Just wanted to drop a note to let everyone know how progress is coming along. I finally settled on a packaging design for the Music Notes Sketchbooks, but I made a few changes to the branding. Though I liked the initial logo, it didn't really make me think of vinyl records when I saw it. So I worked up a new logo to give it more of a classic design that I think is reminiscent of old vinyl. I also had to abandon the initial idea of printing the labels on recycled grocery bags. Though good in theory, it just wasn't practical for the amount of packaging needed. So I switched over to recycled kraft paper cardstock instead. I think the finished product looks a great deal better with these adjustments to the packaging design. The design of the sketchbook itself remains unchanged.
You can see how everything came out in the attached image below.
With that said, production on the sketchbooks and refills are just about finished. I was able to get access to a laser cutter to cut the basic design, so the manufacturing process on the front and back covers went a lot smoother. It took a few tries to get the laser calibrated for cutting vinyl without burning the edges, but I think they turned out pretty good.
I'll be sending out the survey for everyone's shipping address this evening and should be able to start shipping orders out as soon as I know where they're all going. With the success of this project, I'm planning to start testing out a few other ideas on Kickstarter once this one is finalized. Thanks again for the support.
Lastly, progress on setting up the online store is slow going, but I have every intention of getting it set up and ready to go by the end of the year. So for those of you that opted to not get refills or anyone that missed the chance to order a sketchbook, they will be available in the future. It's just taking a bit longer than I initially expected.