Question: What does every woman want at the holiday time?
Answer: Not a giftwrapped visit from George Clooney... though that would be nice... No, she wants MORE TIME! She wants an ORGANIZED HOLIDAY! She wants to RELAX AND ENJOY!
Now, I can't give you more than 24 hours in the day, and I can't give you George. But I can give you a little
HANDY-DANDY HOLIDAY ORGANIZER!
(otherwise known as Christmas Countdown Project #8)
Inside this little box, you can keep track of all the comings and goings of your holiday season... presents to buy, cards to send, shopping, receipts, and thank-yous...
And the best part is, you can even adhere a photo of George to the inside cover, and no one will be the wiser (wink, wink)!
-Ready-to-paint wooden recipe box (I got mine from the craft store for around $2 on sale)
-Acrylic paints in your choice of colors (I used Making Memories Paper Bag and Delta gold metallic paint from the craft store)
-Scallop scissors (of course)
-Seasonal patterned paper, letter stickers, and tags (I used Paper Salon's Christmas line)
-Seasonal ribbon and epoxy stickers (I used Making Memories)
-Other embellishments (I used Heidi Swapp bling and Stickles from Ranger)
-File tab punch (I used McGill)
-Adhesive (I used my Xyron)
-Ink for distressing (I used Ranger)
-Hairdryer or craft heat gun in case you are impatient (we don't know anyone like that, now do we??)
1. Sand rough edges of box (I tried to skip this step as I am a great believer in not doing the things that do not show... but I soon regretted it as I almost sliced my finger on the rough inside edges. So trust me, just do it now and get it out of the way).
2. Paint the outside with a coat of the gold paint. To keep the paint from sealing the box shut, I have developed this patented "box-drying-propping-thingy" mechanism, demonstrated above. I hold the rights, but you may use it for your personal use (non-commerical usage only, all rights reserved).
3. After the paint has dried, coat with a second "loose" coat of the Paper Bag color. Obviously, I was going for the distressed look here. I am often distressed, and figured that something pre-worn would fit right into our home decor.
4. Once the second coat has dried, begin embellishing the box. I used the patterned paper to cut strips for each side, trimmed with the scalloped scissors (of course), and inked the edges. I ran each through my Xyron sticker maker (with permanent adhesive) and adhered to the sides. Please note how I carefully lined up the bottom sticker with the top so the colors were the same order (I may be impatient, but I'm still a perfectionist!).
5. I made other embellishments like this one. I took a cardstock sticker from the Paper Salon set and placed a Making Memories epoxy sticker in the middle. Then I double-mounted the sticker on chipboard for stability and inked the edges, then adhered to the center front of the box.
6. Other embellishments: I also added MM ribbon around the top and bling to jazz things up (Yes, it was a pain in the booty. Yes, it did fall off. Let's not talk about that. I prefer to keep things happy).
7. Spell out "Naughty or nice?" on the lid using letter stickers (or cuneiform, if you are Etta). Add Stickles glitter in strategic places. (Other possible phrases I was considering: Ho Ho Ho with snowflakes for the O's, Santa Please Stop Here, or the generic, Merry Christmas).
8. While the whole shebang is drying, create the divider cards for inside the box. cut 4x6" cards from a selection of cheery seasonal patterned paper. If the PP is too thin, you may need to adhere it to chipboard or blank index cards.
9. Using pre-made file tabs or a punch, create tabs and adhere to your divider cards. Label as desired. Mine read: Cards, Gifts, Cookies, Reciepts, Shopping, Thank Yous. Some will have addresses tucked in behind them, some will have shopping lists, recipes, etc. Use your imagination! You might have a category for sizes, for "never again" gifts, and for people who deserve coal (I know a few of those).
10. Sit back and enjoy your stress-free holiday season. Tell Georgie I said hi if you see him.