VinAlly

Recycled Vinyl Billboard Products

Calgary, Canada · 77 Sales

VinAlly

Recycled Vinyl Billboard Products

Calgary, Canada 77 Sales On Etsy since 2008

0 out of 5 stars
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Alison

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Announcement   Listings unlikely to be renewed after they expire. Thank you for your support!I believe that billboards should be kept out of the landfill. So I make them into cool stuff!
I'm in this book! http://www.amazon.ca/1000-Ideas-Creative-Reuse-Restyle/dp/1592535402
Soap Totes featured here: http://www.etsy.com/storque/spotlight/etsy-finds-the-umbrella-in-your-daiquiri-8352/
Thanks to all my customers for their support!

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Last updated on Oct 29, 2015

Listings unlikely to be renewed after they expire. Thank you for your support!I believe that billboards should be kept out of the landfill. So I make them into cool stuff!
I'm in this book! http://www.amazon.ca/1000-Ideas-Creative-Reuse-Restyle/dp/1592535402
Soap Totes featured here: http://www.etsy.com/storque/spotlight/etsy-finds-the-umbrella-in-your-daiquiri-8352/
Thanks to all my customers for their support!

Alison

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Alison

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orphanEd0

orphanEd0 on Jun 23, 2015

4 out of 5 stars

I didn't realize the text+silhoette was applied vinyl cut lettering (rather than part of the sewn material) but still looks good and great service.

slaydragons

slaydragons on Feb 15, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Worked beautifully my soap did not get mushy. You can hang it up out of the way the toss it in your hand bag. I loved it!!!

Beebulle

Beebulle on Jan 20, 2015

4 out of 5 stars

Envoi très rapide. Article conforme à la description. Merci

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About

The History of The Soap Tote

Before VinAlly, I worked 12 years in the Canadian Oilpatch, using my geology degree to do quality control analysis on geological databases for information service companies. I left that to raise my children. When my kids were still small, I started taking night classes towards a Certificate in Visual Design from the University of Calgary.   It took me nearly a decade to complete as family schedules, and my own chronic illness of fibromyalgia made it difficult to attend evening classes.

I first got involved recycling billboards when I wanted to find an inexpensive cover for our bicycles because I didn't have access to our garage. Also, I wanted to have something to show for the certificate  that I just earned.  So, I thought I'd start a small business. I found one of the larger billboard companies had a billboard from their "toss list" that I could have. The first thing I made was a shopping bag, and I am still using that bag today, as backlit tarps are extremely durable. 

The shopping bag was successful and I wondered, "What else could be made with it?" Turns out, a lot of stuff. I thought that I would write a blog about my experiments, My blog is a how-to on how to recycle the material. Vinally.blogspot.com. I learned that this material can't be recycled conventionally. At this point It either covers hay bales or goes into the landfill. Billboards have such great attributes. waterproof, durable and fade-proof. An ideal material for wallets and soap bags!

I started cutting with a hand-held Fiskars cutter that I could drag over the billboards. Then I purchased an automated cutter and software which would help me to cut more neatly, faster, and repeatably. 

One of the products I thought might be useful would be a travel container for soap. Anyway, I knew from being on Etsy that handmade soaps need lots of air so they don't get mushy.  So my design needed to have a way to dry the soap before storing it. My husband suggested a fold out mesh flap that hangs down from the inside of the bag. Thank you, dearest.

I started experimenting with drying meshes from the produce section of the grocery store, and laundry bag mesh from the dollar store. At that time I used three different machines to put them together: domestic sewing machine, a 1948 Singer, and a serger.  The early closure was a zipper and had piping in the seams! I then determined to try and find a more efficient way to manufacture them.  The idea came to me to cut the drying mesh into the billboard vinyl itself instead of having a separate mesh material. Make the machine cutter do the grunt work. The mesh could have lots of design possibilities to go with the style of the font I used, or with the pattern of the tarp.

My first design was on white tarp. I decided to bevel the edges on a whim to depart from a square shape. Suddenly that bag shape reminded me of my mom's white handbag from the 60s. So it called out for a matching retro font like on Simpson's Sears stores.  Also, the 60s was the era of the decorative concrete divider wall. I decided to copy that pattern for the mesh.  Now I had a Mid Century Modern mini handbag for soap. Style and function together! Now I have several files of different meshes patterns that I can use for soap totes, and for notebook covers.

I heard a good quote that said you'll make a lot of crap before you start making something good. I agree with that as I look back on my earlier iterations of the soap tote, and I am proud of the soap tote product.

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  • Alison Lait

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Artist

    Alison has a Certificate in Visual Design from the University of Calgary. She designs and creates in Calgary Alberta Canada. Her other passion is making art and cartoons on the iPad.

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Last updated on March 18, 2013
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I SHIP TO THE PAYPAL ADDRESS GIVEN. Please be sure to either convo me your correct address if it is different or be sure your paypal address is current.

I ship using Canada Post's lowest cost standard mail. If you wish something faster then I can find out the cost to do that and let you know. You would be responsible for extra shipping charges.


Please allow two weeks for delivery. However, I cannot consider international packages lost until at least one month has passed.
Refunds and Exchanges
Items are fully returnable or refundable within one week of receiving it, provided it is unused. If there are defects in workmanship I will replace the item or refund you your purchase price.

Wallets and soap totes are guaranteed for repair or replacement for one year of regular use.

Recycled billboards are prone to scuffs. Please examine the listing photos carefully to ensure you are satisfied with the item's appearance.
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I welcome wholesale inquiries.