December 10 – Marla Kress
“Gifting handmade is something that I’ve done for years. I love the creative process and the end result almost always leaves me giddy.
This year I created a dry erase board for my grandmother. I found a frame and some scrapbook papers that fit her decor. All that I needed to do was replace the package insert from the frame with the papers that I selected and add some letter stickers. A dry erase marker works perfectly on the glass. The project is very simple and it’s a stylish way to keep track of those pesky “to do” lists.
Another gift that I created was for an online gift exchange with a friend
who is expecting her second baby in January. Fortunately she posted photos of her nursery and I was able to get a peek at the theme. Because we had a small amount to spend, I decided to grab my scrapbook papers and create a piece of artwork for the baby’s room in a rocket theme. I found a basic coloring book design online to start and traced it onto a piece of paper. I tweaked the lines a bit to make it my own and then started cutting the design apart and tracing it onto various patterned papers. Having some space themed papers helped a bit too.
This was the end result.
Both gifts took me less than two hours to create and were very cost
effective. Have fun gifting handmade this year!
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