Friends, some of you may know I am a big fan of notes. Notes that come in any form, any shape, any size. So I immediately fell in love with these sweet punch boxes from Lea Redmond. I’m sure you’ve heard of Lea, she’s done a super awesome collaboration with Chronicle Books and is the creator of the Worlds Smallest Post Service. I actually met Lea at Renegade LA and it was such an honor to meet her, she is definitely someone who thinks outside the box.
So when she emailed me about these amazing Handmade Punch Boxes
, I knew I’d immediately love them. Handmade?! What? I know. I was so impressed with the construction and quality – the front + back are letterpressed! So you simply punch with a pencil and out pops your note!
I love how novelty these sweet punch boxes are. It reminds me a little of the price is right “punch” game
or something! (That is one of my favorite games! haha) Love that you get to ‘punch’ through and your little note comes out. They are actually based off a vintage 1920’s punch box. They did make some great stuff back then. Isn’t it great that Lea has found a creative way make a fun version for others to enjoy?
These would be a perfect gift for a certain someone for Valentine’s Day! They also can come with custom messages which is pretty great too. Lea has kindly put together a list of tips and creative ideas for how to write fantastic scroll messages for your own custom punch box. Make your messages personal and particular to your relationship with the person it is for.
1) Recall a memory of a moment with her or him.
2) Start your message with: “This is a coupon, good for…”
3) Use just one word. A favorite food? A special object that makes you think of her? The emotion you feel when you are with him?
4) An inside joke.
5) A quotation from a favorite book.
6) A url to something fun to see or watch online.
7) Your phone number.
8) Your favorite cheesy pick-up line.
9) The place or situation in which you met.
10) See the “Sweet Words” scrolls for additional ideas
These fabulous little punch boxes are limited edition, so be sure to order one today.
Lea has also mentioned that boxes are guaranteed to arrive in time for Valentine’s Day!
I met Abby at one of my good friend’s weddings. She was a sweetheart. A few months later, my friend told me Abby was having a hard time with her parents divorce. My parents got divorced when I was really young too. Actually, I can barely remember a time we were a real family. So I sent Abby a little book of (encouragement) notes. The time when you’re young and growing up is so hard and things that happen with family really make an impact. I just wanted to reach out to Abby and tell her it would be okay.
At the end I put some stamps and some extra cards in case Abby wanted to write back. These are so much fun to make because they’re pretty easy and it is nice to actually write for a change. (Taking notes at Alt Summit in my notebook, my hand started cramping after a few minutes, haha)
Who can you write some encouragement notes to today?
ps: here are some other notes that have been
written if you need some other inspiration:
Sadly, we don’t have too much holiday going on around here. Things are just so busy with craft shows and shipping orders from the shops, I just can’t seem to find the time. Found these images in my archives and thought I’d share them with you .. I made this a couple months ago, and it could easily be switched to a holiday theme and make a great little gift for a friend or loved one.
You know I love notes. I especially love writing and giving notes. Making these little book-of-notes is a lot of fun. So a few months ago at Renegade LA
, I met Mac
. He’s the son of a blog friend – Nora
. Mac is probably one of the coolest high schoolers I know. He is super fun, creative, and sweet. So when Nora invited me over to their house for tea, I knew I had to bring something! I made Mac a card filled with notes and little surprises, including a bow-tie. I’m honored Mac thought it was cool and even wore
the bow-tie too! Here are some shots of the book that was made especially for Mac.
Have you left a note for someone you love lately?
and in case you missed it, here’s a recap of other note-books I’ve made in the past
Maybe I’ll try making a holiday one and post it up to share.
Has anyone been reading my blog since the original book of notes
? That was quite some time ago. But I remember going from 100 views a day to 3000 or something that one day, for that post.
So you may remember last year, I shared
that my mom was diagnosed with cancer. Over the months, everyone was so encouraging and sweet. Your notes and comments about my mom were such a blessing. We were able to go to the chemo sessions with my mom, but on her very last treatment, Nick and I were on our honeymoon. So since I couldn’t be there, I put together some notes for her. I also got my brothers in on it, and since they’re boys and this is really not their thing, it was even more special that they wrote sweet little notes for our mom.
Thought I’d share this book with you. Hopefully you can be inspired to make your own book of notes for a friend or loved one. They make great heartfelt gifts. I would love to receive one from.. nicholas 😉
In the Chinese culture
, we have animals for the year we are born. I am an ox, my older brother is a tiger and my younger brother is a rabbit. So I had these martha stewart animal shapes laying around and we each wrote a note on one. Well, I improvised using a cat for my older bro, since there weren’t any tiger shapes 😉
My older bro typed his letters and glued them onto the cards I gave him. lol. I tried to use lots of yellow, since that is her favorite color. It is always fun to make these little books, and more importantly: my mom is now cancer free! We are truly blessed.