Here’s to a joyous Festival of Lights celebration to all our Jewish friends. Happy Hanukkah!
Love and peace,
Here’s to a joyous Festival of Lights celebration to all our Jewish friends. Happy Hanukkah!
Love and peace,
It’s the night before Christmas and all through the house,
not a gift box in sight and you don’t want to look like a louse!
So off you go to find wrapping paper, scissors and tape.
With a snip-snip here and a fold-fold there,
you’re beautiful wrapping will show everyone you care!
I don’t know about you, but wrapping presents without a gift box can seem stressful. We have easy tips and techniques for gift wrapping to help inspire your imagination.
What you will need: quality gift wrapping paper, scissors, tape, ribbon. Helpful tip: clear a table to set up your gift wrapping area and have a basket to keep supplies handy and a trash can close by.
Step 1: Measure paper into a rectangle approx 7” x 12”
Step 2: Take the left side and fold lengthwise. Fold the right side, overlapping the left side slightly. Tape shut.
Step 3: Fold over one end, cut triangles at each corner and cut away the top flap. With lower flap, tape end shut.
Step 4: Put item inside. Now fold the end opposite the bottom.
Step 5: Repeat step 3.
Step 6: Tape flap and pull bag taut.
To help stretch your gift wrapping budget, use kraft paper for larger gifts and embellish it with printed paper and ribbons. Here are a few ideas for gift wrapping with brown kraft paper.
#2 Ideas for Gift Wrapping with Kraft Paper. What do you do with the extra decorative wrapping paper that’s too narrow to use for entire gifts? We’ve used it here to cover up the taped ends of the kraft paper – it’s like a tuxedo cummerbund! We also used a custom Snowy Slopes address labels as a gift tag. (Christmas home decor by Wickman’s Garden Village)
For this gift, we’ve used printed Season of Joy paper to wrap the smaller gift and taped it to the large gift wrapped with kraft paper. For an extra touch, we’ve layered on the Season of Joy postcard and added a personal holiday message on the back. (Christmas home decor by Wickman’s Garden Village)
#4. Use Coasters and Ornaments as Jumbo Gift Tags
We hope these holiday gift wrapping tips and techniques give you some ideas to create your own masterpieces! And special thanks to one of our local loves, Wickman’s Garden Village, for generously providing the holiday decor for our photo shoot.
Peace and love,
It’s that time of year again. Time to plan for the office party! On top of party planning, you have to think about gifts for your most valuable clients plus keep up with normal day-to-day business. Never fear, we’ve got easy, inventive ideas for your holiday office party decor and client gifts at Paper Muse Press.
Our pattern of choice was Festive Patterns because it was professional and went perfect with our office decor. We ordered coasters, address labels, envelope liners, ornaments and postcards from the series. Items you’ll need: Ribbon, hole punch, holiday lights and all white coffee mugs.
We customized the postcards with a simple holiday wreath image and added a personalized note to our clients. A picture of your entire staff or your company logo are other great options to use for the photo!
Time to grab the hole punch and ribbon! Punch holes at the corners of one edge of the envelope liner then run ribbon through the holes. Alternate a custom ornament between each liner and you have a holiday banner. For the streamer, punch a hole at the top of the coasters to run the ribbon through. I grouped the coasters in threes and added a store bought ornament to round off the top. Throw in some beautiful LED holiday lights and you have an easy and elegant start to the party.
We purchased simple white coffee mugs at a local dollar store then dressed them up with an address label and envelope liner. Throw in some goodies (we used coffee K-cups!) and you have an easy and adorable take home gift.
Now Enjoy the Party!
The housing market is heating up (thank goodness, right!) which means more people are buying homes. For me, this translates into creative ways to say congratulations on your new digs. I was inspired to create this DIY papier-mache housewarming gift with personalized photo notepads from the Paper Muse Press shop, paint and the large decorative letters from my local craft store. Throw in a cute papier-mache house to wrap the personalized notepads, and you have a one of a kind gift. The main pluses to this project are it’s easy and budget-friendly!
What you’ll need:
Notepads, envelope liner, paint, decoupage glue (or spray adhesive), newspaper, paint brush, large craft store letter and papier-mache house (or box).
Step One: Select notepad design and customize. The first step was to search for photos of the family (what fun!). Then select a notepad design that fits them or their new home. I opted for the Fine Line 4″ Photo Notepads because of its fresh, modern style. I chose to put their name on the cover and then just a photo on the inside sheets, but you could add their new address here as well! I also ordered matching envelope liners to use for the craft.
Step Two: House
While shopping for the large ‘R’, I came across the adorable papier-mâché house. It was the perfect size to put the notepads inside. The inspiration for the red roof and R came from the red accent on the Fine Line notepad pattern. I used the envelope liners for the base of the house and cut out the photo and name to complete the home.
Step Three: Letter
The R took 2 coats of red. I searched the Sunday paper for the letters to spell ‘Rojas’ as well as their new address. The design at the bottom of each sheet makes a great detail when cut along the highs and lows of the design. Using spray adhesive, attach all the images and letters.
Step Four: Fill the house with the notepads, other goodies and deliver!
I love the red color because it reminds me of the Rojas’ spirit and is trans-seasonal. It looked great on their Thanksgiving mantel and will go right into the holiday season. Quick, fun and easy personalized housewarming gift! Peace and love!
As a Paper Muse blog reader, I bet that you’re creative, so we are super excited to announce Upload Your Own Design services now available online. It’s a chance to take advantage of Paper Muse Press’ premium printing, offerings of custom shape cut outs, and awesome paper choices, but with your very own artwork. As the PMP blogger I was lucky enough to get to test drive this new set of products. I decided to upload some of the illustrations that I create for wedding clients. My sketchbook is packed full of them, and I thought they’d be super cute on some cards.
I was so happy with the results. Not only are the cards beautifully printed on gorgeous paper, but they also really capture the details of my drawings. It’s fun to be able to create custom cards with my own artwork that I can use as Thank You’s or notes to my clients.
Take a moment and check out the Upload Your Own Design page on the Paper Muse Press website. It takes you through the process step by step, and you can also view all the great products we have to offer with this service. Happy designing!
When you think of fall undoubtedly the first things that pop into your head are pumpkins, fall leaves, and colorful mums. While these traditional elements are autumnal classics that will never go out of style, today I’m sharing a recipe for a modern fall floral arrangement as an alternative to commonly found fall fare. Every single item in these arrangements was purchased at the grocery store, so you don’t need to be a fancy schmancy floral designer to create these pieces for your next dinner party or seasonal celebration. They’d work for any fall gathering, but the addition of herbs and produce make them perfect for a Thanksgiving table.
The first step is to start building your arrangement with your foliage. I find it creates a nice base for the rest of your elements. The bay leaves are the most full and fluffy so that’s what I added first. To keep the arrangements modern, and play up the natural shapes of the leaves I created a slightly asymmetrical shape for each arrangement.
Last I added the sage leaves, and honestly any herb will do nicely. A little rosemary, or thyme would’ve also made a nice addition. Next take your produce and insert the bamboo skewers into the bottom ends. These are the very last elements to go into your arrangements so put them in any empty spots you see in your arrangement. You can cut the skewers as needed to make them fit your arrangement.
You’re done, place on your table, and enjoy. Don’t be afraid to play around with these arrangements until you get exactly the look you want. The main rule of thumb with floral design, as with almost anything, is practice makes perfect. Hope you enjoy creating your own modern fall floral arrangement!
In 2013 weddings were full of light, bright tones, in hues of peach, ivory, blush, and dove grey. Super full, fluffy, cloud-like bouquets, lots of silver and gold, sequins, and sparkle. However for the 2014 season we’re starting to see a bit more drama in the color department, with wild, rustic arrangements that show off the floral designs natural beauty. Gold is moving toward a deeper shade of antique bronze, and blush still remains as an unexpected color counterpoint to the deeper richer hues. This palette makes for a perfect autumn wedding that doesn’t go overly traditional, but is instead very chic and down to earth. See these images, and more from this color palette on our Pinterest board.
(source images right, clockwise: Emerald green velvet linen – Ruffled / Wine and blush rustic arrangement – Saipua / Bronze cake – Wedding Chicks / Bridesmaid and Groomsmen attire – A Northwoods Wedding / Beautiful lush bouquet – McKenzie Powell Floral and Event Design.)
You may remember my inspiration board for a vintage kitchen themed shower for our friends who are getting married in October. We celebrated with them last week, and had such a great time. I absolutely can’t wait for their wedding (which I’m also doing the floral design for). Since we didn’t have enough spots for guests to sit and eat inside, we set up long tables on the porch for dining al fresco. I’m a huge collector of vintage items of all kinds, including tablecloths, so I layered them up and down the table. I added simple centerpieces of wood boxes filled with herbs. Turquoise blue mason jars with orange roses, and in-expensive wooden utensils tied in the decor with the shower invitations.
I used the Paper Muse Press Retro Kitchen Invitations as my starting inspiration point. I also added the custom address labels and coasters to match. The coasters were such a fun detail that the guests really liked, we got lots of comments about how cute they were. The colors of turquoise, orange, and rusty red were also so easy to match for the other elements in the decor.
Guests were greeted at the front door, which also happened to match the colors of the event, with a handmade sign reading “Cheers to Chelliott” a nickname affectionately given to our friends, Chelsea and Elliott. I collected some vintage kitchen tins, and food containers from a local flea market to add to the centerpieces, along with my own Encyclopedia Cookbook handed down to me from my grandmother. Invites and coasters were set in table number holders, and used as additional decor elements.
I used the Personalized Party Plates and Cups DIY to create dinnerware to match the decor, and added in fun red and white striped napkins with silverware, all tied with some turquoise bakers twine.
The bar included ingredients for Moscow Mules, one of the brides favorite cocktails. I also got Chelsea and Elliott Moscow Mule mugs as their shower gift, and a set for myself that guests could use at the shower.
My husband and I had such a great time hosting this party for our friends, and we hope that they enjoyed it just as much as we did. I love creating custom decor pieces, and the Paper Muse Press line of invitations make finding inspiration so easy!
Hope that you all loved the Woodland Creatures post that we shared last week, with lots of decorating ideas as well as some free printables. If you missed it, pop on over and check it out, and find the adorable invites and coordinating pieces in the Paper Muse Press shop. Today I’m going to show you how to use a few of the items, specifically the personalized stickers, and envelope liners, to create personalized party plates and cups. There’s just a few simple steps to turn clear plates and cups into coordinating pieces for your event.
Take your washi tape and add it to your cup. Start about an inch or so below the rim, so people have room to drink from the cup. Begin to carefully wrap around the cup, trying to stay an even distance from the top. Make sure your ends match up as closely as possible. Add the favor label sticker over the spot where the two ends meet, and add a fun striped or colored paper straw. Finished, and yes it is just that easy to add an adorable personal touch.
If you are using scissors, to start turn your plate upside down. Take your envelope liner and gently press it onto the back of the plate. You’ll see the outline of the bottom of the plate on the paper. Cut just within this line with your scissors. Make sure it fits within the bottom of your plate, and then use this first one as a template, and trace the circle onto your other liner sheets. Cut them all out.
If you’re using a circle cutter first measure the bottom of the plate to see what the diameter is. Set your circle to cut about 1/8 smaller than this measurement to be sure it fits nicely inside. Place your envelope liner on your cutting mat face up. Follow the directions for your circle cutter to get a perfect, easy circle. Once you’ve done your first circle you can just keep on cutting each sheet until you have as many as you need.
Take your glue stick and go around the very outside edge of your circle with it, then swirl inward toward the middle. Make sure you put your glue on the patterned side of the paper, not the white side. Carefully place your paper on the bottom of your plate, then smooth it to adhere.
That’s it, how simple, right? Now you’ve got fun personalized dinnerware to coordinate with your shower theme, and trust me, your guests will notice these little details. You can also find the Favor Labels, and Envelope Liners to coordinate with almost any of the Paper Muse Press invitations in the online shop, including weddings, showers, and other events. It makes decorating your party so easy!
I am absolutely in love with today’s post. It’s a real party, planned by my talented friend Erin (a fellow floral designer), for her son Oscar. I think most parents know that the first year of a little ones life is full of milestones, and usually also full of pictures to capture these milestones. With the popularity of camera phones, and applications like Instagram, it makes capturing all those impromptu moments super easy. Erin’s idea of turning these pictures into an Instagram themed first birthday party is total genius! It’s personal, and shows little Oscar’s growth though out his first year. Photos were all printed in black and white, and pops of graphic red, and chalkboards elements all tied the event together. Everything was beautifully captured by Portraits by Lucinda. Thanks so much for letting us share ladies!