November 29, 2012

Scrapping for Christmas...

The gifts that I love to give at Christmas are things that I have made. I always promise myself that I'm going to start early and give myself plenty of pressure!  Well, that never happens, but I've been having so much fun going to the store with friends and working in the lab on my projects!! Here are three that I'm working on for this Christmas.

Even the simplest scrapbook is received with such excitement, so I decided I have to make some scrapbooks this year! I have boxes, and tubs, and drawers, and piles of pictures sitting around that I have taken of my grandchildren....I think all scrapbookers are the same!  And, with my very favorite pictures, I not only get a 4X6 developed, but usually a 5X7 as well! :0) 

This year I decided to make a scrapbook for each of my children's families using these "precious" 5X7 pictures...they would be enjoyed SO much more in a scrapbook than they are just sitting in my scrapbook room.  So, I am using 8X8 We R Memory Keeper albums, lots of cardstock and printed papers and quotes that I have printed off with the computer.  They are turning out great, and I know that they will be loved.  I didn't worry about chronological order, I just took the pictures I love and made simple layouts!!

Another gift I am making this year is bookmarks.  I cut 2 1/2 X 7 cardstock rectangles, punched 2X2 pictures, and adhered the pictures to the cardstock.  To make then sturdy I took them to Kinkos (Fed Ex) and laminated them.  They turned out great!!
And, my last "favorite" gift that I make every year are pocket calendars.  I just buy the little calendars at the office supply store and then alter the covers with printed papers, and stickers.  They are so easy and fun to make, and I couldn't live without mine! :0)

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Amber said...

Great gifts Judy! I especially like the bookmarks. What a fabulous way to use those pictures! I'm going to have to put some together for my boys' stockings. They'll love them.
I really like the 8x8 albums. Years back, when my mom lived on a sailboat, I always struggled with what to get her for Christmas/birthday/mother's day so I decided to give her an 8x8 album with a few layouts and then every year for those holidays I give her new pages for her album. She's on her 2nd one now and it's always her favorite gift!

Anita Cory said...

Great idea, Judy! We al have so many friends/family members that either believe they aren't scrapbooking-inclined and this is a way you (we) can gift them that keeps on giving! These are delightful mini-books!