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Sep 19, 2012

Go-to Gals Blog Hop: Holiday Photo Inspiration & Video Tutorial

















The Go-to Gals from Paper Crafts Magazine are joining together today for a fun Holiday Photo Inspiration blog hop!  

Have you seen the new Holiday Cards & More special issue?!?  It's PACKED with awesome holiday cards, packaging ideas, gifts, tags & more!  One of my favorite sections in this issue was the photo card section.  I love giving & receiving Christmas cards with family photos, and there are so many clever ideas included in this publication.

I created a card using an Instaframe (a Polaroid-like die cut by Heidi Swapp) to frame a photo of my youngest son in this issue.  But... cards are not the only way to incorporate family photos this holiday season.

I thought it would be fun to take this same idea & incorporate it onto a gift bag.  There's no mistaking who this present belongs to!






I made this Polaroid frame die cut using my Silhouette.  They are easy to make & I love welding text inside the frame as well.
I love stretching my supplies & using non-holiday product during the Christmas season.  Even though this Echo Park collection doesn't consist of traditional Christmas colors, I think it really works!  The die cut snowflake border transformed the paper into something really festive.


Would you like to see how to create your own Polaroid frames?  I created a video tutorial below:


Make sure to visit each of the Go-to Gals' blogs today as well as the Paper Crafts Connection blog to see even more photo inspiration!

·  Julie Campbell (*that's me!)
·  Kim Kesti



How would you like to WIN your very own copy of Holiday Cards & More?!?  Simply comment on this blog post & I'll select a winner on Monday, September 24th.  (Make sure to leave an e-mail address so that I can contact you if you win.)

Gift Bag Supplies: (click on pics for links)

117 comments :

  1. aww what a great gift bag...cute idea with the photo tag...

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  2. LOVE that bag, what a great idea to use a photo on it like that! TFS!!

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial! I love learning new things in the Silhouette. Lovely card as well!

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  4. Polaroid frames are so popular right now. What an awesome idea to make them yourself with your Silhouette! Thanks so much for sharing your project and sparking my imagination on what I can make!

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  5. Great gift bag idea and love the bonus of the photo tag. Great idea.

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  6. That is a great idea!!!! You go-to-gals are so darn creative!

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  7. What a fun twist on regular old name tags. These would take front and center under the tree or for any gift. Love the bag, too. Thanks for the tutorial, as well.

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  8. Love the cutout by the silhouette! Super tempted to get that machine now!

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  9. Cute! I love the tag - such a unique and fun idea! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  10. Such a great idea - love the Polaroid frame!

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  11. What a cute idea to use pictures as tags, very easy for the young ones to identify and by dressing them up they are actually a nice gift that can be framed later.

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  12. Your gift bag is gorgeous and I love the way you have used the great photo for the gift tag - this is such a fun idea! Thanks for the video tutorial!

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  13. I am hoping there is a Silhouette under the tree with my picture on it this Christmas!

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  14. Super cute Julie. I also love using non traditional colors on my projects. Gorgeous as always. Hugs

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  15. This is a really cute idea! This would also be cool for a teacher gift, you could attach a little card with a picture of your child. Thanks for the idea!

    Susan
    slamb13 (at) yahoo.com

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  16. I love the use of non-traditional paper/prints for Christmas! Adding the right embellishments is all it takes! Great job on this sweet gift bag!

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  17. What a trendy project! I really enjoy decorating kraft gift bags for the holidays and really like this one!

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  18. Fantastic! I really like how the snowflake die cut makes a nonseasonal paper look Christmas!

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  19. I like the color combination. Good for a boy or girl.
    clayandamy@sbcglobal.net

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  20. Love, love, love what you created! Yet another reason to get a cameo! - top of my Santa wish list. Thanks for the chance to win

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  21. I great idea to make a picture for the bag. I like the border. I haven't done much with my cricut but this might get me inspired to get it out and practice.

    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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  22. Love how this looks with the whole masculine approach-clever use of non traditional supplies too!

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  23. Cute photo tag. Thanks for the cahnce to win.

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  24. I am actually doing this same thing for my nieces and nephews this holiday season!!

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  25. Thanks for the tutorial - love the Polaroid frame!

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  26. Such a cute tag and thanks for the chance to win.

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  27. What a clever idea! I think I see a Silhouette in my future...

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  28. Love the bag and tag!!! More reasons why i want the cameo!!

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  29. I love the Polaroid tag! How sweet! thank you!

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  30. How cute!!! I know if I put my daughter's pic on a gift she would be thrilled :) Great idea!

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  31. Really fantastic idea Julie, thanks for the tutorial!

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  32. What a handsome lad!. Using pix on geift tags is a great idea. Can I borrow your idea? Thanks

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  33. Great way to identify gift bags easily!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  34. So cute! And such a beautiful boy! Love the tag!

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  35. What a great idea to use pictures to identify the gift recipient. Kids would LOVE this! Thanks for the shared tutorial too.

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  36. Oops - forgot to leave my email address! s underscore huston at hotmail dot com

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  37. Great idea!! What a fun way to mark their packages!!

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  38. Love your idea of using a photograph for the "ID" tag-so cute.Thanks for chance to win.

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  39. What a great gift bag! Love it!

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  40. Love your idea of using photo for "ID". Could use anytime of year. Thanks for chance to win.

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  41. What a sweet idea to have a photo frame with the gift bag. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!

    kailashn2003@yahoo.com

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  42. The snowflake border on the bag is a fun idea, and the bright color is a nice counterpoint to the kraft color.

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  43. Great gift bag and tag! I have a Pazzles cutter--so fun to make custom embellishments.

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  44. oh wow! just looove kraft bag...with lil'touch of love!!

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  45. I have a Cameo, and it is fun to get some more ideas how to use it...thanks for the tutorial!

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  46. I would love to win a copy of this exciting new edition! Thanks for the chance! bobbiesue32(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  47. Nice gift bag -- so perfect for a guy! Love the tag, too.

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  48. All these ideas are fantastic!! I would have never thought to use the "polaroid" idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  49. Oh, I love Instagram! This is the cutest way to make a tag for a gift bag!! With all of the cool ideas going on with this new issue, I KNOW it's a must-have for me!!

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  50. A photo gift tag - what an awesome idea!!! TFS.

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  51. What a lovely idea for a tag! I will have to lift it....thanks for sharing.

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  52. Great project.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  53. My kids would love to see photo tags on their presents! What a fun idea! Also, thanks for the tutorial. Now I don't have to figure it out!

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  54. The best tag, I could see when packing to ship gift who they are for and be sure to get every one right using this ideas. TFS.

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  55. Loved the colors you chose.

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  56. What a fun way to decorate gift bags...LOVE the photo tag!

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  57. Cute idea and cute guy!! Thanks for sharing!

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  58. Great idea, love the polaroid/photo gift tag :)

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  59. This is an awesome idea...gives a new meaning to photo I.D. and a neat way to tag gifts.

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  60. What a fun idea with the photo & frame as a gift tag! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win a copy of Holiday Cards & More!

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  61. I like learning how to make a polaroid frame. Thank You!

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  62. Great idea! Love the old-fashioned look of the polaroid. I love the dies but can't afford the machine, so I usually go to the craft store and do some. Thanks for another super idea.

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  63. great tag, and thanks for the tutorial on making it: I have it pinned for when I get my Sillouette!! :-)

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  64. Great tag idea! TFS!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  65. Lovely idea to use a photoframe. I have no silhouette but chipboard letter would work just as well, I think!

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  66. Lovely personalised packaging!

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  67. I love this gift bag!
    Thank you so much for the chance!
    smalltcreations AT gmail.com

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  68. Great idea...would be perfect for a Grandparent to receive, too!!

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  69. Loved your tutuorial, will be trying this. Thanks for sharing.

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  70. Thanks for your tutorial! Great idea!

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  71. SUPER CUTE BAG!!!!!!!!!! (Is that your son?) I'm SURE he likes being a "star!" :) (LOVE the title of your blog too!) :)

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  72. I would love to win. Looks like an awesome magazine.

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  73. What a clever gift tag! Thanks for the tutorial. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  74. I love Polaroids! Great ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  75. Thanks for the tutorial! I love that super cute tag! What a fun idea.

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  76. Love the bag and the cute detail about the polaroid frame. A great holiday gift for the grandparents.

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  77. Love your idea to use a photo as a gift tag. I will have to try this at Christmas!

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  78. Love the polaroid frame. Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

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  79. Great project! I love custom gift bags. Well done

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  80. Great idea since the eyes are usually not working so well at 6 a.m. on Christmas morning (and sometimes the handwriting on the tag isn't very legible either!)

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  81. Love this idea with the photo and their name, how cool! Thanks so much!
    Lisa
    lisascreativeniche at gmail.com

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  82. Great idea and cute pic! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  83. THANKS for sharing!! Love your ideas!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  84. I absolutely love your Polaroid frame--hot! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Holiday Cards and More! comp_widow@hotmail.com

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  85. What a clever gift bag! Kudos to you!

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  86. Julie, this is totally inspiring! Love it.

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  87. Great way to use a photo as a tag.

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  88. Love the idea of using a photo on a bag like this.

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  89. Love the name in a frame - such a cool idea!

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  90. love love love Holiday Cards & More!

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  91. Thanks so much for the tutorial - I'm going to use that idea!

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  92. Cute idea, love the Silhouette cut. gytgram at hotmail dot com

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  93. Love the idea of a photo tag. Thanks for sharing.

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  94. Love, love, love and love.
    And love, love and love again.

    Happy Friday, my fine friend!

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  95. This is a wonderful idea! The picture of your son is awesome. Thanks for the tutorial...I recently splurged on a Cameo and love to find new ideas/tutorials for it.

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  96. love the frame but cannot afford a Cameo but will try it the old fashioned way with a craft knife.
    thanks for the inspiration.

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  97. Love how you made your tag!! Cute idea to put the name under the picture!

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  98. Thank you for the tutorial!! And of course, the chance to win this awesome idea book:)
    Fa la la la la!

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  99. I would love to win a copy of Holiday Cards & More! I'd also love a Silhouette, but I'll leave a comment for Santa on that one!

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  100. I sure would love to win this book.
    Paxcha@bellsouth.net

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  101. What a great idea! I love how versatile tags are!

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  102. Great card. Thanks for sharing the Tutorial too.

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