When you see today’s project, you might ask is that an Easter treat box? Or is it a birthday treat box? Or maybe even is that a congrats treat box? To make it even MORE confusing, I made it with the Lots to Love Box framelits, and if you’re not a Valentine’s crafter, you might’ve missed it in the Occasions catalogue.
You know I really should have named this blog post “How to Get More Mileage From Your Crafting Purchases” since I want you to go away thinking about them just a wee bit differently. So let’s dive in and although you might ask is that an Easter treat box initially, I think you’ll start to see LOTS of other possibilities too.
So at first glance, you might’ve picked the birthday box. After all, it IS made with the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and designer series paper. And there’s not a single bunny or Easter egg in sight. Plus the greeting talks about celebrating “brilliant fabulous you!” So yes, I agree our box could be congrats or birthday.
But take another look at those beautiful spring colours. Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Lemon-Lime Twist, Berry Burst. Tell me just how many Easter eggs you’ve dyed in exactly those colours in the past! And what about that little peek of turquoise glimmer paper, the Lemon-Lime Twist ombre ribbon or the Pumpkin Pie sequins? They are ALL perfect for this fun spring holiday I’d wager.
And what about the paper design? It’s really just some streamers and mixed ribbon. It doesn’t HAVE to be birthday, it could be just about anything celebratory.
And it’s a simple box…which could work for just about ANY occasion!
So In Case You Might Ask Is THAT An Easter Treat Box?
So what exactly does this mean for us paper crafters? We CAN get all kinds of versatility from our stamp sets, dies and papers, simply by looking at them a bit differently and making smart purchasing choices.
How do you do that? The next time you’re in the mood for something new in the craft supplies world, start by asking yourself these questions:
Designer Series Paper
- Are there multiple colours I can use for more than one occasion? (And do you have the matching stamp pads and cardstock already?)
- Are there lots of designs I absolutely LOVE in the package? (Because then you’ll USE them up.)
- Is the size good for multiple projects? (For example is 6x6 big enough for everything you might want to make with the paper?)
- Is there a coordinating set of framelits for the stamp set? (To make your crafting life quicker and easier.)
- How many different techniques can I have fun with with this set? (There are SO many techniques out there, what are your favourites and can the set handle at least two or three?)
- How many different ways could I use this stamp set? (For example let’s look at the Sure Do Love You set below)
How many different uses do you see? I see: anniversary, birthay, weddings, congratulations, thinking of you, spring and of course Valentine’s (see my fun fold Valentine I made with it).
- Are some of the dies generic enough for multiple applications? (Think stars, circles, squares, hearts, ovals that you will use over and over again.)
- Will the dies make my paper crafting more efficient? (Like cutting out and scoring a fun box rather than making one from scratch.)
- Is there at least ONE die that is an absolute MUST-HAVE? (Like the box in Lots to Love Box framelits or the two nested heart shapes.)
- Could I use this for at least three different events I will be crafting for – in the next three months? (Giving yourself a timeline is really important so you KNOW you’ll pull it out and use it as soon as it arrives!)
There are so many others I could suggest but I’ll save those for future blog posts. Now I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I stray a bit from my own advice. (Did I really NEED the Beautiful You stamp set when I haven’t used it once in almost a year?!! Yikes!) But I do try and now you’ve got some of the key questions to ask, how do your current supplies measure up?
I knew I’d use the Lots to Love Box framelits and the Picture Perfect Birthday designer series paper for multiple projects over many years. Anytime I can get a template for a box or treat holder, I’m IN! If you’re the same just click on the image below and have tons of fun creating!
You Can Make It Too