Being an avid scrapper has made me think of the many
other ways I can use my scrapbooking skills and supplies.
For example, last Thanksgiving and Christmas, I sent out
handmade cards to my family and friends. I already had a
large supply of scrapping papers on hand and with use of
my Fiskars Paper Edgers, and some rubber stamps, I was
able to make some pretty cute cards! Of course, you could
easily whip up your own, but cards are just the tip of the
iceberg when it comes to gifts that you can make and give.
Read on and I will share with you some gift ideas that show
you to be a true scrapper!
Matted Photo Frames: I don't know about you, but I can
always use frames, and this would be one gift that I would
love to receive! Purchase a plain, inexpensive frame and
with a pattern paper, you will create a mat for it. You can
give this with a photo in it or without -- either way will work.
One of the best ways to create a mat is by using a paper
trimmer, but you can do one without also.
Photo Family Tree: Using cropped photos, create a small
version of your family tree, and present it in a nice frame.
Design Originals (800-877-7820) has a great family tree
paper that you just add in the photos and journaling. This
paper is item #0135 and may be in your local scrapbooking
Calendars: Creating a calendar for a gift has been made
easy with products such as Therm o Web's Keep a
Memory Calendar Kit or with Scrap-Ease Memory Calendar
Kit (check you local scrapbook supply store) -- just about
everything is included in these kits. If you have software
on your computer which allows to print up calendar pages,
you can make one easily yourself! Be sure to top each
month with photograph and include important dates, such
as birthdays and anniversaries.
Recipe Book: This idea is perfect for a newlywed couple
or for anyone who can use a collection of those great
family recipes! Take treasured family recipes and a solid
colored or cooking themed paper. You can either print out
the recipes from your computer or handwrite them onto
recipe cards and then glue onto the paper. Then take a
photograph (if available) of the person's who recipe it is
and glue that onto the page near the recipe. For example,
include a picture of Great Grammy near her famous zucchini
recipe. Be sure to enclose each page of the recipe book
in a sheet protector and place in a decorated three ring
album or binder.
Scrapbook Starter Kit: This is easy gift to put together
for a person on your list who talks about starting a
scrapbook, but never seems to get going! First, pick out
an assortment of papers -- either purchase a package of
paper for them or pick out some individual pattern papers.
Include some form of adhesive -- an Avery "Glue Stic" is
an inexpensive way to go. Then, if you have your own
templates, cut some die cuts to include in the kit. If you
have Internet access, consider printing out some of the
web pages that have beginner guides to scrapbooking and
put these in a binder. Package all of these things and more
in a nicely decorated box, basket, or gift bag.
Bathtub Fun: If you have an assortment of templates, put
them to use for a child's bathtime fun! Buy some Fun
Foam sheets (available at most craft stores) and trace
your templates onto them. Cut out the shapes and now
you have a simple, inexpensive gift for a little one -- when
they take a bath the foam shapes will "stick" to the bathtub.
Gift Certificates of your time: Make gift certificates that
say things like: "Good for one scrapping session - with
my supplies!" "Good for lunch and a scrapping session"
or even "Good for one scrapbooking lesson." Not only is
this an inexpensive gift, but it will motivate you to work on
your own scrapbooks!
Completed Scrapbook Pages: If you already have
photographs of another family member or friend, complete
several scrapbook pages for them, so all they have to do
it put them in their album. If you know someone who
admires your scrapbooking, but doesn't have the time
to do her own, offer a gift to her of completing several pages
for her, with the photos that she has.
About the Author
Brandie Valenzuela is married and a
mother of two children.