December 8, 2016

My love for paper started at Christmas.  It started with gift wrap in fact.  However, in today's post you'll notice one thing: most of the paper you'll see isn't Christmas-y at all.  That's the beauty of choice.  And expression.  Today, I'm truly expressing my tastes through wrap, and the many ways you can customize holiday gifts without even using a single bow!


Blue & Gold:



This week, I had the chance to get quite a few gifts wrapped, but my selection of paper and ribbon, and even the glitter card stock, was something I accumulated over travels and online over the past several months.  Lately I've been leaning towards gold (but there is a surprise colour at the end of this post!) Gold is like a neutral to me - it looks amazing with blue, and is also a great backdrop to a more natural material choice: jute.  To make the tags, use craft punches and paper of coordinating colours.


Polka dot wrapping paper: Hobby Lobby

Gold wrapping paper: Creative Bag

Snowflake punch: online

Circle punch: online

Jute twine: online

Blue ribbon & glitter paper: Michaels

Gold scissors: online



Black & Gold:



Patterned paper is my ultimate weakness.  Then I found the black ribbon (I don't normally go black for the holidays), and I loved how it paired with the glitter tape on the Kraft paper gift. But where I really had fun with these gifts was using the gold letters to spell out the names of people receiving them.


Kraft wrapping paper and ribbon: Creative Bag

Chevron wrapping paper, glitter tape, and thick glitter letters: Michaels

Polka dot wrapping paper: Hobby Lobby

Shiny gold letters: Target

Stork scissors: online




For this Kraft paper package, I used gold adhesive circles and applied them randomly to the paper before wrapping the gift.  That's the nice thing of having paper that's plain and neutral. My glitter paper happened to match, so I used a craft punch to make a tag out of it. 


The poinsettia leaves were purchased, and are stick on.  A cluster of them on top of a gift makes a higher impact than a single one.


Kraft wrapping paper: Creative Bag

Chevron wrapping paper and glitter paper: Michaels

Gold adhesive circles: Hobby Lobby

Tag punch: online

Poinsettia flowers: online

Baker's twine: online

Stork scissors: online



Red & White: 



I never celebrated Christmas, or missed covering a gift, without some form of red.  Although red is not my first colour of choice, it is the colour I associate with Christmas.  I may add gold, blue, or some rustic touches, but re