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Happy New Year!

Kim here with a quick layout share! It felt so good to ‘clean up’ Christmas within my house and get back to some routine. By the end of December I have had quite enough of too much food, too much shopping, too much wine, so many events, so many to-dos…this introvert needs to cocoon a bit in January!

I managed to find some time to play in my craft room last night! YAH! One thing that has become a ‘thing’ for me is to gather all my Christmas cards and scrapbook/collage bits and parts of them into a layout. It’s a great way to hold on to the sentiments, photos and fun images of the cards from friends and family. It is also a great way to upcycle them into something that will bring us smiles for years to come. It is not in my nature to save cards in boxes for indefinite lengths of time, it takes up too much space, so this has become the perfect post Christmas task!
Christmas Cards / Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Superstock / Adhesives by 3L / Olfa / Tonic Studios

I find that the best way to cut the cards into shapes and sizes for my layout is using my OLFA Craft Knife, Acrylic Ruler and Cutting Mat. It cuts like butter! OLFA Cutting Mat Frosted Ruler Art Knife
My supplies are very simple!
Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock
Bazzil Basics Paper cardstock – brown
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – E-Z Runner Grand + Foam Squares
OLFA Art Knife. Frosted Ruler & Self Healing Mat
Tonic Studio Guillotine cutter
Ali Edwards – chipboard stars and hearts

I spend a lot of time moving the parts around until I am happy with the look! It’s not as quick a process as one might think, but I love time spent with these wishes. Not all cards make the cut for a variety of reason, but about 90% end up on my layout in some way or form.

Do you save, upcycle or throw out Christmas cards? We would love to know! 

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  1. What a fantastic idea! I hate throwing all of those beautiful cards away, but don’t want to keep them either! Saving a few of the prettiest ones to cut up is a great way to make a Holiday layout! Thanks for the idea 😄

    • Lucy! Thanks so much! I have made these layouts for the past several years, they are quite fun to look back on…I especially love having our parents writing sending us love! I hope you give it a try!

  2. What a wonderful idea! I had never thought of doing that and each year I hate to throw cards out! To me there is no better gift to give me than a card! lol. Thanks, Kim.

  3. I love this idea!! My favorite part was cutting out the personal message inside of a card and adding it beside photos <3

  4. This is a great idea! In the past I have created a page(s) with pockets to put the most sentimental cards on and maybe showcase a card or two. I will try this.

  5. Nancy Bickell Reply

    What a great idea……..love to try it. Would be nice to make one or 2 pages each year

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