Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Go-to Gal Blog Hop: Celebrating Holiday Cards & More

Hello & welcome! Thanks for visiting today. Its a fun day because the Go-to Gals are teaming up again for another fun blog hop! We are celebrating the release of the new issue of Paper Crafts Magazine's Holiday Cards & More Vol. 7 by sharing projects that you can create using photos.

In the issue you will find an awesome section on photo cards, so we thought it would be fun to expound upon that and show you a few other things that you can create using your photos.

I love banner garland on Christmas trees. So I decided to create one for our family tree with photos. I'm always putting photo ornaments on it so I can remember what my girls look like each year during the holidays. So I thought... what better way to add photos than as a banner?  That way I get to add more than what one single ornament will hold! And the best part is that I can add to it year after year, making the garland longer as our family ages together.

To create the garland, I simply printed vertical photos as 2"x3" prints and die cut them with Spellbinders™ Nested Pennants. The cardstock behind the photos was cut with the Nested Lacey Pennants. To create the banner without a die cutting machine you would cut your photos with a banner shaped pattern, mount them on colored cardstock and trim around edges with scalloped edge scissors.  Then stitch along tops of banner pieces with a sewing machine.

Want to win a copy of Holiday Cards & More? It really is a stunning issue & will surely put you in the holiday crafting mood (if you are not already there). All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post by Thursday at 11:59 pm and you will be entered to win the copy given away from this blog.

Ok, so now it is time to hop on a see other fab photo creations. Here's a list of all of us that are participating today... I hope you enjoy all that we have created for you!

·  Kim Kesti
  
And don't forget that you can find inspiration for your holiday projects all week over at Paper Crafts Connection as they celebrate Holiday Cards & More Week! 

102 comments:

Billie A said...

Great banner idea. Love the look.

Lucy said...

What a wonderful idea, especially for a family get together. What kid doesn't like to see their picture feature in a place of prominence? A sure winner!

pamela said...

Love the garland idea. Plus this could totally be tweaked to something non-Christmas that can be a year-round decor!

Natalie said...

A photo banner - genius! Really cute and fun idea. Thanks for the chance to win

Tricia said...

Windy, I love this photo banner - what a great idea!

Perrie Sanders said...

WOWZERS!!!!! Fun banner!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win...I can always use some inspiration.

Holly Ann said...

Cool idea, Windy!

Annette said...

wow wee that is an awesome fun idea...I totally love it...

Susan said...

Oh wow, this is such a great idea. I am blown away! Trying to figure out how I can make this work for our tree. Love it!!

Kazan Clark said...

LOVE this Windy :) Such a great way to bring out those gorgeous fam pics during the Holidays :)

Heather Maria said...

Oh Windy, your photo banner is brilliant! Such a wonderful idea and I love the you'll be able to extend the banner year by year! This will be such a fun way to look back and see your girls grow!

Geri said...

This is such a great idea! I'm sure that there isn't a grandparent/aunty/uncle that wouldn't love to have ther granchildren displayed in such a sweet way!

Bethany said...

So lovely and trendy! Great idea to use photos to cover the whole pendant. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Ruth G said...

Love the banner and how you can add onto it! No deciding which pictures go on the tree because it's all filled up, just put 'em all on there!!! TFS!

Cheryl said...

I am totally doing this. We have a little Halloween tree. I may even do one for it with pictures of dd from halloweens past.

Linda Lou said...

Huge garland fan and yours is really cute!

jusaweecatnap said...

Fun new idea for banners. Great for the holidays, or a family gift.

Lynne said...

Wow! What an amazing idea! I love that it is easily amended year to year. And really, it can be used year round:).

Deirdre said...

Love the idea - I do yearly ornaments with photos too... might just adopt this idea!!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

marylouh said...

Banners are so popular and this is a great one for Christmas. Everybody's picture can be put up without taking a lot of space with 8x10 and other sizes.

Linda said...

what a darling way to personalize a garland for the tree! Great idea-and thanks for the chance to win this special issue!

Nancee said...

Great idea for those holiday babies who are lucky enough to celebrate their birthday at the same time as the holidays.

tape said...

What a lovely project!

cjgusloff57 said...

Oh gosh, another cute idea for the tree!

Jingle said...

What a fun photo banner! This is such a great idea!

Lillian Child said...

What a delightful memory banner!!

Dana said...

Lovely banner!! Perfect way to use some photos!

Phyllis Strickland said...

This is a fabulous idea, I will need to try it this year!

Tracey McNeely said...

Those pennants are fantastic Windy, what a great idea for the holiday!

Sue D said...

Very clever idea--I love it!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

mtscrapgal said...

This is a terrific idea Windy. It's great that you will add to it each year. Thanks for the inspiration.

Agata said...

That's a truly great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

Susan said...

Oh Windy -- what a fabulous idea for keeping those treasured moments a central focus in your holiday decorating! Love this idea -- thanks for sharing it.

Pat said...

LOVE the garland idea! :)

Lynda said...

Wow, Windy, what a fabulous idea!! What a great memory to have each year, and then to hand down to the kids!

Mary Bee said...

Wow!! Love,love your banner idea.thanks for the inspiration and chance to win.

Kailash said...

Such a fabulous idea for a banner. Thanks for sharing!!!

Nina Yang said...

Love the vintage photos~

Noreen said...

What a clever idea for a Christmas tree garland! Adding new photos each year will make it fun to look at after a few years and the little ones have grown.

bzyPTmom said...

Love your holiday banner--what a great idea!

Lindsey said...

Such an inspired idea! Sure to become a treasured family ornament.

Tina said...

This is a great idea!! All these have been great ideas!!

Scrappin4kim said...

What a great way to use up my photos. Thanks for the chance!!

Lee said...

What a great idea! I love the banner! thank you!

Andrene said...

Love the photo banner - great idea for a christmas tree. TFS.

Andrene said...

Love the photo banner - great idea for a christmas tree. TFS.

Barbara said...

This is a fabulous idea! Thanks!

justasiam said...

Imagnine doing one of these each year...and comparing how everyone has changed in the last year!!

craftymom205 said...

Great idea.

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Amanda Coleman said...

Oh, what a sweet banner! My kids would love to see their faces on the Christmas tree this year!

Katie said...

LOVE your banner--definitely putting that in my memory for a later use.
Love it.
That would be a super sweet gift for granparents who don't live nearby--or even if they do.

Sherry Butcher said...

TFS. good use of photo for kids to see how they have changed.

Helen F. said...

Such a beautiful banner of sweet photos ~ Great gift idea!

Betty said...

What a great idea...a keepsake, for sure! Thanks for sharing!

jintyoo7 said...

fabulous project, love the scalloped edges :)

calamity jane said...

This is a wonderful idea!!! I've got lots of pics of my granddaughters from birth on. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Windy - this is a GREAT idea! THANK YOU!

Kathy Mc said...

What a cool idea for a banner! Hoping I can sort through photos of my niece's children to make one of these for her this year. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Holiday Cards & More!

DebbieC. said...

What a fun and creative project.

HawaiianLibrarian said...

a garland, a holiday garland, full of lovely portraits...love love love it. mahalo for the idea

Judy said...

Another great idea for using photos. I wish I were as savvy as you gals in coming up with projects. It would be great to have and hopefully add to as the years go by with new family members. Thanks for the inspiration.

lori said...

what a great idea! Thanks for the chance to win.

Kris in Alaska said...

Awesome tree idea! I must do one for my daughter and grandson!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Linda said...

fabulous banner! Such a wonderful idea. To see past chirstmas moments every year!

Tanja said...

Very original and meaningful idea.

Small T said...

Such a great idea!

Diane said...

Fun~fun~fun!! A great idea I could do of our family get together from Christmas pasts!

Diane said...

Love the photo banner. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Linda S said...

Fantastic banner!

TLady said...

WHAT A SUPER WAY to celebrate FAMILY at Christmas! I'm SURE the kids enjoy seeing themselves on the banner too! :) SUPER IDEA! :)

Julie S. said...

I love this!

Sandi said...

great ideas as usual

Regina said...

I would love to win a copy of this magazine. Thanks for the offer.

tblue said...


The banner is too cute! Going to have to try this!

Emily said...

really cute with the sepia tones.

Carmen said...

I love your banner and I think it would be a great project from my daughter to cut and glue their favorite xmas pictures.

Katherine said...

What a beautiful idea- I love that you can keep adding to the banner as the years go by!

Karen R said...

What a great gift for grandparents...thanks for the idea

Bobbie Brock said...

Beautiful idea! A fun twist on Christmas garland for a tree!

blupixy said...

What a great banner! Thanks for sharing!

Beastybunny said...

Great banner! Love all the happy faces on display! Perfect for the holidays.

maria f. said...

Hey, your garland grows every year - for posterity. I am so into ideas like that. TFS.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

What a fun idea to do with photos! Never thought of this, but now I sure want to try it! Thanks!
Lisa
lisascreativeniche at gmail.com

Larissa Heskett said...

OMG!! THis is so CUTE!! LOVE this for any occasion!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Renee said...

This is really a great idea!! Looks fabulous and so perfect for a growing family :)

karenelr said...

Oh I love this--beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win a copy of this awesome Holiday Card magazine!

Pat K said...

A greally clever banner! Nice work!

Mary Mac said...

Wonderful idea. Love banners.

Shana Yeary said...

Where do you come up with these great ideas. Very cool!

Jen W. said...

What a fun idea!! Such a great way to display pictures. :)

Susie said...

love love love Holiday Cards & More!

Carmen Nuland said...

I want to start Holiday crafting NOW! Thanks for the chance to win!

Charlotte said...

Personal and charming

Leanne said...

Awesome idea! Love it. Thanks for sharing.

jen said...

Such a fun idea!!!

terisplace said...

Looking dang good.
No wait.
DANNNNNNNNG good! :)

Happy Friday, Windy!

Teri

tea said...

This is simply such a great and simple idea. Thank you for the inspiration!

{VICKI} said...

great project
tfs

Melissa said...

What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

Angel Estes said...

Beautiful!!

Isha said...

Great idea to use photos on the banners. TFS

Vinyl Banners said...

Using the photos really adds personality to the banner. Really makes it yours and it can go inside or outside I really like that! Amazing work!