It Means More

By Lauren, age 17, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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Why do homemade Christmas cards mean so much more than store-bought?

Cards are the easiest, cheapest, and most traded gifts during this season - but generally mean the least to people. The 99 cent blank holiday tree card and green envelope is still a nice gesture, but most still feel gypped when they receive one - it almost sends an undercurrent message of "you weren't worth the time."

So make them worth the time - and don't spend another dime!

I've made hundreds of handmade cards in my lifetime, for all sorts of occasions. You don't need a set of 46 colored pencils, color printer, or the world's finest markers to make a card. All you need at minimum is a piece of paper and a pencil. There's no meaning to a card with simply "To:_____" and "Merry Christmas, signed __________". Make it personal!

Often, even as common a phrase as "may all your wishes come true in the new year" will grant you a more sincere thanks and a better relationship with that person. It doesn't take much to personalize a card, but it's well worth the time to do it.

Also, don't hesitate to put personal information in it if it is addressed to a grandparent or other relative. Most want to know what you've been up to and "stay current" with your activities and accomplishments.

If you have absolutely no idea what to write, try these starters and finish the sentence:

I've really appreciated ...

I hope you have a wonderful ...

I'm looking forward to ...

Wishing you a happy holiday, and a fabulous 2012,


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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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