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Christmas Ring Ornaments Submitted by Amy Crane

November 25, 2009   

Using canning jar lids and a fun template in the Heritage Makers Template Gallery, you can make beautiful, handcrafted ornaments for your Christmas tree. And, because the ornaments are made with your family’s photos, your tree will become that much more personal this holiday season.

To make your own Christmas tree ornaments, follow these simple steps.

Materials Needed

  • Ornament-craft template (12×12 scrap page) designed by Amy Crane. Template ID: 20988
  • Wide-mouth canning jar lids
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Glitter glue (any color)
  • Hot glue
  • Ribbon (any color)

Begin crafting your ornaments:

  1. Using the Ornament-craft template from the Template Gallery, design the pictures for your ornaments.
    1. To maintain the required measurements, keep the papers behind the photos and the photos locked in place. Then just drag and drop the papers and photos you want over the area (the paper or photo you want to replace must be selected before you drag another paper or photo on to replace it.)
    2. Then just delete embellishments you don’t want and design the ornaments to fit your style.
  2. Publish your project. When your Heritage Makers project to arrives, you can continue with the next steps.
  3. Cut out each of the circle photos.
  4. Using a foam brush, spread Mod Podge over the outside (or top) of the canning jar lid.
  5. Place your photo circle over the glue.
  6. Spread more Mod Podge over the top of the photo.
  7. Let dry. (Takes about 1 -2 hours)
  8. Using a hot glue gun, glue the ribbon on the back of the lid so that both sides attach to the lid, making a loop for hanging.
  9. Let dry (Takes about 2 minutes)
  10. Decorate the lid with glitter glue. You can use one color or many. Just squirt the glitter glue  where you want it. You might want to cover the entire back and the edge of the front. Make sure that if you use glitter on both sides that you let one side dry before continuing with the other.
  11. Let the glitter dry. (Takes about 1 – 2 hours for each side)
  12. Hang ornaments in the perfect place on you Christmas tree.

You can keep these ornaments for your own tree or give them to a special loved one. They’re perfect for any Christmas tree.

Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2009   

May you enjoy the turkey, the mashed potatoes, and pie. But most of all, enjoy the time you have with family and friends. This is a great time to make memories, strengthen your relationships, and show your thanks.

We all have so much to be thankful for all year round. Here are just a few things we’re thankful for at the home office.

  • Our wonderful, hard working consultants
  • Studio 3.0
  • Our new 20×20 canvas, board book, swatch book, and other new products
  • Story time, whether as a bedtime story or as a break during the day
  • Our growing Template Gallery
  • Our awesome Client Services team
  • And so much more…

Now, please enjoy this card made special just for you.

Writing Tip #3: Interview grandparents or other members of the family.

November 25, 2009   

Exercise: Interview someone over the phone, in person, or by mail. Just come up with interview questions—you can find some good examples in the Story Maps section of My Studio—and get started with the interview.

Goal: Once you have interview answers, you can organize them and create a great story your kids, grandkids, and so on will enjoy reading for a long time. (Also, you can get the interview answers written in the interviewee’s own handwriting and just scan the paper into the computer and preserve the handwriting right within a book. Thank you Beth Turner for this suggestion.)