Bird Ita Bags & Accessories

Bird Ita Bags & Accessories

Cards Charging Today! & Progress Photos
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15 days ago
by Corviforms
Hey everyone!

Payment Processing

Quick reminder that cards are charging today for shipping & add-ons if you have completed the survey. If there is any issue with payment processing, you will get an email from Backerkit to update your info. 

Questions?

If you have any questions specific to your order please reach out to me directly at ruckra@gmail.com and include the email you used in Backerkit so that I can identify your order. Comments here are fine for general questions, I'll try to answer everything as soon as I can. If you want to check on your order info, or need to access your survey you can do so here: https://bird-ita-bags.backerkit.com/ I'm still waiting on about 150 people to complete the survey, you can also access it through that link. 
 

Shipping...

I'm nearly ready to ship out orders that have ONLY: pins, stickers, washi tape, and the crow, chick, and dove ita bags from my previous project. This accounts for about 10% of orders. I will lock addresses for these orders ONLY over the next week or so. All other addresses will remain unlocked for editing until I am closer to shipping. I had already ordered a restock of crow bags prior to this project so they are now here. Everything else is still on schedule for the timeline I have posted on the main page. 

Progress Photos!

Bag screenprints for the first batch

Keychains - follow me on twitter for a constant barrage of birds!



Thanks for reading and have a nice Monday :)
Rachel / Corviforms
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Quail & Chickadee samples are here! also - waist bag straps?
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25 days ago
by Corviforms
Hey Everyone,

Chickadee & Quail samples have arrived! They look and feel great, I'm really happy with how these two turned out. If the images sway you one way or the other, you are still able to make changes to your survey and add-ons until the end of July when I will lock orders.
Quail & Chickadee Join the Flock

I took a bunch of photos, so if you want to see more of these two bags you can check them out here - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1mhpyZ1SLSlj8PtQr7gcDBceV3333zrjG?usp=sharing

Also, I'd like to offer fanny pack/waist bag straps to go with your bags if you're interested! They are adjustable from about 38 to 61 inches including the connecting clip hardware and the bag.  They are 1.5 inches wide and made of a sturdy nylon material - kind of feel like a softer version of a seatbelt. So, now you can edit your survey add-ons to add these straps for $6 each if you'd like them!
I'll get a photo of myself wearing one soon...


Speaking of Surveys...
Thank you to the 90% of backers who have completed the survey! If you're one of the 200+ people who have not yet completed the survey, please make sure that you do that by the end of the month when I will be locking surveys to get final item counts. If you DID NOT receive an email with your survey, make sure to check your spam folder. You can also access the survey via this link and your email address: https://bird-ita-bags.backerkit.com/

Charging Cards
Your cards have already been charged for your pledge amount, but will be charged for shipping and any add-ons you've chosen on August 1st. There will be an email notification 2 days prior to cards charging in case you need to update any information/payment methods.

Pin Manufacturing
Pins are well underway and many are already completed! They should get to me in about 2 weeks. Any orders that contain ONLY pins, stickers, and keychains (nothing coming from the bag manufacturer) should be ready to ship out by the end of August!

a selection of pins I got photos of today


Bag Manufacturing
All bags except for the Quail & Chickadee (which I needed to check samples for first) are paid for and scheduled for manufacturing. I will order the last 2 designs in about a week. I've asked my manufacturer to send me progress photos so that I can keep you all updated. Will be sharing those as we wait 2-4 months for things to be completed and shipped to me. I've staggered ordering so I can handle the amounts (and, honestly, to hedge my bets with cargo shipping). You can check on the main page under the top "Current Status" section to see what was ordered when and all my status nonsense.

So, things are chugging along :)
Talk to ya later!
- Rachel 
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Surveys sent, Survey & Add-on FAQ, 50% Completed!
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about 1 month ago
by Corviforms
Thank you all SO MUCH for completing the surveys quickly - we are already more than half way completed.
 
And sorry for the multiple emails in 2 days, but wanted to make sure I clarified things as needed!
good job.


All surveys have been sent. If you DID NOT receive an email with your survey, make sure to check your spam folder. You can also access the survey via this link and your email address: https://bird-ita-bags.backerkit.com/

Baby bird pins and a few other bird add-on pins which were missing for the first 1-2 hours of the survey have been correctly placed into the add-ons section!


Some FAQ answers: 


Timeline: 

Surveys will be open until July 28th. This means that you may make edits to your items up until that date. On that day you will get a "Lock Survey" 48hr warning email for any final edits you'd like to make.

Once surveys are locked on July 30th I will send out a notification that I am charging cards for shipping and add-ons. Again, it will email you a 48hr warning in case you need to make any updates. That means that cards will be charged on August 1st.

Your shipping address will not be locked until I am ready to begin shipping.
For pin-only orders I expect this to be August/September. For any orders containing bags and wallets, production and shipping is a lengthy process but I am still on target for the Oct-Jan timeline and will lock addresses when ready to ship. I will keep you all updated on the manufacturing/shipping process. 

What's Included? Can I swap out inserts/straps?

Each bag comes with it's matching strap and insert. Any Extra straps and inserts can be added in the add-ons section. Check images for strap and insert colors. The strap/insert for a bag cannot be swapped out, please purchase extra straps/inserts if you would like other colors! I kept them as cheap as possible so that people can get multiple.

(Everything is accurate in images except for the duck, which will have a "more accurate" grey insert. If you want the duck and prefer the original green insert I can handle this on a case by case basis since this was last minute change.)


Hope that helps clear up some of the questions, I will continue to edit this update with more FAQ if there are any more common questions. 

Have a good one!
Rachel / Corviforms
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Surveys Sending Today!
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about 1 month ago
by Corviforms

Hey all! Exciting day for us - it's time for you to make your choices!


Survey: 

I will be sending the surveys today for you to make your choices, pay for shipping, and add on any additional items you might want!

First, I will be sending out the "smoke test" this morning (9AM EST) which is a test run sending the survey to a random 5% of backers. I will be on standby if there are any issues that need to be fixed!

Once the survey proves functional from the test, it will go out to ALL backers! As long as there are no major issues, I expect to send the survey to everyone later on today (Tues, Jul 5th).

Please complete the survey as soon as you are able! This way I can get final numbers and have production underway for everyone.


Moving? No problem! I will not lock addresses until I am ready to ship. This means you will be able to edit your address for some time. You will get a warning before addresses are locked. 

Choosing Your Stuff:

Here is a link to ALL my bag photos on google drive in case you want to take a closer look at each design and see them from multiple angles: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1afrols0V9ShP37R1A8iTNUy8Ezg3ICtl?usp=sharing

lots of angles, insides & outsides

The only difference from these photos is that the Duck bag will have a GREY wing as the green wing was a manufacturing error - green was intended for the inside of the bag only. The green wing color pictured will also be available as add-on if you prefer. 

Manufacturing:

Production for the Quail and Chickadee samples is still underway, I will share pictures as soon as I get them.
All pins and 4 bag designs are now in mass production, and I will get the Egg wallets and more bag designs started in the next couple days when I get some surveys finalized. 

Happy choosing!


- Rachel / Corviforms
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Surveys Soon, New Pin Designs, & Manufacturing updates!
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about 2 months ago
by Corviforms

Hey everyone!


I was hoping to have surveys out to you early this week but it will be few more days to make sure they are running smoothly. Unfortunately, I was not on vacation last week and was instead extremely sick and unable to do much at all :( No big delays though, I'm almost fully recovered and enjoying the time sitting at my desk getting everything ready. I'll start sending the first surveys in the next week or so.

There is still about $7000 in errored pledges - if you had an issue with your payment method please fix it when you get a chance.
I can't count my chickens before they're... uh... paid...


Pins Update

I've finalized designs for the Blue Jay, Chickadee, and Quail enamel pins:
3 new challengers appear


I've also finished some Baby Bird minipin designs that will be available as add-ons :)
chewed gum vs cotton balls


Bag Manufacturing Update

- Chickadee & Quail samples have been ordered, it will be a few weeks until I have product photos
- Bulk Order has been officially placed for the first subset of bags! This includes Crow, Chicken, Cockatiel, Zebra Finch, and Flamingo.
(I am staggering orders by a week or two each to keep things manageable and lower risk involved with shipping overseas)
- Egg wallet order and initial pin order will be placed within the next couple weeks
- Remaining bags will be ordered over the next month

Any questions? I'll try to answer!

Thanks,
Rachel / Corviforms

PS. I will be dealing at Anthrocon (Dealers Den table L15) this upcoming weekend! 
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Egg Wallet Samples Arrived, Pigeon Art, Cute Bird Photos
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about 2 months ago
by Corviforms

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to give you a quick update on the status of everything. Nothing major at the moment, just chugging along! Working hard to finalize pin art and get the BackerKit Survey set up. I plan to get the survey out to you all in about a week. Reminder - during the survey you can add on any additional items, provide your address, and will pay for shipping based on item weight. Check the Shipping section on the main page for cost estimates. Planning to move soon? No problem -you will be able to edit your address right up until I begin shipping!

Egg Wallets

I now have the egg wallet samples! They feel great and I'm really happy with them. Each is yellow inside with a little zipper compartment for change and 3 card slots. They all have gold zipper, keychain ring, and a classy looking logo on the back :) They fit perfectly inside the bags, I think you're really going to enjoy them.
All 5 Eggs

Realistic Pigeon Nest

various egg visual information

Bag Production Info

Thanks to your help I have enough feedback to start getting items in production!
More than 50% of backers filled out the google form I set up, so now I can double these numbers and round up to get a good idea of each design count. Thought you might also be interested in seeing which are most popular.

I will be ordering 3-4 designs at a time so that I can spread out shipping and keep things manageable.
For anything more than this first order, I need to wait for the BackerKit funds to hit my account, which can take a couple weeks.



Sticker Art Update

Finished up some pigeon art that will be used for acrylic keychains and stickers! However, I still have several pins to finish designing (blue jay, chickadee, quail) so I will probably NOT end up with keychain/sticker designs for each bird by the time I need to send out the survey. I'll try to get some stuff done soon but my priority is getting the pins finalized and getting these things into production.
Pidge in the Big City


Important Bird Photos!

Also there are a ton of cute critters in my yard right now, so just in case you don't see me posting these on my Twitter I made a fun little collage of my photos, cause I'm pretty sure you all like birds, right? RIGHT???
I love birds! I love birds! Baby bunnies and toads are cool too.


Any responses over the next few days will be slow cause I'm going to the beach :)

Talk to ya later,
Rachel / Corviforms
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Campaign is complete- What now? & Help me by filling out a form!
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about 2 months ago
by Corviforms
Hey everyone,

Thank you SO MUCH for supporting this project! I am awestruck by the numbers we were able to reach.

What happens now?

Please read through this update and check the campaign page if you have any questions! It can be difficult to respond to everyone individually. 

Today, cards will be charged for your pledge level. 

If there is an issue with your card, Backerkit will notify you to fix it. 

In 1-2 weeks, you will receive the BackerKit Survey where you choose your items, pay for shipping, and provide your address. 

This takes time to set up properly and I want to make sure everything runs smoothly when I hit send. Shipping will be based on weight of the packages, and will be at or below the estimated values listed on the campaign page- if you're not sure about shipping costs please check there. I will be waiting a few days for payments to come through and I am also still in the process of finalizing some designs so I can offer you all as many fun different add-ons as possible.

Manufacturing

I will get manufacturing going on some items this week, once I get a little feedback from you (see below). I need to wait for the funds to come into my account to be able to start the majority of the manufacturing!
Pins take 6-8 weeks, wallets and bags will take 3-4 months. Here is a reminder of my projected timeline:


An ask for you... Please fill out this Google Form to help me plan! https://forms.gle/nvZPpA6rtBzM8yD59

If I can get at least half of the backers to fill out this form, I can get manufacturing going on several items now. I will be doing my manufacturing in waves so that I can better handle each shipment when it arrives.

Other Stuff:
- Egg wallet samples are scheduled to arrive at my house today or tomorrow, so I'll be sharing photos of those soon
- Additional Pin and Sticker/Keychain designs will be shared as soon as I finish them
- A Preorder Store will open for those who missed the campaign in the next week or so

Thank you, thank you!
I will do my best to provide updates here at every step of the way. but you can follow along at @Corviforms on Twitter for more frequent updates. 

Rachel / @Corviforms
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And the winners are...
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2 months ago
by Corviforms

Quail and Chickadee!


I, for one, welcome our new bird overlords

Democracy at work

Really excited to add these two wild birds to the mix. I'll be sending designs for samples today and will hopefully have some sample photos ready by the time I send surveys so that you can see the physical item before deciding on your bag(s).

The other designs- and many more suggestions- will just need to wait until I have time to tackle another campaign. Just a reminder that I have to order a minimum of 300 of each design from my manufacturer so it's a huge deal to add more! And also I am just one person and these are going to be stored in my basement lol.

Egg wallets & other add-ons

I've been seeing a lot of questions about what to do if you want an Egg Wallet but it's not part of your pledge tier - do not worry about it for now! You will be able to add on wallets at the end of the campaign when you choose your items, provide your address, pay for shipping, and add on any additional items. They will be the same price as they are in the pledge tiers. I didn't want to overcomplicate the process by having too many pledge levels!

Project ends in LESS THAN FOUR DAYS, so if you know anyone else who would be interested in any of this stuff, please share!

Twitter - Instagram - Facebook - Tumblr

Thanks for all your support :)

- Rachel / @Corviforms

PS. Any questions? feel free to comment here or reach out on one of my socials. I'm also easy to reach via Telegram
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2 ALL NEW designs to vote on & Pigeon pizza party freebies!
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2 months ago
by Corviforms

We did it! We hit 100k which means I can bring you TWO NEW bird ita bag designs along with their very own pins. 


Narrowing it down to the top 6 from all the birds in the world was hard enough, so I need your input again: which 2 of the 6 that I've designed do you want to see become reality?

Vote Here! 


6 of them! WHO will be PRESIDENT of BIRDS?


 

Pigeon Pizza Party!

I also wanted to mention that me and Jason Furie of Pizza Pinz have done some pizza-pigeon collaboration and created two awesome new pins that you can get for free. Back Bird Ita Bags  and Pizza Pinz and you'll get one pigeon pizza party pin from each of us!
delicious

Egg Wallets

Egg wallet samples are completed for 4/5 colors! All colors are unlocked and are available in either your pledge tier or as an add-on. They are $25 each whether they are part of a pledge or added on later during the survey.
I also now have an even better video of how they will work here on my twitter featuring the quail egg.

Imagine someone commenting on your bag, only for you to PULL AN EGG WALLET OUT OF YOUR BIRD BAG?! anyway, this is my dream lol.


Once again I am asking you, please continue to share this project on social media -shares, retweets, and posts about this project are vital! Know birders? People who just love eggs? Reddit subs that might be interested? Anything that you can do helps and I appreciate it.

Thanks for helping make this project a success!

- Rachel / @Corviforms

PS. Any questions? feel free to comment here or reach out on one of my socials. I'm also easy to reach via Telegram and I've just created a new Telegram channel for updates and streaming- https://t.me/corviform
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Egg Wallets Unlocked, Crows Chicks & Doves, & Stretch Goal Survey!
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3 months ago
by Corviforms

Hello everyone,


The Egg Wallet has now been unlocked and we are closing in on the 4 alternate egg colors as well!



These wallets will be $25 each whether you get them in a pledge tier or as an add-on. The sample design is still in progress, but this video in my tweet here shows the general shape and size that you can expect (colors are not quite accurate-for sample mockup only)

I wanted to mention that my previous designs - Crows, Chicks, and Doves will also be options when you choose your bag! They will be available as both bag pledge tier options and add-ons.



The big $100k goal is coming up as well... so if you'd like, I have another survey for you to help me narrow down the possibilities for the 2 new designs. 

Survey here -> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQChk2QbO2IkYICfB2p45eNuH-oH4b6e_2Aro1PTSmydixvg/viewform?usp=sf_link
I've populated some of the most popular requests I've seen, but feel free to write in whatever you'd like as well!

Once again, please continue to share this project on social media -shares, retweets, and posts about this project are vital! Know birders? Fashion folks? Anything that you can do helps and I appreciate it.

Thanks again!

- Rachel / @Corviforms

PS. Any questions? feel free to comment here or reach out on one of my socials. I'm also easy to reach via Telegram and I've just created a new Telegram channel for updates and streaming- https://t.me/corviform

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Big update: 🐦Goal unlocked! 🥚 Egg wallets! ❓Quick survey!
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3 months ago
by Corviforms

Hey everyone, 


We did it - unlocked the FREE chick micro-pin for all backers!
$70k Goal Smashed


Like I said - the more stretch goals we hit, the more fun stuff I can add. I've decided that to go with these bags we need some Egg Wallets, so I've added this as the $80k & 90k Stretch Goals. Samples for 5 different colors are already in progress with my manufacturer! For now, see the mockups below-
Update 5/28 - Blue speckled egg has been added to the goals! This is the most accurate design to go with blue jays, cardinals, seagulls, crows, and blackbirds ^V^
Prices for these are still TBD so no need to change your pledge if you want one - they will be available when the survey goes out if they are unlocked! Estimated price $20-$25ea.



Quick Survey

Now I have 2 important asks for you if you have the time:

1. If you've backed for a bag (or multiple bags!) and have decided which you want, please let me know which you plan to order using this survey - https://forms.gle/QWDrqGFbx1k82DWF6
Even with half of backers responding, it will help me get an idea of which are most popular and I can get those in production ASAP to help me stagger my shipping schedule. There's your incentive to vote for your favorite :) If you change your mind, that's ok! This is not the actual survey, just a tool to help me plan.

2. Please continue to share this project on social media so that I can reach more stretch goals and make tons of stuff you're gonna love- including Egg wallets and the 2 new itabag designs! Because we're running this campaign on an all-new platform, shares, retweets, and posts about this project are SO important to get the word out. Any little bit that you can do helps and I truly appreciate it!

Thanks again!

- Rachel / @Corviforms

PS. Any questions? feel free to comment here or reach out on one of my socials. I'm also easy to reach via Telegram and I've just created a new Telegram channel for updates and streaming- https://t.me/corviform

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🎉All 12 Bag Designs Unlocked! What's next?!🐔
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3 months ago
by Corviforms
Hello bird people!

Thanks SO much for your support, I'm blown away that we were able to unlock all 12 bird bag designs in just the first few days!
The next stretch goal is for another free mini pin that ALL backers will receive. 

If you have questions or are interested in the art process, I plan to stream some sticker/keychain art and taking any questions about the project on Sunday at 7PM EST - https://www.twitch.tv/corviforms 

I am currently working on:
  • Finishing Pin designs for the Seagull, Duck, Blue Jay, & Macaw
  • Finishing sticker/keychain designs for all
  • Postcard artwork

Also looking into adding the following items that folks suggested:
  • More minipins
  • Lanyards
  • Washi tape
  • Notepads / other stationary
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Wallet or coinpurse 

As much as I want to keep adding bird bags, I think that will mostly need to wait 'til another project. I have to get a minimum of 300 of each design from my manufacturer so I'm already looking at 3600 bird bags to deal with. However, I will open 2 final bag design slots to be voted on as a 100k stretch goal!

Please continue to share on social media so I can get you all more freebies and add-ons and maybe get some new birds ->
Twitter - Instagram - Facebook - Tumblr

Thanks a bunch!
- Rachel / @Corviforms

PS. Any questions? feel free to comment here or reach out on one of my socials. I'm also easy to reach via Telegram and I've just created a new Telegram channel for updates - https://t.me/corviform
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