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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.


  • 51.
    kelly jo said…

    Ali~ This is so beautiful. Totally amazing! =)

  • 52.
    Holly said…

    Amazing is right. I absolutely love this idea.

  • 53.
    Lindsay said…

    WOW! Ali, thanks for the inspiration! Do you think I could skip Halloween with my Grade 1 class and move right into Christmas?
    Thank you for sharing this amazing idea!! I printed the poem and am going home to go through my Christmas scrap stash right now!!

  • 54.
    Jess said…

    Awesome Ali! I love this project. Your
    pages looks so great. I was looking at paper and embelishments, I recognize a few.
    Which holiday embellishments are your favorites right now? Jess

  • 55.
    jenn said…


  • 56.
    Patricia said…

    I have saved the fronts of Christmas cards we’ve received for YEARS, just waiting for some project to use them on. And now I think I’ve found it! Thanks so much for your inspiring idea!! Blessings, Patricia

  • 57.
    Barb Stewart said…

    DARLING project, Ali!
    Just once, I want to be the person that comes up with these creative inventions!!
    I may have to find the time to try this one!! It would make a great gift, huh??!!

  • 58.
    kass said…

    As I dont do ATCs I was wondering what excuse I could use to buy this – now you’ve given me an idea. Thanks!!

  • 59.
    Kimberly White said…

    This is really beautiful Ali! What a great idea! Kim

  • 60.
    Mousey said…

    woah! That is one seriously cool project!!
    Looks completely gorgeous! :o )

  • 61.
    amy lapi said…

    this is AMAZINGGGG!!! totally making this :)

  • 62.
    Michelle OKeefe said…

    This is such a fun project Ali. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing it here. Love it.

  • 63.
    Susan said…


  • 64.
    Lisa M. Pace said…

    This is the cutest thing I have ever seen.

  • 65.
    Lisette said…

    Wow, wow, wow. This is beautiful.

  • 66.
    Marilyn said…

    Ali, that’s an awesome project. Very lovely and Christmasy.

  • 67.
    JillS said…

    Cute idea… my little guy is too small (i.e., untamed) to do the spinner, but I might do a laminated version on a ring or ribbon for him to enjoy during the holidays.

  • 68.
    Mary Jo said…

    Cute, cute, cute!

  • 69.
    Julia said…

    What a great idea! I love it.

  • 70.
    MichelleW said…

    Inspiring – and really amazing. LOVE IT!

  • 71.
    Aleida Franklin said…

    Oh….I LOVE this. I saw this item and didn’t know what to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration…off to shop for one.

  • 72.
    Kelly said…

    ok, I think I’m in love with this project, Ali. So freakin’ cool.

  • 73.
    Denise said…

    Ali, I love this so much! Beautiful project! You are just so amazing for sharing this with us :)

  • 74.
    kim bolyard said…

    you never stop amazing me with your creativity. I have wanted to purchase the 7 gypsies Trading card holder…but have not been into ATC’s and I wanted something clever to make with it…I think this is. I am so lifting this idea. It is great to be able to have such a wonderful holiday decoration along with using up all the many Christmas items I have on hand that I would love to find a use for. this is Brillant.
    You have done it again. Thanks for always inspiring me.

  • 75.
    Malinda said…

    argh! I was in Salem last Saturday when you were doing your book signing and I could not find that store! My GPS took me to the wrong street and then when I got on Hawthorne it said there were no addresses! I so wanted to come meet you and buy your book! I love the christmas spinner. Its cool! I also LUVVV the travel book you made! THanks for sharing!

  • 76.
    Kelly said…

    What a fabulous idea!!! This is just too good! I am so inspired by everything you do!

  • 77.
    elana said…

    Very cool – I’m constantly amazed at the fun projects you come up with!

  • 78.
    erin yamabe said…

    ali, this is just amazing! don’t know why, but am emotional after seeing your work right now. you just are such an inspiration. thanks for creating. for sharing. for being You.

  • 79.
    anne - paris, fr said…

    WOW!!!! this is SUPER!

  • 80.
    gabbe said…

    Oh this is so wonderful & inspiring!
    What a family treasure it will be to enjoy every year!
    I have to get myself going on something for the holidays too! Bet my 3 year old would love pulling out some Christmas supplies early!
    Thanks for the links to the holder & cards- it’s a really nice sized display piece!

  • 81.
    manu said…

    Hi Ali!!
    you really are a true artist!! I began scrapbooking only a few months ago and you’re such an inspiration to me! This is amazing, I’ll try to do something similar :) !
    Have a good week!
    CIAO from Italy!
    manu :)

  • 82.
    Angel Jem said…

    That is seriously cool.

  • 83.
    Haylee said…

    Looks awesome & you’ve inspired me to start some Chrissy projects myself

  • 84.
    Tina said…

    F A B U L O U S ! Love it, Ali!

  • 85.
    Amy Castellano said…

    So STINKIN CUTE!!!!I have these holders and was thinking of doing centerpieces for christmas gifts…love your idea though..there are so many possibilities with these…my problem is I have the holders but can’t find the cards anywhere..everyone is on backorder does anyone know where I can find them? Thanks!!

  • 86.
    alyssa said…

    Adorable! Love the strips of words and all those textures. Makes the frost on my car windows worth it this morning … at least that’s what I’m telling myself!

  • 87.
    Emily J. said…

    So cool Ali….gives great inspiration for unique holiday decor….

  • 88.
    Sue said…

    That is a very cool decoration. Simple, but fun!

  • 89.
    Sarah said…

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said? This is so great! I’d LOVE to know some of the products you used in this. And, what a creative way to use the cards and the card holder. I’ve often wondered if those weren’t used for “trading cards” then what would you do with it. Excellent Ali, once again!

  • 90.
    Michelle Botterman said…

    Ali, Thanks for all the links, I am sooo excited, you have done a gorgeous job. I just love letting people know about you, all of your creativity, thoughts on challenges and life. There are so many little things you have added to my life through our blog. Thank you!!!

  • 91.
    Christine said…

    Very cool…what a great idea I may have to try myself.

  • 92.
    Abby said…

    Ali -
    When I saw this post today I was in tears! My mom has been collecting The Night Before Christmas books since I was little…I think the count is up to over 100+ now! Thanks for the inspiration. I just ordered the 7 Gypsies ATC holder and can’t wait to get it in the mail :)
    *smile* you made my day!!!!!

  • 93.
    Karla said…

    This is really neat! I love how all the cards are different but they still tie together with the word strips. Very fun project honey. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • 94.
    Lynne Hardy said…

    so totally awesome! Yoou continually amaze and inspire me. Thanks for sharing. Lynne

  • 95.
    Tammy M. said…

    I SOOOO love this….must do one for our family!

  • 96.
    Rosa said…

    I love it! I’ve never seen the Trading Cards or holder, I don’t have any Lss I will love to make different sets of cards and change them frequently, TFS.

  • 97.

    Whatever you create is really magnificent, Ali!!! I totally love this one!!!

  • 98.

    What a PRECIOUS way to use the card holder, Ali! I just love it. :)

  • 99.
    Sara said…

    I feel all Christmasie now. OK… is that a word LOL Thanks for sharing your project… love it!!

  • 100.
    Sara said…

    I feel all Christmasie now. OK… is that a word LOL Thanks for sharing your project… love it!!

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