I’m the family memory keeper so it often falls to me to burn photo cds or dvds to share with everyone. I think a dvd full or pictures, slideshows, home movies, or any type of memories makes a great gift for pretty much anyone. In this digital age, everyone appreciates having a copy of the actual photographs to access on their own computers. Scrapbookers can slip a DVD right into a scrapbook so that the related photos can be easily located. Digital scrapbookers can even include digital copies of their pages as well. Distant friends and relatives appreciate a disc included with a greeting card. Family reunions are often filled with photo exchanges. There are plenty of times where we give digital cds or dvds to each other and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve handed over something that looked like this:
It gets the job done, but it doesn’t feel very festive. I came up with a super fast and incredibly easy way to dress it up a bit – all you need is some scrapbook paper, a paper trimmer, and a sewing machine!
Well, not just any scrapbook paper, it needs to be double sided and a bit thicker than standard paper. Martha Stewart stacks are my favorite choice for this project because many of them have two-sided papers and all of the papers are nice and sturdy.
I had a few Halloween packs around so I decided to get started with those.
Using a paper trimmer, I cut one piece of paper into a 5 inch high x 5.5 inch wide square shape – this is the back of the cd sleeve. I cut another piece into 3.5 inches high by 5.5 inches wide for the front of the cd pocket. The great thing about reversible papers is that you can make 2 full cd envelopes from only one 12x12 sheet of paper. You can also play around with which designs will be on the front or the back.
Then I just sewed around 3 of the edges using a straight stitch on my sewing machine. Yes, you can sew on paper! I found some cool colorful dvds at Office Max so I used some orange ones to keep the color scheme going. You could also use cds with your own printable labels on them if you want to jazz things up a bit. I wrote the title on the bottom of this disk so it wouldn’t show at first glance.
Of course, it’s also just fine to include your writing as part of the design. I don’t have super cute handwriting though so I always feel a little self-conscious about that.
I love that even the back of the cd sleeve is fun!
I used a tag from some Martha Stewart trick or treat bags for this one.
Can you imagine how popular these would be at a Halloween party?
Now my head is spinning with more ideas…Christmas, Baby, Summer, and Vacation themes come to mind. I’m going to need some more paper!