The background to Crafty Creatives is one of creativity, connection, and collaboration. Starting a business from scratch was never going to be easy, and it's been a rollercoaster ride! I really appreciate every single person that signs up, especially those that took a chance on #CCBox1 right at the beginning. I hope to always provide surprise parcels of fun and inspiration for the UK and beyond!
Timeline to date:
January 2012: Claire, a creative graphic designer in Glasgow with an interest in fashion, baking and marketing, has a light bulb moment to start a craft-based subscription box. She shares the idea with her sister Isobel, a fingerprint analyst with creative skills in jewellery and film making. They set to work...
July 2012: Crafty Creative launches! Each month Claire and Isobel lovingly put together a themed box full of crafty stuff. Great fun, and received with much love by their growing member base. Themes included Floral, Nautical, Gothic, Woodland, and Spots 'n' Stripes.
June 2013: Crafty Creatives moves into its own office! A big step that was much needed. Isobel emigrates to Canada and Claire finds two helpers, Becca and Nicole, to help with box packing.
January 2014: Crafty Creatives evolves! We change from themed boxes to a specific craft kit each month, with the aim of teaching a new skill each month. Boxes have included candle making, marbling, wet felting and kumihimo jewellery.
February 2014: Claire and Isobel decided to outsource the box packing process - they kept it local so they can remain closely involved.
April 2014: Claire has a baby!
October 2014: Isobel leaves Crafty Creatives, and Claire takes the helm, creating the new box #paperhaul — a themed monthly box of paper goodies.
December 2015: Claire launches the #beadhaul subscription box.