Saturday, May 16, 2009

Christmas Time's A Comin'!!

Last Christmas, when I first laid my hands on the My Memories Suite software, I immediately realized that with all the great designs and the easy-to-use program, I would be able to find a million uses for the software. Sure, I love digital scrapbooking! But I also love all the other fabulous things I can do with the program. The possibilities are really endless.

The holidays are just right around the corner. If you are like me and like to make your own Christmas gifts, or if you just like to add a little bit of flair to your purchased gifts, the My Memories Suite software can really help with that! And I’d like to show you an idea that I’m going to use this Christmas.

I enjoy canning foods—you know, things like pickles, jams, pumpkin pie mix, cider, pie fillings, etc. This year, I’m going to be giving homemade canned treats to all the friends, teachers, neighbors, coworkers, well…you get the picture. We’ve all seen the jars of different mixes at Christmas that have the pretty fabric and the bow on top. While those are pretty, I was trying to think of a way that I can package my goodies and express my personality as well. Then I thought, What about making fun labels?!

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I’ve made some jar labels to show you, and I’d have to say that making them was fun and incredibly fast. To make a jar label, simply create your design, print on regular printer paper, cut out, and glue to the jar. I used a glue stick, and that worked very well. (Hint: if you have an ink jet printer, consider spraying the paper with a light coating of clear spray paint to keep the ink from smearing with the glue.) In no time at all, the jars were transformed into cute gifts. And there’s really no need to measure anything, because you can cut it down to size. I printed my designs out as a 6x6” square, and they worked great for the quart sized jars.

Here are some jar labels I made. I used StoryRock’s “Twilight Fanpire” to create the pickle label, and I used Corina Nielson’s “Totally Eclectic” pack to create the marinade label.

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I enjoyed my jar labels so much, I realized that making labels for jars doesn’t have to be limited to Christmas only. I got to thinking that a cute jar full of pumpkin pie mix or cider mix would make a great hostess gift at Thanksgiving or a fall party. I personally love the Harvest Blessing pack by StoryRock, so I made a cute pumpkin pie jar label with the pack.

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So, there you have it….an easy and simple way to give your Christmas gifts some “oomph” and personality! It doesn’t have to end there, either. Think of all the other great things around your house that you can label with beautiful labels made with My Memories Suite! You could label not only jars, but gift boxes, kids’ toy containers, buckets, etc.

Happy labeling!

Beth

Thanks Beth!! To get us ALL in the holiday spirit, My Memories Suite is giving away a WONDERFUL kit that is perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving season!  The kit is Harvest Blessings by StoryRock and is PERFECT for all your Thanksgiving holiday needs!  It will work GREAT with the ideas that Beth shared here too!

To get your FREE kit, simply spend a minimum of $5.00 in the Design Shop and enter the promo code "HARVESTBLESSING" (no "s") when you check out!

**PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT ADD THE HARVEST BLESSINGS KIT TO YOUR SHOPPING CART,

IT WILL BE ADDED AUTOMATICALLY WHEN YOU ENTER THE PROMO CODE"

Have a great time creating your own Holiday magic - and DON'T FORGET TO MAKE A MEMORY TODAY!!

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