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Our Designer’s Best Friend No. 1

I have a great deal of respect for Designers…

What inspires them? Where do they find all those cool fonts? How do they just know those colours will go together? Is it something they’re born with or learned at design school?

Where do they go to help with these things?

So I asked one of my in-house Graphic Designers, Allison if she would share her secrets as my Guest Blog Contributor.

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In this industry everything is always wanted as soon as possible, so I am always on the hunt for ways to save time and streamline the design process….

Time doesn’t always permit creating my own unique content, and this is where places like Creative Market come in to help save the day. Whether I need something different for a bespoke invitation design, a unique hand drawn font, or any other kind of digital creative content, Creative Market is there to help me out.

Creative Market

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“Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted, mouse made design content from independent creatives around the world. We’re passionate about making beautiful design simple and accessible to everyone.”

Creative Market is a creative community and marketplace where people can buy and sell creative content, like fonts, graphics, patterns and templates.

You can peruse the marketplace by what is most popular, most recent, by category, and your own keyword search. I personally love to look through all the patterns and illustrations, there is so much here to inspire and help to get the creative process started…

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If you love to create, you can also request an invite to open your own store (within their site) and sell your own handcrafted goods. I haven’t tried this out for myself (there are not enough hours in the day, if anyone has a solution to that please let me know…), but it appears to be pretty straight forward and user friendly.

Items are covered under a Simple License which gives you the right to use any item purchased on Creative Market in a personal or commercial project for yourself or a client, but the item cannot be resold or redistributed on its own, or used in a product offered for sale where the item contributes to the core value of the product being sold. Learn more about this here…

You can even buy website themes and wedding invitation templates. All you need is the software to open the files (Photoshop, InDesign etc. and off you go…)

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Pricing for the creative content are set by the store owners (creators) and tends range depending on the content, but generally I find it to be really reasonably priced.
They even offer weekly freebies for those who have an account and if you like them on Facebook…

(WARNING – many hours can be lost browsing, shopping and being inspired from this site)

www.creativemarket.com

and if you are in to colour, I’ll be sharing another handy designer’s friend next week….

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This Is How We Make Envelopes

I love giving my warehouse ‘tour’, especially the part when I show our vintage envelope machine operating. People find it interesting and quite fascinating too.

I realise not everyone can pop in for a tour, so today I give you just the envelope portion…

Back in 2004, our customers were demanding beautiful envelopes, but we found them really hard to get hold of…

Lots of Envelopes

So, knowing absolutely nothing about how to make envelopes, we decided to import a HP Die Press and a 1961 FL Smythe WRK envelope folding and gluing machine. With about 3 weeks training from our imported experts, we got into the envelope manufacturing business!

As you can imagine, by now we’re much better at it and waste a lot less paper getting it right… but we still have the same machines and a much bigger envelope range, which is available ‘off the shelf’.

An envelope warehouse isle

In fact, at last count, we have almost 300 envelopes in varying sizes, shapes, seal flaps and exotic paper stocks in our warehouse…not to mention we can make envelopes to order.

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Have a quick look at a 15 second Instagram video of our 1961 FL Smythe Envelope Machine in operation.

 

 

 

We’ve learned to only manufacture from quality imported and Australian papers…our machine ‘chews up’ the cheap stuff!

Our dies demand quality too. They’re forged from a single piece of the highest quality steel to withstand our powerful ‘cookie cutter’ – an FL Smythe die press which cuts out the ‘blanks’.

Envelope Dies

The blanks are then hand-fed into our 1961 FL Smythe WRK envelope machine, which obediently (most of the time) scores, glues, folds and delivers a product we’re proud of.

They’re then quality checked, left to dry overnight, then hand-packed into bulk or packs for sale.

Cookie cut blanks

Lick ’em and Stick ’em

All Peterkin Envelopes are made with the traditional sealing method of Lick n’ Stick, perfect for bulk mailing machines, quality announcing and our Digital Envelope Overprinting Service.

We have two envelope flap styles too. There’s the extremely popular iflap, which people love for announcing and our wallet flap, suited for business correspondence and bulk mailing machines.

If you want to view our envelope range at a glance, see our Envelope Availability Chart. It’s pretty handy to refer to. We always update the chart every time we add or remove a new envelope from our range…

You can purchase individual samples of our entire envelope range by locating the item and selecting Single Sample Pricing.

But if you’re after a full sample set that’s labelled and includes every die cut in the range, have a look at our Style Studio.

 Made to Order

Envelope Machine

We make special requests all the time…from very small hand-made envelope jobs through to larger orders with custom stocks we don’t carry on our shelves, we’re happy to accommodate. All you need to do is  fill in this form and we’ll quote it for you.

 

If having a look around our operation interests you and you’re in the area, all you have to do is ask. I’ll happily ‘lift back the curtain’ and give you my tour…

Cheers, Jodie