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Monday, December 7, 2009

Some key things to remember when crafting for the holidays:

• Incorporate photos and mementos from events that happened throughout the past year — like the big family vacation, graduations and other celebrations — or items from last Christmas.

• It’s not about cost, but the sentiment that goes into the gift. Craft supplies can be costly. Take it back to basics by using items you already have or found items.

• Don’t take on so many craft projects you get stressed or overwhelmed, especially if crafting as a family. Keep things fun and stress-free, even if it means crossing some of those projects off your crafting to-do list.

• Get the entire family involved. On this page you’ll find a kids craft corner — incorporate some of these ideas into your projects, or let your kids take on their own crafting projects. (Just be sure to follow safety rules.)

• If you have one particular craft skill, stick with it for this year’s gifts, especially if you’re getting a late start. The holiday rush isn’t the time to learn a new skill.

Family Features lists some trends that will dominate this year’s Christmas themes:

• Traditional red and green will be the primary colors, with the green moving from lime green to a more traditional green such as forest green, avocado and Kelly green.

• Snowmen that are sweet and happy will remain strong, along with reindeer.

•Birds, snow-flakes, trees, retro critters and teddy bears.

• A nature influence will show up in cones, leaves, berries, pine boughs and branches in neutral and classic combinations with texture, layers and embroidery.

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