Get Organized for the Holidays

Get ready for the holidays with these 15 crafty ideas.

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    Organize Your Wrapping Paper

    Making a traveling tote of wrapping supplies to ease your holiday stress. Toss in paper, scissors, ribbon, bows, tape, and tags. It's easy to carry around for anywhere-wrapping. It's easy to carry around the house for anywhere wrapping.

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    All About the Cards

    Host a card swap before the big day to cut down your workload. You'll feel less stressed, and you'll get to hang out with your friends, too!

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    Start Decorating

    First, find the decorations -- they've got to be somewhere in that garage, right? Spice up the tree with these treasures and a few new pieces.

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    Find a Christmas Card Photo

    Look through the past year's photos for holiday-letter potential. Do you have a fun family shot from a summer vacation or one with everyone dressed up for a family wedding? Use it! There's no rule that the holiday photo has to be taken at the holidays.

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    Become a Label Maker

    Print custom labels for your cards and packages with the help of a few computer dingbat fonts and digital elements.

    SOURCES Font: Evergreen by Two Peas in a Bucket. Digital elements: Katie Pertiet for Designer Digitals. Design: Erica Hernandez.

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    Prep for Presents

    Stock up on film and batteries for your camera -- and be sure to clear out your memory card!

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    Giving Thanks

    Have the entire family write quick notes about what they're grateful for and add it to a holiday paper chain. When you're done, hang it up and take off a link each day.

    SOURCES Patterned paper: Making Memories, Sandylion, Heidi Grace, Karen Foster Design, Scenic Route Paper Co., Bo-Bunny Press. Border punches: Fiskars. Design: Erica Hernandez.

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    Great Gift Ideas

    Cookies are the perfect gift for neighbors and teachers. Get creative and wrap them in scraps of fabric. Add a special touch to the wrap by embellishing it with ribbons and buttons. Top it off with a personalized tag.

    SOURCES Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves (star), KI Memories (letters). Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Metal-rim tag: Making Memories. Design: Jen Lessinger.

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    Save Holiday Memories

    Start a new tradition: a holiday-only journal that comes out once a year. Each season, add to the book and read past entries.

    SOURCES Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Times New Roman. Iron-on letters: Heidi
    Swapp. Journal: EK Success. Design: Erica Hernandez.

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    Let the Kids Get Crafty

    To keep the kids amused, set them up with your unwanted scrapbooking supplies and let them create cards, crafts, and even scrapbook layouts.

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    Create Customized Gift Tags

    Scour your junk drawer and craft room for unique items to turn into hanging gift tags or ornaments.

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    The Perfect Present

    Got a stash of great photos of your nephew? Choose the best ones and frame them in a matching set, a perfect gift for his parents.

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    Craft Easy Gifts

    Need a creative gift for a friend? Make her a set of personalized cards. Tie up the stack with a pretty ribbon, and it's good to go.

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    Give to a Charity

    Clean out your crafting supplies while doing something good: Donate a basket of extras to a local women's shelter or children's hospital.

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    Personalize a Gift Bag

    Got a stash of plain gift bags? Pretty 'em up with a little scrapbook paper and embellishments -- everyone on your list will feel extra special!

    SOURCES Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (diamonds), Scenic Route Paper Co. (dots). Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Autumn Leaves (epoxy). Stamps: Magnetic Poetry. Designs: Jen Lessinger.

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