Carson Workshops

Jewelboxing is proud to be a supporter of the upcoming Carson Workshop “How to Build a Professional Database-Driven Website” in London next month. The one-day workshop, taught by two of the most innovative developers in the field, Mike Buzzard (of k10k and Cuban Council) and Chris Lea (of Media Temple and Newstoday), will cover everything you need to know about building an enterprise-level, database-driven website, with a focus on PHP, Apache, and MySQL.

But in addition to the vast, mind-boggling array of knowledge you’ll walk away with, you’ll also be treated to a bundle of goodies and discounts, including 15% off hosting through Media Temple, and a 40% discount on Zend PHP Certification. You’ll also get a copy of The Web Developer’s Survival Kit, a disc filled with loads of development ideas, tools, script, and code, all packed in an attractive, perfectly-designed, king-sized Jewelbox. The big day is Saturday, February 19th, from 9am to 6pm at Oyster Partners’ Studio in London. The workshop is down to its last few seats, so if you’re interested, jump on board now by registering at www.carsonworkshops.com.

Many thanks to the fantastic, surely-soon-to-be Zend PHP Certified in Chicago, Starkville, NYC, Caribou, Huntington Park, St. Paul, Vineland, Toronto, Odense, Marietta, Middleboro, Chestnut Hill, Manhattan, Cork, Middleboro, LA, Durant and Atlanta.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Taste and Discrimination

Here’s what Dan Jewelboxed for the holidays. We’re not sure what all these other people Jewelboxed, but given their taste and discrimination we expect it was something beautiful, in Rapid River, Holmes Chapel, Stone Mountain, Indianapolis, Ottawa, Regina, Decatur, Encinitas, Emerald Hills, Lansdale, North Hills, Plano, Rockford, Fredericksburg, Granger, Sandim, NYC, Montclairm, Columbus, Diest, Costa Mesa, Newbury Park, St. Agatha, St. Augustine, Watertown, Salt Lake City, St. Agatha, Mill Valley, Edmonton., Santa Barbara, Brooklyn, Easthampton, Anaheim, Virginia Beach, Jacksonville, Birmingham, Holly Springs, Athens, Council Bluffs, Canton, Urbana, Knoxville, Honeoye Falls, Huber Heights, Sacramento, Jefferson City, Palatine, Clifton, DC, LA, Gilroy, Warrendale, Slidell, Carlstadt, Houston, Hatboro, Old Hickory, West Hollywood, Seattle, London, Louisville, Pineville, Chicago, La Jolla, Orchard Park, Mequon, Redmond, San Francisco, Scarborough, Downers Grove, Orlando, Fort Worth, Charlotte, Plantation, Palo Alto, Toronto, Acworth and Fairfield.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Our Life in Pictures

We asked for a Mom or Dad with design skills to write us a note if they’d like to try our system free of charge and document the creative and production process. Andrea Buchanan, author of “Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It” (Seal Press, 2003) and managing editor of LiteraryMama.com, an online literary magazine, answered our call. Here’s Andi’s account of completing a run of photo CD’s to be given as gifts.

I was very excited to participate in this project, as I had been planning to put together a CD of photos to send as a gift to relatives, but was stuck on exactly how to create a package that would be more appealing than the standard slim CD case. Once I downloaded the files from jewelboxing.com, I decided to use the Photoshop templates – I would have preferred to use Quark, but Quark and my printer were not getting along, so I ended up designing everything using Photoshop.

I had a concept in mind for the first design – my husband had taken a series of photos that had great light and nice color balance, and I thought those would work well. I opened the PSD “king tray” template files and used them to figure out the sizing I’d need for the photos I wanted to use. Once I sized the photos correctly, I just dropped them into a new layer in the PSD template. Then I adjusted the opacity of the photo layer so I could see the guidelines in the layer beneath and make sure the photos were aligned correctly. I used the text tool to add a layer of text to the graphics. I did this for each of the templates – the inner and outer tray, the disc label, the inside and outside booklet – and my design for jewelbox number one was done.

I first printed the booklet out on plain paper using my black and white laser printer to make sure everything lined up where it was supposed to. [ed. note: while this is a good idea to check your layout, we recommend printing a plain-paper test on the printer you’ll use to print the cases, because alignment can change between printers.] I checked the printout against the actual templates and then went back to the files to nudge a few things into place based on what I saw comparing my printout to the template paper. Then I printed the outside booklet using my ink-jet color printer. It came out fine, though, due to my printer, it would have looked nicer on a glossy page. [ed. note: news on this soon] I did the same thing for the rest of the templates – printing out in black and white on plain paper to make sure things were good, then printing on the real thing in color. A few times the black and white printing helped me realize I’d forgotten to hide the background template layer, so that was a good step to include in the process.

After that first design was done and printed out, I did do some reprints to adjust a few things – the text on the CD label didn’t pop enough for me, so I changed the color; one of the photos rendered too dark on my printer, so I fixed that. Mostly, though, it was a painless process.

I had two more layout ideas, so I actually designed those right on top of the first design, creating a duplicate file for each, using the original design as a reference for size and positioning, dropping everything in on top of that, and then deleting the original layer(s). I then followed the same basic printing procedure I did with the first design (though I eliminated the printing-in-black-and-white step, since I knew the graphics were aligned correctly and would print well). I’m very happy with how all three turned out!

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Cuppa Joe

We’ve added DJ Shagz’ Cup of Coffee sampler to our Examples and Inspirationspage. We’re also getting together our Mom With Design Skills feature and should have that up later today or tomorrow.

Holiday and lots of other best wishes to Cortlandt Manor, Brooklyn, Bellevue, Rockland, Newmarket, London, Oceanside, Silver Spring, Philadelphia, Dallas, McAllen, San Antonio, Dublin, Jackson, Twickenham, Atlanta, South Riding, St. Kilda East, Reading, LA, Truro, Addison, Sherman Oaks, Culver City, Saint George, San Francisco, San Diego, Cork, Arlington, Lakewood, NYC, Orlando, Newtown, San Vito, West Point, Chaska, Salt Lake City, Charlotte, Sunnyvale, Novato, Hollywood, Loveland, Minneapolis, Tulsa, Chicago, Mill Valley, Sandy, Montpelier, San Marcos, Kimberton, Troy, Fairfield, Temecula, Winchester and Hillsborough.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Chuck Darwin, Media Maven

We’re re-running this post because we’re putting together our Q105 media planning and could use some suggestions.

Here’s some details about the next phase of Jewelboxing. At Coudal Partners, we are frequently in a position to recommend various advertising vehicles and outlets to our clients. To do this we research as many possibilities as time and budget will allow. Next, we generally contact each one that seems like a good fit, lay out the basics of our program and ask them for costs and ideas. In essence, we ask them to pitch us specifically on why Magazine X or Radio Station Y should be included in the buy. After that we draft a plan and present it to the client, adjust accordingly and go ahead.

We’re doing a similar thing here. We’re contacting a fairly large number of online sites whose audiences would seem to intersect with ours and are asking them if they’d be willing to run a pilot program for us in December and/or January. The program would be purchased and we’ll leave it mostly up to the sites to construct and organize the placement specifics. We’ve set a maximum dollar amount for each pilot and if a site feels that this amount is too low we’re putting them on a “maybe later” shelf. If they do agree, we will be evaluating traffic and purchases that come from that site with an eye towards expanding our commitment with those who perform best. The real-time nature and easy tracking of online advertising allows us to be Darwinian in our approach. We’ll build a roster of partners based on performance and may or may not get back to the “maybe later” shelf as things progress.

If you run or know of a place on the web where people who might be interested in Jewelboxing congregate, send a note to jim at jewelboxing dot com and we’ll take a look. On a side note, you’d be surp

 

rised at how many sites who profess to be actively looking for advertising and sponsorship don’t respond to email inquiries promptly. You’d be even more surprised at some of the ones who don’t respond at all. Really, you would. We’re building another shelf for them. It’s the “probably never” shelf.

The fittest have survived in Savannah, Toronto, Marietta, Phoenix, Edmond, London, Cleveland, NYC, Miami, Hendersonville and San Diego.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Nice When We Get One Like This

Carl Acampado writes, “As a fellow designer (in training…a couple more years), let me say you have an excellent product. Last year, I created some custom CD’s, and besides the burning of the discs, I spent the most time finding appropriate cases, and then creating insert, booklet, and label templates in Illustrator. It was a pain in the ass, and actually hindered my design, because I spent so much time trying to get the inserts just right. I’m so glad I found your site, for you’ve solved two problems that I had: you have a superior case, and you’ve done the Illustrator dirty work for me, so I can concentrate on content.”

Cities in our heart. Bozeman, Rochester, Bellevue, NYC, LA, Bellingham, Asheville, Round Rock, Arlington, Culver City, Parker, Atlanta, Summit, Beverly Hills, Athens, San Francisco, London, Newmarket, Rockland and Brooklyn.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

It’s Different in a Magazine

We have a standing offer that if Jewelboxing is featured in a print publication and somebody sends us a scan before we find it ourselves, we’ll send them a 20pack. Recently we saved $49 when the latest edition of Communication Arts arrived at the studio a full day before Allen and Katie sent scans. CA said, “Put up your dukes. Jewelboxing.com was brought about by designers who were unimpressed with their choices for CD and DVD packaging.” Yes it was.

BTW, we have found our ‘Mom With Design Skills’ and she’s hard at work on her holiday project. Thanks to everyone who volunteered. We sent them all something nice. That’ll teach you to sit on your hands when we ask for entries next time. Join the mailing list at the bottom of the home page so you don’t miss the next one.

Just because there’s a lot of them doesn’t mean we love them any less individually. Fighting a constant battle to stay caught up, we do admire the grace and insightfulness of Red Hook, Madison, Sandusky, San Francisco, NYC, Sheffield, Portland, Manchester, Ramona, Culver City, Bedford, Portland. Chicago, Alexandria, Coconut Grove, Seminole, Allen Park, Wollaston, Delft, Perpignan, London, LA, Houston, Cherry hill, Clayton, Greenfield, White Plains, Manassas, Denver, San Diego, Prince George, Royal Oak, Shorewood, Bothell, Walnut Creek, Boiling Springs, Champaign, Cambridge, Rome, Singapore, Santa Monica, Towson, Big Rapids, Venice and Suwanee.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Open Wide

South Bank Commute, a montage by Jim Green, wins File Magazine’s Wide Screen contest and a Jewelboxing system.

We’ll make a decision on the Mom or Dad With Design Skillsidea shortly. See the previous post if you’re interested in taking part.

The warm feeling we have about humanity these days is due mostly to our new friends in Devizes, Staten Island, Anchorage, Simi Valley, Lexington, Clovis, Thornton, Palm Bay, Wien, Barcelona, Binghamton, London, Somers, Tupelo, Lakewood, Chicago, Ottawa, Glasgow Merseyside, Brisbane, Delray Beach, Minneapolis and Plano.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Wanted: One Mom or Dad With Design Skills

Here’s the deal. We’d like someone to produce a Christmas present with Jewelboxing and document the process for us. In exchange we’ll send you the materials to do it free of charge. Write us at crew at jewelboxing dot com and tell us why you think you should be considered. The person we choose will put together some sort of photo or video archive and design and assemble all the packaging. They’ll need to do it fast, and they’ll need to be able to write up the whole process and maybe even document it with photos too. We’ll send you all the materials free of charge and of course give you full credit and linkage for your effort. Aunts and uncles are eligible too. Any takers?

You might be from Morriston, Ipsach, Portland, LA, Alpharetta, Valencia, Richmond, Holland, London, NYC, DC, Century City, Minneapolis, Muskegon, Toronto, Egg Harbor City, Waltham, Ann Arbor, Arcadia, Brooklyn, West Columbia or Helena, but you could be from just about anywhere.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

They Call Me the Seeker…

Headcoats off! (Remove your Deerstalker.) We have some winners in the Jewelboxing/Coudal Fresh Signals Archives Scavenger Hunt Or Whatever We’ve Been Calling It. Competition was fierce, per usual, and the questions were as difficult and cryptic as ever, but four diligent snoopers waded through our mess of an archive to correctly solve all eight of our brain-scratchers.

Following a few blatantly wrong and funny entries (probably a cry for attention, or a Jewelboxing discount, or both) the first two winners came early. They were followed by a flurry of entries with one or two incorrect answers, then a day or so without an entry, then another flurry of entries with one or two incorrect answers. Then there were some shenanigans, and we bent the rules a bit and closed entries. The winners, and their stories:

First Prize (100pack Kings) goes to Shawn Kelley, who mailed in his correct answers about an hour after we emailed the questions. Sean won another of our contests recently, which forces us to announce a “Shawn Kelley Rule” for future contests (Coudal/Jewelboxing contest winners are heretofore ineligible to win other Coudal/Jewelboxing contests). But we appreciate your selfless dedication to Jewelboxing, Shawn, and your detailed explanation of your answers which we shall pillage below.

Second Prize (40pack Kings) goes to another Sean, albeit one preferring the gaelic spelling. We speak, of course, of Sean Sheridan, a night-owl who e-mailed his entry shortly after midnight the first day.

Third Prize (20pack Kings) was a tie. Jamie McCarthy got her entry in early, but alas, missed #7. A couple days later, she realized her mistake and corrected herself, just as Robyn Paton sent in her entry. Robyn also got one question wrong, (#4) but her masterful Jewelboxing-suck-up incorrect answer (below) convinced us she deserved to share the third prize with Jamie. Since we don’t make a 10-pack, they’ll each get a 20-pack.

Enough already, Our questions, Shawn’s answers, (and the original Fresh Signals entries where they were found).

We once cited three fictional recording artists in a Fresh Signals entry. Which one, as it turns out, is real?
Middle Earth. (Behold the Rocklopedia Fakebandica. -04.05.02.bb)

If you’re going to add a red tube-top and cowboy boots to a famous naked image of classical beauty, you should add them to a painting by whom?
Ingres. (Famous nudes, now clothed, at Worth1000. -05.27.04.jc)

One day Bryan and a pal built a mini-version of an arena-rock lighting effect for fun. What band had three songs on the playlist the guys used to put this effect in motion?
Led Zeppelin (Our homemade Laser Light Show. -07.27.04.bb)

What is the best paper for printing your curriculum vitae?
100% Cotton Fiber 32 lb. Ivory Premium Bond Paper (Non-Expert advice on writing your resumé. -08.22.03.kg)

Note: Robyn’s answer: “This is a toss up. It could be any of the marvelous stationers… you’ve featured in Fresh Signals over the years, but really, if you want to get the job, I’d do the whole application (CV and prettiness, plus a little but of hip thrown in for good measure) with the Jewelboxing system, so the printing, of course, would be on your lovely inserts.” Then she cited the Fresh Signals post about us hiring Ryan because he sent his resume in a Jewelboxing case).

Chicagoans love their meat and when we order lunch here at the studio, you can bet that it will contain plenty of beef and meatballs. For lunch orders weighing in at more than 25lbs, CP’s fave lunch spot charges us how much extra for the hefty delivery?
$5 (Office fave Bari. -05.23.02.kg)

What should Phillip tell the people whose design talent he fears?
That he forgot the url. (Phillip has a slight problem with Jewelboxing. -06.07.04.cp)

Dave and Bryan had an ongoing obsession with a low-budget movie (neither of us have seen it, still) about the hunt for a fictional synthesizer. What was the name of the synthesizer?
MoleTron. (Weird trailer for new indie film Southlander. -02.21.01.dr)

Name the two Finnish shops that had their windows redesigned as part of a design workshop.
Cafe Visual and Maustemesta spiceshop. (“Re-design the lettering so that the shop would sell more. -10.18.02.jc)

Well done, all, and several of you were just one question away from winning, so pat yourselves on the back. No, really, do it. We’re not going anywhere until you literally and physically pat yourselves on the back. There, was that so hard? Thank you. If you weren’t hip to this contest, it’s because you didn’t join our Infrequent Mailing list, sign up on the front page of Jewelboxingor Coudal today! Please don’t forget that the Fresh Signals archives are always open for your browsing pleasure.

We have lots of cities to be thankful for today. Here’s a few of them. St. Louis, Seattle, Mount Airy, Culver City, Chicago, Lafayette Hill, Dallas, Kirkwood, Puyallup, LA, Brooklyn, Playa Del Rey, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, NYC, Worcester, Toronto, Delmar, Newburgh, Vancouver, Victoria and Mexico City.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Awwwwww

We’ve added Dawn Earles’ wedding cases to the Examples and Inspirations section. It’s a great use of our system for producing small custom-runs of durable and beautiful photo archives. You might even add rice or dried flowers in the channel that’s made when the case is snapped together. Thanks Dawn!

Scavenger Hunt winners announced tomorrow! Stay tuned.

Love is never boastful or proud, but some places have a right to be. Namely, San Francisco, Redmond, LA, Fredericksburg, Berkshire, Portland, Newport Beach, Minneapolis, Santa Monica, Norwalk, Alpharetta, Whittier, Overland Park, Copenhagen, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Pewaukee, Huntsville, NYC and Clearwater.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Early Holiday Planning

If you’re planning on using Jewelboxing to create a special archive of music, photos or video for the holidays here’s a couple links to previous posts that might be helpful.
How to Be a Hero.
For Moms and Dads with Moms and Dads.
Hand Me the Remote.

To Antoine in Philly whose mail keeps bouncing. 1. Yes. 2. Yes. 3. No so far we haven’t. 4. It depends on Federal Postal Regulations.

Thanks a million to Salt Lake City, London, Amarillo, Irvine, NYC, Rocklin, Alpharetta, Fort Lee, LA, Chicago, San Francisco, Lexington, Madison, Montreal, Malden, Oakdale, Danville, Dallas, Savannah, Santa Monica, Auckland, Santa Rosa, Valley Stream and Eden Prairie.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

The Sweet Fruits of Capitalism

 

Occasionally we discover cool things about creating and running an online business that we could never have anticipated. We knew it would be fun to provide people with the tools to make cool stuff and that it would be interesting to watch the word get around and to ship to a zillion places and to have the business become an increasingly important part of what Coudal Partnersis all about. We knew, most of all, that we’d learn about a lot of things. All that is good.

But nobody ever told us that when we ordered a certain amount of packing materials from our supplier they would send us, FREE OF CHARGE, a totally-cool super-patriotic hardhat that we could make our intern Ryan wear while sitting in a big plastic trash can. Ah, the sweet fruits of capitalism.Thanks Nashville, Cincinnati, Portland, Duluth, Succasunna, Worcester, Seattle, Beverly Hills, Carbondale, Palo Alto, Fremont, Grand Rapids, Danvers, NYC, Quebec, Minneapolis, Calgary, Duluth, Geelong West and Toronto for making all this possible.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Bits and Pieces

The workshop at How to Build a Professional Database-Driven Website is taught by the developers behind Newstoday, K10K, BD4D and FlightDeck. It looks great and the Jewelboxing packaged giveaway does too. We’re happy to be an inaugural sponsor of Stylegala, a sweet new reference for web developers. Plus, Ben Hunt places the JB site about halfway between ‘functional richness’ and ‘aesthetic richness’ in his book excerpt posted at Web Design from Scratch. That’s a nice place to be.

A CP/Jewelboxing Infrequent Mailing went out yesterday and included a contest in which people could win a 100pack. Subscribe on the JB home page so you don’t miss the next one.

We’ve always found aesthetic richness in Brooklyn, Austin, Virginia Beach, Libertyville, Jacksonville, Orangeburg, NYC, Vancouver, Portland, London, Orangeburg, New Bern, Nazareth, Newport Beach, Savannah, chicago, Louisville, Indianapolis, Trondheim, Arlington, Toronto and Northumberland.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Roll Over and Play

Ant made a really sweet little ad for our Newstodaysponsorship. He used iStopMotion from Boinx, Flash, Photoshop and the desk in my office. Here it is.

If you’re on our mailing list, watch your inbox in the next day or two for a chance to win a 20pack or other prizes in an experimental contest celebrating Jewelboxing’s first birthday. if you’re not on the list, get to it. Just enter your email at the bottom of the home page.

Everyone in these cities is already a winner as far as we’re concerned. Lubbock, Portland, Vancouver, Jonesboro, Brooklyn, Northfield, Sparta, North Brookfield, Karlshamn, Jackson, Virginia Beach, Chicago, Portsmouth, Frisco, Niwot, Kingsport, Troy, Shawnee, Brookline, NYC, Philadelphia, Austin, Sonoma and Winston Salem.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Danke

I’m going to be out of town for a couple days and have already fallen woefully behind in listing the places where we find nice people using our nice product, so here’s a list. Also, if you’d rather win a Jewelboxing system than buy one, you’d better add your name to our mailing list. (see the bottom of the home page) we’ll be sending out a CP/Jewelboxing Infrequent Mailingnext week and there will be a new contest in it, along with some other semi-interesting things.

Thnaks to Kaleva, Alviso, NYC, Williamsville, Sydney, Minneapolis, Franklin, Atlanta, Crystal Lake, Toronto, Billings, Columbus, Bloomfield, Vancouver, Burbank, Rumson, Scarborough, Pittsford, Largo, Remscheid, LA, Tokyo, Sumter, Rocky Hill, New Haven, Pittsburgh, Plano, Winter Park, Victoria, Santa Monica, Boca Raton, Milpitas, Norman, Baldwin Harbor and Grand Rapids.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Creative Anarchy

We’ve just added MassDistraction’s Press Kit to our Examples and Inspirations page.

A CP/Jewelboxing Infrequent Mailing is going out next week and we’re going to try something new. We have an idea for a contest that ought to be pretty fun, but it’s only going to be available to subscribers, so if you’re not on the list, sign up at the bottom of the JB home page.

OK, Salt Lake City, Plymouth, Liberty, Chicago, Hamilton, Venice, Leominster, Atlanta, Austin, San Francisco, Buffalo, Boston, Bonita Springs, Cambridge, Staten Island, Santa Monica, Kenai, Malden, San Diego and Modesto, let’s see what you’re making with your systems. We’d like to hook you up.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Stop Motion Fun at the Studio

One if the advantages of running your own business is that if you have a half-baked idea that could turn out interesting (and maybe even effective) you can pursue it. Ant and I spent the better part of this afternoon at CPscrewing around with a cool Mac app called iStopMotion from Boinx. We’re working on a little advertising project for a specific site sponsorship we’ve undertaken. This is the very raw footage of what we’re messing with, we hope to have the finished project completed and launched tomorrow. Unless of course it turns out lame. Then we’ll never speak of it again.

With all precincts reporting we are able to call a vicory for Jewelboxing in Thornhill, West Bend, Zuid Holland, NYC, Emeryville, Brisbane, Milwaukee, Chicago, Sydney, Singapore, Brookline, Sunnyvale, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lubbock, North Bay Village, Harrisonburg and San Diego.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

A Good Citizen

Jason Koxvold, of Bubble and Squeak has used our system before. Check the top entry on our Examples and Inspirations page. Now he’s got his film work together on a reel and figures it’s about time to enter some festivals. Nice. If your project came out nice, we wanna see it. Write us through the contact link at the bottom of the page.

‘Nice’ is not nearly a strong enough word top convey the insightful, compassionate and good-looking people we’ve recently met from Cork, NYC, Philly, Melbourne, Newington, Ft. Myers, Edmond, San Jose and Arlington.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Crash Ballet

When we came across NASA Crash Impact Demonstrations for a post at CP we thought they were oddly beautiful, especially in light of the fact that these crashes were staged for research. OK, just for fun, we started a contest. We’ve quickly matched a couple of these crash clips with a piece of music from Plone’sexcellent For Beginner Piano.

Here’s our clip. Who’s next?

Pick your own music, fire up Final Cut Pro and send us a link (info at coudal dot com) to your clip. We’ll give away a Jewelboxing 20pack if we see something exceptional before tomorrow morning end of the day Thursday. By the way, there are bigger source files at the NASA site for each of the clips listed.

Big ups to to NYC, Wien, Abbeville, Bath, Flintridge, Laval, Morris Plains, San Francisco, Chicago, West Hollywood, Sammamish and Ottawa.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Open Wide

 

 

The quickly becoming indispensable File Magazine has just launched The Widescreen Contest and we’re happy to be involved. Now get to it.

All images in the ‘panoramic style’ will be considered, including those taken with a panoramic camera, those that are composed of several images and carefully grafted together (such as the photo at the top of the page), and those that are not (such as the photo directly above). Verticals are fine.

It would take a wide shot indeed to contain all the love we feel for LA, Seattle, Hays, Worcester, Playa Del Rey, San Jose, Carlsbad, Chicago, Iowa City, Palo Alto and Staten Island.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Going to the Chapel

The PayPal problems from earlier in the week are a fading, distant memory except for that big, ugly zero in the sales column for Monday. To all who wrote and called and eventually got their orders through, thanks for your patience. Things seems back to normal now.

Scott Madore has found our Jewelboxing system perfect for a wedding video project he just completed. Lots of other people are using them to archive photos, music and video from big family events. If that’s how you’re using them, drop us a note and picture. We’d love to see how they came out. If you’re in Chicago’s southwest suburbs and don’t want to do all the work yourself, Valarie and company at Reel Life, a new shop in Indian Head Park, can handle the entire project, including packing your final product with Jewelboxing.

Let’s raise a toast to Bolton, Chicago, Orangeburg, LA, Chantilly and Granada Hills.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Grrrr

Yesterday was a complete bust due to problems with PayPal’s order processing system. They hope to have things back to normal soon but if you can’t get through and need something quickly, please write us at crew at jewelboxing dot com or call us at the CP Studio at 312 243 1107.

Meanwhile, since we’re not too busy processing orders, we’ll catch up on thanking people who ordered in the good ol’ days, like last week. We appreciate the support from NYC, Brooklyn, Herriman, Detroit, Boca Raton, Hammond, Keswick, Guelph, Toronto and North Chatham.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Monday Monday

Guess we must have jinxed ourselves with that last post as PayPal is having all kinds of trouble today. Sorry if you’re not able to order. Please call or write us at the CP studio if you need something right away. Hopefully the PP system will be back up shortly.

Check this informative thread on creating custom disc casesgoing on at Yayhooray.

Josh Rubin’s Cool Hunting says Jewelboxing is for “those of us who care to put a little more love in the package.” Amen to that.

And Amen to Richmond, Astoria, Boynton Beach, Santa Monica, NYC, LA, Dorval, Pittsford, Warwickshire, Thessaloniki, Chicago, Woodbury, Philadelphia, Norwalk, West Hollywood and Seattle.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

When Matt Stays Up Late He Realizes He’s Lazy

Do I have to join Paypal to make a Jewelboxing purchase? Why do you use PayPal as your transactional partner? Shouldn’t you have rolled your own system to handle online payment?

Let me answer the first question. No. You can do a plain ‘ol credit card transaction, easy as pie.

As for the second two questions, I’m gonna leave those to Matt Haughey. He does a better job half-asleep than I can do wide awake.

Danke München, DC, San Juan, Toronto, San Francisco, Auckland, Richmond Hill, Helsinki, Minneapolis, Key Biscayne, Hamburg, Mount Juliet, Tarzana, Brooklyn, Waikato, Austin, Winnipeg and Menlo Park. Vielen Dank.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog