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Tips to Stretch Your Holiday Craft Budget

Tips to Stretch Your Holiday Craft

I don't know about you, but I have pretty large collection of stamps and stencils and the majority are non-holiday themes. To be honest, I don't typically buy holiday themed goodies. It seems like a waste of money and space to buy something I can only use once year. Here are some ways you can stretch your craft stash and save some money in the process:

Treat Bag by Laura Bray Designs

  1. When purchasing reusable items like stamps, stencils, or dies, think about how the image might be used for a one (or more) of the holidays you celebrate. For example, I was able to stretch this FolkArt Stencil as a Halloween item. The curly branches on the tree are stylish for everyday, but with black paint and the right embellishments, it can also look a spooky tree. I was able to create a cute Halloween treat bag and a door hanger with the stencil. I'm thinking for Christmas I can paint it red and add some ornaments.
    Advent House by Laura Bray Designs

    See the post of this project here:

  2. Look for universal prints when buying paper and fabric. Polka dots, stripes, and chevron patterns in various colors work great for every day AND for holidays. A black and white chevron with orange paper and you have tons of Halloween paper crafting ahead of you, then pull the green and red out for Christmas. If you really love a holiday specific print, buy a small quantity and use the "everyday" prints to make it go further.
  3. Think outside the traditional holiday color palettes. No orange to go with your black and white stash for Halloween? How about some green or purple? Christmas can take on a retro-vibe with pinks and aquas.

With a little creativity, you can save money and still make some spectacular crafts this holiday season!


Intentional Consumption by Laura Bray Designs

Yesterday, I listened to a Creative Thursday podcast that touched on a topic I've been mulling over for a long time. In it, Marisa talks about how much information is out there in the world and how it's totally un-monitored. Which is good for freedom of speech, but not so good for reliability and content.Continue Reading

Pumpkin Tags

Paint Chip Treat Tags for

The gals over at the LaurasAreCool blog, are always sending other Lauras fun packages. They are filled with crafty goodies that are seasonally inspiring. I like to think of them as "Blog Posts in a Box" because I tend to sit down with my box of goodies and create something that I can share hereContinue Reading

Creative Business: Balance is a Myth

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There is no such thing as balance. For years, I have taught women to have balance in their lives. Balance between work and home, balance between self-care and the care of others.  But I was wrong. There is no such thing as balance. In today’ world, balance doesn’t exist. When you are working mom, tryingContinue Reading

Pumpkins for Fall


In my ongoing series of all things pumpkin, I thought I would share a project I did for Plaid's blog back in 2012. This is one of my most popular pumpkin projects and is perfect for those of you who don't want to do the whole Halloween thing. These pumpkins will carry you through theContinue Reading

DIY Pumpkin Door Decor with Smoothfoam

Pumpkin Door Decor::Laura Bray Designs

It's all about pumpkins around here. On Friday, I shared an elegant pumpkin project and today we're going a little silly. I love how goofy this guys looks! It's a super easy project, one that you can set-up for the kids to do. Supplies: Smoothfoam 12″ Half Ball  (you can use any size you want,Continue Reading

Elegant Pumpkins for Halloween

Elegant Halloween

Not into scary for Halloween? How making some elegant pumpkins? Here's how: Supplies: FolkArt Acrylic Paint-662 Metallic Silver Sterling, FolkArt Acrylic Paint-659 Metallic Pearl White, FolkArt Extreme Glitter-2796 Hologram, FolkArt Extreme Glitter-2797 Black, Peel & Stick Stencil-Architectural Fleur-30457 White and black fake pumpkins, Mini wood frames, Crystal stickers in letters, swirls and flourishes Hot glueContinue Reading

Craft Your Stash Book Review

Craft Your Stash Book Review:

My super talented friend, Lisa Fulmer, has a wonderful, new crafty book out. In the book, she intelligently deals with crafter's love of collecting craft supplies. From showing you how to organize your craft supplies to actually using them, this book has tons of ideas for playing in your stash. After all, that's what craftingContinue Reading

Floral Mandala Key Hook

Make a Mandala Floral Key

I don't know why, but I'm still a little obsessed with organizing my keys. Last week, I showed you some fun, Quilted Flower Key Chains. I love them and decided that simply hanging them on an ugly nail by the door wasn't going to cut it so I dug through my stash and found aContinue Reading

Redecorating Your Couch for Fall

Redecorating Your Couch for

I love fall. It's my favorite season of the year. I treat fall the same way people treat spring. I redecorate and clean. I feel like a little squirrel or a mama bear, preparing a warm and safe place to wait out the winter. The first stop on my fall redecorating was the couch. LastContinue Reading