I was really, really looking forward to receiving the February 2014 ‘I Love You Box’ from Elephantshoe – especially after receiving the January box. But alas, this month’s box was a bit of a disappointment for me. It left me feeling a bit underwhelmed, to be very honest. When I opened up the courier bag and saw the size of the box, I already had a bad feeling. This month’s box was quite small and it felt like not a lot of thought was put into the box. I asked Neal for his opinion on the box, even before I told him how I felt, and he confirmed my feelings. He said February’s box was just not worth it.
Let’s take a look at what was in the Valentine’s Day inspired box…
The first thing that caught my eye was the fabric bag that contained a stamp.
The stamp is a large stamp – a stamped heart measures 7,5cm x 6,5cm. I would personally use this stamp for gifts tags, cards and even to create my own wrapping paper.
Then we have a small black ink pad to be used with the stamp. In the box we also received a roll of ribbon (120cm) with a hearts and kisses design.
We also received 3 cream coloured gift tags (2 of them are stamped with ‘Sealed With A Kiss’ and 1 is stamped with ‘LOVE’) with string.
And lastly I received 5 blank cardboard coloured gift tags with string. These gift tags are quite large (15,5cm x 8cm). I will probably use the stamp to stamp a heart on each gift tag.
Here are my gripes with this month’s box:
I am an avid crafter, and so I have come to look for certain things in crafty products. For example: I prefer stamps that have a clear acrylic backing, that way I can see exactly where on the piece of paper I am stamping and if the image is straight. I don’t mind the fact that this stamp is a wooden stamp, BUT then Elephantshoe needs to ensure that the heart is centred onto the wooden stamp backing. I’m not sure if you can see in my photo, but the heart leans slightly to the left and has been glued to the right of the wooden backing. This means I will have to take a guess every time I use the stamp and hope I have centred it perfectly onto my gift tag.
Because I have been crafting for quite a number of years, I know what the prices of crafty and stationary type things are. I also know how much it costs to design and create die-cuts and stamps – I helped a friend create a business case in 2012 for an online shop very similar to Elephantshoe’s online shop. I did a lot of research and contacted a lot of companies who specialise in the making (cutting) of stamps designed by individuasl.
In my honest opinion, this box was unfortunately not worth the price I paid for it. It’s not only about the money, though, it’s also about the fact that it feels like not much thought was put into the creation of the box & it feels like it was rushed. And my heart is broken because I was SO impressed with the last box. I will order the March 2014 box as I’m hoping the next box will be awesome again. *holding thumbs*