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I’ll Be DIY-ing for Christmas | Bookish Cards

It’s that time of year when my wood floor is covered with little pieces of paper and I have glue stuck to my fingers.

Sounds like the holidays, doesn’t it?

I’ve been making handmade / collage cards for a long time now. I remember sitting on my rug in my old bedroom at my parent’s house, making themed snowman cards for friends and family one year. It all snowballed (ha) from there. My cousins used to laugh when they saw my DIY creations because it was “so obvious I was not a parent” since I had time for these little, insignificant things. But, you know, they were never insignificant to me… even if they weren’t needed. It’s the little details that can make a holiday special, and it’s the even smaller details that can make a piece of mail that much more special.

This time last year, I shared some of the book cover inspired holiday cards I made in 2012 and today I’m about to show you some of my 2013 creations. Each card is carefully paired with the recipient, and each card can take from 45 minutes to two hours to complete. (This obviously does not include the amount of time I spend praying that they arrive safely.)

Sure, it’s always the inside that counts but with these cards, it’s about the entire package. I hope you love them as much as I loved creating them!

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith DIY Card

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith | Made with: watercolor, black cardstock, black marker

Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer DIY Card

Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer | Made with: magazine pages, tissue paper, foil paper

Sidenote: O M G. Was I scared about the delivery of this one.

The Snow Child DIY Card

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey | Made with: cardstock, color pencil, lots of patience (that fox was hard!)

God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo DIY Card

God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo | Made with: cardstock, black marker, notebook paper

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler DIY Card

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler | Made with: pastels, cardstock

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan | Made with: construction paper, marker

Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia

Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia | Made with: origami paper, color pencil


 I love sharing these with you! Thanks for visiting today. 🙂

Oh — and happy crafting or DIYing, if that’s what you are up to this weekend!

January 6, 2015 - 12:10 pm

Holly Goldberg Sloan - I LOVE what you did with the cover of Counting By 7s! Super talented.

December 28, 2014 - 6:57 pm

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December 27, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Shannan - This is such a clever idea. I’ll have to keep this in mind for next year’s gift giving. They turned out great too!

December 22, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Ellie - These are beauuuuutiful! You are so creative and talented, Estelle! 🙂

December 21, 2014 - 7:06 pm

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December 21, 2014 - 10:45 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - These are simply the most wonderful ever! You do such a great job, E. Love them so much and I look forward to seeing what you create each year. <3

December 21, 2014 - 12:04 am

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December 20, 2014 - 10:54 am

Leah - I was wondering if you still made these!! I’m seriously blown away here, Estelle, not even joking. I keep scrolling back up to stare at them – I’m absolutely in love with the Snow Child card!! (& oh my gosh the Nowhere but Home skirt!!!)

December 20, 2014 - 9:29 am

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - These are absolutely beautiful! I love the Snow Child one especially 🙂 The time and effort you put into these is so amazing, they must be such a treat to receive (but I don’t know if I could bear sending them away!).

December 20, 2014 - 2:40 am

Ashley - Those are all such beautiful and thoughtful cards! Such talent!

December 20, 2014 - 12:04 am

Jess, Books and Sensibility - Wow, these are amazing. So creative !

December 19, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Annie - These are gorgeous! It’s amazing how closely they match the books’ covers. You’re so talented Estelle because these are all SO GOOD.

December 19, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Jessica - I love these! Yes to patience as a craft tool. I DIY-ed 15 cards this year with an X-acto knife and there were moments where I questioned my sanity, yikes but the end result is so worth it.

December 19, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Brianna - These are beautiful!

December 19, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - So gorgeous. You are such an artist, Estelle, in your crafting, your makeup, and your writing! I’m sure the recipients must be so grateful for your effort.

I’m making a card for my sister-in-law tonight for her birthday, other than that, it’s cookie baking season for me!

December 19, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Lola - Wow I am impressed, those cards looks fabulous! And indeed sometimes it’s the small things that count. You really put a lot of work and effort in it and I love how easily you can recognize the book the card is based on.

December 19, 2014 - 11:14 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Okay, the Counting by 7s one?! With the little Santa hat? I mean, TOO CUTE! And the Nowhere But Home one? GAH! These are so beautiful! Good job!

December 19, 2014 - 9:45 am

Lauren at Bookmark Lit - Oh my goodness these are gorgeous! Absolutely great job. I’m obsessed with the Twenty Boy Summer one!

December 19, 2014 - 8:32 am

Andi - This is AMAZING E! I am blown away by your talent! I can’t even begin to imagine how much time and love goes into these. Nicely done.

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