Posting out Camzines

Thu, 15 Dec 2011

I've been packing up and shipping out the limited edition camzines. They've gone to new homes all round the world! Thanks to everyone who donated. Check here to see if you could still grab a copy!

I've been packing them in recycled amazon packages held shut with brown paper tape. I was a little concerned that once they reached their destination they would be difficult to open. 

After mulling the problem over for a while, here is the solution I came up with.

Starting with a fold of card from an amazon box.

Cut a length of string longer around 50 cm long.  Lay it along the centre fold on the inside of the card.

Fix the string into place with a length of brown paper tape.

Pop the cam-zine into place

Close the card. Line up the string along one edge.

Fix it into place with paper tape.

Repeat the process on the other two open sides so that the string runs round three sides of the package.

Trim the remaining string so that about 4cm are left. Stick the end down with a small piece of tape leaving a little exposed string ready to pull.

Add the address and a stamp. Pop it in the post!

Now the recipient can easily open the package by pulling the string. How's that?!

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Comments (11)

  • umehta December 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    That is cool.

    That is cool.

  • Shelley Noble December 16, 2011 at 5:21 am

    I love that you reused. But

    I love that you reused. But not only reused, made Rob Ives cool. That low tech string solution is ingenious and adorable!

    🙂 – RI

  • Smelter December 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    The trouble now is, I’ll not

    The trouble now is, I'll not want to open mine, and ruin the packaging!

    • robives December 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Smelter, you can remind

      Smelter, you can remind yourself what the sealed pack looked like with the picture on the blog 🙂

      • umehta December 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm

        Hello Rob When I donated it

        Hello Rob When I donated it did not ask me to enter my postal address and I did not realize about it until I read comments from your members. Let me know if you need mine. I was out when you posted this item and I was late to order. Wish you and your family sentiments of holidays

        Thanks for the donation Umehta, I have posted out your cam-zine. Happy holidays to you and yours- RI

  • john brown December 16, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    You are such a talented and

    You are such a talented and inspirational person, Rob. When I was teaching, my pupils' certainly benefited from your work – many, many thanks – I still have my copy of the well used mechanisms book.

    In retirement, I so look forward to receiving your emails. What you do with paper/card is quite awesome and something I find very exciting.

    Many thanks for your dedication and continued hard work and innovative solutions – brilliant and a well deserved accolade, which I am sure is shared by many.

    Have a great Christmas, a prosperous New Year and for all the pleasure you bring I wish you all the very best,


    Thanks for your kind words John – have a great Christmas! – RI

  • Michael cc December 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm


                                                                                                               4. Advent 2011

    Dear Rob,

    I would like to thank you very much. You give your homepage for many interested parties a platform. This is unique. The development and completion of your models to follow closely. Opinions and suggestions can be posted. I know of no other designer who offers such a thing. I wish you continued good ideas for new models. Merry Christmas and a good New Year wishes


    I’d like to thank you for all your feedback and amazing model adaptations. I’ve really enjoyed them! Happy Christmas to you and yours- RI

  • drinkumbrella January 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    And… as functional in

    And… as functional in person as it looked in the pictures. Even easier to open than most amazon packaging.

    (just got mine in the mail. thanks!)

  • trishjoyce January 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Ahhaaaa… Rob Ives

    Ahhaaaa… Rob Ives ….


    ever since i saw this fantastic way you posted your zines… i have been wracking my brains…

    where have i seen this where…where… biscuits have them but ….no thats not it….

    to day having a very late breakfast…. toast and my most favorite thing on it dairy lea….thats it DAIRY LEA…. ok rob ives fess up…. did you get the idea from dairy lea slices… and have you tried it on toast (no butter).

    Dairy Lea Delivery! You got me 🙂 – RI

    • Smelter January 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Having visited Rob, I think

      Having visited Rob, I think it may be a case of a "Laughing Cow"

      Moo! – RI

      • trishjoyce January 11, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        HHHHAAAAAA hahahahha

        HHHHAAAAAA hahahahha



        what a cheapskate…. yuk…. but i bet thats where he got it.

        lol 🙂 – RI

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