Minimal Modern Gift Wrap / Craft Papers from Ola

Modern Pattern Christmas Crackers from ola

These patterned papers from British stationery and paper goods shop, ola, may technically be part of their most recent Christmas collection, but the gorgeous, modern patterns and color palette will bring some serious style to gift packages and paper crafts at any time of the year.

Head on over to ola to see all of their totally craveable paper goods, which include greeting cards, notebooks, and origami decorations, too!

Lines Pattern Paper | ola

Maze Pattern Paper | ola

Squares Pattern Paper | ola

Lines Pattern Paper | ola

Maze Pattern Paper | ola

Squares Pattern Paper | ola

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12 Merry, Modern Holiday Gift Wrap Designs

One of my absolute favorite things about the holiday season is all of the awesome gift wrap designs. I mean, I love gift wrap all year ’round, but Christmas is THE gift wrap holiday, and I always look forward to seeing what’s new for the season.

Here’s a roundup of 12 merry, modern holiday gift wrap designs that have caught my eye this year, and I hope that they’ll catch yours, too!

12 Merry, Modern Holiday Gift Wrap Designs

1. Leafy Berries 2. Pine & Holly (Pink) 3. Peace on Earth 4. Presents on Christmas Morning 5. Falala! 6. Hand Lettered Joy Love Peace 7. Brush Lettered Joy Peace Love 8. Feliz Navidad 9. Reindeers 10. Holly Leaves 11. Snowball 12. Bold Brush

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Red Cap Cards Gift Wrap

Red Cap Cards Gift Wrap

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, then you know that I’m a huge fan of Red Cap Cards, and you also might know that I have a bit of a thing for gift wrap. So, you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that Red Cap Cards recently launched a line of gorgeous, gorgeous gift wrap!

Below are just a few of my favorite patterns, and be sure to head on over to Red Cap Cards to see all of the wonderful designs in the collection. Did I mention that I’m super excited about this?! ‘Cause, yeah, I totally am.

Red Cap Cards Gift Wrap

Shown above (clockwise from top left) : Citrus Peach Wrap from Kelsey Garrity Riley // Swimmers Wrap by Kate Pugsley // Confetti Wrap by Kate Pugsley // Forest Blue Wrap by Kelsey Garrity Riley // April Bouquet Wrap by Anna Emilia Laitinen // Tropical Jungle Wrap by Carolyn Gavin

images from Red Cap Cards

Fun Gift Wrap + Washi Tape from Smarty Pants Paper Co.

Ice Cream Truck Gift Tags + Popsicle Gift Wrap from Smarty Pants Paper Co.

I’m getting the party started this week with some fantastically fun gift wrap goodies from Smarty Pants Paper Co. You know I love great looking gift wrap, and these crazy cool wrapping paper, gift tag, and washi tape designs will take any package to the next level. You’ll find everything from ice cream trucks (see above) to balloon animals, Boston Terriers, cacti, unicorns, and galaxies in the Smarty Pants’ lineup, and I’m lovin’ it all!

Pssst … if you’re into enamel pins, then you’ve gotta head over and check out this eggcellent example of enamel goodness.

Gift Wrap, Gift Tags & Washi Tape from Smarty Pants Paper Co.

images from Smarty Pants Paper Co.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow

After I posted my gift wrap ideas for the #12daysofSmock, I had a few requests for a tutorial on the big and loopy satin bow that I made for one of the gifts. Here you go, and just in time for holiday gift wrapping!

For this tutorial, I used the Satin Ribbon (Red) from Papermart. As I mentioned over on Instagram, I’ve been using their ribbon for over a decade and love it. The quality is very nice, and their prices are fantastic.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 1

Step 1 : Wrap the ribbon around the back of the box and twist the two ends over each other, as shown above.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 2

Step 2: Bring the two ends of the ribbon around to the front of the package and tie a knot in the center. Cut the ends using very sharp scissors (I use my sewing scissors when I’m cutting ribbon) and leave approx. 8 inch tails on either end.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 3

Step 3: Start looping the ribbon back and forth, as shown above. The width of the loop is between one half and three quarters the the width of the box, with slightly longer tails (approx. 4 inches) on either end.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 4

Step 4: Continue to form loops, pinching the ribbon in the middle, until there are four loops on each side. Depending in the weight of your ribbon, you may be able to add more, but with the ribbon that I’m using I’ve found that four loops on each side gives me the fullness that I’m looking for.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 5

Step 5: Hold the bow by the pinched center and position it over the box knot. Tie the bow onto the package using the ribbon tails.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 6

Step 6: Gently pull the loops and separate them until you’re happy with the shape and fullness of the bow.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 7

Step 7: Cut the ends of the ribbon on the diagonal for a finished look. There isn’t a standard length that I cut them to. Sometimes I go longer (like I did here) and sometimes shorter. It’s whatever looks good to you.

How to Make a Big & Loopy Satin Gift Bow, Step 8

Step 8: Thread a gift tag onto one of the ribbon ends to finish, no adhesive needed!

photos by Kristen Magee