Christmas In October?

A year ago this past July we did a week long series on Christmas in July (if you would like to visit those posts again, scroll to the bottom of this post).  This year, July snuck up on us, so we decided to wait until October and do Christmas in October 🙂

Over the next couple of weeks on Wednesdays, we will be sharing some fun Christmas gift ideas, projects and other cool things you can use your digital supplies to create. Today we are looking at gifts you can give (will be doing a different post for calendars 😉 ).

I think this Memory I Spy Shadowbox project would be easily recreated with little digital layouts (just measure the spaces and create the layouts to fit):
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Team member Jenn created these canvases last year and had them printed at Canvas on Demand:
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Some ideas from The Hybrid Chick:
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Magnetic Nativity Tin
Easy Printable Advent Calendar
DIY Christmas Tree Banner
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Heather has these (think neighbor/friend gifts):
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I have always wanted to make one of these cookie sheet advent calendars and Heather makes it super easy:
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and a layered template version (isn’t that finished product CUTE?:
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Mari has these cute files to use with your personal cutting machine to create some very fun gifts:

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This cute cake box could be turned on it’s side and make a really cute Christmas tree:
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This card would make a great holder for a CD of music or photos:
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This would make a great gift (or use it for yourself):
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Karah Fredricks has these cute printable pillow boxes:
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Kelleigh Ratzlaff has these cute trees:
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Kelleigh also has these ornaments:image

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Love this template set for a Christmas Album:
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This would make a cute mini album or banner:image

This word art would be so cute on Christmas Cards:

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These coupon books would make some great gifts:
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This would make a great gift for the favorite kids in your life:

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Another match game from Mel:
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You could make and entire gingerbread village and put treats inside too:

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and a house ornament:
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Some cookies from Chelle’s Creations:
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Create a nativity:
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How cute would these be on headbands for your teen or tween girl?image

Make a collection of recipes (or family recipes):
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A planner of a different kind:
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A gift to create for your favorite coffee drinker:
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Gift card holders:
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Christmas in July 2009:
It’s Christmas In July
Not Just For Christmas
Gettin’ Crafty
Let’s Celebrate
December Daily (Janet)
Start Those Gifts Early
Scrapping Christmas (part 1)
Scrapping Christmas (part 2)

Other Posts:
Twelve Days of Christmas
Photographing Christmas
December Daily (Katie)

Also, don’t forget the standard photobooks and other cool things you can get customized with photos! 🙂 Hopefully, you got some good ideas that will help make your holidays a little less hectic!

My Favorite Hybrid Projects

I love hybrid projects.  I don’t really do hybrid layouts, but I LOVE creating hybrid albums and projects!!  I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites that I have done over the years and maybe even give you some ideas! (note: many of the digital products used in these projects are no longer available, but you can use these ideas with any of your favorite digital products.  Also, many of these are from my times on creative teams.):

I think my favorite altered project ever is this game board.  Every other square on the game board had a question for a family member to answer:
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As seen in Simple Scrapbooks Magazine, Digital Scrapbooking special edition.  Digital supplies by Digital Design Essentials, gameboard from BareBooks

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Supplies: Shabby Shack digital kit by Digital Design Essentials, box from Oriental Trading

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In this mini album, I adhered the layouts to the front of some envelopes and stuck keepsakes inside:

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Digital supplies: Pregnancy album by Digital Design Essentials (the colors were for a boy, so adjusted the hue/saturation for my baby girl).

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I made this fun shirt to wear for Halloween using iron-on transfers for dark colored shirts,  I used my Wiggle Worm font, printed (be sure to follow instructions for your transfer paper), cut around the outside of the letters (leaving a white border) and ironed them on my shirt (be sure to follow the ironing instructions for your transfer paper).

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This one is one of my favorites…I think I need to make them again this year for my family!
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Digital Supplies: Spooky and Sweet by Digital Design Essentials

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I made these fun Halloween treats a couple of years ago:
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Supplies: treat toppers by Dani Mogstad

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I made this hybrid advent calendar a couple of years ago (I’m pretty sure you can find the advent part:
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Supplies: digital by Dani Mogstad, brads by Basic Grey

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This is one of the very few hybrid layouts I have done.  I created the 12×12 layout digitally, keeping in mind where I might put some “paper schtuff” and added those items after printing.
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Digital Supplies by Dani Mogstad, paper supplies by Prima, Basic Grey, and Bo Bunny

Then, I took a 12×12 shadow box, added a calendar grid to the back side of the glass and added the dates on the front of the glass using a deli menu marker.  Now, I can clean off the dates, but leave the grid in tact.
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In the last episode (17) of the Paperclipping Digi Show, Zoe and I talked about these cute, shaped, quick albums that I used below.  I made these bookmarks a couple of years ago and my oldest daughter still can be seen using them to mark her spot:

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Here are some basic instructions for the journal:  I bought the journal at Target for under $3 (gotta love that). I then did the cover in PS, printed it, and ran it through my Xyron (adhesive on one side and laminate on the other). The handles are made by 7Gypsies and I added them by punching holes with my new crop-a-dile (loving this tool).

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Well, I’m ready to get some printing done and and go back to my roots a bit.  I love these kinds of projects and plan to create some fun things over the next few months.  What about you?  Do you have any hybrid/printable projects up your sleave?

EVEN I Can make these!

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When it comes to hybrid projects, I (Katie) tend to brush them off as too much effort. That’s why I like to keep an eye out for easy and doable hybrid ideas. All of these are very practical for all skill levels and will add some more fun tricks to help you enjoy your digital supplies even more!

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What a fabulous idea! Persnickety Prints has a template for you to make your own water bottle labels. These would be great to customize bottles for bridal/baby showers, birthday parties, family reunions, and more.

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These “Nuts About You!” cans on the Sweet Shoppe blog would make a great gift!

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A fun little hybrid banner tutorial on Jennifer Fox’s blog. I love banners!

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Personalized travel mug from The Hybrid Chick. What a great way to keep memories with you all the time! This would also make a fun gift for kids and grownups alike.

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I’ve heard a lot about Copic markers so I was excited to see this tutorial on The Sweet Shoppe blog about how to color with them. What a fun way to use digital stamps!

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If you have dismissed hybrid as not being “your thing”, take a fresh look at some of these great projects. You don’t have to create albums or boxes to be working in “hybrid”. Simply using digital scrapbooking products in new ways will make you a hybrid artist!

We’d love to see your hybrid projects in our flickr group. Be sure to add the tag “hybrid” so we can be inspired by your creations!

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A Printable/Hybrid Holiday Project

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Cindy from Skip To My Lou and I teamed up again to bring you a fun holiday project! 🙂 I really enjoy working with Cindy on these little projects and I think you probably like them too.  Now, before I go on, please remember that these always come with a printable version AND layered templates, so if you aren’t in the U.S., you can customize these for any holiday you want!  I’m planning on using them for an upcoming birthday party! 😉

In this download, we have some really fun tags for your straws, tags for some sparklers (think party favors), and a design for you to print out on goodie bags.  The bag is designed for a bag sized roughly 5”x8”, but will work on many different sizes.  Each download includes a printable PDF, jpeg, as well as a layered psd file that you can customize to your liking.

If you want some white paper bags, Cindy has some and if you order by 4pm CST, they will ship TODAY (not an affiliate link).

I hope you enjoy this little gift from Cindy and I and enjoy your holiday!!

Crafty Corner

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In our house, craft days are good days. There is nothing my kids like more than breaking out the glue, paper, scissors, and a whole lot of imagination. We love to come up with new things to do and new ways to play. Buttons, paper, scissors, paint, cardboard, stencils, and beads. If it is colorful and makes a mess, my kids are sure to love it.

As much as I hate cleaning up the mess, I do love the crafts. I even love crafts that aren’t as kid friendly — stuff that I can create for family and friends that shows them that I love them and I cared enough to make something especially for them. Crafts give that personal touch — they show it came from the heart.

Here at THE DAILY DIGI we are going to help you find your crafty corner. But not only are we going to show you cool projects that you can do by yourself, with your friends, or with your kids, but we are ALSO going to show you how you can use your digital scrapbooking supplies to make the crafts! That’s right, now you can really live up to that mantra of yours, “Well, it’s really not that expensive since I can use it over and over again.”

So roll up your sleeves, pull out the scissors and the glue, and let’s get crafting!

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Today we are going to show you a fun craft that is just in time for Valentine’s Treats. Leave that set of boxed cards on the Wal-Mart shelf and break out the digi scrapping materials instead! Today we are going to make some SWEET TREATS!

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Check out these fun treats. Digi scrapping paper by Shabby Miss Jenn and Scrapkitchen Designs dresses up these sweet people complete with sucker/lollipop feet, hands, and head! They are super simple to make and super fun to eat!

MATERIALS NEEDED:

suckers or lollipops (5 for each “person”)
Tape or glue (hot glue works great!)
Printer
Popsicle sticks (1 for each “person” and 1/2 for each “sign”)
Yarn/string for “hair”
Markers for making face
Digital scrapbooking papers
Clothing templates (included)

1. Download the template set HERE.

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If you don’t know how to use templates yet, you can check out our section that explains them HERE. We also link you to some great tutorials!

2. After you download the templates, “dress up” as many people as you want to make. Feel free to alter the clothes and try new things. If you have always wished your favorite scrapbooking paper came in wearable fabric, here’s your chance ; ) Look at all the fun “clothes” I made:

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2. After you have created your people in your photo editing program, print and cut out.

3. Attach one sucker/lollipop to the back of each arm and leg. If desired, cover the “head” with white paper and draw a face. Add hair if desired.

4. For added stability you can add a popsicle stick to the back of the “person.”

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5. If desired, attach the sign to half a popsicle stick and then attach to one of the hands. You can write a note to a Valentine, tell a friend you care about them, or tell your hubby you think he is real sweet 🙂

6. Give as treats, party favors, decorations, or to anyone else you think needs a “sweet” treat.

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A written instruction set is available with the download above.

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Hope you enjoyed our first crafting corner. Get ready for LOTS more crafts!

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P.S. What do you think all these letters could mean?

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Hmmm…does this help ??

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