Monday, December 1, 2008

On the 1st & 2nd Days of Glitzmas...

Today we are starting our 12 Days of Glitzmas. It's going to be a wonderful event full of gifts, packaging & all the fun things that can turn your Christmas into a memorable inexpensive event. Each day we will post 2 ideas & we will be posting daily until Saturday. So make sure to check back with us everyday and as always let us know what you think! Moving on to our 1st project...


A striped strip frame! How did I do it? First I decided if I wanted to have this frame just for Christmas or for all year round so that I could pick out my paper. I decided it would be a good Christmas card/picture holder so I used Sparkle all the Way from our Glitzmas line. (Some other wonderful stripes you could use for an all-year frame are Adirondack, Kent or Begram to name a few.) Next, I found an old frame at a thrift store and painted it to match the paper. Try to find a frame that is no wider than 12 inches due to the paper size (The inside of my frame was 14"x12"). I then measured 2 pieces of paper and cut them out to fit the size of frame. To create the slits that hold the pictures, I used a blade and made slits along random stripes on the paper. Be sure to start and finish your cuts 1 inch in from the edge of the paper so that you don't end up with individual strips of paper. Once I was done cutting the slits, I glued the papers to the inside of the frame. Finally, I cut a piece of foam core the size of the inside of the frame and glued the edges to the back of the papers and frame for extra support. Voila, a simple project that anyone can cherish!


This next project that I decided to make was a compilation of our family recipes. I'm making these 12 days of Glitzmas gifts for my sister, who just loves to cook. In this recipe book I included all the recipes my mom & grandma use to make their Christmas dinners, treats & other family recipes. I started by using our 8.5"x11" preservation album. I covered the front & back covers with the All is Merry & Bright paper and the inside covers with the Emerald paper from our Glitzmas collection. Next I made two 3/4" slits on the front cover and two slits on the back cover to weave the 3.5 foot red ribbon through. On the inside I used some 4"x6" page protectors and inserted them into the preservation album. Using this template, I personalized some notecards to fit into the 4"x6" page protectors. I included the 8.5"x11" page protectors that came with the preservation album because my sister loves tearing recipes from magazines but who likes copying them onto a little notecard? No one! So, this is a simple solution to save those larger recipes. Lastly, I used the tabs from the Glitzmas cardstock sticker sheet to organize the different recipe sections. All in all I finished two projects in under 2 hours. Hopefully you like these projects as much as I did!

3 comments:

kaw1963 said...

Great ideas as usual. The recipe book is really neat! I never thought of putting the 4x6 page protectors in the larger album!

NanaBeth said...

How cool is that! The idea with the ribbon is neat-certainly I would have never thought of it. Thank you for sharing.

the art studio said...

I'm glad that you feel inspired so far with the ideas. We'll try to keep it up with today's post!

 

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