Have you had a chance to check out all of the wonderful new goodies in the brand new catalog? There are so many great things it’s hard to decide where to begin. I know my wishlist is ridiculously long! Here are a few tips to help you work your way through the new catalog and come out with some amazing products to help you create cards that will be a joy to make and bring encouragement to others.
Step 1: Make a Crazy Long Wish List
Go for it. Go through the catalog and mark or write down everything you want. Do this with reckless abandon and enjoy letting your creative juices flow. This is like a massive brainstorm, and as I learned in school – you don’t edit during the brainstorming process.
Step 2: Take Inventory
This is the time to take a look at your current stash and see where you might have holes. Are you always looking for a floral set and just don’t seem to have any? Are you in need of cards for kids or guys and never seem to find the right one? Are you running low on DSP? Are your sentiments in need of a refresh? Remember things like envelopes and embellishments too. Of course, it’s not as fun, but now’s a great time to take stock of your essentials like paper, ink, and adhesives as well.
Step 3: Set a Budget
I know, I know, budgets can seem so restrictive, but if you have a budget and stick to it, you’ll be able to enjoy your crafting guilt-free. And guilt-free makes for happier crafting!
Step 4: Start with the Essentials
You know that list you came up with in step 2? Make sure to fill those gaps in first. Find the perfect supplies that meet the true needs you have.
Step 5: Fill up with Fun
Now you get to go to town. What’s left that you LOVE? What can’t you wait to get your hands on? If there are still too many to narrow down, start with things you see yourself using first. Remember, these products are going to be around for a whole year at least, so you can spread your joy out if you need to. Pick the products you have a use for NOW or that you KNOW you will use in the next month or two.
Step 6: Place Your Order
Click on this link and place your order. This is the part where you get a little bit giddy. Don’t forget to double check your cart before you click that final “confirm” button.
Step 7: Leave Nothing Behind
You know all of those lovely things that didn’t quite make the cut in step six. Let’s make sure they don’t get left behind! Now’s your time to transfer all of those other to a master wishlist. For those of you who are planners, you can even make a plan and spread out your purchases over the next few months. (Keep an eye out for more information about my Monthly Encouragers Club to help you do just that.)
Step 8: Stalk the UPS Man
Yup. This guy right here. He’s bringing you your box of goodies, so don’t let him get away!
Step 9: Unbox
Experience Christmas in the middle of the summer and have fun digging into your new “toys”.
Step 10: Make Some Cards
There’s nothing left to do but find joy in creating as you spread kindness and encouragement with your scraps of paper, so get in there and have a blast!