Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

I’m getting ready to wrap things up for the year, and I hope that you’re getting ready to start your holiday break, too. 2010 has flown by, and what a year it’s been! I hope that you’ve had a great one, and I am very grateful to all of you for taking the time to visit Paper Crave. I’m so thankful  for your comments, emails, tweets, and links throughout the year, and maybe I’m biased, but I truly think that I have some of the most kick butt (am I allowed to say “butt” in a holiday post?) readers around. Seriously, you gals and guys are awesome. Thank you!

Be safe, enjoy your holiday festivities, and I’ll see you back here in January with paper cravings galore. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Psst … if you’re looking for some last minute paper crafts, gift tags, or other free holiday printables, be sure to check out my free printable gift tags, lots of festive freebies, a few more festive freebiesfree printable holiday goodies from Love vs. Design, and printables in pink.

And if you have a little time to do some paper-centric reading during your break, I’ve been sharing thoughts on what trends I think we’ll see in wedding invitation design in 2011 over at Invitation Crush: Envelopes, Details & Postcards, Color, and Style & Inspiration. Much of this info is applicable the non-wedding stationery niche, too, and I’d love to read your thoughts and predictions for the coming year.

Free Printable “No Peeking” Holiday Gift Tags

Printable Holiday Gift Tags

Looking for some last minute holiday gift tags? I’m guest posting as a part of the Tag You’re It party over at Simply Modern Mom, and the vintage-inspired ornament gift tag that I designed for the party is especially for the peekers in your life, you know, the ones who shake, sniff, and manhandle their gifts while pretending that they’re just admiring the Christmas tree. Head over to Simply Modern Mom to download a sheet of “No Peeking” gift tags and have a little holiday fun with your peekers, while letting them know that you know what’s really going on. Thanks to Tiffany from Simply Modern Mom for inviting me to the party!

images from Kristen Magee

Printable Bookmarks from Mom Inc Daily

Printable Bookmarks Cat Seto

I think this is such a clever concept from Mom Inc Daily, a site all about design and creativity from a super talented group of designerly moms.  The contributors behind the blog, including creator and stationery designer Cat Seto,  share their tips for balancing motherhood with their creative businesses, and there are great tips and plenty of inspiration for mommies and non-mommies alike.

These free printable bookmarks were created as a way to remind visitors to bookmark or subscribe to the site, and I think it’s such a fun and memorable reminder. So, head on over to Mom Inc Daily to get these lovely bookmarks, and stick around and bookmark the site while you’re there!

images from Mom Inc Daily

Paper Cake Gift Card Holder by Tracey Mason

Paper Cake Gift Card Holder Tracey Mason

Can you believe that every element, minus the mini pinecones and berries, in this breathtaking cake is made out of paper? Pretty amazing, isn’t it? The incredibly talented creator of this beautifully handcrafted wedding treasure, which doubles as a gift card holder, is Tracey Mason, and I bow to her paper crafting greatness.

Tracey was inspired to create the cake when she found out that one of her good friend’s sons was getting married, and she kept the theme and colors for their wintry Utah wedding in mind as she created each detail. How honored the bride and groom must have been to receive this on their special day.

Paper Cake Wedding Decoration

Tracey also created a coordinating card, embellished with the couple’s initials:

Winter Wedding Card

images from Tracey Mason

A Few More Festive Freebies

We’re heading into the homestretch (are you ready?), and Christmas is now just a few short days away, but there’s still time to deck your halls with oh so pretty paper decorations, courtesy of Jessica from How About Orange and Lauren from Lauren Elise Crafted (at The Knotty Bride), who have shared great tutorials for creating awesome 5-point paper snowflakes and lovely book page garlands + paper tree decorations, respectively.

Also included are two new sets of free printable gift tags from Helen Dardik and Julia Rothman!

Free Downloads Holiday Paper Crafts

images from their respective owners