What to do with Christmas Cards?

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.

1 comment:

  1. I was looking for a 'Like' button :-) I will do this (one weekend in the future between now and December :-) Thank you for sharing :-)