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new year’s resolutions infused with paper

more than


paper goods


Including gifts for the whole family

curated gift guides for the shutterbug, watercolor artiste, midcentury modernist and more.

hello from the editor It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This year has felt like a bit of a blur. Blink once and half a year goes by.

Blink twice, and lo and behold it’s now the holiday season with Thanksg fast-approaching and Christmas right on its turkey (or tofurkey) heels.

I want to personally thank anyone who has been reading Discover Pape

since its pre-domain/tumblr days when it started out as “Paper Finds”. We’ve come a long way in less t

two short years, recently adding contributors to our blog and our seasonal guides and now we welcom

addition of my assistant editor, my younger sister Annabel. We have amazing things up our paper sleev and cannot wait to unveil them next year.

We sincerely hope you enjoy this year’s Holiday Guide, chock-full of papery goodness — greatness — fro cover to cover!

Wishing all of you a merry & bright holiday se


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tracy osborn

theresa anderson &

sana keefer

Bonnie Forkner

julie obrien Creative genius of Wedding

Two sisters with impeccable

A Jill of all trades, Sana is a

Creator and blogger of Going

Lovely and its network of

taste who own and operate

an interior and prop stylist,

Home to Roost who recently

sites including Wedding

the sweetest of stationery

one half of Haya Culture,

launched The Roost Tribe, a

Invite Love.

shops called Sweet Paper in

and serves as the Creative

monthly subscription-based

La Jolla, California.

Director of vintage and home

service offering graphics,

decor shop Pip & Estella.

tutorials, and more.

minna so Creative gal with an eye for beautiful lettering and handmade jewelry.

april san pedro

heidi gustad

katie wade

lc mcdonald

Hailing from the Philippines,

Librarian and creator and

Creator and blogger of Lemon

DIY-extraordinare and

April is a graphic designer

blogger of Hands Occupied,

Jitters, a go-to for anything

artist who likes to create little

behind Designs of Artisan

and regular contributor to

and everything under the

drawings and cards that are

whose designs are inspired

Discover Paper among a

crafty sun and all-around

perfect for anyone that is

by vintage with modern twist

handful of other blogs.

awesome gal we’re happy to

looking for a thoughtful or

call our friend.

whimsical gift.

and she has always had a love for paper.

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sponsors A mighty heartfelt thanks to this year’s sponsors:


Campbell & Co.


Hands Occupied


Haya Culture Hi-Lighter

samantha barsky

adele miller

Anastasia Marie Cards


Branch + Cotton


The Brocade Blackbird

Primrose Press

Ink Meets Paper

RedStar Ink

San Francisco-based owner

You might know Adele from

Lemon Jitters


and designer of Noteify, a

Modern Motive (her former

A Pair of Pears

Today & Always Paperie

shop she keeps stocked with

shop), whose new online

splendid handmade gift tags,

home is Dellie. Adele contin-

note cards and other paper

ues to inspire us all with her


words of wit and wisdom.

ruby thursday more

bailey amon & emma James

A Filipino photojournalist

Unparalleled talented duo

who is passionate about crafts

of Los Angeles-bases shop

and upcycling and recycling.

Antiquaria. They are the very definition of “inspiration”.

thea neubauer

wedding friends & the rabbit hole

Co-creator of the delightful

Creator of a great many, Thea enjoys

resources for all things

blogging and writing about

wedding-related — have a

fashion, DIY, lifestyle, and

look around their blog for


sensational DIY ideas.

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Wedding Invite Love

+ a big thank you to our giveaway sponsors: Chronicle Books

ReStyle Shop

Dahlia Press


it’s paper,dear

Uppercase Magazine

Knock Knock


Love Mae

gifts for her collection curated by samantha barsky





Fig. 1: Monogram Sticky Notes from Anthropologie / Fig. 2: National Parks Explorers Print from Ello There / Fig. 3: Fox Notebook from

Blackbird Letterpress / Fig. 4: Paper Hearts Garland from Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard


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Fig. 5: Mini Notebooks by Jill Bliss from Buy Olympia / Fig. 6: Veggie Letterpress Cards from 1canoe2 / Fig. 7: Go Outside and Play Let-

terpress Print from 1canoe2 / Fig. 8: Follow Me Print from Leah Duncan

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gifts for him collection curated by tracy osborn





Fig. 1: Long Gone Screenprinted Poster from Bad Dumpster / Fig. 2: Letterpress Beer Coasters from Clawhammer Press / Fig. 3: Obi Belt

Buckle from GamiWorks / Fig. 4: Leather Cover for Moleskine Notebook from Rinarts Atelier


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Fig. 5: Japanese Paper Cufflinks from Sarigami / Fig. 6: Comic Book Wallet from Dumb Kid Designs / Fig. 7: Tudor Style Stationery from

Seaborn Press / Fig. 8: Pen Type-A from from CW&T / Fig. 9: Paper Planes Shirt from Elephant + Bird / Fig. 10: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Poster from ReStyle Shop

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gifts for kids



Fig. 1: DIY Robots Kit from Paper Source / Fig. 2: Creatures and Critters Origami Craft Pad from Chronicle Books / Fig. 3: Big Words

Flashcards from Anthropologie / Fig. 4: Spaceman Cards from Poketo


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Fig. 5: Penguin Kamifusen from Omiyage / Fig. 6: The Magical Journey Paper Toys from Info Paper Cat / Fig. 7: Pretty & Happy Christmas

Printable PDF Village from Cut the Cake Designs / Fig. 8: Mini Dress Up Doll from Love Mae / Fig. 9: Personalized Robots Puzzle for Boys from Bug & Bot

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Gifts for the Wate collection curated by bonnie forkner




Fig. 1: Watercolor Peony Wallpaper from Anthropologie / Fig. 2: Pink Watercolor Place Card from Michelle Smith / Fig. 3: Botanical Jour-

nal from Rifle Paper Co. / Fig. 4: Lovely Notebooks from Your Wishcake


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Fig. 5: Raval Page Flags from Girl of All Work / Fig. 6: Watercolor Postcards from Chronicle Books / Fig. 7: DIY Watercolor Butterflies

from Ellinee / Fig. 8: Watercolor Perpetual Birthday Calendar from Heysnix

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gifts for the shutterbug 2

collection curated by adele miller



Fig. 1: Retro Cameras Print from 55 Hi’s / Fig. 2: Photographer Print from ILOVEDOODLE / Fig. 3: Photography Tattoos (set of 8) from

Tattly / Fig. 4: Icons 001 by Gianmarco Magnani from Society 6 / Fig. 5: Polaroid Instant Color Print from Yumalum


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Fig. 6: Camera Flair Buttons from Finding Nana / Fig. 7: Lomography Sharan DIY Paper Pinhole Camera from Adorama Camera / Fig. 8:

Retro Cameras Card from 55 Hi’s / Fig. 9: Smile Print from Seventy Tree / Fig. 10: Polaroid Poster from ReStyle Shop

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gifts for the fashionista


collection curated by theresa anderson & julie o’brien





Fig. 1: Paper Mache Vessel from Etco / Fig. 2: Gold Confetti and Gold Chevron Paper Placemat Kitchen Papers from Cake Vintage / Fig. 3: Paper Bracelet from LJLH Designs / Fig. 4: “I’ve Got Nothing to Wear” Panama Notebook from Smythson / Fig. 5: Fashion Illustra-

tions from Paperfashion


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Fig. 6: Kate Desk Calendar in Raspberry from Sugar Paper / Fig. 7: Custom Foil Stamped Enclosure Cards from Haute Papier / Fig. 8:

Monogram Note Set from Fig. 2 Design / Fig. 9: The Write Away Collection: Peacock with Matching Leather Enclosure from Dempsey and Carroll

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gifts for the typew collection curated by april san pedro & donaville herrick






Fig. 1: Ceramic Typewriter Stamper from Anthropologie / Fig. 2: Tyepwriter “Hello� Card from Quill & Fox / Fig. 3: Typewriter Necklace

from Rose & Grey / Fig. 4: Gossip Fridge Magnets from Paper Source / Fig. 5: Antique Typewriter Teal Letterpress Coasters from Paisley Tree Press


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Fig. 6: Typewriter Pocket Notebooks by Paper Jayne / Fig. 7: Vintage Typewriter Key Cufflinks from Poppy & Willow / Fig. 9: Think, Write,

Create Daily Planner from Ruche / Fig. 10: Typewriter Brooch from bRainbow / Fig. 11: Letterpress Typewriter Stationery from Penelope’s Press

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g ft s for the m dcentury modernis t

collection curated by sana keefer






Fig. 1: Chestnut Paper Origami Lampshade from Studio Snowpuppe / Fig. 2: Pop Fizz New Years Card Set from Anemone Letterpess / Fig. 3: Happy Hour Illustration from Jo Bozarth Illustration / Fig. 4: Custom Folded Utility Stationery Set from Seaborn Press / Fig. 5:

Nerd Chic Letterpress Card from We Heart Paper


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Fig. 6: Money Makes The World Go Round Note Cards from Effies Paper / Fig. 7: Recipe Keeper from Studio Oh! / Fig. 8: A-Z Mid Century

Modern Cups by Dustin Wallace from Rockett St. George / Fig. 9: Hold Tight Wallpaper from Mini Moderns

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stocking stuffers



Fig. 1: Hand-lettered All Out of Notepad with Magnet from Knock Knock / Fig. 2: Rec-

ipe Bookmarks from Anthropologie / Fig. 3: 99 Ways to Survive the Holidays Chocolate Bar from Knock Knock / Fig. 4: Stuff To Do Pocket Notes and Note to Self Pocket


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Notes from Knock Knock (sold separately) / Fig. 5: Kwizniac Game from Uncommon Goods / Fig. 6: Aha!, Seriously? and OMG Sticky Notes from Knock Knock (sold separately) / Fig. 7: Amby Attachments Sticky Note Cube from Smock / Fig. 8: Colorful Curls Pencil Cup from Night Owl Paper Goods / Fig. 9: Bird Personalized Bookplate + Beaded Bookmark from Inkello

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your one-stop paper shop for the holidays. we’ve scoured numerous shops for one-of-a-kind paper goods in the form of holiday cards, calendars, decor, gift wrap, and more!


holiday cards over 75 cards to make this holiday season a merry & bright one


Fig. 1: May Your Holidays Be Merry and Bright from Kate & Birdie Hand-drawn and printed on thick 100lb recycled paper using vegetable-based inks. Front reads “May your holidays be Merry and Bright�. Cards measure 4.25 x 5.5 inches and are blank inside. 8 cards and envelopes packaged in a clear box.


what i s l e t t er p r e s s ?

letterpress holiday c

Letterpress means simply that the letterpress are pressed into the paper. You see the letters or image, also you can feel it. If you run your fingers across it, you feel that bite into the paper. — Primrose Press

Letterpress has such history. I love thinking about all the people who worked on my 128-year-old press before me. It’s awe-inspiring. — Happy Penguin Press

2 ... it’s way old school. The art and science of letterpress requires keen attention to detail and precise measurements. — Steel Petal Press

It involves printing words or designs


with ink while simultaneously debossing the image into thick, soft paper. — Sarah & Bendrix

... a raised form (such as metal or wood type, carved linoleum blocks,


magnesium and copper plates,


photopolymer plates) is inked and pressed into the paper, one sheet at a time and one color at a time. — Penelope’s Press

Fig. 2: ‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly from Prickle Press / Fig. 3: Season’s Greetings from

Hello!Lucky / Fig. 4: Nutcracker by Papillon Press / Fig. 5: Silent Night from Vandalia Street Press


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Fig. 6: Merry and Bright from Missive / Fig. 7: Joy Tree from Brown Dog Paper / Fig. 8: Geometric Christmas Tree Card by Ruff House

Art / Fig. 9: JOY from Ink Meets Paper / Fig. 10: Mid-Century Retro Holiday from Paper Parasol Press / Fig. 11: Good Tidings To You from Sesame Press / Fig. 12: Holiday Boombox from Steel Petal Press / Fig. 13: Happy Holidays from Cartoules Press

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letterpress holiday cards







Fig. 14: A Verry Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas from Primrose Press / Fig. 15: Happy Holidays Reindeer from Happy Penguin Press / Fig. 16: Fa La La La La La La La from 9th Letter Press / Fig. 17: Eat, Drink, Be Merry from Paper Lovely Press / Fig. 18: Falalalala & Parumpum-

pumpum from Concrete Lace / Fig. 19: Merry Everything & Happy Always from Smock / Fig. 20: Hand-written Designs from Holly Would


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Press / Fig. 21: Folk-Inspired Christmas from Bobalong / Fig. 22: Christmas Tree by Do You Punctuate? from Not on the High Street / Fig. 23: Hope Someone Jingles Your Bell from Farewell Paperie / Fig. 24: Wishing You the Happiest of Holidays from Shortstack Press / Fig. 25: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year from Ink Meets Paper

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Fig. 1: Assorted Festive Holiday Cards from Bluestar Ink / Fig. 2: Reindeer with an Ornament in His Antler from One Lantern / Fig. 3: Peace from Design des Troy / Fig. 4: Happy Holidays from 55 Hi’s / Fig. 5: Joyeux Noel from Three Little Words / Fig. 6: Happy

Holidays Penguin from Sass & Peril


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Fig. 7: Seasons Greetings from Diskgrunt / Fig. 8: Joy Hope Peace from One Lantern

/ Fig. 9: Holiday Pine Ombre Card from Essimar / Fig. 10: Summer Deer from Louise Wright

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Fig. 1: Winter Friends Cards from Shhh My Darling / Fig. 2: Joy and Peace from Elli / Fig. 3: It’s a Wonderful Life from Nimbus Factory / Fig. 4: Gold Foil Happy Holidays from Sugar Paper / Fig. 5: Good Tidings and Great Joy from Speak Life Greetings / Fig. 6: Let it Snow

from Paper Aeroplane / Fig. 7: Rudolph from Wit & Whistle / Fig. 8: Jingle All the Way from LC McDonald / Fig. 9: Snow Bunny from


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Betty & Dupree / Fig. 10: Reindeer Tree from Chykalophia / Fig. 11: Hugs, Kisses, and Holiday Wishes from Tabibi Design / Fig. 12: Merry Christmas from Sweet Harvey / Fig. 13: Merrily Merrily from Night Owl Paper Goods / Fig. 14: Monogram Cards from Berin Made / Fig. 15: Script Type from Dahlia Press

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illustrated from quill & Fox

Fig. 1: Happy Holidays Carolers / Fig. 2: Merry Krampus / Fig. 3: St. Nick Invites / Fig. 4: NOEL / Fig. 5: Snow Globes


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Fig. 1: Deer Papercut from Upon a Fold / Fig. 2: Christmas Tree from Aphlogist / Fig. 3: Red Bird in a Birch Tree from Imeon Design / Fig. 4: Papercut Merry Christmas from Mr Yen / Fig. 5: Starburst Pop-Up Card from Bankeladen / Fig. 6: Pop-Up Christmas Tree from B is

for Brown / Fig. 7: Folded Triangles Tree from Sarah Louise Matthews


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Fig. 8: DIY Embroidery “Oh Deer” Kit from Curious Doodles / Fig. 9: Wonderful Winter from Frances & Francis / Fig. 10: Holiday Deer Box

Pop-Up Card from Jackie Huang

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crafty & other holiday cards







Fig. 11: Happy Holidays from Laura Macchia / Fig. 12: Let it Snow from Feterie / Fig. 13: 3D Pop-Up Tree Card from Classic Notebook / Fig. 14: Season’s Greetings from E.M. Papers / Fig. 15: Peace from Fair Morning Blue / Fig. 16: Mod Holiday Ornaments from Feterie / Fig. 17: Tidings of Comfort and Joy from Craftgasm / Fig. 18: Geometric Merry Christmas from Parenthetical Press


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Fig. 19: Dorky Holiday from Old Tom Foolery / Fig. 20: Merry Christmas from Happy

Cactus Designs / Fig. 21: Argyle Trees from Microwave Girl / Fig. 22: Engraved Tree from Crane & Co

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calendars 30 days hath september, april, june, and november ...


Fig. 1: Small Months Calendar from Sesame Letterpress Letterpress printed. Features 12 pages (1 for each month) and a resolution’s page o help you remember what you set out to accomplish at

the beginning of the year.


calendars for your wall







Fig. 2: Letterpress Calendar from 42 Pressed / Fig. 3: Happiness Calendar from Ecojot / Fig. 4: Fairy Tale Calendar from Serious Whims

/ Fig. 5: Floral Calendar from Rosebud / Fig. 6: Limited Edition Calendar from Creative Thursday / Fig. 7: Shapes Calendar from Leah Duncan


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Fig. 8: Pattern Motifs from Susy Jack* / Fig. 9: Circles Calendar from Veekee Workshop / Fig. 10: Letterpress Calendar from Steel Petal

Press / Fig. 11: Letterpress Calendar from Linda & Harriett / Fig. 12: Neon Owls from Wishbone Letterpress / Fig. 13: Bough Letterpress Calendar with Gold Foil from Smock / Fig. 14: Printable Calendar from Clementine Creative

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Fig. 15: Boho Print Wall Calendar from Coral & Blue / Fig. 16: Avian Friends by Geninne Zlatkis from Paper Source / Fig. 17: Perpetual

Calendar from Pistachio Press / Fig. 18: Screenprint Perpetual Calendar from Bold & Noble


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Fig. 19: Into the Woods Calendar from Laura Macchia / Fig. 20: Quilt Calendar from Linda & Harriett / Fig. 21: Perpetual Calendar from

Sam Osborne / Fig. 22: Stitch the Stars Calendar Kit from Heather Lins Home / Fig. 23: Idioms from Serious Whims / Fig. 24: Pretty Patterns from Sweet Bella Stationery

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Fig. 25: Floral Calendar from Fellow Fellow / Fig. 26: Bubble Calendar from Uncommon Goods / Fig. 27: Silhouettes Calendar from Le

Papier Studio / Fig. 28: Owls from Monkey Mind Design / Fig. 29: At A Glance Bird from Smudge Ink / Fig. 30: Petite Calendar from Inklosures


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Fig. 31: Retro Vintage from Yumalum / Fig. 32: Floral from Silhouette Blue / Fig. 33:

Multiprint Loose Calendar from Khristian A. Howell

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Fig. 1: Geometric Patterns from MademoiselleYo / Fig. 2: Midcentury Modern from Sam Osborne / Fig. 3: Colorful Modern Geometric

Calendar from Hello Maupoo / Fig. 4: Self-standing from Share the Days / Fig. 5: Colorful Curls from Night Owl Paper Goods / Fig. 6: Dreamy, Fun Calendar from Photography Dream


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Fig. 7: Literal Desk Calendar from Anthropologie / Fig. 8: Colorful Patterns from Pixel Impress / Fig. 9: Zoo Desk Calendar from Paper

Source / Fig. 10: Black and Kraft from Simply Paperie / Fig. 11: Grow a Garden Plantable Seed Calendar from Botanical PaperWorks / Fig. 12: Birdie Desk Calendar from Joom / Fig. 13: Fresh Start from Pickle Dog Design

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Fig. 14: Letterpress Calendar from 1Canoe2 / Fig. 15: Mini Desk Calendar from Good Things / Fig. 16: Ephemerals from Kate’s Paperie / Fig. 17: Mini Calendar from Smudge Ink / Fig. 18: Dachsund Desktop Calendar from Sudachan / Fig. 19: Fox by Gingiber from Pink Olive


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Fig. 20: Coaster Calendar by Sugarcube Press from Kate’s Paperie / Fig. 21: ROYGBIV

Calendar from Diptyche / Fig. 22: Letterpress and Silkscreen from Ilee

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letterpress goodness since 2009

advent calendars collection curated by heidi gustad




Fig. 1: Avian Pop-Up Holiday Calendar from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store / Fig. 2: Advent Garland by Dots and Spots for Not on

the High Street / Fig. 3: Modern Advent Calendar Printable PDF by JHill Design / Fig. 4: Vintage Inspired Advent Clips by Crafty Nikki / Fig. 5: Paper Countdown Calendar by Le Petit Pot


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Fig. 6: Starry Trees Advent Calendar by Julie Marie / Fig. 7: 25 Mini Christmas Envelopes by Newnanc / Fig.8: DIY Advent Calendar Boxes

by A Million Ideas / Fig. 9: Repurposed Vintage Advent Calendar by My Cherry Tree / Fig. 10: Christmas Advent Calendar Garland by Merry Matchboxes

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gift wrap: Wrapping paper, boxes





Fig. 1: Floral and patterned gift wrap from Love Mae / Fig. 2: Candy Cane Patterned Wrapping Paper from Nancy & Betty Studio / Fig. 3: Recycled Wrapping Paper from Bobalong / Fig. 4: Bough Wrapping Paper from Smock / Fig. 5: Earth Range Sheet Wrap from Inky

Co / Fig. 6: XO Letterpress Gift Wrap from Igloo Letterpress


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fig. 7: Letterpress Wrapping Paper from Starshaped Press / Fig. 8: Screen Printed Zig Zag Paper from Velvet Lyric / Fig. 9: Festoon

Handmade Lokta Bag from Smock / Fig. 10: Christmas Pillow Box from Seafoam Blue / Fig. 11: Limited Edition Gold Paper Pack from Omiyage

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gift wrap: bows & gift toppers

fig. 1: Poinsettias from Pieces of Me Paper Crafts / Fig. 2: Paper Dahlia from Imeon Design / Fig. 3: Kraft Paper Bow from Handmade

by Heather / Fig. 4: Recycled Magazine Bow from The Rhino & The Giraffe / fig. 5: Paper Flowers from Handmade by Sarah Kim / fig. 6: Recycled Map Bow from Brinner / fig. 7: Christmas-themed Bows from Curtsey Boutique / Fig. 8: Gold Foil Doilies from 3GIRLS+aGOAT /


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Fig. 9: Glitter Flower Gift Toppers from Suzie’s Cards / Fig. 10: Rosette Gift Bows from

Details and Delights / Fig. 11: Book Page Carnation from Anthology on Main / Fig. 12: Embellishments from Cards by Jeweleighab

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gift wrap: tags








Fig. 1: Owls from Inspired Greetings & Designs / Fig. 2: Personalized Natural Lace from Pickle Dog Design / Fig. 3: Snowflakes from

American Art Factory / Fig. 4: Letterpress Yule Never Guess from Bobalong / Fig. 5: Bough Metallic from smock / Fig. 6: Joy Love Peace from Fresh Lemon Blossoms / Fig. 7: Ornament, Trees, Snowman from American Art Factory / Fig. 8: Metallic Rainbow from Weswen


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Design / Fig. 9: To & From Stamp from Wit & Whistle / Fig. 10: Handprinted by Do You Punctuate from Not on the High Street / Fig. 11: Nutcrackers from Bombina Studios / Fig. 12: Snowflakes from Wild Beanlore / Fig. 13: Illustrated Tags from Felix Doolittle / Fig. 14: Letterpress Happy Holidays from In Haus Press / Fig. 15: Red and White Letterpress from Igloo Letterpress

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Fig. 1: Pearly White Quilled Snowflake from Creation Faeries / Fig. 2: Glitter Gold Star from Kissa Design / Fig. 3: Kusudama Origami Ball

from My Crazy Hands / Fig. 4: Tyvek Paper Snowflake Bauble from Sarah Louise Matthews / Fig. 5: Origami Star from bookBW / Fig. 6: Merry & Bright Ribbon Bird from Night Owl Paper Goods / Fig. 7: Christmas Quilling Candles from tsipouritsa / Fig. 8: Paper Poinsettia from Bloomingdales


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Fig. 9: Diamond by ConfettiSystem from West Elm / Fig. 10: Quilled Ombre Yellow Coils from Yakawonis Quilling / Fig. 11: Midcentury

Modern Book Page Ornaments from Bookity / Fig. 12: Bright Christmas Trees from Paperoni Press / Fig. 13: Modern Paper Ornament from Essimar / Fig. 14: Strawberries and Chocolate Collection from Paper Art by Carlos N. Molina

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decor: garlands



Fig. 1: Embossed White Snowflakes Paper Garland from 3GIRLS+aGOAT / Fig. 2: Simple Snowflake Garland from Bee Buzz Paperie / Fig. 3: Christmas Bunting Banners from Love Mae


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Fig. 4: Gold Glitter Deer Garland from Steph Loves Ben / Fig. 5: Scalloped Circles

Holiday Garland from Lemon Drop Papers

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decor: wreaths & other things





Fig. 1: Color Wheel Wreath from Land of Nod / Fig. 2: Paper Flower Wreath from West Elm / Fig. 3: Poinsettia Wreath Kit from Paper

Source / Fig. 4: Accordion Paper Tree from Land of Nod / Fig. 5: Gold and White Star Lantern from Kate’s Paperie


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Fig. 6: Ombre Origami Holiday Wreath from My Bohemian Summer / Fig. 7: Snow-

man Topiary from bookBW / Fig. 8: Twist-Open Trees by ConfettiSystem from West Elm

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How’s it hangin?

Fig. 1: Oliver Half Tissue Wall Kit from Paper Tuesday (full kit available, too)

Check out a fab tutorial from Paper

Add a dapper detail to your party with this honeycomb fan wall. Use this kit as a

Tuesday on how to hang paper fans.


sophisticated backdrop to a dessert table or photo booth.

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pretty & bright like it’s 1999







Fig. 2: Yellow Dot Straws from Paper Straws Party / Fig. 3: Gold Glitter Cake Bunting from Ready Go Paper Studio / Fig. 4: Starry Garland

from Land of Nod / Fig. 5: Tie + Bubbles Wine Tags from Branch + Cotton / Fig. 6: Letterpress Printed Cheers Coaster from Sugar Paper / Fig. 7: Platinum Glitter Gold Reusable Cupcake Wrappers from American Celebrations

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Fig. 1: Noisemaker from Nic Studio / Fig. 2: Letterpress Zeppelin Happy New Year Card from Blackbird Letterpress / Fig. 3: Happy 2013

from Wild Ink Press / Fig. 4: Golden Star Happy New Year Letterpress Cards from Campbell Raw Press / Fig. 5: Letterpress Gold and Silver Happy New Year from Cleanwash Press / Fig. 6: Paper Cut Happy 2013 from Ashley Pahl / Fig. 7: Champagne Year 2013 from Rocket


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Ink / Fig. 8: Silkscreened Peace in the New Year from Parasol New York / Fig. 9: A Fresh New Start from Emily McDowell Illustration / Fig. 10: String of Lights from Laura Macchia / Fig. 11: Happy New Year from Rifle Paper Co.

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new year’s resolutions This year, infuse paper into your new year’s resolutions: send more mail, get organized, and support handmade businesses that specialize in selling paper goods.

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Fig. 1: Handmade Hellos from Hello!Lucky / Fig. 2: DIY Stationery Kit with Calligraphy Hello Stamp from Besotted Brand / Fig. 3: Paper

Chips Letter Set from Upon a Fold / Fig. 4: You Are First Class Card Tag and Envelope from Shamsy / Fig. 5: Vintage Air Mail Set from Pomkats / Fig. 6: Wax Seal from Follow Studio / Fig. 7: Marlowe Send To Stamp from Mae Mae Paperie


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Fig. 8: The Letter Ledger from Paper & Type / Fig. 9: Send Something Good Envelopes from isavirtue / Fig. 10: Treetop Tidings Folding +

Mail Stationery by Boygirlparty from Chronicle Books / Fig. 11: Vintage Stamp Packs from Send More Mail / Fig. 12: ITHINKSO Messenger Vol. 5 Set from The Hach / Fig. 13: Pen & Ink Mail Set from Present & Correct

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ge organ


collection curat




Fig. 1: Masking Tape Fluo from Happy Home / Fig. 2: Happy Note from Tokketoke / Fig. 3: High Stylers Highlighters from Urban Outfitters

/ Fig. 4: Gold Feather Notepad from Fellow Fellow / Fig. 5: MT Washi Tape Sweet Set from The Hach / Fig. 6: Pie Graph Sticky Notes from Papercookie / Fig. 7: Gingham Notepad from Inkello / Fig. 8: Paper Pens from Jonesy


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Fig. 9: Mark’s Tokyo Edge Balanced Color Notepad from Urban Outfitters / Fig. 10: 2013 Notebook Italian Neon from Graphic Image / Fig. 11: Scented Highlighters from Paper Source / Fig. 12: Neon Small Zip-It Calendar from Carolina Pad / Fig. 13: LYRA Neon Fluo Col-

ored Pencil from L’atelier #11

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new year’s resolutions

support handmade the creative place

join us this holiday season, next year, and forever in support of these 30 shops who specialize in creating paper goods by hand.

bookity wa k e fo r est, n c ,

reading, uk

us a Handmade jewelry and home Home to a plethora of craft

decor ranging from garlands

supplies and vintage paper

to book handbags made from

goodies from crafter extraor-

unloved and unwanted books,

dinare Ashley Connelly.

maps, and music paper.


artisan paperie

paper statement

frances & francis

berlin, germany

d ava o c i t y, p h i l i p -

munich, germany

lo n d o n , e n g l a n d

p i n es Playful illustrations and ori-

Artful book sculptures and

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joni lay Blogger at Lay Baby Lay

These are a few of our favorite things

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

would be a treat with excited

m ov i e : Elf or Sleepless in

little ones!

Seattle (I always think of it as a Christmas movie).

favo r i t e h o l i d ay sto ry / bo o k : Ok, I don’t

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

have a favorite book, and this

fo o d : My grandmother’s

is unrelated, but I adore the

chicken casserole.

Statler Brothers Christmas music. It’s very old-school

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

country and wouldn’t suit the

d r i n k : Well, I’m a big tea

taste of most, but we listened

drinker — so hot tea.

to it a lot when I was a kid, and it always makes my heart

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

so happy. Reminds me of

pa st i m e : Getting a

home in a very wonderful

Christmas tree and decorating

way! It’s not Christmastime

it with a fire going. Chip and

without it, and my husband

we asked a handful of

I also started a tradition of

kindly obliges it.

our favorite bloggers and

the living room for an evening

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

by the fire and Christmas tree

c r a f t: I don’t have any

lights. We hope to make it a

currently ... but I have a feel-

with paper what they love

tradition with our little family

ing I’ll have some after trying

to spend the night with the

to come up with fun ideas

about the holiday season.

kids in front of the tree one

with Vivi! I’m hoping to start

night before Christmas ...

some new traditions.

folks who work and craft

dragging our mattress into

it was so fun, and I think it

Jo in i n t h e h o l i day f u n ! Inquiring minds want to know: what are your holiday favorites? Shoot us an email at in November with answers to what your favorite holiday movie, story/book, drink, food, pastime, and crafts are and your answers just might appear on our blog!


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lisa bacon

kristen magee

Web and graphic designer of Moxie Pear

Web designer and blogger/creator of Paper Crave

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

It usually takes us a weekend

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

m ov i e : This would be a tie

d r i n k : Since I can’t drink

to get everything done (and

m ov i e : A Christmas Story,

between National Lampoon’s

caffeine (boo) I would have

another three days to clean up

but Irving Berlin’s White

Christmas Vacation and

to say hot chocolate from

the mess we made!).

Christmas is a very close

Scrooged ... I love a good hol-

Starbucks with extra whipped

iday comedy! Oh and I can’t

cream ... they have the BEST

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

forget the kids’ favorites: How

hot chocolate!

sto ry / bo o k : I like

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

reading The Night Before

fo o d : Cookies (spice cookies

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

Christmas with my daughter.

and shortbread are favorites).

pa st i m e : I love crafting

Now that she is old enough,

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

with the kids, especially my

she would prefer to read it

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

fo o d : Oh anything sweet!

six-year-old. Every year we

to me!

d r i n k : Eggnog.

This is the only time of year I

create ornaments for our tree

actually cook ... well more like

so we have a new theme and

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

bake and we do a lot of it!

they all have to be handmade!

pa sst i m e : Baking, craft-

the Grinch Stole Christmas and Charlie Brown.


ing, watching holiday specials (anything from Rankin Bass is at the top of my list).

susie ghahremani

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

San Diego, California-dwelling illustrator and creator of Boygirlparty

sto ry / bo o k : How Spider Saved Christmas by Robert Kraus.

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

m ov i e : It’s a Wonderful

d r i n k : Soy nog. I wait all

sto ry / bo o k : The Santa-

Life. Edward Scissorhands is

year for it to hit the shelves

land Diaries / Holidays on Ice

sort of a wintery fave, too.

then hoard it like a crazy

by David Sedaris.

person. favo r i t e h o l i d ay fo o d : Sugar cookies.

favo r i t e h o l i d ay c r a f t: Any paper craft (of course), but I love making ornaments, no matter what

favo r i t e h o l i d ay favo r i t e h o l i d ay

c r a f t: Cookie decorating,

pa st i m e : Board games with

which my family does with

my family on Christmas/eve.

fervor and sass.

material I’m using.

... Sleepless in Seattle (I always think of it as a Christmas Movie). — Joni Lay

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I still love making paper snowflakes. There are so many different ways you can cut and shape the paper to create something unique. — Rachael Ashe jaime madalena

jason thompson

Creator of blog and shop Send More Mail

Founder and president of Rag & Bone Bindery

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

mas. Our favorite time is wak-

m ov i e : A Charlie Brown

pa st i m e : Baking ginger

m ov i e : Definitely A Christ-

ing up early with the kids on



mas Story. Ralphie charms

Christmas morning, gathering

our whole family. And despite

around the ‘tree’ (a holiday art

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

the fact that he might shoot

project, one year it was made

fo o d : Panettone (a sweet

sto ry / bo o k : How the

his eye out, and nobody seems

out of books!) and spending


Grinch Stole Christmas.

to be paying attention to him,

the morning and afternoon

dad still buys an Official Red

opening presents and watch-

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

Ryder Carbine-Action Two-

ing excited children play.

d r i n k : Hot chocolate.

c r a f t: Christmas card

Hundred-Shot Range Model

writing and making parties

Air Rifle. Oh, and the ‘major

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

with my friends.

award!’. A classic.

sto ry ? How the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. No

danni hong Creator and blogger of Oh, Hello Friend

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

matter how small his heart

fo o d : My wife makes a

was on that day, he learns that

wonderful Mandel bread with

even without presents and

cinnamon, sugar & chocolate

trimmings, christmas comes

chips. It looks & tastes like


a Jewish biscotti which we favo r i t e h o l i d ay

can’t resist dipping into hot

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

m ov i e : Home Alone! such

pa st i m e : Spending time


c r a f t: The kids make tree

a classic.

with family.

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

ornaments, we have a growing Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

collection of handmade

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

d r i n k : Carrot, apple, gin-

ornaments. My favorite is

fo o d : Those little tree

sto ry / bo o k : The Jolly

ger juice. Yum!

Kusudama flowers, some are

shaped sugar cookies with

Christmas Postman.

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

crafted out of book pages.



favo r i t e h o l i d ay

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

c r a f t: I really love packag-

pa st i m e ? We celebrate

d r i n k : Cider.

ing up pretty gifts!

both Hanukkah and Christ-

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lia griffith Creative Director of Elli

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

Favo r i t e H o l i d ay

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

life so if I have to pick just one

m ov i e : Love Actually.

D r i n k : Homemade Chai

sto ry: How the Grinch

I will say ... wrapping Christ-

I love the British accents

with coconut milk. Putting

Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.

mas gifts! You are the first to

and truth be known, I am a

all the spices in the pot and

As kids, my sisters and I had a

know outside of my office that

romantic fool.

simmering them for an hour

large selection of the Dr. Seuss

I am one of the 8 finalists for

makes the house smell oh so

books, so there is something

the Scotch Tape “America’s


very cozy and nostalgic about

Most Gifted Wrapper” contest.

reading his books. Even today

I will be heading to New York

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay fo o d : Pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream. It is my

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

I would say he is one of my

in November for the live com-

challenge this year to perfect

pa st i m e : Getting together

top 10 authors.

petition. How perfect it that!

the recipe for gluten free pie

with friends and hosting


holiday parties and dinners in

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

my home.

c r a f t: Okay, crafting is my

rachael ashe Paper artist who also alters books and transforms them into things of beauty

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

Bowen Island, just outside of

drink is eggnog, but I try to

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

m ov i e : I know this sounds

Vancouver. Holiday meals be-

drink it sparingly because it’s

sto ry: As a kid I was al-

cliche, but I love It’s A Won-

come epic cooking and baking

so rich.

ways drawn to the story of the

derful Life. I’d never seen it

sessions between Boris, his

until recently, even though it’s

mom Anne, and myself. One

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

grown-up I don’t think I have

one of the classic Christmas

of my favourite things to make

pa st i m e : I’m always ex-

a favourite holidays story.

movies, and feel in love with

with Anne during the holidays

hausted around the end of the

the story and the handsome-

are these handmade Germann

year, so Christmas is often a

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

ness that is Jimmy Stewart.

noodles called Spätzle. They

time when I need to relax and

c r a f t: I still love making

are delicious.

recharge. My favourite thing

paper snowflakes. There are

Little Drummer Boy, but as a

to do during the holidays is to

so many different ways you

fo o d : My partner is Ger-

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

spend quiet time with friends

can cut and shape the paper to

man, and we tend to spend the

d r i n k : The closest thing

and family, sharing good food.

create something unique.

holidays with his parents on

I have to a favourite holiday

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

Definitely A Christmas Story. Ralphie charms our whole family. — Jason Thompson

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ana reinert

I love making m from paper! I re

Creator / blogger of The Well Appointed Desk

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

— I think they are shaped

but I always seem to run

m ov i e : White Christmas.

like trees. They sell both at

out of time and have to rush

I love when Bing Crosby and

work and I buy one almost

through it.

Danny Kaye sing “Sisters” and

everyday from Thanksgiving

when they sing “White Christ-

to Christmas.

sto ry: The Nutcracker.

mas” and open the barn doors to the snow scene outside. I’m

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

such a softy.

d r i n k : Hot Cocoa, I have

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

Inspiratonal paper crafter

Does that count? Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

a great recipe for making my

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

own cocoa mix.

c r a f t: As a greeting card

fo o d : Peppermint Bark.

dawn cardona

designer professionally, I

Oh, and peppermint choco-

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

have to say making Christmas

late-covered marshmallows

pa st i m e : Wrapping gifts

cards. Silly, I know.

m ov i e : Love Actually.

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay fo o d : Anything with pumpkin in it!

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay d r i n k : Hot chocolate.

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay pa st i m e : When my

anastasia marie

brother and I were younger,

Portland, Oregon-based paper crafter and stationery designer of Anastasia Marie Cards

my father would pop a bag of popcorn and we would

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

down. I guess a cup of black

birth more often than any oth-

string them all up to decorate

m ov i e : I have a hard time

tea is up on top too, but I

er time of the year. Christmas

the Christmas tree. Oh, how

choosing between White

drink that year-round.

is a big reminder for me of

I love the smell of popcorn

what my life is really all about.

during wintertime!

Christmas and Holiday Inn. Those two are probably the

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

I’ve been a Christian for about

only ones that I watched every

pa st i m e : My husband and

six years now, and this story

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

Christmas since childhood

I have had a little tradition of

only becomes more beautiful

sto ry: The Polar Express.

and I love them still.

brewing a cup of tea or apple

as the years pass. Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

cider, turning on our fireplace, favo r i t e h o l i d ay

and just sitting on the floor

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

c r a f t: Making gingerbread

fo o d : Pomegranates! I

together catching up on what’s

c r a f t: Making Christmas


don’t know if that’s considered

been going on in our lives.

cards and wrapping up gifts

a holiday food, but every fall/

Such a simple time, but some-

all prettily, of course! Christ-

winter they come along and I

thing I always treasure.

mas just wouldn’t be the same without getting to do that.

eat them by the bucket-full. favo r i t e h o l i d ay


favo r i t e h o l i d ay

sto ry: Every Christmas,

d r i n k : Apple cider. Hands

we hear the story of Jesus’

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my own tree decorations and yes they are usually crafted eally like the combination of 2D objects on a real fir tree. — Helen Frances yas imamura Creator and Illustrator of Quill & Fox

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

up, but I find myself craving

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

kid that made me one to live

m ov i e : I have a lot of

them now that I’ve moved to

pa st i m e : I love holiday

in its painted pages.

top faves. Mostly all the old

the Pacific Northwest. It car-

shopping and wrapping gifts.

stop-motion classics. I would

ries a strong dose of childhood

And as most of the readers

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

have to say Rudolph for me,

memories I suppose!

here can probably relate, I

c r a f t: I always loved

enjoy the latter just a wee bit

making snow globes and

too much!

dioramas. I don’t get to do

off the top of my head! I love anything that gives me a good

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

dose of melancholy.

d r i n k : Spanish Coffee. It’s

it anymore, but I’m thinking

not exactly a holiday drink,

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

it might be a fun thing to do

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

but it always reminds me of

sto ry: Mine would be

with friends and family this

fo o d : Filipino paella and

Christmas. A good excuse to

Davy and the Goblin. I had a


rum fruit cake. I actually

enjoy it all year round!

heavily illustrated book as a

didn’t care for both growing

Floris gierman Part owner/creator of Love vs. Design

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

Ferrell (“Buddy the Elf, what’s

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

m ov i e : Elf — Will Ferrell

your favorite color?” “You sit

fo o d : Turkey and Gravy

pa st i m e : Decorating with

is one of my favorite actors,

on a throne of lies!”) Elf also

for sure!

family, eating holiday food

a man-boy who was raised

has a superb supporting cast

by Santa’s elves who one day

including Bob Newhart, Ed

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

discovers he’s a human and

Asner, Mary Steenburgen, and

d r i n k : Heineken Beer,

goes in search of his father

Zooey Deschanel, making it as

does that count?

(James Caan) in New York

enjoyable a film for adults as it

City. Featuring some great

is for kids.

scenes and lines carried by

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and exchanging gifts!

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay sto ry: The Polar Express.


melissa esposito

susan connor

Shop owner of Craftgasm

Creator of Susy Jack*

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

for constant refilling of one’s

Christmas-oriented, but I love

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

m ov i e : A modern classic:

mug, of course.

to re-read one of the Anne of

m ov i e : A Christmas Story.

Love, Actually. It makes me

Green Gables books around

It never gets old. I also love A

Favo r i t e h o l i d ay

the holidays. I especially love

Christmas Carol — specifical-

pa st i m e : I get really

when Anne brings Katherine

ly the one with George C Scott.

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

excited to creatively wrap all

home so she can actually en-

fo o d : My favorite holiday

the perfect gifts I’ve found for

joy the Christmas season for

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

food is more the act of making

my family and friends. I wish

the first time in her life.

fo o d : My favorite are

our family’s holiday smorgas-

I had the room in our tiny DC

bord with my grandmother

apartment for a dedicated ta-

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

and little cousin in her cozy

ble or closet just for gift stor-

c r a f t: Every year I try to

upstate New York kitchen.

age and wrapping! Coming

tackle one new craft or project

Pigs in blankets, cinnamon

up with embellishments for

for a gift that I’ve never

monkey bread, homemade

presents is logically a waste of

attempted before. Some-

calzones, snickerdoodles,

time in such a time-crunched

times it turns out amazingly,

stuffing ...

month, though, so I justify it

and sometimes it’s kind of a

by the fact that it gets me into

flop and I have to come up

the holiday spirit.

with something else to give

so happy.

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

the Chinese dumplings that

that person, but it’s always

d r i n k : Hot chocolate, hands down. With a can of

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

interesting and I always learn

whipped cream within reach

sto ry: It’s not specifically


I get really exci atively wrap al gifts I’ve found and friends. —M

Helen francEs Paper artist of frances & Francis who fashions some of the loveliest paper flowers

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

m ov i e : Raymond Briggs’s

fo o d : Pigs in blankets! I

pa st i m e : Christmas shop-

sto ry: Lost & Found by

The Snowman. This film

absolutely love them!

ping in Bond Street followed

Oliver Jeffers. Such a fantastic

by ice skating at Somerset

story and as you can see from


answering these questions

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

makes me cry every time but


illustrates my family Christ-

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

mas’s perfectly.

d r i n k : Winter Pimms. I

that I’m a huge fan of chil-

love how sweet it is.

dren’s stories and books!

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my mom always makes. She

nog. With a bit of cognac. Or a

sales booths that are all over

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

learned to make them from

good glass of port.

Manhattan and inhaling the

c r a f t: I don’t know if it’s a

amazing scent of the trees.

craft exactly, But I am such a

scratch from a Chinese friend of ours, years ago, and they

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

are delicious.

pa st i m e : Putting on our

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

tions. Each year seeing them

holiday records. We love bob

sto ry: I’m partial to the

again is like seeing old friends.

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

Dylan’s Xmas album, and Phil

traditional one. The first story

d r i n k : I am all about egg

Spector’s Xmas. Another sim-

of Christmas.

sucker for our Xmas decora-

ple joy is walking by the tree

ited to crel the perfect for my family

marisa edgehill Washi tape enthusiast and shop owner of Omiyage

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

special Christmas coffee every

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

m ov i e : White Christmas


c r a f t: I love creating new

but The Santa Clause is a close second!

Melissa Esposito

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

Christmas ornaments every favo r i t e h o l i d ay

year. One year my sister and

pa st i m e : Wrapping

I had a whole tree filled with


origami ornaments, another

fo o d : Christmas just isn’t

year I made paper angels and

Christmas without Minty

favo r i t e h o l i d ay

last year I sent felt monogram

Nanaimo Bars.

sto ry: I always loved The

ornaments instead of holiday

Story of Holly & Ivy when I


favo r i t e h o l i d ay

was young(er).

d r i n k : My mum makes

favo r i t e h o l i d ay c r a f t: I love making my own tree decorations and yes they are usually crafted from paper! I really like the combination of 2D objects on

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a real fir tree.

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& Merry & bright ideas

seven sensational diys & printables to try this holiday season

vintage book 3d Winter scene photos & instructions by LC mcdonald

materials needed • Martha Stewart white gold glitter • Martha Stewart florentine gold glitter • Martha Stewart glue writing pen • Fiskars acid-free photo stickers • Elmer’s clear school glue


• 24 gage wire • old German version of Heidi (or a vintage book of any kind) • scraps of scrap-booking paper • exact-o-knife • scissors

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Instructions 1. Prepare to hollow out the first 70ish pages of the book — so about half way through, depending on the size of the book. Measure one inch from each side of the very first page and then dig in with your Exact-o-Knife until you reach the page where you wish to stop. Use the scissors to even out the pages, and trim any sides that are unequal. The first page acts as the frame, and you don’t want any other pages sticking out from behind it.

2. Add glitter dots, with the glue pen and white gold glitter, to a piece of vellum that you will be attaching with the photo squares to one of the last few pages that you carved out of the book. This is to make it look like the snow is lightly falling.

3. Add the snow that you created from pieces of white paper that you tore to get a more light and fluffy effect, not the rigid look you would get from pieces of paper that go straight across. These pieces can be attached to pages near the front of the book, but don’t add them all to the same page. Add the pieces of snow every few pages or so to give it a more layered look.

4. Measured the length of the paper that you will need for the big pine tree, and trace out the shape with a pencil. Cut the tree out and add the florentine gold glitter to the edges with the glue pen, and then attached it a couple of pages back from the first piece of snow so that it looks like it had a pile of snow in front of it.


5. Draw and cut out the three smaller trees that are in the background and attach them to the very top of a scrap piece of paper — cut into the paper a little bit around the trees so that the scrap paper cannot be seen once the three trees are stuck in the book. Attach them several pages behind the last piece of snow to make it look like they are off in the distance.

6. Cut and shape — with a wave and a little curl — the two pieces of 24 gage wire that you are going to use for hanging the stars in the sky. You could easily use thread or fishing line, as well.

7. Free-hand cut out two little stars and attach them to the wire with a small dot of clear school glue. Once dry, flip them over — so the star is now facing you — and attach them to a scrap piece of paper that you have cut into a square. Again, use a small dot of clear school glue. When dry, use the square of scrap paper to attach the stars to two different pages that are close to the back, near the piece of vellum paper.

8. Once you have all of the scene put together, close the book and glue all of the pages together with the clear school glue. Put a weight on top of the book to make sure the pressure is even on all sides of the book, and spread the glue around the edges of the book with your finger. Make sure you get as much glue on the edges as you can without it dripping all over the place. Also, make sure that you don’t glue the front cover down. Let it dry, and voila! A book with a 3D winter scene.


printable card lettering and card design by minna so / photography by donaville herrick

download the free printable

paper bag gift tags photos & diy by ruby thursday moore

Add some extra love to the gifts you’ll be giving away this Christmas with these simple DIY gift tags. They’re super easy to make and the materials you will need are just lying ‘round your home waiting for your creative touch!

materials needed • paper bags • scissors, cutters, paper trimmer • corner punches / pinking shears • pencil eraser (used as a stamp) • inks (black, green and red watercolor inks used for this DIY)



Bonus Tip

1. Choose paper bags with

3. Trim it down to desired size

mas-themed stamps, you can

Don’t throw out the paper

minimal creases (or use them,

for the gift tags. Fold.

use those, too.

trimmings just yet. Give them to the worms in your vermi

too, to add character to your gift tags).

4. Adorn the corners using

6. Stamp away!

gift, perhaps?

paper punches or pinking 2. Cut the unprinted parts


of the paper bag with a pair of scissors, cutter or paper

5. Turn the pencil eraser into


a stamp. If you have Christ-

compost — as a Christmas

7. Tada! You’ve got unique gift tags that will make your gifts

If you don’t have a vermi com-

even more special.

post, maybe you can start one as a New Year’s resolution.


printable cupcake toppers photos & printables by wedding friends and the rabbit hole


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WRAP cupcakes and muffins with delightful wrappers and top them off with

download the

bright, festive, and heartfelt messages for your loved ones.

free printables

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materials needed • card stock (peach stock cut to 4.75” x 6.75”, coral stock cut to 5” x 7”) • gold envelope

• ribbon stamp • metallic gold stamp pad • gold embossing powder

• invitation stamp


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embossed holiday invite diy & photos by antiquaria

send these out to your guests this holiday season and you’ll be sure to get a great crowd!

instructions 1. Ink your invitation stamp with a metallic gold stamp pad.

2. Immediately following the printing, dust embossing pow-

Center the stamp over your cut card stock and press down to

der over the image (you’ll want to do this over a scrap sheet

print. Place both hands on the stamp and press down firmly.

of paper to catch the excess powder). Make sure all of the

Gently lift the stamp off the paper.

image is covered well before gently sliding the powder off the card onto the scrap sheet.


3. Using a heat gun, emboss all of your image. You will see an

5. Repeat the embossing process (steps 1 - 3) with the return

actual transformation of the powder into a solid.

address stamp on the back flap of your envelope. How fun is gold on gold!

Important Note: Don’t hold the gun too close to the surface of the paper because it can scorch or severely warp it.

6. To make the invitation a little more festive, add a patterned envelope liner! It’s simple to do: just print a patterned

4. When you’re using heat, the paper may warp a little bit.

stamp on a piece of text-weight paper and cut out the shape

To help straighten it back out, back it with a complementary

using an envelope liner template.

color. Affix this piece to the printed piece using double-sided tape.


printable cards & Tags photos & printables by wedding friends and the rabbit hole

add a touch of rustic & chic class to your gifts with these holiday tags and holiday

download the

cards from wedding friends and the rabbit hole.

free printables


printable tag & bookmark printable by thea neubauer of / diy & photos by donaville herrick

download the free printable

two-for one diy gift

materials needed • glue or double-sided tape

It’s a tag, it’s a bookmark —

• Merry & Bright printable

it’s two gifts in one!

• pale yellow or off-white card stock • scissors and/or paper trimmer

• single hole punch • jute, twine, or yarn

Giving a book to somone this holiday season? Print out this lovely tag/bookmark and attach it to your book. (tag designed by Thea Neubauer of Follow the instructions to the right to find out how you can give this to the bookworm in your life.

instructions 1.Download and print the

3. Paste the backs of each im-

5. With scissors, cut a single

Merry & Bright bookmark/tag

age to one another with glue

strand of jute, twine, or yarn


or double-sided tape.

to 10 or so inches.

2. Use scissors or a paper

4. Punch a hole near the top

6. String jute, twine, or

trimmer to cut the image

of the designs.

yarn through the hole in the

along the crop marks.


Happy crafting!


what is christmas with no snow? Unless you live in the mountains in Southern California, you’ll very seldom see snow during the winter. To make up for this, we sent out an invitation via email and our social networks for any crafty folks to create a paper snowflake that we could admire. They say no two snowflakes are alike, right? Have a look at our favorites.

felicty bristow Maker of handmade and hand-bound journals at But n Bend Bindery Press.

ian grout

amanda wright

Shop owner of Paper Tuesday.

Creative genius behind Wit & Whistle.

harriet stevens Head of Print Production and Designer at Decorque.

shani griffis Creative Director of Unleashed Beauty.

ciana Stylist interested in textiles.


jayme hennel Artist and Designer of Hennel Paper Co.

sandy diaz Creative paper quiller of Sweet Spot Card Shop.

molly smith Paper jewelry maker of It’s Molly.


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Discover Paper 2012 Holiday Guide  

The 2nd Annual Holiday Guide from Discover Paper. Over 100 pages of paper goodness for the holidays!

Discover Paper 2012 Holiday Guide  

The 2nd Annual Holiday Guide from Discover Paper. Over 100 pages of paper goodness for the holidays!