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Old 12-29-2007, 04:06 PM   #1
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I know I know. We are just barely over the holidays and I'm already thinking about next year? Sick huh? But I can't help it. Every year, my list gets bigger and bigger (meeting new, amazing people who become great friends, co-workers, teachers, etc) and it seems that each year I've been able to top the last as far as the things I've created or groups I've participated in to create great items.

So last year, I did several swaps for 6x6 cookbooks. I did about a dozen of them and had enough to give out to the girls in the family and a few friends. This year, I hosted the Disney rolodex swap and I must have done about half a dozen of those and had enough for a few people. I also participated in Disney recipe swaps and had enough for the rest of my list.

So what am I going to do this year? Help ladies! I know you all have some wonderful ideas that I will be able to top this year's Disney items. And I have to get started soon...since I work full-time, go to school more than part-time, and have a family, it's going to take me that long to get going and get done.
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Wow, you do have a lot on your plate!! I don't have any ideas but will be watching this thread to see what is suggested. Would a trip through the gallery help inspire you? What other themes besides Disney are "hot" now with crafters - like Harry Potter or something like that? I am so far behind the times I am a new Hello Kitty fan and still think Peekacho (sp) is cute. Good luck and hope some creative people answer you so I can get ideas too!!!
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I work full time and go to school full time, also. As soon as school starts back I will have no time to stamp until spring break and summer vacation. I have to start working on Christmas NOW! Don't have any definite ideas, yet, but I'll be watching this thread for inspiration and if I think of anything...(right!) I'll post it here! Brilliant ideas, anyone?
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:00 PM   #4
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Well, I'm so glad I'm not the only one out here who is feeling the need to get going now since life's business sometimes gets in the way.

I did Disney themes for the last few years because our family and my DH's family (all the in-laws: sister, her hubby and kids, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) are all taking a Disney cruise as a family in the summer of 2009 (about 24 of us all together so far) Oh! That reminds me...I did paint cans for all of them last year decorated with Disney themes for them to start putting away extra dollars to pay for this trip.

I've also started on autograph books for the kids. I have 3 done, but need at least 4 more...
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Sadly I have also started planning for this year. I just picked up containers for secret santa gifts and the containers for hubbys co-workers. January I will be starting on cards and 3D items. I do NOT want a repeat of this year. I had such a migraine by Christmas I just wanted it over with lol.

Good luck topping this year.
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No need to consider us sad...just think. We're going to be all planned and prepared and done next year when the majority of people won't be and they will be running around like chickens with their heads cut off scrambling trying to get it all done in a small amout of time...aaaahhh...what a feeling that will be to not have to go through that again this year.

So I just thought of something. Calendars! But making it a "countdown" calendar to our cruise in 2009 and putting some pictures from Disney in them. Okay that's one possibility.
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I also work in a school and my friends and I always come up with an idea on Dec 26th and start working on them during our vacations so that they are done by the summer. We usually make around 100 gifts total between the three of us.

I cannot believe that I did not take pictures this year but we made card sets. They included a cute folder with a "band" around it with the persons initial on it. The 10 note cards all had the initial on them as well and the cards were blank inside. People loved them...I will try to put another together so I can post a picture

Last year we made these boxes with 10 cards in each. The indiv. cards were simple and are in my gallery. People loved them

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=33989

The year before we did 6x6 albums. They were cute and the pages were all done very simple with "mats" for the indiv. to put pictures in. I think I still have one that I could take pictures of if you are interested in that one.

The year before that we used a 6x6 page protector to create a "folder". The folder was filled with hand stamped gift tags. (We concentrated on birthdays, graduation, fathers day vs Christmas since we were giving them out on Christmas)

This coming year we are doing the acrylic frame post it note holders with pens. We will do both the ones with magnets for the fridge and the ones that can sit on a desk.

Good luck...hope people come up with some great ideas
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What about something with Altoid tins? Little sewing kits are on my radar for those and I think those would be fun. I just put in an ad in our company announcements asking for others to give me their tins for refurbishment.

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I will be interested to see everyone's ideas. I made some of the altered composition books this year, with pens, memo pads and big clips, which were nice. I would like to make something to give all the women family members next year. I might have to try my hand at those boxes. I have gobs of paper I need to use, and I want to try to avoid having to buy extra supplies (like this year) if possible. Great thread!
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The year before we did 6x6 albums. They were cute and the pages were all done very simple with "mats" for the indiv. to put pictures in. I think I still have one that I could take pictures of if you are interested in that one.


I'm thinking 8x8 albums without the photos for my daughters. I made 12x12 scrapbooks with photos from thier childhood that they may not have had. They are actually my step kids and their real mom wasn't very together with stuff like that. We had a major shedding of tears when the albums were received. Both girls take lots of photos and a pretty scrapbook to put them in would be great! That helps!
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:12 AM   #11
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I definitely need to start now - so hopefully I won't scurry and then have to spend $$$ I don't want to because I'm in a hurry. There are tons of items on sale that I wonder if I should buy just in case I need it for Christmas - clear ornaments, basket shreds, Christmas cookie cutters... Maybe I'll make recipe books this year and attach those cutters!
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Great ideas ladies....keep 'em coming!
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never too early to start!

i gave a lot of card sets this year. they are usually well received and allows me to make lots of cards.

i do plan to make some christmas cards each month so as to not be in a rush come november.


i have a lot i want/need to do... i have a senior this year... need i say more?!

will be checking here to see what everyone else is 'up to'
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I always have so much energy this time of year and it's the best time to start on *next* christmas because around Easter time, I run out of steam! lol
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I made 22 Papercrafts purse totes with matching cards, including one that was briefcase style for my fiance. I never got the pens done, so that is on my list. The totes and cards matched mini notebooks and candles I did a couple of years ago. The totes were a hit. I'm also working on stamping my wedding invitations, return cards, envelopes and programs, so what I will do will be very simple. Thanks for all your sharing. Happy New Year everyone!
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I made 22 Papercrafts purse totes with matching cards, including one that was briefcase style for my fiance. I never got the pens done, so that is on my list. The totes and cards matched mini notebooks and candles I did a couple of years ago. The totes were a hit. I'm also working on stamping my wedding invitations, return cards, envelopes and programs, so what I will do will be very simple. Thanks for all your sharing. Happy New Year everyone!

Your Papercrafts purse totes sound intriguing - especially the briefcase style. Do you have pictures of those?

And I am so glad to hear that there are others out there already planning for 2008! It's always nice to know I'm not losing it.... LOL!!

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Saw this while I was breezing through the gallery this morning and love it! Would make a great guy gift!!!
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I got inspired at Michaels on Christmas eve. I bought a bunch of the big wood cutouts (8-12 inches) and am covering them with scrapbook paper. I also bought the $1 wood words they had (Let it snow, etc) and will glue them to the wood cutouts. Use your cropodile to punch holes and run ribbon through them for a hanger. You can also print out phrases to use instead of the wood words or add a picture. Now you have a holidy sign/decoration.

I got smaller matching wood cutouts to make matching smaller signs or magnets.

You can also look through catalogs to find phrases. I want to make one that says "Don't get your tinsel in a tangle."

When I finish one I will post it.
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Here's another great idea from Superfan that I just saw posted in the gallery today. Wish I was coming up with some of these great ideas!!!
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...25?limit=last1
This idea is more on the lines of a girl gift but I think it's an excellent idea!
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Great ideas Honey!
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Found another one...this one posted by sarsan. A name frame for DH with favorite football team!
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Maybe I'm partial cuz the Steelers are my favorite football team :0) but I could see this in Bucs for SIL and DS and another in GreenBay logo for other SIL!
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This year for my mum and MIL I made a scrapbooked tea tray. I just brought a plain wooden tea tray, then scrapbooked the bottom with photos of the children, and varnished over the top. They turned out really well, but I only had to do 2!! I was also gonna buy chocolate and herbal teas to put with them but ran out of time.
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This year for my mum and MIL I made a scrapbooked tea tray. I just brought a plain wooden tea tray, then scrapbooked the bottom with photos of the children, and varnished over the top. They turned out really well, but I only had to do 2!! I was also gonna buy chocolate and herbal teas to put with them but ran out of time.
Ooooh, good idea!!!
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Great ideas,am looking forward to cleaning out my craft room and usually I start there.
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I found this thread great for ideas:
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...ighlight=gifts
Also have a wander through the "Anything But A Card" Gallery. Wonderful ideas, including a special "Gift" section:
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Hopefully no one (Mom ) will see this, but I'm going to try to take one photo every day. Then, I'm hoping to make a paper bound photobook with all them in it for key people in my family.
I could change my mind before then, but that's the plan.
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Last year I made recipe books, 8x8 scrapbook style, for my brother and sister. Our parents passed away in 1994 and this is something I had wanted to do for several years. I scanned some of my mom's recipe cards...stains and all. I cut them out and they look like the originals. I then scanned pictures of her, dad, my brother, sister, and myself as kids and some of our family pictures. I made simple scrapbook pages. I also dedicated a 2 page layout to my grandma and grandpa with a couple of grandma's recipes. My brother and sister told me that I would never top this gift. I am hoping to complete recipe books of my mom and dad for my kids and nieces and nephew's this year. I also want to start on my husband's side.
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Last year I made recipe books, 8x8 scrapbook style, for my brother and sister. Our parents passed away in 1994 and this is something I had wanted to do for several years. I scanned some of my mom's recipe cards...stains and all. I cut them out and they look like the originals. I then scanned pictures of her, dad, my brother, sister, and myself as kids and some of our family pictures. I made simple scrapbook pages. I also dedicated a 2 page layout to my grandma and grandpa with a couple of grandma's recipes. My brother and sister told me that I would never top this gift. I am hoping to complete recipe books of my mom and dad for my kids and nieces and nephew's this year. I also want to start on my husband's side.
what a wonderful gift to give/receive! Know the recpients will treasure those books!
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bought christmas stuff and tins on sale, to alter for 2008,
small ornaments for embellishing
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