Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gift Tags for Remembering

Are you looking for fun ways to fill your holiday with memories? Dig out your old holiday photographs and use them to create special one-of-a-kind gift tags that will have everyone tripping down memory lane!
  • Find old holiday pictures. These pictures need to be in digital format, so if they aren't already electronic, get 'em scanned. If you don't have a personal scanner, check your local print shop. They can make this part easy!

    Be sure to save these pictures in a web-friendly format such as .JPEG, .PNG or .GIF.

  • Load your pictures into the photo wizard. Because we are on a shared server, we limit the size of the files that you can upload. The web link includes information on how to reduce file size, if it's needed. We are madly working on a new option that will automatically do this for you. Because we don't want to trip anyone up before the holidays, we won't unveil this feature until after the new year. If you need help, just contact us. We can help you get your pictures loaded into the software.

  • Format pictures. You're on the home stretch. All that's left is fitting the pictures to the window and adding text. This is a perfect way to document the person or date of each memory. Remember that the final picture size is less than two inches, so if you add text, it'll be even smaller. Keep the wording simple and GO BIG!

  • Save changes, add to print list and print the project. You own the .pdf file that you've just created, so be sure to save a copy to your computer. We don't save the file, so we can't help you once the file is deleted. This project will create 10 gift cards (2 per picture). Once you've printed the file (using card stock) cut along indicated lines, fold in half and voila, you have a gift tag. You can punch a hole and add a ribbon if you want a hanging tag.
In an effort to limit pre-holiday gift comparisons, we have been known to disguise the wrapped present using elaborate code names or numbering systems. Sometimes it's so complicated that we have to open the gift to see who gets it!

Last year I featured family photographs on our gift tags. It was fun to hear all the comments as they remembered certain events or asked for more details on events not remembered. No one figured out it was my way of coding the gift! We designed these tags as a SIMPLE way to preserve holiday memories. Feel free to jazz them up with decorative paper, glitter or stickers.

Oh, did we mention that this project is free? The only cost is the price to print the sheet. Be sure to use card stock for sturdy tags!

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