Hi everyone, I'm coming over here because I've decided that I will be converting one of my bedrooms into a full blown craft room in the new year. I have always loved paper craft type of stuff that I did by hand with cardstock and an X-acto knife back when I had free time. I am intrigued by all the new technology out there but haven't had time to learn it so I've refrained from buying anything though I am always so tempted! However, for many years now I have been frustrated that there isn't anything out there locally to create baskets and gifts with items I select. Other colleagues in my industry always say "just have one of your staff members do it." I have never had a staff member craftily inclined to get this done. So I'm going to do it myself. I constantly gift food items to my referring offices and my employees and I've always wanted to present them with a branded, sharp look. There are also tons of opportunities to donate baskets in my community while promoting our office. Yesterday I gave my staff 4 fun holiday food items I found at Trader Joes but I just put them in the brown holiday grocery bags also from Trader Joes. They still loved the food and the bags, but I want to step that up!
I would love any advice or inspiration you have for creating cute paper tags (Cricut? something else?) and basket materials.
I do have a paid Canva account, if that helps with designing anything but it's not very intuitive so I'm struggling with it (I watch YouTube videos when I have time). One colleague told me she put all her logo and colors into Canva, I should try to start with that.
I love this idea! For tags, my friend bought a circuit and she is obsessed. She started out with a Joy (I think), and right away upgraded to a Maker model. The smaller one, she had tags and cards in mind, but quickly progressed to Tee shirts, bags, etc.
I can’t copy and paste on my IPad, but there is a thread on Oct 25th discussing the Cricut, and several mentions of the Silhouette. Check out that thread.
As for baskets, I wish I were more creative. A couple times a year, our insurance agent would drop by with a gift basket, She used different baskets probably bought at the Dollar Store or Michaels. Sometimes she used other containers. I still have the metal wagon wrapped with fall ribbon that was filled with candy. One year it was a Santa cookie jar. Maybe watch for clearance products if you have room for a stash.
What about baskets or containers found at a thrift store? Although, the thrift stores around here have gone up in price a bit, but it’s still fun to poke around there.
I ordered the Cricut Maker 3. I read all the reviews and everything for various machines, but figured I'd start with this to learn the techniques given how popular this brand is and can move to another brand later. It's also the fastest of the Cricut line and if $100 can save me time on creating the product, I'm on it.
I bought some paper cartons at Walmart today to experiment with how to fill the basket. There is a tricky tray coming up at the end of January and I have a loose goal to design, assemble and donate a few baskets to them.
If I have any success with this, I will post what I made!