I received my first shipment from Lost Crates last week. I apologize for taking so long to post about it.
First, I have to that the simple corrugated box with stamps all over it definitely feels like a special package that has made its way across the world to me.
Inside the package is bundled in kraft brown tissue and held together with twine. As a designer, this packaging makes this kit worth every cent! (And I haven’t even seen what’s inside yet!)
Inside were the products they selected for me based on their simple visual quiz. I received a highlighter in green made from recycled materials, a decorative roller ball pen with a floral pattern by Josh Davis on the casing, a Miquelrius zipper pouch (which is padded inside) with a pattern designed by Emil Kozak, a blank black Ecosystem notebook, and a set of two decorative notebooks from French Paper Pop Ink.
And then tucked underneath everything else was a Field Notes State Fair edition for Missouri. Sweet!
With the exception of the rollerball pen (which was quickly absconded by someone at work) everything in the box was something I would have purchased for myself so I feel fairly confident that the quiz is decently accurate or the folks at Lost Crates just have exceptionally good taste. And when I do a little math in my head, the value of the merchandise is at least equal to the subscription fee so it feels like a good value.
Now, I’m even more curious what goodies I will receive next month.
Interesting round-up of all the renewed interest in analog pursuits from typewriters and film-based cameras to vinyl records and pinball. No analysis here but it is fun to see that there are lots of people who think analog options are worth learning and preserving.
Steply has created a blog of reviews for iPhone photo apps, from functional to frivolous. Its a pretty good resource if you’ve been wanting something besides the stock camera app but don’t know where to start.
I think I need to just paint my office white so I stop torturing my dear readers with endless photos of white workspaces! I think the white-on-white look is the perfect starting point for an office. Then add your favorite colors, a wonderful focal piece like a great desk, flamboyant chair or piece of art. At least that’s my opinion.
What about you? If you were to rebuild your office or workspace from scratch, where would you start?
Every once in a while I post photos with the tagline, “No space to small to be an office.” I started that tagline because I believe that whenever you have time with your computer and a good spot to work, you can do great things, no matter how small your desk may be!
If you’re in the Kansas City area and interested in learning the basics of Italics calligraphy taught by Lisa Rogers, a Hallmark Lettering artist with 24 years of experience, this is it! Lisa has never agreed to teach outside classes before and might not ever offer it again so this may be your one opportunity. I have taken her class before and can recommend her highly! Classes start soon!
Italics with Personality: A Study with Hallmark Lettering Artist Lisa Rogers in Pencil, Flat Pen, Brush and Pointed Pen
When: Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dates: Sept. 24 – Dec. 3 (Note: This class will run for a total of eight sessions with breaks on Oct. 15, Nov. 5, and Nov….
Since I’ve been working on my own calling cards this week, I thought I’d round-up some potential options, should you be in need of your own cards.
First up is a total DIY solution thanks to How About Orange. This single design is a PDF file you can download and customize. Then print it on your home printer or take the file to your local copy shop and have them run them off for you. Than whip out your trusty X-acto blade and cut them out.
First you need to consider your budget and the look you’re after. Some of the least expensive options for cards would be Moo.com or VistaPrint. With Moo, you can get full-color design front and back, choose different images for the front and order as little as 50 cards to start. They have lots of nice looking templates and you can also upload photos or your own graphics. Moo prices start at $19.99 for 50 standard sized cards but the half-sized MiniCards start at $19.99 for 100 cards. VistaPrint offers a dizzying array of stock designs though you’ll definitely have to hunt to find a good one or you can upload your own artwork. VistaPrint cards start at just $9 for 250 which include full color on the front, blank on the back. VistaPrint may be cheaper but for the money but if you are not creating your own artwork, Moo is a better way to go for an inexpensive card that looks great.
If you are willing to spend a bit more money, you might consider one of the many Etsy vendors who offer calling cards. Here are a few unique options I found:
This set of personalized Notebook Calling Cards from Sweetbeaker in the US is $25 for 48 cards.
Scallop edge design from LetterLove Designs in Adelaide Australia. 20 adorable scallop edged design calling cards printed on 110# cardstock for $28.
Scrapbits in the US offers these clever die cut shapes on chipboard for $44 for 50 cards
Bold color cards from TinaRosa in Hong Kong are just $32 for 100 cards. The front have monochromatic stripes and your info and the back is a solid coordinating color with your favorite quote or phrase in white.
Die cut initials and a smaller size card from ReadyGo. Get 48 cards for either long slender cards (3.5” wide by 1.25” tall) or square (2.5”) with your initial and pertinent info for just $20.
And if the sky is the limit, then you may want to consider the tactile, classic beuaty of letterpress cards. There are Etsy sellers who offer letterpress cards as well as many small printers throughout the US and the world. Here are just a few of them who offer calling cards:
RubyPress from Portland offers these Modern Square cards. Customize the monogram in the square, add your info and pick a color scheme. Get 100 cards for $100 on luscious Crane’s Lettra cardstock.
Biplane Press in the UK offers custom crafted letterpress cards. One-color designs on 300gsm Bockingford paper, 100 cards, for $125.