Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

I’m just about to wrap things up for the year, and before I sign off I want wish all of you Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Everything! I can’t express how much I appreciate that you take the time to stop by Paper Crave and share the paper love, and I hope that you’ve enjoyed the paper cravings that I’ve shared throughout the year. I’m already looking forward to 2014 and cannot wait to see what awesomely craveable paper goodies will be appearing on the stationery scene.

I’ll see you back here in January and, in the meantime, safe travels to all of you who are hopping into a plane, train, or automobile to visit family, friends, or a warm and tropical destination (I wish) over the holidays! I’m looking forward to spending time with family and friends, as well as having some more free time to work on our new house (estimated date of move-in is February), and spending some cozy time in front of the computer watching the adorable Lil BUB.

If you’re still on the lookout for some super cool gift tags and holiday packaging and decorating ideas, be sure to head on over and check out the Free Printables + Paper Crafts section of my holiday posts roundup. Hope you’ll find something you love!

See you in 2014 …

Weekly Wrap #160 : DIY Animal Gift Wrap

Weekly Wrap

DIY Animal Gift Wrap | Mr. Printables

Omigosh, is this diy animal gift wrap adorable, or what?! The clever packaging is not only sweet, but it’s simple to do, too. All you need is white wrapping paper, scissors, tape, and a black marker, and you’re good to go. There are so many additional possibilities with solid colored wrapping paper, too. Pink piggies, green froggies, black cats and, of course, red fox boxes!

Be sure to head on over and check out more images of this super sweet packaging at Mr. Printables.

image from Mr. Printables

Quick Picks : 12.19.13

Black Bouquet Print Series | Tad Carpenter

Black Bouquet Print Series (gorgeous!) | Tad Carpenter

This Week’s Picks

♥ 6 last minute Christmas paper craft diy ideas at All Things Paper. Thanks for the mention, Ann!

♥ A darling letter to Santa printable from Olivia Kanaley for Julep.

♥ Awesome packaging for Panera’s 2013 holiday campaign by Willoughby Design. – via

♥ Not quite paper, but I am SO digging this beautiful etched wooden spoon diy. – via

♥ Sweet, printable Christmas cookie tin labels by Studio DIY. – via

♥ Pretty food packaging ideas in red, white, black, and kraft from Paper Source.

image from Tad Carpenter

DIY Holiday Paper Craft Ideas

This group of festive holiday crafts will help you add a handmade touch to all of your holiday season celebrations. Create everything from sweet packaging for teacher treats to whimsical lettering on jars of seasonal sweets with these easy-to-follow, holiday-themed tutorials:

DIY Holiday Paper Craft Ideas as seen on

Above, clockwise from top left : Teacher Holiday Gift Packaging | Lisa Storms for Fiskars; Customized Gift Jars | Creature Comforts; Rosette Embellilshed Gift Box | Kristen Magee for The Paper; Easy Cardboard Christmas Trees | Mer Mag for Julep; Metallic Paper Ball Ornaments | Lia Griffith

images from their respective sources


More Free Holiday Printables

Free Printable 2014 Owl Lover Calendar | My Owl Barn

Just one more little bunch of free printable holiday goodies, including a yearly favorite, My Owl Barn’s free printable 2014 Owl Lover calendar (above). So many adorable, owly illustrations this year.

And check out the fantastic freebies below, including more lovely, printable gift tags and fun and festive DIY decorations! Looking for more freebies? Head on over and have a look at my first bunch for many more tags, labels, and holiday packaging ideas!

Free Printable Holiday Tags and Decorations as seen on

Above, clockwise from top left : ‘Tis the Season Holiday Printables | Carina Skrobecki (via); Illustrated Holiday Gift Tags | Julissa Mora / We Love to Illustrate (five additional sets available); Holiday Express Paper Chain Garland | Evermine; Black, White & Gold Gift Tags | Creative Index

images from their respective sources