Draw With Us!

Posted Jun 01, 2015
We’re excited to celebrate Drawing Day later this week! In honor of this holiday, the Gotcha Covered Team is breaking out their notebooks and showing you what’s inside. We’ll also give you a few tips to improve your own drawing abilities. Remember, drawing is a learned skill - with practice, everyone can draw!

1. Observation: You must look at an object in order to successfully draw it! Many are disappointed when they draw from memory and the drawing doesn’t look realistic. Use your mind as a camera lens and draw the image you observe on paper.
2. Basic Shapes: Find basic shapes in the objects you are looking to draw and use them to develop a more intricate drawing.
3. Use shading and light: While observing an object, be sure to look at light and shadows in addition to the object itself. Use this lighting to establish value (a range of lightness or darkness of color) and make sure your drawing ranges in value from light to dark.
4. Stick with your style: Keep your whole drawing loose if you begin that way. If you start out very precise, stay with that style throughout. The same artist should look like they completed the whole drawing!
5. Loosen up: Drawing should be relaxed and not stiff- you’ll get a much better result when you’re not trying too hard. Draw multiple light lines instead of one dark one, plus use your whole arm to get the motion, not just your fingers.


What’s in Jason (The Innovative One)’s Notebook?
Jason’s the boss, and he’s always coming up with new ideas for Gotcha Covered. He tracks the team’s tasks in his notebook, and makes sure everyone is hitting deadlines and keeping the brand moving forward.
What’s in Brett (The Creative One)’s Notebook?
Brett is our creative designer and he keeps a list of the many designs he needs to complete throughout the day. Included in his to-dos are drinking 2 cups of coffee to get the day started!
What’s in Megan (The Technical One)’s Notebook?
Megan is the technical genius behind Gotcha Covered’s functionality and backend. She keeps a very detailed, organized list of daily tasks (on checklist paper of course!), plus updates she needs to communicate with the programmers.
What’s in Mike (The Social One)’s Notebook?
Mike is extremely artistic and likes to draw in his notebook, whether or not it has sketch paper inside! He also tracks Gotcha Covered’s analytics accounts.
What’s in Michelle (The Insightful One)’s Notebook?
Michelle’s the marketer and always working on improving the Gotcha Covered website’s usability and increasing brand awareness. She loves the split paper and is always drawing ideas on the top of the page and writing notes at the bottom!

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Proud to be...

Posted May 18, 2015


Next Monday, like most of the nation, the Gotcha Covered team will celebrate Memorial Day. While the holiday marks the unofficial start to summer fun with barbeques and parties, Memorial Day is also a time for reflection. On this day, we celebrate the servicemen and women who have passed courageously fighting to keep our nation free.


As a small business, we are thankful for that freedom and the ability to create and sell a product that we love however we choose. We are incredibly proud that our notebooks are all handmade, one at a time in our printing production facility in the thriving small town of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Before we had even launched, we donated over 1,000 notebooks to our local community and we’re always looking for ways to support American families. Our goal is to give children the tools to be creative and brainstorm ideas so that they can one day live their own American Dream and have endless opportunities for success through hard work and dedication.


“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”  - Abraham Lincoln

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A Gift for Everyone!

Posted May 04, 2015

Have you ever been in a gift shop or retail store and spotted a cool keychain or gift idea that has specific names printed on them? So you search the display to find your name or the name of the person you would like to buy it for. The only problem is that name is not common so they don’t have it, or maybe the name is so common that they are sold out. At Gotcha Covered Notebooks we feel your pain. Thankfully, on our website, this problem does not exist. Even if your name is one of a kind it can be easily placed on a great notebook that matches your personality perfectly! Also, you never have to worry about us running out. We make each notebook as you place the order! Problem Solved!

Not only can any name be placed on any of our notebooks, they can also be personalized with special messages on the back or front covers. We strive to make our notebooks as personalized and as customizable as possible. We understand that every person has differences and unique characteristics and that is what makes us each so special. Gotcha Covered likes to celebrate that fact. Our goal is to make sure that anyone can find a notebook that’s perfect for them.

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It's Good to be Green

Posted Apr 20, 2015



What does it mean to be sustainable?


There are 3 factors that go in to a sustainable business. The first on the list is people. An organization must have a social responsibility or an obligation to benefit society at large.  The second factor would be economic value or profits. The third factor that truly makes a business sustainable is environmental protection and conservation.


It goes without saying that being environmentally conscious these days is very important. At Gotcha Covered Notebooks, we are proud to say that our printing facility is certified by the SGP, or the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. SGP promotes “best practices, networking, and innovation among raw material manufacturers, converters, printers, finishing facilities, trade association, and print buyers." [1]


Along with the obvious environmental advantage of a certified facility, there is also the personal consumer benefit. With more sustainable practices, efficiency in operations increases. This leads to decreased costs for the company and ultimately a lower price for our products!


Please visit the SGP website to learn more.

 

[1] SGP Partnership. Retrieved March 17, 2015, from http://sgppartnership.org/index.html

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Children's Safety

Posted Apr 06, 2015


What does it mean that our products abide by CPSIA standards?


Well, ultimately it means that our products are SAFE. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 authorized a variety of new regulations and testing requirements for children’s products. According to the CPSC website, the CPSIA defines the term “children’s product” as a consumer product intended primarily for children 12 years of age or younger.(1)

The following are mandatory procedures for children’s products based on the CPSIA:

• It requires that these products comply with all applicable children’s product safety.

• It is tested for compliance by a CPSC accepted accredited laboratory.

• It has a written Children’s Product Certificate that provides evidence of the product’s compliance.

• It has permanent tracking information affixed to the product.


You can be sure that our all of our notebooks are safe for children.

(1)The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). (2013, December 6). Retrieved March 12, 2015. http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Regulations-Laws--Standards/Statutes/The-Consumer-Product-Safety-Improvement-Act/

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Our Mission is Your Family

Posted Mar 23, 2015



Aside from delivering our customers quality products that the entire family can find useful and enjoyable, we have a deeper mission in mind.  One of our goals is to help spark creativity in children. Creative activities help to acknowledge children’s uniqueness. They foster mental growth in children. We know as well as you do that your child is a creative flower ready to blossom.

The process of self-expression is very important in developing minds. At Gotcha Covered Notebooks, we hope to be another outlet where your children can express their interests, hobbies, and favorite activities visibly on to a product that is useful to them. As parents, this is a great way to help empower our child’s imagination, which we all know is very important.

Your children will love assisting you in navigating through our easy-to-use website as you both find the perfect notebook that will match your child’s personality. We hope that this, in turn, will spark an interest in using this notebook to create, study, and learn, in a fun environment.

What do you think? Is creativity and self-expression a direct link to a positive learning environment? Does something as simple as a unique notebook help to foster growth and spark interest in learning and creativity? Please tell us your thoughts. 

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Mini Masterpieces

Posted Mar 09, 2015

At Gotcha Covered Notebooks we often spend time reminiscing about our younger years, and I was just thinking today how when I was in school we would always create mini masterpieces for our parents. Sometimes it was something as simple as a drawing and others it was more detailed, like an ornament or sculpture. My parents would always make me feel like my creations were the best thing ever made, and that’s stuck with me my whole life.

Years later my own children come home and I find myself feeling exactly the same way. In my home we tend to save every little thing that our children create. Each piece is special and important, and as they are growing up way too fast it’s my way of holding onto their childhood. But over time it gets hard to hold onto all those little things. Each time I try to go through the boxes and bins of their artwork it tears me up to think about getting rid of anything. Not to mention I can’t imagine them seeing their artwork in the trash.

One of Gotcha Covered Notebooks core goals is to offer products that keep children feeling unique and special. What better way to show your children how special they are then to take their creative artwork and put it on something that you can use and carry with you every day? Our line of create your own notebooks allows you to upload a photo or image of your child’s artwork and create a one-of-a-kind notebook. These notebooks make great gifts for grandparents, teachers, friends, aunts, uncles, moms, and dads.

Click here to shop Create Your Own Notebooks today!

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Options, Options, Options…

Posted Feb 23, 2015


Before we started Gotcha Covered Notebooks we did a lot of research in the personalized notebook market place. While gathering information one thing we quickly noticed was that most spiral notebooks had very few options. That didn’t make any sense to us, why wouldn’t you want to offer as may options as possible to allow someone to make their notebook unique? That being said, we decided it was imperative for us to offer you the most possible choices in the market today including:

  •          Over 250+ one of a kind designs and the ability to upload your own photos
  •          6 different spiral  color options (black, white, red, blue, green, and gray)
  •          8 different internal page options (lined, blank, sketch, practice, recipe, password, and more)
  •          2 standard notebook sizes plus custom cut shaped notebooks

These options along with our world class customer service are just some of the things that we believe set GotchaCoveredNotebooks.com apart. 

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Journey of a Notebook

Posted Feb 05, 2015

                           

Gotcha Covered Notebooks is proud to announce the official launch of our first animated storybook app for all Apple devices entitled, “Journey of a Notebook”.  This digital storybook tells the story of a young boy and his notebook and has a number of great features:

  •          Personalize the book with your own voice on each page, or simply listen along with the
             pre-recorded version.
  •          Add your child’s photo and name to the first page of the book, letting them know it was created
             especially for them.
  •          Fun animations appear throughout the book as the child reads the story.

To access this free app, simply go to the app store on any Apple device (phone or tablet) and search for “Journey of a Notebook”.

We hope you have as much fun reading our story as we had creating it. If you like it, please take a moment to rate our application in the app store.  If you have any specific feedback regarding the storybook please send inquiries to: ios@gcnotebooks.com.

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Why Gotcha Covered Notebooks?

Posted Dec 28, 2014


From time to time we hope to use our blog to show upcoming notebook products or to answer our most talked about FAQs. Today I am going to take a couple of minutes to talk about one the most common questions I get, what sets Gotcha Covered Notebooks apart?

  1. Focus – If you have browsed around our site you may have seen we sell one thing, notebooks! Our feeling was, instead of trying to offer 100’s of different products like some sites, let’s stick with notebooks and make them the best possible notebooks available on the market today.
  2. Options – When we started Gotcha Covered Notebooks we felt one of our big advantages would be that we would offer more options than any of our competitors. That’s why every Gotcha Covered Notebook has 6 internal page options (more coming soon) and 6 spiral binding color options.
  3. Community – Before the Gotcha Covered Notebook site even launched we had already donated over 1,000 notebooks to the local community. We are continually looking for new ways to help our Waynesboro, PA hometown and surrounding community.
  4. Compliancy – All our notebooks are tested in accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). It was important for us to make sure all of our notebooks adhered to these rigorous safety standards so we can be sure these products are safe for children.

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