Favor the Moments

A while back, we ran across this post over at the popular Weddingbee site, where blogger Miss Pomegranate (each of their writers take on secret identities) talked briefly about her plans to use Jewelboxing as the favors for her upcoming wedding. As we went back and read her previous posts, each about various preparations, we knew that whatever she came up with would be terrific, given her eye for design and a knack for the do-it-yourself. And correct we were, as she’s just followed up by posting her finished CDs, beautifully packaged in our Standard cases. What’s more, like with all of her posts, she went above and beyond by writing out all the details of creating all 150 favors, from start to finish. If you’re at all curious about the process of putting together a 100+ Jewelboxing project with just yourself or with you and another person, we highly recommend starting with her write-up. Also, make sure to check out how she connected these favors to the designs for all of her other wedding accouterments

Thanks to Miss Pomegranate (or “Kate”) for sharing her Jewelboxing experience, and we wish her all the best when the big day rolls around in just a few short weeks. And here’s to hoping there are big days of all kinds on their way to Alexandria, Washington DC, Chicago, New York, Vernon Hills, Arlington, Fleetwood, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Hatboro, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Simi Valley, Toronto, Vancouver, Longmont, Gainesville, and Burnaby.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

The Will Call Window

On a semi-regular basis, we get a call from a customer saying, “I’m in Chicago and I think I’m right down the street from you. Can I just come pick up my order?” To which, of course, we always say yes. It’s a good way for locals to save a couple bucks on shipping, it’s nice to say hello to Jewelboxing customers, and it makes us feel almost like a real live brick and mortar. Well somehow this week, after one of these calls, it finally struck us that we should be making it easier for our customers to know that they can easily swing by our Chicago office and pick up their orders. So we’ve just added this option to the shopping cart:

 

If you’re local and close by, or just in town for a couple of days for meetings or a conference, and you’re looking to order, we hope this will provide a quick method to stop by, pick up, say hello, and get to Jewelboxing right away.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Taking the Leap

Who doesn’t love hearing that something you’ve built has improved someone’s day? We feel particularly close to any story of people switching over to Jewelboxing after finally getting fed up with the bland cases picked up from a local office supply store, largely because that was our experience, too, and it’s the reason for why we started the company in the first place. So we were happy to hear from photographer Scott McNamara who made the change and hasn’t looked back since. Here’s from Scott:

“As embarrassing as it is to admit, in my early days of wedding photography I would hand clients a beautiful set of Office Max DVDs, cleanly presented in clear jewel boxes. But wait…it gets better! The finishing touches were added with a Sharpie…yes…as in “Mary and Brian’s Wedding 2006.” I laugh at this tragedy now, as I have been using Jewelboxing cases for a year now.”

“I strive to custom design each set to match both the personality of the wedding and of the bride and groom. No two cases are alike; each is custom designed. I choose my favorite images and apply design elements that match those images.”

“For some of my clients, I have used the inside of the booklet as a place to document events for the DVDs themselves. This is usually a “Slideshow Guest list” where they can write the names and dates of the first people to view their slideshow. In addition, I add an area where the bride and groom can write their favorite images and why. In fifty years, these simple touches will hopefully help them relive the early days of their wedding.”

“Second to the wedding images, I get the most compliments on these cases. Clients are so excited to receive a surprise — custom designed cases that compliment the beauty of their wedding, and provide a taste of what’s to come. As a wedding photographer, they provide a solid platform with which to extend my brand. It’s a win-win for everyone!”

Thanks much to Scott for writing in and here’s to hoping there are bundles of old cases and sharpie pens destine for the rubbish bin for those in Dundee, Greenwich, Dallas, Minneapolis, Somerville, Chicago, Renton, Vancouver, Livonia, Brooklyn, Edgewater, Milford, Toronto, Murphysboro, Albuquerque, Washington DC, Wauatosa, New York, Napa, and Jarrettsville.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Going the Distance

We have a soft spot for people in long distance relationships here at Jewelboxing HQ. In seeing friends who have decided to court from afar and having collectively been in a few ourselves over the years (including one that resulted in an experiment involving ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”), we understand how much effort it takes in making it work. So we were happy to hear that our cases had become part of that effort on behalf of Hamish Macpherson who wrote us about a project he was working on to help keep those fires o’ love burning strong:

“I just finished and sent off my first Jewelboxing project, so I thought I’d share what I came up with. It was a CD for my wonderful girlfriend Talia. Right now we’re in a long distance relationship, so I had the idea of making a CD for her while I’m far away. I remembered seeing Jewelboxing before, but at the time I couldn’t find a legitamte use for it. But not anymore! I ordered a pack of Kings right away and got to work as soon as they arrived (in fact, I had started designing before they came). I was really surprised at just how easy it was to print, punch out, and put together, and I was even happier with the results. Thanks for making this project a success! I look forward to Jewelboxing again in the future.”

Thanks much to Hamish for sharing his story with us and here’s to hoping there’s love in the air (and maybe in the mail, too) in Evanston, San Diego, Toronto, San Francisco, London, Ruston, Los Angeles, West Monroe, Manchester, Bonaire, Carmel, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Jersey City, Berkeley, Conroe, Tulsa, La Crosse, Wickliffe, Brooklyn, and East Patchogue.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Getting Hands On with Dragons’ Truth

Here’s an interesting project we just ran into. It’s a short video promoting writer Teel McClanahan III’s new novel, Dragons’ Truth, which is now available as an audiobook. Teel wanted to show off that the audio version was “presented in a premium jewelbox” (see: our Standard-sized case), so he clearly took a page from Dawson’s hand modeling debut and put together his own unique moves to make the following:

Thanks to Teel for posting his video and here’s to hoping there’s soon to be a whole series of similar Jewelboxing-centric hand modeling clips coming from Little Rock, London, Alexandria, Chicago, Brooklyn, Evanston, Phoenix, North Bay Billage, Savannah, Shanghai, Long Beach, Portland, Lakewood, Foothill Ranch, Lancaster, Washington, West Henrietta, New York City, and Atlanta

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Herding the Archives

After four years and more than 200 entries to the Jewelboxing blog, we realized that the archives had grown a bit unruly and it was time to do some organizing. So we went through all of these hundreds of posts and assigned them all to categories, including things like Motion Graphics + Animation, Music projects, Weddings, and Tips we’ve put up over the years to make your whole Jewelboxing experience all the better. You’ll find the whole list of categories over there on the right. We figure this house cleaning will not only help us track things down in the archives, but will also let you more easily browse around and see what people are using Jewelboxing for in the specific areas you’re interested in. Happy reading!

Here’s to hoping we’ll soon be able to categorize all the project being put together in Shanghai, Boston, Charleston, London, Valley Center, Sao Paulo, Lemon Grove, Normal, San Francisco, Chicago, Whitehorse, Northfield, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Clinton Township, McAllen, New York, Ladera Ranch, Tucson, Lone Tree, and Berlin.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

A Successful Audition

Maybe it stems from some residual childhood memory of being at the dinner table, but we’re firm believers of the “Try it, you’ll like it!” mantra. Around Jewelboxing HQ, we try and keep to that mindset outside of just what lands on our plates, giving the benefit of the doubt to everything from that new web app everyone’s talking about to seeing films we ordinarily wouldn’t be watching. So we were happy to hear from Jon Hall, who had a similar, “Try it, you’ll like it” experience with Jewelboxing. Here’s from Jon:

“I’m a graphic designer from Pittsburgh, PA. I operate JDH Ideas, a small design firm that works with web, print, and logos specifically. I have been using the Jewelboxing package system for a while now and I can’t believe how great they work. I’d been using old school, flat-black CD cases before and they were unsightly, flimsy, and generally just bad for business. I had a friend tell me about the Jewelboxing system, but I hesitated, thinking that the system was too good to be true. I finally ordered a pack, printed my CD, and never looked back at the old flimsy packages I had used before (well, actually, I use them as frisbees now). I really like how the packaging system gives my designs a permanent presence. It definitely ensures the materials don’t go unnoticed. One of the things I like most about them is how they start up so much conversation; it’s amazing. Everyone has been wowed by the design of the cases and so now I use them for all my new JDH Ideas clients, and for myself. They are just great for job hunting because they give you that extra edge that no one else has.”

Thanks much to Jon for taking the plunge and becoming a Jewelboxing believer. And here’s to hoping there are loads of new converts in Philadelphia, New York, Tulsa, Grandville, Wake Forest, Yardley, Palo Alto, Westlake Village, Aliso Viejo, Belton, Chicago, Washington DC, Sioux Falls, Venice, and Hong Kong.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Full-Time Perfectionists

If you’re a musician or a filmmaker, you can maybe slip by on the design side of things by doing something simple, figuring that the Jewelboxing case alone will do enough initial impressing to encourage people to pop in the disc and get into whatever it is that your real bread-and-butter expertise is. But when you’re V12 Studios, a full-service design firm that does a whole lot of everything, from print work to packaging design to any and all in between, not only does the included reel have to be sharp, but the Jewelboxing case itself has to be nothing short of perfect. Because, who knows, maybe after looking at the way V12 handled their reel, that client they’re pitching to could turn around and decide they need to have their own project or product packaged up using Jewelboxing too. Kiran RajBhandary, the president of V12, was kind enough to drop us a line, letting us know why they decided to use our cases, and here’s what he had to say:

“We looked for a system that was first and above all, of absolute total quality. When you sell creative services, the presentation of the work is a critical attribute. I found only one system that met our needs: Jewelboxing. Jewelboxing provides a presentation platform that allows not only for superb reproduction, but ease of use. We get inquiries worldwide, and having the ability to provide a visual and physically tangible example of our thinking and the quality we strive for quickly and with ease is of great benefit.”

Thanks very much to Kiran and the crew at V12 for getting in touch with us and here’s to hoping it’s quality galore in Arlington, Evanston, Slidell, Kingsport, Newcastle, Lenexa, San Jose, Athens, Morton Grove, Fairfax, Altamonte Springs, Marietta, Dallas, Murphysboro, Hyde Park, Chicago, Seattle, Middletown, New York, Hamilton, Philadelphia, South Pasadena, Singapore, Virginia Beach, Kenosha, Savannah, Newton, Coral Gables, Brunswick and Brooklyn.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Getting to Know the Real Bryan Bedell

Not to sing our own praises too loudly, but usually around here it’s us talking to Jewelboxing users about their projects or interviewing them for one of our Case Study features, not the other way around. But such was the case with our own Bryan Bedell who was recently interviewed by IT Enquirer about all things Jewelboxing, from what tool designers tend to work with on their projects to printing thousands of cases in bulk. Being as Bryan is our resident Jewelboxing printing expert, and just because he’s a generally pleasant person, it’s an interview well worth your time.

Thanks to IT Enquirer for their interest in what we’re up to and here’s hoping that the tough questions are being asked in Seattle, York, New York, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, Pleasant Grove, Columbia, Sunnyvale, Centreville, Portland, Napa, Boston, Farmington Hills, Palmyra, Liverpool, Palmerton, Herndon, Dallas, London, Detroit and Houston.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Past Preservation

It’s always cool when you learn something new about a friend. You think you know them pretty well, but then they surprise you with something they’ve never mentioned before, like “I won the state archery championship in high school” or “I just finished writing my first novel. It’s about bees, which I’ve been utterly fascinated by since childhood.” Such was the case with our good friend Andrew Huff, who has not only been a web ally over at Gaper’s Block, but has helped us over the years with projects of ours like Layer Tennis and The Show, as well as coming along with us on more than a couple of trips to the bar. But until recently, we didn’t know about a project he’d used Jewelboxing for and once we’d heard all the details, we asked him if he wouldn’t mind sharing them on the blog. He agreed and so here’s the whole story from Andrew himself:

“At Christmas in 2001, I brought a mini-casette recorder out to my grandparents’ house in Scottsdale, Arizona, to interview them about their youth. My grandmother was born in Italy and immigrated to the US when she was 8, passing through Ellis Island on her way to Chicago. My grandfather was born here, fought in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and came home to jobs ranging from running a small trucking firm to working for the City of Chicago’s Recorder of Deeds to owning a nightclub. He was the single best storyteller I’ve ever known, and their life together was so rich that I wanted to make sure at least part of it was recorded for posterity.

“I recorded about three hours of tape that Christmas. In between stories of my grandparents’ childhood in Chicago’s Little Italy, their courtship and my grandfather’s experiences in Guadal Canal and after, I also captured the rest of the family filling in details and asking questions. On one tape, my grandmother walks through the steps of making stuffed artichokes, and then we talk about life after marriage, the move from the Old Neighborhood, and grandpa’s trucking company and the uniform company he drove for for 20 years.

“In 2003, I brought my recorder with me again. This time, it was to record my grandfather one more time: he was in the last stages of lung cancer, so it was one last opportunity to ask him questions. He told me about the bar he ran, and about the move to Arizona in the early ’90s. Three weeks later, he passed away.

“The tapes sat in my office for several years, until my grandmother expressed interest in hearing them again. That spurred me to finally have them digitized. As I prepared the files for Grandma, I realized that the rest of the family would be interested in copies, too. So a grand Christmas present project was hatched.

“I knew right off the bat that I wanted to use Jewelboxing cases for the CDs. They’re beautiful presentation pieces, and the custom templates allowed me to easily create nicely designed inserts for them. I scanned photos from my mother and my collection, produced layouts in Photoshop using the templates, and printed them up. Unfortunately, I ran out of time before Christmas to actually burn the CDs. Fortunately, I was able to print the CD labels and take them with me, burning the discs and slapping on labels while listening to the recordings with my grandmother.

“The four-CD set turned out beautifully, and fits perfectly on the shelf alongside DVDs and books. My family loved the gift, of course. I’m looking forward to repeating the project with my dad’s side of the family this summer.”

Thanks very much to Andrew and here’s to hoping for a few surprises in Arlington, Austin, Cupertino, Orsay, Launceston, Lexington, Mountain View, Old Buckenham, Belfast, Wimbledon, Surbiton, Berkeley, Oslo, Guildford, Burbank, Chicago, Brooklyn, Montreal, Meerbusch, Great Neck, Richmond, Tonsberg, New York, Woburn, Elk Grove, London, Amsterdam, Seattle, Helsinki, Stockbridge, Bonita Springs, and Edmonton.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Shoot, Mix, Repeat

It makes it easy to get up in the morning and come in to Jewelboxing HQ thanks to people like Sara Flemming. Not only does she use our cases a ton, she has a blast doing it, and what more could you ask for in a customer? After running across some of her photos on Flickr, we dropped her a line asking if she wouldn’t mind telling us a little about her work and her experiences using Jewelboxing. Here’s her reply in full:

“For a few years now, I’ve been using the Jewelboxing system for two things: mix CDs (really!) and event photos.

“The Jewelboxing templates let me play designer just a little bit and, with the mix CDs, it’s fun matching the mood of the mix with the sleeve, insert, tray, and disc art. Being able to stack two CDs in the Standard case is a major plus; y’know, sometimes you just have a mix that’s too much for one disc! (:

“With the event photos, the templates give me a chance to showcase some of the photographs, previewing what’s on the disc for the recipient. The paper for all the inserts and even the disc labels take color really well, whether I decide to go with bright blue skies, fresh off the farm peaches, or deeply shadowed black and whites.

“After nearly a dozen projects (mostly event photos), the process of putting a disc together is quite quick: choose the photos, edit the event or mix information, print, punch out, and go! The whole system lets me present my work my own way, with full control from start to finish. I love that.”

Thanks much to Sara and here’s to hoping mixes are being made and events are being photographed in Portland, Somerville, McMinnville, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Palm Springs, Ann Arbor, Spring Hill, Cary, Palo Alto, Carnarvon, Washington DC, Ridgefield, Lincoln, Madison, Richmond, Great Barrington, Corvallis, Pasadena, El Segundo, Glasgow, San Diego, Bethlehem, Denver, Carouge and Zurich.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

The Revolution Will Be Available on DVD

It must be the season for interesting, off-the-beaten-path Jewelboxing projects, as it seems like we’ve been receiving word of a lot of unique cases lately. So it is with Dean Cooper, a designer from the UK, about packaging a film he made about he and his friend’s trip to Cuba several years back. While we haven’t seen the film, based on Dean’s work with the case, we’re guessing that it’s more than equal in its skill and attention to detail (as an aside: Dean, can you make a poster out of the cover and tray art, so we can buy it and hang it on our wall?) Here’s a little about his process in putting the project together:

“I bought my Jewelboxing cases over a year ago but have only just got round to using them on a personal project that I’ve only just completed. A film of a trip to Cuba that me and a friend had in 2001 a lot of work went into editing the DVD and the Jewelboxing cases finish the project off beautifully. I found scans of a child’s sticker book produced just after the revolution on Flickr and used these 1960’s graphics as the basis for my design. I found the templates easy to use and the paper good quality.”

Here’s to hoping the revolution is beginning to take root in Des Plains, La Grange, Honolulu, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Fayetteville, Naples, Burlington, White Plains, Denver, Fairfield, San Jose, Fort Worth, San Francisco, Oak Park, Cambridge, Irvine, North Vancouver, Redmond, Clio and Middletown.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

The Hordes Demand Quality

It’s our feeling that it can only be a positive thing when an up-and-coming band is smart enough to invest in good design, instead of just having their friend take photos of them in an alley and ultimately ending up included on Rock and Roll Confidential’s less-than-prestigious list. And such good thinking certainly exists with the members of Genghis Tron who chose to work with designer Dominic Wilson in creating packaging for a documentary about the group’s recent tour. He chose to put the whole thing together using our Jewelboxing King cases, not only making the project look terrific, but rekindling his love of packaging design, which he recently shared with us, here:

“I shot the band Genghis Tron while on their Summer 2007 tour (Charlotte Harbor, FL. & Tampa, FL). Genghis Tron is a trio from Philadelphia, formed in 2004. The design uses photography that I shot during the performance. I had used the standard single DVD case for past DVDs and felt that it consistently lacked in quality and had recently begun researching for higher quality materials. The Jewelboxing system rejuvenated my interest in DVD package design and I was very impressed with its simplicity to assemble. I will certainly use your product for future DVD design.”

Thanks much to Dominic for dropping us a line and here’s to hoping there’s plenty of rejuvenation to be had in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Chicago, Woodstock, Rockford, Washington DC, Silver Spring, St. Paul, Jersey Shore, Southlake, Naperville, Melrose, Cuahy, Lisle, Oxford, Gainsville, Los Angeles, Suwanee, Ottawa, New York, Des Moines, San Anselmo and Boca Raton.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

What Better Place for a Dragon Than In Your Civic?

Although Bryan and Dawson here at Jewelboxing HQ are scooter buffs, our motorized vehicle fandom doesn’t go too far beyond that. But that’s not to say we don’t really appreciate the whole car culture, with weekends spent buffing and polishing, regularly going to shows, and hunting for new items for souping up purposes. Quite the contrary (just replace “car” with “design stuff” and we’re pretty much the same group of people). And who couldn’t appreciate someone like Taylor Scheinuk, who not only writes about fully decked out Hondas, but was so in love with his own Civic, that he wanted the packaging he holds his music collection in to not diminish the pride he has in his car. And, so, like he said in a recent letter to us: “Enter Jewelboxing.” Here’s from Taylor:

“I own a 2006 Honda Civic LX 4-dr, which comes with an MP3 disc-reader standard. It’s all integrated and such into the dash, therefore I don’t want to touch it but I want all my music. Enter Jewelboxing. For a year or so I just had my discs in dingy slimline cases and I labeled them with, gasp, sharpie. I ran across your product online after I started doing direct-print discs with my (old) printer. I ordered a 30 pack of Standards and got to work. I had the color scheme in my head from the beginning (I’m a big fan of earthen, so brown and tan were in, in, in) and a piece of artwork a friend drew for me of the character from my book series. Some hunting around MSN Search Images got me the other bits I needed and I got to work.”

“Anyway, in the books, the main character eventually acquires a 2008 JDM Mugen Civic Type-R. That’s the vehicle featured all over the case.”

“I also did a mix disc as my aunt’s Christmas present this year and did a case too. I don’t have it with me right now but its excellent. Actually, I think that it may be better than my ‘Dragons in a Civic’ discs.”

“BTW: The reason why it’s ‘dragons‘ plural is b/c I’m drawing my own cover art with all the characters in it, its just taking a while.”

Here’s to hoping the rides are just as sweet in Butler, Providence, New York, Phoenix, Chicago, San Francisco, Pasadena, Highland Park, Washington DC, Huntersville, Boston, Atlanta, Norwich, Fallbrook, Paris, Minneapolis, Calgary, Madison, Savannah, New Rochelle, Columbus and Brooklyn.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Now In Our Template Arsenal: iWork Pages

As a follow-up to that last post, we recently put Bryan to work in developing Jewelboxing templates for Apple’s iWork Pages design program, and we’re happy to announce that they’re all finished up and available for download and use after making your Jewelboxing purchase. Although, like with the programs mentioned below in Design Software Alternatives, Pages doesn’t wield a ton of design muscle, we’d received a number of requests for the templates to be made available for it and we think you’ll find it’ll work well for whatever you have planned. Here are some brief notes Bryan sent along about the new templates:

  • If you follow the included instructions, a user puts the files in the right folder and they’ll show up automatically in the “templates” menu when you start to create a new file, which is kinda neat.
  • iWork is Mac-only and contains Pages, Keynote, and Numbers (analogous to Publisher, PowerPoint, and Excel). It costs $79, but there’s a 30-day free trial
  • If you like working in iPhoto and iMovie, it’s a particularly good choice because the interface is similar. If you use those programs, Pages will feel familiar.
November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Design Software Alternatives

Every once in a while, we get a call from someone interested in picking up a Jewelboxing system, but they’re tell us that they aren’t designers, they just have a one-off project they’re working on, or they just want to give it a try. And because of this, more often than not, they also mention to us that they don’t have any piece of high-end, image editing software. We’ve even gotten the question, “Can I use your templates in Word?” a few times. So while our templates are available in a variety of different formats and, even then, pretty adaptable to anything you want to try opening them, it’s pretty tough to be visually creative in a word processor and even harder to get things to print accurately. But we didn’t want to leave those users who don’t have a need for expensive design software behind, so we’ve done some digging and found these possible alternatives.

If you’re a Mac user, we’ve been big fans around the office of Pixelmator. It’s a powerful, inexpensive image editor that opens our Jewelboxing templates exactly as they should. And coming in at $59, it’s an absolute steal (sometimes it even appears at MacHeist, included with a bunch of other programs for just $49). If you’re running a Mac or PC, for just a little more money, you can always go straight to the leader of image editing, Adobe, for their Photoshop Elements software. It’s a stripped down version of their powerful Photoshop program, but if you’re not needing all of the features and capabilities of the original, Elements will open Jewelboxing templates and let you manipulate them just fine. And lastly, another program we’ve heard some good things about is Serif’s PhotoPlus X2, only available for PCs. It’s another more simplified image-editor with the ability to open several of the file formats our templates are available in.

There are likely dozens more available out there, with the internet creating something of a shareware boom. But whatever program you choose to work in, it’s important to know going in that anything you wind up using will take a little getting used to. Our templates are easy to understand and fairly simple to get right into, but they’re certainly of better quality than any of those “easy disc creator” programs available for a dollar at your local office supply store. So give yourself a little time to experiment, test out the waters with these programs by downloading a demo first if it’s available, and feel free to drop us a line any time you need a hand.

No matter the platform, here’s to hoping things are going well in Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, Venice, Brooklyn, Austin, Marietta, Lincolnton, Dallas, Aventura, Jersey City, Long Island City, Minneapolis, Covina, Washington DC, Rochester, Chicago, Beaverton, Santa Rosa, Florence, New York, Vancouver, Glendale and Oakton.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Blood, Sweat and Day-Long Renders

Between the lot of us here at Jewelboxing, we’ve worked on our fair share of animated projects, from putting together work for clients to carefully moving characters with our kids, frame by frame, in making yet another stop-motion Lego Star Wars epic. So we’d like to think that we understand animation and how much time, dedication and effort it takes. And because of that, when someone like Tommy Baldwin chooses to package his animation portfolio in Jewelboxing, we feel pretty honored that he’d entrust his years-in-the-making work within our cases. Here’s from Tommy:

“Well the project is a animation reel slash interactive portfolio that I have been working on for almost 2 years. It’s a simple narrative that displays my skills as an artist and an animator. The entire project from character development, to 3D modeling, texturing and animation was all done by me.”

“Originally I was only going to put the film on my site, but when I was finishing up the project a fellow coworker and designer told me about Jewelboxing. After poking around the site for awhile and seeing all the amazing results, I instantly knew that this was another way to show off my film and artwork. The layered design of the case really appealed to my 3D imagination. I loved that there was an empty chamber in the binder. I really thought about what to put in there before settling on a piece of copper with a common design element hammered into it. Another aspect of the case that I loved was all the visual space that I could fill up with my designs.”

“Most of all, in the world of animation, every book is judged by it’s cover, and I think that my cover really shows off what’s inside the case.”

Here’s to hoping everything is behaving as it should between every keyframe in New York, Edmond, Santa Cruz, Universal City, Hartford, Orlando, Roslyn, Tervuren, Alexandria, Troy Grove, San Francisco, Austin, Seattle, Milltown, Long Beach, O’Fallon, Brooklyn, Richmond, Corte Madera, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Edison.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

A Very Tolva Christmas

If you read this blog with unusual devotion, you might recall this quote from 2006 in relation to John Tolva’s annual holiday party: “I’ve got to befriend this guy as soon as possible so I get an invite next year.” Well, we’re proud to announce that we did just that. Not only did we hit up a few neighborhood bars with John throughout 2007, we also went with him to Los Alamos, New Mexico to film a documentary. But, of course, the big moment of pride was when we got a much-coveted invite to his annual party. John has the full report here, if you’d like to read up on what it was like and what it takes to put together one of the best holiday parties around. What’s more, and how this all comes full circle to become relevant, is that John once again gave out holiday mix discs, packaged in Jewelboxing, complete with a mini-pencil in the case’s spine, allowing you to check off if you were naughty, nice or a little of both. And once more, they were a blast to pick up and bring home.

But he didn’t stop there. On his terrific site, Ascent Stage, he offered up a few pointers in making Jewelboxing a little easier to work withwhen you’re printing a bazillion of them and you’ve got to get them out in a hurry. Here’s a couple:

 

  • “It is much easier to label the CD’s once you’ve set them in the case on the spindle. This holds them still while you apply.”
  • “When ripping the perforations on the [Standard tray] sheet it is much easier to rip it latitudinally (the long side) first, then longitudinally.”
  • “Those crazy tiny diagonal perforations near the hinge? Cut them with a small pair of scissors. Much easier than ripping them.”
  • “Once you’ve printed the booklet inserts it is best to put stack them into 10 or 15 or so and weigh them down overnight with something heavy. This flattens them out so they sit in the tray better.”

 

There’s a few more beyond that, but we didn’t want John to get angry at us for swiping all the content off his site. It’s a great batch of info, so we highly encourage you to check it out before your next project.

Thanks again to John for the invitations and the great pointers and to those in Eureka, Brooklyn, Marina Del Ray, Atlanta, Henderson, Leamington Spa, West Covina, Des Moines, Evanston, Louisville, Savannah, San Francisco, Ventura, Crows Nest, Raleigh, St. Paul, New Kensington, Hatton, Jacksonville, Minneapolis, Alexandria, New York and Kalispell.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

On the Topic of Police Officers and Bicycles

We’re big fans of the Byrd brothers, Aaron and Kevin. If you’re a regular Coudal reader, you’ve probably seen a lot of “via”s back to Byrdhouse, or links to some of their various projects and even right here on the Jewelboxing blog, like highlighting their film The Cycle Theory. So it was with great happiness that they decided to use Jewelboxing again to package their latest project, the delightfully absurd music video, Cops on Bikes. Here’s from the two of them:

On the project itself: “The video footage for Cops on Bikes was shot on a Sony still camera set to the ‘mpeg video’ option. We were hoping for a digital low-rent quality HD-Cams have trouble capturing. The stop animation stills were shot on a Canon 30D using 2 lenses, a 24-105mm and a crappy stereo lens. The slides are from Kevin’s analog collection. Aaron edited the video with Final Cut Pro. Kevin did some too. Aaron is Thriller 2.”

On using Jewelboxing: “We made the video with Jewelboxing in mind and knew the pictures and type treatment from the video and website would translate nicely. We went for an exploratory aspect with the case: all type on the outside, picture goodness on the inside to provide a nice contrast for one who opens it for the first time.”

“We thought it’d be nice to include headshots of the castmembers inside the dvd case usisng the photographic stills we used in the video. It was really exciting to see the media stretch across all platforms especially when transferring to something as slick as Jewelboxing.”

Kevin and Aaron were also kind enough to provide us with additional quotes, should we need them for this post, each of which we would feel sad if the world didn’t get a chance to read, so here they are:

From Aaron:
“Jewelboxing goes great with my beard, so I try to carry it around as an accessory whenever possible.”
“Girls tend to notice when you’re designing with Jewelboxing.”
“Where are the jewels? What a bunch of bull$%#*.”

From Kevin:
“I threw one at traffic once and it didnt break.”
“We sell them out our trunk at football games.”
“Aaron’s beard is real nice. I’m a lil’ jealous. I think Jewelboxing has done well for him.”

If that doesn’t sell you on the quality of the cases, nothing will. Thanks much to the Byrds for writing in and here’s to hoping that similar beard-related successes are being had in Alexandria, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, New York, Boston, Ketchum, Durham, Lorton, Salt Lake City, Aliso Viejo, Edmonton, White Plains, Brampton, Lisle, Birmingham, Butler, Stanford, Basingstoke, Atlanta and Honolulu.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

The Pleasure of the Padded Envelope

Is there anything as satisfying than finally shipping off the final version of a project for a client? You’ve worked long, hard hours, you’ve gone back and forth a million times, sometimes muttering the occasional unmentionable under your breath when you don’t necessarily agree with a decision, but that’s all in the past now. Whatever it is: it’s done, you’re happy and so is your client (hopefully it ends this way at least).

But even if your work exists entirely in ones and zeros, like with web design, it’s nice to have that “shipping it out” feeling of completion too, for all parties involved. Or so says Debbie Campbell of Red Kite Creative, who was kind enough to send us over some of her work, beautifully packaged in Jewelboxing Standards, and her reason why she sounds out finished websites on disc. Here’s from Debbie:

“I’m a web designer, and when I launch a project I always create a production CD for my client. I like to create a nice-looking package that reiterates both my ‘brand’ and my design skills, so the client is left with a tangible piece of my work to keep (and not just a digital website).”

“Jewelboxing is superior in every way to the regular CD cases I’d been using. I like the heavy weight of the plastic, and I really like the templating system. It’s easy to use and the quality and elegance of the finished product shows off my work nicely.”

Here’s to hoping trips to the post office are in the near future for those in Encinitas, Venice, Chicago, Poughkeepsie, Berkeley, Houston, Santa Monica, San Francisco, New York, Oakland, Decatur, Victoria, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Port Washington, Sydney, Winston-Salem, Tampa, Louisville, Granite City, Copenhagen, Williamsburg and Vancouver.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Unusual Made Presentable

We’ve made a lot of absurd films in our time; loaded up with non sequiturs, heaps of unabashed silliness and a great abundance of nonsense. But Steve Gadlin takes absurdity to bold, daring new heights. If you’re not in Chicago, you should consider yourself unfortunate for not having been privy to any number of the shows he’s produced, from Impress These Apes, where a handful of contestants return with new material each week for eight straight weeks, trying to entertain three Earth-conquering apes, or their long-running Don’t Spit the Watershow, wherein audience members are invited on stage, given a gulp of water to hold in their mouth, then taunted by stand-up comedians who attempt to make them laugh, thus making them spit said water. It truly is a thing to behold. And does it make it any more unusual that Gadlin often appears alongside his comedy partner, Paul Luikart, as the “International Comedy Sensation,” Sasha & The Noob, two men of vague Eastern European origin, one of whom doesn’t speak. It’s our kind of deliciously weird comedy, and being longtime friends with Steve, we were thrilled when he e-mailed us and said, “Hey, I just ordered some Jewelboxing cases!” To which we responded, “So tell us about it!” Here’s his response:

“The Timekeeper Willis Boot Camp DVD features one of the regular cast members from the stage show, Timekeeper Willis (Bryan Bowden), a shirtless, egotistical tough guy who always wears a wrestler’s mask and a giant clock around his neck. I decided that he needed to have a workout video, showing how he gets into shape. We hired real fitness models, developed whole exercise routines and shot it all in a gym. We also included a few of the unusual characters from the show, so it walks that confusing line between, ‘Is this for real?’ and ‘No, this can’t be for real, can it?’ which we kinda live for.”

“It was just one of those ridiculous projects that just wouldn’t leave me alone. I was still in the process of putting the whole thing together when my Jewelboxing kit arrived, so I kicked everything into high gear. I was so happy with how beautiful the packaging turned out, that I rushed to finish the editing. I just couldn’t wait to burn my first copy, slap on the label, and show off a beautiful product.”

“The system itself is just so complete. It’s a wonderful idea to sell it all as a package. The templates were exact, and everything snapped together so perfectly. After the printing was done, my wife and I spent a happy hour at the dinner table putting it all together. The packaging gets more compliments than the DVD…but that’s fine by me.”

Here’s to hoping there are equally as bizarre things getting packaged as beautifully in Plymouth, Atlanta, Aarhus, Toronto, Louisville, West Drayton, Irvine, Dallas, Portland, Philadelphia, El Paso, Grove City, Seattle, New York, Grand Rapids, Manhattan, Mountain View, Austin, Ithaca, Missouri City, North York, Galway, Middlesbrough, Pittsford, Mitchell, London, Minneapolis, Kirkwall, Vancouver and Emsworth.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Every Nook and Cranny

We have a soft spot for people who use the spines of Jewelboxing cases. Among a whole slew of miscellaneous objects, we’ve seen pieces of wood, ball bearings, confetti and mini glow sticks. If you visit our FAQ page about the system, you’ll even see an illustration we put together warning that, while the spine is good for putting most anything, things like milk or fire ants probably aren’t such a good idea. So it was a case of case-love-at-first-sight when Megan Rucker a designer at the University of Texas at Austin told us about a project she and her colleagues recently put together:

“A coworker on our graphics team was leaving and we wanted to give him something. We all submitted a song or two for his going away CD.”

“I used Jewelboxing after reading about it from someplace cool. I can’t remember where now, but one of the cool kids out on the internets was talking ’bout it. I was impressed after visiting Jewelboxing website — it looked easy enough and I enjoy designing for these types of things. Once I received the box from you, the fun began. It was a very enjoyable project and made even easier with Jewelboxing templates (because I’m pretty lame at lining stuff up to print out right).”

“I put the twigs in the spine after I saw an example on your website of someone putting something in there — oh yeah, it was M&Ms;, I think. Andy is a nature kind of guy and it seemed appropriate. Although later, another coworker said she could think of something he likes even more and that would fit in there nicely too. Ha!”

Let’s hope there’s lots of random things being trimmed, controlled substances or otherwise, to fit just right in Chicago, Reston, Stonington (which we refuse to make an immediate callback joke about), New York, Fresno, Hagerstown, Newbury Park, Bayville, Toronto, Los Angeles, Knoxville, Loomis, Peterborough, Washington DC, Woodstock, Charlotte, San Francisco, Worcester, Santa Monica, Bethesda, Shakopee, St. Valentin and Copenhagen.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Love is…Receiving an Attractive Mix Disc

Perhaps the middle of August isn’t the most ideal time to be talking about Valentine’s Day, but let’s not get bogged down by semantics. It’s always a good time to talk about clever ideas and well-thought design, both of which are perfect descriptors for Dan LaMee’s “Red Roses Mix” project. We caught up with Dan after finding photos of the project he’d posted on Flickrand asked if he wouldn’t mind telling us about it. He didn’t mind at all and thus, we have the full report:

“As it was approaching Valentine’s Day five or six years ago, I was unsure of what to do for all my single girl friends. I wanted to do something special, memorable, and more lasting than a cut flower, so after thinking about it for awhile I decided to make a music mix of 12 songs and thus the first “Red Roses Mix” was born. The first discs were “packaged” in simple slim cases with no special artwork, but for the last few years I’ve used Jewelboxing cases to help make the mixes even that much more memorable. For this year’s artwork, I had what I consider a brilliant and funny idea to use some Valentine’s Day print boxers as the main subject. I knew they would generate a laugh and would also fit the theme of the holiday. It took me several iterations to get right, as well as some discussion with a friend, but in the end I think I achieved my goals of a semi-professional looking packaging design using mostly photos I’ve taken! And the finished product, well, it had the effect I wanted it to!”

“I went with Jewelboxing cases after seeing what other people were doing with them on your blog and the examples page. Those examples were the inspiration for me to think that despite having no official “graphic design” training and only a few art classes, I could create interesting and cool cases for people! So I did! In fact, I should probably send a copy of the latest one to the Swap Meat, if it’s swap worthy.”

Here’s to hoping that, after Dan’s lead, there’s lots more love and laughter-inducing material being created in New York, Santa Monica, Tucson, Philadelphia, Bangor, Uniontown, La Palma, Essex, Northampton, Dublin, San Jose, Bradford, Santa Clarita, Falls Village, Bournemouth, Santa Barbara, Minneapolis, Alexandria, Brooklyn, Miami, Glendora, Harrisburg, Maple Ridge, Winnipeg, Chicago, Fresno, Allentown and Toronto.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Sara France, the Apple of Our Eye

While we think that everyone who writes into us about their Jewelboxing projects are a big deal, rare is the case when we talk to someone who has been selected for the highly-coveted spot in an Apple testimonial. So it was with Sara France, owner of the aptly named Sara France Photography, based out of San Diego, California. Sara’s long been a Jewelboxing customer and we’ve been thrilled from start that she thinks so highly of the system to include it in the process of her attention-grabbing work (she even sells her own Jewelboxing templates, should you be interested in using her photos). You’ll learn a lot about Sara in the Apple profile, so make sure you read that. For the short summary and the reason she chose to go with Jewelboxing, here’s straight from the her keyboard to you:

“I’m a Southern California based photographer, capturing weddings, portraiture, and commercial photography all over the world, landing features in many publications including Modern Bride, Ceremony Magazine and San Diego Style Weddings. I think my passion for people, photography and business have created the success I’ve had with Sara France Photography, which runs with just two people, myself and an associate photographer.”

“Jewelboxing was such an obvious choice for me with the unique, clean, and modern look of the cases along with the system being completely customizable, allowing us to make each case unique to the client without costing us a lot of time totally rebuilding the layout — our clients love that. I am very particular about products that leave my studio because every one of them is a marketing piece for my business and the Jewelboxing has the same high quality in their product and service that I demand for my clients. I created my own layout in pages for the DVD cases and they are such a breeze to print and assemble. The people at Apple were just as impressed with the finished product as I was and decided to feature my cases and business on their site.”

Here’s to hoping profiles are being drafted as we type this for all those in Savannah, Yonkers, Chicago, Waterloo, Atlanta, Jersey Shore, Jeffersonville, Toronto, Cincinnati, San Luis Obispo, Pasadena, Southfield, Brooklyn, Mansfield, New York, Valley Center, Lake Oswego, Fresno, Sunnyvale, Petaluma, Columbus and Minneapolis.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Making Noise

It’s too quiet here today at JB headquarters, especially because your regular correspondent Steve is traipsing across Nebraska with a camera this week (but that’s another story) so we thought we’d make a little noise. No, we aren’t starting a band or making a music video. Although now that I’ve said that, someone will probably want to. Anyway, we want to make a little noise so we are going to give away a free Canon Pixma iP6700D Inkjet printer, our fave and a perfect match for our system.

Starting right now, anyone who places an order for anything from Jewelboxing and drops a line to crew at jewelboxing dot com to tell us they saw this note, will be entered into the pool to win the printer. We’ll close the entries at 5:00 CST on Friday, July 27th and announce the winner at 5:01.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog