Cath Edvalson

Cath Edvalson

One of the things I love the most about Paper Crafts magazine is the inspiration that it offers. No matter what the season, you can pick up any magazine and be visually motivated to create any number of projects for a variety of occasions.

Typically we organize our magazines seasonally—that is, in January/February we show Valentine’s Day projects, in the March/April issue we celebrate spring, Easter, babies, and weddings; and in the May/June issue we talk up Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and graduation.

But really, any of the projects in either of these magazines can be transformed into whatever it is that you need on any given day. Take the May/June issue, for example. Each of these projects can be transformed to meet your needs by changing little things like the sentiment, the color scheme, or something as tiny as an embellishment.

Check it out:

While this Flower Gift Box by Kim Kesti on p. 30 wasn’t intended to be an Easter basket, it sure could be either as is, or if you’re interested in a pastel color palette, change the color of the cardstock and use a different embellishment.

While this Flower Gift Box by Kim Kesti on p. 30 wasn’t intended to be an Easter basket, it sure could be either as is, or if you’re interested in a pastel color palette, change the color of the cardstock and use a different embellishment.

I love this stamped Mother’s Day card by Debbie Olson which can be found on p. 45. It would also make a great Easter card, birthday card, or thank you card—all I’d have to do is change the sentiment. Even better, I could make several of these cards, all for different occasions!

I love this stamped Mother’s Day card by Debbie Olson which can be found on p. 45. It would also make a great Easter card, birthday card, or thank you card—all I’d have to do is change the sentiment. Even better, I could make several of these cards, all for different occasions!

Talk about versatility! Can you imagine all the possibilities this Birthday Cake Gift Box Tower by Cindy Gilchrist (p. 49) offers? You could use it as a baby gift wrap, putting a cute pair of booties at the top or as an Easter brunch hostess gift, putting a little nest of jelly beans at the top.  Or how ‘bout changing the color scheme and using it as a Father’s Day gift wrap?

Talk about versatility! Can you imagine all the possibilities this Birthday Cake Gift Box Tower by Cindy Gilchrist (p. 49) offers? You could use it as a baby gift wrap, putting a cute pair of booties at the top or as an Easter brunch hostess gift, putting a little nest of jelly beans at the top. Or how ‘bout changing the color scheme and using it as a Father’s Day gift wrap?

There’s no end to the inspiration that you can find in the pages of Paper Crafts magazine. I hope you find yourself exploring all the versatile possibilities!

Speaking of which, I’m sure we’d all love to hear a way that you have changed up a design to suit your purposes. Leave a comment by midnight MST on Sunday, April 26 and I’ll rustle up a prize for a random winner!

Yours in knowing variety is the spice of life,
~Cath

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