Printing Stickers

I recently purchased an Epson ET-8550 and a Cameo 4 for printing some fun stickers for myself, kids and friends. Here are a couple of things I have learned and some process related information I have been using.

General Process Flow:

Design in Illustrator, add inner and outer cut lines (on separate layers), ensure the border color has a bleed (if needed) -> export as SVG.

In Silhouette Connect, import SVG, Add registration marks, print out on sticker paper (Hide the cut lines layers). Apply any over laminate to the sticker sheet and load it into the Silhouette. Unhide the cut layers. And run the cutting using the Send function.

Cutting depth and force are very specific to the sticker paper and over laminate, so it’s a lot of trial and error.

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Signage Project – Rocky Branch Park

There is something quite refreshing about volunteer work. Generally it’s a position or job which you have picked because you have expertise, passion or interest in learning more about. It is unpaid, and the external pressure and expectations you get from a paid position are generally non-existent.

While I have had, and do, multiple volunteer jobs for one of the parks in the Tarheel Trailblazers organization, taking on new responsibilities is rewarding from a knowledge building perspective. This role was centered around designing, installing and maintaining a mountain bike/hiking parks signage. The project included the main entrance information boards, way finding, and safety signs. read more

Rocky Branch Park – Kiosk Maps

Design: Adobe Illustrator, GIS for Maps
Printing: Gaston Printing and Signs

Mockups and Design

Craig Brickser from CTD Trail Design provided the base GIS layer gave the map some depth. I then used reference points, old GPS data from previous rides and exploratory rides to overlay this onto the maps, to create the trail lines. There is a fine line with regards to how much, or how little detail to show on public facing maps, so there was some trial and error. Included are some early versions, and mockups of the existing trails.

This main map was (and is still) used to create the individual loop maps at the hub of each trail.