Christmas Day is always such a fun and exciting time that seems to fly by in a whirlwind of awesome memories that I often forget to photograph. So, I decided to record our Christmas celebrations this month using photos taken before the big day and include some journaling about our Christmas Day activities.
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.
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.
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?
One thing we can never have enough of around our house is sticky notes. I love to give these little guys as gifts for teachers, co-workers, or the mail carrier since sticky notes always seem to be in short supply when you need them most.
Watch the video below to learn an easy way to use the Envelope Punch Board to create a custom size box to wrap sticky notes, or any other small thin gift.
To make any size custom box using your Envelope Punch Board, here is the basic formula you can follow:
1. Measure the length and width of the item you need the box for, and then find the appropriate card size on the Envelope Punch Board.
2. To calculate your paper size, measure the depth of the item, multiply it by 2, and then add that to the length and width of your paper size on the punch board. Cut your paper accordingly.
3. Find your score line measurement on the punch board and add the item’s depth measurement to that. That’s where you will line up your paper to start punching and scoring.
4. Once you finish punching and scoring, line your paper up again on the original score line measurement found on the punch board. Score your paper on all four sides.
5. Cut out each corner following the inner score lines that intersect.
5. Fold and crease all eight score lines, punch one corner to round, and then tape your box together. Embellish as desired.
Try making these for candy bars, packs of gum, small jewelry boxes, tins, trinkets, or other small gifts. Happy holiday crafting!
You’ve gone to a lot of work to make sure that gift for that certain someone is perfect. But don’t stop there… make the packaging as fabulous as the gift inside!
There are countless ways to create fun gift packaging. Here are a few to inspire your Christmas gift presentations.
1- BROWN PAPER PACKAGES: Dress up a plain brown paper lunch bag with a few stickers, ribbon and the Doily Die.
2- IT’S IN THE BAG: Use the Gift Bag Punch Board to create a custom gift bag. Decorate it with strips of patterned paper, border stickers, a tag and finish it off with the Knotty die and your favorite pattern from the North Pole line.
3- GIFT CARDS DON’T HAVE TO BE BORING: Make a coin envelope-type gift card pocket then embellish it with stickers, brads, patterned paper and twine.
4- A SWEET SUPRISE: Make a fun shaped box with the Candy Box Punch board. Embellish each end with Washi Tape, tie the ends closed with pretty ribbon and add a sentiment with the gorgeous flocked chipboard alphas from We R Memory Keepers North Pole Collection.
One of the things we associate the holiday season with is good food, so why not create a Holiday Favorites Recipe Book as a gift for one of your loved ones this year. The recipe book I made below was easy to put together using the North Pole collection and my cinch machine.
I used 6×6 chipboard for the covers, and the pages are made with 6×6 North Pole patterned paper. I printed the recipe cards, cut them out, and mounted them on plain North Pole cardstock before adding them to the pages.
I used the File Tab Punch and Tab Labels to indicate the recipe categories. The tab labels are so versatile and useful–they truly thought of everything. The labels include recipe books, office organization, memory keeping, calendars, etc.
I kept the book design simple to save time during the busy holiday season, and the simple design allows for easy duplication for multiple recipients. I also avoided unnecessary dimension since this book will likely be stored with other recipe books and I didn’t want to risk any embellishments on the front of the book getting knocked off or ruined.
Thanks for joining me, and happy holiday crafting!
Who says you have to be a great cook to whip up a festive holiday treat for your friends and neighbors? Here’s a simple, three ingredient recipe that looks just as great as it tastes, and makes an easy and fabulous gift!
All you need is:
- 1 box of large sourdough pretzels
- 1 package of white chocolate melts (I love the Ghirardelli brand!)
- 4-5 candy canes
First, you’ll need to go through the pretzels and pull out the best looking (i.e., unbroken) ones. My box had about 10 that weren’t broken, and my kids were happy to snack on the bits and pieces that were left over. You’ll have enough chocolate to cover 8-10 pretzels.
Unwrap the candy canes and use a mallet or rolling pin to crush them into small pieces.
Melt the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, following the directions on the package. Stir frequently and, if it’s a bit too sticky or thick, you can add a teaspoon of butter to make it easier to work with.
Dip the pretzels in the chocolate. I laid them face down to coat the front, pressing down to get the chocolate in all the nooks and crannies, then flipped them to coat the back.
Lay the coated pretzel onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and sprinkle with crushed candy cane bits. Repeat until all your pretzels are coated and sprinkled.
Put the cookie sheet into the freezer for about 10 minutes so the chocolate will set nicely.
Then you can package them up all pretty!
To create my box, I used a plain white gift box and cut patterned papers from the North Pole collection to fit the panels on each side of the box lid. Then I used the Chevron Washi Tape (in Tomato) to cover the corners and edges.
Inside, I packed some food-safe tissue paper and carefully arranged my pretzels.
To finish it off, I added an embossed sticker and tied on a tag using baker’s twine. Then I slipped an extra candy cane under the tag.
We are excited to have Evelyn from Geek Galz as our guest designer for today. She comes to us all the way from Indonesia. Evelyn used the North Pole collection from We R Memory Keepers to create three adorable Christmas layouts. Take a look for a little inspiration for your holiday season, and check out the Geek Galz blog to see more.