Hey friends! Happy monday! Today I want to share a totally practical holiday gift idea.....moo-la, cold hard Christmas cash! Let's face it, money is kinda boring to give but I find that nobody is disappointed to receive it! But to appease my "a gift just especially for you" soul, I try and always give money creatively. Today I am using a cute little Christmas Cash Envelope template printable by Kelleigh Ratzlaff already digitally designed with artwork by Mari Koegelenberg, Pamela Donnis and Melissa Wilson. Simply select the design you like and print!
Here's my envelope printed via my home inkjet printer on matte cardstock. Now Kelleigh is the queen of the cash only system and actually uses these envelopes as a household budgeting tool, thus the circle tab at the top of the envelope. You simply must check out her blog for tips on how her budgeting system works. It's inspiring! But back to gift giving...I simply altered the tab top to make this a standard flat topped envelope with the addition of strips of cut paper folded and glued to the top edges of the envelope opening.
I use my Scor-Pal board for all of my template making. Kelleigh and the gang have built in *faint* white line marks to help you know where to score to fold this template. My scoring tool is pointed at one of the marks...see? so faint they won't interrupt your design at all!
Two things to notes above....first the expert shadowing on the "Christmas cash" label makes it look like something I added...but nope, it's all done digitally. THAT is simply magic! Second, check out the exact score lines I can make with a Scor Pal!? THAT is magic too!
Once the template is all folded and glues together, the fun of embellishing begins. Today I chose some simple holiday colored yarn that is just a tad thicker than the Twinery twine and BUTTONS! Have you seen the holiday linky party going on at Buttons Galore and More? The silvery grey and white buttons above are from their product line plus a few more buttons I had in my stash. Because the twine/yarn is thick-ish, I can thread the buttons to lie in a specific spot so that when I wrap the tie around the envelope to secure the gift inside they create a cute design on the front! The twine is anchored by a punched circle secured with a mini brad in the center.
You can see that the money won't slip from the open area that is left once the money card is wrapped and tied closed.
Easy peasy! My Christmas cash card is complete! ...now to see who is on Santa's "nice" list ;)
I'll bet all of you are on Santa's nice list! To celebrate the season of holiday giving I have a little bundle of holiday trim to give away! If you are a believer in the philosophy of it's the little things in life that bring the most joy leave me a comment on this post for a chance to win. If you are a follower of my blog, leave a second comment for an additional chance. Good luck and thanks for being so sweet!
Paper: Paperstrey Ink
Digital template: Christmas Cash Envelopes by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs at the Digichick
Tools: Scor-Pal scoring board
Buttons: Buttons Galore and More and various
Craft supply: yarn and mini brad