If Christmas scrapbooking is on your to-do list, it’s time to get started! I know, the leaves aren’t yet off the trees, but if you’re hoping to share a little homemade love this holiday season, it’s time to get cracking! Seriously, have you been in the craft store lately? CHRISTMAS CAROLS, PEOPLE!
Don’t worry, though, because there is still plenty of time to whip up some gorgeous gifts for your favorite friends and relatives. Thank goodness, you’re a scrapbooker! That means you’ve got plenty of supplies and materials on-hand… right? Here are a few of my favorite ways to put those supplies to good use:
1. Photo Calendar. The one present that’s perfectly suited for everyone from your cantankerous uncle to your sweet 16-year-old niece is a photo calendar. Calendars come in a variety of sizes, from wallet to jumbo-wall-sized. Grab 12-20 photos, depending on the calendar size, and get to work! You can customize photos and embellishments to fit the recipient. You can even enter “stealth mode” and download photos from the recipient’s Facebook page or blog, and create the gift with their own images! (I love this Bare Naked 13-month 9×9 calendar from Bo-Bunny. Regularly over $13, you can get it for less than half price by following that link!)
2. Holiday Banner. Banners and penants are all the rage in home decor. You can use favorite patterned papers, or even fabrics, and create a banner customized for your recipient’s mantle, complete with a sentiment (“WISH” or “LET IT SNOW”), or with their last name. Sew or glue to a ribbon and you’ve got a beautiful decoration.
3. Advent Garland. What could be cuter than a string of 24 mismatched mittens, clothespinned to a gorgeously green and red ribbon, and hung over the banister? Use a die-cut machine or hand-cut 48 mittens (two for each mitten), and sew or glue them together. Then number them from one to twenty-four, and clip to a beautiful ribbon. You can pre-load each mitten with an activity or treat, or provide a set of small slips of paper so your recipient can fill in the details herself. (The one above I made from reclaimed felt, and they’re socks, but you get the picture…!)
4. Season’s Greetings Candles. Did you know you can easily apply rub-ons to votives and candleholders? Choose an appropriate holiday saying or use snowflakes and reindeer to set the mood. Rub carefully, add a red or green candle, tie on a taffeta ribbon, and you’ve got another name crossed off your list.
5. Pre-made Gift Tags. Every Christmas, the one thing I always run out of is gift tags! You really can never have enough, particularly if they are handmade cute ones. Pull out cardstock, a hole punch, twine or ribbon, and your holiday stamps, stickers, and rub-ons. Go to town creating custom tags for a dear friend; package them in a pretty bag or box, and you’ve helped her make her own Christmas merry and bright! (Make a few extras for yourself, while you’re at it!)
P.S. Want some more crafty Christmas goodness to create? Check out Vintage Hip Christmas Crafts from Margie Romney-Aslett! This eBook is packed with step-by-step projects (I’ll show you some of mine in coming days).