A New Arrival to the IB Designs, USA Family

Bravo Zulu Award Print, Nautical, signal flags

t’s been a while in the making, but we’re excited to introduce the newest member to our family:

BRAVO-ZULU (BZ) Presentation-Quality Color Print

We previously offered a fabric flag vertical banner with the letter B (Bravo) and Z (Zulu). These two flags are a sort of “well done” acknowledgement in the maritime services. Then we realized how much time it took to make the flags, while at the same time some of our customers wanted to order quantities. We did a lot of ponderatin’, thinkinating, contemplatin’, cogitatin’, bamboozlizin’ and meditating.

Then we came up with a photo-realistic, 3D image of the two flags and saw we could do some really cool things with it! Our next problem was how to get it from our imagination into the real world, onto the Web site and available for purchase. At last, we figured it all out.

The new Bravo Zulu is:
An 8×10″ quality color print on 32-lb laser paper,
Ready to frame in whatever frame or matting you’d like (frames are not included),
Carries a much lower price than our fabric ladder flags.

Additionally, each BZ print comes with its own custom-designed gift card and envelope, featuring a crest we designed with a gold banner proclaiming “BRAVO ZULU.” The card opens to a simple message stating, “BRAVO ZULU, Well Done!”

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Craig designed this and the quality is excellent. This is just the beginning, and we intend to introduce other high-quality 3D paper signal flags in various sizes and banners in the future. We’re thinking of 1-click-to-buy banners that spell out various events like: “Happy Birthday,” “Just Married,” “Congratulations,” “Welcome Home,” and so forth.

The paper-letter signal flags will be DYI, where you order the flags and cut them out to string together. I’ll have more about them as we get closer to finishing them. The BZ award is an example of what we also can offer as “portrait” flags, all suitable for framing. The individual letters we’re thinking would be wall size, about 8×10 and then smaller versions. For example, we hope to produce “stick flags,” about 4×5″ that you cut out and fold to wrap around a typical skewer. The result could be part of a floral arrangement or hung on string instead as a decoration.

Several years ago, we saw a post from Martha Stewart that went on about putting small signal flags on toothpicks for cakes. Oddly enough, she had no connection to where anyone could buy some of these! So we decided we should be the ones making them! Those could even go on Christmas trees as a sort of garland. Fun, right? But of course!

We’re also able to do things with paper that we simply can’t do with fabric. We’re thinking of “repeater” flags, and things like pirate flags for birthday parties with a nautical theme. Another problem has been number pennants, which we do make in fabric but they’re cumbersome. With numbers in “stick flag” size, we could offer things like “Happy New Year 20-##” at a much more affordable price.

It’s an exciting time, but Holy Cow!…there’s a lot involved! At the moment, we’re redesigning the Web site, so keep an eye out for Breaking News!

Check out our BZ page to see the images and to order.

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Signal Flag Alphabet and Local Business

The longer we live here in Oshkosh the more we discover and love. One of our worries was how we would find everything we need to make the flags and send them out. We use a lot of fabric, specialty thread, fusing materials, PVC tubing, and tools. We’re always buying rotary cutter blades, scissors, rope, envelopes and tape. Then there’s all the paperwork, some from our own management and order-tracking, then the printed materials we send out with each order.

Some of the towns we looked at are pretty remote, and it would have been difficult to easily take care of business. We often shop at Hobby Lobby, but there aren’t very many of them in Wisconsin, particularly in some of the other towns we visited. Here in Oshksoh, by gosh, there’s a Hobby Lobby! How nice is that!

We opened the Web site a month ago and found a UPS store, along with a nice post office. But recently, we needed to get some more of our printing done. A good example is the dictionary we include when we ship each order. We always include the signal flag alphabet on a sheet of paper that shows each of the flags and its corresponding letter or number.

Here is a picture of our dictionary.

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When it comes to printing, we were working with Alpha Graphics, a very good company in Illinois, but we were worried about who we’d find in Wisconsin. I am happy to report that we found Park ‘n Print, and they’re great! Another idea we’ve been working on is some sort of high-quality printed flag that customers could cut out and attach to a wooden dowel or fold over a piece of string. We could offer flags we can’t make in fabric, and the price would be lower than the heirloom flags we make now. Printing would be a big issue, so finding a good printer has been a priority.

At some point, hopefully soon, we’re going to offer a Bravo-Zulu print that will be suitable for framing. We’re still in the design phase, but we realized that we couldn’t keep up with the orders for the fabric version of the flags. One or two are okay, but people wanted ten or twenty to give out as “Nice Job” recognition awards. A printed, frameable art print would be a great way to satisfy those needs without wearing us out.

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IB Designs Open For Orders & New Beginnings

It’s been awhile since I have posted. Life has been busy for us since we moved up here a couple of months ago. Although we still have some odd and end boxes we are mostly settled in.

First off IB Designs, USA is now open for orders. Originally we thought we would open in June but it took us longer then anticipated. The picture below with our signal flags says “Now Open”. We thank our customers for their patience the last few months since we were closed to orders.

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In-between unpacking and getting the house in order we have discovered some really nice parks and fishing areas. We love it here in Oshkosh, WI and the idea that there is so much water around. The 2 pictures below are of Craig and I. He caught a 4 lb drum as you can see in the picture! These were taken from the Fox River in Oshkosh. Below is assorted pictures we have taken.

Lastly we took some pics of some of the areas that we have fished. One place is called Asylum Point Park. It’s a cove between the 2 points of Lake Winnebago. It’s so relaxing. They have a lighthouse that we took pics of. Enjoy!

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Fox River in Oshkosh,WI
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Fox River in Oshkosh, WI
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Asylum Point Park
Asylum Point Park
Asylum Point Park
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Asylum Point Park