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

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.

The Citizen Kane of Trailers About Fictional Movies About Advertising

Don’t you just hate it when one smartypants is always getting the answers right in class? Well Mr. Claymore has won at Ad-Land again. This time it was our Coming Adtractions movie trailer writing contest. Here’s his entry.

In a building beyond imagination
A building that scrapes the sky
One man
On the fifty-third floor
Is about to run out of time.

He has two hours to reconstruct
the last three months of his life
or he will be killed…


His copywriter partner is missing.
His traffic manager doesn’t care.
And his AEs are going to write off the time anyway,
But if he fails in this one mission…
It’s all over, until next time.

The Art Director’s Time Sheets
Coming due in an agency near you.

Got an idea for a contest or promotion, drop us a line. Like the fine foilks in North Hollywood, Portland, Kernersville, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Somerville, Hawthorne, Zionsville, Potsdam, Richardson, Cambridge, Anaheim, Villette and Allston did recently.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Tall and strong was the Tower of the King

Start a blog. Buy a product. Defend the ancient city from the marauding hordes. We’re impressed too. Cheers for Tour of Gondolin.

Other cool but not exactly-the-same-way-cool cities include LA, Ft. Lauderdale, Silver Spring, Germantown, Portland, NYC, Toronto, Madrid, Chicago, Wichita, Saint Paul, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Rome, Ann Arbor, Minneapolis, Manhattan, Copenhagen, Spokane, DC, Venice, Philadelphia, Martinsville, St. Petersburg and Grand Rapids,

Connecting Architecture Students

We’ve sponsored a fair amount of communities and projects during the past ten months but none that we’re more excited about than Archinect’s School Blog Program. Paul and company have “recruited representatives from a collection of architecture programs around the world to maintain blogs documenting their experiences and discoveries from each institution during the fall 2004 semester.”

The entries make for fascinating reading and students from all over the world are posting text and pix about their work and experiences. Check these:
dbasulto at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Cris at Cal Poly Pomona
Steve Fuchs at Southern California Institute of Architecture

As the semester cranks up I expect to see a ton of work andplay documented. Aside from sponsoring the project we’re also providing prizes and to any student enrolled at the participating schools, we’re offering a discount on Jewelboxing products for packaging up presentations and portfolios. If you’re a student somewhere else, drop a line to crew at jewelboxing dot com and we’ll offer the same to you.

The students will go on to make cities like Porto, Scarborough, Laramie, Hollywood, Stone Park, Surrey, Roanoke, Ossining, Bristol, Unterföhring, Dulles, Houston, Lubbock, Chicago and LA even more beautiful than they already are.

Various and Sundry

The Jewelboxing/Adland contest, Coming Adtractions continues. As does our sponsorship of the not-as-disturbing-as-you-might-think How to BBQ a Man. We’ve shipped our first order to Kosovo and also one to Fiji bringing the United Nations of Jewelboxing up to 31 and we’re preparing a bunch of new stuff for the Examples and Inspirations section and working on a BIG HUGE contest for later this fall. More on that soon.

High-fives all around to Dallas, Housatonic, Des Moines, West Palm Beach, Edmonton, Chicago, Santa Barbara, DC, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Norwich, Mississippi State and LA.

BTW: We have also just started a new company, called Lowercase Tee.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

In a World…




Starting today, a new Jewelboxing/Adland contest, Coming Adtractions, asks you to write a voice-over for a movie trailer about the advertising business. The winner will receive a 20pack and the admiration of his or her peers.

The movies will not actually be coming to a theater near you in Victoria, Ipswich, Wilmette, Minneapolis, Duncan, Loveland, Alexandria, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, Seattle, Münster, Kanata or Pasadena.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Five Seems Ideal to Jason

Jason, who’s email address places him at a marketing firm in Ohio, has won a Jewelboxing 20pack. We picked his name out of a virtual hat full of people who were kind enough to tell us how many of their relatives they actually like in reference to a new JB product we’re developing. We’ll leave it up to Jason to tell his family which five he was referring to.

If we had relatives in Lincoln, LA, West Lafayette, Seattle, Surrey, Portland, Savannah, Waikato, Chicago, Redondo Beach, London, San Gabriel or Newark, we’d probably like them fine, except for that really tall aunt who smells like onions.

We’re sponsoring the presentation of How to BBQ a Man an excellent short film from Slowtron as it was their fine work that got us into this Jewelboxing mess to begin with. “Celebrate the times. Oh, the times.”

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Kindred Spirits

Gadster is the daily weblog of SD Windham, an online tea merchant. I wouldn’t normally mention such a thing here but they made a point of saying nice things about us. So there.

Other people who think like us include the good-looking and witty residents of Greenwood, Clarksville, Brighton, Ojai, Alexandria, Vancouver, Beaverton, Coopersville, Seattle, San Ramon, NYC, Charles Town and Eugene.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

How Many Relatives Do You Really Like? Part Two

Yesterday we asked for some opinions about a new system we’ll be offering and we received a ton of responses, none were better than this one from Russell.

Hmmmm. I like a lot of the dead ones and I’d probably press some flowers in the jewel boxes and leave them at their graves, but I am a bastard and never visit the cemeteries. Christ, I couldn’t even find them without calling my dad for directions and that would be pretty tacky. I like 5 or 6 of the live ones. However some still can’t understand the concept of the ‘dimmer switch’, so they aren’t getting any ultra-modern new fangled doohickeys that might scare their cats. I’d say 2 might benefit from a jewel boxed photo album. Yes, 2. And I have about 30 relatives that are not that far removed. I just don’t dig them.

We like a surprisingly large percentage of the folks in Indianapolis, Leonia, Mountain View, Altadena, DC, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Ocean, Atlanta, Edmonton, Nashville, Miami, LA and Vancouver.

How Many Relatives Do You Really Like?

If we were going to offer a smaller kit for people who wanted to make family photo or video archives for the holidays, what would be the optimum number of cases to include? Ten? Five? Three? What do you think? Write us with your opinion and we’ll choose a random responder and send them a 20pack free of charge.

Basically we’re going to make it super simple for folks who don’t have familiarity with or access to professional design applications to create a great-looking package. The last piece of the puzzle is figuring out the right basic system size and price. For me, five or six seems right. I’d make a couple for my own use and one each for the grandparents and one or two more for the kids’ aunts and uncles. A package like that would sure blow away that goofy photo-print with the wreath on the left and the kids all bundled up in red sweaters on the right.

If you live and work in Fort Worth, Johnson City, Scarbrough, Madison, LA, La Verne, Santa Monica, Edmond, Harrisonburg, London, NYC, Menifee, Potomac, Auckland, Berlin, St. Paul, Athens, Tamarac, Bellevue, Hudson, Tooele, North Hollywood, Stow, Ashford, Riverdale, Key Biscayne, Bassendean, Plano, Springville, Chicago or Forest Hills, consider yourself warned. Your competition is now armed with the Jewelboxing system and their presentations are much more lethal. Your only response is to close the ‘disc-packaging gap’ by matching their now-awesome power with a Jewelboxing system of your own.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Vacation? What Vacation?

Back from 1900 miles and ten days with the family. Chicago to Upstate NY to Toronto and back again. Perfect trip for a Jewelboxing archive of photos. Now, I’ve got a bit of catching up to do.

Ronnie at Tirade writes, “Jewelboxing looks like it could be another tool with which we, the great unwashed, can steal the means of production, or at least buy it on the cheap. But this doesn’t look in the least bit cheap.” Thanks for that. Webranding says, “Not sure why it took so long for a firm to launch a product like this, but heck it is here now. I use it at work and for my personal needs. With a little effort you can produce your own custom CD-ROM that looks like what you expect to purchase at a store.” That’s appreciated too.

I covered a lot of ground during the last ten days of vacation but not enough to get caught up on thanking our new friends in Harleysville, Moorpark, Portland, Drayton, Santa Monica, Austin, Lawrence, Boston, NYC, Tallahassee, Providence, Pittsburgh, Oakbrook Terrace, Columbus, DC, Brooklyn, Westerville, Cedar Rapids, Las Vegas, Chicago, Uniontown, LA, St. Paul, Windsor, Madison, San Francisco, Raleigh, Kirkland, Fairlawn, Philadelphia, Louisville, Bremgarten, Palo Alto, Sparta, Houston, Oxfordshire, Guaynabo, Bartlett and Kenosha.

Ready To Go

“When you care enough to burn the very best, don’t deliver it in one of those flimsy, bulk-buy cases. Jewelboxing will send you jackets built to be as timeless as your High Fidelity mix…” -from ReadyMade Magazine, Just on shelves, right this very minute.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

We Get Letters, and Jpgs Too

Don Bambico writes. “When I first saw your Jewelboxing system, I simply fell in love with the freedom to design all around the case thus making it very eye catching. Having been stuck designing on those boring DVD amaray cases, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try and create something slick with your Jewelboxing system.”

“So in an attempt to attract prospective employers and also for graduate school admissions, I used the Jewelboxing system and created my very own portfolio cd-rom. I must say that I am extremely satisfied and very happy with the outcome. Thank you Jewelboxing Crew, you guys rock!”

The parade of cities continues in a increasingly futile attempt to get caught up before vacation. Thanks to London, Westfield, LA, Miami, Charlotte, Burbank, Heemstede, Amsterdam, Venice, Golden Valley, Lincoln, Schaumburg, Winnipeg, NYC, Stockton-on-Tees, Lombard, South San Francisco, Atlanta, Stratford, Richmond and Phoenix.

See you after Labor Day. Keep Jewelboxing.

Places in the Heart

Bob Phillips won the Photoforums ‘Summer Fun’ contest and a Jewelboxing 40pack with this shot from Fort Myers. There’s a new contest up at PF now so get snapping.

Off on a road trip with the family in a couple days so I better make a serious effort to catch up on our list of cities where “the smart people live.” Here goes nothing. Santa Monica, Hamburg, Dubai, Babylon, Sebastopol, Somerset, Provo, Compton, Olathe, Portland, North Yorkshire, Virginia Beach, Glendale, Orlando, Chicago, Raleigh, North Canton, Rochester, Brookeville, Philadelphia, Bountiful, Roseville, Eureka, NYC, San Francisco, Austin, Napa, Minneapolis, Penticton, Rockwall, Brooklyn, Seattle, Athens, Alexandria, Dallas, Pacific Palisades and Fresno.

Send Us Your Stuff

We’ve added Jason Koxvold’s disc for his new music video “Appearances” by Citizens Here and Abroad to the Examples and Inspirations page. It’s a nice looking package for a nice looking video for a great sounding song. Send us a snapshot of your latest Jewelboxing project and we’ll show it to everyone else.

We’re waiting for photos from Brooklyn, Oklahoma City, Cedar Hills, Everett, Sherman Oaks, LA, San Francisco, Cary, Denton, Milwaukee and Boston.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Tell Selectively

We’ve recently answered a couple of similar inquiries so we thought it best to take another look at this Frequently Asked Question.

Q. My only problem is, people keep asking me where I got the packaging from. But if I want my reel to stand out I can’t have everyone using the same packaging. So I’m confused – can you advise? Can I tell them about you and still maintain my packaging lead, or should I lie and send them to Best Buy?

A.Tell the people whose design talent you fear that you forgot the url. Tell everybody else all about us.

By the way, in NYC, Maple Grove, Hilliard, Santa Monica, Atlanta, Irvine, Vancouver, Goteborg, Redding, Akron, Streamwood, and Fox Point, they know already.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Leta, Meet Spencer

We’re trying a little something different this week. We’ve sold lots and lots of Jewelboxing systems to people who want to get organized by making sweet-looking photo-archives of their family pictures and to send them out as gifts to their friends and relatives. In many cases this, like lots of other things, is motivated by the birth of a child.

One of our favorite weblogs anywhere is Heather Armstrong’s Dooce. Heather and Jon recently introduced a beautiful daughter, Leta, to the world. Heather takes a lot of pictures. Heather’s readers are more than likely young parents. Young parents take a lot of pictures. See where we’re going here?

We’re glad to be sponsoring Dooce for the next couple months. We tried to keep our ad as tasteful as the rest of Heather’s site and if you click on our ad there, you’ll go to an alternate JB home page featuring a picture of my boy Spencer. They way we see it, it’s nice to target an ad for an audience but perhaps it’ll be more effective to target the site to that audience too. We’ll see.

Babies are born everywhere, but the cutest ones are born in Burbank, LA, NYC, Chicago, Redmond, Tampa, Toronto, Austin, Carlsbad, Houston, South Pasadena and Montreal.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Doing Half a K

If you’re making over 500 packages but not, say 10,000, you might want to consider this method. A lot of our customers have found this the most efficient way to handle a job of that size. Buy the cases in bulk from us and then also buy the blank pre-perforated trayliner sheets in bulk too. The reason is that the trayliner die-cut is very complicated, with rounded corners and exact folds for the spine art. It needs to be just exactly perfect to fit correctly between the case backs and the disc-trays. You could make your own die from our templates but it generally takes a couple times to get it right, and that’ll cost you a few hundred dollars.

The pre-perforated trayliners will run through a conventional or digital sheet-fed press just fine. In most cases, any press that passes the sheet straight through without winding it tightly around a roller will perform great.

The insert books are basically folded rectangles and any print-shop can fold and trim those to spec quite easily. At larger quantities, it’s most efficient to have your replicator screen the art on the discs, so you probably won’t need the labels either. Just write us at the address above and we’ll be glad to price out a custom job for you.

Of course the smart people in West Hollywood, Pleasanton, Cincinnati, Arcadia, Fort Worth, Bristol, Edinburgh, Emeryville, Navan, Kapolei, Sonoma and Atlanta already had figured that out.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

This Is Your Life

So your friend is turning 40. You’ve got a large stash of quasi-embarrassing photos and even a few home movies. Make him a disc of his life so far. That’s what Brendan did.

Thanks to the forward-thinking people of LA, Milwaukee, Roanoke, Brighton, Southampton, Roswell, Atlanta, Houston, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Vaud and Woodstock. We love you.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Life

Don’t Believe It Because We Said It, Believe It Because RES Magazine Said It.

“While it’s getting easier and easier to create DVDs these days, the final step – creating the packaging – is a little bit harder. That’s too bad because packaging is key for both storage and making a good impression. The Jewelboxing System makes it easier by giving you all the tools you need to put together pro display cases for your reel or film…”

At Coudal, we asked for someone to send us a scan of this article from RES Magazine and Nick of Creamy Orange did it first, so we’re sending him a 20pack on the house.

Rumor has it we’re featured in an upcoming issue of one of our favorites, ReadyMade Magazine. Scan it and send it in. First one we receive gets a 20pack too.

If aliens were to land from a hostile planet, it would be best for all of us if they found themselves in Irvine, Seattle, San Diego, Ithaca, Boston, NYC, Hampshire, LA, Lawrence, West Roxbury, Buffalo or Mission Hills.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

You Are What’s On Your Playlist

Anyone with the tiniest bit of interest in music has, at one time or another, compiled songs onto blank media. And since the days of reel-to-reel, people have been judged by their mix tapes. The songs you choose, the order of the tracks, the theme, even the design (or lack thereof) of the case, can reveal your inner psyche. By just looking at your tracklist, a music fan will likely comprehend you better than your parents, or your psychiatrist, ever will.

So if you’ve ever needed further proof that the rich and famous are pretty clueless, take a look at Apple Music Store’s Celebrity Playlist feature.

Is it really a surprise that Fred Durst has the same musical taste as a relatively unhip high school kid? Is it kind of creepy/sad that Beyoncé’s list includes several of her own recordings? Do we believe that Andrew W.K. listens to nothing but Parliament? Who would have guessed Ruben Stoddard really likes Luther Vandross? Is there a rule that all playlists must include OutKast? Does Ed Norton even own a stereo?

While many are flat-out obvious or weak, others try too hard. John Mayer appears to have stayed up all night toiling to create a list so diverse that it makes us wonder how such a wide range of influences could result in such utter mediocrity in his own work.

Quirks of the Apple Music Store add another level of scrutiny to the playlists, with unavailable songs replaced with subpar live versions or gaping holes. (Interpol’s list doesn’t include Joy Division? are they worried people might realize how derivative they are, or was Joy Division’s catalog not available when they posted?)

Of course there are good lists, too. Burt Bachrach chooses a set of top standards that would probably never see the day if licensing got in the way. Tom Petty compiled ten fantastic soul and blues tracks without being either obvious or obscure. Alice Cooper lists songs by both his influences and influencees. Phantom Planet, Sleater Kinney and the Flaming Lips’ mixes are convincing documents of what they’re probably actually listening to these days.

The point is, Celebrity Playlists are fascinating in so many ways, and we thought it’d be fun to choose some celebrities Apple hadn’t talked to yet, and guess what songs and themes and gimmicks they’d choose if confronted with such a task. Choose any celebrity, and explore their innermost thoughts and feelings, whether comical or sincere, by choosing songs from Apple Music Store. Post your list at and with the crew there, we’ll choose the winners based on how convincing your picks are.

We’re sure to find some good lists being assembled in Syracuse, NYC, Boston, Redding, LA, Santa Clara, Farmingville, Toronto, Mokena, Highland, Menlo Park, Houston, Ottawa, Fairview and Edwardsville.

Three Apples A Day

Alex of o2 Creative Solutions writes, “We are in the process of developing packaging for a six disk set with a short booklet. I was wondering if you offered any multiple disks solutions?”

This issue has come up a few times and while we don’t offer a single package that can handle that many discs we do have a couple ideas. First off, our King cases handle two discs beautifully. More than two discs involved? Coincidentally we’re dealing with a similar assignment on a client project that we can’t talk about. For the purposes of this discussion, let’s say that a band named ‘Eve’ has asked us to design a package for a three CD album. One solution might be to use a single image spread across the spines of all three cases. When they’re stacked or shelved next to each other, they display a nice unified look from the side. The next step would be to spec out a custom, cardboard sleeve to hold all three cases (basically a folded rectangle glued to itself) and then repeat that same image on the side panel of that. Voila. If you need the specific dimensions for the sleeve, or have another solution you’d like to share, just drop us a line.

Our gratitude never ends and neither does our feeble attempt to get caught up on these. Here’s to all our pals in San Francisco, NYC, Gilbert, Lake Oswego, Washington, Scottsdale, Seattle, Canton, Fernandina Beach, Keller, Edmonton, Philadelphia, San Angelo, Rochester, West Hollywood, Malibu, Mount Laurel and Port Royal.

A Dream Vacation in the Greek Islands

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been extremely fascinated with Greece and have always dreamed of vacationing there. Almost 30 years later it seems that my dream may finally come true. On a whim, I played the lottery last month and won $250,000 which is another dream that came true. One of my immediate thoughts was that I would finally be able to visit the Greek Islands. My initial thought was to stay at one of Mykonos luxury villas that are available to rent year round. I have to put a lot of careful thought into this as I want to have one of the best experiences of my life.

I searched the internet for rental properties in Mykonos and was beyond happy with what I found. I found one particular company that rents villas on the island. They have a list of properties, along with photographs, of what is available. The pictures were absolutely breathtaking and I could not stop looking at them. They are some of the most luxurious homes I have ever seen in my life. The views from the villas were absolutely amazing. They have a wide range of rentals that are on the beach and other stunning locations around the island. This real estate company offers too many amenities to list here and I will be looking further into them.

I plan on calling this company tomorrow and enlist their help in planning my perfect vacation. I think it would be so much fun to spend Christmas and New Years in Greece so that is what I’m aiming for. I’m so excited and can hardly contain my enthusiasm about this once in a lifetime experience. Next, I need to call my family because I want them to share in my dream come true and treat them to a fun family adventure.