June 21, 2009

Kristin's Creative Challenge

I read Kristin's blog daily. Waking Beauty Designs. I read her post on Friday and was completely intrigued by this idea of a creative venture- something we think we cannot do.

She posed this creative challenge for the weekend. I figured, that
sounds so cool- I'll commit and then figure it out later! We had nothing
but rain all weekend so what better weekend to sit inside and play with
paper.

Okay so I didn't really follow the rules. Instead I worked on
a creative project, that wasn't what I normally do, which is jewelry.
I created something that is:

1. essential for my business
2. something that will save me money
3. It can be fun- they're pretty and functional!

Gift boxes! After I huffed and puffed my way through 16 boxes, that's 8 lids and 8 bottoms, I was beat! I finished and was sitting there looking at a whole lot of scrap paper. The scrapbook paper I use is originally 12 x 12", but then I cut them down to 8 x 8. I know I know.
They do have scrapbook papers that are already 8 x 8, but I didn't find any patterns that I particularly loved, so I cut them down. So, each page gives you a top/or bottom. And there are 2 pieces left over. a longer piece, and a shorter piece.

I love the paper so much, I didn't want to waste it so I came up with a couple of ideas of what to use the shorter scraps of paper for. I grabbed my rounded punch, and curved all the corners, folding the paper in half. Then I took some plain white paper, cut it a bit smaller, rounded the corners and glued it inside, making a nice little note card! These would make great inclusions with my jewelry packages, just a little note to say thanks. And I'm always looking for small sized note cards, for any occasion.
Another great idea to use the cards for, is make them into earring cards. I used my little hole punch and punched some holes on the inside right panel. See the pics above!
They look so pretty wrapped up in ribbon!

Want the directions on making your own boxes? Here's the link:
http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/how-to-make-a-box-out-of-paper-scraps-243/

Now I have to come up with a good way to use the longer strips of scraps. Any ideas?

13 comments:

  1. Lorelei! These are amazing!!!! I'm so glad that not only did you take the challenge on, but you did something that was totally useful for your business. Now I need to order something from you so that I can get one of these awesome gift boxes! Is it okay if I use your pics tomorrow when I talk about the challenge on my blog tomorrow?

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  2. Hi Kristin!
    wow you're fast! I wasn't sure if anyone would come back to the blog since I already posted this morning.

    You may absolutely use the images, do you want any in particular, or do you want to just use the whole collage? feel free to use it, anything!! :)

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  3. LOL. I must have opened Google Reader right when you posted. :-) If you don't mind, I'll use the collage picture, I love that!

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  4. Lorelei that is a very clever way to add a special touch to your great designs. I might just the box making a try. Thanks for sharing your day with paper.
    Bev

    P.S I really like the new layout on your blog

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  5. they came out great, love the papers!

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  6. The longer lengths of scraps look like future bookmarks to me. Glue two papers back to back and use Mod Podge or a spray sealer to make it stiffer.

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  7. Hi Lorelei
    You are so creative in many ways...look what you can do with paper! The patterns on these are really nice. I LOVE the new look of your blog. :-)

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  8. I love the notecards. I am going to have to get one of those rounded corner punches, they make the cards look so polished.

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  9. Very cool little boxes! Thank you for sharing your creative experiment!

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  10. really nice everything! boxes, cards, earring cards... you have made me remember how much of that paper i have in my house from school projects! thanks for sharing this...

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  11. That is crazy awesome Lorelei! I think that those boxes are so cute and a great personal touch. I think the little notecards are special too. I like to write a personal note with my pieces. In particular, I like to write the name of the piece and my inspiration. I think those would be perfect for that purpose. As for the leftovers, they look like a perfect size to cover a soup can or some such to hold utensils and tools in. Enjoy the day! Erin

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  12. I tagged you for a fun little meme, if you have time! http://wakingbeautydesigns.blogspot.com/2009/06/tagged.html

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  13. I really think these are great, L! It seems like the paper will be sturdy enough to mail--I guess I'll have to try some and see! But I really hate the standard boxes you can buy and these are so much more like your style-- charming!

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