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« on: February 11, 2005 11:30:06 AM »

Anyone know about how to go about printing and packaging my own pattern designs?  I have some lovely patterns that i created myself and i'd like to have them printed for sale on my website.  Has anyone ever done this successfully?  Thanks heaps!

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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2005 06:59:33 AM »

Hi,

That's what I do now.  I sell crochet patterns for shawls and ponchos.  I'll just briefly tell you what I do to create them, however, I sell the as PDF's so that I don't have to pay for printing and packaging.  More profit for me!  Cheaper prices for my buyers!

I use a graphic design program called Quark XPress to layout my designs.  It's not a terribly hard program to use.  It involves dragging boxes onto a layout, and then filling them with either text or pictures.  The advantage to the program over using let's say Microsoft Word or WordPerfect is that you have more of a say as to where everything can be placed.

Then, I bring the Quark file into Adobe Acrobat and make a PDF of it.  I'll have to admit here, my boyfriend helps me a lot with it.  He has it set up so that I just drag it into a folder, and once there, it does a lot of the work to make it into a PDF.

Now, I use Payloadz to distribute the product to my buyers.  It's not necessary to use.  You could send them manually, but PayLoadz send the PDF instantly.  Payloadz works with PayPal.  Everytime soeone buys a product and pays via PayPal, it sends a signal to Payloadz to send the corresponding file to the buyer.

I would recommend thinking about skipping the packaging route if you can b/c I think you have a greater chancce of makign more money doing the PDF thing.
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2005 07:56:08 AM »

Amie,

Thanks SO much for your response.  I will definately consider staying pdf and i'll look into the program you recommened.  I'd still like to look into printing them because i hope to open a craft boutique in the next year but for now (and for my online customers) your idea is fabulous!

thanks again

rach
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2005 07:58:08 AM »

Amie,

P.S.  Can't wait for you site to be up!  Look great!
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2005 11:02:49 AM »

I have recently found a great patternmaker. Here is her link: http://www.nicolemdesign.com.au/services/index.html.

She is a very talented lady who is also a teacher of the construction of handbags and a designer in her own right.
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