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Love Things that are JustRite for Gift Giving

Like most everyone these days, I’m a busy girl. Between work, school, and extra-curricular activities, there’s not a whole lot of time left to enjoy life and to go all out with gift packaging.  When we were first married, I would pick a theme (my favorite was the year I did everything in ivory and gold with tons of stars), and go to town wrapping and making things to give. We didn’t have a lot of expendable income, so most everyone in my extended family got something handmade or from our kitchen. I’d bake tons of sugar cookies, then ice and decorate them and get everything packed up in pretty cellophane and ribbons nestled into gorgeous boxes, and then head out to deliver to friends and family.  Now that I have kids, we bake cookies as a family and eat ’em ourselves instead of making deliveries.  Our families have simplified much in the past several years, and instead of getting something for every single person (and getting more than frustrated at stores and lines!), we draw names or do random gift exchanges.  It’s helped us all to get back to what we love most – spending time with our families instead of running ragged and getting stressed out.   That’s where my JustRite stuff comes into play!  I can still be me by adding the little personal touches that I love so much AND I can use the pretty stuff I’ve accumulated over the year!  Just ask my cousins – they can always tell which gifts I bring to the annual gift exchange just by checking the gift wrapping!

One thing that I love to do is stamp a bunch of tags. It’s something I can do while watching a movie with the kids, and something that makes me feel like I’m not a slacker. :) The Merry Little Christmas Stamp Set will be my go-to set for tags this year.  Here are two little projects I made while watching a movies and unwinding after a quick weekend trip up to Dallas. I knew I wanted to do something with this stamp and candles, so I hit my little gift stash in the hall closet, and got to crafting.  Here’s a mini candle with a cardstock band. . .

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and a Yankee candle warmer and little wax pie tarts packaged in a box I made using cardstock, heavy acetate, some Scor-Tape and my trusty Scor-Pal. Confession time:  What you’re seeing in that box has already been used, and there’s no way this will actually be given to someone this year. It was a gift I got last year, and when I was looking for something to wrap up, I thought, “Oooooooh! That would be pretty in a clear box with that holly border and some ribbon and a hangy tag!” . . . Nevermind that it had a light coating of dust over the hardened wax. . . Anyway, now that I have a pretty box, I need to find something to put inside it that hasn’t already been used! :)

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For more awesome ideas using JustRite products, join the fun by clicking any of the links below. I can’t wait to see what I’ll be copying and making my own this Christmas! :)

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JustRite Blog

Becca Feeken
Sankari Wegman
Sharon Johnson
Kazan Clark
Sharon Harnist
Laura Davis
Debbie Olson
Michelle Woerner
Taylor Van Bruggen
Jenn Balcer
Michelle Wooderson
Lori Craig
Lauren Meader
Beate Johns
Barb Schram
Kimberly Crawford
Michele Kovack
Jami Bova
Kellie Fortin
Jennifer Buck
Heidi Blankenship
Angela Barkhouse
Lisa Somerville
Gerrie Johnnic
Kathy Jones
Debbie Seyer
Kim Sonksen
Terre Fry
Sheryl Dickinson
Bonnie Sharp
Mary Pfaff
Holly Simoni
Angela Robledo

P.S. Just in case you want to see another way to use your JustRite stamps – check out my post on mass producing Christmas cards!

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50 Comments

  1. Posted August 17, 2009 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    These are fantastic projects Jenn and what perfect ideas for Christmas gifts this year!!!! :)

  2. Posted August 17, 2009 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    Well, I have already copied this one to my file!! Love these both Jennifer and what a fun story to share!!

  3. Posted August 17, 2009 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    My family does the same as yours, we draw names and only have to buy one gift for an adult… it makes the holidays so much more affordable. We focus on the kids and what Christmas is really about!

    Your tags are so cute! I have lots of ideas coming for that adorable set I am definitely going to get!

    TFS!!

  4. Posted August 17, 2009 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Darling packaging and tags, Jenn!!! FAB gifts!!! Loved reading about your ivory and stars year — bet it was GORGEOUS!!!

  5. Posted August 17, 2009 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    the tags are absolutely sweet! What a great idea!

  6. Posted August 17, 2009 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    I loved reading the story behind the tags! I can totally relate to holiday decorations before kids and after! Love your beautiful tags and I am off to watch your video on mass producing xmas cards!!! THanks for the great ideas!!!
    Best wishes,
    Sankari :)

  7. Posted August 17, 2009 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Wonderful projects!!!!
    Hugs and smiles

  8. Taylor
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Beeeeeutiful, Miss Jenn!! I think that first sentence sums it up… you ARE a busy girl! And I love Christmas projects for busy girls! :)

  9. Posted August 17, 2009 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Great use for this cute sentiment, Jenn — I’m more impressed you could find and get to any kind of Christmas decorations/gifts, LOL! Love your blingy tags!

  10. Posted August 17, 2009 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    The tags are a wonderful idea!! I love having fun wrapping presents too and these would be a fabulous way to make them even more personal!! Thanks for the fabulous inspiration!! :)

  11. Posted August 17, 2009 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Wonderful projects Jenn!

  12. conniemelancon
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Posted August 17, 2009 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    LOve your projects! The box is gorgeous. And, you just whip those up… ah-huh…I need to do more tags while I’m hanging out with the kids. You’ve inspired me, but then you always do. :)

  14. Posted August 17, 2009 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Gifts, wrapping, and tags made with our hands are made with so much love and care…what a great way to personalize every gift we give! Wonderful inpsiration, Jenn! I would be hard pressed to locate any Christmas decor at this time, LOL, hats off to you!

  15. Posted August 17, 2009 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Hi Jenn!! Love these tags and the amazing gift wrapping. You have a gift with ribbon girl! Hugs to you,

  16. Posted August 17, 2009 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Jenn, great job! Thanks for designing my secret santa gifts this year!! LOL Wonderful projects!

  17. Posted August 17, 2009 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Wonderful projects!!!

  18. Posted August 17, 2009 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Jenn, terrific ideas! What a great way to show off the gifts. Thank you for sharing, Mary

  19. stephanie
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Very pretty, Great idea.

  20. Swedie
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Very cute gift set ideas.

    Swedie

  21. Maggie
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Cute ideas. Would make any gift look special.

  22. Posted August 17, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Jenn! LOVE it! I LOVE them both! Your ribbon is amazing! I love the double bow on the candle. Gorgeous! :) Hope you are doing well, Girly! Have a great day! :)

  23. Posted August 17, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous project

  24. Posted August 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Great projects! Those tags would work for so many things. Beautiful. :)

  25. Gerrie
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Super great projects, and the story behind it all is wonderful too!

  26. Posted August 17, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Your Christmas tags are so pretty, Jenn… and I love your ribbons and bling!!

  27. Debbie Kaste
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Sweet gift ideas and amazing tags. Thanks for sharing!
    Debbie Kaste

  28. Posted August 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Great projects! The colors are so “rich” looking!

  29. Posted August 17, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Sweet gift Jenn!!! I love, love your tags!!

  30. Posted August 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    These tags are so wonderful, Jenn! They dress up your gift just perfectly!!

  31. Teresa
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Great idea and use of the stamp.

  32. Posted August 17, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    So cute! The adorable tags make these gifts all the more special. xxD

  33. tammy murphy
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    I love your ideas and these tags are something I would love to try!

  34. Posted August 17, 2009 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Awesome projects!! I think decorating store bought stuff is so much fun – sometimes more than making something from scratch! These are great!!

  35. kathy S
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    love these projects – Making tags is a great personal addition to pressys- love yours

  36. Amy/rohla
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    I love your schmancy stamped packaging, but most of all I love your message today, Jen!

  37. Iris Soscia
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Pretty, pretty projects. Iris Soscia

  38. Posted August 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Great gift giving ideas! Thanks for sharing.
    “Hugs” Granny

  39. Posted August 18, 2009 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    Great Christmas packaging.

  40. Susan
    Posted August 18, 2009 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Great Ideas!!

  41. Posted August 18, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Those are great gift ideas.

    Cazzy x

  42. christy
    Posted August 18, 2009 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    What a great gift idea:)
    Thank You for sharing !!

  43. christine
    Posted August 19, 2009 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Your projects are beautiful! I was planning on buying some of the stampers and now I know that I HAVE too.

    Blessings,
    Christine

  44. Posted August 19, 2009 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Just gorgeous1 Love your packaging!

  45. Posted August 21, 2009 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Love the tags! Simply beautiful!

  46. Posted August 22, 2009 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Beautiful tags!!

  47. Posted September 6, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Jenn, your projects are Fantastic!! I love the tags and these are both Fabulous ideas for gift giving. I love making the wrapping and presentation just as special as the present. I’m sorry couldn’t get over here sooner to leave you a comment for the blog hop but our computer crashed and we just got it back so now I am trying to catch up. 😉

  48. Holly Murphy
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    super packaging idea!!!

  49. Tammy
    Posted November 17, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Great tags- thanks for sharing.

  50. Becky E
    Posted November 18, 2009 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    I’m a tag person, too, so I loved your post. Thankss for sharing.
    BeckyE

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