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A Time for Giving

My mom sent me a link to this video, and I just had to share it here too – it really moved and motivated me! I hope it will do the same for you.

Interested in helping to provide clean water to developing countries? You can make a donation right here (I did!): https://www.water.cc/give/. You can even make the donation in some else’s name and send them a beautiful e-card to tell them about it :).

I enjoy giving to various charities throughout the year, but there is something about Christmas that makes me want to give even more than usual. Partly because I feel so blessed myself, and I want my blessings to overflow into the lives of others. But mostly it is because I feel compelled to give when I think about the true meaning of Christmas: God’s greatest gift to us, his son Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

I love love LOVE Christmas and all of the many joys of the season, but I can honestly say I get the most joy from giving to others, especially those who need the most!

Here are some scrapbook pages about Christmas giving… you didn’t think I would have a post with nothing scrappy in it, did you ;)?

The first one is by Oriana, I was so impressed and inspired by her idea!

Card by Oriana

*Click here for credits and to leave her some love in the gallery :)*

These next two are by me – Gabe and two of his cousins each packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child again this year. This tradition gets more fun each year as the kids get older and have a deeper understanding of the meaning and significance of giving to other kids. If you want to see Gabe with his box from last year click here :).

Operation Christmas Child 2008 Page 1

Operation Christmas Child 2008 Page 2

What is your favorite charity to give to at Christmas time? Have you scrapped about your giving traditions? I’d love to hear about them :)! {HUGS} Jess

A Season for Giving

Hybrid Gift BoxAs Thanksgiving approaches, I am flooded with feelings of gratitude toward God for all that he has blessed me and my family with. My heart and life are so full that they just have to spill out into the lives of others! Pretty soon I will start my Christmas gift and card making frenzy which, as always, will continue right up until the last minute :). But first I wanted to make something for someone who won’t be getting too much else for Christmas this year, and who really needs some of that extra love and blessing spilling out of my life! My husband and I have been participating in Operation Christmas Child every year since we’ve been married. Usually, we do two boxes, I fill one for a girl and he does one for a boy (instead, this year he’s buying gifts for a local child in need). We usually just buy plastic boxes to fill, but this year I decided to use a shoebox and decorate it with scraps of beautiful Shabby Princess papers. I hope the little girl who receives my gift will enjoy the box as much as its contents :)!

Hybrid Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child

This was such a simple project to do, and it was totally free, because I just used what I had on hand in my scrap room :)! The end result is a pretty box that will be perfect for holding the treasures of the little girl who receives it.

Hybrid Gift Box 2Supplies

  • Shoebox
  • Scraps of decorative paper
  • Mod Podge & foam brush
  • Ribbon & cord
  • Glue gun & glue

Step 1) Make sure that your shoebox is clean, the paper might not stick well if it is too dusty. Before you start, make a plan for how you will cover the box. This way you can make sure you have enough to cover the whole box and you will have a good idea what the finished box is going to look like.

Step 2) Next, lay out your pieces of paper, face down, in the order that you want to adhere them to the box. One at a time, paint the backs with Mod Podge, using a small foam brush, and place them on the box, smoothing them with your finger to remove any bubbles or wrinkles. The type of Mod Podge you use depends on your preference, I used glossy.

Step 3) When the box is completely covered, let it dry. Then cover the entire box with another coat of Mod Podge. It will look milky white at first, but it dries totally clear.

Step 4) Once everything is dry, attach ribbon around the outside of the box lid using hot glue. I also attached a cord on the inside of the box, to hide the seams at the bottom.

Hybrid Gift Box 3Tips and Tricks:

Don’t toss out those catalogs you’re always getting in the mail, they are perfect for this project! Open up the catalogue, and place the paper strips to be painted with Mod Podge face down on the pages. This will protect your table from getting covered with glue, and when you need a new clean surface, simply turn the page :)!

Also: it is not totally random that I have lots of coordinating Shabby Princess scrap paper around – I planned it that way! Every time I print photos or digital scrapbook pages, I open them in Photoshop and place them on a 8.5×11 document (or 13×19 if I’m printing a 12×12 page).  If there are any blank portions of the page, I fill those areas with my favorite digital scrapbook papers. This way, when I cut out my photos, I have pretty paper pieces left instead of trash that would otherwise have gone to waste :)! 

That’s it! The project doesn’t take long to do at all, because Mod Podge dries really fast, I did the whole thing a little at a time yesterday afternoon. Even if you don’t have time to decorate a box, I hope you’ll consider donating a shoebox gift for Operation Christmas Child this week, there are collection posts set up all over the US which will be collecting boxes until Monday (November 19th).

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