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« on: November 28, 2003 12:54:57 PM »

Hi! I'm new and have been recycling Christmas cards for a few years now, and reusing them as my own cards, gift tags, etc.
(We had elderly neighbors who did this when I was a child, and theirs so-rocked!)
Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone has clever ideas to elaborate on this process. When I started cutting yesterday, everything just looked boring and similar to last year (with the exception of having culled more and more card varieties donated each year).
I've used wire, ribbon, yarn and raffia (with various hole-punches) to attach layered cards; this year I've even recycled a number of old wallet-size family member photos to use with their gift-tags and cards. I also use a number of decorative scissor-cuts.
a.) I don't want them to be too bulky to mail in regular envelopes (though gift-tags can be bulky, that's okay.)
b.) I don't want them to be just flat, 2-dimensional and boring either... go figure!

Any suggestions? I've found so many clever ideas here, I was hoping someone could help. And oh, I would post a photo, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet!
Thanks for any and all thoughts!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2003 01:44:49 PM »

This may be a bit involved.  But if you had a present for say, Fred, and you had a card from him from last year, you could cut out his signature from the card, and use it for the "to" part of the gift tag.

Also, you could make your layered cards pop-ups.
You take a long strip of paper and fold it into an L shape.  Then alternate folding the two legs back and forth over each other.  Then you have a springy chain thing.  Glue one end to the front of the back picture and the other end to the back of the front picture.  Ta-da!  Instant pop up!
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2003 08:20:52 PM »

I end up making those cookie-in-a-jar gifts for christmas so that I have things for last minute gifts and for casual acquaintences/work associates.

You could use the front of the card in these on the inside of the jar facing out (I always put the ingredients in their own plastic bags...if you don't want to do that you can glue it onto the outside of the jar!)
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2003 12:32:22 PM »

 Smiley Thanks so much for the thoughts! I have some embroidery floss that I've yet to use, in nice colors like chartreuse and silver... that sounds great. I was wondering how to make pop-ups too, so thanks... I have lots of cards to make, so I'm sure I'll try a little bit of everything.
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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2003 12:06:38 AM »

I LOVE the Chinese takeout box template, beeosh! The CD envelopes are great too; I was thinking about burning a few CDs as gifts. (I've made envelopes before for recycled stationery sets... why didn't I think of making them for Christmas cards?)**
**question posed is rhetorical, I have no answer.

Thanks again for the awesome suggestions.
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2004 09:37:34 AM »

Hi, everyone...I'm delurking. Smiley

I've acquired a ton of cards over the years...Christmas, birthdays, Easter, etc., and I'd like to find something to do with them besides throw them out.

I've thought of decoupaging them on the wood serving trays you find at craft stores, theme-wise, but those don't seem to be very large. Any other ideas?
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2004 09:40:27 AM »

An old standby is to cut out small parts of the picture (that are blank on the other side) and use them as gift tags.
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2004 09:47:20 AM »

An old standby is to cut out small parts of the picture (that are blank on the other side) and use them as gift tags.


hah-- that's smart-- i've never heard that before.
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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2004 12:30:34 PM »

old greeting cards make great origami-type of gift boxes.  i'm looking to see if i can find the instructions for the ones i make online...i don't know if i can explain them well enough on my own...but you basically cut the pretty front of the card to a square and fold it up following directions similar to this:  
http://www.keconnect.co.uk/~rglynn/giftbox.htm
it doesn't matter if the picture on the card is centered, really, though it looks nicer that way...any christmas-y card will be christmas-y in color and design and they fold into great little jewelry-sized boxes...the diagram on the page i direct you to looks complicated, but it's really not that bad.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2004 06:19:54 AM »

Great ideas! Thanks, everyone!
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