Thursday, December 16, 2010

Office Directories

When I walk into an office, I like being able to read the directory easily and be able to clearly see where I need to go. Here is a directory that we made for Sierra College.

With this directory, we can match your colors and have anything printed on the sliders. The best thing about this is that the directional part is interchangeable. Just give us a call when you need something changed and we can come out there and change it.
The frame, itself is brushed silver with the changeable sliders. On this directory, the sliders are each 2"x8". They come in many different sizes and colors. The sliders are very easy to change, if you would prefer, you can change them. We will explain everything to you. We want to make everything as easy as we possibly can for you.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

PCCA Meeting & ADA Signage

This morning, Kay and I went to a PCCA meeting. This meeting helps us understand how to properly look through specs and plans to bid our construction customers. We learned a lot and we look forward to giving a lot of quotes!

Yesterday, I just finished an ADA order that we produced for Reeve-Knight Construction. They ordered a lot of ADA signage. These signs are 3"x12" blue with white text. They have braille under neath the text.

These signs are some restroom ADA signs. They are 12"x8" blue with white text and braille. These differ from standard ADA restroom signs by their size. The standard size is 9"x6".

As you can see, we can make any size, color and quantities. If your specs do not match what we are aware for the current standards, we will let you know (it happens occasionally). Contact us today to receive a free quote!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Struggling After the Holidays?

Getting started after the holidays can be difficult. Come in and let us help you make it easy. You can be in and out in minutes. We make you look good!

Shari's Berries came in and we made some 18"x24" coroplast signs for them. This is a standard size for lawn signs. The coroplast signs fit on the h-stakes. A complete set!

Coroplast is a plastic cardboard material. It is used for indoor or outdoor uses. These are usually temporary signs. Most uses are for yard signs, political signs, parking signs, directional signs, real estate signs, easel back signs, trade show signs, table top signs and so much more!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Stocked in ADA Signage

We just received our newest shipment of our ADA signs. We are currently stocked in Exit signs, Exit Route signs, Exit Stair Up, Exit Stair Down, Entrance, To Exit, Accessible, Restroom signs and so much more!

Call or come in today to get yours! We're open Monday - Friday 9am-6pm. 916.781.6655.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Short Quantity Runs of Decals and Labels

Today I'm going to talk about decals and labels. These can be used in a lot different ways so I'm not going to talk about how or where to use them. I'm going to talk about cost and availability.

In the recent past, when you ordered decals or labels, the set up cost was fairly expensive so in order to make it cost effective, you usually had to order minimums of 500 or 1,000 at a time. Even ordering in those quantities, it could be fairly expensive unless you ordered quite a bit more, like 5,000 or so. The more you ordered, the cheaper per thousand it got. And on top of it all, you were probably charged a little extra for each additional color and any bleeds in the print.

That has changed. Some of the larger wholesale houses still operate that way because their equipment is such that they still have large set up costs. But with new technology in digital, full color printing, and contour cutting, small runs of decals have become available and very affordable.

At Signs On Time, we produce large quantity runs of decals down to very small runs that are very affordable, in house. We do full color, even contour cut decals at no extra charge. So in the past, maybe you didn't have a need for 1,000 decals contour cut around your logo, but with small runs now so affordable and so quickly available, who knows, maybe you could find a need for 20 or so.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Banner Stands for Trade Shows or Lobby Point of Purchace Advertising

Banner stands are not just for trade show advertising. Besides being conveniently small when rolled up in their case and being light weight and easy to transport, banner stands also make ideal advertising platforms for your lobby, or even point of purchase displays.

They don't take up much space because they're mostly vertical. They accept full color graphics. And because they are eye level, they can pack a big advertising punch. For instance, in many bank lobbies these days, you'll see them prominently displaying the bank logo and a message. They can work in many retail settings as well. Think of them as branding your lobby.


Monday, April 26, 2010

3-dimensional lobby lettering

3-dimensional lettering in your lobby can make a very professional first impression. Using light weight materials that have the look of being very substantial can be surprisingly inexpensive. One of the more popular type of materials like this is a 1/2" thick rigid pvc black foam board laminated with a brushed gold or silver aluminum.

The 1/2" thick black edge gives the letters depth and the brushed gold or silver finish aluminum gives it a classy look.

If you have a logo to display in your lobby, all the better, but even if you don't have one, your name alone in 3-dimensional lettering still makes a statement. Think of it as branding your lobby.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Signs On Time for a Better Future - Banners and Golf Tournament Signs in Roseville, California

Last Monday, the 22nd of March, Signs On Time participated in a fund raising golf tournament and silent auction benefiting a non-profit organization called Pencils for Kids, Inc.

Imagine desperately wanting to go to school and not being able to because your family can't afford to buy you even a pencil. Pencils for Kids, Inc. believes that every child deserves an education. They are dedicated to helping children in developing countries around the world to attend school and, in doing so, build the foundation for a better future.

We're proud to be a part of this great organization.


Monday, March 29, 2010

Eat the Chocolate Slow

March 26, 2010
While checking out at a local supermarket this week, the cashier looked at me with a raised eyebrow as she scanned a large chocholate bar. I of course, fained no knowledge of how it got into my basket. Then she gave me a knowing wink and said “Eat the chocolate slow.”
I bring this up because those words remind me to savor the moments of life. This has been a very busy week for us and I’m grateful for it, but with all the deadlines and rushing around, it’s easy to forget to have fun and appreciate all of my blessings. I’m thankful for being able to do something that I love and to share that with my wife. I’m also thankful for our great employees that are like family to us, and customers and vendors that have become friends. My experience has been that the more I can live in the present, the more I find the things that are really important. The things that last.
So I’m going to try to eat my chocolate a little slower this week, and enjoy the ride.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Golf Sponsor Signs for Childhood Cancer Research

Last fall, Signs On Time made golf tournament sponsor signs for a non-profit organization that donates money for childhood cancer research. The Keaton Raphael Memorial was founded in 1998 and is dedicated to helping families in Northern California whose children have been diagnosed with all types of cancer through; financial, emotional and educational support and resources. Their scope is actually even larger than that. See their web site at for complete information. A very worthy cause. We’ve been making their golf sponsor signs every year since their inception. Last year at the golf tournament fundraising dinner, they presented a check worth $100,000 to UC Regents for childhood cancer research. This worthy grass-roots organization is always looking for dedicated volunteers. I know we’re glad to be a part of it.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sponsor Signs for Charity Golf Tournament

The annual Bill Santucci Memorial Golf Tournament is a good example of the eye catching signs that Signs On Time does on a regualar basis for golf tournament clients. This photo was taken Sept 18, 2009 at Sierra View golf course. This charitable golf tournament is another terrific example of grass roots fund raising in our community. All proceeds raised are used for scholarships to benefit Roseville High School District graduating seniors and students at Sierra college. Last year’s event raised over $20,000 and provided 20 scholarships to South Placer students.

This year's tournament is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wind is your banner's worst enemy

Has your banner ever looked like this? Banners are not made to withstand harsh weather or heavy wind. But there are some things you can do or have your sign company do that can help make your banner stronger, but remember, wind is your banner's worst enemy.

You can reinforce the corners of the banner by having the material at the corners doubled up. You can also reinforce the hem by having nylon webbing sewn into it. You can reduce the stress of the wind by cutting curved half circle slits, like smiles, in the fabric. Too many cut smiles though, may weaken the banner material, so only a few cuts would be best.

One other tip regarding storage of your banner for the times when your banner is displayed intermittently. Always roll the banner, never fold it. Folding causes creases in the fabric that can make it unsightly.

We at Signs On Time do not charge for cutting wind smiles and reinforcing the hems and corners are just a nominal cost compared to the cost of the entire banner.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Signs and Banners in Roseville - Store Front Window Decal Installation - Signs On Time blog

Signs On Time just recently installed decals, or other wise known as window lettering, on the front door of The Studio Theatre in Sacramento. Two good friends of mine, Bob and Rosemarie Gerould, who were instrumental in establishing The Magic Circle Theater in Roseville,, have moved on to a more intimate setting and recently opened a new theater group at The Studio Theatre in Sacramento.

The Studio Theatre in Sacramento is having a Fund Raiser this Saturday, March 6. Doors open at 7:30 with a silent aution followed by a performance of Old Time Radio Theater and music by Mike Branson. The Studio Theatre is located at 1028 R Street.
Contact information is 877-532-7171
Have fun,

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lobby Lettering for Dramatic Effect

Three-dimensional lettering for your lobby can make a dramatic first impression about your company. This is especially true if your logo is included. If you don’t have a logo but you use a particular font style that is associated with your company, using that letter style makes a professional statement on it’s own.

Today, Signs On Time installed some 3-D letters on a lobby wall in an attorney’s office that made just such a professional statement. The company, Law Office of Lorraine Gingery located at The Fountains shopping center, just relocated to this new location and the lettering that we installed for her makes a very positive impact when you walk into the office.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Last Second Save

The following post is one that I made last fall on our old blogging system. I thought it was cute, and it is a true story, so I thought it was worthy to re-post to our new blog.

Today we got to be the hero in one local high school cheerleader’s heart (and perhaps her parent’s hearts too). It seems that in all the anticipation of the football team’s opening game tonight, our young lady had forgotten that it was her responsibility to get her cheerleader’s megaphone lettered with her name and the school mascot’s name on it. When she and her parents came into the store late this afternoon with the unlettered megaphone and told us what they needed to put on it, they asked with a slightly noticable sense of anguish in their voice, “How soon can you do it?” It turns out that they needed it in an hour. Well, we did the work and an hour later a relieved parent came to pick it up. I think there might be a very grateful cheerleader some where out there tonight. It’s one of the neat things I like about this job. Happy to do it. Glad to be of service.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Signs and Banners in Roseville - Lobby Lettering, Three Demensional Lettering

Today, Signs On Time installed 3-dementional lettering in an office lobby that is a good representation of the dramatic effects from shadowing. Adding spacers between the wall and the letters gives you this option.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Signs and Banners in Roseville - Vector vs Raster graphics for sign making - Signs On Time blog

When people want Signs On Time to reproduce their logo or some other digital image for their signs, posters, and banners, most people have a hard time understanding why an image or art work needs to be in a vector format rather than a raster type of format, say, a jpg, or a tif formated art file.

As you can see from the illustration, with a vector format, the art file can be enlarged to any size, without losing any resolution, where as with other files, resolution is lost when enlarged.

Most digital art is created in vector format. This is the Vector vs. Raster format graphics illustration.