Fond Memories That’ll Actually Last

Lockers have all long since been cleaned out, report cards have been distributed, and those who have just graduated from high school are already likely looking through their yearbooks and thinking “Who was that person?” Thus is the plague of the school annual, where bad photos of the people you only kinda sorta knew slowly start to fade away, not helped in any way by the amount of brain cells that will likely be destroyed once you hit college. All that’s the sad truth, of course, unless you happened to go to school with Sujay Thomas, who put together a short film about his graduating class and expertly packaged it using Jewelboxing. Here’s what Sujay had to say:

“Our high school career was coming to an end and it seemed fitting to me to compile a great DVD package as a departing gift for all the seniors. I’ve always enjoyed design and film. For our Senior Class Day, a close friend and I were in charge of creating a fun, short video, chronicling our time during high school in a fun, entertaining way. After it was finished and screened to the whole entire senior class, with fantastic reception, I knew it couldn’t end there. So I planned on making my first DVD, a memory for my friends to keep for the rest of their lives. Knowing how creative our class is, I knew that it would only be fitting that our package reflect the students’ uniqueness and be something that I’d be proud to have in my collection. I turned to Jewelboxing for this very reason. I didn’t hesitate to order a King set, and was more than thrilled when it arrived. The end product was a stylish, colorful case that is sure to stand out.”

We hope there’s stylish, colorful, stand-out things going on as well in New York, Darien, Hudson, Minneapolis, New Richmond, Phillipsburg, Austin, Chicago, Savannah, Phoenix, League City, Huntington Beach, Vancouver, Troy, Los Angeles, Huntsville, La Mirada, Easthampton, Lambertville, Sinjhuang City, Ponca City, and Wellington.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

A Caped and Hooded Henley

We couldn’t really explain The Getty Address to you, even if we sat down and thought about it long and hard for hours on end. So, instead of a synopsis, we’ll just use a one word description: beautiful. The music is captivating, jumping from bombastic orchestral pieces complete with haunting choral arrangements to quiet stretches with barely more than Dave Longstreth’s falsetto. And with the film (which was created to follow along with the album in full), well, where to begin? It, too, jumps from place to place, moving from gorgeous bits of motion graphics into straight video, but so seamlessly that we genuinely had this thought, early on in the film, some five to ten seconds after such a transition: “Oh, wait, that’s video now. Crazy. How did they just do that?” But other than that, we’re at a loss to describe this remarkable piece of work. We feel really fortunate that James Sumner, who crafted all the film portion, dropped us a line about his using Jewelboxing to package the project, and all the more after he’d sent us a copy and we’d gotten to watch The Getty Address on the big screen. Here’s the rundown of the whole thing from James’ site:

“In 2003 Dave Longstreth, leader of critically acclaimed indie-orchestra Dirty Projectors, beganwork on The Getty Address, an ambitious glitch-opera about, Don Henley, leader of the soft-rock group, The Eagles.The album was released in Spring 2005 on the Western Vinyl label to critical success. Inspired by the terrifying scope of the record, self-taught filmmaker, James Sumner, began animating the story in its entirety under the name Vs. Anna Films. With a unique mix of hand-drawn, computer, and cut-out techniques, Sumner has both broadened and deepened the Henley Mythos. Green screen shoots transport Longstreth, as Don Henley, in a hallucinatory digital world. Kung-fu cranes, Neolithic kangaroos, and ancient Aztec gods guide Henley in his epic quest for Love.”

Here’s hoping that people are having equal success with love in the hallucinatory digital worlds of Baltimore, Seattle, Burbank, Pasadena, Orangevale, Boston, Chicago, Oklahoma City, New York, Cincinnati, Hillsboro, Tulsa, Naperville, Los Angeles, Savannah, Hickory, Rock Tavern, Nashville, North Richland Hills, Lilburn, Venice, Sinjhuang City, and London.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

The Shiny Sheen of Chroma

Here at the studio, we’re all a bunch of audiophiles. Rabid record collectors, the lot of us, we also revel in anything new we find in used shops or in travels on the web, from strange sound collages to found audio to outtakes from classic albums. So when we got an e-mail from Danny Adler telling us about his latest project, an inventive album-slash-interactive-project called Chroma, we were all over it. And all the more exciting that he decided to package the whole thing using Jewelboxing. Here’s the story from Danny:

“Chroma, the album, was my thesis project for my Digital Media Design undergraduate degree. In addition to the music and packaging design, the disc contains an interactive Flash application called “Coactive” that will launch upon inserting the disc into a CD-ROM drive. In the game, the user is able to arrange and construct pieces from a song of mine as they wish within an animated and appealing interface. The music is various types of electronic music. I go from badass beats to epic melodic trance to ambient soundscapes to orchestral and back throughout the course of the album. After a few tweaks and edits, I’ve begun selling the album in the Jewelboxing casing, and my listeners love the packaging (and the music too, I think!)”

“My evaluating professors were extremely impressed with all of it, including the super-cool case! It was really great being able to print up 3 great-looking copies at 5 am the day the project was due! I managed to get a panoramic drawing across the front and back covers so when you open it up and look at the outside, you see the whole drawing. You’ll see it in the second image I am attaching. I didn’t use the included disc labels — instead I went for printable silver CDRs and used my inkjet to print right on the discs. Inkjet ink isn’t terribly permanent on that surface (just a little moisture will rub it right off), so I sprayed each disc with clear adhesive. This came with the bonus effect of making the discs super shiny. They look awesome.”

Danny was gracious enough to offer up the following sample tracks from the album:
Haven
Lofi Attitude
Me Semper Maneas (featuring vocals by Aurora)

Here’s to hoping the projects are as inventive and as super shiny in Calgary, Santa Monica, Covington, Seattle, Montreal, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Edmonton, Vancouver, Studio City, Phoenix, Watertown, Newark, Market Rasen, Mount Juliet, Bend, Edmond, Atlanta, Grand Rapids, Austin, New York, Attleboro, Cadillac, Bell, Horsham, Greenwood, Hollywood, and Toronto.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Boxing with ‘Boxing

A terrific piece of work in our own backyard. We recently heard from Kevin Berry, a filmmaker who has just finished up his feature documentary Shadow of a Bout, which follows the stories of four young men from the Roger’s Park neighborhood here in Chicago during their time in the Loyola Park Youth Boxing Team. The film has gotten extremely warm receptions whenever it’s been screened locally, so Kevin took that next big step and began shipping Shadow out to film festivals all over the world. Here’s the whole story, straight from the source:

“I am a filmmaker. My filmmaking process entails taking on multiple creative jobs: writing, shooting and editing among other things. Back in high school I designed cassette tape inserts for my rock ‘n’ roll band; I studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as an undergrad; I took on freelance illustration and graphic design gigs while editing Shadow of a Bout in 2004, and over the nearly five years it’s taken to make the documentary I’ve kept my eyes open for ways to innovate and to make my artistic work dovetail with the business side of my job. I’d seen a lot of different package designs for films on DVD but nothing compared to the Kings I first saw on the Jewelboxing page back in 2005. So I ordered a 20-pack of Kings and it sat under my bed for over a year before this film came into its own. And boy, when that day arrived I felt like a million bucks. I returned home from the community screenings amped up and ready to do the story justice with a package that would make a killer first impression. A good package does not a movie make, yet when the picture has finally found its shape it deserves the best presentation possible. That’s my philosophy and I’m psyched I was able to employ images from the film and from our photographer Stephan Knuesel to round out the Jewelboxing case design and give it the sparkle that would hook people in just like a good movie should. Thanks for putting the tools at my fingertips.”

We’re planning on somehow extracting Kevin’s dedication and enthusiasm and bottling it for retail sale. If this works, we’ll be sending complimentary samples to all those in New York, Toronto, Wichita, Encinitas, Mesa, Chicago, Naperville, Concord, Salinas, Louisville, Ottawa, San Francisco, Terre Haute, Cedar Falls, Los Angeles, Venice, South Bend, Antwerpen, Odessa, Indian Wells, and Pittsboro.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Thanks for the (Case of) Memories

It’s graduation time around, well, everywhere really. And with that usually comes some traffic our way with the need for something to package reels, portfolios, and whatever else students are hoping will land them that great gig. Ivan Brezak Brkan from Zagreb wanted to use his cases a little differently. After years of good times with his friends, he wanted to put together a proper send off, to make sure every one of them could hold onto all those memories they shared. Here’s the whole scoop:

“I’m just finishing college and I know I won’t see a lot of my friends from my class for a long time, which is quite sad when you think about it (in Croatia, each generation has 4-5 classes of 25-30 people). Anyways, we had a lot of fun in “our time” so I wanted to make something special, and decided on an interactive dvd with photos from our various “adventures” such as the trips to Dublin and Graz. Knowing it had to be perfect, I didn’t want to use any old case, so the logical step was to go with the Jewelboxing system which I heard was really practical and high quality. I have to say that the process of making the cases, from Photoshop to print, was quite enjoyable and I would recommend these outstanding cases to anyone who wants quality to be the essence of not only their content, but their packaging as well. My peers were happy with the results and now these cases will hold memories of one of the most enjoyable periods in my life.”

“P.S. Well designed Jewelboxing cases go great with roses, as the ladies love the extra thought.”

We’re going to test out Ivan’s case-with-roses theory immediately, so be expecting a flower delivery person on your door shortly if you live in Atlanta, Marathon, Winston-Salem, Greenwich, Toronto, Dillsburg, New York, Calgary, Los Angeles, Louisville, Valencia, San Francisco, Remscheid, Chicago, Schenectady, Vancouver, Santa Monica, Portland, Little Rock, Dearborn, Detroit, Stamford, Logan, or Ottawa.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

A Family Affair (with robots)

Ronn Kilby, who last year used Jewelboxing for his wedding not once, but twice, in first sending out a video invitation and then a mix disc as a thank you gift to all his guests, has once again returned to us, but this time in the form of a short film. It’s called You-Matic/C-47, and as far as we can tell from the trailers and his excellent cover, it’s got something to do with troublesome robots. Here’s the whole scoop from Ronn:

I make my living writing, producing, shooting, scoring and editing local commercials, corporate videos, and documentaries, plus a day here and there shooting or editing for the network news magazine shows. But man does not live by money-making project alone. Once in a while you have to use your skills and hardware for something completely expressive and fun. When I literally dreamed 75% of a sci-fi script, I got up and wrote it down. Later I fleshed it out so it made sense. Thus came You-Matic/C-47.

But writing the screenplay was not enough. A week later I put out a casting call. Another week and it was cast. A few rehearsals and we were good to go. I figured out what requisite gear I did not have in house, and called all my buds who have even more stuff that I do. They all said, “you got whatever you need, my friend, gratis” so I didn’t have to rent a thing. My son happens to be a great sound man (after 2 years on the road for “Cold Case Files”) so I enlisted him for sound and camera asst. My son-in-law and his brother gripped. My wife catered and handled continuity. My daughter took care of stills, practical effects and makeup. I wrote the music.

We shot on 2 Sony Z1Us in HDV widescreen. Lighting with HMIs and KinoFlo Divas, with a Source Four ellipsoidal for effects. A Hollywood MicroDolly Jib made gliding shots a snap (later pickup shots with an EZFX Jib). Edit was in Avid Xpress Pro-HD. Post effects with Boris Continuum and Particle Illusion. A separate audio recording session was needed for the piano parts, and another for foley.

The film is currently entered in several festivals around the country, but regardless of how it does, it’s already a winner. Because it unexpectedly turned into a family affair and everyone had a ball doing it. Plus the food was great.

We’re already in the process of checking on venues to rent out for the big Jewelboxing party at Cannes to celebrate Ronn’s acceptance, as well as prepping invites for those in Maple Ridge, Amherst, Santa Monica, Huntsville, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Mascoutah, Tucson, Manchester, Pemberton, Highlands Ranch, Bethesda, Troy, Cedar Rapids, Mexico City, Irving, and Gilbert.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

The Photoset We’re Proudest Of

This happened to us once before, where we were poking around the internet and wound up on Flickr, doing a search for any “Jewelboxing” tags that might be out there. Last time we found the terrific Iowa-based photographer Bradley Spitzer, who had used our cases to put together a sampling of his fantastic work for musician Alli Rogers. This time around, we were very pleasantly surprised to find a couple of more tags up there (which we’d like to think says something about our little product, because, really how often are people sticking up photos of those bland “regular” cases?).

First we found the wonderfully talented Rachel James who’s been using Jewelboxing to “satisfy [her] need to be creative and to stand out from most photographers in the Netherlands.” She’d posted a couple of photos of one such project she’d put together for a couple named Harry and Ingrid who were married back in May. Assembled using the Photoshop brushes by Jason Gaylor, like her photo work, the case is a thing of absolute beauty.

The second tagged group we found was by another photographer (no surprise there, being as it was Flickr), Dan LaMee. He had this collection of photos of a shared mix disc he’d made entitled “Manhattan Skyline on a Sub-Freezing Day in December,” featuring said skyline and one of those cool Verbatim vinyl-looking discs instead of the printable ones we include in the kits. We did a little more research and tracked down another project Dan had put together last year; another mix, with another vinyl disc, but this time focused squarely on Valentine’s Day.

The running theme for these great happened-upon finds? They look fantastic. And although we’re 99.999% sure the reason they look so fantastic is due to the all of Dan’s and Rachel’s talents, we’d like to use that .001% and say that Jewelboxing helped highlight their skills.

And we’re hoping that .001% is helping everyone out right now in New York, Princeton, Durham, Chicago, Louisville, Newark, Seattle, Phoenix, Washington DC, Miami, Salinas, Salt Lake City, Baton Rouge, Sunnyvale, Sheridan, Calgary, New Albany, Champaign, Timonium, Plano, Atlanta, London, San Francisco, New Haven, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Pasadena, and Oakland.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Comping Up Samples

Photographing a Jewelboxing case isn’t the easiest thing to do. You’re taking a snapshot of a very shiny, clear surface, but you don’t want any of the shine. It’s kind of like taking a picture of a mirror, but you don’t want any of the reflection. But over time, even though we still haven’t found a sure fire method of reaching perfection, we’ve picked up a few tricks to make it work most of the time. So we were talking around the studio of maybe making a tutorial about this for the blog. But then it dawned on us that we have these terrific cases Susan painstakingly built in Photoshop that allow us to really easily drop in cover images and essentially build a virtual case. It’s how we make all the sample case images we use here on the site. So why not just share those? It would give potential customers who haven’t used the system yet a chance to try some ideas out and see how their finished product would end up. It would allow for people to put together comps to show to their own clients. And for current Jewelboxing users with something they already have out there in the market, they could use these templates to show how great their product looks. Seems like a win-win for everyone. So without further ado, here they are for your downloading pleasure:

 

And, of course, here’s some tips on how to use them:

* Bring your images into this Photoshop file and place them in the folder labeled “Your Images Go Here.” To fit the cover, just go to Edit –> Transform –> Distort. Then just manipulate your design so it fits on top. Same will apply with the sides and edges. Then just turn off the red samples we have in there now, so there’s no accidental bleed through on the sides.

* To make that whole process easier, there are three mattes in the folder marked “Mattes.” Just turn one of those on and you’ll have the surrounding area grayed out.

* The side, gutter, and edge can be a little tricky if you’re trying to work in your own images. If you’d like to skip that process, and draw the focus to the cover, just change the Color Overlay on each of the side to whatever you’d like.

* We’ve locked the folders “Case” and “Shine” because you’ll likely never need to touch anything in there. But if you want to change anything to fit your preferences, have at it.

We hope you’ll find this as useful as we have, and that it leads to lots of successful pitches, ideas, and sales. We’re sure all three are happening, in ultra-rapid-succession in Vancouver, New York, Santa Monica, Franklin, Southfield, Portland, Denver, Culver City, Stavanger, Grundy Center, San Francisco, Pleasant Hill, Somerville, Lakewood, Stamford, Davis, Pennsauken, Worcester, Grand Rapids, Brooklyn, Morristown, Toronto, and Miami Beach.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

From Our Studio, To Yours

Most often, our customers come to Jewelboxing with all their supplies ready to go. They just need the paper and the cases. But you’d be surprised how often we’ve gotten questions from the same person, who ask things like, “What kind of printer works best?” “Can you recommend a type of disc to use?” and “How do you guys apply disc labels without having them not line up properly?” The more we received these questions, both from people new to all of this and those experienced designers who suddenly found themselves in need of creating some eye-catching packaging, we got to thinking about some sort of all-inclusive kit. And thus, the Jewelboxing Studio was born.

The kit, which comes in three boxes, includes every single thing you’ll need to make a run of 100 cases (except for a computer and design software, of course). There are 100 Jewelboxing King cases and trays, 120 custom-milled and coated trayliners and insert books (we throw that extra 20 in there, just in case you catch a typo or forget to put in a new ink cartridge), 120 disc labels, 100 super high-quality, completely textless Taiyo Yuden CD-Rs or DVD-Rs, 100 very strong corrugated disc mailers, 200 protective pads for mailing, 120 printable mailing labels, a disc applicator for perfect alignment, an example case with alignment templates included on the disc, which work with Photoshop, InDesign, and pretty much everything else. To top it off, also included is a Canon Pixma iP4200 Inkjet printer, with 2 extra sets of ink cartridges and a USB cable for quick setup. It’s a big batch of stuff, to be sure.

The best thing about it all is that you’re getting the materials that we use here at the studio. We’ve been embarrassed by discs we’ve burnt that didn’t seem to play on a client’s machine, but never by these by Taiyo Yuden. We’ve heard back from people who received a cracked case we sent them before we figured out the best method of shipping, using the included, very sturdy corrugated mailers and spongy pad thingamabobs. We’ve tried dozens of printers, and we’ve found that the Pixma works best with our paper, at a reasonable price. And now we all have one at our desks. So with the Jewelboxing Studio kit, not only are you getting everything you need for a project, you’re also getting the benefit of these last couple of years of our own trial-and-error solutions.

Sure, the Studio won’t be for everyone, but for those who need it, we think it’ll be a terrific, immediate answer to a project that requires one-stop shopping, instead of spending the whole day searching around for all the components.

Here’s to hoping there are studios are buzzing with all kinds of Jewelboxing activity in Columbus, Stanford, Toronto, Corvallis, Oakland, Burr Ridge, Kansas City, Culver City, Winston Salem, Chicago, Rolling Meadows, Webster Groves, Venice, Chislehurst, Torquay, Kalamazoo, Hopkins, Camarillo, Brooklyn, New York, Whistler, Reston, and Ferndale.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

A Page Turn Never Looked So Good

Chalk it up to another “first” for us. Chris Okamoto, head of the terrific firm Illumen Studios, just a few miles away from us out in Evanston, sent in a sample this week of the firm’s promos materials, packaged in a Jewelboxing King case. Of course the design terrific, but Chris also passed along a link to a site they’d built, an online version of what’s included on the disc. At the very top, there’s an animated copy of their Jewelboxing cover insert, opening and closing. Sure, we’ve all seen Flash at work before, but how often do you open a page and find that it relates to you? So needless to say, we were thoroughly impressed and very pleased that Chris and his team at Illumen enjoyed Jewelboxing enough to, well, animate it. Here’s a little about their company and this project:

“Illumen Studios is a design company that creates interactive marketing, training, and eLearning solutions. We wanted a clean and simple solution for Illumen’s marketing materials that would leave a memorable impression. Illumen produces interactive work for the medical, hi-tech, and architectural industries so it was important that the piece speak to a variety of audiences. Chris Okamoto designed the piece as an extension of the company’s website, strengthening the overall brand while integrating the visual experience and touchpoints. The Jewelboxing solution proved to be an excellent choice, one that has left a lasting impact with clients.”

Influenced by Illumen’s work, we’re currently in the process of building interactive sites and animations about the people in Montclair, New York, Broomfield, Vancouver, Montreal, Arden Hills, Tunkhannock, Winnepeg, Dallas, Rockford, Culver City, West Hollywood, Portland, Los Angeles, Seattle, Oceanside, Pasadena, La Grange, Reisterstown, and Poughkeepsie.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

“Can you recommend a good way to ship my Jewelboxing case?”

We get this question at least a few times every week from people who want to make sure their hard work arrives as beautiful as it was when they put it together.

When we started Jewelboxing, we knew we were going to be sending out samples of the cases from time to time, so we needed to find a package that was not only cost-effective, inexpensive to ship, but also something that provided protection against the drops and bumps it would inevitably receive during its journey through the Postal System. After digging around a bit, trying different things out, we came up with two options:

The first is the Jiffy #2 Padded Mailer. It measures 8 1/2″ x 12″ which the perfect size for both cases, the Standards and Kings. We’ve found that they also hold two cases rather well too, which is great when we have send off a request for a sample of each. The only thing to remember is that if you do wind up sending two together, just make sure there’s something between the cases, so they don’t scuff each other during shipping.

The second option is the Self-Seal DVD Mailer. We tend to use this one for sending out international samples because it’s made of corrugated cardboard and can take more of a beating. It, too, can hold two cases, but, again, we’d recommend adding some padding between them.

For that in-between padding, here at the studio we use 1/8″ x 6″ x 6″ Foam Sheets, one placed on each side of the case in the mailer. This helps keep the case itself from moving around and also adds a bit more protection.

So there you have it, all the items we use to make sure the cases we send out arrive safe and sound. We’ve already caught wind that postal services the world over are in awe of the packages being sent out by those in Honolulu, Chesterland, New York, Pearcy, Miami, Venice, Harrisburg, Laguna Niguel, Anchorage, Chatsworth, Formby, Durham, Lancaster, Deer Park, Eastport, Saskatoon, London, Vancouver, Montreal, Phoenix, Chicago, Charleston, Brunswick, Malibu, Helsinki, and Stockholm.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

In the Desert With Country, Pop, and Robot Cowboys

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; one of the joys of Jewelboxing is getting to hear from artists, musicians, and filmmakers, and learning about their projects. This week, we had that experience when we received the debut record by The Qualia and got a chance to talk with band member, Lars Casteen and Max Fenton, who designed the album using our Standard cases. The music is fantastic, an eclectic mix somewhere between electro-pop and an Ennio Morricone score(fans of The Decemberists might also like to know that we think Lars sounds a lot like Colin Meloy). On the design side, the case follows the themes in the album, with terrific, worn illustrations and familiar woodtype. Here’s the whole scoop. First from Lars:

“We really wanted to make a record that worked conceptually without being terribly rigid, so we decided a good middle ground would be to give the record a setting; the desert. And to connect the songs’ styles, we integrated elements of country and pop. The record flows gradually from over-the-top stories of the old west to the more banal accounts of everyday life. One of our goals was to have each song have a distinctive feel that matched its subject matter, while letting the whole album feel cohesive. For example, ‘Nevada’s Greatest Man,’ is about a tall-tale-style cowboy who also happens to be a robot. It feels fairly big, dramatic, and aggressive. ‘Center of the Solar System’ is about the immoral, selfish conclusions about suburban living and feels like a radio-friendly, guitar-pop single.”

“People might be interested in the record if they like 80’s and 90’s synth pop, but wanted a greater sense of purpose from the music. The songs are hopefully fun to listen to, and if we’ve done our job, don’t feel fraught with pretension. But we aren’t really interested in making overly ironic or emotional dishonest music, either. When we’re recording a song about a home-built sports car that the protagonist drives into space to meet with angels, our tongues are certainly a bit in cheek, but hopefully we’re getting at something real too.”

And from Max:

“Lars and I collaborated to create a plastic, European design to both support the electronic nature of the music and make the most of printing inkjet onto matte paper. Bold colors, vectored drawings, and a narrative created by the movement of the sun from panel to panel. With that in mind, I treated each panel as a painting. Nevada’s state flag provided the banner and an abundant source of abstract shapes to color with. I chose Clarendon becuase it’s what my buddy Andrew uses for The Believer, a magazine as smart and meticulous as The Qualia’s album. All the rest was conversation, experimentation, and an openness to making changes.”

“Design work always has the possibility of going sour, but when you’re working with your best friend, you make sure that doesn’t happen. We live in different states and keeping our conversation open through phone and e-mail let us stay close, realize his vision, and make a demo that will have a serious shot at being heard. The Jewelboxing templates definitely gave me a running start and let me put my effort into design instead of those printing details that always go wrong.”

We know it’s only a matter of time before Lars gets this terrific album into the hands of a big label, and we’re glad to have been a part of their future success. Same applies to all those in Cincinnati, Laguna Niguel, Mayaguez, Pasadena, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Studio City, Oakland, Toronto, Dallas, Wilton, Thornhill, Chatham, Houston, Desert Hot Springs, Muncie, South Charleston, Shawnee, Madison, Castle Rock, New York, San Diego, Sicklerville, Ann Arbor, St. Augustine, Culver City, Bozeman, and Berlin.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Preferable Preforations

In the interest of always trying to provide the best possible product, we’ve recently revised the perforations on the paper that comes with each of our Jewelboxing kits. Last year, if you’ll remember, we spent a couple of months testing out different stocks of high-quality paper options, and ultimately went with a superior, custom-milled stock that we found held ink better and would have more compatibility with nearly every kind of ink jet printer. This time around, we’ve returned to looking at our paper because we’d heard from a few customers that, when they were printing, most often on older ink jets, the occasional perforation on a sheet would catch and tear off (if you’re not familiar with the system, that’s not usually supposed to happen until after you’re all done printing). So we took a look at the sheets, played around with some different ideas, and decided that it might be wise to have the paper layout re-cut, so the perforations weren’t all the way out to the edges, and thus, less chance of accidental tearing.

That said, this paper with the new perforations started shipping out this month and we’re really happy with the way it turned out. It’s a slight alteration but we like to think it’s the details that make the Jewelboxing system better than other options.

We’re sure the benefits of these new cuts are being reaped in by the truckload by those in Vancouver, Chicago, Santa Monica, Minneapolis, Boston, Roanoke, Alexandria, New York, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Saint Charles, San Francisco, Hagerstown, Baltimore, East Rutherford, Charlotte, Houston, Warren, Yellowknife, Astoria, Bainbridge Island, New Berlin, and Cocolalla.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Jewelboxing Helps Get ‘Porn’ Into Churches

Very often, we’ll get a sample in from a Jewelboxing user with something totally unique. But what we found when we opened an envelope sent into us by Rob Supan, of Ohio-based Gate Creative, the other day really took us back a bit. But instead of us ruining the surprise of what it was, here’s the whole rundown of the project by Rob (who also, it sounds, was initially a little shocked):

 

“The guys atXXXchurch.compresented us with a project: They had a DVD of one of their first PornSundays held at the Peoples Church in Nashville that needed a better packaging solution than the trigger case they were shipping it in. Now, if you’re not familiar with XXXchurch or if you’re hearing the term PornSunday for the first time you think, “This has to be a joke, right?!” It’s not. Craig Gross and Mike Foster put the ministry together four years ago and positioned it as ‘The #1 Christian Porn Site’, but it’s not what you think. It’s an ANTI porn ministry that encourages accountability to those who struggle with porn. And while they’ve had a great deal of success spreading the word at adult expos, porn shows, and the seedier corners of the internet, taking the message to a church on Sunday morning is another story. Seems churches don’t like discussing topics like porn from the pulpit, so we worked with XXXchurch to put together National PornSunday, a nation-wide effort to take the XXXchurch message to churches across the country. But in order to be taken seriously by the nation’s pastors, the packaging of the marketing materials had to have a good bit more polish to the presentation than the made-in-the-basement approach of the existing DVD.”

“As soon as Craig handed me the disk, I knew that I had my first large scale Jewelboxing opportunity. We comped up a sample knowing that as soon as the guys saw it they’d be sold. The case really sold itself. I just got to look like a genius for putting it in front of them. The before and after pictures illustrate the huge improvement. The quantity they ordered presented a small challenge, though… too large a number to produce on the office ink jet, but too small a number to send to a commercial printer. The solution was to use a local printer who could run the templates on a Xerox Digital Color 2060. I was hesitant at first, but after doing a few test runs we were able to nail it. Then came the assembly. We all got together one evening, had a great meal, and then spent the rest of the night perfing, folding, and inserting until they were completed. My kids loved it! The 10-year-old handled the tray inserts, the 2-year-old stacked (and frequently unstacked) the cases, while the 4 and 5-year-old collected the scraps and produced their own projects… Now along with 100s of great looking DVDs, we have a killer set of PornSunday woven placemats!”

“The DVD has gone from being a cheap throw-in to a great marketable product and has helped to position the ministry as one of the leading voices in the area of online accountability. And National PornSunday… It was a huge success with over 100 churches across the county and overseas all participating in a one day event to becoming the strength and hope for thousands struggling with this dirty little secret.”

So certainly one of the more unique projects we’ve seen Jewelboxing put to use for. Though we have high expectations for everyone in Knutsford, London, Lachine, Saint Charles, Paco de Arcos, Washington DC, Portland, Grimsby, Livonia, Charlotte, Austin, Missoula, New York, San Diego, South Haven, Dallas, Brownsburg, Brooklyn, Pasadena, Tucson, Colorado Springs, Bath, Winnepeg, Yucca Valley, Carson, Cupertino, Ashland, Gretna, Toronto, Bradford, Ottawa, Cherry Hill, Cambridge, Chicago, and Greenwood Village.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Found Through Photos

We ran into Jewelboxing user Bradley Spitzer completely by accident. We were looking around on Flickr for a long lost photo we were pretty sure was laying around somewhere, tagged for some event we’d all been at. But that’s neither here nor there, because we followed a “Jewelboxing” tag and there was Bradley’s work, in all its well-designed, photographic splendor.We were so impressed by his case, along with his other photography work (check out his “My 50 Favorites”), that we tracked him down and asked if he wouldn’t mind sharing some info about the project. Here’s the scoop:

“The project that you saw on Flickr was an interesting one. I was a volunteer photographer at a indoor, 24 hour music festival at the end of December. During the festival there were a variety of established artists and young ones as well. One of the artists, Alli Rogers, has a local connection (not to me) and is just beginning to take off. After getting back from the festival (and recuperating, ’cause it was incredibly tiring) I noticed on her website that she just had some horrible live photos.”

“So I contacted her management company and asked if they would be interesting in having the photos for any future promotion. They said yes. I knew about Jewelboxing and decided to buy a set of Kings because I wanted them to actually hold onto something physical, professional. Nothing’s come out of it yet, but it was definitely worth the time and energy it took to put it together.”

If you’re anywhere in the Midwest and looking for a photographer, Bradley’s your guy. The man has loads of talent to spare, and we’re thrilled that he used Jewelboxing to highlight his work. We’re also very happy for everyone in Sparks, Venice, Hudson, Santa Monica, Mount Hawthorn, Mukwonago, San Mateo, Praha, Coral Gables, Wood Dale, Burbank, Mankato, Miami, Sydney, East Eallingford, Carlsbad, Saskatoon, Louisville, Washington, Plano, Chicago, Rockford, Manhattan Beach, Oakland, Baltimore, Dallas, El Segundo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Kennesaw, and Culvery City.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

The Sum of Its Parts

Inspired by this article about the individual parts of a compact disc on the great site, CoverTalk, we wanted to do a similar post, but about Jewelboxing. So we setup a lightbox in the conference room and roped in our resident photographer in the studio, Bryan, to zoom in and make everything look beautiful. And that he did. Maybe even too well. Once he passed the photos back over to us and saw how terrific they looked, we felt like maybe doing some long write-up might take away from these cool images. So that said, here’s a little bit of writing on the various pieces, but remember that the emphasis is all on the pretty pictures.

Curved Case Corners One of the things that makes Jewelboxing so appealing are the perfectly rounded corners. Here you see non-hinge section of the case, with the tray insert, and the King booklet, not yet put in place.

 

 

The Paper The paper included is custom-milled and coated, specifically designed to be super-bright and work exceptionally well with consumer-grade, ink jet printers. Each sheet is double sided, so you’re able to print all the interiors and exteriors with equal results. Here we see a trayliner sheet about to be put in.

 

 

Reinforced Hinges and Tray Inserts The Jewelboxing system’s case consists of very sturdy plastic pieces. The hinges are reinforced, as you see from the shape in this photo. We’re also seeing here a tray insert about to snapped into the case. We say “snapped” because when you press down on the tray, you’ll hear it actually snap in, so you know it’s secure.

 

 

 

 

Advanced Locking Clasp A problem with most casing systems is that they don’t always stay securely fastened. Jewelboxing’s Advanced LockingClasp features two molded pieces on the top of the case that fit into two pieces on the bottom. Once they’re locked together, the case is as sturdy as can be. And if you try to open it without reading the instructions (“Press” it says), you’ll find it pretty difficult to crack it open.

 

 

Two-disc Hub We get calls every once in awhile from people like the look of Jewelboxing, but want something that can hold two discs. That’s a great request, because we can immediately fulfill it. Jewelboxing cases, in both the Standard and King sizes, have a two-disc hub, which essentially means that it’s twice the size of one found in a normal case, and stores two discs easily and safely, with plenty of distance between the two.

 

 

The SJB301/4-E Tab If you thought you were going to get all the way through a description of all the pieces of something without hearing a complicated number, here’s where you’re proved wrong. The tab, shown here, has a complex name, but performs a simple, but very effective task: holding the case’s cover. The tabs are just slightly larger than those found on your typical case and thus, are much more secure and much easier to work with as you remove the printed cover to look at the liner notes.

We hope this inside look at Jewelboxing will be valuable to you in some way, or you’ve at least enjoyed Bryan’s photos. We’re certain that every nook and cranny has been memorized now by the people in Hamburg, Bacup, Brooklyn, Decatur, Chicago, Tempe, Seattle, Palo Alto, Halifax, Mountain View, McAllen, New York, Brookline, Vancouver, Ridgefield, San Francisco, London, Baltimore, Toronto, Boulder, Bloomington, Tucson, Omaha, Sausalito, Roseville, Washington, Ottawa, Colorado Springs, and Irvine.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

The Why’s and How’s of How-To

We’ve been wanting to make this tutorial video for Jewelboxingfor a while now. Sure, we have a lot written up about all the pieces the make up the system and how people use the system. But it’s one thing to read through how something works, or even just browse through photos. It’s another thing entirely, something much more clear and concise, when you can actually show each and every moment of a process. We thought it might help newcomers to the site understand what the system is all about, and for those who’ve just ordered, to give them a little heads up on how easy the whole thing is going to be. And that’s why we wanted to make a video.

So on Friday of last week, we sat down and figured out just how to go about it. We decided to set up on Dawson’s desk because, unlike most of ours, his is usually clean. Unfortunately, we ran into a snag early on, as the two tripods we tried out couldn’t seem to raise the camera up high enough to really get the perfect view, the view that a Jewelboxing user would see when putting together their own case. We were stumped for a minute until we remembered the gigantic ladder we have in the storage room. “You want to make a jib?” somebody asked. So we made a shaky, but entirely useable jib and it gave us a terrific bird’s eye view of the desk. We opened the windows up, letting in a bunch of light, and then set Dawson to work in putting together a copy of our King Case sample, narrating all the while.

We couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out and really hope it provides some good use to someone out there. But hey, if anything, we got to have a lot of fun building something on a Friday afternoon, and we didn’t even break the camera. Imagine that.

Almost postive that they’ve already made dozens of attractive cases in Lancaster, Alhambra, Huntington Station, New York, Rocklin, Preverenges, Remscheid, Columbia, Ft. Myers, Albuquerque, Watt, Scarborough, Toronto, Warrenville, Ladera Ranch, Antwerp, Aveiro, San Diego, Burr Ridge, Chesterfield, Raleigh, Philadelphia, Santa Monica, Washington, Long Beach, Stone Mountain, Hove, Hamburg, Dorking, and Louisville.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Official Disc Casing System of the Living Dead

We liked filmmaker Jeremiah Lewis right away after reading this line in his bio: “Roger Corman has classics, why can’t I?” And why not, indeed. All it takes is a script, dedication, some neighbors who don’t mind being doused in red dye and corn syrup, and a camera. Doesn’t hurt if you know what you’re doing too, which, after seeing Lewis’ new film, Red State, it’s certain that he does. Here’s the whole scoop:

Red State began as a goof off project for my annual Memorial Day get-together at my brother’s house in Fort Worth, Texas. Shot over two days with minimal budget and a handful of neighbors playing zombie extras, it took a further five months to edit, create visual effects, and add sound and music. When designing the packaging, I felt Red State deserved something more than the black Wal-Mart DVD case could provide. I had read about Jewelboxing a while ago, and it seemed like a good option to go with.”

“Though I don’t have an inkjet printer, I found a colour laser printer that seemed to like all the template paper. Still, the Jewelboxing system gave me the kind of control I have always wanted for designing my movie cases. My next Memorial Day project has already begun pre-production, and though there are a lot of things still yet to be done on it, one thing I don’t have to worry about is what cases I’ll be using for the DVDs.”

We’re reserving the first doses of our anti-zombie stockpile for the fine people of Atlanta, New York, Tarzana, Columbus, Fort Washington, Falls Church, Corona, Waldorf, Victorville, Rutland, Slippery Rock, Chicago, Santa Monica, Wilsonville, Hacienda Heights, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Absecon, Remscheid, Westport, Canyon Country, Portland, Omaha, Piper City, St. Louis, West Lafayette, Watkinsville, Gross Pointe Park, and Mentor.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Just Our Type

Typeology, the new web-based typography magazine, is the kind of thing that simultaneously makes us l

 

ove the internet more than ever while also making us tremendously happy that Jewelboxing is being put to such terrific use. The magazine itself is fantastic, filled to the brim with interesting new fonts submitted by all kinds of type foundries and typophiles alike, fantastic design work showing the fonts in action, and in-depth interviews with each of their creators. What’s more, the whole thing is free downloadable PDF. And if you like what you’ve seen on the electronic pages therein and want to start using some of the typefaces you’ve fallen madly in love with, that’s where Jewelboxing comes in. For a very reasonable fee, the magazine sells a disc-based copy of itself, beautifully packaged using our King cases, which also includes every single font they discuss. It’s a brilliant system, we’re thrilled to see the System being put to such great use, and we wish Typeology the best of luck with all their future issues. So far, they’re off to a terrific start.

In our spare time, we are creating typefaces based on the strong emotions we feel for the people in Sao Paulo, Grand Rapids, Montreal, Ann Arbor, Columbus, Helena, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Staten Island, Pasadena, Kansas City, Buford, Greenville, Boca Raton, San Carlos, Wauwatosa, Glen Allen, Hadley, San Diego, Elmont, Richmond, Brooklyn, Redmond, Pittsburgh, Greenwich, El Segundo, Northbrook, Piedmont, and Minneapolis.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

It’s All The Talk in Delray Beach

When Jewelboxing user, Jess Kadar, sent in what she’d recently put together using our cases, it made us feel all warm and happy inside. That’s not to say we’re not always tingling with delight when we see Jewelboxing put to good use, but this was fine design plus it was as sweet as all get out. Here’s the whole scoop, directly from Jess:

“I just have to say how much I love Jewelboxing and how well it’s been working out for me. I bought the jb kit to make DVDs of my wedding pics, which worked out nicely. But what *really* impressed people was when I used Jewelboxing to package my grandma Ethel’s 90th birthday video. (I had transferred 90 years of film and photos to DV and edited it into a tearjerking 20 minute film.) Now all the retirees in Delray Beach want to know where they can get a video like Ethel’s.

I know it’s not hard for a grandchild to impress her Jewish grandmother…but it IS hard to impress her friends who insist that their grandchildren are the best, smartest, most creative, etc. With Jewelboxing, it is indeed possible to silence them. I’d even say it’s the next best thing to being (or marrying) a Jewish doctor.”

We’re positive there are friends of grandmothers being impressed like crazy in Pittsburgh, Arlington Heights, Toronto, Cincinnati, Eugene, Los Angeles, Villa Ridge, Cresskill, Chester, Houston, Valencia, Pasadena, Mountain View, Napa, Westborough, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Providence, Portland, Monument, Mississauga, Rutland, Dunfermline, Minneapolis, and Bristol.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

To Have and To Hold

It may appear as a bit of cross promotion, but fear not. Over at The Show, we sold out of our Dead Can Dance European Tour Box Sets in record time, almost as soon as it was announced (the band’s fans are nothing if not incredibly dedicated). But we thought you might like to see how we’re using Jewelboxing in connection with our own products.

For this particular box set, we had to come up with a solution wherein we could collect twelve shows, with two discs per night, into one attractive package. We’d been using Jewelboxing for the individual shows from the start and we wanted to keep to that, but the trick was connecting this large batch together in an approachable way. We looked at various ways to keep them together, but in the end, opted for a band of high quality, heavy stock printed paper that would wrap around the eight discs, leaving them exposed on the top and bottom for easy access, but plenty secure enough to have the cases not slip around all over the place and get scratched up. In the end, we were plenty pleased with the results. It’s a simple, cost-effective solution that maybe you can use if you run into some project that will require multiple discs, extra copies, etc.

 

We’re planning to send multiple copies of us doing numerous karaoke versions of “You Light Up My Life” to the people in Waterloo, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Albany, Ventura, Fort Worth, Ottawa, Polk City, Provo, Portland, Norfolk, Lakeside, Canyon Country, Seattle, Goshen, Whitby, Sicklerville, Winston Salem, Eden Prairie, and Shoreview.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

How To Be a Hero

It’s pretty simple, really. First, have your wife and daughter sit down at the family iMac with a pile of CDs and select a list of songs for a mix CD. Organize and burn it with iTunes. Put it in the family car and listen to it obsessively for a week. Debate the track selection and order at every opportunity. Have them go back to the iMac, revise the playlist, and email the artists and song titles to you at work.

Marry a woman with a great photographic eye. (OK, maybe that part’s not so simple.) Have her select a portrait-shaped image of your daughter’s beautiful face and a landscape-shaped image from a previous trip to the zoo, and have her email those out of iPhoto to you at the studio.

Sit down with your daughter and discuss the relative merits of various titles for this birthday party CD. This will feel surprisingly like a client meeting. You will have a couple “perfect” titles that describe in a brilliantly concise manner the exact feeling that the list if songs will communicate to her friends and their families. She will insist on calling it “My Life is 7.” You will lose this argument.

Find a free hour at work. Import the portrait-sized photo into the Freehand (or whatever app you prefer) Jewelboxing template for the outside of the insert book. Place it on the right side of the page. Crop the image on its left side along the guide for the horizontal center of the page. Let it bleed off the three other sides. Lay the headline, set in a sensible typeface like Gill Sans, across the image with another small line of copy that says “Isabelle’s Birthday Party at The Zoo, June 6, 2004” stack-centered and set in white to reverse nicely out of the photo.

Import the landscape image into the same template, size and crop it as if it were going to cover the entire insert book template and bleed off all four sides. Send it to the back, behind the portrait image. Set the playlist so it reverses out of the left side photo. Print out a test and then 13 more. Set aside.

Open the template for the tray-liner inside. Copy and paste the landscape image from the previous template into it and align it so the right half of the image covers the entire template area. Print out a test and 13 more. Set aside.

While still in the tray-liner template, bring the “disc shape” layer to the front. Select the landscape image, copy and then paste that inside the disc shape. Copy that. Open the disc label templates and paste. Put the circle filled with the cropped landscape image over each of the two disc shapes on this template. Add text if you’d like. Print a test and then six more of these.

Open the template for the tray-liner outside and fill it with a solid color. Repeat the headline in white in small letters rotated 90 degrees clockwise. Put that on the part of the template that will be the spine of the final case. Put the already printed tray-liner paper back in the printer with the blank side out, print a test and then 13 more.

Gather all that stuff and bring it home. Assemble the packages at the kitchen table with your daughter. I’d suggest you taking responsibility for applying the disc labels and detaching and folding the tray-liners. She can do pretty much everything else. Head upstairs to the iMac. Burn the 13 labeled CD’s and snap them into the cases. This next part is very important. While at the party at zoo, please try to not lose any kids. Hand out the discs as party favors. Ta-da.

For even more fun, try this in Santa Cruz, Wenonah, Billings, Barrie, Ithica or San Francisco.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Between a Little and a Lot

In response to several inquiries we thought we’d better update and repost this entry.

Our systems are great for smallish quantities of disc packages. Your ability to customize makes creating one-offs easy. Even 100 copies is no big deal. We’ve done 175 in an afternoon for one client’s film and 300 for a friend’s music-house reel and we have customers who have done as many as 500 by hand on a consumer-grade printer. We also have customers who have produced thousands of copies. Most of the time they use our super-precise templates to create the file that a print-shop uses to cut dies. It’s a one-time cost of a couple hundred bucks and for a big run it works out great.

Lately though, we’ve had a number of inquiries from people who need to make 600-1000 packages and don’t want to go through the trouble or cost of die-cutting. The best solution in that situation is to buy the cases in bulk and also the tray-liner paper. The tray-liner is a very complicated die-cut with rounded corners and scores for all the spines. And it needs to be perfect. Just run that pre-perfed paper through a sheet-fed printer and then have your replicator screen the art on the discs. The last piece is creating the insert books. It’s a simple job for any print-shop as the die-cut for that is just a folded rectangle. Voila.

Bulk pricing for cases and paper starts at quantities of 600. Write us at the link above for a quote. If you need less than that but more than 200 we’ll make you a deal. In general, we’ll give you a 100pack free for each four you purchase. Just let us know what you need and we’ll try to accomodate.

Thanks to Lubbock, NYC, Montclair, Wexford, Waikato, LA, Charlbury, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, Thornhill, San Jose and Chattanooga.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Giving It Away

Anyone who orders a kit from us at between now and midnight, Sunday, December 11th, gets a copy of a DVD containing our goofy short film Copy Goes Here free of charge. In case you didn’t know, Jewelboxing is part of Coudal Partners in Chicagoand this is our attempt at what the smart guys might call ‘synergy.’

The disc also contains Scott Smith’s movie Ten, in which a man violates all Ten Commandments before breakfast, plus Slowtron’s How to BBQ a Man which is pretty self-explanatory, and Steve Delayhoyde’s 238 Miles, an excrutiating drive from Iowa to Chicago listening to just one song, “Dancing Queen” by ABBA.

Make a bulk order this week and we’ll toss in a stylish CGH tee shirt too. Write crew at jewelboxing dot com for information on that.

Since you’re not paying for the movie, keep your smartypants comments about our acting abilities to yourself willya? And yes, regifting of the movie is encouraged.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Documenting Good Design

Over the last couple of days, we’ve been talking with LA-based photographer, Brandon Moreles about a project he recently finished up using Jewelboxing. As is often the case (pun!), we were introduced to Brandon’s work when he sent over a photo of his project, all dressed up extra fancy in a set of Jewelboxing kings. His cover really impressed the whole lot of us, as did the interior. And when he sent over some links to his work, that sealed the deal. Here’s Brandon’s scoop on the project:

“I’m a photographer based out of California particularly keen on long term documentary projects. This one, titled ‘LA DANZA’ is a documentary project on Native American dancers shot over the last few years throughout California. I chose Jewelboxing for this project mainly because most of the DVDs were going to a lot of different people I shot over the years and the king cases gave then that slightly more sleek, stand-out, professional look you don’t see often enough in packaging.

You’ll quite often find that sleek, stand-out, professional look among the fine people in Moorestown, Menlo Park, New York, St. Augustine, Encinitas, Needham, Dallas, Irvine, San Francisco, Newtownabbey, St. Louis, Seattle, Chicago, Honolulu, Washington, Brooklyn, Crystal Lake, Pompano Beach, Elmont, Bend, Mississauga, Atlanta, Coronado, Irvington, San Juan, Basingstoke, Monroe, Potomac, Vancouver, Nashua, Venice, Schaumburg, Perth, and Burnaby.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog