Printable T-Shirt Journal - (598.73 kB)

This is what a sample page looks like when it’s all filled out!

This is a closer look at the Opinion / Notes section, as well as the 5 star rating system!

I provide you with a 8.5 X 11 inch page. You can print it out and fold it to make a mini book, or you can use a hole puncher and put your pages neatly inside a binder!

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What Do You Get The Ultimate T-Shirt Fan?

Hey T-Shirt fanatics, welcome to my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide series! I feature some of my favorite T-shirt related items and even some things beyond T-shirts that I simply just love and would like to recommend to all of you. If there’s something that you think would fit in this list then please feel free to link to it in the comments! Enjoy and please feel free to share on Twitter using the Hashtag #GiftGuide.

I think that it is safe to assume that for the most part, all of you who read this blog religiously, are freakish addicts when it comes to T-Shirts. Or else, you just have a better appreciation for them compared to the casual T-Shirt wearer. So what would make great gifts for you, The ultimate T-Shirt fan? This post is written for those looking to buy gifts for T-Shirt enthusiasts. So that means, if YOU are a T-Shirt enthusiast then you should definitely forward this list to your friends and family members whom you THINK might have you on their Christmas shopping list. Needless to say, a generic graphic tee from Target just wont cut it, but these products probably will.

The Threadless Book: Special Edition Hardcover with Sketchbook. I’ve mentioned the paperback version of this book numerous times on the blog and have even reviewed a copy. However, the $15 paper back version is no match when compared to the special hardcover edition. The special edition comes in a nifty case that has a soft texture and a burnout illustration on it. The book itself has a cloth-bound hardcover and a bookmark ribbon. On top of that goodness, there’s a satiny hardcover sketchbook, where you can sketch all your billions of tee ideas. Price: $75.00.

Threadless 12 Club Subscription. This will probably earn you a billion brownie points. Any fan of T-Shirts will lust for a Threadless 12 Club Subscription. With this gift comes 12 exclusive T-Shirts, one being sent to the gift recipient every month for 12 months and will only be sent to 12 Club members. Price: $200.

Johnny Cupcakes Accessories. Because a true Johnny Cupcakes fan probably already has every Johnny Cupcakes T-Shirt. Instead, help them to accessorize with these non-T-Shirt Johnny Cupcakes accessories. Price: $50.99 (iPod Earle), $29.99 (Umbrella), $24.99 (Belt).

FlipFold. Ultimate T-Shirt fans probably have a ton of stray T-Shirt lying around. Why not help them get organized with the FlipFold. This handy device will help to make the mundane task of folding T-Shirts quick, fun and consistent. Also great for those with OCD. Price: $34.98.

Glennz Accessories. I love Glennz Tees, but they don’t just make T-Shirts. They also make Mousepads, Calendars, and Laptop Skins. These humorous gifts are guaranteed to keep the smiles coming long after the gift is given and opened. Price: $12.95.

Zombie Liquorice Buckle. This belt buckle is definitely not for the squeamish. This item measures 3″ by 4″ and weighs almost half a pound. It was made by a local craftsman, and was not imported. Only 60 were made. Price: $20.00.

Set of 3 Ugmonk Prints. Ugmonk is one of my favorite indie brands. I love the minimalist approach to designer and founder, Jeff Sheldons, work. Price: $60.00.

Olly Moss Prints. Olly Moss is undoubtedly one of my favorite indie artists. His work has been featured numerous times on Threadless as well as The New York Times, The Independent and GQ. Price: $50.00 (Sea Saw), $25 (Now Panic and Freak Out).

Black Rock Collective Playing Card Deck. Every T-Shirt fanatic knows about the Black Rock Collective. If not, well, they’re not serious about T-Shirts. The Black Rock Collective, or BRC, is a group of internationally located artists, illustrators and designers who come together to share ideas and feed off each other’s talents. This absolutely desirable deck was lovingly created by 36 artists of the Black Rock Collective. Price: $20.00.

Regan Smith Clarke X Cavata Clothing Co. Collaboration Tee

In Episode 63 of Co-Tee TV I raved about how I loved Regan Smith Clarke. His brand had a throwback style that was all his own. Since then, RSC has teamed up with fellow Bostonian, Lori Kirk of Cavata Clothing to deliver the first (of hopefully many) RSC X CAVATA Collaboration T-Shirts.

The shirt design is definitely closer in style to Regan Smith Clarke’s line than it is to Cavata. The creme colored American Apparel T-Shirt is very specific, featuring the names of both brands on the front of the tee as well as the date of release (June 2010) and the price of the T-Shirt. It will be interesting  to see how such a specific (but very well designed) shirt does with shoppers that are not hardcore RSC and/or Cavata Clothing fans.

The Regan Smith Clarke X Cavata Clothing Co. Collaboration Tee is available now at both the Regan Smith Clarke and Cavata Clothing online stores for $25. As a bonus, the first 30 orders will receive a free print of the design and free shipping. And if you need even more incentive to buy this tee, 20% of all proceeds will go to support music and art programs in public schools.

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The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life an amazingly designed tee by designer Aled Lewis (aka as fatheed), a frequent submitter to Threadless who has had his designs printed many times before. If you’re unfamiliar with his designs, check out some of my Aled Lewis favorites: Punk Rock Cock, Self-Sufficient and Eating Brains, Throwing Shapes. 

The Meaning Of Life - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

If you like The Meaning of Life then be sure to vote for it at Threadless. The more votes, the greater the chances of it being printed!

On a side note, what is the Meaning of Life to you? 

My Spreadshirt Experience: A Review

A few weeks ago I decided to test out Spreadshirt by having a couple of shirts printed with the Glorious Nonsensities logo. Mr. Elephant on a brain wanted his own tee and so I gave Spreadshirt a shot. I was skeptical at first since I had previously tried CafePress and was unimpressed with the results. The CafePress shirt I had printed a year or two ago seemed very cheap and the print resembled an iron-on. Needless to say, I didn’t expect much from the Spreadshirt print but out of curiosity was still interested to see what the final product looked like compared to my CafePress print. 

The Spreadshirt experience begins with the interactive and easy to use T-shirt Designer. Using the T-shirt Designer is essentially a three step process: 1. choose your product (i.e. type of t-shirt), 2. upload and placement of your design and/or text, 3. checkout. It really is as easy as that three step process. Spreadshirt comes with a couple of preloaded designs for you to add to your T-shirt, if none of those are to your liking then you are free to upload your own designs. You can easily increases and decrease the size of the design in the T-shirt Designer as needed and there are tools that allow you to easily align your design. 

Once your custom tee is designed you can easily select the size and quantity of shirts that you would like to order. The only problem here is that if you wanted to different sizes, you would need to go through the design process for each size. It would be much more convenient if you could design once and then select different sizes (for a specific product) and quantities. The way that it is now, you can only select one size per design and then adjust the amount of that particular size you would like to order. 

Prices vary depending on the product you decide to print on. Prices for mens tees start off at around 10 bucks for lightweight tees, while American Apparel tees start at a more pricey 19 bucks. And of course you get charged for each design you upload or text you decide to print. I paid $12.40 for each of the three shirts that I ordered (two guy tees and one ladies tee). I received my product within a week, which is pretty speedy considering I live in Hawaii and that it is a custom product. Shipping costs cary depending on how you much spend (shipping for me cost $4.99 for the three tees I ordered). 

I was very happy with the tees that I received. They were much better, quality wise, compared to my past experience with CafePress. If you plan to print hundreds of tees then Spreadshirt is probably too pricey of an option. However, if you need a custom, one off tee, then I highly recommend Spreadshirt!

If you want to learn more, here are links to info on how Spreadshirt prints their shirts and info on digital printing. 

Finally, here’s a promotional video from Spreadshirt (which is pretty neat to watch I have to say).