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Quick fix for markets!

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Thanks to everyone who came to visit my market stall on Saturday.  I will be in touch with proofs for those people who placed orders very shortly, and will get your orders out as quickly as I can.

We also sold $84 worth of Madagascar charity cards (also available in my madeit store) and I will be depositing these funds into the fundraising account in the next couple of days.  Thanks to all those people who chose to purchase a ‘Salama’ Greetings for Madagascar card.   All proceeds from the sale of these cards go to Azafady, all materials and photographs have been donated by Artist Jacqui Malins and all madeit listing fees have been covered by Firefly Stamps.  $7 gets you an amazing greeting card with a high quality photograph of the people and environment of Madagascar and includes postage to you within Australia.  These cards will only be available for a short time, so if you are interested please hurry to purchase yours!

I thought I’d share some of my quick tips for market stall preparation with you today including my business cards.  I put these together in a bit of a rush.  I have grand plans for very creative business cards, but I have been finding it hard to get the time to create them, so with limited time to prepare for the market stall I decided to create some with a combination of printing and hand stamping.  I simply used a snapshot of my store banner to create the background for the cards which I printed on to ink jet/laser printer business cards and then hand stamped my business details over the top.

I also ran out of time to order my brown paper bags for placing customer purchases in.  So, my solution on Friday was to duck into the supermarket to grab some brown paper “lunch” bags.  I used a decorative edge punch to give the bags a bit of embellishment and stamped each one with one of my stamps.    These will look a lot better when I use proper packaging bags, but for a quick, short term fix, they did the job!

Here you can see my market stall setup.  I was quite happy, over all, with the look of the stall as I only decided to go ahead with the market a couple of weeks before it was scheduled.  I decided simple was the way to go, but having said that it was still a lot of work to get it all organised in time. It was an interesting challenge coming up with a way to market my predominantly custom order based business effectively in a market stall situation.  If anyone else is in a similar situation and has has suggestions for how this can be done effectively I’d love to hear your ideas.  Please leave me a comment below.

Next week I’ll be back with a follow-on from my previous business card post, ways to further enhance your business cards using a variety of embellishments.  See you then.

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly

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More tags and packaging ideas!

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A couple of posts ago I provided some ideas about creating simple and professional looking tags for your packaging and wrapping.   Today I’m back with more tags!  Ways to enhance your tags further and incorporate them into your existing packaging with only one or two simple extra steps.  Today’s examples also focus more on colour.

Create tag by stamping image on to thin card. Place a decorative strip of paper behind the tag and wrap around top of bag, box, parcel, envelope etc.

My first example tag (left) and packaging uses a square stamped cream tag and a background  strip of complementary decorative paper.  The colour scheme and style of this packaging creates a classic look.  I can imagine you’d find a hand dyed scarf or handmade soaps inside this package.  You can easily change the look and feel of your packaging by using your own business logo, stamping on coloured card/paper and selecting an appropriate background stripe.

Change the look of the square tag by turning on an angle and using it as a diamond shape. In the next example (below right) I have added a larger backing in

Using a coloured and/or textured backing card can add an extra dimension to your tag. Tie the colour or texture to your product style/type or brand.

bright green card which has an embossed 3D effect to it.  With the matching ribbon this packaging looks energetic and fun.

Add a 3d element just as an adhesive pearl, crystal or button.

Next, this cute little noodle box (left) has a tag with a matching Asian feel. The white stamped tag is backed with a larger multi coloured flower designed circle.  I’ve added an extra detail to this tag with a self adhesive black pearl.

This heart shaped tag (below left) is my attempt at a freehand shape.  I stamped the stamp onto the card first and then cut the shape around the stamp.  It’s simple, but quite effective.

My final tag today (below right) is a slightly different take on a tag – it’s more of a rosette and ribbon.  I selected a gorgeous backing paper and placed a complementary coloured stamped centre on it.  Then I folded the ribbon and stapled it to hold the fold in place and sticky taped it to the back of the circle.

Try a freehand shape and coloured card.

A simple thank you rosette would look cute attached to any packaging.

The hardest part of creating any of these tags and packaging ideas is going to be pulling the elements together in the first place.  Once you have decided on the size, colour and shape of your tag and have your physical resources in place it might only take half an hour or so to create a batch of tags that you can have on hand ready to pack up your orders.

Some considerations:

–          Do you have an existing logo?  What is its style? Does it utilise any colours? Your packaging will look better if it works well with any existing elements of your brand.

–          Try a coloured card for your tag or stamping with coloured ink for a quick packaging pick-me-up.

–          Try attaching your tag with something interesting: string, bakers twine, wool, embroidery thread, ribbon etc.  It’s these small extra little touches that customers love when they receive a handmade product.

Resource links & inspiration:

Noodle boxes

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/15-SMALL-WHITE-NOODLE-BOXES-GIFT-WEDDING-BOMBONIERE-BOX-PARTY-FAVOURS-CRAFT-/120845500620?pt=AU_Party_Supplies&hash=item1c22f400cc

http://www.packagingproducts.com.au/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=169

Pearl adhesives

Lots of sizes and colours to browse here:

http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m570.l1313&_nkw=pearl+adhesives+scrapbooking&_sacat=See-All-Categories

Paper bags – brown, coloured, with and without handles:

http://www.createforless.com/search/paper+bags/a!3,p!0-inf-/results.aspx?SH=QT1wYXBlciBiYWdzfkI9cGFwZXIgYmFnc35DPTJ_RD0yMH5JPVByaWNlfks9NH5MPTF_TT0zfk49M34

http://www.packagingproducts.com.au/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=167

http://www.packagingproducts.com.au/shopping/c-bags.asp

Cello bags:

http://www.packagingproducts.com.au/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?page=2

Pre-made tags & stickers etc:

Manilla hang tags

http://www.ebay.com/itm/30-Manilla-Blank-Hang-Tags-3-3-4-X-1-7-8-95mm-x-48mm-for-Gifts-Scrapbooks-/370629027291?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item564b3625db

Natural cardboard hang tags

http://www.ebay.com/itm/25-Large-Blank-Shipping-Tags-Natural-Paper-Scrapbooking-Gift-Tags-Card-/380451617414?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5894aefa86

A range of paper trimmers:

http://www.createforless.com/search/results.aspx?txtSearch=x%20acto%20paper%20trimmer

Bracket style tags in autumn colours

http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-SQUARE-BRACKET-HAND-PUNCHED-BLANK-CARDSTOCK-DIE-CUT-HANG-TAG-/200789983565?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item2ec004014d

Kraft traditional tag shape

http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-Blank-Kraft-Tags-Punched-Hole-Gift-Tags-Craft-Supply-Holidays-/360415665183?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53ea729c1f

Tags with patterns:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Calico-Hang-Tags-Gift-Tags-Blank-Tags-/110335177218?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19b07d3202

Scalloped edge:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/shabby-chic-cottage-rustic-Round-SCALLOP-KRAFT-card-blank-HANG-Tags-shop-labels-/170882664638?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Celebrations_GiftWrapping_ET&var=&hash=item6d78edd183

Coloured:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/30-recycled-card-MEDIUM-Scallop-DIY-swing-tag-labels-shop-price-tickets-wedding-/170889701227?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Celebrations_GiftWrapping_ET&var=&hash=item6d7950bb12

Also see my last post  which provides more tag creating ideas and links to resources, tools and inspiration.

Next week I’ll be back with a follow-up to last weeks post – more ideas for crafty business cards.  Hope to catch you then.

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly