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November, 2006 - Issue #25
Sure, you have appliances that clean themselves, clothing made out of fabric used by astronauts and your brand-new home decor is intentionally distressed to add "authenticity." All the more reason to embrace your creative side and temporarily return to a time when handmade was best and the snail-mail process was considered state of the art. While creating two dozen scarves by hand is a little much, making your holiday cards is a manageable and enjoyable task that won't go unnoticed. Here's what to keep in mind...

For the time-starved, these adorable polka dot cards are the answer you
For the time-starved, these adorable polka dot cards are the answer you've been looking for; pictures are easily mounted with pre-stuck double-sided adhesive. Those that prefer the rich texture of the holidays will appreciate a computer-customized gr

Don't become overwhelmed. There's no rule that states that everyone on your holiday communications list needs to receive a handmade card. Consider the recipient: Who would really appreciate a card like this? Dedicate your spare time to connecting with the folks who will thoroughly enjoy getting a handmade card and send the rest a one-size-fits-all pre-printed number.

Stamps, brads, fiber, dimensional ink and paper layering are the way to go for the crafter looking to make an impressive connection. The end result is well worth the time invested.<BR><strong>Crafters Connection, 661-297-4005</strong>
Stamps, brads, fiber, dimensional ink and paper layering are the way to go for the crafter looking to make an impressive connection. The end result is well worth the time invested.
Crafters Connection, 661-297-4005

Don't forget the pictures, especially if you have kids. Whether you enclose a snapshot of the family inside a card or make the pic the primary focus of your craft, family and friends want to catch a glimpse of y'all. This is a perfect time to flaunt inexpensive reprints of professionally shot pictures that will be displayed year-round.

Cute or classic, black and white shots "pop" beautifully off of a red card stock base. Cards like these will be proudly displayed well after the new year.<BR><strong>Scrapbooking Made Simple, 661-298-1112<BR>Photography by Paige Photography
Cute or classic, black and white shots "pop" beautifully off of a red card stock base. Cards like these will be proudly displayed well after the new year.
Scrapbooking Made Simple, 661-298-1112
Photography by Paige Photography

Don't forget that even the least-creative individuals can make gorgeous holiday cards. Local scrapbooking shops employ incredibly crafty folks eager to make suggestions about design, elements, papers and more. For the same prices as big-box craft warehouses, you'll find a wider selection and helpful staff at your local scrapbook supplier.
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