I have known of subscription boxes for quite some time now thanks to Kära and my sister-in-law, Megan, but it wasn’t until recently that I really found myself wanting one. It was this post on Megan’s foodie blog that pushed me over the edge, not that I wanted that one, per se. After I read that I was telling my mom about this little epiphany of mine, and it turns out she thought about me getting a subscription box, too. We did a little looking around and found Paper Pumpkin and the next morning she ordered it. Thank you, Bessie!
This came for yours truly on Monday:
And here’s what was inside:
- Jots & Thoughts Clear Stamp Set
- Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Spot
- Saddle-stitched notebook
- Printed, die-cut accents
- Summer Starfruit Baker’s Twine
- Clear Block
I omitted sizes and whatnot. You’re welcome 😛
Using the following tips/instructions I made this little notebook. Cute, right?
To mount the stamp, place it cling-side down on a clean clear block. Press down firmly and hold it in place for a few moments. If it doesn’t adhere well, make sure the block is clean, oil-free, and dry, then try again.
To stamp, evenly ink the stamp by tapping the stamp on the Stampin’ Spot– be careful not to get ink on the edges of the stamp. Press the stamp firmly onto the paper, using even pressure– don’t rock the stamp from side to side. Pull the stamp straight up from paper.
1. Stamp the words and dots in Island Indigo ink on the notebook cover.
2. Adhere the butterflies.
3. Wrap the Baker’s Twine around the front cover (you might want to secure the ends with a bit of tape on the inside cover.
4. Use the extra accents on the inside pages.
Prior to starting I was worried about the ink pad being too small to accommodate the stamps, but it worked just fine. The only thing that wound up being an issue for me was the tip regarding the clear block. I know the stamps are supposed to adhere to it, but where? Wouldn’t two smaller rectangular blocks be better than one bulky square? I don’t get it, and therefore I didn’t use the block. Regardless, I’m satisfied with the project and that’s what’s important.
If my mom were to continue ordering boxes from Paper Pumpkin for her pumpkin (that’s me!), I would not tell her to stop, but I wouldn’t spend $20ish a month on this myself– I’d rather use that money at a craft store picking out my own stamps since I doubt I’d think every month was quite as cute as “jots & thoughts” was. Beginner’s luck and all that.
I may not be signing up for another box, at least not anytime soon, but I’m thankful for my mom getting me my first, and for her daughter-in-law who planted the idea in both of our heads to begin with.
Sincerely, Kate ~!~