2014 May 20 by Kara Stephens
Samsill unveils the 2014 Fashion Color Collection: Lemon, Sky, Wisteria, and Bubblegum.
Samsill is pleased to unveil the 2014 Fashion Color Collection. The four new colors are aptly named Lemon, Sky, Wisteria, and Bubblegum. These colors were chosen based on PANTONES color predictions for 2014 and the purchasing trends within the college market. Samsill is one of the largest binder suppliers to colleges, providing college bookstores with unique designs and the largest variety of colors on the market for over 30 years. These new fashion colors reflect college students who are full of playful power and energy. These colors speak to the natural presence of healing lavender hues and calm dazzling skies. The juxtaposition of sweetness and sour are offered cleverly by the combination of Lemon and Bubblegum completing the fashion color assortment for a holistic visual experience.
“Color speaks to each of us in subtle notions that often sneak up. Healing, power, hunger, joy, playfulness can all be inspired by color. Whether we are surrounding ourselves in a color in our home, inspiring the moment in our wardrobe or just making studying a little less tedious in our office supply choices, color makes an impact in our daily lives. For this reason, I’m ecstatic to start offering the fun and inspiring color of the Samsill 2014 Fashion Color Collection.” – Drew Bowers, Director of Marketing
Pantone Palettes that inspired our color choices are:
It’s “tongue in cheek” in attitude and highly original in color juxtapositioning and cleverly conceived in evocative combinations such as sweet and sour.
Gliding gracefully through watery channels, Fluidity is the palette that understands the inevitable human need for life-sustaining cool water tones rendered largely in dazzling blues.
As the name implies, Physicality speaks to the colors of power and energy counter-balanced by the presence of the hues that express the necessity for introspection and calm.
Lemon = PMS 012
Sky = PMS 2995
Wisteria = PMS 2587
Bubblegum = PMS 232
To learn more about Samsill custom binder products visit http://samsill.com.
Samsill Corporation is one of the world’s largest privately held manufacturers of ring binders, business accessories, laptop and tablet cases, and sheet protectors. With corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas and manufacturing facilities in Texas, Mexico and China, Samsill has grown over the past 56 years from a small family business to an employee-owned international corporation serving the school, home and office markets. For more information about Samsill and its full line of products visit http://www.samsill.com.
2013 May 13 by samsill
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:
2013 April 1 by samsill
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.
2013 March 11 by samsill
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
2013 March 5 by Kara Stephens
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.
2013 February 21 by Kara Stephens
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.
2013 February 19 by samsill
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.
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.
2013 January 29 by samsill
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.
2012 October 16 by Kara Stephens
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.
2012 October 2 by samsill
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.
2012 September 25 by Kara Stephens
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.
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.
2012 September 4 by samsill
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.
2012 August 30 by Kara Stephens
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:
2012 July 27 by samsill
Artistic version of American flag constructed of ring binders made in the USA
July 27, 2012 – Fort Worth, TX – Samsill Corporation, one of the world’s largest independently owned manufacturers of ring binders, sheet protectors, business accessories and laptop cases; today unveiled a very special flag in honor of the 2012 Olympics and Team USA. The flag, measuring 22 feet by 12 feet, was created using 526 red, white and blue three-ring binders that were made at the Samsill headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.
Samsill is especially excited about the Olympic Games and creation of the flag based on its long heritage of manufacturing product here in the US. For the past 59 years Samsill has produced a wide variety of quality goods, employed thousands of American workers and is committed to continuing that tradition for many years to come.
“We’re thrilled to honor our great country and Team USA with this American flag,” said Director of Marketing Drew Bowers. “We all have a little extra pride every two years during the Olympic Games and our employees did a great job showing it with this project.”
2012 July 27 by samsill
Artistic version of American flag constructed of ring binders made in the USA Continue reading »
2012 May 18 by samsill
Let’s face it. Cubicles stink. No one wants to sit down for 9 hours in a makeshift cloth box doing TPS reports. Below are 12 items plus a bonus item to keep you and your neighbors entertained at work.
1. Airzooka Air Gun – $13
2. Executive Elite Marshmallow Blaster – $55
2012 May 1 by samsill
We are no stranger to cardboardat Samsill. We make the RAW binder which is highly durabletype of chipboard/cardboard. All of our binders had some form of chipboard between the sheets of Polypropylene. We know our way around cardboard, but Chris Gilmour brings cardboard to an entirely different level.
2012 April 25 by samsill
What is Administrative Professionals’ Day?
Administrative Professionals’ Day (also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day) is a holiday in several countries. Recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. In North America, it is celebrated on the Wednesday of the last full week of April (Today)
2012 March 21 by samsill
The ring binder was first patented in 1854 and since then they have been used for many things. The binder is the most efficient way to organize all kinds of materials. Since binders come in different sizes, colors, materials, and capacities, they are a universal tool for any type of organizational need. Binders also allow the user to become creative in what a binder is used for. Possibilities are endless when it comes to the many uses of binders.
Samsill has one of the widest, if not the widest, array of binder selection in the industry. There are WAY more than 8 uses for them but here are 8 that others have found useful.
Here are 8 uses for ring binders:
1. Sales pricing books
2. Owner’s manuals or employee handbooks can be easily organized into a binder
3. Organize school materials, homework, etc.
4. Organizing collections: Whether you collect stamps, baseball cards, or other memorabilia, plastic sheets and inserts are a great place to put collections and can be easily placed into a binder
5. Binders can make great scrapbooks or photo albums
6. Easel binders allow for making presentations easy
7. If you have a bunch of recipes lying around, a binder can be used to make a cookbook
8. A binder was originally created to hold loose leaf paper, which is a great place to write a journal, a book, or track goals
These are just a few examples of how binders can be used, but there are many more uses out there. Binders make organization easy and convenient, especially with binder accessories such as tabs and page protectors.
2012 March 15 by samsill
Samsill makes Binders, Ring Binders, View Binders, and a TON of Custom Binders. If we made white boards we would DEFINITELY hire this dude! I want to know how he draws such awesome artwork on a whiteboard without smearing it with his hand… Crazy good office supply art!
2012 March 13 by samsill
Add a colorful dash of blocky fun to your desk with this organizer. It comes complete with LEGO crayons, pencils and erasers.
2012 February 28 by samsill
The three ring binder serves as an integral component to any office, home, or educational facility. It keeps papers organized and neat, and presents them in a professional manner. The invention of the three ring binder led to other inventions and innovations related to office implements.
2012 February 26 by samsill
We like office supplies around here at Samsill. Tape is DEFINITLY an office product, and this is by far the COOLEST thing we’ve ever seen done with it!
Via Design Taxi
Dutch street artist Max Zorn has revolutionized the way we usually use duct tape by creating portraits out of them.
Using layers of translucent duct tapes, Zorn creates stunning portraits of pop culture figures like the Beatles and also classic artworks such as Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’.
Zorn’s fascinating works have appeared on buildings, windows as well as street lamps all over Europe.
2012 February 25 by samsill
Three-ring binders can help keep important papers organized. The ease in opening the rings adds to the convenience of separating papers into groups and using tabs to label sections. Three-ring binders are available in different ring shapes and sizes. Each ring shape has a different mechanism and is fitted into the three-ring binder differently. Knowing the difference in the types of three-ring binders will aid you in picking the right binder to meet your needs.
2012 February 24 by samsill
A good friend of mine, Mark from Marketing, is a car enthusist as well as a skier from Monaco. He put a ski box on top of his Lambo but didn’t like the speed limit that put on his car. So he created a DIY aerodynamic kit for his Lambo out of binders. Just another way to reuse old binders!!
From his blog:
I know you are not supposed to put a ski box on a Lambo and I do know that you are an absolute idiot if decide to build an aerodynamic improvement on the car with a some card board and duct tape. I guess that makes me a super idiot! Haha
As Janni will be waiting for me in Monaco tomorrow I decided that I am going to get there as fast as I can after the race. So I decided to design an aero modification that I think will help the drag, creating better fuel economy and most importantly taking away our high speed limit…
Stay tuned tomorrow to see how our modification worked, I must say that with our only option of some card board and duct tape we did a pretty good job! 250km/h+ here we come?
2012 February 23 by samsill
The 3-ring binder is something that can be seen in schools and offices around the world. This binder is helpful because it gives students and those in offices the ability to organize and store whatever papers and documents they may have. The 3-ring binder is useful because not only does it keep papers organized, but it also helps keep papers protected from dirt or grime.
2012 February 7 by samsill
1. Cable Catcher
2. Razor Safety Cover
2012 January 31 by samsill
This story comes to us from the great people over at Co.Exist. Here is an excerpt from their article.
The Amazon is home to more species than almost anywhere else on earth. One of them, carried home recently by a group from Yale University, appears to be quite happy eating plastic in airless landfills.
The group of students, part of Yale’s annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory with molecular biochemistry professor Scott Strobel, ventured to the jungles of Ecuador. The mission was to allow “students to experience the scientific inquiry process in a comprehensive and creative way.” The group searched for plants, and then cultured the microorganisms within the plant tissue. As it turns out, they brought back a fungus new to science with a voracious appetite for a global waste problem: polyurethane.
The common plastic is used for everything from garden hoses to shoes and truck seats. Once it gets into the trash stream, it persists for generations. Anyone alive today is assured that their old garden hoses and other polyurethane trash will still be here to greet his or her great, great grandchildren. Unless something eats it.
The fungi, Pestalotiopsis microspora, is the first anyone has found to survive on a steady diet of polyurethane alone and–even more surprising–do this in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment that is close to the condition at the bottom of a landfill.
Student Pria Anand recorded the microbe’s remarkable behavior and Jonathan Russell isolated the enzymes that allow the organism to degrade plastic as its food source. The Yale team published their findings in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology late last year concluding the microbe is “a promising source of biodiversity from which to screen for metabolic properties useful for bioremediation.” In the future, our trash compactors may simply be giant fields of voracious fungi.
This is great news for us and the rest of the world. Plastics can be very harmful to the environment. That is why we, at Samsill, take such great care to recycle almost everything, use post consumer content, use as little plastic as possible without degrading performance, and buy our supplies through environmentally friendly suppliers.
We also have the ONLY traditional biodegradable binder on the market. It is one of our top sellers and it is fully biodegradable (meaning it breaks down in a traditional landfill environment unlike most plastics). 2012 is going to be a HUGE year for us because we are introducing quite a few new, full environmentally friendly, products to the binder market.
Stay tuned for more.
2012 January 30 by samsill
Like Saturdays INFOGRAPHIC said, this is the beginning of “COLOR DAYS” around Samsill. We are extremely happy to announce our NEW FASHION COLORS FOR 2012.
and be sure to check out our 2012 FASHION COLOR PRESS RELEASE that went out this morning!
2012 January 17 by samsill
Via My Modern Met
Think you have the time, dedication and patience to create an artwork like this? First, try and comprehend these numbers. 6 million matches. 16 years of life. Bulgarian artist Plamen Ignatov used that many matches and spent that much time to create this impressive miniature model of the Rila Monastery. Made of wood, matches and gems, it’s now on display at the Museum of Archaeological in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southern Europe. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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2012 January 6 by samsill
In the past six months we have been doing a big push into social media. We update our sites daily with news from us, the industry, and elsewhere. To stay up on the latest in office products follow our sites!
2011 December 2 by samsill
Samsill a huge manufacturer and supplier of office products in the country. But we don’t make everything. That is why I get excited when I find other cool office products I can add to my collection in my office. Here is a list of some awesome office supplies I am adding to my “Office Supplies Christmas Wish List.”
- Whale organizer
2011 December 1 by samsill
As 2011 comes to a close, Samsill, wants to reminisce a bit. We make office products (along with some other things) and as society gets more technological commodity products are often forgotten about. It is true that a lot of commodity products are declining and eventually won’t be needed anymore. Technology is quickly replacing a good portion of the industry. With that said, there are new commodity products that work with technology that are quickly on the rise. At Samsill we like to look forward to where the industry is going. It is an exciting time in our industry and we are putting the pedal to the metal to say ahead of the curve.
Below is a list from Yahoo with some interesting things that babies born in the last 12 months will never know about. What surprised us was some of these things listed aren’t that old themselves.
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2011 November 18 by samsill
The TITAN 6″ BINDER – Samsill Corp.
The first ever six inch binder. It is the largest binder on the market. The Titan is made of heavy-duty construction and supported by a locking heavy-duty D-ring. Most impressive this binder holds over 1200 pages. No other binder comes close to the TITAN’s storage capacity.
The TITAN comes in 3 different styles.
First, it is available in our Antimicrobial Reference Binder (163 series). This binder not only holds 1200+ pages but it also doesn’t allow germs to grow on its major surfaces. That is a big deal for anyone that is going to have a lot of different hands touching this binder!
Second, the TITAN comes in our standard NON-stick D-Ring view binder.
Customizable nonstick clear overlay on front, back and spine material is environmentally friendly and will not stick or lift copy from cover inserts or contents.
Acid-free, archival safe polypropylene. Locking D-ring keeps documents secure and holds up to 25% more sheets than standard round rings. Two clear inside pockets for additional storage of loose papers. Holds sheet size 8.5×11. Contains 46% post-consumer recycled content.
- Customizable nonstick clear overlay on front, back and spine
- Front, back and spine material is environmentally friendly and will not stick or lift copy from cover inserts or contents
- Acid-free, archival safe polypropylene
- Locking D-ring keeps documents secure and holds up to 25% more sheets than standard round rings
- Contains 46% post-consumer recycled content
Made in USA with domestic & foreign components
2011 November 17 by samsill
We post a lot of recycling and upcycling content on this blog, but for good reason. Recycling is more than just a passing “green” fad. Recycling possibilities are truly endless. Every day there is hundreds of new posts online about neat new ways to recycle and upcycle. Samsill is committed to sustainability, which is why we love to post about recycling. 3 ring binders aren’t something a lot of people think about when the words “biodegradable” or “environmentally friendly” come up.
Samsill is trying to change that stereotype. We currently have the worlds only traditional biodegradable binder and we are working on a lot more environmentally friendly products to hit the market soon. More on that later. For now, lets enjoy how incredibly awesome this world map made from computers is.
British artist Susan Stockwell has completed a gigantic world map(21 feet x 13 feet), the map made from recycled computer components for the University of Bedfordshire. The piece uses motherboards, electrical wiring, fans, and myriad other components.” Jump more see more pics.\
2011 November 15 by samsill
Today (November 15th, 2011) is America Recycles Day. Here is what the website says:
Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. One day to educate and motivate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. Get involved!
Help the world we live in, take the pledge to recycle and reuse instead of discard. Here at Samsill we took the pledge. We use 100% recycled chip board any time we can. And all of our products are made up of at least some recycled material. We also make the ONLY traditional biodegradable binder. If you choose to throw it away instead of recycling it (which all of our binders are 100% recyclable) the binder will break down in <5 years as opposed to 20+ year.
2011 November 11 by samsill
In celebration of Movember (and raising awareness for prostate cancer) we thought we would have some fun with this weeks blog. We have assembled the best and funniest Mustache Products we stumbled upon this month. There are some good ones! Here is a quick write up of Movember from their official website:
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
2011 November 3 by samsill
Ergonomics. Not a word that is often used and therefore not a word that a lot of people know. Ergonomics is defined as the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body, its movements, and its cognitive abilities.
The Economics of Ergonomics (via HumanScale)
Ergonomics has much more to it than simply promoting comfort and reducing injury risks. Good ergonomics increases productivity and employee morale. It reduces costs and contributes to company goals; therefore impacting the bottom line.
The largest and most important assets of any organization are the employees. A good ergonomics program is the best way to maximize their potential.
2011 October 21 by samsill
1. Buy Local – Support Yourself
- Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.(Click here to see summaries of a variety of economic impact studies; these include case studies showing that locally-owned businesses generate a premium in enhanced economic impact to the community and our tax base.)
2. Community Support – Support groups & keeps the community unique
2011 October 13 by samsill
What to use & what not to use
I must thank our friends at the Think Pink, Live Green column on breastcancer.org for this week’s blog.
Plastic. It is a polarizing material. Love it or hate it there is no denying it or getting away from it. Plastic has helped revolutionize the world in many ways but it has also caused its fair share of problems. It isn’t healthy to ingest…at all. Cancer and many other diseases have been linked back to plastics. There are a bunch of different types of plastic and each has different issues. This post is to help you become knowledgeable about the material and figure out what is okay to have around and what is unhealthy. Continue reading »
2011 October 7 by samsill
Since October is Breast Cancer awareness month we have decided to dedicate this week’s list to the cause. Breast cancer is something that affects over 200,000 Americans each year. Breast Cancer awareness has spiked in the last two decades due to causes like Susan G. Komen, 3 Day for the Cure, and others.
This week we focus on products in the office supplies sector that support the cause by donating proceeds or bring awareness. Continue reading »
2011 September 30 by samsill
It is time, once again, for a new TOP 10 list. Sometimes in life we have to make hard decisions about big purchases. Buying a TV, for example, is a big purchase that generally includes a lot of research trying to figure out what is the best TV for you. Other purchases include little to no thinking, like buying office supplies. Most people go into Staples looking for something in particular, like a binder. Once in the store they go directly toward the binder aisle and pick out the first binder that fits their needs.
This week we’d like to challenge the traditional thought process about buying office supplies by giving you 10 things to genuinely think about when buying a binder. A binder, like a computer, holds important papers, photos, etc. Why wouldn’t you take the same care when purchasing a binder like you do when purchasing a computer?
This week’s top 10 is comprised of input from all employees here at Samsill as well as some close friends that are current students. The responses are recorded in order from most frequent response to least frequent.
2011 September 23 by samsill
In light of fall starting and school beginning for just about everyone we wanted to highlight some innovative pens we stumbled across this week.
Pens go hand in hand with office supplies… Pardon the pun
2011 September 16 by samsill
Bamboo has quickly become the “in thing” pertaining to the green movement. It is easy to understand why; It has natural beauty without the cold feel of metal, it has fantastic strength, and most of all it has the best regenerative properties of any plant.
This week’s list is dedicated to our new, yet old, wonder product, Bamboo, and the innovative ways it is being used in office products.