Aren’t these gift boxes cute? I love a Poinsettia, though I generally avoid having them in the house as they’re midly toxic to cats and mine has a tendency to chew on house plants.
So instead – I made some paper ones to decorate these gift boxes! I have a few people this year who are getting multiple small presents from me, rather than one big one. So I needed some lovely boxes to put all those little gifts in – though even the people who get one thing might be getting a box as well, I just love making them!
For the more traditional box on the right I used the First Edition Gift of Christmas Paper Pad, and for the one on the left I used the First Edition Merry Little Christmas.
The instructions on how to make these can be found in my corresponding video tutorial – it is a little long and rambly, sorry about that, I’m out of practice with video tutorials!
Here are the templates for the Poinsettia leaves, I used the first file for the ‘petal’ leaves, and the second for the larger leaves on the bottom.
Just a short post today to share with you guys the wonderful company that is Trimcraft for #followfriday
Of course, everyone reading this probably already knows who and what Trimcraft are, as they’re responsible for well known brands such as First Edition, Dovecraft, and Simply Creative.
But as well as that The Craft Blog is an incredible source for any crafter – they have tips, tricks, processes, freebies, and giveaways. As well as the ‘inspiration‘ section where their design team, as well as anyone else registered on the site, can post pictures of their creations to share.
They also have a YouTube channel which has both great tutorials and fun videos showcasing the products.
Besides their amazing products, what I love about this company is how they really care about being creative and communicating and networking with fellow crafters. Not many other companies provide so many freebies, tutorials, or host so many competitions and giveaways (which yours truly has even won one of!), or make such efforts to stay in touch with their followers.
You may already follow them on instagram, or facebook; but make sure to check out the blog and the website if you don’t already, it really has so many amazing crafty resources.
oh, and P.S. – no I was not paid in paper pads or washi to create this post, I just genuinely love this company 😛
P.P.S – if you have a blog and/or YouTube channel and would like to be featured on a Follow Friday (you can be a regular person, you don’t have to be a craft company!) please contact me using the form on the menu above, or email mspaperlover@outlookcom
With a good 40% of the items in my craftroom being Trimcraft, when I got an email from them inviting me to their bloggers event, I squealed. I definitely squealed, loudly.
So on Saturday 5th August a small hoard of bloggers and vloggers descended into the Trimcraft HQ in Nottingham (fun fact, between 2012-2016 I lived ten minutes away from their HQ and never knew!). We were greeted with… Christmas. Just, the most Christmassy Christmas of the Christmasses! They must have worked so hard to do all that, so massive kudos to the Trimcraft staff for their decorating skills!
They treated us to food, drink, and goodies galore! Even kicking things off with a Christmas present for us all…
We were then introduced to all the gorgeous Christmas ranges and collections for this year:
Items from the collections were spread all over the tables, and we got our craft on. We got our craft on hard. There were four craft activities during the day, two of which were things I had never ever done before. We made Christmas wreaths with decoupage (patch? maché? I still don’t know which is which)
Next was a quick session of Christmas card making, something I am certainly familiar with!
Those are mine on the left and then a snap of the pile of cards made by everyone. The cards are being donated to a local charity 🙂
The last two were a Christmas cracker:
And then we made felt tree decorations which I was just… shockingly awful at. Really, truly, hilariously, awful. So much so I don’t have a picture of it (but it is featured in all its grotesque glory in my video of the event, which I’ll have a link for lower down this post). But I had fun making it! And that’s what is important… right? (seriously it’s so bad it’s almost good!)
However, if you were interested in making your own, you can find free templates on Trimcraft’s blog, The Craft Blog.
We also got to have a little nosy around their show room (called ‘Snow Room’ for the day, lolz). I nearly wept when I saw the display of First Edition Paper Pads:
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and so came home time. Though we did not go away empty handed, oh no no no. On our way out we were each presented with the most incredible goody bag featuring SO VERY MANY items from all the Christmas ranges this year. To see what is in the goody bag in detail you’ll have to watch my video, but here’s a photo of everything laid out:
So a huge thank you to the Trimcraft staff for being the friendliest and most welcoming bunch of lovely people, and for all the hard work they put into the day. It was so much fun to meet new people and to craft away to your heart’s content using gorgeous new products and… not having to worry about cleaning up the mess afterwards!
I’ll have some Christmas crafts up here on the blog in the coming months, so keep an eye out for those.
And lastly, here’s the video I mentioned earlier, which includes a small amount of vlog footage from the day as well as a run through of all the items from the goody bag