Since it's been a little while, I decided to post a quick DIY photography packaging idea. This set includes a coordinating Greeting Card, CD Sleeve, and Business Card.
To begin, find a piece of paper that INSPIRES you. It can be solid or patterned, textured or smooth, thick, or thin...as long as it complements your branding. (In this example I went with a gray, coral/pink, and white color palette with the theme of "floating.") I used a 12" x 12" sheet of pink and gray marble fine paper from Paper Source. It's hands down one of my favorite papers of all time. I've actually had it for MONTHS but I could never get myself to cut it up. (I'm a bit of a hoarder in that way.) Anyway, I decided some lovely packaging was a worthy enough cause.
After preparing the folded card, I punched a 2" circle on the front to create a "peek-a-boo" effect, then drew a tiny balloon knot and string by hand. (You can do SO many things with this concept, so don't get stuck on the balloon concept if it doesn't work for you.) To visually "unite" the card and sleeve, I continued the string onto the left side of the sleeve. It's fun details like this that make the packaging!
Another item I had on hand was a sewn CD sleeve from a shop called Sarah Q Happy Booths on Etsy. It's a simple 5.5" x 5.5" sleeve sewn on 3 sides with a notch at the top. The white sleeve is great by itself, but again, my goal here was to create a cohesive package. To do this, I added two paper details: a small piece of marbled paper on the inside (to create another "peek-a-boo" effect), and an edge-punched band on the outside. (You can further customize this by printing your company logo or client's name here.)
Echoing the shape of the balloon, the circle business card is the perfect finishing touch. You can either make your own with a circle punch and custom rubber stamp, or have them professionally printed and die cut.
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