Dye Recipe Cards
I keep writing my dye recipes on whatever I can find at the moment and forgetting where that whatever is when I need it later. So, I decided to design dye recipe cards. Presumably, I can put the cards in a box and have the sole task of remembering where I put the box. I wanted each card to have spaces to write out the elements of a dye job as well as features to store a sample of the dyed fiber. I settled on a card size of 5 in by 7 in, which is one of the standard postcard sizes. I decided to print the cards at Moo because I like Moo and can print a small quantity of the cards to verify the design (Moo is like the Apple of printing, which means Moo takes design seriously). To contain all the information pertaining to a dye job legibly on the card, I needed both sides of the card to be writable. The paper stock option for postcards that met this requirement at Moo was Luxe, which has uncoated finish on both sides. I laid out the designs of the front side and back side of the dye recipe card in Adobe Illustrator, exported the designs to PDF, and uploaded the PDF to Moo. Moo has Printfinity technology that allows different designs to be printed within a pack of postcards, which means I can express myself. The front side of the card was the same for all the postcards in my pack, but I uploaded different designs (different colors) for the back side of the card.
For storage of the dyed fiber sample, I thought that two notches could be made on opposite sides of the card. Then, the fiber sample could be wound around the web connecting the notches. Moo does not offer cutting services. So what I decided to do was create dashed lines on the card to outline the shape of the notches. With a X-acto knife, or other type of craft knife, the notches can be cut in the card.