Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Place Cards into Mini Book

Thanksgiving place cards are such a nice touch to your table setting but they often end up being disposed of after the turkey is eaten.  I always want to make them, but if I'm going to put the time and effort into creating them, I want them to have some kind of life afterward.
To save time and money I turned to one of my favorite new kits, I Smell Autumn Coming by Louise Franks Designs.  In addition to the kit, Louise came up with some fabulous word art, also available in their own little mini kit. There's also a cute set of kraft colored alphas.  I used all three to create my place cards and the word art kit really helped speed designing along as well as the goodies like the premade frame, tied ribbon, and journaling spots from the kit.. 

You can see the different versions and all the components of the I Smell Autum Coming bundle on the Louise Franks Designs Digiscrapping blog.
Each place card has a spot for a current picture of the dinner guest, their name, the year, and a spot to write why they've been blessed the past year.  You just personalize it for each one before printing.  I made two versions with slight variations, the background paper and the word art on the front and by the journaling spot has been switched up.
Glue the place cards together, punch a hole, put the filled out cards onto a metal O ring, and you've got yourself a little 3X3 inch mini.  So easy and it's all done right after the meal, now you can relax and peruse the sales circulars to plan out your shopping for Black Friday!


Disclaimer: As a member of the Louise Franks Design Team I receive access to kits to create promotional items, these kits included.  Please note that several purchase options are available, product links will take you to the personal use versions.  Melamine plates used in photos are from Potterybarn Kids.   
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