Odds and Ends

Christmas 2012

Non-committal, demographically-neutral holiday lettering, an excerpt from an ongoing project

How was everyone’s Christmas? ๐Ÿ™‚

My December 25th is always spent with two sides of the family– lunch with relatives on my mom’s side, and dinner with relatives on my dad’s side. It has always been that way ever since I can remember. It’s set in stone. The days leading up to Christmas, though, is always a mish-mash of activities– Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, last-minute project-rushing… Three weeks before Christmas, I was working on a project (which I don’t want to talk about in detail just yet) and its deadline was several days before the 25th. I worked on it practically non-stop and when it was finished, I heaved a sigh of relief, sent it off to the universe (whut?), and sat down to wrap some presents! Time to get into the holiday spirit!

My free Christmas 2012 printable gift tags in use

I used pattern paper to wrap my gifts in, and I also used my 2012 printable Christmas gift tags. I was planning to print the gift tags on sticker paper but I realized I didn’t have any sticker paper on hand. I printed them on regular paper instead and ran them through my Xyron sticker maker, that nifty purple device pictured above which I bought several years ago. It applies a sticky adhesive underside on anything flat you can get through the machine.

Here’s how my packages ended up, with washi tape and paper twine trying to disguise the wrinkled mess. I call it sloppy chic. Did you know those four packages all have the same thing inside?!

My free Christmas 2012 printable gift tags in use
I can’t wrap irregularly-shaped packages.

Vanya, an online friend from the early days of the millennium, also used my 2012 printable Christmas gift tags to wrap her gifts. Look at hers! So neat =\

My free Christmas 2012 printable gift tags in use

In the meantime, Marlou downloaded my 2011 printable gift tags and used that instead, on recycled magazine pages. Clever! And still neater than mine.


Tags courtesy of Reg ;)

I gave myself a Christmas present, too. I took off several items from my wishlist on Amazon but of course, I didn’t bother to wrap it anymore (and what, feign surprise when I open my own wrinkled gift?) ๐Ÿ˜›

The 2013 Artist’s and Graphic Designer’s Market, which I purchased along with another book, Blog Inc. (and several toys for the cats). Stepping up my portfolio and self-promotion efforts this coming year!

Looking forward to a new year, as I do every year! ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay safe, everyone, and stay away from firecrackers ๐Ÿ™‚