12 Days of Christmas: Sugar Scrub

It’s day five in our 12 Days of Christmas Projects series. Hope you’re enjoying these projects so far!

Today Kelleigh is making luxurious bathtime sugar scrub and she has a cute {FREE} printable gift tag to go with it! I honestly had NO idea it was so easy to make! I paid like $8 recently for a jar at a favorite bath and body store. I LOVE the way sugar scrub makes my skin feel. Plus, it’s nice for a date night foot massage too!

See ya tomorrow! Mari’s making CUTE hand and foot artwork!

12 Days of Christmas: Charming Vintage Gift Tags

Happy 4th Day in our 12 Days of Christmas Projects series! Today’s my day! Woohooo!

Oh, and happy “Cyber Monday!” (Who comes up with these terms anyway??)

Were you one that braved the Black Friday crowds and scored some amazing deals this weekend? Are you taking advantage of Cyber Monday deals? Are you an early bird and already have your Christmas shopping done? Or are you a last minute person?

Hahaha I think I’m “all of the above.” ;)

Okay, how about this one. Have you WRAPPED those gifts yet?

When I was growing up I was often assigned the job of “Santa’s helper” and helped my mom wrap presents for my seven younger siblings. We were usually tight on money, so we got creative with the wrapping. There were years we “made” wrapping paper by decorating white butcher paper or kraft paper (and even recycled brown paper bags) with stamps, paint, or doodled designs.  We usually had a small stash of used giftbags and “nice” giftwrap we had recycled from gifts we’d received previously. And there were other times we used old newspaper (the comics section was my favorite) to wrap as well.

Tags? Most of the time I just folded a scrap of paper and scribbled a ”To” and “From” on it. But sometimes I’d get a bit more creative and dig into the sticker stash or cut fun shapes from construction paper.

Now days I still like to get creative with my wrapping. Even on a budget you can craft a stunning presentation. Sure, there’s definitely a time and place for the cheap rolls of wrapping paper you know will just be ripped into–and my kids usually get just that–but for a special friend I like to put a little more time into it. Just a simple way to reaffirm I care.

This year’s gifts will be topped with some some cute, cute, vintagey charm ’cause and [in my humble opinion] it’s better than just slapping on a generic sticky cartoon Santa from Walmart. But do whatever you want. I won’t judge ;).

First, download Vintage Christmas Printables (available until Dec. 13th in our HUGE 12 Days of Christmas grab bag!! Now THAT’s budget friendly!).

In your photo editing program, open a new 8.5×11 document, place tag(s), and flatten.

Print on cardstock, matte photo paper, etc. I chose cardstock to give it a grainier, more vintage feel.

Now the tag is darling as is, but I wanted to make my tag a bit more special, so I trimmed it down to just the picture.

And since it’s a vintage image I wanted the tag to look old and tattered so I freehand cut a messy scalloped edge, adhered the vintage image to a scrap of textured cardstock, crumpled and scuffed with sandpaper, and then sent it through  my sewing machine.

Perfectly imperfect.

Attach with ribbon and other vintage charms to gifts, plates of cookies for your neighbors, etc.

So vintage-ly charming, and way better than those store bought Santa stickers, yeah? ;)

(P.S. This gift wrapping was very budget friendly–I used kraft paper and a glittery sprig from the dollar store. And I made the silk flower. Tutorial on that coming soon!)

Stay tuned. . . tomorrow Kelleigh‘s making sugar scrub!

12 Days of Christmas: Peppermint Bark

Are you ready for day three?

When Melissa of Domesticated Lady gave us a preview of this project my mouth watered just a bit! She gives easy to follow directions on making a delicious AND beautiful treat to share with friends, neighbors, teachers, etc. this holiday season.

While you’re there, check out some of Mel’s other creative ideas. Some of my favorites are:

Cookie Pops

and Groundhog Pudding Cups

See you tomorrow with day four, hosted by ME!

12 Days of Christmas: Advent Calendar

It’s Day Two of the 12 Days of Christmas Projects blog hop and Mari has created a GORGEOUS advent calendar Christmas tree using a rusty upcycled tomato cage as her base!

Isn’t it so classy yet vintagy and rustic at the same time!? I LOVE. I wonder if I can find an old tomato cage at the flea market. . . .

Check out Mari’s blog for directions and tons more inspiration.

And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for Day Three hosted by Melissa Wilson!

12 Days of Christmas BEGINS!

Happy Black Friday!

Have you all been shopping :). Lot’s of deals going on today! If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope it was wonderful.

Ours was nearly perfect. Nearly perfect because we did have moments of homesickness. Living 2,000 miles from family will do that to you–occassionally! But thank goodness for wonderful friends, good food, and lots of laughs to make it better. It seems I can always find something to complain about. :( Not my best quality. But this season slows me down and encourages me to focus on the things I HAVE been blessed with. And truly, no matter what stage of life I’m in, how much our checking account has, or where I have stretch marks, I do have so much to be thankful for.

Yesterday I promised a surprise!

I’ve been working hard with some of my good designing friends and we’re so excited to be hosting a 12 Days of Christmas blog hop–which starts TODAY!

The 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop is hosted by Mari Koegelenberg of My Digital Art Studio, Melissa Wilson of Domesticated Lady, Kelleigh Ratzlaff of Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs and me!  We are all designers in the digital scrapbooking and papercrafting industry and we plan to bring you frugal gift ideas, fun tutorials, free downloads, and lots of inspiration.

All of our freebies coordinate with our SWEET 12 Days of Christmas Grab Bag. This thing is STUFFED full and is only available at this super discounted price until December 13th. Then it will be unpacked and each pack will go to each designers’ store to be sold at full price. If you want to know what’s inside, make sure to peek at the detailed images!

Please note, this is primarily a digital scrapbooking kit. Not sure about digital scrapbooking? You may be interested in reading:

Kelleigh is starting our our blog hop today with an adorable FREEBIE and tutorial on making a ”Christmas cash” envelope.

Kelleigh and I became designing friends when I sold at The DigiChick, but when we both discovered we were into couponing—and that we both got into it about the same time–it was like I’d discovered a kindred spirit! It’s so fun to read her “scores” and see how well she does with her cash-only system. Very inspirational. I can’t wait to make some of these envelopes to keep our Christmas budget on track.

 This blog hop is going to be FUN! So make sure you have our blogs bookmarked, or better yet, make sure you’ve subscribed so you don’t miss ANYTHING!!

And come back tomorrow for Day Two!!

(Want a peek?)