(oh man, I am figuring this linking and blogging stuff OUT! Go me!) hinted at photo organization, so I am kinda thinking the craft room is going to be the project for this weekend.....so I thought, how do I do just keepsakes for today? So I read through the people who have already tackled it and looked for ideas. I think it's Kristy, over at Mom 2 Maya who posted about her daughter's keepsakes and how she had saved a note she put in lunch every day in 3rd Grade....so I gave her some ideas about making a keepsake of that for her to give her daughter when she leaves home....It got me thinking about a similar project I did last year to save my Christmas pictures, Christmas letters, cards, etc. I LOVE what I did and plan to do one of these every year, so thought I would share that with you here today.
|Overall Project--Used Christmas ribbons that I wrapped presents with and the ornament is a gift tag that went with some of my wrapping paper.|
You may already know that I pick a different Christmas Theme every year. Ya, I am THAT GIRL! I usually try to plan the theme a year ahead so I can pick up my thematic wrapping paper, ribbons, special ornaments to commemorate the theme/year, etc. at the after-Christmas sales. But sometimes, something happens that makes me change the theme. This happened in 2009. (That also happened this year, but that's another story.) My husband and I got an AMAZING deal on a last minute cruise in 2009 (we LOVE Vacations To Go.com) but it happened really fast and we got back close to Thanksgiving and I was just inspired to change the theme from "A Homespun Christmas" to "A Caribbean Christmas!"
|This is the "Christmas theme" that I used stickers to stick on the back of a photo Christmas card I received.|
So, we put up my smaller tree (easier to decorate with what I had, since I was switching to something non-traditional) and I added in my small blue tree (I call it my Dr. Suess tree, it has a curvy trunk--DH hates it.) and also a small pink tinsel tree that I thought was cute at Big Lots after-Christmas Sale the year before (they have the best sale, got that baby 90% off, I think it was 50 cents.) My mom came over after we decorated and took some pictures for us for our cards and I happened to find a template with a blue, a pink and a green tree! Too perfect!
|Our Christmas Card, 2009|
|This is an envelope I made to hold a large Christmas Letter. Attached to the plain back of a Christmas card.|
|Here is the envelope closed, with two brads and some cute green gnarly yarn. Seriously, where do I come up with this stuff!?!?! I'm pretty proud of this one!|