July 8, 2011

Handmade Gift Exchange



Last month, I participated in the Craftaholic's Anonymous Handmade Gift Exchange!  It was my first time doing something like that, and I have to say, it was fun!  It's a challenge to come up with a little handmade goodie for someone you don't really know.  We exchanged emails a bit with some pertinent info, and then I was off to create....

One thing my "gift pal" told me she liked was journals, so I decided to make her an embellished journal.  Here's what I came up with:



I followed the tutorial found here at H is for Handmade, and it worked out perfectly.  For embellishments, I used a satin ribbon, sewed a quick yo-yo, and added a button that I thought went well with the fabric.


I also added some little nameplates on the inside covers, printed on a heavy cardstock.


I haven't heard back from my "gift pal", but I hope she likes it!  Either way, I had fun making it.  I'll definitely participate again.  Want to be part of it?  Linda's hosting another one in November- just in time for the holidays!  I hope you'll be there too!

Have a great weekend!

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