I really never thought about the difference between holidays, special occasions, and general occasions before I joined the Paper Crafts team. But as you can probably imagine, I was educated in the blink of an eye when our first special issue came off the press and landed on my desk.
I learned that we try to focus our special issues on a wide array of holidays, occasions, or both so that these newsstand-only issues are something you’ll want to keep on hand for inspiration throughout the year.
If you’re like I was a few years ago, scratching your head a bit and trying to figure out what makes something a holiday or an occasion, I’m here to clear the fog:
- Holidays – those special days that fall almost always on the same day each year and you can plan for them with more than a little help from retailers (39 days until Christmas! Anyone besides me who’s counting down?).
- Special occasions – anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, new babies, graduations – that pop up on an irregular schedule, but are special days nonetheless.
- General occasions – those times when you want to say thanks for a nice deed, welcome to the neighborhood, feel better soon, or even a quick hello for no reason at all.
We know from our annual reader survey (stay tuned – our 2011 version is launching on December 1!) that you’ve got your favorite occasions, so we decided to build an issue around the top 5 – birthdays, thank you, congratulations, love, and all occasion.
Don’t miss this one – it’s the best collection of 152 card designs for the most popular card-making occasions you’ll find! It’s on newsstands everywhere starting today, and you can also get it in our online store HERE.
One quick peek at what you can find within the pages and then I’ll get to the fun giveaway part. Since it’s National Button Day (which we also know is one of your favorite embellishments), here’s an adorable pair of cards by Erin Lincoln (Thanks a Million) and Maile Belles (Thank You Button Flowers):
We’ve got FIVE copies of this fantastic special issue here just waiting to land in the hands of some adoring paper crafters, so let me hear it in the comments – which occasion do you find yourself always crafting a card to celebrate? You’ve got until Wednesday, Nov. 17 at midnight (MST) to leave your comment. I’ll even pick one of the five winners and toss in a bunch of buttons just for good measure. Just ask Kelly, you can never have too many buttons!
Celebrating any occasion to make a card,
P.S. Like what you see so far? Stay tuned for our upcoming Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week (Nov. 29 – Dec. 3). Along with Moxie Fab World, we’ll be spotlighting cards, hosting some fun challenges and giving away some fabulous prizes (including this brand new issue)!