Wow, I can’t believe that Christmas is almost here! This has been a wonderfully busy month for me. Each time I finished a new project I had another one to start right away, but it has been soooo fun and the result is tons of handmade gifts that will (hopefully) be enjoyed by my family members throughout 2008! I am way behind with my updates here, so I hope you don’t mind if I share lots of info in one big post – stick with me to see pics of all my projects at the end (unless you are related to me – then no peeking)!
Firstly, some news. Well, if you’re one of my regular readers you already know I have had some really awesome blessings this month - I added the Shabby Princess creative team and Shabby Miss Jenn guest creative team, which have kept me happily scrapping away and I did a few guest posts at the SMJ team blog. Well, the cool scrap-related happenings didn’t stop there! Here are some more super fantastic things that have happened this month:
I was a winner in the contest at pcLayers!!!!!
I won first place in the advanced category - the prize is Photoshop CS3 PLUS a $50 gift certificate to pcLayers!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!!! P.S. Anyone want to teach me how to use PSCS3?
I have also been getting involved in a wonderful new magazine called Bella Scraps
, I think it is going to be great and I can’t wait to see the first issue :)!
AND there is another BIG, SUPER EXCITING piece of news that I not allowed to share at this point. But let me tell you, it has revolutionized my scrap life!!! You are going to LOVE it!!!!! But you will just have to wait until 2008 for that one :).
OK, sorry about all of that blah blah blah :)!!! Now for all the projects I promised to share :)!
Shabby Princess CD Case Calendar
This CD case calendar is a perfect example of why I LOVE digital scrapbooking! Shabby Princess sells these beautiful pre-made calendars that are made to fit into regular CD cases (you can open the case and flip it backward to make this cute frame). It makes such a great gift – and it is quick and easy to put together. The pages are already made, you just add your favorite photos behind the template, place the dates (included with the kit) on top, print, and trim! I love that the dates come separately from the calendar pages too, so that I can reuse them in the future. I made three sets of these for gifts, and I’m totally thrilled with how they turned out! I’m going to have to make one for myself too :).
Shabby Princess Two-Page Wall Calendar
This was actually my first time making a big two-page photo calendar like this. I have been thinking about it for a long time, but I was honestly a little intimidated by the task! But The Shabby Shoppe was to my rescue again with this wonderful pre-made one designed by Nicole (she is so talented, and designs so many of SP’s pre-made things)! The dates and month titles are included in the kit, so you can place them just the way you like them too. It was perfect that the pages are 8.5×11, because my printer can print borderless images in that size. So I just printed them on double-sided matte photo paper and had them spiral bound at my local Staples. Can you believe it only costs $3.20 to have this calendar spiral bound? And they include a clear cover, and your choice of backing too. I will definitely be making more of these in the future!
4×6 Calendars – created by me!
I bet by now you have started wondering if I got out of actually designing anything for all of these gifts! Well, not quite :). I loved the idea shared by Tricia Kennedy on the YOUR Ideas page so much that I adapted it to make several more gift calendars (THANKS Tricia)! I designed 12 4×6 calendar pages, using SP’s Painted Summer kit plus the dates from the CD Case Calendar kit. Then I just printed them borderless again (on 4×6 glossy photo paper). I made 5 sets of these and included a clear plastic desk frame and magnetic frame with the gift, so they could choose how to display them. I made one for myself too with my favorite pages from the different sets, and hung all the pages in a line above my desk so I can see all the photos for the whole year :)! Fun fun!
Homemade Gift Wrap
I was so happy when I saw this idea for making wrapping paper on Kayla’s blog (BTW, if you don’t already know about The Legacy Lady, you need to check her out – she is FULL of great ideas)!! I never would have thought of using 12×18 paper from a sketch pad to print on. I bought a mead sketch pad at Wal-mart for a little over $5 and I was pleased to see that it has bright white paper which is acid and lignin free (not that that even matters for wrapping paper anyway)! So I used some Christmas-y supplies from Shabby Miss Jenn and Weeds and Wildflowers to design these papers and gift tags – easy peezy :)!!
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So now you can see why I haven’t been posting much lately – LOL! But I hope to be back soon – I have lots more to share :). Hope you’re enjoying the season!!