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October 22, 2007

Christmas Project #1: In Progress

On Saturday I had a chance to start working on one of my holiday projects while hanging out at Scrapbook Fever in Salem. This one, a Night Before Christmas card spinner, was a great one to work on during a crop because I only had to focus on one small area at a time. I am about half way done…

So what in the heck is it? The base is an Altered Trading Card holder from 7gypsies that you can find here. I used these cards and decorated the front and back of each one with some of my Christmas supply stash (a little bit of this + a little bit of that) and adhered a line or two from Twas the Night Before Christmas (googled it and printed out this one).

Here’s a close up look at the ones I have completed so far (font for poem is Adler):

In addition to the cards I added in some transparent pages that I just cut to size.

Played around with red embossing glitter.

Fun project – totally something that you could work on bit by bit as we get closer to the holiday season. It’s also a great way to play with all those little pieces of stuff in your holiday stash or your scrap box. I will show more samples as I finish it up.

Can’t wait to have it completed and put it up with the rest of my holiday decorations right after Thanksgiving. Merry. Merry.


  • 1.
    {2H Design} said…

    Just TOOOO cute! Will you ever be in the Denver area?

  • 2.
    tracy said…

    Totally love this! Such a great use of Christmas goodies.

  • 3.
    Raven said…

    Totally incredible. Love the holder, the transparent pages, the font… everything! Just fabulous.

  • 4.
    Candi Tardio said…

    SO COOL :)
    i have been wanting one of those from 7 gyp’s but now i really gotta have it after seeing this cool project!!!!!!!!!

  • 5.
    Sara said…

    Oh my heck, Ali! I honestly held my breath until I had looked at all of the pictures – love this so much!

  • 6.
    Barbara said…

    I cannot get over how perfect this is! It is such a wonderful decoration that has a personal touch and its TOTALLY Christmas-y without being over-the-top! What a fun treasure!

  • 7.
    cindy b. said…

    LOVE it Ali!!!

  • 8.
    Jennifer said…

    such a cute idea! what a great way to display christmas photos from the past too! I have been looking for a way to “scrap” christmas photos. Thank you for this one!

  • 9.
    diane said…

    I love it! Thanks for sharing with us. What a great way to use the card holder!

  • 10.
    Theresa Grdina said…

    Oh, Ali. I have to tell you that it is amazing to me how wonderful this is! I never thought to use “The Night Before Christmas” like that! I am going to try and make something similar myself! This is too cute!! Thank youfor sharing!

  • 11.
    Lauren Z said…

    Awesome idea! I will have to give this a shot!

  • 12.

    Love it and I am inspired to start something like it. I am usually not a Christmas gal, but with something so cute, I want to join the fun.

  • 13.
    Erin B said…

    So very cool Ali! Thanks for constantly inspiring me. I just finished your new book last night and can’t wait to start taking more everyday pictures and creating more life art for my home! A holiday project might be a good way to start!

  • 14.
    amy said…

    I love this! And it’s a decoration and a scrapbook and a momento all in one. :)

  • 15.
    Tanja said…

    Hi, love that project. Where is that big tree stamp from (stamped white with red gems) and the 3 little ones that look the same just smaller(used on the transparency in red)?? Please let me know!!

  • 16.
    Mary said…

    totally love this Ali….Melodee Langworthy has one on her blog as well. Tempted to sign up for sure.
    Hope you had a good weekend.

  • 17.
    Jennifer said…

    What a great idea! I love that you are using the Night Before Christmas in this.
    I’m taking a class that uses this carosel in a month and I’m so excited. It’s Christmas themed as well so it should be a lot of fun.

  • 18.
    Lisa Day said…

    I already created a cool journal using this 7gypsies thing for a class I’ll be teaching at BPS and was trying to think of something different I could do to teach at class at my LSS…love the idea of using it for a Christmas Project…brilliant idea!!!

  • 19.
    Casey H. said…

    this is WONDERFUL!
    I would love to have something like this in my house. It’s beautiful!!
    Thanks for the inspiration

  • 20.
    MNScrapbookmom said…

    You are brilliant !!! I am so in love with this. :) ¥

  • 21.
    Allison said…

    oh wow.
    loving this so much.
    would love to add this to my ever-growing christmas decoration stash.

  • 22.
    suetreiber said…

    this is picture perfect adorable!
    I stayed up until 3 am. finishing your book last night. It was great, and made me miss you! p.s. I am JEALOUS that you have a Christmas project halfway done.

  • 23.
    Island jen said…

    now this is just crazy good! love it!

  • 24.
    Idan Asinely said…

    so cool!
    i really like the “ho ho” card.
    just amazing.

  • 25.
    Carrie said…

    A-MAZ-ING, my friend. Totally makes me want to do something. That seems like something that I could tackle these days.

  • 26.
    Jane said…

    Very Cute!!! The trading card holder is a little pricey but very cute to display during the holiday season. What other things can you do with the holder?
    Thanks, Jane
    Corona, CA

  • 27.
    beth l said…

    ali, that is the cutest thing i’ve ever seen! your creativity never ceases to blow me away. thanks so much for sharing. i have one of these that i picked up at pottery barn last year, and have been sitting on, waiting for the right project to use it for.
    thanks so much for sharing it, i love it!

  • 28.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    too stinkin’ cute – love it !!!

  • 29.
    Kim K said…

    Ali, I bought the 7Gypsies base & cards to use for your Daily Something idea…but now, I’m thinking I REALLY love the Night Before Christmas. Maybe I’ll just have to buy more of those cards and do BOTH! Thanks for the ongoing inspiration! Kim

  • 30.

    That is so lovely. As I saw it, I thought, that it might be fun, to make new cards each year, and after christmas, just add some cards with photos from the holidays and your Christmas-Mini-Album is complete!

  • 31.
    kelly said…

    SO cool!

  • 32.
    Jojo said…

    Wow Ali, this is such a great project! I have been so inspired by you and always lurks around your blog. I am finally out of the closet! LOL.
    I just want to say that I LUV your work and you have been such an inspiration to most of us.
    Keep up the great work!

  • 33.
    tracey said…

    ALi -this is a gem, I love it… you are an evil enabler, as I now NEED one of those 7G’s card spinners!

  • 34.
    Connie said…

    ALI! you are killing me!!
    that is the best thing I have seen in a long time.
    THANK YOU for the inspiration!

  • 35.
    Malika Kelly said…

    OK, Ali… I LOVE this one. I have been wanting one of these 7 gypies ATC holders for a while, but now I am totally ordering one! Your work is beautiful! You always inspire me so much.

  • 36.
    Rachel said…

    Way cool Ali!

  • 37.
    Jill O'Neal said…

    Ali, you are so inspirational! I am heading to my LSS to purchase an ATC wheel like this! I bought your new book and had it read, cover to cover, in 1 day. I so appreciate your willingness to share how your process works. You’ve just GOT it, girl. I thank you SO much for sharing your talents, it makes me a better life artist!

  • 38.
    Felicia said…

    this is a totally cute idea! love it!

  • 39.
    chantille said…

    This just too cute! Please do tell what/how have you done the ‘Ho Ho’ page? It’s looks like it’s covered in Diamond Glaze?
    Your book should be with me anyday now, I can’t wait!

  • 40.
    Kerstin said…

    AGH! I love this. Now why didn’t I think of that? Seriously, this is a fantastic idea for saving, but USING all my favorite old Christmas cards. It will give them a throughline as a mini-book… thanks.

  • 41.
    Ginger said…

    Love it Ali! I can’t wait till Christmas gets here, because I love all the excitement in the air and the giving hearts of people around the world.
    Keep up the GREAT work Ali. I love seeing what you create.

  • 42.
    Val from Down Under said…

    Oh wow! That is sooo cool. I totally LOVE your work!

  • 43.
    yvonne said…

    Super cute!

  • 44.
    daryl said…

    great idea! I was planning to use mine for my Shimelle’s Christmas Journal class this year!

  • 45.
    shabbyVTchic said…

    i love this *so* much! love the nostalgia of your cards… simply darling :)

  • 46.
    Erin H. said…

    Fabulous idea!!! I LOVE it!!!

  • 47.
    Joscie said…

    wow, add me to the list of ten million that love it!hmmm I might have to try my hand at that one!

  • 48.
    Loni said…

    *sigh* I want to be like you. This is KILLER.

  • 49.
    cynthia said…

    i am so doing this!

  • 50.
    sue s ellsworth said…

    i collect the night before christmas items – this is wonderful – could you put it in a format that could be printed or copies for those of us that would never make it to any of your classes? thank you

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