RAD SOCKS! (Dad Rocks!)

ACDSleeve 2010-2018

So, this is the end. ACDSleeve is over, I had a good run but ultimately it couldn’t work forever.

Over the last eight years I singlehandedly made 88,196 pieces of packaging, worked on 918 different releases, duplicated/printed 28,918 CDs, but now it’s over.

I struggled to find an employer who would hire someone with little to no real work experience other than running a business on their own and part time retail work through college/university. I found a job in June 2017 that really wasn’t for me, so I kept ACDSleeve running in the background, which ran me into the ground a little, doing an 8 hour work day that was physically exhausting and then 1-2 hours of ACDSleeve work before and after that. It was packing orders for an online music retailer, I had no creative input and it really got to me. I managed to last at that for 6 months but wanted to try and give ACDSleeve one last go, or find something more relevant. In that job on more than one occasion I was packing up releases with packaging I had made, they had gone from where they were printed in Leeds, delivered to Manchester, where I made the packaging, sent the order to the label, who then sent them to distributors and then it ended up back with me to send out to the final customer, which baffled me a little bit.

But that’s beside the point, I left that job in November with nothing lined up, which looking back was a stupid idea. I looked for work, had a few interviews, but none could see past the fact I’d been self employed for the last 8 years or I had to spend the bulk of the interview explaining how ACDSleeve works (“I make everything, and handle all enquiries/quotes, and box up all orders, and design the packaging layouts, and check/tweak artwork, and run the social media, and…”) so I got nowhere. Then I had to deal with a death in the family in April which meant I had no time to find work. The last ACDSleeve job was sent out in June this year.

I stumbled upon a manufacturing company in July who make wooden products and specialise in super high end packaging, they could see the potential in what I’d done, and seeing what they can do I knew it would be a perfect fit. The only issue is that the job was in Warrington and I’m based in Manchester, a half hour drive on the motorway, working for myself I’d never needed to drive so had only had a handful of lessons 13 years ago, so this was an issue as the commute is an hour and a half on the train. They were happy to wait until I’d learned to drive, so I took a fast track course, which went well until I failed my first driving test the week before my start date, so I had a month of getting up at 4:40am to get in for the 7am start time, but luckily I passed second time around.

And here I am a month into a job I enjoy, my life seemingly back on track after a rough 2 years of uncertainty. The Pop-Up/Pop-Out cases are still available but I’m not too sure how long for. I’m still happy to help with any advice on packaging, just wing me an email.

Thanks for all the support over the years if you’re checking this out seeing what’s happening here, it’s unreal that this all started with an idea I came up with when I was unemployed that I put on YouTube and I’ve grown into a business I could live off for so long and worked with some of my all time favourite bands. It’s been amazing.

Cheers
Tom Leggett
21/10/2018

16 December 2010

Ho ho ho

I recently finished up the Happy Holy Roar 4 cassette packaging project that's been ongoing for the last couple of months. To create a box for the cassette with a Christmas theme that will then be added to with ribbons/coloured tissue paper by Alex at Holy Roar before sending them out. The base of the single box is taller than it should be so that the lid doesn't rest on the ground making it easier to open. Part way through the project Alex contacted me to come up with a megabox to hold all 15 variations of the cassette, these, like the single cassette boxes were made to order. The logo on the lid of the megabox is made using adhesive vinyl.

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Ho ho ho

6 December 2010

Better late than never

I wanted to update the website every week with goings on, but it's been pretty busy here, and some of the updates would have been pretty dull, so here's an update a month and a half later than planned.

Since the last update a lot has been going on, we launched the basic slipcase with Dad Rocks! Big Scary Covers EP.

I recently finished the first run of the Natural card case for the Wot Gorilla EP New Arrival on Idle Hands Club Records

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Better late than never

18 October 2010

Double Trouble

The reaction to the double pop out case has been brilliant so far from people who’ve bought one or people who’ve just seen the video on YouTube, there are still a few more to make up then thats it for this run. The design is available for bands and labels to use for an upcoming release, just get in touch. This is the first run of the basic slipcase for the next Dad Rocks! EP, all being well all 100 cases will have a unique colour combination of slip cases and inserts.

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Double Trouble

27 September 2010

BSM100 and a new idea

Things have been slow due to many little hiccups here and there, but things are going again. I should hopefully be getting the layouts for the Big Scary Monsters 100th release this week, it’s been delayed for numerous reasons I won’t go into but at the moment they’ve been printed, I’ve just got to wait to hear they’re cut to pick them up and make them all.

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BSM100 and a new idea

13 August 2010

RAD SOCKS! (Dad Rocks!)

It’s taken seven weeks to go from the first idea to finishing the first batch of 50 Dad Rocks! cases. Having the original artwork to work from made it much easier to come up with the idea, it was pretty much finalised within three days, then artwork / images / measurements were tested and prototyped in the next couple of weeks with roughly 7 or 8 prototypes being made. Each case has 10 parts, all of which have to be cut, 7 of which have to be scored aswell.

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