For the past few years I've been turning the Christmas cards we receive into tags for parcels next year. It's an activity to do while watching TV (so I feel like I'm not wasting time LOL) Cut the picture side of the card into rectangles or other shapes, punch a hole and thread a ribbon or piece of string through. Easy!
Thank you to my life-long friend Jan in Canada who suggested this to me years ago.
Sometime during 2009 I bought a tag punch for my scrapbooking. Now has that turned out useful! Last night I punched out some of my old cards. Hey presto...I have lots of gift tags for next Christmas.
But there's more...
One of the scrapbooking blogs I follow is http://aliedwards.typepad.com/
and on one of her posts she talked about creating a 12"x12" scrapbook page from her received Christmas cards, in particular the ones with photos of family & friends on them. What a great idea.
Firstly I ruled up a grid in pencil on my scrapbook page. I chose 5cm x 5cm squares because they were the markings on my cutting board.
Next I cut out 5cm x 5cm squares from Christmas cards and a couple of 10x5 and 5x10 pieces and arranged them on my page, creating some balance by placing the larger pieces on opposite sides. I didn't have any cards with photos so I cut out the hand-written greetings as well.
I also glued some pretty paper around the edge to frame my patchwork page. When I was happy with the arrangement I started gluing the pieces down, starting at the middle and working outwards.
About this stage I thought "why am I doing this? Why am I cutting up cards and sticking them together again?"
But I decided I had started this project so I had better finish it. And I am so glad I did. The finished page reminds me of all my wonderful friends in different parts of the world.