Pretty paper, who can resist it's stunning appearance? I know I can't! Whether your adorning your holiday gifts, or just writing a letter, the paper you choose sets the tone for your project. A candy bar takes on a whole new image, when wrapped in special paper. I'm a fragrance girl! Do you remember scented stationary?
Before sealing the Christmas cards I'm sending, I am going to put a bit of lavender in each one, so that when our friends and family open the card, the soothing sweet smell of the lavender escapes, and surrounds their space with its delightful perfumed aroma.
I remember I used to package Bittersweet soap in hand made papers. I was particularly fond of banana tree paper with its rough brown bark and texture, and lacy papers with delicate scalloped edges, even doilies, love, love, em all! Paper shelf edging, remember that too.
Several years ago I made hand made paper. It was quite a bit of work, and a messy craft, but worth the effort. Instead of recycling your old paper, tear into small pieces and place in blender, add water, and blend. You can add pieces of rosebuds or herbs into the blender for a textured paper. Pour mixture into lined cookie sheets and allow to set to dry. I sat mine on the back porch on a hot summer day. By the end of the day, just peel, and you have beautiful hand made paper. This is a great kids craft too! I remember when making it, Patrick was much smaller, and he loved to help me peel the paper off the cookie sheets. Hand made papers make wonderful Christmas gifts. Place your hand made paper into a vintage stationary box and tie with satin ribbon, you can even add a few drops of scent to the paper if you like. You can make a little hand made card and detail what your paper was made of.
I've also made scented drawer papers. Select pretty wallpaper, and cut into 18 inch rectangles. Place wallpaper sheets into some kind of container with a lid, plastic works the best, (Although I hate anything plastic!) YUK! Now add scent to paper sheets and into container. You can do this several different ways. If you have some of those old peanuts left over from a package those would work, or maybe old potpourri, even leaves from your yard. You don't want to add the fragrance directly on the paper or you will end up with oil spots. Allow the box to set undisturbed for at least twenty days. This also is a wonderful unique gift for the holidays. Roll paper and tie with satin ribbon, or place in a pretty box, place a little hand stamped card with directions, and WOW!
I'm not sure if you have gotten on Bittersweet's web site, but if you do, you'll notice the little origami pouches. These are so easy to make! Fill with candy or bath salts, and the recipient will surely love this creative container!
Yes, pretty paper indeed! I found this web site that has some great ideas and templates.
The stocking idea.. Martha of course! What a great idea too. Instead of gluing the pieces of paper I sewed them together with my sewing machine. Martha has so many cute crafting ideas listed on her web site, I almost didn't finish this mornings blogging.
Pretty, Pretty Paper, one of my favorite things! The sky's the limit on creating beautiful objects of desire, and hand made too. It's a soulful loving gesture to give a hand made gift, and the recipient will surely admire your creative spirit.
Enjoy a caring and sharing day!
Jill 00 (Don't forget, two hugs are better than one)