Holiday Card Storage Binder

Each year, I look forward to the day that the holiday cards start to arrive. It’s fun to see how kids have grown and families have changed from year to year. It always makes me wish I’d saved the cards from the previous year so I can look back on them. So this year, I created a way to store several years’ worth of holiday cards in a convenient binder.

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I chose a chipboard binder for its size and sturdiness. This one is 7″ x 9″ and is a perfect size for holding cards up to 5″ x 7″ in size.

To keep it simple, I trimmed patterned paper from the North Pole collection to cover most of the front and back of the binder, but I left the spine raw so that it would open and close easily. I used a strip of Chevron Washi Tape (in Tomato) to cover the seam and add a fun pop of color. I finished it off with an embossed tag and a few sequins for a little holiday sparkle.

For the inside, I created dividers from coordinating papers in the North Pole collection and used my Bracket Tab Punch to create tabs for five separate years of card storage. My section dividers are trimmed to 5 7/8″ x 8 1/4″, but the size of yours will depend on your binder. Just be sure to leave about ½” of clearance on the long side to account for the tab.

On each divider, I added a 1½” strip of coordinating patterned paper to reinforce the strength of the area where I’d be punching the holes. Again, I added the Chevron Washi Tape to cover the seam and add a bit of punch.

Originally, my idea was to just punch holes in all the holiday cards I receive and insert them into the binder. But then I thought I might want another option for smaller photo cards that I can’t bear to punch holes into. So I took so  me large glassine bags and created pockets for each section of my binder. I used patterned paper (two strips back to back) to create a strip that I could punch holes into without going through the pocket and trimmed with another strip of Chevron Washi Tape for consistency.

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Now I’m even more excited for the first holiday cards to roll into my mailbox. How about you? How will you store your holiday cards this year?

 

Robyn Schaub

 

Last Minute Tree Decor

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If you haven’t had a chance to decorate your tree, here is a last minute idea. Cover your old CD’s with left over holiday paper.

Start with a piece of 6 x6 inch cardstock.  Punch all 4 corners with the Mini 8 Punch, flip cardstock over and punch the 4 corners again.

Cut 2 strips of patterned paper measuring 1 inch by 12 inch. Score them both at 1 inch all the way to  _MG_9473 copy_FB the end. Accordion folds them. Take one strip and attach the end to the other strip using double sided tape creating one long strip. Now take this strip and form a circle and again using double sided tape attach these ends.  For the bottom base of my rosette I used heavy duty glue and applied it to an old CD and flattened my rosette onto this. The CD was the perfect size and it was a pretty solid base. I then glued this piece to the center of my cardstock that was punched with the Mini 8. I added a center to the front of the rosette and then decorated my ornament. I attached some ribbon to the back and it was ready to hang on the tree!_MG_9474 copy_FB

 

Gift Ideas: Holiday Tag Set

Handmade holiday tags make great gifts because not only are they creative and fun, but they’re super useful as well.  I created the tag set below using the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress tool, and I love the professional quality of the beautiful letterpress images.

To save time I used Mini Flat White paper–the perfect size for tags.  After running the paper through the letterpress twice–once for each color–with the Wintertide Printing Plates, I combined a few of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools with the letterpress tool to add some details.

I used the Scallop/Cloud Corner Chomper to create decorative corners, the Raindrop 2 Edge Punch to add a border along the bottom, and the Crop-A-Dile to add Eyelets and Baker’s Twine for tying.

These tags are easy to mass produce making the perfect gift for your crafty friends, or anyone else on your gift list this holiday season.

~Aly

Supplies used:

L Letterpress

Wintertide Printing Plates

Mini Flat White Paper

Corner Chomper-Scallop/Cloud

2 Edge Punch-Raindrop

Crop-A-Dile

Green Eyelets

Green Baker’s Twine


Aly Dosdall

Holiday Recipe Pretzel Balls

Hi. It’s We R’s designer Ann Corbiere-Scott. Today I wanted to share my very favorite holiday recipe treat.12_18

I received this recipe from a friend years ago, after tasting them at her holiday party – I just loved them! Once I made them myself and realized how easy they were to make, I loved them even more! They are the perfect neighbor gift, and the recipe can be doubled easily. You’ll probably want to double the recipe if you have a family like mine, they are such helpful taste testers.

Products used:

Lifestyle Crafts Bakery box

Lifestyle Crafts Label It Kit

Evolution Tool Giveaway!!

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Are you having fun yet?! Today the prize is a Evolution Die Cutting tool!  Click on the link below to enter. Enter as MANY times as you want and be sure to share it with your friends for extra entries. The winner will be announced tomorrow.

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Are you familiar with the Evolution? Do you know how many fabulous functions it has? Watch this video to learn more!