Tuesday, December 8, 2009

More Holiday Update Ideas (and another TV gig)

Well, I guess I did something right last week. Studio 5 has invited me back to do another segment tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 8). Fun! I’ll be sharing creative ideas for giving and packaging gift cards. I’ll post some of those ideas here soon. In the meantime, I want to share a few more holiday update letter ideas with you from my last visit.

Crossword Puzzle Paper
This annual update it both interactive and entertaining. Add the highlights of your year in the form of puzzle clues.

As added clues, I included photos that coincide with each hint on the back of the puzzle. I purposely positioned my photos in cubes to complement the crossword look.

And what’s an update without a holiday sentiment. Again, playing on the puzzle theme, I added crossword puzzle patterned paper from Me and My BIG Ideas (MAMBI) to the center of my photos.

Make a free puzzle here. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s good old-fashioned family fun! ;)

Year in Numbers Flip Book
Quickly transform an advent calendar kit like this one from Little Yellow Bicycle into a holiday update flip book.

I went with a numbers theme, including update information that coincides with each number.

Wall Hanging Update
Fill chipboard frames with photos for a fun update that double as décor.

Simply write fun facts about each person photographed on the back of the image. I used small rhinestones as bullet points for my list.

That’s all for now. I’ll have more holiday ideas for you again soon. In the meantime, I’d love to know your ideas for sending an annual update to your loved ones. Who knows, maybe it could make its way into a future issue of Creating Keepsakes (the mag I work for) or on a future segment for Studio 5. Plus, I always enjoy hearing from you!

BTW, some of you have asked me about the bitty kraft envelopes I used in my "Our Favorite Things" project. I actually bought those at a shop in NYC, but I believe you can get similar envelopes at stores like Xpedx, which carries a huge assortment of mailing materials. Hope that helps!

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