handmade holidays {guest post} Steph from Crafting in the Rain

Welcome to the handmade holidays series!!  For the next six Tuesdays, I have an amazing blogger sharing one of her favorites ways to make the holidays handmade and heart felt!  

Up first is Steph from Crafting in the Rain!  She is a genius with all things paper (and pretty much everything else!) and she just wrapped up an awesome 31 day series on being a better mom … I read every post!  Here are some of my favorite Christmas crafts from her blog:

Branch Advent (love those trees, too!) :: Merry & Bright sign ::
Glitter Nativity Ornaments

Hey there Shaken Together readers!  I’m Steph from Crafting in the Rain and I’ve been following Keri’s blog for quite a while now, so it’s great to be here posting today!

My gift idea:  Send snail mail!  

For the last 3 years I’ve made this the Christmas present for my Grandma and my husband’s Grandma.  We all live in different states and don’t get to see them very often.

My gift to them is that I will send a homemade card and a picture of the kids every month during the coming year.  They love seeing how the kids are growing and what we’ve been up to, and I get a place to send all the cards I make :)

But wait, you don’t like making cards?  No biggie.  The most important part of the gift is just sending something in the mail.  The picture is a bonus, and handmade is totally extra.

If you want instructions for a really cute and easy card, check out this formula.  It just takes a few cuts (with a straight cutter–no fancy machine needed!) and with a few different papers, you can have a whole set of cards made in 30 minutes.


Buy blank cards, or make your own by cutting a piece of cardstock in half at 5.5 inches.  Then fold each part in half at 4.25 inches.  This will fit in a regular card-sized envelope (also available at most craft stores)

Pick two coordinating papers (an easy way to do this is get double sided scrapbook paper–then you know they’ll look good together!)

Cut one paper at 5 x 3.75 inches
Cut another at 1 x 4.25 inches

If desired, rub an ink pad along the edges of your cut pieces and base.

Using liquid glue or a tape runner, glue the larger rectangle to the center of the card front.  Then glue the smaller strip at the bottom third of the card.

Add a flower to the left side of the strip and you’re done!

For something extra, add a rhinestone or button to the flower center.

One final note of advice for picking patterns to use, I generally like to mix a big print and a small print, and it doesn’t matter which one goes on the bigger rectangle.  Also a solid with a pattern always looks good.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I’d love to hear who in your life would love a gift like this!

For more fun with paper, you may like these …

Thanks SO much for sharing your card idea, Steph!  Family and friends would love to get a little family-gram on a monthly basis … I know that for me, getting something fun via snail mail is so personal and unexpected in this age of email and Facebook.  These easy cards will be making an appearance at my Pinspired Party that I’m throwing in a few weeks, too!  

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  1. I love this idea-I know my grandmother would love to receive pictures of our boys every month-I might do this! So many times with Facebook and digital photography I forget about how family might actually want hard copies of photos! Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a fabulous idea…I totally need to start doing this! Thank you!

  3. I will be looking forward to your series here Keri, for some great homemade ideas for the holidays. I will have to check out some of Stephs craft tutorials for sure too – those ornaments look so beautiful and her cards are lovely!

  4. What a great idea!!! Love this post, Keri!

  5. Great idea!! Thanks for sharing! I know the grandparents will appreciate this!

  6. That’s a great idea, and very heartfelt. Thanks for the idea!

    Melissa @ The Alchemist

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