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10 Tips for Creating in Bulk / Batches –How to Optimize Cardmaking for Holiday Efficiency

Here’s a secret: Creating beautiful cards can be very relaxing! Sitting down, making something with your own hands, and having something beautiful to share with your loved ones are all reasons why many papercrafters (hobby and professional) enjoy what we do.

When the holidays happen, though, stress can go through the roof. There are a million things to do, and sitting down and being creative can often get pushed aside. How many cards do you have to make?? You can do it. This is definitely possible, and you can remain relaxed, too.

adult beverage breakfast celebration

See below for tips on how to optimize holiday card creation and make it easier for your friends and family to think “they definintely have their life together and got this adult thing down pat.”

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Repurpose & Upcycle your Paper Pumpkin Boxes
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What should I do with all those leftover Paper Pumpkin boxes?

I write about Paper Pumpkin kits a lot. Every month a box of crafting goodies is delivered to my mailbox from Stampin Up, and these are projects that can be created and look beautiful even by people who insist they aren’t crafty!

I use each one to make the already designed projects, make alternative cards and projects “outside the box,” use up all the leftovers for more crafts, and have stamps and ink pad available for future projects.

Not much gets wasted from these kits, but what about the box? That sturdy, perfectly-sized-for-two-piles-of-A2-cards box.

 

 

I had been keeping my extra cards in a craft drawer, but when I needed a specific one, it was difficult to find. Keeping organized keeps me crafting, so I knew I needed to separate my cards by occassion. Repurposing these fantastic boxes was so easy and looks a lot cuter inside my craft closet.

Steps to Repurpose your Paper Pumpkin Boxes

  1. Turn the Box inside out. You can do this by carefully pulling the flaps out from all the corners, and folding each side the other way. Push the flaps into their new homes.
  2. Decide what cards you want in this box! For me, birthday cards are a necessity to have extras on hand, so my first box was to hold birthday cards. (The second was coffee cards because who doesn’t need a little java pick-me-up sometimes?)
  3. Decorate! This is a great way to use up those scraps of pretty paper. You’ll need 9″ x 6″ for the top, 2- 9″ x 1 1/2″ for the front and back, and 2- 6″ x 1 1/2 for the sides.”
  4. You can add a small envelope holder on the inside top of the box. This one is 6 1/2″ x 6 3/4″. Score an inch on 3 of the sides, and fold these tabs under. This’ll form a box. Fussy cut 1/2″ from the top, and adhere the tabs to the inside of the box lid.card box with envelope holder inside
  5. Decide what other categories you might need for these boxes! Thank you cards are great to have ready, as are sympathy and get well cards.

    upcycled paper pumpkin box for extra crafts
    I made this one to store my Paper Pumpkin extras!

If you liked this idea for repurposing the final piece of the Paper Pumpkin boxes, I hope you follow my blog, or bookmark it to be able to check back for more ideas, inspiration, and tutorials!

If you want a little extra inspiration with your Paper Pumpkin kits, I write tutorials with alternative ideas and tips to use every last scrap. Check out these recent posts with Paper Pumpkin kits:

alternative cards using aug 2018 paper pumpkin blissful blooms kit  June 2018 Paper Pumpkin Broadway Star Alternative Card stack of independence day invitation cardsJl9OHgODSn+0YRSZkHZerA_thumb_38  cards from leftovers

Paper Pumpkin August 2018 Alternatives: 15 Blissful Blooms from One Kit!How to make 19 cards from 1 Paper Pumpkin Kit (Broadway Star June 2018)Red, White, and Blue; Independence Day Invitations as a Paper Pumpkin AlternativeStamp a Stack from Scraps! You Are My Anchor Scraps TutorialWildflower Paper Pumpkin Leftovers Card Tutorial

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Happy Crafting!

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Organization

Operation Organization: Handmade Ribbon Holder

I like to organize. I know not everyone shares my sentiments, but I’ve found I personally work better in an organized space. But I also love new things…who doesn’t?? So when my dad showed up with a wooden ribbon organizer that he MADE HIMSELF, I was ecstatic!

Something pretty and new can make it easier to be organized!

I know my dad hasn’t spent as much time in his woodshop as he would like lately because, as he says, “I don’t have a specific project to work on right now.” I’m certain he asked his girlfriend (who is an amazing stamper/quilter/crafter) not only for ideas for a functional ribbon holder, but also made her show him how to search for images online that he could tweak to personalize. How amazing is that?!? I really feel loved. They both know I don’t have a large space for my crafting, with wall space and desk space at a premium, yet I like to have my commonly-used items within my visual field. Outta-sight, outta-mind, right? This ribbon organizer is perfect.

Of course it wasn’t long before I pulled all of my spools out of their basket and put them on the dowels!

What do you think of the design? Would this work for your craft area? Do you have an organization method for your ribbons? I’d love it if you’d share your system (or lack of!) for ribbons below! (Really, I can’t judge…mine were thrown into a basket!)

Now what about those scraps of ribbon…saved from the ends of spools and from previous projects?

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If you look closely, you’ll see most of my scraps are wrapped around empty thread spools. 

These are my scraps of ribbons in mason jars. I attempted a color separation (warm, cool, gold/silver, and black/white). This system has been working for me, but I’d be open to suggestions!

washi tape in a tall jar
Should I move these onto my new ribbon holder. too?

 

Thanks for checking out my blog today, and let me know your thoughts! I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Happy Crafting!