Weekly Wrap #1 : Pretty Purples

Weekly Wrap

I’m so excited to introduce the new Weekly Wrap series! This is something that I’ve wanted to do, literally, for years, and I’m very happy to finally be adding it to the site. So, what is the Weekly Wrap?

The Weekly Wrap is all about inspirational gift wrapping and packaging. Every Friday, I’ll feature a different gift wrapping or packaging idea that can serve as inspiration for your own gift wrapping or packaging projects. I’m looking for original projects, projects that are standouts — sophisticated, modern, handmade, out of the ordinary. Do you have a gift wrapping project that you’re particularly proud of, or have you spotted amazing gift wrap or packaging in your web travels? If so, then I’d love to hear from you!

Weekly Wrap, Carolyne Roehm

First up, Carolyne Roehm. Carolyne is the queen of gift wrapping, and I know that you’ll be seeing more from her in the coming weeks and months on the Weekly Wrap because I’m a big fan. If I received a gift wrapped by her, I’d have an extremely difficult time bringing myself to tear into the gorgeousness.

Berry tones are very hot right now, and I love the use of the magenta and purple Christmas ornaments, not to mention the oh so clever luggage tag, as accents. And, of course, the the paper and bow are perfect, too!

image from Carolyne Roehm

Paper Wreath Tutorials

Most people may only think of wreaths around the holidays, but I love them all year long. Holiday wreaths made from boxwood or pine, mini bottle brush ornament wreaths, feather wreaths, and wreaths made of vintage ornaments — yes, yes, yes, and yes, please! Naturally, I’m head over heels for paper wreaths, which are fantastic because they’re usually inexpensive to make, as well as being lovely!

Here are a few favorite paper wreath tutorials. I don’t know about you, but I want to make them all!

Lindsay from Living with Lindsay shows us how to make an awesome wreath using pages from a book that she bought at the dollar store. I can’t get over how beautiful this wreath is for how inexpensively it was made, and I’ve already got a thrift store book ready to make my own – spotted on Dollar Store Crafts :

Book Page Wreath

Use cut strips of patterned paper to create the lovely looped paper wreath over at Razzle Dazzle Crafts – spotted on Folding Trees :

Paper Strips Wreath

Use gift wrap, patterned paper, magazine pages, etc. to make the oh so pretty paper leaf wreath by Lisa of The Red Thread:

Paper LeafWreath

You can use whatever type of paper you’d like, but I love the use of sheet music pages on these little origami ornament wreaths by Domesticali. They’d make great gift embellishments, too!

Origami Wreath

Happy paper crafting!

images from their respective sources

Seasonal Sales Roundup

I know that many of you are on the lookout for great holiday cards, and I wanted to share a few sales that will help you find fantastic greetings at fantastic prices!

Modern Emotive

Modern Emotive has a special deal for Paper Crave readers. Save 15% on all items — customized products and sale items excluded — Thursday (today) and Friday! Use code PC15 when you check out to receive your discount.


Feterie has a brand new holiday card collection over at Cardstore, and you can use code FRIEND15 for 15% off your entire Feterie holiday card purchase at Cardstore.com. Offer expires 12/31/09.

Parklife Press

Parklife Press’ 2009 Fall Sale is going on now, and you can save 10% on any order opened by November 30. Holiday cards are specially priced below regular rates, so they aren’t included in the sale because they’re already a deal, but if you’re a bride-to-be or are looking to have some letterpress pretties created for a special occasion, then you’ll want to check this out!

2010 Calendar Roundup, Part 6

Today is the final installment of my 2010 calendar roundups, and I’m so excited to show you what I’ve found! It’s hard to believe that I’ve done five of these already, but there have been so many wonderfully designed calendars for the coming year that I probably could’ve gone to ten. Today’s roundup is going to be super-sized, with sixteen calendars instead of the dozen that I’ve posted in previous weeks. I may also post additional calendars here and there if I spot some that catch my eye. If you may have missed them, you can check out parts one, two, three, four, and five. Here we go!

The bold, rich color and stylized nature illustrations in Turquoise Creative’s desktop calendar are beautiful:

Turquoise Creative 2010 Calendar

I love the concept behind Emilee Rose’s 2010 Paper Doll Calendar. The doll is featured on the cover, and each month provides a new outfit that you can cut out to dress her up. So clever!

Emilee Rose Paper Doll 2010 Calendar

Inkling Paper’s 2010 wall calender features original illustrations, as well as a place for notes, and I love that the area with the months and the notes is perforated so you can easily tear it off at the end of the month and use the artwork as a note card or art print:

Inkling Paper 2010 Calendar

Ana Aceves’ desk calendar features twelve of her lovely, whimsical illustrations:

Ana Aceves Illustrated 2010 Calendar

Check out these handy pocket calendars from Dozi, featuring a range of gorgeous, modern patterned covers:

Dozi Pocket 2010 Calendar

Oh so pretty watercolor style illustrations feature prominently in Flora Douville’s 2010 wall calendar, which is available in French, as well:

Flora Douville 2010 Calendar

I’m really digging the crisp, modern black and white patterns, as well as all of the space for writing in dates and appointments, on Daisy Janie’s eco-friendly wall calendar:

Daisy Janie 2010 Calendar

Claudia Pearson’s calendar is filled with her whimsical illustrations of local, seasonal foodie fare. Claudia also has a poster version of the calendar in her shop. Mmm, now I’m dreaming of cherry season…

Claudia Pearson 2010 Calendar

I love the feel of Mibo’s 2010 printable calendar, which features gorgeous stylized illustrations of animals in the wild:

Mibo Printable 2010 Calendar

Meadowlark Creative’s letterpress calendar has lots of super cool textures and imagery going on. I’d definitely want to frame these prints after the months are finished:

Meadowlark Creative Letterpress 2010 Calendar

Jessica Doyle’s calendar features twelve of her evocative illustrations, including the Four Seasons series to mark the change of each season. The calendar pages can be easily trimmed for matting and framing after the month is finished:

Jessica Doyle Illustrated 2010 Calendar

I’m a big fan of Valérydesignwrks’ whimsical illustrations, and the 2010 calendar (available for pre-order now) features a different fun scene every month:

Valerydesignwrks 2010 Calendar

If you like mid-century modern furnishings, then you’ll want to check out this calendar from P.S. Paper Goods:

Mid Century Modern 2010 Calendar

Lovely letterpressed illustrations, inspired by patterns found on vintage teacups and saucers, are featured in Pistachio Press’ 2010 calendar:

Pistachio Press 2010 Calendar

A very cool four color, hand drawn and screen printed poster style calendar by Nate Duval:

Nate Duval Screen Printed Calendar

Ola Design’s calendar features reproductions of her wonderful original acrylic and ink paintings:

Ola Design 2010 Calendar

images from their respective owners

A Letterpress Christmas 2009 : Egg Press

A Letterpress Christmas 2009

Finally, the first post for the “A Letterpress Christmas” series for 2009! When I was at the Paper Source over the weekend, I spotted a wonderful display of Christmas and holiday cards from Egg Press, and I knew that they would be my first feature for the season. I’m featuring Egg Press’ offset printed cards, as well, because there are so many wonderful designs that I just couldn’t exclude them. So, I guess this is half letterpress Christmas and half offset Christmas! Check out the entire Egg Press 2009 Holiday Collection.

Lovelies from the letterpress holiday line:

Egg Press : A Letterpress Christmas 2009

Fun and whimsical designs from the offset printed collection:

Egg Press : A Letterpress Christmas 2009

images from Egg Press