Yes, it's true... Christmas is only 15 weeks away! Ack!
But don't stress yet... instead, get scrapping! Here's the first in a series of ten weekly projects to shorten your gift list and get your holiday spirit soaring. These are quick, cute, and cheap... so hit the dollar store, crank the Christmas tunes, and let's go!
PROJECT 10: UBER-CUTE COUPON BOOK
I don't know about you, but as a mom, scrapbooker and crafter, I have tons (figuratively, not literally) of coupons. For the craft store. For the shoe store. For the bookstore. My challenge is keeping them easily accessible and organized, because as soon as they drop into the black hole of my tote bag, I won't discover them until the expiration date has passed. What a bummer that is!
So here's my solution:
I took a little tiny photo album that I got on sale for $.60 at Michaels (they tried to convince me this was not a photo album and thus not eligible for the "40% off all photo album" special but I threw a major fit... yes, it was only $.40 difference, but it's the principle of the thing, KWIM??)
-Mini PHOTO ALBUM with removable cover insert:
-1 sheet cardstock (I used Bazzill Bling) and a few pieces of coordinating scrap cardstock and patterned paper
-McGill folder file punch
-Rub-ons (I used Heidi Swapp's newest print rub-ons)
-Dollar sign rub-on (I used Basic Grey's Wholly Cow)
-Heidi Swapp bling
2. Play with patterned paper and coordinating cardstock to find a design you like. I wanted my front and back to look different so it is easier to find the right thing in my capacious bag.
3. Adhere when you're happy, or when you realize "Curious George" will be over in 15 minutes so you'd better get a move-on. You could certainly use a Xyron or Cheetah to adhere the papers, but because these are going to be protected in the plastic cover, I just used a regular tape runner adhesive (permanent).
4. Using rub-ons, write "The more I spend... the more I save." Chuckle quietly to yourself and pat yourself on your back for being so clever. Add dollar sign rub-on, bling circle (swearing several times when the rhinestones come off the adhesive), and flower for added fun. Round corners because you just can't resist.
5. Carefully slide the covers into the front and back.
6. Using the file folder punch, punch about 10-12 file folder tags from different cardstock scraps. Label, and adhere in a staggered fashion on the pages of the book. My categories: Craft stores, clothing, restaurant, activities, office supply, other. I also punched out a few extras and stuck 'em inside the back cover for future use.
7. Smile, and cross one person off your list!
Other uses for this book: receipts, gift cards, to-dos, shopping lists for stores, etc. How cute would this be with a gift card or two slipped into the appropriate categories? LOVE IT.
Come back tomorrow for a bonus project made with the leftovers from this project (which itself was done out of leftovers).