Sunday, October 19, 2008

All Packed Up And Ready To Ship

NOTE: My shop The Beehive is now Papercut Kitchen! Please visit my shop Papercut Kitchen by clicking here.

A few weeks ago I finished my special order, the 12 x 12 version (seen below) of the 8 x 8 Little Princess Album I have listed in my shop. I was so excited when my customer purchased it right away because it meant I didn't have to wait to pack the first of my new boxes!

I love the way this album turned out and it gave me the push I needed to put "start listing 12 x 12 scrapbooks as a regular part of my stock" on my to-do list.

I always include a thank you note and three business cards in my packages. I print them on different scrapbook papers, appropriate don't you think? They get placed in a white envelope with the customer's etsy name on it. I think it's important to let my customers know they're appreciated and hopefully they'll appreciate me enough to pass it on!

First I wrap my items in bubble wrap, not the most attractive wrapping if left as-is. I like my customers to feel like they're opening a gift though, even if it's for themselves, so I tie a coordinating ribbon around it, slide the thank you note envelope underneath it and voila! A simple, super cute wrapping!

To fill in around the item and keep it from slipping around in the box I use paper that I shred myself using a cheap office shredder and a roll of white craft paper. When I first started I struggled with myself about recycled shipping materials vs. new shipping materials and the clean, professional look of new simply won out in spite of my earth consciousness in other realms of my life.

All taped up with self adhesive address labels applied I'm ready for a trip to the P.O! My labels will be going through some changes soon. I want to design and print my own pretty labels. I also am thinking it would be smart business to start printing shipping labels through PayPal. They print with all the necessary info and shipping is less expensive. The downside, ugly shipping labels. That can be a big downside for me!


Vinyl Rocks My World said...

I love the step-by-step photos.. very creative and way cute!

Sunny of The Beehive said...