I've updated the banner, dusted off some broken links that are now working again, and will now jump into a mish-mash of Christmas news/giveaways/projects!
1. I have some really fun projects featured today over at the Cosmo Cricket blog! I had the opportunity to make some things with their new Show Toppers™ Mason jar lids, which turn a regular old wide-mouth Mason jar into something crafty and clever. I wanted to share a little more about the tickets that are in the top of the Nutcracker jar here, because they are one of my most favorite Christmas projects ever. I thought I had shared them here already but it might have been over at Write.Click.Scrapbook. a few years ago.
Since I already had the tickets made from a 2010 performance we attended, I decided one of these jars needed to be Nutcracker-themed to display them (with the idea that next time we go, I'll update the tickets for display). Bridget and I found the little Nutcracker at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 and I glued him to the bottom of the jar with heavy duty glue. He slipped the tiniest little bit while he was drying even though I held him in place for a good four minutes, but that's OK. Drop in a little fake snow, hang a mobile of bells from the inside of the lid (there is a HOOK in there for this purpose!!) and ta-da! Done.
Back in the olden days when Matt and I were dating tickets were lovely, fun, and full of character:
So, armed with my experience designing tickets for high school theater in Montana, I knew I could make that turn into this:
So much better, right? It's a lot more fun to share pretty tickets (and better for scrapbook pages later) than ugly e-ticket printouts! Go check out the other projects at Cosmo Cricket too... easy, fast ideas that can easily be replicated/adapted for teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, and personal decorations.
2. Have you registered for the newest offering from Big Picture Classes yet?
It's called December Duos, and it's all about a slightly different way to document your December memories. Here's the official rundown:
The "December Duos" concept is easy, stress-free, and inspiring. Every day for the twelve days leading up to Christmas Day, two of our twelve instructors will share a scrapbook layout, video message, and a page prompt in the form of a duo ("warm & cold," "give & receive," "near & far"). That's a total of two-dozen inspiring ideas!
You can follow the instructor's lead or march in your own direction as you snap your photos for the day. Then, after printing our fabulously free journaling cards and title cards, you'll either slip the cards and your photos into a Project Life mini album from American Crafts or use them on a traditional (or digital) scrapbook page.
12 Days of Christmas: December Duos makes it easy to capture all of your most important holiday moments—in a festive new format—while keeping up with all the parties, presents, and pageants that make the holiday season magical.
Learn more and register here.
The class begins December 12, and I have three spots to give away today! Leave a comment on this post between now and Friday night and I'll post the winners (along with another giveaway!) this weekend. Go!