As you’ve read in my previous post, I talked about my June challenge. This past weekend, I was still feeling unwell from the nasty head cold I had following Memorial Day weekend. I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired or energetic to be able to come up with new projects. However, I really wanted to do something related to my June challenge!
I dug out my never opened Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers (WRMK for short!) and some old patterned paper. I purchased this tool probably a few months into my cardmaking journey. I wanted this tool because of its ability to be able to create envelopes of numerous sizes! Sometimes a plain or solid colored envelope can be underwhelming when you have created an awesome card, so using specialty paper or patterned paper can “up” the cuteness factor. I now know I can stamp and embellish my envelopes but at least this is another alternative too!
As a disclaimer, the Envelope Punch Board has been in the crafting industry for awhile now and the patterned paper is at least a couple years old. This isn’t a review for the Envelope Punch Board because I only used it once and only for A2-sized envelopes. The Die Cuts with a View (DCWV) Seaside Yacht 12×12 paperpad was released in 2015 so I think it may be out of circulation when I try to Google it online.
The punch board normally retails for $24.99 and includes a scoring tool, instructions, measurement guide and scoring line etched on the tool. It also has a corner rounder that you could use for your envelopes or your cards.
Click here to see the product description for the tool!
Click here to see the official WRMK’s YouTube video on how to use it.
I took some of my favorite papers from the paperpad and followed the directions and insert from the packaging. Not going to lie, I was briefly confused by the directions as I went along but the video quickly cleared it up for me. In addition to this tool, you’ll need a paper trimmer to cut your paper to the measurements needed for your desired envelope and then a strong adhesive for the seams when constructing it. I used my Tombow adhesive runner but thin double-sided tape should work too!
I’m posting a link to a video I found helpful to avoid making measurement mistakes! I found that one of the envelopes I made didn’t look quite right. I think there is a bit of a learning curve with this tool to make sure it all aligns correctly. As the linked video mentions, one wrong score or punch can cause the remainder of the card to be inaccurate and misshapen when you try to assemble it.
Don’t these envelopes look nice and nautical? I suppose I need to start creating cards to go inside them 😉
Earlier this week, I had an epiphany that I have personally been spending too much money on crafting and planner supplies. I spent some time during Memorial Day weekend making online purchases because of some great sales. I was eagerly waiting for my items to arrive and to get some inspiration, I went on YouTube to watch some of my favorite planners, bloggers and crafters use these new items I purchased.
I was watching one blogger show all the viewers her massive stash of planner supplies where she admitted a lot of it was unused and that she had multiple duplicates of certain products that were still unused… but she proceeded to share she purchased MORE items! I watched another video of one my favorite crafters light-heartedly share she purchased some supplies that will just be a part of her collection and hoarded stash that “I’ll probably never use but that’s okay, it’s pretty to look at”.
I think we live in a very materialistic and instant gratification consumerism society that it’s easy to get caught up in buying the latest and greatest. Crafting supplies aren’t cheap and it seems like awesome products are being released on the daily that all our favorite people and friends use. FOMO or Fear of Missing Out can be a real feeling that causes you to take on the mentality of Keeping Up with the Joneses splurging on products we probably don’t need (or at least RIGHT NOW). I totally get it and I’m guilty to some degree of just the two examples I gave above.
The reason I may be more sensitive and having this epiphany is that recently my husband and I revisted our goal of buying our first home. We are in a rental home until early 2018 and with how fast 2017 is passing us by, I’ve realized we need to really buckle down and get into better financial health to be able to do it when this lease is up!
As of June 1st, I started a No Spend on crafting supplies. The items I see or really want have to be on my “Wish List” for a minimum of 30 days.
Some things I’ve thought about:
Not only will this help me decrease my impulse buys but it’ll also help me think about the importance or prioritization of this product versus another thing on my list (new nifty tool or new package of cardstock?)
One by-product of this challenge is being able to personally challenge myself to dig through new and old supplies I already have! I’m guilty of having supplies I haven’t used in months or having new stamp sets or inks I haven’t played with collecting dust.
How about trying those new techniques I rushed out to get supplies for?
How about using up some of my old paperpads and cardstock before getting new ones?
I’ll keep you posted!
PS- No new projects recently. I caught a nasty headcold and I am still getting over it. I hope to return to crafting later this week!