Here we go Ü Tonight begins the countdown to our One Year Anniversary sale. So with that I would like to share that for three days, November 30th through December 2nd, we will have a storewide sale of 15% off everything in the store.
This time round the sale will be first come, first serve. If we run out of an item we will not be putting it up for preorder. There are two reasons for this. First is because I know how disappointed you would all be if you do not receive that special item in time for the holiday season and unfortunately I think we will probably run out of some items. I just have no idea when those products will become available again. I have tried so hard to be certain that we are well supplied, but it seems almost impossible to predict. We have our Nestabilities arriving this week, but unfortunately what we have arriving is what we will have until sometime towards the-end of December. Spellbinders has more on order, but unfortunately they will more than likely not be here in time for the holiday season. Then there is Copic - we are still waiting, patiently (and sometimes not so patiently - LOL) waiting for the new Stampin' Up! coordinating color sets, as well as the glitter pens and current colors. If by some miracle they arrive we will put them up, but I'm not crossing my fingers at this point. There is just no telling when the Copic products will arrive and if they will arrive. I try so hard to "know" and yet there just are no good answers.
The second reason for not doing preorders is because it was a true nightmare for us on this end the last time round Ü Trying to stay on top of the preorders during the last sale was a true test of perserverance and organization. At times I really wondered if I would loose my sanity - LOL! I thank you in advance for your understanding and I hope that I was able to make a fairly good estimate as to what we need in our warehouse and that we won't run out of anything.
So now for the fun stuff!
Tonight's project wasn't the one I was going to start with, but this cold that set in on Thanksgiving has really hit hard. I just couldn't help myself being that I believe I have used an entire box of tissues already and so tonight I present one of the images and sayings that Karen has added to her line this season. Being that cold season is upon us the timing of these images could not be more perfect - ha! ha!
The little tissue box comes with the tissues drawn in place, but I just slit the top and inserted some real tissues for "effect". I then added the sentiment - it just cracks me up!
As you can see I have highlighted my personal predicaments with Twinkle Stickers - I am both sneezie AND wheezie - thank goodness I'm not queezie - LOL!
To kick off the countdown I thought I would share how I create boxes for "custom" sized products, in this case the cute little tissues. I begin by measuring the item I want to enclose - the tissues were 2 1/4" wide x 4 1/4" long x 7/8" high.
Next I take an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock and start scoring. Perhaps I am rather odd in that I don't figure this all out on paper first, but I just visualize how it is that the item will fit inside the box and begin. I have posted the picture below so that you can see how easy it is to create your score lines in the correct position if you use the centering ruler on the Scor-It board.
I have added little black lines to the score lines so that they show up a little better. The diagram below will hopefully help make this a little easier to understand as well.
I begin on the right side of the paper and score my lines moving from right to left. The first 1/2" is what you will always need to use to have a surface to adhere your box shape together. Next comes the height of the object you are making the container for. I always make it slightly bigger than the starting size - for example my tissues were 7/8" so I rounded up to 1". By aligning my first score line with the 1" mark on the Scor-It board you will be in just the right spot - score your line. The next measurement is the width of the object - the tissues were 2 1/4", again I rounded up this time to 2 1/2". Move your paper over so the score line now lines up with the 2 1/2" mark and score again. Repeat the height and width one more time and you have completely surrounded your object. Cut off the remaining paper along the final score line.
Next you need to make the height work. For the flaps I decided on 3/4" to tuck in on the ends. So I began with the 3/4" tuck-in, then added the 1" for the height of the tissues. Then comes the length of the item. In this case the tissues were 4 1/4" and so I rounded up to 4 1/2". Another 1" for the tissue height and another 3/4" flap and you have the correct amount of paper for your project.
The measurements need to be slightly larger than the actual product size so that it is not difficult to fit your gift in to the box upon completion.
One tip I have is to cut just inside of the score line, rather than in the center of the score line. This will help your box fit together better. I used a corner rounder to clip the flaps. Stamped and embossed the Millinery Ribbon, Rose then pierced on either side.
Red liner tape is the absolute best for holding boxes together. Attach the tape to the flap and secure the box. Spiffy it up with a little ribbon and you have the best looking tissues in town :D
I hope that this little project can be used by many of you to create gift boxes this holiday season and that not too many of them will enclose tissues Ü!