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1  'Window' pillow box for display of your crafts tutorial PIC HEAVY in Completed Projects by blackabbey on: November 06, 2012 07:18:58 AM
Hi Guys

I hope I have put this in the right place, as there does not seem to be anywhere specific to show a project specifically for displaying or selling your crafts in.

Well, straight in to it. I was reading one of the threads in the crafty business section, and the question was raised on different ways to display for sale sets of (in this case) baby items, such as booties, bibs and mitts. My solution is a windowed pillow box just like this one

These are great, as  you can easily customise them with your brand or any personal design, and can make them in any size to suit your needs. The one I will show you how to make only costs about 40-50c (Australian) depending on where you get your supplies from.

As I am in Australia, all measurements are in centimetres except ffor the paper size as that is all that was on my ruler, and is our standard unit of measurement here Smiley

What you will need
-A piece of scrapbook size (12X12 inch) cardstock
-Some form of relatively stiff plastic sheeting. In a pinch the display windows from food or kids toys packaging can be used.
-A ruler, pencil, eraser, cutting blade and mat
-Glue suitable for both plastic and paper. I have used sticky tape on mine instead of glue, mostly as I wasn't aiming for a professional look, but just wanted to explain how this goes together.
-Something large and round for tracing the edge of. I used a dinner plate.
-A bone folder or butter knife

To start with, measure 2cm, 16cm and 30cm from one edge of the paper, and draw lines at each of these points

From the edges that run at right angles to this, measure in 5cm on both sides and draw lines. Your paper should now look like this

Using your dinner plate (or round object) draw a curved line from your 2cm line to your 16cm line like below

Repeat this for all 4 of the same sized sections, both inside and out. Your paper should now look like this

Mark 2cm in from where the round lines all meet (along the middle line) and along the line closest to the 2cm section

Use these marks to create two more inwards facing curved lines. Also draw lines 2cm in from the edges of this section (picture explains this the best). At this stage you wil also want to mark 3cm in from your 5cm lines just below this and draw a straight line from the edge of the curved lines to here (see next 2 pics)

Next you will need to take out all the guide lines, so you are only left with the lines you actually need. See next picture for which lines are required (solid lines = cut, broken lines = fold)

Cut along all the solid lines first. I recommend using a blade and cutting mat to cut out the window section, as you will use the middle bit as a template for cutting your plastic. Once cut out, your piece should look like this

Next, cut a piece out of your plastic that is approximately 1cm larger than the window you just cut out. It does not have to be precise as the edge will be inside the box, but you need to leave enough room to glue, without the plastic going over any of your lines. Glue down and allow to dry. It is important you glue all the way around the window, as if you miss spots your window may buckle or fall out

Next, use your bone folder or butter knife to score along all the dotted lines, then fold carefully, folding in towards your lines so they will be hidden inside your box. You will begin to see the pillow shape emerging

Last, glue the angled end flap to the inside of the solid side of the box. Fold in the ends and you have yourself a nifty little display pillow box.

If any of my instructions do not make sense or you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to PM me or reply here Smiley

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2  Re: Baby Shower Gifts @ Craft Fair. in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by blackabbey on: November 06, 2012 02:19:48 AM
If you want a relatively cheap way to make see through/window pillow boxes give this a go. It does require access to a laminator, but if you don't have one you can beg or borrow, or perhaps get this done in bulk at an office supply store.

Buy a packet of laminating sheets (in Australia we can get 100 for about $20) and get some office paper (cheap is fine)

Make up or find on the net a pattern for a pillow style box that will just fit on your office paper. I would suggest making this up yourself, as it is easier to customise.

On one side of the pillow design (the side with the seam) add your logo/business name and contact details. On the other side, draw a line about 1cm inside the edges, and cut this out so you end up with a hole in the paper (when laminated, this will become your window). Laminate the whole sheet, and then cut out around the outside. Score along the folds and glue the seam with a plastic friendly glue.

If you were able to follow my somewhat jumbled explanation there, you now have customised windowed pillow display boxes for your products for less than 40c each. If not, let me know, as I would love to make a tute for this...actually, I may start working on this now Smiley

So no tute yet (I wanted to trial run this idea first) but here is a finished pic of what I came up with. I cheated for this one and used sticky tape instead of glue just to see how the shape holds (you can see this in the bottom of the display window) but this would not be in the final piece.

I will work on the tute over the next couple of days, and can post here if anyone is interetsed
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3  Pricing advice needed *updated with pics* in Get Product and Website Opinions by blackabbey on: October 02, 2012 01:48:24 AM
Hi everyone
First of all I am hoping I put this in the right place. If not, can admin please advise me of where it needs to be?

So my question today is in relation to how to price my items to put in my Etsy store. I have had items in the store in the past (last year) which managed to get quite a few views, but never managed to sell anything. I am now starting up again, as I am soon going to be off work with a baby, so will have more crafting time, and really need to make some more room to make more crafts Smiley

I have read a lot of articles on pricing, and one of the things I seem to see in all of them is work out your supplies cost, your labor cost and then add what you would like your profit to be on top of that.

My question mainly relates to the supplies cost. I am often able to find materials at very good prices as I shop sales and discount stores. The problem is my supplies are never constant. Although I could make a bracelet now for approximately $2 in supplies, if I had to remake something similar and get the items straight away, the same piece could cost $5 to make.

Which should I base my prices on? And will basing prices on low stock costs make my items seem like they are too cheap to be quality?

Here are a couple of pics of some of the things I have been making, I would love to know what you would want to pay for them

Some of the items grouped together

Any advice would be appreciated Smiley
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4  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by blackabbey on: June 25, 2011 11:36:58 PM
I left Orson alone for a couple of minutes to get a drink and imagine my surprise when I walked back in to him having a staring contest WITH A MONKEY!!!

They looked like they were about to have a fight Sad so I asked what was happening. The monkey looked so upset, and turned away and started to cry

Orson felt so bad that the monkey was upset that he tried to comfort him and asked what was wrong

It turns out the monkey is actually named Monkey. He does not have a home, and has been watching Orson through a window since he arrived, and was very jealous of the things he got to do. Orson felt so sorry for Monkey that he invited him to stay with us. He even gave Monkey a big hug

Now the two of them are best friends...

...and Orson insists they have to do everything together.

He even told me I have to make another sleeping bag and pillow just like his before bedtime! *gulps*

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5  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by blackabbey on: June 25, 2011 11:05:54 PM
For our blue photo challenge, I tried to teach Orson the finer points of dungeons and dragons, and let him borrow my blue dice set

And here he is having a go

And notice his surprise when he rolled a 20? (for those who knopw nothing about dungeons and dragons, rolling a 20=awesome)

Then we were reading thorugh a gaming magazine together, and Orson pointed out a particularly blue looking page, and wanted a picture with that too

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6  Re: Beginners inchies (& and ATC) round 2 Gallery. Send outs 6th June in The Swap Gallery by blackabbey on: June 17, 2011 02:21:26 AM
I received my awesome inchies from MunLtStmpr

I love the way the ATC sparkles. Totally love metallics, and she used stamps she made herself! Awesome!
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7  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by blackabbey on: June 17, 2011 01:47:17 AM

The way too cute for words Orson arrived today, passport in hands, just in time to celebrate my birthday with me!

And he even brought a card and present for me (aah, he had me at jelly beans!)

Can't wait to start showing him around!
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8  Re: Little Visitor 14 (Sendouts June 20) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by blackabbey on: June 15, 2011 05:07:48 AM

Miss Terry is ready to go as soon as I can get to the post office!
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9  Re: Beginners inchies (& and ATC) round 2 Gallery. Send outs 6th June in The Swap Gallery by blackabbey on: June 14, 2011 01:24:39 AM
I received my amazing inchies from pioneer9 today.

Group shot

And a close up of the ATC (my fave of the set Smiley)

Thanks for the amazing work Smiley
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10  Re: Little Visitor 14 (Signups June 6-13, Sendouts June 20) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by blackabbey on: June 12, 2011 12:14:12 AM
Introducing for the first time ever...


She stands at a stately 16cm tall (for those of you who work in imperial, that's just a bit over 6 inches).

Don't let her multi coloured hair and piercings fool you. She is very friendly, and willing to learn anything new.

She has never been on vacation before, and cannot wait to meet new people!
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