Last year, Kory Mitchell, owner of The Frame Room in Baltimore, wanted to do something different and creative to help out local charity Friends of Patterson Park, the stewards of Baltimore’s iconic Patterson Park. He heard about the new custom printable HP Satin Wrapping Paper and saw an opportunity to raise money by selling made-to-order gift wrap and donating $5.00 of every sale. “Friends of Patterson Park is a smaller organization and it gave us a chance to prototype the idea,” says Mitchell. “It went well, and we raised several hundred dollars for them in a very short time. This year we will start an outreach campaign with animal rescue organizations and a few others.”
Since it was his first time working with HP Satin Wrapping Paper, Mitchell played around with the settings on his old EPSON Stylus Pro 9800. “It took some time to find the right ink levels and the Epson wouldn’t do a full bleed,” he says. “We adjusted some of the images, and it was fine.”
For this year’s outreach, Mitchell expects a different outcome. Not only does he have more experience with the product, but earlier this year, he purchased a Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4100 printer, which will do a full bleed on 30-in media. Mitchell is excited about helping different organizations raise money. “We want to work with rescue organizations and artists,” he says. “In the past, we worked with Jordan Lawson – a young artist known as Art by JLaw – and he uses it for branding and holiday gifts.”
One of the reasons Mitchell uses HP Satin Wrapping Paper as a way to help raise money for local charities is because he knows he can sell customized gift wrap at a nationally competitive price and still donate a portion of the proceeds to a good cause.
It is an appealing price point that has also opened large-scale opportunities outside of charity work. Recently, Legg Mason – Baltimore’s last fortune 500 corporation – was purchased by another financial firm. Before leaving, the previous owners wanted to do something special for their employees, so they commissioned Mitchell and his team to create 1,050 framed photos of the Thunder Birds and Blue Angels taken during the “America Strong” flyover that recognized healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID-19. For the prints, he used Sunset Photo eSatin paper, framed and matted them, then wrapped them in custom wrapping paper.
Whether printing adorable, adoptable dogs and cats to help raise money for an animal rescue or creating heartfelt parting gifts for a wonderful group of employees, Kory Mitchell and his team at The Frame Room are doing some amazing work with HP Satin Wrapping Paper. “It’s not just for profit, we are doing some good as well,” he says. And it’s the perfect message to remember as the holiday season quickly approaches.