Get ready for the Christmas season with our clever tricks to simplify the holidays. Including crafty Christmas wrapping ideas, must-try ideas for hosting guests, and why-didn't-I-think-of-that Christmas shortcuts, our tips for the holiday season are guaranteed to make your life easier.View Slideshow
Get ready for the holidays with these 15 crafty ideas.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Stock up on film and batteries for your camera -- and be sure to clear out your memory card!
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.
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.
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.
To keep the kids amused, set them up with your unwanted scrapbooking supplies and let them create cards, crafts, and even scrapbook layouts.
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.
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.
Clean out your crafting supplies while doing something good: Donate a basket of extras to a local women's shelter or children's hospital.
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.