My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #673: Packaging

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-16-2012 11:45 AM 1173 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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By the end of today, I should be pretty much ready to put in a call to Purolator to pick up the boxes of patterns. This will be a huge milestone as far as I am concerned and I will feel great about doing such a big job in a relatively short amount of time.

When looking back on the last couple of weeks, I realize that I have woven some other projects in between doing the production work. Not only did that help to keep the work interesting, but it also helped me get things out in other directions. I am really pleased when I see this all coming together. Not only because of the amount of work, but also because of the quality of products that I am providing.

Each kit is packaged in a nice zip lock bag:

The corresponding wood pieces are also in the bag.

It is important for shipping that all the pieces lay flat, and I am very careful when packing them to have the box on its side so that they remain that way and not settle to the bottom of the bag. In order to do this, I keep the box on its end until it is full, then I am able to stand it up and there isn’t room for things to shift. I expect that the final box will need some filler of some sort if there is any space left. The first box that I packed held 75 pattern kits:

I expect that there will be four boxes in the shipment. Being packed snugly will also help protect the pieces from damage, although the 1/8” plywood is quite strong.

I finished packaging the first 100 patterns, although I am a couple of pieces short so I will be doing a quick cut this morning and filling in with what I need. I know I lost one piece under the deck when I was outside drilling the other day, but I was still a couple of pieces short, probably by my own calculations. After cutting the quantity that I just completed, doing a couple of extra pieces will seem like nothing.

I am going to spend the day packing today and I have a couple of movies and shows to have in the background while doing so. This to me is pleasant work and is quiet and clean and it is a good time to catch up on my favorite shows.

I have been keeping track of the time that I have put in, and the work is definitely worth while for me. While it did take me away from designing for a week or so, it is a nice little extra income that will fill in these months when we aren’t quite as busy over the summer. Since the catalog is coming out in May and these are fall and Halloween designs, there is ample opportunity for reorders. I will welcome the opportunity.

I appreciate the cheering on that I have had from my followers during this project. While I know it isn’t my normal type of work that I show, I hope that some of you who do production type work or are considering doing so will learn a bit from my own experiences here. I will probably summarize things up tomorrow and point out some things that helped me make this job a very pleasant one to finish and a great opportunity for my business to grow.

I hope you have a great Monday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 03:57 PM

I hoped you figured the price for the plastic baggies in with the others? They could be easily overlooked when pricing the projects. I am going to assume that you are aware of this and took it into account but for others it could be a disaster to have overlooked this.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 04:13 PM

Yes, I did Erwin. :) I had remembered to do that when I made the skating pond sets. You are right though, it would be easily overlooked. I have done that before and of course had to live with the consequences of not figuring it in the bid. I am lucky that I found a great place here in Canada that makes all kinds of bags and packaging materials like this for a very reasonable price. They are a great company called Crystal Clear Bag and I am very pleased with them. They are friendly, fast and have so many sizes and products it is unbelievable! They are very reasonably priced and I can order over the phone and expect my order to arrive in about 2-3 days.

Little by little I am working through all of this!

Thanks for the comment, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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