I was pumped when I received one of Erin and Mary’s purses to alter when I was at this summer’s CHA Convention in Chicago. I received it with the sole intent of reviewing it for the readers of Craft Critique! That’s you guys!
The PURSuE Your Art Purse is made from high quality, durable vinyl. It’s approximately 8” tall x 11” wide, and is 3” deep. So as you can see, the purse is sized aptly enough to hold a nice size wallet, some lip gloss (sorry, I can’t do the lipstick thing!) and your cell phone. Size is one of the most important factors for me when I choose a purse. It can’t be too small because it has to be able to hold, at the very least, the above three items. Yet it can’t be too big, because then it just ends up being a big junk pit!
I was slightly confused on how to get started designing my new purse, but when all else fails, find and read the instructions! It’s amazing how helpful instructions can be. Once I found those, the project was underway.
The first thing I did was remove all of the black panels from the vinyl “purse”. This was a very easy process. These panels are what you adhere your designer paper to, and they make up the “structure” of the purse. Without these panels, you would just have a flimsy, vinyl purse with no structure to it whatsoever. So, once I removed these I needed to decide which paper I wanted to cover them with. Since I’m such a fan of Scenic Route paper, I chose to cover all the panels with a pattern from their Laurel line called Marina Drive.
This part was so easy. If you’ve ever covered chipboard with paper before, this is the same concept. After I got each panel covered, I placed them back into the vinyl purse covering. So far, so good! It was simple and quick.
Next came the hard part. Now I had to design the “pocket” panels of my PURSuE Your Art purse. I have to admit, I had no clue what I wanted to do with my panels. There are two different styles of this purse available for purchase. One of the purses has 8 pockets (5 pockets on the front panel of the purse, and 3 pockets on the back side of the purse, all sized 2.5 x 3.5”) on it, and the other purse, which is the style I had, has two pockets (one on the front flap and one on the back panel). Each of the pockets on my purse are 4.25 x 5.5, which is the exact size I make my cards. This makes it easy for those of us who are card makers, to use these pockets to showcase our work and change them out as often as we like!
If you chose to use your pockets that way, you would want to make sure the paper you chose to cover your main panels was very neutral in nature, so the cards would stand out and not be lost in a sea of color!
I chose to make specific designs for each of my pockets that matched the paper I used to cover my panels. I don’t plan on “re-designing” my purse once it’s done, although that is surely an option you have with this purse. You could actually cover BOTH sides of your panels with different patterned paper and just flip flop them around as the mood strikes! In addition, you can purchase additional panels for your purse, so you can have even MORE options to reassemble your purse and make it look different! How cool is that? When I was done making the cards to place in the pockets of my purse, I was really pleased with how it looked! What an easy project! These purses are perfect for those of you are in direct sales and have numerous products to sell! The self promotion opportunities are endless! For someone like me (who is not in direct sales), the purse is a great way to show off family pictures or personal artwork you are proud of!
The last little detail that I had yet to finish on my purse was attaching the ball-chain handle on the purse. The instructions make is sound really easy. I’m here to tell you it was NOT easy for me! After trying numerous times to “pop” the bell sleeve off the end of the chain, I gave up and emailed Sarah Moore, Editor in Chief of Craft Critique, and asked her how to remove it. She instructed me to use a needle nose pliers to hold the bell sleeve and pop the ball chain off. Finally, I was able to remove the sleeve. Maybe I had a particularly difficult chain, and the rest aren’t that difficult. I don’t really know. But adding a little blurb in the instructions about using a needle nose pliers to make this step easier would be a cheap fix that would eliminate frustration.
In the end, I am pleased with my PURSuE Your Art Changeable Art Purse. The creative possibilities are endless. It makes the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. And if that special someone is you, more power to you! Have fun with it!
Independent Scrapbooking or Stamping demonstrators: Pursue Your Art offers a wonderful Class Kit… details of which can be found HERE. It’s a 10 Pack kit that allows you to make a small profit off the sale of the purse to your customers so you can incorporate the purse into a special class!
All Craft Critique Customers: Here is a special deal for YOU! Get a free set of replacement panels and pocket cards with every purse order. Just use coupon code “101” during check out. Offer expires September 9th.