I’m finishing up week 1 of the evil, evil cold, and everyone in the house is feeling better except me. Yay for being pregnant, right?
The good news is, I have been crafting things for Christmas. The bad news is, nothing has been done for either the tree or finishing up Whimsykins, except for those I posted last week. My main difficulty left with this cold has been a lingering sinus headache that is making my teeth hurt when I walk around, so I can’t really look at tiny tiny things such as anything involving small stitches. So far, no other signs of a sinus infection so I’m hoping in another couple of days this too will go away. I hope.
This weekend I primarily worked on my Christmas cards. I posted my official “cool” card from Shutterfly a couple weeks ago, and as much as I would have loved to send out 50 copies of that card, that would have cost me a small fortune, even with working the Shutterfly coupon deals like I do. (It’s an addiction – the first step is admitting you have a problem.) However, I did score 75 free prints from their “refer a friend” deal, so I decided to get creative.
I didn’t want everyone to get the same card, so I made five different versions. I basically took a 4×6 print of our family and imported my own graphic directly onto the picture. Here’s a couple shots:
I made a banner on the right hand side that reads “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas – Love, The Shields Family – Andrew, Kristy and Michael” and varied the colors on each card, arranging the family photo as needed. I then flattened the whole thing and uploaded them as just a normal 4×6 print. The quality is pretty good, all things considered, and a lot cheaper/faster than me trying to do this on my inkjet printer.
Now I have five different 4×6 prints, but I want my cards at a more standard 5×7 card size. So I dug through my scrapbook stash, found some suitable card stock pieces, and used my paper cutter to make 5×7 cards. A little swipe of a glue stick and TA DA! Christmas cards I don’t even have to sign! Plus, you get a cute picture of us.
Next up – the envelopes! I am going super-cheap this Christmas, so I decided to make my own. It’s really easy. I found this tutorial online at The Knitted Blog on how to do it.
So…again to the scrapbook stash. I have a confession to make. I am addicted to scrapbook paper, and I don’t scrapbook. Not in the physical sense, anyway. Any scrapbooking I do is entirely digital because I am far too indecisive to have to pay money for individual pieces I will change my mind about in five minutes, but I love the stupid paper. I have this huge file box of paper I’ve had for years “just in case” for various paper crafting projects. This is a great way to use up a bunch of this. If you had double-sided scrapbook paper, these would be even cooler!
All you need is an envelope the finished size you want, paper, scissors, something to trace with, and a glue stick. Simple, easy, and they turn out quite nice. The scrapbook paper is even nicer because it’s thicker than some of the envelopes I already had, so I’m pretty sure my nice cards will survive the mail. Looks like I spent a lot of time on these, doesn’t it?
That’s all for now. My Christmas tree is returning home tomorrow after spending a year at my brother’s house, so hopefully I’ll get to crafting on ornaments!