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  • Writer's pictureVy Tran

Hope Box #3

Paper Pumpkin is Stampin' Up's monthly subscription box. August’s "Hope Box" kit included components for 9 cards—3 each of 3 different designs—plus some extras to decorate the box. Kits always include an exclusive stamp set, a mini ink cube, embellishments, adhesives, and matching envelopes.

The intended projects are always beautiful, but I love to find different ways to use the kits and show their versatility. Read on for a quick bookmark project and a set of notecards.

There were some really gorgeous die cut banners in the kit, and I wanted a good excuse to hang on to them! They make perfect bookmarks—just in time for back-to-school. You will need some thin magnet sheets (the neodymium magnets are too strong). I use magnetic vent covers for die storage, and I always have little strips left over, so I cut them into 3/4” squares. I used Stampin’ Seal+, but I also tested regular Stampin’ Seal, as well as Multipurpose Glue and Tear ‘n Tape. They all worked—just be generous with the adhesive! You need the adhesion to the paper to be stronger than the magnetic pull.


1. Score and fold the die-cut banners in half at 1-7/8” along the long side. To make sure the magnets fit together properly, attach one magnet to the first side of the bookmark only.

2. Next, lay the other magnet on top of the first so that they find their natural alignment.

3. Then put adhesive on the back of the second magnet, and

4. Fold over the remaining side of the bookmark on top of the exposed adhesive.

5. Open up the bookmark and check to make sure the magnets are in place. All done!

I also made a set of notecards to give as a gift.

I put the cards inside an acetate card box and used kit components to decorate it.

I really enjoyed making these projects and hope you'll like them too! If you‘re in the U.S. and would like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin with me, I’ll send you a handmade thank you card, and I’ll be sure to let you know when I post new ideas!



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