December 11, 2012

Packing My CD Orders


Morning, all!

The other day, I was packing up some orders and putting together cd's to send out to publications for review. I got the idea that it might be helpful to do a post about it!

At the end of my kickstarter, when the record was finally done and it was time to send off rewards to my lovely backers, I wanted them to feel extra special when they opened their packages. Like they were receiving an item made with the utmost love and care. So I researched, came up with a few ideas, acquired materials, and started the assembly line. Then when regular, non-kickstarter orders started to come it, the routine stuck! This is what I came up with...

First off, I use white envelopes. In my opinion, they look cleaner and nicer than a manila envelope. But it is still plain, and that just won't do... I wanted my package to stand out, and give the impression that I take great care with their order (I do!!) So I went to Michaels and chose a few stamps to add some whimsy... a few flourishes on the front, and a "thank you" for the flap. I chose blue ink, as the branding of my cd/ website/ album is blue, yellow, and white.


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I have tons of leftover promotional postcards from my last album. They're old, but still pretty. So I always write a little thank-you note on that! My handwriting isn't the loveliest, but at least it's a personal touch. Unfortunately, my outdated myspace address is the only information on it besides my name, so I just staple my business card over that part.

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Now I gather all my materials- cd's and notes. I tie everything together like a Christmas package with blue and yellow yarn- again it's good to keep your colors consistent! Now this could be considered over-packaging, which you definitely don't want to do, but it makes me feel even more like I'm giving them a present :) (Geeky detail- this is actually the same yarn I used for the photoshoot on the cover!)

If they're getting something else, like a journal or tote bag, I tie the cd's up first, then tie a separate piece of yarn around the whole shebang. This keeps everything together, yet separates the different elements.

I also attach a little cutout heart to the yarn, with word or message- usually "Enjoy!" Preferably, this is done in glitter pen :)

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I wrap the whole thing carefully in tissue paper- again, yellow or blue. I think this is a nicer touch than plain bubble wrap, and I've never had a broken cd yet! I then insert it in the envelope, and it's ready to ship!

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I hope this was helpful!

Now for some more news- I'm having a holiday sale in my bandcamp shop until 12/31!! It's 20% off all merch and music, plus a free download of "Just the Way You Are" for anyone and everyone!

Just enter the code holiday20 at checkout.

xoox



chantilly

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22 comments

  1. So cute! I love the care that goes into these :) I think anyone would be happy to receive a little care package instead of just your CD! A total bonus!

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    1. I guess they are like little care packages :) I just want whoever gets it to feel special.

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  2. Aww, I love packaging like this! That's a pretty sweet idea.

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  3. I love the personal touch you put in because I think that grabs any receiver, reader, etc. It shows them that, "hey, this is me and I thank you for taking the time to consider getting to know me and what I have to offer," while also showing that you put all of your efforts into everything that you do. Lovely packaging!

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  4. omg omg omg i think i'm the Dulce on the note *-* so prettyyyyy!!!!

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    1. :P I wonder if you've received it yet...

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  5. These are pretty and a great idea! I'm liking the little heart tag the most.

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  6. I think the little packages you made look lovely! Good luck for the reviews! Aww I still love your CD cover so much! :)

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    1. Thanks! I sent out two cd's for review a few months ago, and one of them ended up getting reviewed. I figured with those odds... why not send out a few more?!

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  7. I can't believe how much time and love you put into your little packages! Great blog you have here, and I would love to stay in touch with you!
    -Kati

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    1. Thank you Katie!! Checked out your blog, and you're cute as well! Let's def stay in touch :))

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  8. I love the packaging. So cute and yes, I can see how it makes people feel special!

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  9. I love your packaging! That blue ink is really pretty and it will totally stand out and make the receiver feel special!

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  10. Awe, hope you get wonderful reviews!!! ;D I'm sure you will!

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  11. i love all the handmade elements. i'm so glad to see you had a successful run on kickstarter! i jus got my new job due to a wildly successful one and i love to hear others' experience with it. anyway, i'd love to get something like this— great job!

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  12. you can see how much love and care went in to them, i love that.

    Zoe @GypsieSister xx

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