Whew!  I’ve been a busy, busy girl.  Funny that I never spent any time in my craft room when I got back and now that I’m back in the saddle I’m here all night (try the veal…)

I made 20 more notepads over the weekend…my friends loved them.  I’m a bit tired of making them but it was nice that they got such positive feedback.

Initially, I gave the tall notebooks a try because I thought they’d make a nice change for my yearly teacher gift.  I always do a beaded pen and a notebook and I started doing glass ornaments a couple of years ago (they were a big hit so I keep doing them).  I was really struggling to come up with something new this year but I’m going to stick with the winner and just change it up by the packaging and the shape/layout of the notebook.

I put together four gift sets tonight – as mentioned, a beaded pen, a notebook and a glass ornament.  I made a simple base to pop everything into and packaged it with some Christmas bags I picked up last year.  The ornament and the bags are quite shiny so it was very difficult to get a decent picture.

Here’s the set prior to packaging…

…and here they are in their Christmas wrapping…

They’re actually quite cute in real life.  These and Christmas cards are pretty much all I’ll be doing between now and Christmas.  I don’t know how some papercrafters get to spend so much time cranking out stuff…it’s all I can do to keep up between work, life, Christmas shopping, etc.

Incidentally, the patterned paper is American Crafts.  The adorable My Mind’s Eye paper that I used for the other notepads is too thick to easily make beaded pens so I picked up some thinner paper. (it’s still fairly thick but the MME stuff is REALLY thick and glittery.)