Emily Falconbridge is a free spirited creative soul who has been working as a writer and designer in the scrapbook industry for years. Her love for photographs and creating began when she was very young and she loves to used mixed media in her scrapbooks and play around with new techniques. She is mama to 3 and you can catch up with her here.

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Last Minute Handmade Projects

Is it just me, or is November the speediest month of the year? All of a sudden December is upon us – and plans for a great pile of handmade gifts get thrown in the ‘too hard basket’! I still reeeeally want to give handmade gifts, but I just don’t have time! How about a quick , yet heartfelt and partly handmade gift instead? And one that can be given to anyone – grandparents, aunts, school teacher, friend…yes, YES!

There are tons of great websites that you can quickly upload your photos to and turn them into all sorts of cool gifts – from bumper stickers to neckties (really, what uncle doesn’t want to wear a necktie with a picture of his favorite niece on? I just don’t know.).

I grabbed 12 adorable (of course!) photos of my kids from the past year and popped them into a simple calendar for the easiest of easy gift!

I then uploaded all sorts of pictures to make fun note-cards for various people I love!  I took pictures of candy, pictures of my children’s toys, flowers, alphabet pasta, random happy things! The idea was to put together a note-card set to give as a gift, although when the cards arrived in the mail – I wanted to keep them all for myself!

I made a simple felt pouch by sewing together two pieces of felt with strips of fabric attached to the top to tie the pouch closed. This took a whole, um, 5 minutes to make – and I have a ‘handmade’ gift to give (a cute one at that!).

If you have a few more minutes up your sleeve you could make a slightly more detailed pocket for the note-cards and a pen to live in. With raw edges and ‘rustic’ (my new word for uneven) cut fabric – you can whip this out in no time!


Have some fun and take yourself on a ‘photo adventure’ around town (or even your home) – photographing various things to create a card set. Know someone who loves horses? Head to a farm and snap away at those ponies! Candy lover? Fill different bowls or jars with colorful candy, or spell out a word in skittles! Get creative and take photos of all those fun things your family love for a personalized note-card set.

Wishing you lots of stress-free days in the upcoming season, and hoping those last-minute handmade gifts come together joyfully!

Emily 🙂

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  3. emily falconbridge 12/17/2010 at 6:36 am

    hi everyone! i had the cards printed at zazzle.com – i would have written this in the post but i was kind of disappointed with their customer service! but maybe i was just unlucky…the other place i looked into (which was cheaper too!) was snapfish.com – you can create plain, blank cards there as well. good luck!

  4. gretchen 12/15/2010 at 1:57 pm

    would love to know where you got the note cards printed, having a hard time finding anything that isn’t holiday

  5. Joni 12/07/2010 at 8:37 am

    Awesome ideas!!!! Thanks!

  6. Keersten Jensen 12/06/2010 at 9:04 am

    I love the photo cards nestled in their own little pockets. What a great idea!

  7. Amy 12/06/2010 at 6:13 am

    Are you able to share with us where you had the note cards printed? Love that idea!

  8. holly c. 12/04/2010 at 2:04 pm

    I always love all of your ideas, Emily!

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