Holiday Break

Happy Holidays

I’m wrapping up for the year today and wanted to wish all of you who celebrate a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I can’t express how much I appreciate that you take time out of your day to visit Paper Crave, and your emails, comments, and feedback have helped make this a great year. What can I say? You guys rock!

I’m looking forward to taking a little break to reflect and to re-energize, and I’ll also be working on some exciting projects that are in the works for 2010. I’ll see you back here in January, and here’s to a happy, healthy 2010!

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Thank you to Ana Aceves and Seattle Show Posters!

Holiday Paper Crafts Roundup

As all of the chaos surrounding the holidays begins to die down, I start thinking about little crafts that I can make during the last few days before Christmas. Ornaments are almost always on my list because they’re usually not as involved a craft, and if you can make several in a short period of time then they may even serve as additional embellishment for those last few gifts that you have to wrap. Here’s a little roundup of some of the ornament and small packaging crafts that have caught my eye this season, and I hope that you’ll find one or more that catch your eye, too.

Holiday Paper Crafts

Clockwise, from top left:

* Yasmine from A Print a Day shares adorable holiday themed printable patterned papers that you can use in many of the crafts in this roundup — matching gift tags and cute to do lists are available, too

* Learn how to make sweet gift containers from tp tubes and egg cartons. I love the painted wood grain!

* Lovely, modern paper teardrop ornaments from Patricia at A Little Hut. These are so simple to make, and such a great result!

* Jessica from How About Orange shows us how to make cool 3D paper ornaments using circles of paper

* Get the pattern for this gorgeous quilled snowflake, courtesy of Deb Mackes, over at the always inspiring All Things Paper

* Amazing that toilet paper tubes can become such pretty things. Check out the tutorial for these pretty tp tube flower ornaments from Scraplog

Holiday Paper Crafts

Clockwise, from top left:

* Learn how to make pretty paper cardinal ornaments with a template and tutorial from Cheeky Magpie

* German paper stars have always been one of my favorites, and you can learn how to make them in this tutorial from Abigail Mooney

* Make a beautiful, glittered winter garland with templates and instructions from A Field Journal – found via Whip Up

* Make Something Happy shares a neato idea for making paper stockings out of recycled grocery bags (thank you, Trader Joe’s!)

* Find out how to make pretty little tree ornaments using book pages over at How to … Do Something. Side note: I had no idea that Staying Alive was available as a book! Check out the tutorial to see what I’m talking about. – found via One Pretty Thing

* Learn how to create lovely German bell ornaments with this tutorial from Ann Martin at All Things Paper

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Weekly Wrap #5 : Grey Likes Gift Wrap

Weekly Wrap

Thud. That was my jaw hitting the floor when I first saw these absolutely stunning gift wrap ideas from Summer of Grey Likes Weddings over at Style Me Pretty this week. I am so incredibly inspired by everything in these images, from the repurposed sweater used as gift wrap to the incorporation of pom pom fringe and the palette of whites, creams, and taupes. Just perfect.

Weekly Wrap

images by Jenny Liu

Festive Freebies, Part 2

It’s hard to believe, but we’re heading into the final few days before Christmas. Where does the time go? If you’re preparing to wrap those last few gifts before the big day and find yourself in need of pretty packaging or gift tags, then these generous creative and crafty peeps have you covered. And, if you’re looking for even more festive freebies, then you can check out part one right here.

Free Printable Gift Tags

Clockwise, from top left:

* Rachel from Benign Objects blew my mind with this awesome suite of free printables, which includes a pillow box, 2 CD templates, circular and rectangular labels, jar labels, and more!

* One of the most clever gift tag ideas I’ve seen this season: mini LP record gift tags from Paul at Dudecraft

* Pretty Christmas tags in red and green from Kellie at Scraplog (she’s on a roll with the holiday crafts, too, so be sure to check those out if you’re in a crafty mood)

* Adorable holiday tags by Amy Cluck of Peptogirl, part of Creature Comforts’ awesome holiday printable and craft series

* Kellie Medivitz shares pretty, modern holiday gift tags and stripey strips so you can make your own gift bows (original tutorial for the bows can be found at How About Orange)

Free Printable Gift Tags

Clockwise, from top left:

* Festive snowflake to do lists, courtesy of Lynn from Jinjerup (check out the super adorable digital sets that she has in her Etsy shop, too!)

* Pretty up your gift card packaging with printable gift card holders, available in two color palettes, by Erin at Vale Design

* Amy from Eat Drink Chic, who recently designed a gorgeous display window at Borders, shares lovely red and blue jumbo gift tags (left) and Mail Stripes gift tags (right) featuring elements from the window display. Love the cancelled postage detail on the mail stripes tag!

* Check out the sweet printable holiday cards that Valerie from Designs by Val designed as a part of Creature Comforts’ holiday printable and craft series

* Create a forest of pretty patterned trees with paper cone tree printables from Kind Over Matter. Use empty toilet paper or cut paper towel rolls for the trunks.

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