There’s so many ways in which we can create pretty things from scraps!
This month, I decided to use a couple of the 23,435,467 postcards that I have. They’re just sitting in my drawers taking up space.
I have multiple copies of each postcards, so nicking a few for a quick hand-made present for my mom wouldn’t really make a difference in my postcard stash!
And since Christmas is coming around, I decided that a Hybrid Gift Planner would be the perfect “just-in-time for Christmas” planning gift.
Here’s what you need:
- 5 postcards (they could be used or unused, we’re covering them up anyway!)
- Autumn Blooms by Kelley Mickus & Sugarplum Paperie
- Zutter Bind-it-all
- white cardstock
- Paper Mod Podge
- Acetate sheets
- optional: Basic Grey Medallion stamp set & ink from Maya Road
The first step is to create your page layouts. I used Autumn Blooms by Kelley Mickus & Sugarplum Paperie. I love the wispy floral design, the warm classy colors and they just really fit my mom’s personality, so I thought it would be perfect for her!
I only created 4 pages, tabs for each page, and a cover page. Once printed out, I Mod Podged my printed pages in a criss-cross pattern using Paper Mod Podge. The consistency of Mod Podge for Paper is a lot thinner than regular Mod Podge and I really didn’t want to use too thick a finish so that my planner can still fit in a small purse.
Once the Mod Podge dried, I cut the pages and elements up. I pasted only the pages to the postcards using Mod Podge. It’s not a good idea to stick all the other elements in there, including the tabs, until all the parts of the postcards are covered.
Since I only printed 4 pages and the cover page, and I didn’t want the back of my old postcards to show, I thought of an inexpensive solution: stamp on white cardstock and stick that there! I picked my Medallion set from basic Grey because it works pretty well with the kit.
I made five of these stamped 4.25×5.5″ cardstock and stuck them to my postcards. And now I’m ready to add embellishments.
I took the tabs first and put them at the top portion of my postcards, so it’s easy to refer to the list of gift receipients! Next, I used foam tape to stick my rounded title and scallop on the cover page of my booklet. I also printed out separately a butterfly from the kit, which I stuck to the cover using a small glue dot only at the center of my butterfly. This way I could fold up the butterfly wings a little for a bit of dimension.
As a final touch, I thought it’d be pretty lame if my mom can only use this gift planner once if she writes on it using a pen, so I thought I could cover the name and gift list portion with acetate sheets so she could write on the acetate using whiteboard pens and erase and add names and gifts over and over! I used invisible glue dots here because I ran out of double-sided tape, but that’s normally better to use as it’s less visible than glue dots in regular lighting.
Finally, now that all my pages are setup, it’s time to bind my project! I used Zutter Bind-it-all for binding because I had just gotten it, but you can use regular hole punches and stationery rings to bind. You can even use ribbons to bind the pages. Just be sure if you’re using ribbons that trhe holes punched on your pages need eyelets to keep it from tearing.
TADA! That’s my finished product, and I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at it as much as I did making it! I’ve sent the planner along to my mom and she loved it! See you guys again next month!
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