Washi Tape Christmas Card DIY

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Can I just confess something I’m not so proud of to you guys? Last year I totally dropped the ball when it came to sending out Christmas cards. As in, we did not mail out Christmas cards… at all. Only a few people received our cards hand-delivered to them at our family gatherings. I felt awful and if you can’t tell, I’m still feeling a little guilty about it.

The worst part? I bought all of the cards, had most of them in envelopes and addressed, but they just never got a stamp and got stuck in the mail box. Now that’s bad!

Now this year, we have a whole pile of Christmas cards from last year that didn’t get used, but I still wanted to do something special with them. You see, last year’s Christmas cards had a photo from our wedding on them. They were inexpensive, but who wants to waste something so special, right? I thought I’d jazz them up a little bit and make them a little bit more special by creating these fun washi tape Christmas cards.

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Materials Needed:

1. Cardstock paper
2. Pen
3. Scissors
4. Glue
5. Photo to use in card
6. Scotch® Expressions Tapes
7. Bakers twine or string

I purchased all of the above at Walmart– their craft aisles have a great selection! I had a hard time choosing which Scotch® Expressions Tapes to purchase, so I bought a couple extras for other projects. They’re very durable, strong, but like a washi tape, it’s easy to reposition if you don’t get it quite right the first time. You should also check out the Scotch® create line for masking tapes and other spray adhesives– you’ll be doing all kinds of fun holiday crafts in no time!

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1. Fold cardstock paper to make a card.
2. Glue photo to the inside of the card on the right hand side.
3. Put down 4 pieces of Scotch® Expressions Tapes to create the gift box outline. You can use a variety of colors or make a pattern. Get creative!
4. Measure string out to fit vertically in the middle of the “gift box” you created on the front of your card. Add an extra two inches or so onto the end of that. Knot where the string will meet the top of the box. Then tie into a bow.
5. Adhere the string to your gift box with glue and let dry.
6. Write your Christmas message inside and you’re good to go!

(See photos above for a more visual tutorial!)

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Yep, I’m kind of obsessed with how they turned out.

I’m excited to actually stick to it and send out our Christmas cards this year. I promise you. I will be making my way out to the post office this week after work and purchasing our Christmas stamps. I will not drop the ball this year. Especially because these Christmas cards and the Christmas photo we took this year is too cute not to share!

Do you send out Christmas cards every year?
Do you order them on-line or do you make them yourself?

How to Survive the Holiday Hustle & Bustle

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I’m sharing #beyondordinary in my life as part of a Sahale Snacks® sponsored series for Socialstars™

As much as I love the holiday season, sometimes it’s just far too easy to get caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle. There’s gifts to buy, Christmas cards to send out, cookies to bake, rooms to decorate, lights to hang, and on top of it all, you’re still expected to go to work, pay the bills and just be an adult in general. No pressure or anything, right?

I’ve been trying to “center” myself, if you will, and I’ve been trying to remind myself of the true spirit of the season. Sure, I still have a bajillion things on my to do list, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy myself while I’m checking each item off of my list, right?

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one | Enjoy the Holiday Decor: We were in the middle of moving into our rental home last year during Christmas, so we never really got to truly enjoy the very few Christmas decorations we did put up. We put up a tiny tree and called it good. This year? We’re slowly putting up our Christmas decorations and I’m truly loving how everything is coming together. I’ll share a little holiday home tour post very soon– just you wait and see!

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two | Listen to Christmas Carols: As soon as the leftovers are put away after Thanksgiving, it’s time for Christmas music, right? While we did put our Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving tomorrow, I decided to hold out on the Christmas music until after Turkey day. It wasn’t easy, though, let me tell ya! You can’t not be in a good mood when you’re listening to Christmas music, right?

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three | Eat Delicious Snacks: I’m all about all of the yummy sweet treats during the holiday season, but this year I’m trying to remember to eat a little healthier. These Sahale Salted Caramel Apple Pecan Layered Nut Bars are to die for. I’ve been bring them to work and enjoying them with a cup of coffee on my days off– and each one is so flavorful. These have a top layer of crunchy, dry-roasted nuts on top of creamy cashew butter and then drizzled with real chocolate. Bonus? Sahale is all about sustainability. Read more on that HERE.

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four | Slippers + Holiday Magazines: One of my favorite parts about the cooler weather is getting to wear a fuzzy, cozy pair of slippers. So, so much better than bare feet! The holiday magazines are starting to hit shelves as well and I’m all about flipping through the perfectly staged and crafted holiday decorations and dreaming up how I’ll decorate the house for next year!

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five | Coffee: Need I say more? If I have to get through that never-ending to do list, I gotta have a cup of coffee (or two) first. No buts about it! I can’t be the only one that finds the more cups of coffee I have, the more things get crossed off of my to do list, can I?


It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all of the to-do’s and need-to-get-dones of the holiday season, but I hope you’ll join me in enjoying the little things the holiday season brings. Because, once it’s gone, it’s gone. Might as well enjoy it while it lasts, don’t you think?

How do you survive the hustle and bustle of the holiday season?

Don’t Let the Christmas Photo Fool You

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Before you look at the photos below, I just want to tell you what it actually took to take them.

Cory got everything set-up in our living room before this photo was taken. Just feet away is a photo set-up area for me to take photos for my blog. It’s a total mess. That photo above our fireplace? It was hung for the first time just moments before this photo was taken and we’ve lived here since December of last year. Alea was excited to take our family photo, but her mood took a turn for the worse when she wanted to bring her baby into the photo, but couldn’t find her baby’s other slipper. After cleaning her playroom and looking all over the house for it, a temper tantrum erupted when it was not located.

That silly face photo? Yeah, that was a bribe to even get her in front of the camera!

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But, that was the ice breaker. Smiles showed up on everyones faces and giggles were had! Then it was back and forth between the Christmas tree and the tripod (which was balanced on an empty box on top of a chair at the other end of the living room) to set the self-timer. It was quite the hustle, let me tell ya, as we were losing daylight fast!

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the “perfection” of Christmas cards and the smiling faces, the perfectly posed families and wonder how in the world they’re so picture perfect. You look up from the card and you have a sink full of dishes, you’re a week behind on laundry and your little one is running around the house in her underwear. Please don’t let those smiling faces fool you. There was likely a screaming kid moments before the photo was taken. They probably have a sink full of dishes and mountains of laundry in the other room as well. You’re not alone. You’re life isn’t perfect and neither is theirs– no matter how perfect it looks in that Christmas card photo.

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This year’s Christmas photo took place in front of our tree, in my favorite room in our house, with two of my favorite people in matching slippers from Famous Footwear. It doesn’t get much better than that.

I’ll keep you posted on the final Christmas card design we choose, but until then, we’ll just be staying cozy over here in our matching slippers! I really contemplated buying us all matching pajamas for our Christmas card photo, but I figured Cory would probably have a coronary. And I like him, so we just couldn’t have that, now could we!

Oh, and one more confession! I made us all go out for dinner after we finished taking these photos. Because, after all, it was a weekend and I had to put pants on. And we all looked pretty spiffy, too!

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