Friday, August 29, 2008

The many options when creating Samples

I've been working on some samples. I've mentioned before that I belong to a street team on Etsy. We're putting together a Washington Friendship Box. It is something that people will be able to buy, which will be full of samples from all the team members who wish to participate. The samples we include are supposed to ideally represent our product line. You know, something that will make the receiver say "oh wow, I need to see what else this person has to offer". It is meant to be a tool to offer each of us more site traffic, & hopefully more sales.

I had a hard time coming up with something that was both representative of my work, & inexpensive to create. After all, this is something that I will essentially be giving away. We are donating all the products for the box. The proceeds from the box sales will go to help our team advertise for all of us & various other team things.

So since I already make magnets for the fridge, I thought about making a smaller version of the kind I currently have for sale on Etsy. Then I also wanted them to be durable.



I came up with a smaller, laminated magnet. I may end up selling some online, but right now that is doubtful. I do have a couple other places I could use them as samples to help promote myself.



Now keeping in mind these are essentially giveaways on my end, I'd love some input on not only the concept, but the packaging. I don't want to spend too much time on them, but enough time that they look nice. At first I thought I needed to really package them nicely with ribbon or yarn or something. I came up with this ...

This is proving to be time consuming. While out running a few errands today I came across these nice clear bags that have a self sealing feature. I could still use the yarn I got, or not. I'm wondering if the yarn & the bag are too much. These will all be together in a box with many other samples. that's one reason I thought the bag might be a better idea than the yarn. I was tying together the magnet & a sample card explaining who the sample was from. So, with the bag they would then look more like this...


I'm leaning towards the no yarn idea. Would love some opinions. You can click on any of the images above to get a bigger view if that helps offer any insight.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Something to explore?

So, I'm hearing more & more about these little things.
I'm considering trying this with some of my photography.

Art Cards, Editions and Originals

In short, ACEO. There is also ATC, another name for them.

I've already looked into the cost per item & it would not be bad to do.
I'll be reading more on the whole thing before I get into it, but I think I like this idea.