Let's Get Started

You and I going to raise the bar for geocaching swag, without spending a lot of money. I know the journey is supposed to be the reward, but come on. If you want McToys buy a meal. Hunt micros if you need no tangible reward. I want treasure.
Now let's make some.
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Monday, February 18, 2008

Lincoln Travel Buddy

Lincoln slept here! Honor your next cache with a visit from the sixteenth president of the United States. Laminate a geocoin into the template and in short order there could be a trackable global army of sleepy Lincolns. Give a cache a chance to be the next Lincoln Bedroom. Download the 1.4M pdf here: http://renzotobias.googlepages.com/lincolnSLEPT.pdf

Geocoin: $4.00
Laminate: $0.20
TOTAL: $4.20

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Geocache Collectors' Card

"I'll trade you a 2008 Crystal Lake for a 1952 Mickey Mantle." This idea started here: http://www.fredraab.com/cachecards/index.htm
I used the format of a baseball card including plenty of stats and the same dimensions so that the card will fit in collectors' protective sleeves. Two front images fit on a standard 4x6 print from your local photo shop and the backs are laser printed on colored paper. Glue the two together, put the finished card in a sleeve, tape it shut to resist water, and viola. Potential topics: caches, local landmarks, local history, famous geocachers...
View the complete collection here.

Card: $0.06
Sleeve: $0.10
TOTAL: $0.16

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Code Wheel

Overkill...what's that? You never know when you might need to translate from Morse Code to semaphore to sign language to ASCII to ROT13 and back again. Just in case, this is the only code wheel you'll need. Trouble cutting circles? For templates the larger circle is a 26 oz Campbell soup can and the smaller is an 11 oz'er. Download the 2M pdf here and UNIR SHA: http://renzotobias.googlepages.com/codewheel.pdf
Paper fastener: $0.01
Lamination: $0.25
TOTAL: $0.26

Friday, February 1, 2008

Inkjet Magnets

What better way to start your morning than staring at a GPS receiver? Capture the thrill of a find or just frame a goofy kid with a magnetic picture frame compliments of your injet printer. Be sure to laminate the front of the magnet after printing to ensure years of enjoyment.
Click here for the 2M pdf template (sorry Magellaneers): http://renzotobias.googlepages.com/GPSmagnet.pdf

Magnet: $0.25
Laminate: $0.12
TOTAL: $0.37

Where's George

Here's a trackable swag item with space for your John Hancock. Where's George is a tracking site for dollar bills that is copasetic with geocaching. Read the rules here: http://www.wheresgeorge.com/wrapper.php?page=top10bills_dgc
No need to write/deface the actual money with this design, just fold the template around the money and put it in a snack bag ziplock for waterproofing. Get the 2M pdf template here:

cost: :$1


Here is a series of 1" buttons made with The Amazing Button Maker from NSI International. I keep a set pinned to my geocaching bag. A professional button machine will run you a couple hunred dollars, but I bet you would be willing to swallow your pride and use a purple crafting toy for the amazing low price of $15. Bonus: remove the pin from the back and glue on a magnet to share your love of geocaching with your refrigerator.

Button Maching; $15
Button Refills: $20
Cost per button: $0.35