Paper Packaging with a Purpose

I love all kinds of packaging but I especially love creating my own – and I’ve been at it again, creating new packaging with specific purposes in mind.

Scissors and cutting paper tags for necklace box packaging inserts.

If you follow me on Instagram or my Facebook page (please do!), you’ve seen this photo. When printing labels for my packaging, I always print a cutting guide – a super thin, often medium-grey.

Dahle 552 Rotary Paper Cutter

Fiskars 4" Paper Trimmer





I have a big Dahle 552 rolling cutter and a mini Fiskars guillotine cutter.

Yet sometimes I just like to cut with scissors. As I was doing that cutting task above I was thinking how much more efficient it is to cut with one of these cutting tools, but then decided, dammit, I just like cutting with scissors sometimes.

Necklace Packaging

Pendant Necklace with Hand Stitched Design
Hand Stitched Pendant Necklace, available at Whitman Works Company.

New packaging process tags for Hand Stitched NecklacesIt’s been necklace week here at STPA headquarters.

I’ve made a bunch of new improvements and additions to my necklace packaging. Wanna see?

I believe many of my necklaces are given as gifts so I created this note about my process so the recipient will know that the pendant is comprised of actual thread stitched onto paper; it’s not a print.

I also added the price at the very top of the note so it can be easily cut off by the gift giver. Plus, by having the price and chain length noted here, the need for additional labor and cost of applying removable labels, is eliminated.

Packaging for necklace boxes.

Since I bought new necklace-specific boxes this year, I had to redo the box insert packaging that holds the necklace in place if the box is displayed on end.

But my favorite packaging improvement is that little folded paper bit on the back of the insert that holds the excess chain at just the right length so the necklace hangs perfectly uniform (ahhh!) in the box. I was never happy with my previous method: tape. Eww. No.

The chain holder for 18″ chains is 3″ down from the top, 24″ chains go at the bottom of the card. Yes! There’s a science to art.

See that plastic box at the top of the photo? That’s all the little folded pieces ready to be glued to the insert at the proper length. I love mindless uniform batch processing! I love complex stitching patterns I have to pay attention to also – and there’s a time and place for each type of work.

A few days ago I delivered 11 new necklaces to Whitman Works Company, located at 1826 Penfield Road, Penfield, NY. And  :::drum roll:::  making their debut – keyrings with hand stitched paper designs. I’m so happy with the way these turned out.

3 Keyrings with Hand Stitched Paper Designs
Available at Whitman Works Company.

Next up is to get my necklace stock photographed and up for sale on the website. Now that I’ve got this packaging squared away, that is my next task and I’m this close. I appreciate your patience!

PS. I have some unfortunate news. Since last week’s post about glue, my little shot glass met an untimely death on the floor of my studio. RIP, little one. (I’m now using a votive holder I had on hand.)

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