Thursday, January 9, 2014

Handmade Christmas Gift- Crafty Coupon Book

I struggle with giving Christmas gifts to the folks at work.  You don't want to make them feel uncomfortable with something excessive, inspire a "return" gift attitude, or be a dork.  O.K. I am clearly not afraid of being seen as a dork so scratch that last part.  My solution for the two ladies at work that I wanted to single out with a special gift was these coupon books.  Here's the details:

  • The cover is cut out of cardstock and embellished with some scraps from Basic Grey's Sweet Threads collection.  There are a combination of patterned paper scraps and cardstock stickers (pendant, buttons, flowers, swirls and boarder). 
  • The title was printed out of Word where I combined the picture from my blog header with some titles.  I created the coupons and the title in a table in the word document.  I tried to share the document but the table kept being saved in a weird manner.  Here a picture showing how I did it:

I first created a table in Word that had two columns and six rows.  I modified the row size and column size to fit five rows per 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.  Everything was approximate, but my first column is 2.25" wide and the second column is 6" wide.  You'll notice I have the margins extremely narrow (since I won't be printing to the edge).  The row height is 2.1".  I left the top and bottom borders of the table in place so I would have an idea of where to cut.

Next, I created individual text boxes within the second column containing the words/font/colors that I wanted.  I tried to pick colors out of my blog banner to match the Cover Page Title.  Here's a picture showing the individual text boxes.  I really just eyeball this part- sometimes using a Pinterest image or other internet image as a guide.

I realize this is complicated and assumes a certain amount of expertise with Word.  Inserting pictures in text boxes, editing font/color/size of text within a text box, and positioning/moving text boxes within a Word table are all expertise that I haven't explained.  However, there are tutorials online to help you and I would encourage you to play around with these options to create your own "art" for use in your projects.  Here's a clean copy of the text box image to help you sort out what is going on:

I ended up gifting these coupon books to ladies at work.  Wendy already turned in a coupon for an engagement card.  I'm still catching up on all my photographing and editing.  Coming soon... 

Thanks for your patience as I catch up and for a couple of picture heavy posts.  I'm off to Colorado to visit my grandma this weekend.  I don't think I'll have much time to catch up on photo editing and posting, but if I do you'll be the second person to know :)


  1. Oh Andie - this is such an original, unique and inspiring idea! Fabulous gift to anyone lucky enough to receive it and these two very lucky ladies. Enjoy your weekend with your Grandma!

  2. That is such a brilliant idea, so much fun too!


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