We Had Ourselves a Crafty Little Christmas

Posted by Traci Vanover on

While the weather outside wasn't truly "frightful," (I mean, we did venture out to a few sales and scored some extra supplies), the temperatures here in Indiana plunged into the negative numbers. It's the type of cold that, when paired with a good gust of wind, will not only put a spring in your step, but it also motivates pokey little puppies as well!

So, after a quick bit of retail therapy, it was time to get down to business. It was a nice, relaxing gathering with some of our favorite folks - Tim Holtz, Martha Stewart, Anna Griffin, Jane Davenport....

Fortunately, my mother-in-law, Marcia, enjoys creating just as much as I do.

That first day we spent making pockets, tucks and tags for her new junk journal. By the next day, Marcia had already repurposed a tag off of a Christmas gift and added it to her journal. She is a decorative artist that has never met a craft she can't conquer -- so I can hardly wait to see her journal evolve.


Next, I shifted gears a bit and started working on all sorts of altered clips - clothespins, jumbo paper clips, minis, etc. Before I knew it, I had quite a conga line of finished clips lined up across the table. I love having some of these little beauties around all the time - they are great to clip into a journal or planner, add as a "thank you" gift with an order, adorn a package to hold a tag, etc. With just a few supplies and a small time investment, you'll be off to the races.

Some basic supplies you'll need include washi tape, patterned papers, paper punches, flower embellishments, flat-back gems or pearls, glue, and of course, your clips. With the exception of the punches and papers, you can score most of the items on this list from a well-stocked Dollar Tree.

If you have a Tuesday Morning store in your area, you can also check there for other items such as Glimmer Mist, and Jumbo Clips. Ours had just marked down a bunch of older merchandise - among those markdowns were some fun little embellishments that ended up being just perfect for my clips.

I hope that all of you will be able to carve out a bit of time for creativity this holiday season. At least for me, it was a perfect way to recharge my batteries, and enjoy some quality time with my family.

Here's to many more creative adventures in 2018!

1 comment


  • sounds like a great session! you had me going there for a minute with Martha, Tim, Anna, etc! :) You are so lucky you can share your love for junk journals with your mother-in-law! Have a Happy, Creative New Year!

    Heather D on

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