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the christmas card solution…

the christmas card solution…

Have you mailed out your family’s Christmas Card yet? YIKES! I haven’t even stopped to think about it yet! But… I have received a few, and this my friends, is my FAVORITE part of Christmas. It’s ALWAYS that thing that puts me in a total holiday spirit!

I love that today, not only do we get a little sneak peek at Kim Jeffress’ holiday card, but we see a fun way to keep all those cards together in one place using a Vintage Chic Memory Folder! So perfect… but FIRST… a FREEBIE!!

and just look at how Kim incorporated it into her project!… LOVE IT! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREEBIE!

Do you get lots of Christmas cards this time of year…I do and I wanted a place to display them during December and then be able to store them when all the Christmas decorations come down. I came up with a two in one solution!

I created a card holder using a Vintage Chic Memory File and some of the 12 free printable downloads Heidi has on her blog this week! I found a shabby wooden stand at a quaint little shop at my favorite markets, it was holding necklaces at the time.I bought it home and thought it would be a perfect place to hang my card holder from.

As I said I started with one of the Memory Files from the Vintage Chic collection. I trimmed a piece of Just Dots Vintage Chic pattern paper to fit the front of the file and then I printed off the free believe printable onto glossy photo paper , cut it out and adhered it to the center of my file.

I misted some Resist Chipboard Alphas with Cherry Red then Gold Lame Color Shine for my heading!

I loved the pops of red in the Wishing you the happiest of Christmas downloadable so I printed that off and used the banner on my cover, I trimmed it to add a different effect.

For my photo I used my iPhone to take a photo of my boys. I then edited it using an app called AfterGlow to create the circle frame and added the red text using the app called Instafonts, finally I used Instagram with my favorite filter Earlybird to complete the editing. I then emailed the photo my self so I was able to use it on my computer. I opened the photo in Photoshop elements and used one of Heidi’s Christmas digi words to stamp the word Santa on my photo. I used the brush tool to do this. For a fabulous tutorial on using brushes and changing the color of your brushes see this tutorial from Ali Edwards. I then added more text on the photo using the text option in PSE. I then printed out my photo and layered it on my cover along side some embellishments from Pink Paislee’s City Sidewalks Collection, I popped a photo corner on the side of my photo to carry the black and white stripe theme even further!

When the Memory file is open you can see I have two sides embellished.

On the first side I wanted a place to store a copy of our Christmas card that we send to family and friends. Usually my husband designs the card but this year I wanted to use Heidi’s Christmas digi brushes so I got in first. I feel comfortable creating a lot of my digital projects in Powerpoint so I have included a tutorial on how I changed the brush file into a jpeg file so it could be used in Powerpoint to design my card.

I printed out my card onto glossy photo paper, cut it out and glued it to the center of the Memory File. I built my design around the card, adding a file tab label, a sentiment sticker and some Vintage Chic Letters.

Don’t you love to utilize the packaging that Heidi’s products come in, these stripes are definitely an eye catching design! I cut up some of the packaging to make a pennant then glued it to a skewer to finish it off!

Because my memory file will be hanging for the month of December I needed to add some extra strength to the punched holes so they would not rip from the weight of the cards. I decided to add several layers of sticky tape over the area where I was to punch. I then needed to hide the sticky tape. So I used a ColorMagic notecard, spritzed it in Red Cherry and Gold Lame Color Shine and then trimmed it in half and added it over the sticky tape.

On the second side I trimmed a piece of Santas Workshop pattern paper from Pink Paislee to fit my Memory file then cut a piece of thick acetate to form a pocket to hold my cards. I sewed around the 3 edges with my sewing machine to hold it in place, of course you could also use double sided tape to hold it in place or even staples. I trimmed part of the circle away from one of the believe printables and stapled it to the top of my file.

I cut around the large tag from the Wishing you the Happiest Christmas download and stapled it to the top of the pocket and added a sentiment sticker to make a banner. I then slid my Christmas cards into the pocket for safe keeping.

To finish the card holder I misted some seam binding in Sweet Cherry Color Shine and once it was dry I punched holes in the back and front of the file, threaded the seam binding through and tied a bow. (When I want to add more cards I can easily undo the bows and slide them in).

My card stand now sits on my formal dining room table with my vignette of Christmas pieces , it adds a nice handmade touch to my display. Once Christmas is over I can take it off the stand and I now have a permanent place to store my cards so in the future I can revisit them.


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