So I'm not very artistic or crafty. I have no idea how some people do it. I feel like i don't have enough time (not to mention enough talent - ha!). But i try to do simple things. I've picked up painting again, which is fun - and i will not share those with you. My favorite "craft" is paper crafts. I guess i just like to work with paper because it's cheap and fast and easy. I mostly like to make cards, which also applies my love for the written word - i haven't done this in a long time though, i'm not sure why.
Well, I'm an avid journaler and so is my sister. I decided that a hand-made journal would be a great gift idea. Her birthday was in May, yet i didn't get around to making her a journal until a few weeks ago, when i have been couch-ridden because of my ankle surgery. I was really happy with how it turned out and i think i'll try to make some more in the future! I checked out 5 books at my local library to learn how to make a book, but i'm including a link to the book that was the best below. It was really great in explaining different kind of books and bindings. I made the typical journal, forget the accordion book, apple book, picture book, etc... maybe for a more ambitious paper-crafter. It was a lot of fun and i think it was a great idea.
I'm starting to think about Christmas gifts and i definitely think that hand-made is the way to go. This is a good idea - inexpensive and simple. Don't worry, i'm not planning on making everyone journals this year. If i can't make something i'll still try to buy gifts handmade on Etsy or somewhere else.