The first thing I do is get an idea of my client's style and color theme. My favorite way of do that is to send them over to design-seeds.com where they can pick color palettes that suit the look they want. I also have them go to my facebook page to look at my different created boxes and my pinterest boards for style ideas and inspiration. Knowing what catches their eye give me wonderful insight into their bent of artistic style.
Once we hit that point, I might ask a couple clarifying questions. Sometimes, clients tell me to just do my "thing" from there, but usually this is where I send swatches for the client to pick from, reminding them that this is probably a paper from a line of many patterns. Their box will generally not be exclusively the paper swatch chosen unless requested. Here is an example:
A client picked the far right swatch-
These three paper swatches I sent were based off of this design seed pick:
Her recipe box turned out to look like this:
As you can see, I use finite cutting techniques to add additional layers to the patterns from papers that are in or match the same line, as is also exampled here:
And sometimes a customer asks for a special personalization:
The time to create can differ from one box to the next but generally takes a week from start to finish including a painted interior. Each is made to order. Lead times vary by the amount of custom orders I am already working on, so sometimes it can take a bit longer.
This is truly one of my favorite parts of my business- creating these special recipe boxes for others. It's even more heartwarming to hear back from my customers with stories of the way it has been used or gifted. I even get photos of the box in use every once in a while and that just tickles me pink!
So a huge "Thank You!" to my many customers who have given me the opportunity to create a recipe box, just for them!
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