Handmade Christmas Gifts
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Don’t limit yourself to just stickers, though. Ribbon, rub-ons and eyelets are great for greeting cards. If preferred, instead of printing your greeting, you could also use a vellum quote or glitter pens. You could also design your cards digitally and print them out if you have a digital scrapbooking program and a printer.
Photo frames can often be purchased at craft stores for 50 percent off or at garage sales for less than $1, and they come in a wide variety of sizes and colors. The frames can then be decorated and converted into gifts for anyone on your list.
Whether you choose to decorate the outside of the frame or just scrapbook a “page” to go inside the frame is up to you. Either way, decorated frames make great gifts.
I made the BABY FRAME using an unfinished wooden frame. First, I took the backing out of the frame. (There was no glass in this frame, but if your frame has glass, always remove it before starting your project.) Since I didn’t want to cover the outside edges or the edges around the window with paper, I painted them with antique white acrylic paint and let it dry completely. Next I turned the frame upside down on the patterned paper and, with an X-acto knife, cut the paper to fit the frame, carefully cutting out the window area. Using wood glue, I glued the patterned paper to the frame, then added puffy animal stickers. Put the backing (as well as the glass) back on the frame, and you’ve got a great gift for parents or grandparents. With drying time, the frame took about 30 minutes.
For the BIBLE VERSE FRAME, I wanted to do something digitally that would look professional. The project was simple and took only about 10 minutes to complete. I simply chose a Bible verse, then went online to a stock photography website and searched for an image to accompany the verse. After downloading the image, I opened it with my digital scrapbooking program and typed in the quote. Then I printed it, cut it out and placed it in a wooden frame. It really doesn’t get any simpler than that. You could also use a photo from a postcard or a calendar, if preferred, and scan it into your computer instead of using a stock photo.