I'll admit it. I'm not a "fancy" person. Raised on a farm, I am pretty comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt and I am definitely not known for my social graces. But now that I've started an Etsy Shop, it's got me thinking about packaging. I mean, everybody loves a pretty package...don't they??? That's why I wanted to make the one I sent today EXTRA special.
For starters, I sold my first upcycled journal today (HOORAY), but with the order came a request to write an inscription on the first page (not my forte). Initially, I handwrote it with a calligraphy pen, but hated it. Then, I got the bright idea to make a bookplate, which I think turned out pretty nice.
It was relatively easy to do (vintage image + computer + heat transfer tool + old file folder). The added benefit was it also allowed me to cover up the horrible handwriting and even out the message (making Sis bigger really helped balance things out).
Now I have a new product to offer AND a sent package I am really proud of. Heck, I got so inspired, I even made a custom bookmark with the recipient's name (I knew I'd find a good use for those scraps of paper). Final product was wrapped in recycled craft paper adorned with butterfly stamp and left over twine (so much better than just a book in a box). Don't have craft paper? You could also turn a Panera or shopping bag inside out. What do you think? What do you do for packaging?