Relaxing in the Bath After a Long Day

I have a pretty hectic lifestyle. I work full time for a very busy law firm, and I am raising three children along with my husband. My husband’s work is even more demanding than mine, so I take care of the kids for the most part throughout the week. When he gets home and after dinner, he always gives me at least 45 minutes to just unwind and relax. I do this with the help of Waterlilies and Company because I often find myself taking a nice long bath during this time.

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A Wedding Favor Recap

A nice follow-up to something we posted back in September. Back then, the WeddingBee blogger Miss Pomegranate (or “Kate” as she’s known in real life) was preparing for her upcoming wedding and had decided to use Jewelboxing to package mix discs for each of her guests, tying in the case design with the rest of the big day’s motif. Now that a few months have passed and she’s officially hitched, Kate was very generous in giving Jewelboxing another shout out over at Southern Weddings magazine’s blog:

“Our favors were a great multi-tasking project — they doubled as both favors and seating cards for our guests. The CD contained a listing of tracks that brought us together in the early stages of our relationship, as well as selections from our ceremony music. The spine had a removable sticker that displayed the guests’ name and table where they would be seated. I really enjoyed working with Jewelboxing’s templates — they ended up looking really professional.”

Thanks to Kate for the post-wedding nod and here’s to hoping everyone is enjoying their own well-packaged mix discs in Savannah, Quebec, Salt Lake City, New York City, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Cedar Park, Santa Rosa, Toronto, Bloomington, San Diego, Bonita Springs, Louisville, Atlanta, and Baltimore.

Sermon on the Disc

Unless you’re a politician, the president of the high school debate club or have some weird addiction to Toastmasters, you’re probably like everyone else in the world who finds it difficult to be “on” with any regularity. Most people are just too swamped with all the miscellaneous details of life to be brilliant even just once a month. For church pastors, it’s the same deal. But unlike most people, they’ve got just as much on their to-do plates but there’s a whole congregation that shows up week after week and are expecting brilliance and touching moments of insight. Jewelboxing user Drew Binkley knew this and realized there was something he could do to help out, as well as launch a new side of his business doing just that. Here’s from Drew:

“We believe our tagline for SermonPaks, ‘Package. Promote. Preach.,’ describes perfectly what our company is all about. Pastors today can get so carried away with trying to promote their next sermon that they sometimes forget the true purpose of what they’re doing, or neglect the time needed to properly prepare for one of the most important aspects of their job. They are there to preach, because that’s where their talents are, not in designing miscellaneous promotional items. That’s where we hope SermonPaks will come in — we create all the promotional materials so they don’t have to, letting them get back to what’s important and successfully pull off their next sermon series. We provide them with everything they need, from bulletin shells to mini-inviter cards, to even CDs with things like photos and movies to use with their projection software, images to place on their web site and a variety of posters and jacket and CD labels, all with the idea of lending a hand to in-house media ministries and overall promotion throughout the church. And we try to keep it all very affordable by charging less than two hundred dollars for a complete kit.”

“It goes without saying that we could not have pulled it off if not for Jewelboxing and the ease of use that comes with it. Your system helps us keep a very low inventory with on-demand fulfillment within a matter of minutes, which is ideal for the type of product SermonPaks are.”

Here’s to hoping some hands are being lent to those in Riverside, Oak Park, State College, Sunbury, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Brea, New York, Louisville, Chattanooga, Oslo, Live Oak, Chandler, Vancouver, Boston, Baltimore, Fall River, Tybee Island, Harrogate, Sparks, Chicago, Sugar Hill, Apple Valley and Pasadena.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Life

‘Nico’ Case

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone at Jewelboxing who doesn’t own at least one Velvet Underground box set. That’s why we loved receiving a note from Jan-Frederic Goltz in Braunschweig, Germany, about a recent project he put together, expertly using Jewelboxing Kings, for a local theater company putting on a production we really, really hope makes it over here to the States sometime soon. Here’s the whole story from Jan-Frederic:

“‘Nico – Shinx aus Eis’ is a theater performance about Christa Päffgen (the lead singer in The Velvet Underground and Nico) based on her life story and on a book by Werner Fritsch (‘Suhrkampverlag, Frankfurt am Main’) which was put on by the Mehrsicht Projekt Theater in Braunschweig, Germany. They asked me to film and edit the play and I choose to make a complete project out of it.

“The result is this DVD with the video of the theater performance of “Nico” with a total length of one hour and 15 minutes. It additionally contains a multi-angle video layer for each of the three chapters which have a length from 5 to 10 minutes and can be viewed by pressing the angle button on the dvd player’s remote control. These 3 multi-angle parts tell the story in a very different and experimental way. For example, with elements of found-footage from the 60s and 70s, or with self-filmed video content, this little feature gives the spectator the oppportunity to see the performance as a chronological part of the story, which haunts the same plot, but from a different point of view.

“On the DVD, one can also find an installation video (a found-footage clip) which was played in the foyer before the show and a 5 minute long trailer for promotional purposes.”

Here’s to hoping the projects, involving girls in Chelsea or otherwise, are going as splendidly in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Goleta, Chicago, Storm Lake, Kearney, Portland, New York, St. Louis, Brooklyn, Bonita Springs, Boston, San Diego, Houston, Bloomington, Denver, Tulsa, Hampton, Vancouver, Lackawanna, Saint Francis and Austin.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Life

Harnessing the Atom

We like to think we’re fairly proficient with motion graphics work around here. We’ve jostled our fair share of keyframes in doing work that our clients seem to really like, but when we get samples in from people like Andrea Toniolo, we feel like downright rank amateurs. Though it would be hard not to when making comparisons to him. His animation work is incredible and on a level that makes you want to keep learning the tools of the trade for as long as it takes, just to try and figure out how he does it. So it goes without saying that we’re honored that he chose Jewelboxing to package his new reel. Here’s from Andrea:

“I’m an Italian director specializing in long green screen shots and match-moving works. Some weeks ago I finished my showreel for 2007 and I was planning to meet with some agencies to work with. The problem for me was making high-quality, “eye-candy” packaging without the cost of industrial printing. I start searching some solutions on the web (with little hope) and finally found your web site. I was impressed by the examples page.”

“Making my own jewelbox with your templates was very fun! Really creative process, because it’s not important to convert RGB to CYMK or other annoying stuff for industrial printing. Only design, test and print! And also, I’m not forced to always make the same cover. I can modify from time to time to fill my specific needs.”

“One thing impresses me overall: the paper with king tray insert always fit in a perfect way when the cover comes closed, without tears or wrong folds. You make my life easier, concentrating only in creative process.”

Here’s to hoping life has become equally as easy in Mountain View, Duluth, Saint-Avold, Boise, New York City, Chicago, Farmingville, Baltimore, Atlanta, West Des Moines, Dallas, Williamsville, Louisville, Opa Locka, Los Angeles, Southfield, Washington DC, Portland, Culver City, Market Rasen, Wood Dale, Lawrence, and Worcester.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Life

The Sporting Life

People have used Jewelboxing for pitches to major, big league clients, like pro sports teams and multi-million dollar retail sponsors. Or motion graphics firms delivering a final project to be displayed on the gigantic screens in the 50,000 seat stadiums. But while not everything involved with sports has to be so grandiose, it’s still important to always look your best, as we learned in this write-up by a recent first-time Jewelboxing user:

“A soccer mom contracted me to shoot her kid’s all star game. It was a standard two camera set-up — not a lot of flash. I tried to ESPN things up a bit, tossing in a running scoreboard and suchlike. In the end, though, the project still felt light. Sturdy, but light. I needed to knock the first impression out of the park to justify my commission.”

“I purchased some Kings — my first order from you guys — and bought some stock photos. The inner tray and disc just blended so nicely and the whole thing had a really good weight, as opposed to paper sheaths and the usual jewel casing, it felt like it belonged on a shelf for display. I sent them out and my client immediately contacted me for two more sets.”

“*cheesy grin, thumbs up* Thanks, Jewelboxing!”

Let’s hope the grins are as cheesy and the thumbs are as high in Middleboro, Ladera Ranch, Glasgow, Tallahassee, New York, Detroit, Boca Raton, Reutlingen, Portland, Geneve, Grand Rapids, Carolina, Amityville, Nashville, La Mesa, Maple Ridge, Saint-Avold, Lake Oswego, Liverpool, Breckenridge, Elmwood Park, Copenhagen, Anchorage, Spring and Sewanee.

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, Life

Attend Two and Call Us In the Morning

It’s always cool when someone sends in a project to us that’s really unique from anything else we’ve ever received. That happened this week when we got a package in from Carole Guevin. Of course, the design she used to dress up the Jewelboxing pack was the first thing to catch our eye (after all, we’re all designers ourselves). But when we got into the workshop Carole had prepared, that really got us interested. Here’s some info from Carole:

“The workshop is called Real PILLs, an acronym for: “Powerful Instant Latency Lot of Suggestions.” The workshop combines 2.5 years of private coaching and my 20 year experience as a designer. The whole idea is to put attendees in a situation where they face a succession of rapid and unpredictable twist and turns on a specific assignment (the pitch). The exercises mimic the flow of changes experienced in a real life project and helps to discover that uncontrollable changes and constraints are opportunities to evaluate their creative strengths, adaptability, potential and areas of improvement.

The theoretic aspects are passed on seamlessly with the intense hands-on situations. The order of the day was to introduce complete chaos to the attendees and let them learn how to stay on top of it and deliver. Which they did!

After the workshop, the group Photoshop files are posted to download and can be burned to a CD. The beauty of this concept, resides in the fact that having participated anonymously, they can now view and criticize the work of everyone, gaining new insights into what they have learned, shared and experienced over the course of the workshop and the Jewelboxing becomes way more than just a souvenir.”

UPDATE: Carole just dropped us a line to let us know that the PILLS workshop may be hitting the road soon and visit a batch of cities near you. For more info, contact Carole.

We’d like to get comp tickets to Carole’s workshop for our new pals in London, New York, Calgary, North Chatham, Vancouver, Indianapolis, Coeur d’Alene, Blue Grass, New York, Brooklyn, Corvallis, Fresno, Arcadi, Van Nuys, Washington DC, Amsterdam, Clarksville, Summerland, and Singapore.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Life

Aural Fixation

One of our new favorite people of all time, Chaz Windus of Blazing Lazer, has helped us out once again. Not only did he send in a series of amazing music tracks for us to help score the Jewelboxing commercial, he followed up by doing all of the sound design as well. What was once just a flashy little spot with cool music, is now a flashy little spot with cool music AND a cornucopia of wooshes and beeps. It really does breathe a whole new life into the whole thing. Check it out.

With this step, it seems like we’re nearing the end of this fun side project. However, we’ve come this far, we can’t just let the thing sit and waste away on this site, can we? Well, we may not have the media budget, but we’ve got something sneaky planned that’ll get this thing seen. Stick with us—more revealed soon.

We would be making boring animations about dirt and sticks, if it weren’t for those in Wellington, Carmel, Minneapolis, Wien, Tallahassee, Yonkers, San Francisco, Atlanta, New York, Hudson, San Luis Obispo, Tucson, Goleta, Nesna, Philadelphia, Verdun and Troy.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Life

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

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 slatch.com 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.