We all are familiar with these adorable striped paper straws. They have been a must-have of baby showers and kids birthdays over the last few years. But if you Live in Canada, you know that they are almost impossible to find this side of the border. This is why I am glad to report that Omiyage now carries 9 shades of striped paper straws, 3 shades of dotted paper straws and one red heart paper straw. These straws are compostable, biodegradable, and made with food safe ink.
You might remember that we talked about Omiyage earlier this year for the great washi tapes.
+ Stripped Paper Straws at Omiyage $4.50 CAD for a pack of 25
We’ve all been there: that panicked moment when you realize you’ve overlooked a friend’s birthday, or are long overdue to send a handwritten thank you.
Cards may have come a long way in recent years, with a myriad of designers, studios and print houses creating gorgeous prints for every taste, but with so many beautiful options available, it’s the choosing that presents the biggest challenge.
Parchment Post is a subscription-based service that offers a curated selection of modern greeting cards by small, independent artists from across North America on a seasonal basis.
Each collection contains six handmade cards from six different designers to cover a range of occasions, from a simple “Hello” to “Congratulations”. Choose just one collection ($28), or opt for a six-month ($55) or one-year subscription ($100) to keep a steady supply of cards ready to send.
We love the idea of receiving a collection of pretty paper goods in the mail a few times per year, and sending them back out to deliver a bit of joy to their recipient.
+ Parchment Post
Have you fallen for washi tape yet? Crafters and DIYers have found so many creative uses for this Japanese tape made from handmade paper.
Available in a variety of colours, patterns and prints, washi tape can transform gift wrapping, paper crafts, wedding and party accessories, and even simple decor items.
Apartment Therapy posted a fun collection of ideas for decorating with washi tape, including everything from DIY wall art, to an easy vase makeover featured on A Creative Mint.
How About Orange posted two fun vases in her signature colour – the variations are amazing, inspiring and – best of all – temporary, so you can change things up to suit your style or the season. This is a fun option for winter months, when you may not be able to find your favourite blooms.
Because of its new found popularity, you don’t need to take a trip to Japan to pick up a few rolls. Major craft stores and art supply stores have made washi tape a regular part of their rotation.
Online paper shop Omiyage has an amazing selection (plus other fun Japanese paper supplies) and Etsy is loaded with cool patterns and colours.
Are you addicted to using washi tape in your crafts or DIY projects too? Tell us how you’ve put it to use!
+ 5 Ideas for Decorating with Washi Tape on Apartment Therapy
+ Vase Makeover on A Creative Mint
+ DIY Decorating wit Masking Tape on How About Orange
+ Washi Tape on Omiyage
+ Washi Tape Photo: Chiclectic
Packaging is often used to differentiate a standardized product from its competition. And this is exactly what Burak Kaynak tried to do when they bundled 12 notebooks and packaged it as a (too short) loaf of bread. I must say that the analogy would have been more successful if the box was standing on the side, like a real bread bag.
The pack contains 12 notebooks so that you can have one for each month of the year. The notebooks are numbered 1 to 12 to help you distinguish them.
Nonetheless, I share it because I love receiving notebooks. I buy several ones every year of different formats, lined and unlined, thin and thicks. I always carry a notebook in my purse to write down my ideas, manage projects and for making lists or simply keeping notes. Keep that and these in mind if you need to buy a gift for a friend who likes taking notes about everything.
+ Sliced Bread Notebook on sale at $39.99 USD at PUKKA/DANK
+ via @designsponge
It has been a while since I featured wedding invitations on the site. I feel inspired by these three. Wedding invitations are so much more fun than when I got married. I envy today’s brides for the vast amount of options that are available to them.
Designer Yvonne Pingue created for Ryan and Leslie a wedding invitation kit that incorporates their love of music and where the wedding celebrations would take place. I adore this tailored touches. If I had a nice, personnel wedding invitation like that, I might even frame it.
Kate and Steve wanted to incorporate kraft cardstock and twine. A cute mini bunting come out of a mini envelope for the save the date. It is nice to include unique details like this.
DIY wedding invitations are big. If you are willing to invest the time and money (since you may need equipment and some external help to implement your visions), you can produce extraordinary pieces. Christine and Ian used a laser cutting machine to make a pop-up forest that surrounds the headline message on their invites. The laser cut cover stock was then sewn to laser cut kraft paper for an impressive multidimensional effect. Great work!
You can find more inspirations by exploring the real life galleries of wedding invitations and save the date cards on Oh So Beautiful Paper.
+ Leslie and Ryan’s Modern Woodland Big Sur Wedding Invitations – photos: Scott MacDonald
+ Kate and Steve’s Organic Modern Wedding Invitations – photo: Ruby & Willow
+ Christine and Ian’s Woodland Wedding Invitations – photo:
Only if you tried to stop and smell them would you ever guess these flowers were anything but the real deal.
And while there’s certainly no shortage of DIY paper flower tutorials available, this bouquet is something truly special: the variations in paper, colours and flower shapes, plus the addition of faux fern leaves, make it look authentic.
The bouquet, and the coordinating stems in simple vases, are a wonderful option for brides on a budget, or sentimental ones who want to preserve memories of their special day.
And though carnations aren’t as popular a petal pick as, say, roses, there’s something ultra feminine about this ruffled version made from floral wire stems and twisted cupcake liners.
Check out MarthaStewart.com for complete instructions on how to create this quick and easy DIY.
+ DIY Sticker & Cupcake Paper Flowers from Martha Stewart
For most of us, Father’s Day is one of the most creatively challenging celebrations. But it’s said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so it stands to reason that you can’t go wrong with a food-related gift. We rounded up five free printables that can help you turn Dad’s favourite snacks into cause for celebration (even if he’s not willing to share!).
+ Catch My Party shared this cheerful suite of coordinating printables designed by Love Party Printables. It includes everything you’ll need to dress up Dad’s Day dinner: invitations, drink flags, napkin and water bottle labels, and thank you cards.
+ A ties may be an unoriginal Father’s Day gift, but this fun, graphic party theme from Shindig Parties To Go is TIE-riffic, with a tie-shaped banner, centrepiece, cupcake toppers and bottle tags.
+ Most dads are heros in the eyes of their children. Kids can show their appreciate with this DIY superhero-themed snack box by Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day!, packed with everything a superhero needs to keep his vitality up.
+ These father foodie favourites – homemade pickles, hot sauce and nuts – get a retro revamp with cool clip art from Martha Stewart.
How does your family celebrate Father’s Day?
I don’t know if these little owls would think it all that wise to give children chocolate on the last day of the school year (wouldn’t a sugar rush would only amplify the excitement?), but their creator Lisa Storms is clever as they come.
It’s almost the end of the school year, and this easy idea is a thoughtful way for kids to kick off the summer with their classmates. It’s a simple project they can make on their own – save for a little scissor supervision and maybe monitoring the sweet treat supply.
Visit Lisa’s blog for more on this cute project and to download the free printable.
+ End of School Year Treat Printable from Lisa Storms
+ Photos: Lisa Storms
The first ones are personalized kids Valentine cards that are printed by Feterie. They come in sets of 10. You specify the name of the sender or another end message that will be printed on your card. I like the spirit of their design. If you are looking for design suitable for boys, I think that Feterie’s Petite Valentines is an awesome card collection.
Brighton-based designer Kelly Hyatt has created these pink Valentines cards for Beaumonde.
Finally, you can find at Meri Meri Valentine’s Day with more unique illustrations. I like their take on expressing your love.
+ Blast-Off Petite Valentine Cards $12 USD for set of 10 personalized cards
+ RockOut Petite Valentine Cards $14.50 USD for set of 10 personalized cards
+ Amour Valentine Cards by Kelly Hyatt for Beaumonde £11.99 per pack of 6
+ You’re Just My Type card $5.95 USD at Meri Meri
+ Heart Jewel Thief card $5.95 USD at Meri Meri
If your valentine tends to overindulge in chocolate, these DIY stickers from Twig & Thistle sweeten up healthier love-day alternatives with clever wordplay.
Just print them on sticker paper, cut out or punch with a 1″ circle punch and adhere them to apples, oranges, bananas and pears.
Plus, the stickers’ designs and messages aren’t overly Valentine’s Day-themed so you can show some lunchbox love all year long.
+ DIY Valentine Fruit Stickers from Twig & Thistle
Here is a round-up of adorable Valentine’s Day. Have you bought yours, yet? From the British greeting card and stationery designer Caroline Gardner, I selected three models: I want to hold you hand (which makes me want to sing The Beatles song), I’m in love with you and Be my Valentine! £3.50 each
Then, I headed to Etsy to find more Valentine’s Day cards. You have Parisian Kiss designed by Nicole Alesi ($3 USD).
NOTES by red letter proposes personalized cards. Her Valentine’s Day Space Cards in Blue and her more classic Valentine’s Day Cards in Pink are sold in a pack of 12 personalized flat note cards for $18 USD.
Green Apple Paperie sells her printable card design. I like her pink You’re a Hoot card ($4 USD)