Book Advent: Days 10 & 11 {Photo Bookmarks}

Today I have a fun tutorial to share with you, so read on to find out how to make a piece-of-cake stocking stuffer!


I like to take it easy on the weekends!  For yesterday's book, we read If You Take a Mouse to the Movies.  It may not sound Christmas-ey, but it is full of holiday charm!  Plus, my Little Man is literally obsessed with the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" series, so this book was definitely magical for him!  For our activity, we watched a movie and popped popcorn.  You could take it a step farther and make popcorn garlands, but I think we'll wait a year or two for that!
We are HUGE Mercer Mayer fans at our house, so today's book was a hit!  We read Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad... the story of a little critter who tries awfully hard to do nice things for his parents for Christmas!
Today I am sharing an easy gift for your kids to give to Grandma, Grandpa, or even Mom and Dad!  I shared these photo bookmarks at The Scrap Shoppe's Handmade Christmas last week.  
Time is very short this holiday season, so I love a short-and-sweet project!!  After getting Little Man's new photos, we decided to make a photo bookmark to give his grandparents.  Trust me--this project was easy!  Come see!
I was thrilled when I discovered a package of these cardstock bookmarks at Michael's.  I immediately knew that they would make the perfect stocking stuffers.  I think they cost me a $1.  You will also need:
* Photo's of your little guy or doll.  (I had Costco print a few sheets of wallets.)
* Scrapbook paper.
* Mod podge.
* Scissors.
* Distressing ink.
* Ribbon.
* Photo corners.
* Any other fun embellishments!
I have a new craft pal.  This Fiskar's scallop punch is my new best friend!  After cutting strips of coordinating scrapbook papers, I dressed up some of the strips with scalloped edges.
I used mod podge and layered all the scrapbook strips to create a little collage.  I tied a fun glittery Christmas ribbon through the hole at the top.  The new My Mind's Eye Christmas pack was the star of the this project!  I love this collection!
Now for the fun part!  I wanted to make 4 bookmarks (one for each grandparent), so I decorated the front side of each bookmark a little differently.  I distressed the edges just a bit, and then cut the photos down to size.  I used some photo corners to really show off the pictures.  Let's be honest--that's the best part about the whole project!
I think this little stocking stuffer will be sure to please!  In fact, I wouldn't mind making a few more photo bookmarks so I can keep one for myself!  Here are a few more pictures of the final product:
I think his grandparents will melt.  At least I hope so!

Happy crafting!
And happy weekend!
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Comments

  1. Mod Podge Amy says:

    That is so so cute – the grandparents are gonna love it!

  2. Just adorable!

  3. Amy with Good Day! says:

    Very Sweet! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Jennifer Dawn says:

    Very cute! What a great gift this would make. I made a bookmark this week too. Feel free to come by and see it.

  5. Thanks for sharing! These are adorable – can't wait to make my own – these are going on my project list.

  6. Katie's Nesting Spot says:

    I love this idea, we made some bookmarks as stocking stuffers too. Ours are ones ER drew, no photo because she didn't want to cover up any of her drawing. But I did make some scrappy style ones last year with her photo. It's so fun to see as how as they get older, how involved they can get!

  7. These are fun!

    Come enter for a free paper bead necklace from Heart Strings for Orphans!

    http://gigglesglitzandglam.blogspot.com/2010/12/gifts-that-give-back-heart-strings.html

  8. Super Cute! I'd love it if you joined in on our "show off" post @ http://www.beckhamandbloom.com/2010/12/show-off.html
    My readers would love this craft! Have a great week.
    Melly
    http://www.beckhamandbloom.com

  9. The grandparents WILL melt! So sweet! What a special gift. Hope you'll come link up to Made with Love Monday :) The party will be open until Friday so feel free to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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