28 July 2015

..::Product Review::.. Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box - July


My Review of the July Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"Each month a fully designed project kit arrives in a delightful box filled with stamps, ink, and paper—everything cut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun. Just think of it as creativity in a box."


Review…

I was sent the July 2015 box from Stampin' Up to review.  

The price for a 1-month subscription is $19.95.  A neat quality about Paper Pumpkin is that you can increase the number of kits per month.  If you are having a crafting party, you can order one kit per attendee in the same master order.


Packaging & Presentation of the July Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

This month was a little bit different-- instead of the Paper Pumpkin box being directly mailed, it arrived inside of a cardboard box.  The exterior box is red and baby blue.  It measures 10.0" x 6.5" x 1.75".The bottom of the box is labeled 'Stampin' Up'.


They also changed the quote on the side of the box now.  On the outside of the box says, "Creativity in a box" and when you open it up it says, "Skip to the fun".


Other than the way it was shipped and the quote, everything else appeared to stay the same.  When I opened the box, I was introduced to a tissue paper wrapped box of goodies (sealed with a cute Paper Pumpkin sticker!) with a subscription introduction pamphlet.



The first layer of unwrapping revealed this month's (July) stamp set, and (2) Classic Stampin' Spots in 'Early Espresso' and 'Cucumber Crush'.



The final layer housed the actual July kit, 'Thanks a Latte'.


The main title sheet provides a quick run-down of what you need to do, and it also opens up for a few more detailed instructions.  What I like about Paper Pumpkin, is that they also provide YouTube video demonstrations on how to create the months' craft.  It is a helpful assistant, one in which I used! You can view this month's video above.



My Personal Experience with the July Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

After unpacking everything, I was certainly ready to start creating!  First, before anything, I unpacked the actual kit and sat down and watched the YouTube video so I got an idea of what I was supposed to do (I'm a visual learner).


After watching the YouTube video and had an idea of what I was supposed to do, I was really looking forward to getting started.  This month seemed like it was a little bit easier.  I love the style, and I have so many uses for a project like this.  This project makes (8) cards with matching envelopes.  You can choose your 'saying' between: 'Get Well', 'Thanks a Latte', and 'A Cup of Cheer'.

My 7-year old son really wanted to make a card, too.  So we both made it at the same time and took some pictures.  First, attach the decorated card stock onto the pre-folded card.


After you punch out one of the coffee mug cutouts, stamp it with the included stamp set.  There are choices, and you can do some really cute stuff with the stamps here.


After you are done stamping, punch out one of the 'notepad' shapes.  Stick the gray chevron sticker on first, followed by the orange on top (make sure you still see a little of the gray chevron).


Grab one of the ribbon paperclips, and attach it to the left side of the notepad shape.  Adjust as needed.  My son had a little bit of a hard time with this, so if you are creating this with your children they may need additional help here.  The paperclips are a little stiff, but once you get the paper in there, they slide on easier.


After you are done creating this, add the dimensionals on the back of the notepad cutout and the coffee mug cutout.


Attach the notepad on first followed by the coffee mug directly on top.  You can follow the instructions for proper placement.


Don't forget to fold the envelope!  I was happy to see that the double-sided tape strips were included this time.


After the envelope is done, you are all finished!  These are super cute!


Pros of the July Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box
  • Everything is included.  There is no need to run to the craft store for anything that you may have forgot.
  • Each month brings a new craft, right to your door.
  • The crafts have detailed instructions including video instructions.
  • I had a lot of fun with this kit, because you can do so much with it.  In fact, you can manipulate these crafts and do what works for you.  
  • These cards have a variety of uses.
  • They are colorful and occasion-neutral.
  • Fun for the entire family.


Cons of the July Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box
  • I haven't found any cons of the July box.
Summary

Each month, you never really know what to expect.  Some of the crafts take a long time, others can be completed fairly quickly.  This is one of the ones that don't take a super long time, but the results are outstanding.  This craft was well thought out and was fun to make.  What I really like is that you can use these in a variety of situations, and not just a specific one.  My son had a blast helping me make these, so it's very kid-friendly.

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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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