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grateful people are happier people

Posted on November 10, 2015 by Melina Schamroth

Research consistently shows that people who practice gratitude are happier than people who don’t and the most powerful way to create change is by writing down at least three things each day that you are grateful for.

We know the power of an attitude of gratitude – it’s why we set up the global Grateful in April campaign and what inspired us to create our beautiful range of gratitude journals and cards.

We’ve heard some amazing stories from people who have turned their lives around by taking note of what’s already good in their world. And there is nothing quite as nice as receiving a handwritten card in the mail – especially one that tells you how grateful someone is to have you in their life.

Check out our collection of gratitude cards and notebooks – not only could you make someone’s day by sending one, but your purchase will also help benefit someone who might be struggling to find something to be grateful for.

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welcome to the m.a.d. shop!

Posted on November 09, 2015 by Melina Schamroth

We’re super-excited to be launching our new online store, the m.a.d. shop – where shopping makes a difference.

Not only have we got some products that are exclusive to our store, but every purchase will contribute to helping us fund the work of our charity, the m.a.d.woman foundation.

We encourage you to sign up for our newsletter to you can be kept up to date with new products (we’ve got some really great items to showcase soon!), offers and specials that we won’t be advertising in our shop and of course about the great work we are doing with the funds we are raising.

Check back to our blog often too – we’ll be updating it with news as well as ideas and tutorials for creating your own beautiful crafts and gifts.

Happy shopping!

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pillow box tutorial

Posted on November 09, 2015 by Melina Schamroth

We just love mini pillow boxes for little gifts. We’ve used them as a little box for a wrapped chocolate, some sweets or a handful of confetti – they’re perfect for a small gift, bonbonniere or even decorating a table.

There are two types of mini pillow boxes we use – some very limited edition premium metallic card boxes and some cute colourful ones made from coloured paper.

Even though we’ve outlined several steps here, pillow boxes are super easy to make as you’ll see once you’ve made one.

instructions:

Place your unmade pillow box right side up (the wrong side has the ‘ridged’ fold line and should be facing down).

 

Glue or use double sided tape along the flap that will fold over. Using glue is a little bit more fiddly but it’s cheaper and if left to dry properly seems to stick better. Any glue stick works, but we recommend using the best quality glue stick you can afford. Some glue goes on blue and dries clear – that’s really helpful to make sure you have an even coverage of glue. Make sure you glue right up to the edge of the flap to make sure your box doesn’t come apart in any areas.

 

 

Fold your pillow box in half along the score marks and, tucking the flap inside, line your halves together. Check they are lined up and then leave to dry. We sometimes use a wooden peg or a large paperclip to keep them closed during the drying process (especially boxes made of card) – you might like to put a piece of paper between them to avoid any marks on your finished box.

 

If you have the time, leave them overnight but most glue dries pretty quickly. The drier your glue, the less likely your box will come apart at the edges so try to resist the temptation to do the next steps until you are sure the glue is dry.

 

Then it’s a simple as folding down the sides – we like to fold the side with the finger hole first.

 

It’s time to add your filling and then close the other side and you are done. If you are making a coloured coloured paper mini pillow box, you may find it can slightly pucker as you do this step – simply push any dents out from the inside with your finger. If it happens while adding a ribbon or tipping, gently squeeze and it will pop back into shape.

 

You can leave your box as is, or do some decorating. Tie them with a ribbon, add a cute embellishment or top with a gorgeous paper flower and brighten someone’s life.

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