How to Create an Unboxing Experience for Your Portfolio

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How to create an unboxing experience for your portfolio! Are you ready to show some creative directors how fabulous your work is? Here are some tips that I pulled together while I was assembling my package together.


  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Printed Hardcover Portfolio
  • Filler
  • Box
  • Gift

Before sending out your portfolio checklist:

  • Research the companies you would like to work with
    • Company
    • Industry
    • Website
    • Creative Director
    • Email
    • The Physical Address
    • Phone Number
    • Keep track if you have reached out to them or not
  • What size would you like your portfolio?
  • How will you ship your portfolio?
  • What else would you like to include with your portfolio?

Printing Your Portfolio

I decided to create my portfolio to be 12″ x 12″ because I wanted the pages to be large so that pattern details could be large enough to see. I knew I was going to use Blurb to print my portfolio because of their high-quality professional printing.

Type Box

I searched for boxes for way too long. I didn’t realize that they don’t make 12″ x 12″ boxes as common as other sizes. I ended up buying a 50 pack from Amazon. 😛 Not what I wanted to do. I realized that I basically bought a pizza box, but you could look at boxes from Uline, but you may have to order a small batch or try to see if you can get samples.

Packaging Tape

Add some extra branding to your box with custom packaging tape! I ordered packaging tape from Sticker Mule, and I’m very happy with the end result.

Print your Resumé, Cover Letter and Leave Behind

While in college, my professors told me that it’s nice to give a “leave-behind” when you leave an interview. So, I also wanted to give something to the same effect. Therefore, I created a small resume with a snapshot of my collections.

Include a Small Gift

I also ordered custom stickers of some of my designs to give as a little gift as well.

Business Cards

I printed my Business Cards from Moo. I ordered 50 of the standard business cards, and they feel like plastic, just a bit thinner than a credit card.

Add “Filler”

Adding items like crinkle paper, fiber linin silk, tissue paper,


Before you ship your portfolio, be sure that you have a website first! Get your web hosting with Dreamhost! I have had an account with Dreamhost since 2015, and they have been wonderful for me! The customer service is amazing!!! You will need to purchase a website theme after you install WordPress. My favorite themes come from Lovely Confetti.

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