I have received a few compliments on my packaging of late and a couple of people asked if I would share what I’ve been doing. The way I parcel up my photos is something that is always evolving in some way or other , but there are a few basic themes.
My starting point is always “my” colour – a turquoise shade. But that means anything I’ve done could be easily translated to your own colours .. (What do you mean you don’t have your own colours ? )
Sending photos and other paper products through the mail , first consideration is always to make sure they arrive in perfect condition, so some sturdy protection is in order , but after that I do like to try and make sure the parcel looks fun as well.
Thinking of the world and all those landfills I try to be as eco friendly as I can. So my gift wrap of choice is plain brown paper – a roll of recycled if I can find it.
I stacked the bundle of cards and drew round the outline ( 1 & 2). Then folded the paper up over the cards on each side to guage the right size. (3) Finally cutting my initial template (4).
I trimmed the two narrow sections straight to overlap in the middle and the two wider ones I cut to create an envelope shape. Once I have this template I lay out a few layers of brown paper and cut out a number at a time. Ideally I’d cut a template out of cardboard and cut the paper in even thicker layers.
Now the more fun part – to decorate the basic wrapping. I use a little “Moo” sticker to seal the package. I also used Moo to have a batch of mini cards printed with just “Thank You” in shades of blue on one side and my website info on the reverse. This also creates a little band that can hold any note that I include with the order. For variety I also had a go using the same technique with a heavy turqouise paper. And the beauty is you can adapt it to any size you might need. If I have to package more than one item then I use a coloured tissue paper for the other item.
Resouces – www.moo.com
This site has to be the best friend of small business. You can get small runs of normal size business cards ( some people use those as thank you notes ). The mini cards that I’ve used here. And the little stickers.
http://www.paperchase.co.uk/ – Also a good resource in the UK for coloured tissue paper and other decorative elements.
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