It's a homemade Christmas this year!
Inspired by ahhh-design I had begun to design my own filofax inserts for next year - something that matched what I wanted and looked a little more 'me' than the impersonal business-y ones. I quickly realised that this close to Christmas (and with a bank account as empty as mine!) that I should be focusing my crafting energy on making gifts instead! I decided to make notebooks instead of planner inserts - I had lots of nice paper around the house and had recently come across very clear instructions for making bound notebooks.
They're A6 size with monthly calendars on the first dozen pages - the rest of the notebook is a mix of blank paper and lined paper with quotes and stamps on the pages. The covers are thick handmade paper with flowers/leaves mixed in - I don't remember when I got this paper but it's lovely.
Printing out pages.
All sewn up! (I made five.)
Finally finished. (There was several days of glue drying in between.)
The boyfriend and I really are skint at the moment (last year of uni = half the student loans of previous years) so we made a lot of other gifts at home too. Plastic spoon + melted Dairy Milk = chocolate spoons! We wrapped them up in cellophane and put them in a cheap mug with a funsize bag of Maltesers and a few sachets of hot chocolate (or Starbucks Via for the coffee drinkers). Ta-da, one cheap but fun gift set.
I also dug out my bead box and made bracelets, earrings and a keyring for various relatives.
I also made a necklace for my aunt from a real peacock feather I picked up a while ago.
I got a candlemaking set years ago and never used it before so we made a couple of candles. To make them a little more gift-y we tied on Christmas charms.
Leftover scraps of card + holepunch + hemp string = gift tags!
….these are a few of my favourite things!
Merry Christmas everyone!