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TWIN Winter 2011

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TWIN We want to thank you for reading our first issue. A Katie & Alison lot of time and love went into the creation of Twin Stripe. We met at Elon University’s Masters of Arts Interactive Media open house. This fall, while pursing this degree, we discovered our similar interests in all things design, styling and decor. Our love for shelter magazines and interactive media led us to dream of putting together our own online magazine. Three months later, after lots of coffee and a 16 page research paper on interactivity in online magazines, here we are! Throughout our friendship and creation of this magazine, we’ve discovered many similarities. We both have similar upbringings, have academic backgrounds in studio art, accidentally dress alike, are terrible spellers and have the same stress coping mechanisms (to put it nicely). Also, we both find great inspiration from Design*Sponge and its creator Grace Bonney. (We were lucky enough to meet her together this fall on her book tour!) We’re so similar that we’ve been referred to as twins, and that’s how we came up with the name of our magazine: Twin Stripe. We hope you enjoy looking at this issue as much as we enjoyed making it. Check in with us on Twitter (@TwinStripe) to view behind-the-scenes glimpses and stay updated on the progress of our Spring Issue.


contents Kraft Paper Christmas


The Gift Guide Festive Fête


Winter Brews Wrap It Up




Homey Holiday


DIY Glitter Pinecones Holiday Playlist


Season’s Greetings Special Thanks



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ornaments and ribbon make a great napkin ring and favor for your guests

click to download place card template


1 oz vodka 1/2 oz triple sec 3 oz cranberry juice squeeze of lime shake top with ginger ale

4 oz champagne 3/4 oz St. Germain 1 oz pomegranate juice

click to download drink recipes


Winter Brew Alison's pick


ws Katie's pick

Chad's pick


Wrap it up click to view wrapping guide


ToP: Pom POMS Strung on baker’s twine MIDDLE: glitter gift wrap and mini ornament BottOM: washi tape Pattern 15

Homey Holiday

click to download recipe



Christmas is about making memories. Having a heirloom item, like Alison’s sequined Christmas tree pillow made by her grandmother, helps to remember those close to you during this time of year. If you don’t have a family heirloom, start the tradition this year.

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Trendy holiday decorations, like you see in stores, can be made by collecting materials in your backyard and a quick trip to the craft store.




glitter co ne s You can also use glitter spray on branches to create festive decor.



Playlist Download theplayl ist

1. Beta Radio - Oh Holy Night 2. Rouge Wave - Jingle Bell Rock 3. First Aid Kit - Blue Christmas 4. Sufjan Stevens - Star of Wonder 5. Dent May - Holiday Face 6. Florence and the Machine - Last Christmas 7. Juilan Koster (The Singing Saw) - The First Noel 8. Woods - Christmas Time Is Here 9. Passion Pit - All These trees 10. Wavves & Best Coast - I Have Something For You 11. Blitzen Trapper - Christmas is Coming Soon 12. The Civil Wars - O Come O Come Emmanuel



a special thanks to

Chad and Nash (Alison's lab)

Chad Williamsen, Katie’s husband, is a graphic and web designer, and we couldn’t have made this magazine without him. He’s been our right-hand man as our set light holder, DJ, beer-taster extraordinaire, and, most importantly, a valuable set of hands and eyes when ours were weary from late-night graduate school frustrations. Chad loves trying new microbrews, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Chip Kidd design and dogs – especially Nash. You can follow Chad on Twitter @chathewil.

Lindsey Huston is a fellow Interactive Media graduate student. She recently graduated from Wofford College with a degree in Philosophy and an English minor. Lindsey loves traveling, writing, American literature, Cincinnati Reds games and spending time with family and friends. Her passion for writing made her the perfect content editor. You can follow Lindsey on Twitter @LindseyHuston.

Spillman’s Christmas Tree Farm in Sophia, NC. We enjoyed spending hours on the farm.

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Twin Stripe Issue 1  

Winter 2011

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