Monday, August 31, 2009

B.E.S.T. Back to School Sale

Remember back to school shopping? Those were the days! I still feel a little jolt of excitement whenever I roam the school supply aisles or step into my mom's kindergarten classroom. Oh, the smell of crayons, pencils, and Elmers glue, and the sight of new folders and name tags! Nothing like a fresh start.

September will be here tomorrow! What's that you say? You're feeling nostalgic and think you'd like something new to celebrate the new school year?? Well... you are in luck! Starting tomorrow, the Bookbinding Etsy Street Team is having a sale! September 1st through 7th, many members of the team are offering free shipping and special sales.

The following shops are offering free shipping; BoomBoxBindery(that's me!), Anticovalore, Swirling Tree , notubóc , LizzieMade, flurrsprite, Re:Paper, Anagram for Ink, BadonHill, its all just menagerie, Nina Judin Books, Kristin Crane, SusanGreenBooks, OliveArt, UsefulBoooks, and MyHandboundBooks. KarleighJae is offering a buy one get one 25% off, and Parkside Harmony, PrairiePeasant, and Robyn's Art are offering 20% off.

Click away, happy shopping, and everybody have a great start to the new school year!

By the way, that's one of my original Pee-Chee folders, pictured above. About half of the people I know have never heard of them. Sadly, they are no longer in production, and while I had my share of Lisa Frank folders, my Pee-Chees are most treasured. Have any school supply memories to share?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Custom Wrapping, Stamping, and Dear Friends

I made this simple bag and card to complement the very special gift inside. This gift, to be revealed after it is given, was commissioned by a dear friend of mine for a dear friend of hers.

The fabric is an Amy Butler print, the paper is a rose colored Fabriano Tiziano, the ribbon is from my stash, and the gold stamping is by Wendy Withrow, who happens to be another dear friend!

As I'm saving up for my very own Kwikprint or Kensol, Windy Weather Bindery has been the provider for all of my hot stamping needs. Thanks Wendy!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Custom Boxes for Piper Photography

This is round one for a series of custom boxes I have started for Piper Photography. I will be making an assortment of sizes in this pretty blue and a poppy orange that accommodate 5x7s, 8x10s, and photo discs.

Piper Photography is owned by Lauren Ustad, who happens to be a college friend of mine! She takes amazing portraits of children, expectant mothers, and some of my favorites are her photos of pets and pups. If you happen to live in Alabama, get in touch with her, and you might just be one of the next recipients of these custom boxes! Lauren will be adding her own finishing touches to the boxes, which will make them a complete Piper package!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Custom Order from Start to Finish

Last week I had a request for some custom book earrings with an earth tone color palette. I sorted through my papers to find a variety of appropriate colors, took photos, and sent the above image to my new client. I really love the patchwork of all of the swatches. Number 8 in the center, a rose patterned paper by Debra Glanz of Reminiscence Papers, was the favorite.

After I finished making the earrings, I made a sturdy four flap enclosure, or box, for them. Next, I wrapped the little square box with matching paper and also mounted it to the front of a gift tag. After the box was tied with ribbon, it was slipped into a bag with the gift tag and one of my business cards.

Last came protective padding and packaging made out of an inside-out macaroni box! So there you have it, a custom order from start to finish!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Bindery Assistant