Who doesn’t love getting Christmas cards?
I love keeping in touch with people and seeing how big their kids have gotten and what they’ve been up to over the past year. Many send photo Christmas cards (we do) but many send a beautiful card that they sign… but no note, no photos.
I save all of the photo cards we get over the years and I have great aspirations to one day get them into a Christmas Album. (Maybe someday I will do this.) However, those gorgeous cards with just a signature can be enjoyed a second year with just a little time and a pair of scissors.
For example, I thought this little card was beautiful.
It would be a shame to not do something else with it… so I cut off the front part of the card. Then I took my Cricut and some coordinating card-stock and cut out a tag shape that was slightly bigger than the Santa card.
Bit of a TANGENT:
When something has a an imperfection that I can’t easily fix, I embrace the imperfection and just make it bigger. Sort of like PeeWee Herman. “I meant to do that.”
In this case, the cutting blade on my Cricut needs to be replaced, so some of the paper tore a bit on the edges. No problem… I have a nail file. I meant to do that. If something is ripped or torn or smudged… rip it, tear it or smudge it even more. Make it part of your design.
I adhered the Santa card to the tag and added a ribbon.
Pretty, right? Free, unique, kinda green since I recycled it… those are good things.
If you don’t have an electronic cutting tool, simple shapes cut with scissors or exacto knife work just fine. You can also get pre-cut letters and embellishments in the scrap-book section at your local craft store.
I cut out this Santa with an exacto knife and adhered it to a card-stock tag.
For this one I cut the Christmas card into an oval shape… cut another, slightly larger oval out of card-stock… add letters and a ribbon.
There is no right or wrong, just cut them up and recreate something. The ones I’ve done here are super simple, but you can always add embellishments like glitter, ribbon, rhinestones or beads…
Not feeling the Christmas right now? I get it, you want to just pack it all up and move forward? (I’m feeling the same way…) No problem.
Cut the images you want to keep, or even toss whole cards into a bag and pack it into the bin where you store your Christmas wrap or decorations (or whatever) so that when you unpack your decor next season you are ready to make some fun tags.