In the house I dash, aiming myself straight down the hallway into the "office" area of my parents home. It's Christmas Eve and we arrived around 25 minutes late. What's worse is I forgot to actually wrap the gifts I've been storing in odd corners of my apartment. Thus, I find myself stealing (yes, swiping from my own mother on Christmas) old gift wrap and sparkling bows from the ever growing closet collection. Like a rabid hampster I emerge from the back room, nearly in a sweat...just in time to sneak the presents under the tree before anyone notices. Right...my mom ALWAYS knows what I'm doing.
The excerpt above is a wee little glimpse into Christmases past. Not this year folks! Nope, I'm going to plan ahead and have some thoughtful, lovely wrapped gifts ready for my family. In order to accomplish this, I found myself looking around online and while shopping last week for some new spins on old wrapping traditions. New for me, anyway. Why not share my findings with you? Here we go....
Stamping names on to boxes, gift wrap, tags, or cards can be a fun way to personalize a gift. Here's a great site from my friend Sunny of Puddle Jumpin' Cards. She specializes in block printed artwork and custom designed stamps. Check out her stamp offer HERE. Below are some other great stamp designers from Etsy....
1. Pine Cone Stamp from Nora Jane
2. Doilie Stamp from Pretty Tape
3. Mini Key Stamp from Blossom Stamps
I LOVE putting gift tags on presents and surprises. It seems to bring back some old charm and fun to circling up under the Christmas Tree. Here are some interesting ideas...I love the special touch in the middle if you are handmaking your gifts (which is always a great idea).
1. Yellow Bud Tag from Potter & Butler
2. Handmade Love Tag from Unify
3. Wooden Gift Tags from The Wanderlust
I've never been very good at tie-ing bows. I remember my mom having me put my finger on the knot as she tied lovely bows from her very choice ribbon collection. Lucky for me, the collection below consists of some pretty ideas including washi tape, which I can totally handle.
1. Red & White Twine from Anthropologie
2. Blossom Bows from Potter & Butler
3. Minty Washi Tape from Pretty Tape
I love envelopes, mostly because I'm a card designer so it comes with the territory. You can use them in so many ways! Especially for spicing up a tired Christmas card or gift tag. Or turn on into a gift tag!
1. Delicate Snow White by Blossom & Twig
2. Musical Envelopes by Love & Laughter
3. Map Envelopes by Create Lovely
Do stickers really need an introduction? In my opinion if you hate stickers, bubbles, or ice cream it's likely you have no soul. Again, just a thought to consider. Stickers make great sealers on envelopes and giftwrap alike.
1. Do Not Open Stickers from Crafty Pagan
2. Vintage Stamps from Anthropologie
3. Alice in Wonderland Stickers from Seasonal Delights
Ah, wrapping paper. It can evoke anger while trying to get that perfect fold or evoke buyers guilt. But no no matter how you feel about, it's so very pretty. Try purchasing handmade papers from artists like the one's featured below. It's friendlier to the earth and generally more beautiful!
1. Little Houses Paper by Placed
2. Snowflake Printed Paper by Bombina Studios
3. Floral Assortment Paper by Love Mae Store
I could quite literally go on and on with this blog post, but in an effort to salvage the rest of my day (it's actually crisp and sunny here in Portland) I must now leave the computer and join the land of the living. I hope you enjoyed surfing these lovely takes on paper goods and even more sincerely I hope you purchase some of these lovely details from the many hardworking artists featured here today!