Handmade Holidays

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Welcome welcome welcome to the 5th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! Every year for the last 5 years we have hosted a blog hop all about handmade gifts that you can make to create something meaningful this holiday season and beyond. We’re really excited to be teaming up with your favorite bloggers and manufacturers to bring over 80 ideas to you this weekend. Together, we’re also are giving away a crafter’s prize pack worth over $600!


That’s a ton of swag, right?! So excited to be joining this hop again this year.

My gift idea is one that will hopefully inspire creativity. I’ve fallen into the listing community lately and am so in love with all the ideas, inspiration and listing challenges. It’s such a great way to sneak in a small dose of creative time each day and I really want to get my real-life friends to join me. This art journal kit will provide them with everything they need to get started.

The first thing you’ll need to create is a journal of some sort. Pull out your paper trimmer and cut some sheets of copy paper down to size. You can staple them together or use a sewing machine to stitch the binding.

Then embellish the cover with a simple stamped image. I love the prompts in these stamp sets from the RUKristin shop, and then you can include in the kit as well. Useful and versatile!

To create the bag, I pulled out some clear vinyl material and got to work with the new Marisa Pawelko Surfacez inks from Clearsnap. These inks are meant for non-porous surfaces that other types of ink will not dry on without embossing – think metal, plastic, vinyl, etc.

You can use a tool to apply the ink or apply the pad directly to your surface. I also applied the ink through a stencil and will the Rollagraph rolling stamp tool.

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When your vinyl is dry, stitch up a simple bag! There are so many great free patterns online – just do a Google search for “free pencil bag pattern” and choose one that suits your sewing ability.

Finally, you’ll need to tuck everything into your bag. Include some tools for coloring such as the cute Colorbox® Cat Eye inkpads, markers, pens or any other tool you think your friend may like to use. Now your gift is ready to go!

You can enter the giveaway below, then scroll down to continue on the hop.

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18 thoughts on “Handmade Holidays

  1. Fun idea – and I know quite a few people that would really like these! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win a great prize package!

  2. I did not realize there were special stamp pads for plastic. I cannot wait to try them. Thank you for a very cute project.

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