Am I organised? "No!" comes the collective reply (from the Papier and Cakes household). But I try so hard to give the illusion that I am very prepared and in control.
|a stack of "Thirty" pillow boxes|
Last Christmas I was really caught out. I spent the night before the last day of work, working late - until 1.00am - wrapping, cooking and preparing presents. Lucky for me my job does not entail a great deal of concentration so that I can "chill" on those days when I don't run on all cylinders.
|some of the favours going into the pillow boxes|
I will wrap them in tissue paper first
This year I will be hosting Christmas Day, for my family (30 in all - count them - 30!!).
|templates cut out using|
giant sizzix machine
at Scrappy Hollow
On previous Christmas Eve occasions I have hosted Mr Cakes' family. The total members combined only add up to 11, a much more manageable number.
So I'm getting in early. Am I a freak? You bet!!
|held together with double-sided|
tape - very easy to assemble
This year I have taken out a membership at Scrappy Hollow which gives me free use of their in-store Sizzix Die Cutting Machines and of course any dies that they have available. Thank you ladies.
These pillows were cut out of a complete A4 card and so were cut out on the Big Shot Pro Machine.
|all the boxes will be wrapped in the same paper|
I cut wrapping paper into rectangles, roughly measuring 25 x 10 cm, to use as a sash across the centre of the boxes. I then folded down and trimmed each piece so that it measured exactly 23 x 6 cm.
|I added double-sided tape to one short end on the underside|
| I stuck down the paper just past the centre of the front side of the box|
to allow for some overlap when the other end was stuck down
|The other end, overlapping slightly, was stuck down using|
common sticky tape
Now that the grunt work is completed, the fun begins, embellishing each one. This is where they will take on a personality of their very own. Overall there will be a similarity, so that they all look related to each other, but not identical.
I've placed photos of the individual boxes down the side of my blog.