Shelley May here on the Making Memories blog - honored to be featured in December!!! I have been a fan of Making Memories products since I first started scrapbooking back in 2005. I love the coordinating items that come out with every line and this newest Christmas line from Making Memories called TWINKLE is no disappointment! Each package of embellishments has so many little bits and pieces to choose from - you really are getting a great deal of product for your dollar.
When I was approached for a feature, I wanted to take a thrifty approach for my project, as this holiday season is going to be a very creative one for my family. We are down to one income and looking for every way possible we can be thrifty, creative, and maybe even recycle as much as possible! With all of the food containers I toss into the recycle bin each week - I got an idea... what if I use some of them for packaging for little homemade goodies at Christmastime? Sweets, cookies, all different little bits of goodness? So I began setting the recyclables aside... in my studio! I had a nice little stockpile and decided to use this for this project! For this project I used a Laughing Cow Cheese container, a frosting container, and a paper bag that our apples came in (hello cute little new and upcycled gift bag!!!)
I then got to work with my Twinkle line of Making Memories products. These items went together so quickly and simply. I made all three items in under an hour! First up is the Laughing Cow container - turned into an ornament! I covered the top and bottom with paper, inked the edges, used ribbon for the loop, and used embellishments to - well - embellish. And of course, used pop dots for dimension. I love dimension on all my projects! And are you kidding me with this cuteness? I just love it if I do say so myself!
Next, is just a frosting container. I simply wrapped it with paper, then another layer, some ribbon, "pop-dotted" (yes, I made a verb out of pop-dot) a sentiment embellishment sticker, covered the lid with paper, and added some buttons, and it's ready to be filled with cookies or candies and given to a special someone, because as it says, It's better to give than to receive!
Last, is my easy as Apple Pie Gift bag - made from an Apple Bag! Yep - that's right! The bag my apples came in.. I loved! I kept it, added a square of paper, some ribbon, a sentiment sticker, and some die cut embellishments, "pop-dotted", and a tag, "To: Mommy, From: Santa", and it's done! YES! You can do it too... it's THAT easy!
I hope you are finding many ways to recycle and be creative this holiday season! I encourage you to look around and pay attention to all the things you throw away or recycle. Chances are you have projects waiting to happen right in your recycle bin and garbage cans! Follow me on my journey while I do the same this holiday season! We will be crafting and making most of our gifts this year. Follow me at ScrappingGoodness.