Once again I was awake when I was supposed to be sleeping – and once again I was thinking of the gift tags. Plus, this week I didn’t get past the pencil drawing of the newest entryway for many reasons, not the least of which was an all day road trip Tuesday to Ohio with John. What time I did have, I spent exploring the possibilities of making digital prints of some of my original aceos/gift tags. I chose these mostly because all of the little gift tags already had the ribbon hole punched and I didn’t want to have to work around that. I also selected a few un-inked watercolor blanks. I really liked the unusual color patterns they had and didn’t think inking would improve them so I put them in as is. In any case, I scanned a bunch in using my printer scanner and then was actually able to find where they were sent onto my computer. No mean feat for me as this was the first time I had tried to scan with the new printer.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t happy with the print out from my computer. The colors weren’t even close to true when compared with the original. This left the box stores as the only option. I actually thought that this might be the case anyway, given the cost of home printer inks. So I decided to try one box store for a color print out with nine and the other store with a print out of 16. Both actually worked out well and were rather evenly priced so it’s a tossup. I’ll probably go with the closest store in the future. I spent the rest of the week cutting out each tag from its sheet from a total of 18 sheets. Rather mindless work but necessary. Then I had to punch the hole and insert the ribbon. I opted to also put a hole reinforcer on this set just to see if I felt it was necessary since I was using 120 lb cardstock. I may not in the future but I haven’t decided yet. They actually look pretty nice. The colors turned out quite vividly and I am pleased with the combinations.
So what was I thinking about in my midnight musings? Probably the hardest decision of all. Pricing. I am thinking of selling them as a set of nine, just to make it easy on myself. I have given myself a day or two to think about it.
Happy Father’s Day to all.