Nature Bound Shadowbox Art by Janet Guertin

Nature Bound Shadowbox Paper Art by Janet Guertin

Graphic designer and book artist Janet Guertin’s fascination with shadowboxes inspired her to create Nature Bound, an amazing series which combines layered, cut paper with secret, miniature surprises for finished pieces that are as intriguing as they are beautiful.

For this intricate paper art project, Janet wanted to create books that could be displayed in a unique way, giving the viewer an a-ha! moment when he or she realizes that parts of the paperscape are books. Yes, little, miniature books! How awesome is that?! Each shadowbox is 15” h x 7” w x 1.5” d and the books range in size from 2” in diameter up to 4”. All but the butterfly are removable.

Check out Janet’s site to find out more about this incredible project and to see more of her unique book art creations. Two of the Nature Bound pieces are also available in her shop.

Nature Bound Seashell Miniature Book Detail | Janet Guertin

Nature Bound Seashell Miniature Book Detail | Janet Guertin

Gingko Leaf Miniature Book | Janet Guertin

Butterfly Miniature Book Detail | Janet Guertin

images from Janet Guertin

Idlewild Co. Custom Return Address Stamps

Idlewild Co. Custom Return Address Stamps

It’s no secret that I lurve me some custom return address stamps, and I had a bit of a “squee” moment when the awesome new return address stamp designs from Idlewild Co. popped onto my radar.

These super cool stamps are just the thing for avid snail mailers, and they’re available in four styles: icon, which features your choice of pre-designed, hand-painted icons that include everything from a pineapple to a kitty cat to a bow tie; hand-lettered, which features your custom, hand-painted name(s); portrait, which features hand-painted portraits of 1 to 2 address residents; and silhouette, the most customizable option, which features a hand-painted shape of your choosing, with your hand-lettered address contained within.

Head on over to Idlewild Co. for more details and to ogle these fantastic stamps some more!

Idlewild Co. Custom Return Address Stamps

images from Idlewild Co.

Weekly Wrap #176 : Katie Leamon Gift Wrap

Caspian Marbled Gift Wrap | Katie Leamon

I’ve been ooh-ing and aah-ing over the dotty, gold foil envelopes in Katie Leamon’s Luxe stationery line for the past couple of weeks, but did you know that Katie also has a collection of super cool gift wrap? The stylish wrapping paper designs feature a range of styles, including everything from colorful, marbled forms to chic, geometric patterns in classic black and white.

Head on over to Katie’s shop to check out all of her gift wrap designs, as well as her crave-worth paper goods collections.

Modern Geometric Gift Wrap | Katie Leamon

images from Katie Leamon

Quick Picks : 2.12.15

Giant Paper Pen by Benja Harney for Inside Out

Giant Stationery by Benja Harney for Inside Out Magazine (omigosh, giant paper pen!)

 This Week’s Picks

Getting fizzy … aww-dorable!

♥ These free Valentine’s Day printables by Hello! Lucky for CreativeLive are lots of fun. I mean, there’s a t-rex and a grizzly bear, so how can they not be? – via

♥ A vintage-inspired, folk art paper cut valentine by Cindy Bean of Scherenschnitte. Love this, and there’s a free template so you can make one, too!

♥ Sweet and easy DIY Valentine’s Day gift boxes from Lark & Linen. – via

♥ This juice packaging is so. darn. cute.

image from Benja Harney / Inside Out Magazine