Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop

Welcome to the Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop


As we approach the holiday season, I am sure we are all scrambling to find unique gift ideas. We hope as you hop along you are inspired by each bloggers’ projects!  I know I’ve picked up some really clever ideas in hops of years past.

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Now on with the hop!

For this hop I wanted to make something that would qualify as a last-minute gift, but something a bit unique.  I finally decided to make picture frame inserts to save a memory of each month.  Let me show you my picture inserts first and then talk a bit more about them.


Digital Picture Inserts 1


Digital Picture Inserts 2


Digital Picture Inserts 3


Digital Picture Inserts 5


Digital Picture Inserts 6


Digital Picture Inserts 7


Digital Picture Inserts 8


Digital Picture Inserts 9


Digital Picture Inserts 10


Digital Picture Inserts 11


Digital Picture Inserts 12


Digital Picture Inserts 13

These inserts came together quickly and easily by using templates and digital kits in a photo editing program such as Photoshop Elements.  The templates allow you to simply plop whatever digital paper or embellishment into a “layer”.  If you’re not familiar with this process, I found this video to explain the basics.  As far as the kits are concerned (the goodies you plop into your template), my go-to on-line suppliers are NitWit Collections, Sweet Shoppe Designs (where I also get most of my templates) and Peppermint Creative.

You can give these in .tiff or similar format for the recipient to insert their own pictures.  If you have access to the pictures, you can insert them and save as a .jpg.  Printing them out can be done inexpensively through online photo shops; I use Costco and can get an 8 x 10 for less than $2.00.  You could, as an alternative make this into a book.  I’ve talked about that previously and have actually made a book as a gift.  You can see that book here

Here are two inserts, complete with pictures:



That wraps up my post.  I hope you were inspired to try something similar.  It’s a lot of fun!  Now you’re off to visit with Holli, I know she will have something awesome to share with you.

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

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32 Responses to “Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop”

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  1. Wonderful pages! I have a fondness for digital, too. I also have some peppermint creative. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome creations!


  2. Jearise says:

    I like this idea as a book or just printing them off and supplying a frame for the recipient. A gift that last all year long! Thanks for sharing this fantastic idea.

    • Kim&Katy says:

      Thanks, Jearise. Everyone is offering picture books these days, so I’m sure it could be done pretty inexpensively.

  3. Sue says:

    These inserts are wonderful!!! What a great gift.


  4. Denise Sayers says:

    These are so cute, as are the pictures of Katy. I don’t think of digital first, but these are inspiring.

  5. Cute inserts! They look like scrapbook pages! I enjoyed hopping with you again! ❤

  6. Carol says:

    What a cute idea! I especially enjoyed the pictures of Katy. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. These are Amazing layouts! You are super talented Kim!😊

  8. Lynn McAuley says:

    What an awesome array of fabulous photo frame layouts, Kim! Any mom or grandma would love this for displaying their favorite pictures throughout the year!

  9. Holli says:

    That is beautiful! I love the lay outs.

  10. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Oh dear, you had done alot of work here- and all wonderful! I just love the last two layouts with your sweet dog! And, I have to go to your link- I have no idea how to do a digital layout!

    • Kim&Katy says:

      If you use a template, all the work is done for you and it looks like you’re a real pro when you don’t have to be!

  11. Kelly Santi says:

    Kim, this is a perfect way to get that last minute gift ANd celebrate the beautiful pictures from all year! And I’m with your pup – staying up til 12 is a bit harder than it used to be, LOL! Stunning monthly pages ♥ TFS!

  12. These are fabulous! Would be great in a calendar too!!

  13. I LOVE IT!!! Even to print it out, bind it up, and give it as a give WITHOUT pics, for someone to insert. Great idea! Happy Hopping with you, and MERRY CHRISTMAS (and… New Year, too!)!!

  14. Love them! What a great gift idea and I love the idea of creating it as a book. It would be perfect for a new mom too.
    Merry Christmas!

  15. Michelle B says:

    Sweet ideas! Love your little pooch. One of these days I will figure out the digital world… 🙂

  16. Vivian Foo says:

    This is inspiring, great ideas for me, thanks!

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