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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Happy Thursday!  Today happens to be our shipping day, so I thought it might be fun to give you a little peek behind the scenes on the night before ship day.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win this week's blog candy - the Elegant Cakes cartridge!!  AND - check out how close we are to reaching 2500 followers.  Wow!  We just hit 2000 followers less than 2 months ago!  So to celebrate, NEXT week's blog candy will be a special one.  You all seemed to really love it the one time I did it before, so next week will be a layout designed just for the winner in their choice of theme.  Be thinking about what you'd like next week if you win!

Waiting for directions to be added.

Our team has prepared over 200 kits this month, and about 75% are already sold. Making the kits takes many, many hours of prep - ordering supplies, cutting cardstock and ribbon, writing directions, having someone test the kit, making revisions, printing directions, adding directions to each kit, and sealing it up.

The sold out "R is for Rabbit" kit.


After all of the kits are sealed up and ready, it's still quite the process just going through and making sure we fill each person's order and ship them everything they requested. Each order goes through an assembly line of us filling the box, and it ends with me checking it over before the box is closed up.

Nana Susan's Joy Canvas kit - there are still a few available.

Each box (except for flat rate boxes) then gets weighed, and we print off the shipping labels. This labeling process usually takes 1-2 hours, and then it's off to the post office. We ship Priority Mail, so people normally get their packages 2-3 days later. Plus we have our local Cricut friends who like to stop by and pick up their kits in person.

Twine for the Stampede kits.

After everything is shipped off, it's time to start up again. We all have new kit designs that will be ready to show about a week later, and the process then starts over.

Stampede kits.  This is round 2, and there are still some availabe.

Be sure to check out our new shopping page HERE, complete with shopping cart. This is a MUCH faster and easier way for you to place orders rather than having to email me to make your requests. Plus the other cool thing is that you can now choose between using PayPal or you can use Google checkout, which allows you to use a credit card. And you don't have to wonder if an item is out of stock - it keeps the inventory for us, so if something is out of stock, it'll tell you right away. And finally, you can actually order directions and download them immediately where ever you see that option to add the directions to your cart. We'll soon be adding more directions to some of our retired kits as well.

Becca's Springy Sunshine Blossoms of Life Flowing through the Bubby River of Breezy Happy Moments Cards.  Whew.  Just a couple of these kits left.

Hope you enjoyed the tour! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another fabulous Guest Designer!!

81 comments:

kristyscraps said...

Y'all work so hard and we so appreciate it!
kristyscraps@sbcglobal.net

miislucky said...

Wow you guys do alot of work over there! I sure hope your customers really appreciate it. I might have to try something out. Mimi ;)

Lucy said...

Much harder than you would think! Great job :)

Josie0602 said...

I love the things you create!!

alwayscharlie said...

Going behind the scenes is always eye opening. We tend to forget how much work really goes into things!

cgreer said...

having ordered directions from you before i can tell how hard you work to achieve accuracy and easy-to-follow directions!!

Kristie Maynard said...

Looks like you have quite a system going there. Having a lot to do is a good thing!

Scattychick said...

What a lot of lovely parcels winging their way across the country. It must be nice knowing you will bring lots of smiles to their recipients :)

Edna said...

Busy little Ladies, I love the tour thanks so much :)

Crafting Katie said...

Wow! That looks like a lot of work! How much fun would it be to receive one of these in the mail!

gshrader said...

Thank you for all of your hard work in getting these kits out! I'm so excited we can download just the instructions now!! I have to go check out the shopping area now!!!

Beverly said...

Interesting! That is quite a feat to ship out all your orders. But you produce such great products - no wonder you are so busy filling the orders! Keep up the good work!

Sanndra Joy Mitchell said...

Your tour was so educational and I very much enjoyed seeing what goes on behind the scenes. You guys are very talented, great teachers, hard working and it's greatly appreciated!

TropicalWon said...

Wow that's a lot of work right there! I'm sure the people who ordered the packages will love them!! Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes with us!!
Amanda
Amanda.peterman at gmail dot com

Nati Tristan said...

Holy Smokes! That's a lot of work! Thank you so much for all that you do! God Bless!

IRW Dana said...

Wow,thats quite the process. So glad things are going so well. Thanks for all you share on your blog.
papermemories4u @ yahoo .com

Dee said...

Wow - I had no idea how many kits you send out each week. Huge testimony to how great the layouts are.

Sandy said...

That's a lot of work but you are so organized . Have a slower paced day today.

Wendy said...

Your group seems to be a well-oiled machine! what a lot of work you put into these wonderful layout kits!

Wendy T.

Melissa S said...

Wow Monique and Team. That is quite the process for shippping kits. You all are amazing women!

denise said...

Wow that is a lot of work...your like busy bees...I love things that keep me busy...especially when it comes to any paper crafting...anyway that for the chance to win...keep up the good work ladies...we all love!!
Denise
kricket5@verizon.net

sleigh said...

Wow lots of good prepared work! I think doing my two charity classes (x24 each) is a lot of work, I shouldn't be complaining, lol! Thank you for sharing with us today ;)

PurpleLadyBug said...

Busy, busy you are. Thanks for the tour.

kperlic at hotmail dot com

byAnnette said...

Boy, What a process...
Appreciate all your hard work!

Kelli said...

Wow! You ladies are AMAZING! We appreciate it a lot! Thanks for all that you do!

CathyinMN said...

Thanks for the behind the scenes peek. It really gives us a better idea of what goes into getting our orders to us.

Linda said...

Wow what a process. You ladies are so talented. I haven't been able to purchase yet as hubby in unemployed but hopefully soon.
Thank you
Linda in Stanwood

Kate said...

Wow - that looks like a lot of work. Thanks for the behind the scenes look!

livylou2907 said...

I can't wait to order one of these kits!!
jarendubois@yahoo.com

RAP said...

Thanks for the behind the scenes look. We don't realize all it takes.

**Treefrog** said...

So much work to make so many others happy, Thank You!
((Hugs)) Theresa

CAM said...

Great to see a sneak peek behind the scenes. Maybe next time you could show us how you design a new kit!
thanks for a chance to win!
SouthernMrs
at verizon
dot net

Em'smom said...

you are soooo super organized i would have every little thing every little where! it is amazing! keep up the good work!
Lori

Kelly Massman said...

Looks like quite the job!!!

Carol said...

WOW you all are busy bees, I appreciate all you put into your blog and you kits. Fabulous TFS

DIANA L. said...

I think I'm your #2501 Congrats for a chance to win

blueskygirl said...

Wow it is awesome that you guys have that many request for kits. I am excited b.c mine is one of them the happy breezy card kit! I can't wait to get it. Thanks for all your hard work and giveaways!

DebC said...

Wow you really have alot of work to do! Sounds like you have a good team of people! I love your layouts! Helps me to get inspired!
Thanks for sharing,
Deb C
dsc105@live.com

Katherine said...

I love seeing a box from Monique Griffith Designs sitting on my front porch when I get home from work! I never thought about all the prep that went into it getting there. We do appreciate all your hard work.

surfnfroggie said...

You Mickey Bday card is so cute!
Thanks for sharing and don't work too hard!

surfnfroggie

mayipadlo said...

Congratulations in reaching your 2500 followers!! I love your designs and also thanks for sharing it with us!!!

Brenda said...

Thanks just for being here. I live in Alabama and many folks here are struggling after the devastating tornadoes. I got on line just to take a break from it all.

Barb A. said...

Thanks for taking us "behind the scenes". We tend to forget how hard you work. Thanks for all you do.

scrapbooknut67114 at gmail dot com

RachelTate said...

I can say that after your tour I am even more excited because this time I know one of those kits is coming my way! Yippee!
wtate11@sbcglobal.net

HDScrapper said...

I knew this was a lot of work but I honestly never really thought it would be that many kits at one time!!! Keep it up please :)
God Bless all

Karen C.
hdscrapper@cox.net

Cynthia B. said...

That's quite a process, but you have some satsified customers! Thanks for a peek behind the scenes!

Brenda said...

You guys sure do have a great system going and so organized too. Thanks for all your hard work!!!

Vickie said...

WOW it looks like lots of hard work but you kits are great and your instructions are amazing. TFS

Queenie said...

WOW. Lots of work but you do make alot of people happy.

brownsugar said...

Very fascinating look behind the scenes. Thank you and your whole team for all of your hard work! Keep creating and inspiring us all!

Irene said...

Loved your behind the scenes..you gals are so talented and such hard workers...TFS!

flowerdisco said...

cool monique. i wished i lived closer to you and work along you too :)

JustJules said...

Great job!! Wonderful kits! TFS!

Miss Dhilly said...

Wow, that sure seems like a lot of work. You and your design team do the most beautiful projects so I can see exactly why so many of your kits sell out so quickly. Keep up the fabulous work you do, you are so inspiring!

thedhillonz@hotmail.com

Shelley said...

I can't even imagine how much hard work goes into these kits, prepping, shipping, etc! Whew! But I'm sure everyone appreciates all this effort and enjoys your beautiful creations! Keep up the great work! I haven't ordered a kit yet because I think I only own one of the cartridges to do one, but thinking about getting that one! Take care! And again, thanks for all the hard work you do!

Shelley
http://carleys-closet.blogspot.com
shelleymace21@gmail.com

NanetteMT said...

Wow...that's a lot of work. You sound like you are well organized!

nanettemtatyahoodotcom

Patricia said...

Thanks for the sneak peek, and congratulations you made it to 2500 followers today!!

catagal@aol.com

gypsyrps said...

Wow, what a process. Looks like a well oiled machine in action. Great job!

Anonymous said...

I truly appreciate all the time and talent you ladies share w us. Thanks for showing us the behind the scenes pics. I got an email today saying my order had shipped and I'm anxiously awaiting my package...thank you so much!

Carol aka cyimbugbitten
bugbitten at hotmail dot com

Kim M. said...

It's amazing to see how much hard work you all put in to making the kits that we enjoy so much. This is truly a "labor of love!" I can't wait to get my kits!
toojoyous@bellsouth.net

Kay Miracle said...

Wow you guys go through quite a process. I love all the kits so I appreciate all you guys do. Thanks

Kay
Kay.miracle@yahoo.com

Mara Adkins said...

We only see the creative side - we forget it's also "work." Thanks.

mamaj said...

Such a good idea to show how much work goes into every package. It takes a lot of time and dedication. Wonderful job!!

Cricut Design Chicks SWARM said...

wow!! the process is amazing. I have not ordered yet... but I might just have to sometime... I so so so want the elegant edges.. this cartridge is a MUST for me! TFS a giveaway
parkernana5@cox.net

Cathy said...

You do a great job keeping all this work organized. Wonderful job. Thanks for another oppurtunity to win too. I would love the Elegant cakes cartridge:)
mexicopetshop@hotmail.com

Diana said...

Great team = great system!!

bdcampers@msn.com

Jennifer H said...

Wow that's alot work and then you start all over again. Go team!! and thanks for the great job done.

AShu93 said...

Great look at all the work you put into this.

MeGlo said...

So organized! Very impressive... AGAIN!

4kids4 said...

That's a lot of hard work! Your projects are always wonderful...congrats to you!

~Sharon C.

Esther said...

Loved the peek into your shipping day! There will be so many happy mailboxes :) The papers you use are gorgeous!

ItsMeShay said...

Thanks for the insight on your shipping day! I'm just starting out with making crafting into a business, so it was great to see what you all go through. Thanks for posting!

Northwoodszoo said...

Thanks for the inside look -- appreciate the hard work!

Faye J said...

You're kits are wonderful! The process & time required to fulfill your obligation is huge. But, we love your work. Thanks...

Donna said...

You are all very busy! I know how it is with a business, and how fast paced it is. I'm always so glad when I hear you talk about going here and there when you do get a chance to get away, even though you sound busy then, I always hope you take a bit of a breather for you and your family!

Continued success and blessings, Donna
grandma4five

Nana Jo said...

Did you know there is such a thing as carrier pickup and it's free.
mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

Aman said...

You work so hard! Looks like you have a great system.

Julia said...

Who could ask for a better job! :)

juliayoder@hotmail.com

Ami said...

Wow! It takes alot of work to do what you do. I'm sure everyone appreciates it greatly though. You make such wonderful kits.

Susan said...

Looks like a lot of work!! Keep up the great work!!

Rita said...

Oh my goodness, I had no idea! Your business has really grown. I'm so excited for you.

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Monique Griffith
Rocklin, CA, United States
The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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