a zine project

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packaging

01 tapedGreat news! The zines are all folded and taped!

The not-so-good news: the zine didn’t go out today.

The better news: Friday!

With the task of putting addresses on envelopes, our thoughts turn to packaging. If you have ever purchased from a shop at etsy.com, you know how delightfully creative people can be. I’m not sure we are to that level. But ideas swirled and settled upon “how ‘bout a stamp?” and “whatever we do, just no more tape!”

01 stampedN and L carved stamps today.  N thought a negative of the bird would be good, so we made two stamps. We figured stamps would be an easy way to mark the envelope without embossing tools or figuring out the printer. Now to figure out how to revive the stamp pads.

01 markedN put the bookmarks we designed into the zines. It was like Valentine’s the other day, her going down the mailing list deliberating who would get which one of the 4 bookmarks. Then, because they were learning marketing techniques at school recently, and we talked about viral campaigns quite extensively at dinner the other night, N was plotting where we could leave the extra bookmarks. We may have to print more.

01 stencilWe thought about the weather and the mail slots, of water and bending and folding and jamming. It was decided, “do not bend” should be clearly marked on the envelope. We may add “best avoid liquids, too.” Stencils were an idea and using cardboard out of the recycle, we found the carving to be a bear and it too thick to easily brush paint over. Little wonder stencils are usually those flimsy plasticky things. We’ll either try again with thinner, yet sturdy, material or hand-write. N suggested tape (“you know, print out thin printed strips and tape it on”) and L balked—apparently her allergies are no longer limited to Fall and Spring.

We’ve a few days to make sure everything is lovely and in place. Eager to get this into our contributor’s hands!

taping in progress

Alright. So I, too, was hoping this post would be full of photographs of sealed and stacked envelopes on their way out the door. But soon!

There was an issue with printing the issue. It was solved, thankfully. (yay, Sean!) But we are delayed.

So this post is about the assembly.

If you will recall, I mentioned tape.

With the accordian style construction of the zine, we have to tape the pages together.

Sean set to folding the sheets into form, but first demonstrated the taping.

but do we tape from each side or only one?

(N, fresh from the shower and in pajamas staying up to her bedtime helping tape.)

N and L taped while Sean folded. We made reasonable progress but it was getting late for N.

We will continue our humble assembly line and, as Sean suggested, send them out in waves.

one lovingly taped zine at a time.

that is, after we add more tape, needing to replace the “instructions” on how to read the zine.

the b-side is a bit of a trick–unless you are a reader of Manga or other Asian constructions. Yep, the b-side pages will run right to left. We would have gone trickier if we’d planned for this well in advance, but alas…

N is on the technical writing today. We’ll print neat square patches this evening. Then add “instructions” to the “need tape” line.

postage pictures to come! will be worth the wait*, we promise.

 

*i refer to the zine, no promises on the quality of the pics.