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l.bicks
11-13-2009, 11:41 PM
Hey girls! It's never too early to start thinking of what we can give or make rather for the holidays! So, what I want to know is, what are you planning on gifting? Any and all ideas welcome! Lets get the gears spinning and start brainstorming!

MariKoegelenberg
11-14-2009, 12:16 PM
oh yeah...I am planning on doing some DVD with photo's on that will be a gift/card for friends and family that are far.

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e140/MariKoegelenberg/DSC_6626.jpg

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e140/MariKoegelenberg/DSC_6634.jpg

I will be releasing the template next week.

Also Ready to Print Calendars and Mini Albums!:D

wildblueeyez
11-14-2009, 03:15 PM
Bah humbug!


:giggle:

donnawells
11-14-2009, 03:17 PM
Ha LuAnn, unfortunately I'm in that same camp. This is not my favorite time of year. But, Mari that's a really cute idea. I love what you did with the little snowman, too.

MariKoegelenberg
11-14-2009, 06:25 PM
aah Thanks Donna! I just copied the original snowman shape from Cosmo Cricket's Jolly line and added some brads and ribbons to complete the look...I do think he is super cute though! :giggle:

sinead
11-14-2009, 10:54 PM
Mari's templates are SUPER EASY to put together. I printed and assembled one in about 10 min, which makes it a perfect giftie in my time-pressed book! :D

l.bicks
11-15-2009, 02:49 AM
WOW that is amazing!! Very creative and I might just have to snag that template!

chloe
11-15-2009, 05:01 PM
So cute!! I'll make some mini-albums for my friends' kids, they are at that age when they just LOVE to "read" and it's even better if they are in the "book"! LOL Hopefully I'll manage to make them all on time!

Kathy Moore
11-15-2009, 11:52 PM
I bought a big box of Matte Heavyweight paper (my fave for projects) and am going to go through my stash of quick albums and come up with some printable ideas for the family. Might even splurge and do a Shutterfly book or two, you never can tell. Did calendars one year, huge hit, but not sure I have the time or budget for that this year.

juliemomof4
11-16-2009, 12:40 PM
I bought a big box of Matte Heavyweight paper (my fave for projects) and am going to go through my stash of quick albums and come up with some printable ideas for the family. Might even splurge and do a Shutterfly book or two, you never can tell. Did calendars one year, huge hit, but not sure I have the time or budget for that this year.

So, Kathy inquiring minds want to know...what brand is that matte heavyweight paper and is it photo paper or cardstock? :)

sinead
11-16-2009, 04:29 PM
Here's what I made for my nieces and nephews last year:

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e183/maggieandmommy/123PreschoolerPreview.jpg

a 1-2-3 paperbag album for the preschoolers using Mari Koegelenberg's Ultimate Baby Girl Collection (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/product.php?productid=19509) (for the girls), Shannon Lee's "Corduroy Alpha", Kaye Winiecki's "Felpha Alpha", and Cinnamon Designs' "Puppy Tales" (for the boys)


http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e183/maggieandmommy/ABCbookpreview.jpg

paperbag A-B-C albums for the toddlers with TK Designs' "Le Fleuriste" (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/product.php?productid=18697) and "Flashcard Alpha (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/product.php?productid=18782)", Shannon Lee's "Corduroy Alpha", Kaye Winiecki's "Felpha Alpha", and Cinnamon Designs' "Puppy Tales"

for all of them (and I need to make more this year--they were a real hit!):
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e183/maggieandmommy/WoodenPegDollsPreview.jpg

and for the teachers:
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e183/maggieandmommy/HotCocoaTeacherGiftsPreview.jpg

hybrid bags filled with hot cocoa for the teachers using Daneille Engebretson's (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/manufacturers.php?manufacturerid=44) "Winter Whimsy", Kelleigh Ratzlaff's "Fancy Bag Templates" (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/product.php?productid=19142), and TK Whimsy's "TK Flourish" (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/product.php?productid=18971)

chloe
11-16-2009, 05:30 PM
Wow, Sinead, so terrific!!! Love everything!!!!

l.bicks
11-18-2009, 12:20 PM
WOW! Those are so cute!! I'm starting to get the wheels spinning... still haven't decided yet, but thanks for the tips!

ccouch
11-18-2009, 12:39 PM
Great stuff, Sinead!!

Karen42boys
12-11-2009, 09:39 PM
I just finished this card set (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/42352/ppuser/5752) for one of my boys' teachers. My first time using Kelleigh's goodies!

mzkellyb
12-11-2009, 10:34 PM
Mari - I've been thinking about making some picture dvd's to send along with gifts. I can't wait to see your templates!

Sinead - Those are all amazing! I wish I had thought about it sooner & could have made something like the cocoa thing for the boys teachers. Maybe I can find some time next week...too bad we were just out to the store. lol

sinead
12-12-2009, 01:59 AM
The cocoa things didn't take too long at all, Kelly. I just had to put the papers onto Kelleigh's templates. Once I'd done that, I think it only took me 10 min or so to assemble the bags.

mzkellyb
12-12-2009, 03:33 AM
Hmmm, maybe I'll try it out. Did you buy or make the cocoa mix?

wildblueeyez
12-12-2009, 08:34 AM
wonder if teachers are as tired of cocoa gifts as they are of apple gifts? :nogood:



any teachers here care to respond??? :giggle:

yamstamps
12-12-2009, 11:52 AM
My mother was a teacher and she got to the point where as long as the gift was a "consumable" she was okay with it (because eventually it would get used up/eaten whatever). If it's non-consumable it can often end up as "clutter".
(Actually she's still kind of that way LOL. hot necessarily with gifts but with prizes for golf etc when she gets to select).

I personally tend to go the gift card route with teachers and then put it in a nice gift card holder (that I make myself, of course... LOL)

sinead
12-12-2009, 12:48 PM
Kelly, I used Swiss Miss cocoa and just poured it (2 bags--enough for one good sized mug of hot chocolate) into a clear cellophane bag.

LuAnn, I felt the same way as Linda's mom when I was teaching. Consumable gifts are good. :) My oldest dd's school uses SCRIP (gift cards that are purchased at full face value and the merchants give a percentage back to the school), and the room mom collected $$ and then bought SCRIP for the teachers. That was nice and easy and they ended up with about $230 of SCRIP cards (I think she got VISA cards this time) each. Nice, huh? :) I'll still make something small and send it in so that she gets something personal, but it will be something consumable or a card set or something...

wildblueeyez
12-12-2009, 08:29 PM
really I was kidding about the cocoa ladies!!!! LOL Wow...:giggle:

I do think gift cards and things that can be consumed are a better idea than trinkets. I follow that same rule with gifts for the adults in my life. this year, instead of a few "to use" gifts, I am looking at tickets to some cultural events in their area.

I think teachers are a bit on the hard side to gift. Elementary teachers are easier - good job stamps, stickers, and other like stuff that they can use. gift cards to a supply store where they can pick up bulletin board things are always appreciated.

how about a gift card for a manicure or pedicure?

yamstamps
12-21-2009, 02:57 PM
Not consumable....but another gift idea LOL
Did this for the Hybrid Chick blog (http://www.thehybridchick.com) using Mari Koegelenberg's 2010 CD Calendar Template and a new kit from JM Designs called Mocca Strawberry Flip (available Dec 24th)
http://i856.photobucket.com/albums/ab123/tdcteam/Linda%20yamstamps/alternate-month.jpg
year at a glance
http://i856.photobucket.com/albums/ab123/tdcteam/Linda%20yamstamps/year-calendar.jpg