A pretty lolly adorns this card, but photos ought to star in this year’s Christmas cards

One of the lures of papercrafting is the dimensionality — layers of paper on paper. It’s why I’ve always enjoyed scrapbooking and now stamping. The texture cannot be reproduced in a photo or most printed materials, though embossing, engraving and thermographic printing create texture (think of raised-letter business cards; aren’t you impressed when you receive a business card you can actually feel?).

That’s probably why this card with a lolly (also known as a medallion) delights me. I made this pile of cards Saturday at a card swap: 2 Thanksgiving cards, 10 Christmas cards, 1 Christmas gift card sleeve and a “thinking of you” card (not bad for a few hours work).

A lolly is a 12-inch strip of paper, folded accordion style at 1/4-inch intervals. Adhere the ends together and you have an impressive 3D circle (do a search for “lolly Stampin’ Up” on Google, and you’ll find YouTube videos with visual instructions).

As much as I am impressed with lollies, their robust dimensionality complicates their mailing so they’re not an option for my Christmas cards this year. My new job promoting the Association of Personal Photo Organizers has me in a bit of a quandary right now. In the past few years, I have painstakingly created dozens of handmade, handstamped cards to send my holiday greetings to family and friends, but I probably ought to incorporate one or more photos into my creative efforts this year.

The creative juices are percolating.

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5 responses to “A pretty lolly adorns this card, but photos ought to star in this year’s Christmas cards

  1. Yep, you’ve got me thinking of what I can do. I love those motivational messages.

  2. One thing that I love to do is to just print a bunch of wallet-sized photos to include with the cards–that way they are distributed but in such a way where they’re an element of the card, not the centerpiece. Would that work for you?

  3. Great Idea! I just had a bunch included in my order froma kids’ photo session. Now I’ll stick them in with Christmas cards!

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