gift wrapping, gift tags and christmas cards

I always forget how long gift wrapping actually takes! Presentation is half the fun, but for efficiency purposes my new motto has been sweet and simple. I had an awesome cost effective gift wrapping plan this year:

Ikea YRSNO wrapping paper (16 1/2 yards for $4.99 – AWESOME), twine from your local hardware store, some washi tape and gift tag printables. If you would like a copy of the gift tags pictured above select THIS LINK to download your own copy.

So there may be a bit of a stripe overload…but I like the consistency. I created the gift tags and used twine, washi tape and ribbon I already had – so all I had to buy was the wrapping paper (for $4.99..saawweeeeeet)

Not only are are all the gifts wrapped – but all Christmas cards have been mailed. My goal this year was to create a birth announcement & Christmas card in one (using the photos we JUST had taken). Obviously I was under a bit of a time constraint. The photographers sent me a couple high res images early and I decided this will be the year for my first attempt in creating our own Christmas card. I must say, I am quite proud of it. Here they are before I stayed up half the night addressing (not that I’m not already up half the night with Charlotte…)

Front! and…

BACK. printed on beautiful heavy, 130 lb card stock. (still wrapped up from the printers). It was my first experience looking for a printer to do a project like this. I’ve only done minor printables and such which I have always printed at home. I didn’t have much time to get this done and didn’t really know what I was doing. I first tried Fedex Print & Copy (ex Kinkos) but they were very expensive and did not have very good paper. I almost gave up but decided to try out a local printer. It worked out better than expected. You can imagine the smile on my face (and relief) when I picked up this wonderful little package and found everything centered and aligned correctly (whew!)

So cards have all been mailed, gifts are wrapped, house is clean and now just waiting for out of town company. (yay) It’s the most wonderful time of year . . .

I hope you and your families have a truly wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you next year!



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