Monday, November 30, 2009

Countdown to Christmas Downloads

If you requested the jpegs for the advent calendars but haven't received them in your email yet please leave another comment with your email or email me directly with it - yourhomebasedmom@gmail.com.  Some of your emails don't show up with your comment so I don't know where to send the files - thanks!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Countdown to Christmas

It's time!  It's time to start counting down to Christmas.  What a better way to do that then with a darling advent calender created in Storybook Creator using some of our holiday/Christmas digital downloads!

Thanks To Debby Lazarone and Dawn Oldham for sharing their cute calendars.  Just print them as 12 x12 prints and add your candy.

I used Rolos and Dove chocolate.  They were attached with hot glue.  They fit perfect on an Everyday Display board or can be hung on a bulletin board.

I took calendars for each of the families and college students who we would see at Thanksgiving - hoping it makes me the popular aunt!

Have fun creating your own or if you would like the jpeg for the ones below just leave a comment and I will email them to you!








Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  Is your menu planned, your groceries bought?

Well, what about your table decor?  One quick and easy way to bring some color and a special touch to your holiday table is by adding place cards.  Everyone loves to see their name in print and what better way to make them feel welcomed and loved.

These placecards were created quickly and easily through Storybook Creator 3.0

I just opened a 4 x 6 project.  I filled the background with one of the papers from the Giving Thanks Digital kit.  Using the measuring guides on the side I divided the page into quarters so I could space the embellishment and the name properly.





I printed them onto a cardstock weight paper.  I cut them in half and then folded them in half to create a cute little tent card.





Now everyone knows where to sit and feels welcome - no questions asked!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Don't Judge a Product by it's Cover

The last two days I have been hosting my Annual Creative Memories Holiday Open House at my home.  One of my favorite events each year.

I love seeing some of my customers who I only see at this event and getting caught up.

I also enjoy seeing all the CM product line out together.  I take over the lower level of my house and spread it all out.

I also always do up some special page samples etc.

This year CM came out with a new product - Decorative Cardstock.  Honestly, I thought they were ugly  What on earth was I suppose to do with them?



Well, after out team webinar on Monday and seeing the cute title pages that Laura Clausen had done up I had to give it a try - what kind of consultant would I be if I didn't try to embrace all of our products.

Look at these cute pages I made using the Harvest Deocrative Cardstock.  There is also a  Basic Decorative Cardstock.


I  think they would make great title pages for family or trip albums!

So - lesson learned - don't judge a product by it's cover!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tag Idea

Just wanted to share another fun way to use our new Tag Maker.

I helped with a wedding this summer and for part of the table decorations we cut a picture of the bride and groom into a tag shape - using the tag maker.  Then the tag shaped picture was matted onto paper and then the paper was cut to form a narrow border around the picture  - make sense!.  We punched a hole in the top, added ribbon and tied it around the flower arrangements.  So cute and so personal.




The photo was personalized with the name of the bride and groom and the wedding date in Storybook Creator 3.0!

Another great idea would be to personalize your gift tags for the upcoming holidays.  Get a picture of the person who the gift is for or maybe a photo of the two of you together.  Cut the picture into a tag using the tag maker and add it to the package.  They will know who it is for and who it is from!!!
Have fun - any other fun ideas for the tag maker?  Leave a comment and share!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

My Favorite Maker

My favorite shape maker that Creative Memories has come out with is the Tag Maker!  It is awesome.

No more having to buy gift tags or hurriedly cut one out of leftover wrapping paper.

Creative Memories has tons of cute ideas on the CM Project Center. 

For Christmas gifts this year for some of my girlfriends I am going to make up a selection of gift tags and give them with some neutral, brown kraft wrapping paper and a cute roll of ribbon!  Isn't that a fun idea?!

Use the Tag Maker to create all kinds of fun an unique gift tags for this holiday season.  They would be perfect on packages, cookie plates etc.
Here are a few of my favorite tag ideas from the Project Center - the possibilities are endless!!