Hi, my name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy.
Today I am officially one of those cool hipster kids, sitting in a coffee shop writing up a storm. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. When you have a five year old that means Valentine’s Day cards and candy. Being the KraftaholicMommy that I am, I couldn’t just go to the store and pick up one of those kits. Not that there is anything wrong with those kits. I am a crafter and I make my life revolve around hand making my gifts for my loved ones. I am that person that over does things on a regular basis. Case in point, this project.
As you seen in the cover picture, I made a box for the boys and a box for the girls. I took the time and made my owner designer paper and I made a point to measure the template box to make sure the candy I bought would fit inside the box. I normally would make my own tags, but in the world of crafting you know, things happen and you have to adapt. The tags, I found in the tiny area that Walmart calls the “crafting” section. While they do have the tape runner that I like, they fall severely short on having any crafting supplies.
I digress, the paper, I got at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. The stamp sets used are two retired stamp sets from Stampin’ Up. The ink is Stampin’ Up as well, but they are not retired. The colors used were, Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo. I can honestly say that I would never dream of buying any other stamp pads, than Stampin’ Up. They are fantastic. They are a bit high on price, but the quality of the ink and coverage on stamps that it provides makes it a great investment. Based on where I found the measurements for this box, I know any of your paper crafting supplies will work for this project.
I am not the best mathematician, coming up with how to cut paper and form a box is not my forte. However, colors and what stamps and inks to use for the box, I am your girl. So, what do I do when I need measurements and instructions for a box? Angie Juda of Chic’N Scratch to the rescue! Now, this is not one of her new boxes or even a box she designed for Valentine’s Day. I am not using the most recent releases of Stampin’ Up, or even JoAnn’s for that matter. However, I love this box and have been wanting to make it again for a long while now. Here was my opportunity and I am so glad I did. If you go to her site, mychicnscratch.com you can search, “12 Weeks of Halloween 2016: Week 2” and this will pop up. If you would rather just watch her video tutorial, go to YouTube, and search the same information and the video will pop up for you.
I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool that she used. Now, when you go to Stampin’ Up and you see that this thing is expensive, let me tell you; it is so worth it. I use this tool every time I do a paper project. I could go on for days about how much I love this tool. However, I will get pretty boring and this would no longer be the awesome site you see.
So, I made ten boxes and including chasing a five year old around, getting him to sit still long enough to sign his name on each tag, the project took roughly an hour and fifteen minutes to complete. As you will see in Mrs. Juda’s video it took her no where near that time to complete this project. I am easily distracted and tend to do far more than just the one project at a time.
What I would suggest, as I know most of you lovely people already know, prep out all your pieces when getting ready to do a project involving making multiples of anything. I took the time to cut all of the pieces, scored the all the paper, prepped each box, and then started all the assembly. It makes things go so much more smoothly and helps me enjoy my project that much more.
This project is super simple and requires no special skills. What made this project for me so special was being able to involve my son. Having that Mommy and Son time is so dear to me. Our little ones grow up so fast and any time I can take to have that one on one time with him, I grab and don’t let go. During this project, I learned about his friends at school and I got to see just how much he loves all of his classmates. How much of a blessing is that? Spending time with our family and other loved ones is so important. If we crafters can find ways to include our crafting, it not only gives your loved ones a chance to see what you love, but it gives you the opportunity to show them a thing or two.
What kind of crafting projects do you like to do with your loved ones? Leave a comment down below letting me know, I would love to read them. As always, if you liked today’s blog, feel free to leave a comment or give it a like. Until next time,
Thank you and God Bless!