Welcome to A Ghibli Love Story!
My name is Gabby and I'm here to make enamel pins!
❤ The goal of this Kickstarter project is to produce some, if not all, of these enamel pin designs. My dream is to go above and beyond the initial goals, so I can also produce all designs, charms, washi tape, and maybe even a lanyard! If we hit the main goals out of the park, I will add new pin designs to the campaign!
❤ The purpose of this project is to pay homage to Studio Ghibli movies by attempting to create a design for as many movies as I can.
❤ I walked down the aisle to the song Reprise by Joe Hisaishi, which is what plays in the delicate moment in Spirited Away when Chihiro and Haku fall from the sky and realize their ties and love for each other. That's how much I love these movies. No other animated series have inspired me as much as Studio Ghibli movies have. And I created this project as a way to give back to the community, and to all those who love the movies as much as I do.
❤ I'm a seasoned pin maker with a wonderful backlog of pins to prove it! My first Kickstarter, Toss a Coin and Make a Wish, was successfully funded in April, and since then all backers have received their rewards. A fan favorite, this Sophie and Howl pin, from Howl's Moving Castle, is what started this collection:
*This add-on option is only available to those who have pledged for an early-bird tier: If you would like to add more pins to your pledge without losing the early bird discount of your original pledge, you may add $13 per pin to your pledge. Note: It is ultimately cheaper to upgrade to an open early bird slot for the total quantity of pins you desire. Keep an eye out for these if they ever open up :D!
The project will run as follows:
❤ June 26th - July 31st: The Kickstarter will run for a little over a month. This is the time to pledge! You will not be charged unless the minimum goal is met by the end of the campaign. Depending on the success of the campaign, a new design might be revealed. I'll be creating the backing cards during this time.
❤ August 1st - August 21st: Payment will be processed once campaign ends. Supporters will receive surveys and make their reward selection. Supporters are encouraged to double check their payment methods and shipping addresses!
❤ August 21st: Orders for the pins, stickers, goodies, backing cards, and miscellaneous packaging will be sent out to the manufacturers.
❤ August 22nd - September 16th: Pins, stickers, and all other orders are delivered to me.
❤ September 16th - September 31st: I will be packaging and shipping out pins, slowly, because I work a full time job. All pins will be shipped with USPS. I am based in Texas, USA, so expect domestic orders to begin arriving around this time.
The project costs are broken down as follows:
❤ I am a writer, engineer, and artist who began creating enamel pins in March 2018. This is my second Kickstarter campaign.
❤ My vision is to inspire others into becoming their most genuine selves, by displaying my passion for the things I believe in. I am delighted to bring joy to people through the art I create, and I'm here to continue doing that!
❤ I attend anime and comic book conventions all over Texas year-round. You can usually find me at the Artist Alley.
Risks and challenges
I'm launching this Kickstarter because I'm confident in my ability to bring these pins to production. I have a long-standing relationship with the factory that produces my pins, and I trust they are capable of manufacturing them in a timely manner, with an eye for quality. Even so, there are some factors out of my control that might affect the outcome of the project:
❤ Color translation can be finicky between monitors and color swatches, so there is a risk that the pin coloring might not result exactly as designed.
❤ The line thickness of the designs might be adjusted throughout the term of the campaign. I will do this if there's a need to optimize a design to make sure the end product is as appealing as possible.
❤ The manufacturing might be delayed depending on the outcome of samples. Sample creation takes around 10 to 15 days. If the color selection isn't up to my standards, I might request a new batch of samples. If this delay happens, you'll be fully informed throughout the process.
❤ Although I trust the quality produced by my manufacturer of choice, defects in manufacturing do happen from time to time. Because of this I've factored in a "buffer" count of pins over the required minimum of orders into the cost of unlocking every design. This way, in the case of any defective pins, I'll be able to fulfill all Kickstarter pledges with Standard grade pins. Please note that Standard grade pins may have minor defects, which are acceptable by me and by my manufacturer. These are defects that are difficult to see without intense visual inspection. By backing this campaign, you understand these terms and are okay with the possibility of minor defects in your reward.
❤ All domestic orders are shipped with tracking. Even so, there is a possibility that throughout the shipping process the rewards might sustain damage, or the package might be lost. Once the item is shipped, it is up to USPS to deliver it. I will try to be as accommodating as possible for any lost packages.
❤ Due to the cost of international shipping, international orders will not be shipped with tracking. Backers that are based outside of the U.S. are responsible for paying any custom fees associated with the shipping of their reward. There is a possibility that throughout the shipping process the rewards might sustain damage, or the package might be lost. This is entirely out of my control and will be up to the postal services involved with the shipping. I will try to be as accommodating as possible for any lost packages.
❤ To set your mind at ease about supporting this project, feel free to see what my happy customers have to say after receiving their beautiful new pins ☺: https://www.etsy.com/shop/themoonborn#reviewsLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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