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An Honest Review of Society6 Products

I’m still trucking on the 100 day project, but like last year, I’m sure I will have plenty of make-up days afterward. Just a reminder, my goal this year’s 100 days was to focus on getting more of my work up on print on demand sites, and to finally start getting some designs printed at spoonflower on fabric. I found a 2017 planner I bought at the dollar store last fall, and so I’ve been using that to keep track of what I’ve been doing, (since I haven’t been posting daily on instagram) to stay accountable.
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Today I am excited to share a review of some items I purchased from Society6 of my own designs. I placed an order which included a cell phone case, a tote bag, 2 zipper pouches, and a pair of leggings. Most of the items were birthday gifts for my sister, while the cell phone case and one of the zipper pouches were for myself.

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The phone case came first (a week out from ordering it) and I snapped it on my phone immediately and it’s been on there ever since. I love it! I’ve had my society6 shop up since 2012 and have mostly sold phone cases from there. You don’t get to see who makes the purchases, and there isn’t a review/feedback system (that I can see anyway) like on etsy, ebay or even amazon, so as far as I know my customers have been happy. I know one customer that has been very happy… my sister. She has purchased a few phone cases from me over the years, so I had been able to see them in person and can vouch for the quality. I’ve also been told that she got lots of compliments on those cases, and was even present a few times when people praised the phone cases. I bought the slim case for myself (image and video above), specifically because the thick one looks like it had a black liner and the buttons that stick out are black, and I didn’t like that with this light and bright pattern. I love my case, which is great because I’ve been saying for years that I was going to buy one for myself. I don’t think it will be my last one either!

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The rest of the haul arrived together, the next week. Opening up the packaging felt like Christmas, I’ve been waiting for this moment forever. I pulled the fish bag out first and was all heart eyes. My sister had specifically said she wanted this bag, and this pattern was a favorite.

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A picture of the bag in the wild. It looks great! The fabric is a nice sturdy canvas and the resolution is what I’d hoped for. The inside of the fabric is coated in black, so it has a dark lining, but not an additional fabric lining, has black handles and it seems very sturdy.

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Here is a picture of my pattern on the left and here is a picture of the bag on the right. You can see the texture of the fabric, but it still translated well. The color being off is probably more of a camera issue and lighting issue, as I took it with my cell phone. Now it’s time for some brutal honesty…

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My sister also wanted this zipper pouch with my grass and stars pattern. I placed the order for everything, and then while I was impatiently waiting for everything to arrive I had the idea of watching some Society6 product reviews. At first everything was going great. The reviewers were stoked and raved about the pouches they ordered. Then I hit a couple videos comparing society6 to redbubble. The reviewer confirmed a fear of mine. She complained that the printing on the fabric was really low resolution. When you look at the mock ups on society6 of the carry-all pouches, the fabric looks very rough. Society6 describes the fabric as a “a durable canvas-like exterior”. I was still hopeful that maybe when they arrived I would be pleasantly surprised. When the package arrived, I pulled out the two pouches and you can see… they are very low resolution. The fabric, while much softer to the touch than canvas fabric, has a VERY low thread count. So low that you can literally see gaps in the fabric between the threads with the naked eye. The result is a very low resolution reproduction of your design. I likened the fabric to a luxurious burlap, lol.Society6 robayre haul

When you look at these two pouches it looks like I took very blurry pictures, but if you look at the surrounding grass, you can see everything is sharp, it’s just the printing that is fuzzy. The zipper seems durable, and there is a fabric lining with interior pockets. It has a cute zipper pull and I love the detail of the society6 label on the side. I just can’t understand why they print on such horrible fabric for the pouches, the part that matters the most. I’m not sure why they don’t use the same fabric that is used on the tote bags. The products are all marked as made in the United States and Society6 has full guarantee and return policy within 90 days. If I understand correctly, after 90 days they will only provide store credit, and not cash back. My sister said she liked her pouch, though it was smaller than she imagined. I won’t be returning my pouch either, as it gets the job done, and you can see that it is still pencils. I am chalking it up to a learning experience. I hope that Society6 will make updates to this particular product line, but in the meantime I deactivated the pouches from my shop. I don’t want any customers ordering something expecting what is on the left in the picture, but getting what is on the right. If someone would like a pouch with my patterns on it, there is always redbubble.

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Lastly, the leggings. They came out wonderfully! The color and print is what I expected and hoped for, and the construction and material are high quality. The material is a silky and stretchy material, with a good thickness to it (not sheer/transparent). I’d highly recommend them. Overall I am happy with my purchases. If I were made of money I’d buy more and explore different items, hello pillows, bed linens, and rugs! I’d also google a review of any item I bought first, youtube reviews are great because you get to see the items in action. That being said, at the recommendation and encouragement of Julie Tillman (once again) I decided to also start uploading to Redbubble. I’ve only added 3 designs so far, but I’ve already had 2 sales (Thank you to whomever you are out there!) They seem to be very much like Society6, but have slightly different product offerings…

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My favorite has to be this adorable A line dress, so cute. My sister might get it in the star pattern.

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I love these cell phone wallets, unfortunately it appears they don’t have it for my phone, although I have a regular iphone 7 and the cases for 6 fit the 7, with just a bit of difference in the camera lens location, so it might still work.

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The barn quilt pattern on a t-shirt dress

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I could see these acrylic art blocks becoming addictive. They make me think of Sid Dickens blocks, but small and we all know how much I love small things, especially small art (ahem, artomat).

That’s it for now. Thank you for stopping by!

 

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Robayre100Days part 5

Day 44/100 #robayre100days did some more printing tonight but didn't hit the same groove from yesterday. I should have spent my time 1. cutting new stencils to truly get fresh materials or 2. drawing or painting over some of the prints I pulled yesterday

For the final installment of my 100 day project recap I’ll be covering my gelatin printing and work that came from that, over the 100 days

Day 45/100 #robayre100days cutting paper stencils

We'll see how this paper stencil goes #gelatinprinting #gelliplate #gelliarts

I just posted a bunch over on snapchat about the paper I use for cutting paper stencils. username : robayre (same as everywhere else) #gelatinprinting #gelliarts #gelliartsprinting #paperstencils #robayrepaperpiles

I have some catching up to do. Day 86/100 #robayre100days #robayrepatterns a new handcut paper stencil

From the get go, I’ve been working with my own hand cut paper stencils on the gelatin plate. I want the resulting work to be mine alone. Part of my interest in cutting comes from 7 years doing paste up at the local newspaper. I just may have been told I have a way around an Xacto knife! For a while I tried some acetate, but I think the fact that the plastic is non-porous, just resulted in prints I wasn’t too crazy about. Now I stick exclusively to paper or cardstock, but mostly paper. I’ve been printing for a few years now and still have all the stencils I’ve cut. The first few prints using a new cut stencil are very sensitive and fragile and could tear easily, but after you build up some coats of ink or paint, it makes the stencil stronger and stronger. I haven’t had to retire any yet!

Day 42/100 #robayre100days tonight I worked on some gelli prints because I want some fresh material for some #paperproducts. Fresh material = stuff to cut and paste. I'm kind of excited because I set up a table in the basement to work on, seeing as my wor

#robayrestencilstack pushing back, trying to push through

Day 63/100 #robayre100days I worked on some sewing and some printing and talked with some folks to work out some things about pieces in progress (thank you @shealwayslovedlarking and @murojewelry) but didn't really have a picture that captures that, so pl

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Good morning! #robayrestencilstack #handcutstencil

Whenever I’m working on gelatin prints, the stencils will get new layers of color, so they are ever changing. As I flip through the folder I keep them in, I’ll notice beautiful compositions of color and pattern in the layers. I’ve been keeping a collection of these captured images at #robayrestencilstack  It is my hope some day to permanently adhere some of these, and either incorporate them into other work, or make them their own Art pieces. The only problem is that it means I’d have to remove them from my usable collection, and/or cut new ones to use again.

Today for #robayre100days I once again worked in my studio but don't really have anything to document and show. So I present to you this #robayrepaperpiles which still technically fits in with my paper theme. If you haven't seen it yet, don't miss the giv

scraps from collage cuttings

After 5 printmaking classes (serigraphy, lithography, relief, intaglio and an independent study) where I never really did monotypes or monoprints, I never really think of my gelatin printing as printmaking. But every once in a while when the color build u

Day 75/100 #robayre100days playing with scraps and #robayrepaperpiles to design a new stationery paper

 Pushing paper around

Just looking at some #robayrepaperpiles. Pattern prints made from my hand cut paper stencils and a Gelli arts plate

Gluing paper down. To see the full thing, check #littleartbook 63/100 #robayre100days #robayrepaperpiles #the100dayproject #cutandpaste #collage

Always gluing some down into little art books

I'm gonna say 49 AND 50/100 #robayre100days because I worked on a whole bunch of projects including computer work, test printing and gelatin printing. I revisited my master project list and I'm feeling much better. #the100dayproject #100dayproject #worksp

Pushing things around before gluing anything down. Day 96/100 #robayre100days

Another shot of day 70, a stack of envelopes. Now to design an accompanying stationery paper 🙌

Pushing paper around this week, day 88/100 #robayre100days stay tuned to see the a stationery paper that I made from this #robayrepatterns #robayrepaperpiles #robayrepaperpilecollage

Day 80/100 #robayre100days glued some paper down #Robayre

I put together some collections to make some letter writing stationery set headers, using the gelatin printed papers

Day 90/100 #robayre100days I wanted to make a BW collage using my gelatin printed patterns as a stationery header. You can see the original had a little bit of color in the previous post, and other minor adjustments. Also featured, my black flag notepad p

Day 91/100 #robayre100days test printing this color collage stationery header

I just love how these two sets came out, a color version that comes with handmade envelopes from original prints available in my shop here, and

Who wants to send some fun mail? Day 93/100 I added this #stationeryset to my shop. It includes the collage header letter /writing paper and envelopes made from one of a kind gelatin prints (using my handcut stencils) The inside of the envelopes are print

What is black and white, and read all over? This stationery set, and many others, in my shop right now. Day 94/100 #robayre100days

and a black and white set that comes with gray envelopes available in my shop here

That wraps up coverage on the 100 day project, whew! Read the other installments First part, Second part, Third part, Fourth part

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#the100dayproject update 2

Day 76/100 #robayre100days #the100dayproject

Look at me, back so soon with the next installment of #robayre100days! In the first post I left off right before I got to my quilted fauxdori travel journal covers which I posted about back in May when I hosted a sale and giveaway for my 10 year etsyversary.

I really love these covers! Just a quick reminder for those that might not know or remember what a fauxdori is… Faux=imitation + dori=short for Midori. It’s essentially a knock off of a Midori Traveler’s Notebook.  Midori’s are leather covers that fit standard moleskine notebooks. Instead of buying a standard binding book that gets filled up and has to be replaced, you can insert smaller notebooks into it and replace as needed, so while your inside books can be replaced and archived, the cover can remain constant. People use Midori type books for a variety of things such as a planner, sketchbook, journal, etc.

The quilted ones I make, which I loosely based off my own leather fauxdori I purchased from Ray Blake (he calls them Raydoris). I say loosely because my books are made not from leather, but are quilted and veer from the standard moleskine notebook sizes. I suspect that Midori and Moleskine books are the sizes they are based on the UK paper sizes, making them narrower than our standard letterheads, half and quarter folded sheet sizes. I made my books so that you can use the moleskine inserts AND/OR make your own books from stapled halved, and quarter sized sheets of paper. They have an elastic closure, and elastic bands inside to hold your books.

During #the100dayproject I shared many quilted fauxdoris I made and so this post will be a giant post of all the quilted fauxdori covers I did and progress pictures I posted along the way. I am so grateful that they received a warm reception and many of these have already sold, but there are a few still in my shop, with new ones to be added soon, so keep an eye out!

Last fall I made this #fauxdori for my friend @shealwayslovedlarking. Earlier this week my sister checked in on me to see what I had planned for my 10 year #etsyversary. What?! A whole month has passed already?! I know I would have completely forgotten it Tomorrow, May 1st, is my 10 year #etsyversary! Even with the accidental month warning (see April 1st), I still feel overwhelmed and lost at how exactly I want to celebrate this. I'm so thankful for the platform, which offered me a way to create and put my
I've decided that I'm going to do a few things to celebrate my #etsyversary. To start out, I've been sewing up a storm and so Tomorrow (May 1st) I'm going to do a #giveaway of one of these quilted book covers with mini journals inside. I'll post a "giveawI've been calling them #fauxdori, like a fake #midori travel journal, but actually they are 4.25x5.5", rather than the standard passport size. I've always wondered why all these products, and even the moleskine cahiers that also fit inside midoris, are an
Flying Geese Fauxdori - SOLDQuilted Fauxdori
Tonight's #robayre100days project #the100dayproject #100dayprojectI'm giving away this charming and scrappy quilted planner, just leave a comment on the #giveaway post from Sunday and find out a few extra ways to enter as well. Tomorrow I will announce the winner.
Last call to enter the giveaway on Sunday's post! I've created 3 more quilted #fauxdori that I will list today.Day 28/100 #robayre100days I cut fabric and sewed together these pieces for more travel journal covers. I need to buy new rotary cutter blades because mine were so dull and this could have been done in half the time with sharp blades.
As promised, I finished up these cutie #fauxdori today and am delighted with them. They are now in my shop at robayre.etsy.com 32/100 #robayre100daysQuilted travel journal covers #fauxdori
Things have been so-so busy. I've been working on more #fauxdori during my limited downtime. This is actually from over the weekend, day 70/100 #robayre100days I tried to use some bright white and contrast it with a more natural white, but I don't think iDay 61/100 #robayre100days I'm on a flying geese kick. Can't stop, won't stop. #the100dayproject
Spaaaaace! It would probably be a lot easier to match up squares, but in my defense, each of those squares is an inch. Are you impressed? Tell me you are 😎I've been working on things most days for #robayre100days I just haven't taken pictures, or pictures of the same ol' things are just not very interesting.
I saw something today about today being the most Monday Tuesday ever, but good news. It's almost over! Day 69/100 #robayre100days I had to run out to replenish supplies and made some more slow progress.Quilted travel journal covers #fauxdori
Quilted travel journal covers #fauxdoriDay 40/100 #robayre100days a quilted travel journal cover I made for my sister for her birthday
After the orange one for my sister, I naturally had to make a green one. It is seen with gold thread, gold eyelet and gold elastic. I'm debating on listing it or keeping it for myself. This was yesterday's #robayre100days day 41/100Here's a full shot of the open, green quilted #fauxdori I decided to put this cutie in my shop. It's a slightly wider version of the passport sized midori. It can hold the small moleskine cahiers (as pictured in the listing) or you can easily make your own quarter sized staple books. It has a sparkly gold quil Day 81/100 #robayre100days I added this flying geese fauxdori that uses a favorite fabric from my stash. It's an ethereal space fabric with subtle stars. I also want to say as others are wrapping up on #the100dayproject and even though I'm "behind" I can
Day 57/100 #robayre100days working at the sewing machine #the100dayproject This was before a trip the fabric store and the WORLD'S SLOWEST EMPLOYEE ever cutting fabric. Literally took me 40 minutes to get my fabric cut.Day 74/100 #robayre100days mostly finished with the quilting of these future #fauxdori. Somehow I did something to my back last night while just walking and now I'm hurting pretty bad. I had a 20,000 step day yesterday and was feeling great until it startSOLD! Day 77/100 #robayre100days #the100dayproject I created 3, XL moleskine cahier sized, quilted, fauxdori travel journals. That's a mouthful. More to come!Day 78/100 #robayre100days #the100dayproject This piece started out with my vision of long spiky triangles, scrappy or collage-like, with random fabrics, and bright white and natural white fabrics, but the shinning star for me ended up being the Moda GrunDay 79/100 #robayre100days one last XL quilted fauxdori, these square patches made from random fabrics in my fabric collection. I love tiny patterns, as you may be able to tell. #the100dayprojectI may be the self proclaimed (and perhaps lapsed) Yo-Yo Queen, but these are my very first attempt at hexies. My mom has been making hexies like crazy for a while now and I see the appeal. I love that you can piece a huge variety of fabrics together. This
Day 82/100 #robayre100days this piece sold before I even had a chance to share it here!Day 95/100 #robayre100days working on a pink theme
Left or right? Which side do you prefer as the cover? I just finished this small sized, quilted planner fauxdori, that holds quarter sized books, and/or the passport sized moleskine cashier (as seen above). Anyone interested before I add it to my shop, $4The winner (by only one vote) was for the glasses side! Good news for those who liked the floral side is that either side can be the cover. It's now listed in my shop and ready for you to use in planning and organizing life in a rosy way 🌺:eyegla

Whew! That was a lot! As I mentioned above, there are still a few of these available in my Robayre etsy shop as of October 13, 2016, and I will hopefully be adding more shortly so keep an eye out!

To read the first installment of my journey into the 100 day project, click here

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#the100dayproject progress

I’m over a third of the way through #the100dayproject. Some days I feel overwhelmed and question why I committed to this project, but more often I’m glad that I did and have been super productive.

My goal was to focus on paper products, and aiming to add 10-15 new products to my shop. I said 10-15 new items because I’ve been trying to get my shop back up to having at least 100 items in it. Since the project began I’ve added 14 (I think) new items to my shop already, that being said, several of those are one-of-a-kind, original items, and I’ve already sold 6 one of a kind items in my shop. Counting all ups and downs, I’m up to 90 items in my shop.

Being this far through the project, I thought I’m overdue to sharing some of these projects.

It started with this drawing, with the appropriate phrase “Here We Go”

And here we go! Day 1 #the100dayproject #robayre100days

I drew it on the very first day to kick off the project.

Originally, I planned this as a notepads. "Here we go" just seemed perfect for to-do lists, but then when I got going it ended up as letter writing paper. What do you think? Stationery paper like this, or a notepad? #robayre100days #100dayproject

And turned it into this stationery. I used charcoal envelopes, and instead of ruled lines, scribbly ones that make me so happy.

Lookeeee what just got added to my shop (link in my profile) Here We Go, 50 sheet #notepads, 4.25x5.5", the stationery version is there as well. #robayre100days Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway and use the 10% off coupon mentioned in a post from t

I also made it into a notepad, because the phrase Here We Go seemed to lend itself well to a checklist, perfect for getting things done, or packing for a trip, etc.

What a day! I have 20,000 steps. I worked on some more quilted fauxdoris today, which I hope to share tomorrow. I also had this custom request for my Here We Go image as a graduation card.

And lastly, and unexpectedly, I had a custom request to make it into a graduation card. I printed it on a light gray paper and did a bit of rearranging of the image.

Stay tuned for more!