Eco Friendly Paper : The Local Paper

Eco Friendly Paper

The Local Paper Gift Wrap

I’m absolutely loving the new line of eco-friendly gift wrap from Houston, Texas based architect and designer, Sophia Malik. The Local Paper was developed from a love of pattern and design, and the collection takes its inspiration from travel, nature, and life.

The Local Paper Gift Wrap

The Local Paper’s first collection, the San Jose Collection, was inspired by a trip to Costa Rica and features pattern elements based on the intricate architectural details that can be found throughout the city. I can’t get enough of the subdued, oh so modern palette of white and silver on kraft colored paper, coupled with the gorgeous patterns.

The Local Paper products are created with a great commitment to both design and the environments. All products are printed on FSC certified papers with 30% recycled post-consumer fiber, and all of their packaging is recycled, recyclable, and biodegradable.

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Valentine’s Day Paper Crafts Roundup

There are so many great Valentine’s Day paper craft ideas out there if you want to add your personal, handmade touch to everything from cards to garlands. Here’s a round up of several that have caught my eye over the past few weeks:

A tutorial for gorgeous Papel Picado valentines by Avie Designs:

Papel Picado Valentine's Day Cards

Also from Avis of Avie Designs, a tutorial for pretty, easy to make doily valentines. On a side note, Avis is selling her 2010 calendars to help raise money for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Get more information here.

Doily Valentine's Day Cards

Learn how to make super cute, printable Valentine’s Day brownie bags and goodie bags from Kathleen at Twig & Thistle:

Printable Brownie Goodie Bags

Check out the tutorial for this pretty paper heart garland, made using magazine pages:

Paper Heart Garland

Learn how to make glittery doily heart valentines at Zakka Life:

Glitter Heart Valentines

Mini doily valentines and paper heart wrapping ideas (I think I spot a book page in there!) from Martha Stewart (my Martha Valentine’s Day crafts roundup from last year can be found here):

Paper Heart Valentine Gift Wrap

A lovely printable poster, inspired by Love, Actually, from Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone:

Love, Actually Printable Poster

Make a Valentine’s Day heart book wreath with this tutorial from Flower Patch Farmgirl — can’t get enough of the book page crafts!

Book Page Wreath

Use printable templates to make these adorable matchboxes containing folded enclosure cards and booklets. Printables and tutorial can be found at Swap-bot:

Matchbox Templates

Super cute printable Valentine’s Day gift tags from Paper Glitter:

Valentine's Day Printable

Make hanging glitter heart decorations out of cereal boxes. Use this technique to make all sorts of different glittery shapes, too:

Valentine's Day Glitter Ornaments

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Nonpareil Magazine Is Here!

Nonpareil Magazine

Yesterday was the official launch of Nonpareil Magazine, my new project with Maddy of the Inspired Bride, and what a day it was! The response has been absolutely amazing, beyond what we could’ve imagined, and I am so humbled and flattered (not to mention excited) about the feedback that we’ve gotten thus far. A big thank you to all of you who have Tweeted about the magazine and mentioned it on your blogs and sites. I am truly grateful.

The past few months have been an amazing adventure, and I’m so glad to have gotten a chance to work with Maddy and to get to know her better. She’s an amazing talent, and has been wonderful to work and laugh with, and even though this is a huge project with deadlines and stuff that’s usually not so fun, we have had lots of fun and silly times that have kept us both sane during the long hours and late nights we’ve encountered throughout the project.

I am also endlessly amazed by and thankful for our contributors, who have been so generous in sharing their talent. Vale Design, Twig & Thistle, Cottage Industrialist, Bread of Many, Roxanne Bradley, Wiley Valentine — thank you for contributing such lovely printable invitations. Carter & Cook, Jackie Wonders, The Floral Lab, Posh Paperie — thank you for the fabulous Shimmer & Shine feature. Michael Haug, Conor Lawrence, and Larry Callahan — thank you for the beautiful photographs. Carol Stopera, Ouma Clothing, and Nicole Richards — thank you for the fantastic stylistic contributions. And, last but not least, Devon Hague, thanks for being our very first fanboy!

I hope you enjoy the first issue, and we’re so excited about sharing upcoming issues, too!

Free Printables for Valentine’s Day

If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of gal or guy, then this is the post for you! Here’s my roundup of Valentine’s Day printable goodies, which includes cards, decorations, gift tags, and super cute cupcake topopers, too. I hope that you’ll find something or things that catch your eye and make you want to revv up that printer.

Oh so kawaii printable fox and panda valentines by Danielle of Thompson Family-Life:

Fox & Panda Printable Valentine's Day Cards

Fox & Panda Printable Valentine's Day Cards

Fun onomatopoeia Valentine’s Day card and gift tags at mmmcrafts. Mwah, indeed!

Printable Valentine's Day Card and Gift Tags

Lovely patterned box sleeves, and a yummy looking red velvet sandwich cookie recipe (see original post), by Ivana from Love Ardently at Mint:

Printable Valentine's Day Box Sleeves

Sweet owly Valentine’s Day mini cards and bookmarks by Amy at Living Locurto:

Living Locurto Printables

Love and Rockets printable Valentine’s Day cards by Cameron of Cottage Industrialist … totally cute:

Cottage Industrialist Printables

Such pretty printable Valentine’s Day cards by Carolynn of Two Brunettes at Ruffled:

Ruffled Printable Valentine's Day

Adorable printable mice cupcake toppers from Make Something Happy:

Make Something Happy Printable Valentine's Day

Aww, super cute code monkey printable cards at Dabbled:

Dabbled Printable Valentine's Day

Break out the crayons for these printable color your own valentines by Julie at Up Up Creative:

Up Up Creative Printable Valentine's Day

Colorful Valentine’s Day gift tags from Hello, Good Gravy:

Good Gravy Printable Valentine's Day

A festive Valentine’s Day mini banner from Kind Over Matter:

Kind Over Matter Printable Valentine's Day

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