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Happy Boss’s Day! If you plan on giving a small gift in appreciation to your boss, we have just the solution for you.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a plain colored mug
  • sharpies
  • rubbing alcohol
  • q-tip
  • oven



Decide on what you want the mug to say. Naturally, we deemed “Like a Boss” appropriate.



If you mess up, use the rubbing alcohol and q-tips to erase what you need. It comes off very easily so don’t worry about making mistakes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, set the mug on a cookie sheet and go ahead and place it in there while it’s preheating. This allows the mug to heat up gradually instead of putting it on a hot oven. This should allow the glaze from the mug to sort of melt so the ink will be less likely to rub off while cleaning.


It’s probably a good idea to hand wash the mug instead of in the dishwasher just to be safe. Now, just wrap it up and let your boss enjoy!

Boss's Day Mug

If you have been to any store that has school supplies, you might have noticed that everything out there is full of colors and patterns. This DIY is simple and quick if you don’t want to buy dividers and can easily customize your own.


  • Card Stock
  • Washi Tape
  • Scissors
  • 3 Hole Punch
  • Binder
  • Marker


Fabric covered binders are becoming super popular but can be pretty pricey. But you can make your own for a fraction of the cost and you can choose whatever fabric you like. It also doesn’t take a lot of time to customize your binder for your home or back to school.


  • Binder (Sam’s Club is having a great deal on 1″ binders just in time for back to school)
  • Fabric
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Glue
  • Glue gun
  • scissors


Lay out your binder on the fabric so you can cut it down a little bit to make gluing more manageable.


Let’s face it, not every one organizes their day the same way so daily planners are something that are best made to suit individual’s needs. While the store bought ones might be perfect for you, additions and alterations might be better for someone else. Plus, these are supposed to make your life easier and more organized right?

With that said, here are some printables that we created that may or may not be right for you. But they are free so might as well try them out! 

This planner binder is small so the print outs are made to fit the 8.5″ x 5.5″ binders or Junior binders as we like to call them. The Junior binders are great because they can fit easily in your purse or bag without taking up too much room. I used the Raw binder for this project but we also have the Junior view binders in black, white, and fashion colors so you can customize the front if you want.


Summer is here!! Well…almost. At least in Texas it feels like summer. You probably already have your summer vacation planned out and what screams “summer!!” more than a roadtrip? Here in the good ol’ state of Texas, the coast is a popular destination for families during summer but it’s still about 5-7 hours away from Dallas. 5-7 hours in the car with bored kids can be brutal so I decided to put together some ideas to keep them entertained. Plus FREE printables!!


I made a raised garden bed this year and decided to try and plant a few things. Last year, I just bought the tomato plant that was already grown which was a big step for me. I kept it alive until the first Texas freeze. SO, not knowing anything about gardening I thought it might be a good idea to keep track of my first experience. That way IF everything goes according to plan, I can be prepared for next year and hopefully plant more. Here are two different ways you can keep track of your seeds and/or your notes.




With a little inspiration from web searches and some problem-solving of my own, here is a round-up of a few office hacks to make office life a little more bearable.


Coffee filter as a computer screen cleaner

Dust Computer Screen with Coffee Filter

Surely your office has a coffee machine and hopefully not a Keurig. Just borrow a coffee filter if your computer monitor gets dirty.

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This week is teacher appreciation week. They work so hard so why not show a little appreciation for a week? This quick and easy DIY can be included in a school supplies basket or just as a small gift. I took a Samsill Raw Binder and Chalkboard paint (which is really hot right now) and just painted the binder with the Chalkboard paint. You can write on it or draw a picture on it just like any chalkboard.


Samsill Raw Binder

Chalkboard Paint




Don’t get rid of those old books you aren’t using anymore! You can re-purpose them by making a binder out of it. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Old Book
  • Earth Choice Binder
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • X-Acto knife
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Small screws and bolts


We love Earth Day around here and we also love office supplies. There’s a ton of different ways you can upcycle your old office products but we found a few that we were especially fond of:

Floppy Disk Pen Holder

  Floppy disk pen holder

Unless you’re a recent start-up company, there is bound to be some of these somewhere in your office. Instead of buying a new pencil holder just create one out of floppy disks! (via Mikhail Shcherbakov)

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Everyone has their own organizing style but some of us just REALLY don’t like organizing tax documents. Plus, if you have to keep up with receipts it makes it even more difficult. Here, we are sharing 5 (funny) ways that people store their tax documents.

Grocery sack

Grocery Sack

Paper or plastic? Some people use grocery sacks for lunch bags and luggage…why not tax storage? If you’re looking for durability, Trader Joe’s has some great heavy duty paper bags.

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We decided to give some more tips and a few products that can also help improve how eco-friendly your office is.

It’s so great to see such a huge push on being eco-friendly in the past few year. There are so many more companies that are offering alternatives to regular products if you decide you want to be green. Last year, we did a blog post on green tips for the office which included some basics tips on how you can improve your carbon footprint in the corporate world. Here we decided to give some more tips and a few products that can also help improve how eco-friendly your office is.

Recycled Paper

We may be living in the digital age but if you really think about it, paper is still thriving. While you may think it is a good idea to go to a paperless office, there are still other paper products that you can’t replace with a digital counterpart. What is going to replace boxes to ship product in? Paper towels, napkins, bathroom tissue or facial tissue? There is a way to be responsible while using paper. One Green Planet has a great list of the best planet-friendly paper products. 

Office Supplies

More and more companies are finding office supplies to make eco-friendly. Here are a few that we like:

B2P Pens-these are made from the plastic of recycled water and soda bottles. One of my favorite pens because it’s earth friendly and it writes sooo smoothly!

B2P pens

Use this guide to create your own Bird Feeder out of Binder Rings.

The official first day of spring was last week and to help us get out of the winter rut, we decided to do a fun project for the birds. Not only are you upcycling your old binders with this project, you are feeding the birds too! Here is what you need:

  • Old Binder (for the rings)
  • String
  • Pinecones
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bird Seed
  • Nails or Screws
  • Flathead Screwdriver

Bird Feeder Supplies

What do you get when you cross a binder manufacturer marketing team and YouTube research? A rap video featuring 3 ring binders.

While we are a very hard working team, sometimes we like to be a little goofy and have some fun at work. One day we decided to put our rapping and acting skills to the test and product a music video.


Samsill is known for the wide variety of color options we have in our custom department BUT we also created and developed the first 6 inch binder. The Titan is made in the USA and holds up to…well you can watch the video to find out.


Keyboards are more than likely the last thing you worry about cleaning. But if you’ve ever actually taken a good look  between the keys, it can get pretty nasty. This simple recipe for cleaning slime is cost effective and fun to make. And it’s great for kids if they like to get a little messy.



  • Borax
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Water
  • Food color (optional but fun)
  • Bowls
  • Teaspoon
  • Plastic bag

Cleaning Slime Supplies

There might be a crazy amount of different ways to get that extra boost of volume from your iPhone, we thought this one was simple and effective.


  • Toilet Paper roll
  • Push Pins
  • X-acto Knife
  • Phone
  • Decorative Paper (optional)

School Valentine’s Day parties are just around the corner and here is a quick and easy gift for your child’s teacher. Not only will they appreciate and use the binder but if you pair it with a gift card to their favorite coffee shop or office supply store, it’s sure to be a hit!


  • Binder
  • Printable
  • Gift Card
  • Decorations

Teacher Gift Supplies

The Antimicrobial binder is great for school since it fights against the growth of bacteria, mold, and fungus. You can decorate as little or as much as you want. We painted a binder clip and which held the gift card.

Continuing with the office health series, it’s often hard to find time to work out your muscles when you’re always doing work at your desk. Studies have shown that sitting for longer than 30 minutes places unhealthy stress on your spine. Taking a quick 3-5 minute break to get up and move around helps with circulation to your muscles. And you may not have an office with a door so we found a few exercises that you can do in the comfort of your cubicle without being seen.

Chair squats

You’re basically doing the motion anyway, why not sneak in a few more for a great strength exercise

I think we can safely say that working in an office environment isn’t the healthiest thing to be doing 8+ hours a day. Various studies have shown that sitting for hours is terrible for your health and some are going as far as calling it the new smoking. Top that off with a vending machine diet and that is a recipe for disaster. In this three part work health series we discuss healthy office snacks, easy exercise routines and different seating positions in the office.

Healthy Office Snacks

How many times have you hit that 3pm slump and the only thing to get you through is the vending machine? You can’t focus on work then all you have to get you on track is a sugar rush. Here are a few snacks that are my favorite mini desk meals. Plus, these are easy to transport, aren’t too crunchy and loud and don’t smell up the office (if you’ve ever searched ideas for healthy work snacks, tuna comes up a lot).


Instead of a candy bar, try fruit. Bananas, oranges and apples are an easy grab-and-go snack. Dried fruit is also a good option. Just be wary of portion sizes.

  Healthy Office Snacks Fruit

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2013 was a big year for Samsill. While we are sad to see 2013 come to a close, we are excited to see what 2014 has in store for us. We have a feeling it’s going to be a great year! Here are our top three memorable events that occurred in 2013.

1. 60th Anniversary

Samsill opened it’s doors on April 1st, 1953 as Samsill Brothers Plastics Company. That venture led the company from its beginnings in small rented space in downtown Fort Worth to its status today as one of the world’s largest independently owned manufacturers of ring binders, business accessories, laptop bags and tablet cases.


2. Launch of Fashion Color iPad Holders

Tablets have become huge in the past few years. We entered the category with a few “professional” designs and then moved into fashion colors in 2013.

3. Binder in Space

One of the many events we organized to celebrate our 60th anniversary was sending a binder into space. You’ve seen people jump from near space, Lego man and Hello Kitty made a trip so why not a binder? With the help of Texas A&M High Altitude Balloon Club, we sent a binder 96,000 feet into the atmosphere.

Samsill recycles approximately 120 tons of plastic material each year and over 90 tons of corrugated cardboard with the help of Texas Recycling and Surplus. This waste material is ultimately used to manufacture a wide variety of new parts and products.


Everyone has days where they just DO NOT want to go into work but instead of just taking a personal day, these people gave some crazy excuses for not coming in. After searching for the best reasons, we put together a list of the funniest and most random excuses for missing work.


With winter and flu season around the corner, it’s best to do everything you can to prepare to fight off germs. While Antimicrobial binders do not kill germs, they fight against the growth of bacteria, mold, fungus, and mildew which makes these ring binders perfect for school-age children, the kitchen or the office. And all you need is a Samsill Antimicrobial binder and your iPad! Here’s what it looks like:



How many cups does it take to get you through the workday?

To celebrate Samsill’s 60th Anniversary, we sent a custom three-ring binder into near space with help from Texas A&M.

What better way to commemorate 60 years of being in business than to launch a ring binder into space? We partnered with Texas A&M High Altitude Balloon Club to send the binder over 96,000 feet into the atmosphere. You can see the entire trip here:


It took months of preparation to make this project possible. There are many factors and variables that go into space launches. The weather balloon seen below was filled with over 300 cubic feet of helium and took two and a half hours to reach 96,000 feet. The fall back to Earth only lasted 20 minutes and the rig landed 20 miles from the launch site in College Station, Texas.

When you don’t quite know your way around the office—or even if you do—it’s good to know people in high places.

But by “high places,” we don’t necessarily mean the executive suite. While buddying up with the CEO probably wouldn’t hurt, there are a few other well-known office archetypes who can really help you out.

So, when you’re kicking off a new job, seek out these seven officemates—stat.

Did you know that a 60-minute nap can improve your alertness for up to 10 hours? Or that Napoleon napped between battles while sitting on his horse? These are just a few of the many interesting facts in this infographic on napping via Patio Productions.

2013 marks the 60th anniversary for Samsill Corporation. This anniversary is marked by soaring to new heights in new product innovation, new product channels and much more. So to symbolically celebrate these achievements a team sent the first custom mini 3-ring binder into near space by way of a weather balloon.


Do you find yourself visiting an endless array of amazing cities around the world on business, only to leave each one without seeing anything besides the inside of an office and a hotel? There is another way! Read on for our top tips on how to make the most of your free time on your business trip.

When you’re the new person at work, you do everything in your power to stay on your best behavior. You show up to the office early, leave late, dress conservatively and absolutely never, ever check your Facebook page from your work computer.

But, as the weeks go by, it’s easy to slide into a sense of comfort and let your guard down. Soon you’re missing deadlines, tweeting covertly, making excuses as to why you’re not as productive as before, and in general, setting yourself up for a not-so-great performance review.

So what happened? Well, it’s simple — you forgot the basics. If you’re looking for a way to get back into gear, follow these easy (but often ignored) bits of advice.

By now, many of us know the damage we’re doing in sedentary desk jobs. Emerging research shows that sitting for long periods of time contributes to risk of metabolic syndrome, heart attack and stroke risk and overall death risk, among others. Those who sit a great deal also have lower life expectancies, larger bottoms and slower metabolisms.

“Prolonged sitting has been shown to disrupt metabolic function resulting in increased plasma triglyceride levels, decreased levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and decreased insulin sensitivity,” Dr. Hidde van der Ploeg, a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health in Australia, told TIME’s Healthland.

Van der Ploeg and colleagues found that sitting for 11 or more hours per day increased risk of death by 40 percent, regardless of other activity levels.

But given the nature of our work environments, there is often very little that can be done — even Team Healthy Living must sit for most of the 8 to 10 hours we work in the office each day, and we study this stuff. Unfortunately, research shows that extra-curricular trips to the gym — running the mornings before work or hitting up a post-office spin class – can’t undo the effects of a day spent on one’s behind.

That means the only available option is to remake our work environments. How can you avoid the dreaded effects of the insidious office sit-in?

First of all, it’s important to note that standing is no panacea. As Men’s Health reported:

Prolonged standing can lead to the development of musculoskeletal disorders, especially in the legs, knees and lower back. While you can stand for as long as it feels comfortable, most experts recommend a 50:50 sit-stand ration.

With that in mind, here are a few strategies to help incorporate more activity during the work day:

Which office supply do you  prefer? Pick one and the Omniscient Oracle of Shoplet.com can tell you everything about your personality.


1. The Stapler.

Whether it be an employee or coworker, there is bound to be at least one Negative Nancy in your office. This infographic from Boxer Property shows some characteristics of negative people and how to properly work with them.

The modern workplace is full of potential pitfalls, meaning you have to be on your toes to make, and maintain, the right impression with your co-workers and colleagues.

It’s not just for the sake of politeness — more than three-quarters of HR managers recently polled by Robert Half said technology etiquette breaches can affect a person’s career prospects.

We’ve taken a look at tech etiquette in a contemporary company setting for some useful advice offering up-to-date “do’s and don’ts” for the digital age.

Have a read through our guidelines below. In the comments, share your tips for staying on the right side of polite in the workplace.

1. Never Unplug a Device on Charge

It may sometimes be a scramble to find a socket to juice up your dying gadgetry, but the “first come, first served” rule stands fast in this area. You must never unplug another device that’s on charge without first checking that it’s okay to do so. Always, always, always ask — and if you can’t find device’s owner, then walk away and find another outlet. For all you know, the gadget’s owner might be about to head into a vitally important meeting or call and need all the juice they can get.

Customizing your school binders not only creates a sense of individualism but can also show off your personality while keeping your paperwork organized. At Samsill, we have created a few templates that you can modify to make your own. Click to download the Microsoft Word template and put in your child’s name (or your name) then print!


Chevron Cover Page

Paint Cover Page

Research has shown that it’s good to take breaks from work every so often but are you taking too many and not realizing it? This infographic from Yast breaks down the biggest work place time wasters.

The ol’ 9-5 office gig: great for financial security, ideal for cornflower blue tie fanatics, and for anyone looking to score sweet gym membership benefits. It can get a little dull sometimes, though — especially when you’re entrapped by the same beige walls for eight hours each day.

Mashable‘s got your back. We scrounged the web for some of the coolest DIY office contraptions to help distract you from the monotony of cubicle-dwelling. They’re easy, simple and only require the most basic of office supplies — so even when you’re building them, it still looks like you’re working.

With all of the excitement around going off to college, packing and preparing for the year might be the last thing on your mind. Luckily, we have created a checklist to make your transition from home to college an easy, stress-free experience.

College Checklist

You can also view and print the checklist by clicking here.

What do you think are essentials to bring to college? Please leave your comments below.



Whether you love traveling for work (When else do you get a free hotel room all to yourself?) or hate it, one thing’s for certain: Traveling wreaks havoc on your schedule.

This is especially true when it comes to your fitness routine — when you’re trying to stay on top of emails between those all-day meetings and client dinners, it can be hard to find the time to work out.

The good news is, with a few key supplies and a bit of planning, you can easily bring your workout with you. Here’s your three-step plan for staying healthy on the road.

For most of us, more of our waking hours are spent at work than anywhere else. In fact, the average American spends approximately 100,000 hours at work over the course of his or her lifetime. That stat alone is a pretty sobering reminder about just how important it is to be happy at work.

The novelty and excitement of starting a business tends to wear off after the first year, as we become focused on the less-than-optimal aspects of running a business. However, there are some simple things you can do to change this mindset and have a more positive outlook at work this summer:

In these increasingly difficult economic times, an enjoyable office can translate into a competitive advantage for your business.

Hopefully you’ve never had your lunch taken from the refrigerator at work but there are many people who have and those people aren’t too happy about it. Here are a few funny notes left around the office for your enjoyment:

Samsill is proud to announce their title sponsorship with Jingle Bells for Cancer Cells. The charity, which benefits three different non-profit agencies, will hold an outdoor family event filled with concerts by various performers, a holiday sing-along, Silent Auction, food and more! The event will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Sundance Plaza located in Downtown Fort Worth, Texas.

Jingle Bells for Cancer Cells mission is to raise awareness and funds that will aid in finding a cure for the following non-profits:

Children’s Tumor Foundation-Ending Neurofibromatosis through Research (CTF)

Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome (BCCNS)

Methodist Justice Ministry-Protect women and children from abuse and violence



Help support these three agencies by attending the event in December. Tickets available here.

Have things slowed down around the office since summer started? Take one of the office game challenges to help your work day go by a little faster.

Over half of Americans drink coffee at least once a day. So you can imagine coffee has become a staple in most business offices. A few amazing people have taken regular coffee and turned it into a work of art. Check out some of the creations below.

Albert Einstein

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Happy Independence Day from everyone at Samsill! Enjoy our special firework display made from binders.

Unless your job is to manage the company’s social media, you’re probably spending a lot of time on those sites. This article from Mashable gives you 7 tools to fight procrastination at work. 


You’re doing it again — spending too much valuable time on Twitter and Facebook.

So we’ve narrowed down seven free and convenient browser plugins and extensions to help you stop procrastinating — now.


1. White Noise 

Image courtesy of White Noise

Green cities or sustainable cities or eco cities are those cities that are designed while considering the impact that the city and the people living in it will have on the environment. There are a lot of different criteria that are looked into before declaring a city as a green city and it has now become a necessity for cities to opt for eco friendly methods to help reduce the environmental impact that the city and its inhabitants have on the environment around them. To know more about green cities check out this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_city. We will be discussing about the top 10 green cities in the United States and the ranking is based on the effectiveness of the cities in controlling the carbon foot print it leaves. One has to remember that the EPA has not set any criteria that help to rank green cities and this is a ranking that has no official value. The cities are ranked in decreasing order and they are:

Samsill’s first Vine video. Don’t forget to follow us and check back for more fun videos!

Do you refer to your cubicle as your second home? Here’s a funny infographic on office hierarchy and cubicles.

If you have recently shopped for binders, you may have noticed that many of them claim to be PVC free. Which sounds good but what exactly does it mean? The part of the binder that is made out of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is the cover so it is a type of plastic. Many companies have started switching PVC products to polypropylene because of the environmental, cost, and durability advantages. Here is a quick rundown of the history, uses, and advantages of polypropylene.

Samsill provided Sharpie markers and over 300 binder flats to art students at the Lake Highlands Freshman Center and Harker Heights High School.  Students were given the binder flats as their medium to draw or paint on the flat as they would a canvas.  Rings were then added to the binder flats and returned to the students so they could use their art as a practical school supply.

The Students at Harker Heights did an Impressionist Inspire Flamingo study and were introduced to Impressionism and artist Berthe Morisot.  The students were taught how to mix the colors for the scene using a limited color palette and how to do short strokes to imitate the Impressionist style.

These paintings were created as a way of studying flamingos’ colors and body shapes for continued acrylic practice by students at Harker Heights High School in Mrs. Bernstein’s Art 1 classes.

Sitting at your desk for hours can cause major harm to your posture. Here are instructions from Women’s Health on how to perfect pain-free posture.

Many of today’s work environments entail sitting for long stretches of time in front of a computer screen. Since the human body is designed to move, this static posturing is known to decrease blood flow, cause stiff muscles and joints, and increases the risk of office-related injuries such as back and neck pain and worker’s fatigue. Furthermore, repetitive motions have given rise to carpal tunnel syndrome and cumulative stress disorders.

While ergonomic furniture goes a long way in helping prevent injuries on the job and in promoting good posture and health in the workplace, there is no substitute for taking short “ergo breaks” from the computer. Also known as “micro breaks,” these 30-second or longer exercises will keep you fresh in front of the computer, increase your circulation, and keep your creative juices flowing.

We all want to get more done at the office – at least, most of us do. But the truth is that an office environment isn’t always that effective for getting quality work done. What can you do to stay focused and maximize your productivity and minimize your workday? Here are 5 tips that should help:

Whether you work from home or you have your own space in an office, the term ‘desk job’ doesn’t have to send a chill up your spine. In today’s working world, we are lucky to have access to a wide range of office solutions and accessories, making office life a lot more pleasant and an overall enjoyable place to be.

With an organized work space and inspirational surroundings, we are more productive and motivated. We spend over 50% of our lives within an indoor environment, if not more for some of us. Our surroundings are therefore going to make a huge impact on our happiness and well being.

A study which took place in 2006 commissioned by an independent research firm, studied 2013 US working individuals. They discovered that 89% stated they felt the design of an office space was either important or very important, and 90% of the senior staff members noted that workplace design directly affects the productivity of their staff members.

Here we look at some unique office accessories to help inject life and productivity into any office space:

Learning how to utilize your work space can determine how productive you are in the office. Choosing storage that is designed to be efficient is definitely worth the investment, and being organized in your space will motivate you to be organized with your work. Here are some tips for improving your own corner of the company.


You’re visiting New York on business. You’ve booked a hotel and arranged to meet that friend from college. Naturally, you’re bringing your laptop to finish those reports for work. The only question is where can you plug in your computer to knuckle down to some hard graft?

Sure, there’s the public library, but libraries are never open when you need them. And, besides, they serve the worst coffee. What you really need is one of the new breed of laptop-friendly cafes currently doing the rounds in NYC: drinking establishments designed to cater for today’s nomadic out-of-office existence.

What all these joints have in common is a relaxing ambience, great coffee and free Wi-Fi.

Just make sure you follow these two simple steps:

We talked about tips on how to make your office a little greener, now here are a few guidelines how to make yourself waste-free at work from Earth911

It’s tough to keep environmental impact at a minimum while you’re away from home. And when you’re in a highly-regimented environment like the office, reducing waste and shrinking your footprint can seem next to impossible. But don’t fret, eco-minded employee. You can easily cut office impact by making a few quick adjustments to your daily routine. Check out these 5 simple tips for staying waste-free at work, and cut the footprint of your workday in half.

This infographic shows you 4 ways your desk maybe obstructing your workflow.

It seems like another new phone is introduced everyday which means about 155 million cell phones are thrown in the trash each year. Since we live in such a technology driven world, e-waste or electronic waste has increased dramatically over the past decade. Most electronics like TVs, phones and computers contain lead, mercury, cadmium and other potentially harmful chemicals that contaminate the environment. So how can you help?

Even though every month is Earth month, April is the designated time to celebrate eco-friendly experiences, raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability. Union Station in Washington DC is holding the month-long celebration that includes a farmer’s market, green fashion show, science fair, and various exhibits. While most of us can’t make it to DC to partake in these events, we can start making a difference at home or at work. Here are a few eco-friendly tips that you can use to celebrate Earth Month.


April 1st through 6th is National Workplace Wellness week. This infographic from Intuit gives you some tips on how to create environments that alleviate stress and fatigue while promoting productivity and creativity.

For those of you that don’t know, Etsy is a virtual marketplace for people who hand craft items. This article from Earth911.com gives you some eco-friendly office products found on Etsy.

Even if you don’t spend your days at a desk, you may have a home office for keeping your projects organized. In both of these spaces, it’s worth putting in a little extra effort to make them fun and eco-friendly. To help you start thinking about how you might green your work space and add a little excitement at the same time, check out these Etsy products made from upcycled, recycled and eco-friendly materials.


iMac Lamp

It’s one of those days where you are so tired at work all you can think about is how you can get away with a short snooze. Here are some ways of sneaky sleeping on the job brought to you by OnlineClock.net.

Here are five simple ways to become an early riser.

Waking up in the morning can be a daily struggle for some people. But with a little training anyone can wake up early. Not only does it give you more time in the day but it also jump starts your mind to be more productive at work. Research has shown that early risers are more likely to anticipate problems, proactive and better planners.


When people talk about what money can’t buy you there is always a big debate. Some people think money can buy you happiness, whereas others will tell you this is not true. The reason this is so debatable is because nobody really agrees, but something people do agree on is that you can’t buy time. They tell you not to waste time because you will never get it back. Once you’ve gone to sleep that is another day of your life assigned to the record books.

What nobody tells you is that time can be bought, but it involves not wasting any in the first place. If you become a more organized person you can sometimes save hours per day and those free hours can be spent doing things you love. So you can buy time, but first you just need to become a lot more organized than you are at the moment. It’s not easy because we’re used to wasting lots of time every day, so look at these techniques that can help you buy some time back.

Some digital help


The income tax deadline is quickly approaching and many people are panicking. We all know how much time and effort it would save if we would have everything nice and neat and properly organized.


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Most offices are designed to maximize employee efficiency but we often find it a daunting task of designating our time effectively. To avoid spending extra time on Facebook or talking around the watercooler, take these 5 tips and see if you can get through the day feeling more accomplished.

Plan Your Day

Take 30 minutes to plan the rest of your day. Make a “to-do” list of tasks that you need to get done today so you can stay focused.  Then work until that list is complete. You can even save that 30 minutes tomorrow by preparing before you leave the office today.


We gave you 19 pretty awesome gadgets in a previous post. Here are 11 more things we found to help your office become a little more enjoyable and your day go by quicker.

Wiki USB Fridge

If you’re a soda drinker you will know how quickly can cokes lose their cool. You can always ensure your refreshing drink is cool with this USB fridge. No software is required. Just plug and sip.

Most of us don’t think about our trash after we toss it into the litter bin. And why would we? Everything we use is packaged in neat little plastic bundles for our convenience – it wouldn’t be very convenient if we actually had to take our trash to the landfill and process it ourselves, would it? Instead, the 368,000 people and 148,000 vehicles employed within the U.S. waste management industry move your garbage to the 1,754 active landfills and 87 incinerators spread across the nation.


Binders aren’t the only thing you can upcycle. These amazing office products have been transformed from boring items that help you get your work done into pieces of art. Take a look at a few examples that we have found.


Keyboard Horse

It may only be January but what’s better than kicking off the new year with a little office joke? Here are the top 10 office pranks that we found.

Computer Pranks

AutoCorrect-Microsoft Word has an AutoCorrect feature that can turn any typed message into something else automatically. Simply go to File>Options>Proofing, AutoCorrect Options button near the top. Here you can type in your coworker’s name, title, date, etc. and then the word you want to replace it with.

The 2012-2013 Flu season has been in full swing by starting early and hitting hard. It’s only the beginning of January and over 2,250 people across the US have been hospitalized and 41 states have reported activity. The infographic we posted last month showed what objects in the office carried the most germs. But how can you stay healthy through the worst flu season in a decade? Here are a few tips on preventing illness and staying healthy in the office:


Samsill has teamed up with OfficeZilla to support a clean up of your messy desk. Read more about details on how to enter here and below is a little more about the contest from the OfficeZilla blog.

Do you have a messy desk? Well then you need some inspiration to clean it up!! Like maybe a brand new set of matching Samsill binders … and some office organization goodies from OfficeZilla!

This week, in honor of National Clean Up Your Desk Day (Jan 14), we are teaming up with our friends at Samsill to sponsor The Messy Desk Giveaway! #messydeskgiveaway

This infographic from hiredmyway.com gives a quick run down on the best stretches and exercises for the office and a few tips on how to keep your blood pumping throughout the day to improve comfortability and flexibility.

You already know that Samsill makes binders, bags, and a few other business accessories. But did you know that was not what our first manufactured product was? Here is a list of 10 interesting facts about Samsill that you might not know:

1. The founders vowed to go into business together when they were only 16 and 12

2. Samsill manufactures ring binder products at corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas


The word ‘recycle’ seems to intimidate many people but it really shouldn’t.

Thanks to technology, you are able to recycle many more things than ever before. This is making it much simpler for businesses and people in their homes to do their part and take control of how much they waste. In time, it’s probably just going to get easy and more accessible to the world.


One easy and very trendy way to create a keepsake book is to compile everything into a smash book.  So what is a SMASH book? It is a quick place to literally “smash” photos, memorabilia, journal notes, and other keepsakes into one place for a collage of memories.


So instead of buying a pre-made smash book I wanted to upcycle and make a smash book as well as have a more personalized book than something I could find at the store because I figured if I’m going to all the trouble to hand make this project then perhaps having a “green” way of making the base of the book would be a great way to make it even more personal

Below is an example of how to make a smash book from an old ring binder.

Though you may be ready for the winter chill that December brings but are you ready for the germs that comes with it? Flu season is here and the workplace is a host of bacteria and germs that can contribute to illness if you don’t take proper precaution. This infographic from Learnstuff.com puts office germs into perspective and how you can avoid getting sick or getting others sick.

We searched and searched to find the 13 most unique Christmas trees of 2012.

When most people think of Christmas trees, they envision a traditional decorated pine or fur tree. Over the years, tree trimming has shifted from sentimental ornaments, tinsel and candy canes to plastic bottles, shopping carts and cell phones. Here are a few of the most unique Christmas trees that we found.



Samsill is excited to release a video full of holiday cheer and unique Christmas inspiration. Showcasing many different size and capacity 3-ring binders; a Christmas tree of a different kind came to life at the corporate offices of Samsill.



Fort Worth, Texas, December 11, 2012Samsill, the largest independently owned manufacturer of stock and custom 3-ring binders, is excited to release a video full of holiday cheer and unique Christmas inspiration. Showcasing many different size and capacity 3-ring binders; a tree of a different kind came to life at the corporate offices of Samsill. The Samsill staff created the seven foot tall Christmas tree with over 600 stock and custom imprinted binders and adorned it with ornaments and lights.

These days most of us are aware of the effect we have on the environment in our day-to-day lives. So we recycle household waste, source local and seasonal vegetables, and buy eco-friendly office supplies wherever possible. One thing that it’s easy to forget about, though, is our daily commute to work. How many of us are guilty of taking the car when we only have a short distance to travel? If you’re feeling sheepish about your not-so-green commuting habits, check out our eight top tips to make sure you give some love back to the environment:


Altego’s newly released Channel Stitched Ruby series and Coated Canvas Cyan series laptop cases lend themselves to a variety of users from mobile workers, daily commuters, medical professionals to  on-the-go parents.

So we asked a few users What’s in Your Bag?  Here are some of the pictures we got.

“I’m a female and yes I prefer to carry a laptop backpack, it allows my hands to be free and the weight of the bag to be centered which is necessary since my laptop is a 17” – 7lbs all on its own. Since I live an hour+ from work I commute with all I could need in a day.  Of course my laptop and power cord are a given but I also carry a USB mouse just in case the traffic is too heavy I can stop and work mid commute and wait out that nasty traffic.  My Kindle and ear buds are a personal entertainment must.  I always have a water and a snack.  It is so nice to be able to carry all this without even coming close to maxing out this backpack.”


They say paperwork, receipts, bills, and ledgers have a way of breeding and overwhelming a workspace if left to their own devices. Anyone who has ever had an extremely busy month and no time left to organize their things can certainly attest to this phenomenon.

In order to control looming deadlines, the flow of your in- and outbox, and not to misplace important documents and paperwork, consider these five practical tips to effectively organize your workspace.

Make sure your desk is always free for writing and working.


In the market for a new laptop bag? Some people might find that buying a laptop bag is a simple task. But be wary of your quick decisions, you might wind up spending more time and money returning a previous impulse purchase. Consider these 10 things when you’re looking to purchase a laptop bag:

America Recycles Day is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Take a look at this infographic on recycling for some interesting facts from Reuse This Bag.

It’s about that time to start planning for holidays. Gifts, food and parties can get mixed up or even forgotten. So have you ever wondered what the secret to a stress free holiday is? A Holiday Planner! Having a Holiday Planner can turn your hectic holiday into a cool and composed celebration.

Make a fitness planner

Holiday season is just around the corner and we all know what that means…holiday food! Between the mounds of creamy appetizers and sweet treats at holiday parties, it can be difficult sticking to your precisely planned diet and workout regimen. Luckily, we have just the solution to avoid holiday weight gain… a DIY fitness planner

diy greeting card organizer binder

Of course everyone loves getting greeting cards. They have creative messages and remind us that others care. But what happens to the cards when a holiday or birthday is over and you have to put them up? Most cards either get a) put in a junk drawer to never be seen again or b) stuffed in a shoebox among dozens of other cards. What better way to appreciate other’s sentiments than putting them all in one place to enjoy every once in awhile. With a few simple supplies, you can create a greeting card organizer to store and protect all of you Christmas cards, birthday cards and other special occasion cards.


Choosing the best office Halloween costume can be somewhat tricky. You will need to decide if you are doing a group costume or individual costume. Some employers encourage group costumes because they allow employees to work together while individual costumes give workers more variety and opportunity to be as creative as they want. Either way, dressing up or decorating for Halloween at the office is a great way to boost employee morale and teamwork. Plus…it can be fun!

Below are the best office Halloween costume ideas we have heard of.

Perhaps it was for an office presentation. Perhaps it was for a field research. Or perhaps it was for old thesis notes. Whichever way, paperwork eventually yields an inordinate amount of plastic folders, clear books, and archive folders that could clutter homes and workings spaces. While it is always a good idea to reuse them, some products will be crumpled and damaged over time and can no longer be used for presentations.

While we could easily throw them in the garbage can for easy disposal, thinking of ways to recycle them will not only be beneficial to the environment but will also allow us to explore creativity through these projects.


  1. 3-Ring Binders are suitable for holding large amounts of paper and is popular in schools and offices alike. Being made of at least several materials like paper and metal makes the 3-Ring binder more complicated to wrap up for recycling. This very nature, however, allows us variety a variety of materials for creative recycling sessions.
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You may think twice about buying foreign products after reading the top 10 reasons why you should buy American made products.

1. Creates Jobs

Each manufacturing job creates approximately 5 additional jobs such as positions in accounting, technical support, sales, and marketing.

2. Helps keep the American Economy Growing

Profit earned from orders shipped abroad are rarely advantageous to our economy. Buying American-made products recycles our dollars back into our economy.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Renae Chiovaro from How to Have it All for contributing this great article on How to Make a Coupon Organizer.

How to Make a Coupon Organizer

The first step in making a coupon organizer binder is to find a high quality binder. A heavy duty binder with self locking rings like the Samsill DXL Binder will do the trick. The size of the binder is dependent on how many coupons you have collected. If you are new to couponing, start with a 1” binder.

1" binders as coupon binders Licking rings on coupon binder

Tired of always feeling drowsy at work with consistent aches and pains? Maybe you should take a look at adjusting your workspace. Ergonomics is actually the science of conforming an office area to the comfort of an employee for maximum productivity. Different products have been modified to increase physical energy and productivity while decreasing the potential for injury.


1. Keyboard

You need to keep two things in mind when  looking for an ergonomic keyboard. Does it have integrated palm supports and a completely split keyboard? These two features almost always support a relaxed neck and shoulders. The Kinesis Freestyle VIP has both of these.

What do you support and why do you support it?

Breast Cancer remains one of the most common types of cancer among women according to the Center for Disease Control.  In 2012, 226,870 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the US.  That is why sharing your support for a cause such as Breast Cancer Awareness is a step toward healing and a cure.

In 2011 there were more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the US.  By raising awareness and supporting the research efforts to develop early detection and treatment, we can all make a difference in this fight. “Early detection in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control” says the World Health Organization.

On average for a full time working adult 1/3 of our lives is spent in the office; so why not support a good cause there? Using “pink ribbon” products in the office raises awareness and financially supports the cause has been made easy. The office supply industry has long supported Breast Cancer Awareness through proceeds earned by the sale of “pink ribbon” products.

Anytime you buy an electronic device, appliance, expensive bag or pretty much anything these days an owner’s manual, assembly instructions, warranty information come with it. We will call them “manuals” just to shorten the list. If you are like most folks you get totally overwhelmed with storing these manuals and end up throwing them in the back of a drawer or on a desk to file later. When the day comes that you need to find one you dread fishing through all of those not-so-neatly-stored manuals just hoping to actually find it.


Last week we posted lots of great ideas for things to do with ring binders so this week we thought we would take a look a little deeper into one of these projects to see how it turned out. One of our employees here at Samsill decided to create a home management binder using our 3-ring binders and sheet protectors and here is her project.

We’ve all been there. You walk into a store, find the binder section, and are completely overwhelmed by the selection. How do you choose the perfect one? This infographic gives a few helpful tips on picking the right three-ring binder for your needs.

Ring binders can be great everyday organizing tools. There are many more uses for ring binders than just organizing school papers and storing presentations. Here is a list of a few uncommon uses for 3-ring binders:

things to do with ring binders