Gift Wrap Tips + Techniques with Craftsy!

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Today we’re continuing our series with Craftsy, an online community for makers with classes, patterns, templates, and supplies. I’ve been collaborating with Craftsy over the past few weeks to take a few of their online classes and learn some new skills – and since we’re getting close to the holidays I thought we’d focus on the gift wrap tips and techniques that I learned from Paper Arts with Alton DuLaney! And for those of you looking to brush up your gift wrap skills before the holidays, Craftsy is offering a huge discount (50% off!) just for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers through November 24!

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I’ve always considered gift presentation to be just as important as the gift itself – and I have several friends that always impress me with their gift wrapping and gift presentation skills. I hoard beautiful gift wrap sheets ribbons and gift tags throughout the year, but when it comes to actual gift wrap construction I’ve always fallen a bit short. My corners are wonky, paper bunches up in weird places, and I never know where to properly place paper seams – until now! I learned so much from Craftsy’s Paper Arts with Alton DuLaney, including some essential gift wrap techniques that really elevated my gift giving game. You can click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – and take advantage of the wonderful discount!

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I love that you can watch portions of a Craftsy class over and over whenever you want – I must have watched the tutorial on how to tie the perfect bow a dozen times! And you can even watch on your phone or tablet with the Craftsy app while you’re in the middle of a project. I focused on the gift wrap lesson here, but the Paper Arts class is organized into twelve (!!) lessons covering everything from gift wrap to the art of letter writing to home decor ideas, and each lesson is divided into subsections for easy reference later on.

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I love mixing a neutral paper with beautiful ribbon for a pop of color or metallic sparkle. I used a technique that I learned in Alton’s class – layering two ribbons – to pair hand-dyed grosgrain ribbons with frayed denim and raw linen ribbons over a warm gray wrapping paper. I also mixed a soft gray twine with metallic silver and gold ribbon on a smaller gift box. I love the combination of the subtle gradient color in the hand-dyed grosgrain ribbon with the texture of the linen and denim ribbons.

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I sadly don’t have any photos of the hand dying process (it happened too fast to take photos!), but it’s really simple if you want to recreate it at home. Just wind your ribbon into a coil around two fingers, then dip one edge of your ribbon coil into a small container filled with just a tiny amount of liquid fabric dye in your chosen colors. I used fuchsia and teal dye diluted with just a little bit of water. Once your ribbon has absorbed the fabric dye (usually just a few seconds), run it under cold water and allow to dry. And that’s it!

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Click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – with a discount for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers! Craftsy has generously offered 50% off the Paper Arts class, so this is a great opportunity to learn a ton of new paper skills for just $14.99. This discount is only available through midnight MST on November 24 – so sign up soon!

Styling + Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Urbanic Faves | All That Glitters

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we’re gravitating towards things with a little more sparkle and shine around here at Urbanic. Okay, who are we kidding?!  — we actually kind of *always* are, but this is the perfect time of year to do a round up on it.  This month, I  decided to start the project of organizing, re-arranging, and fancying up my desk area for a fresh perspective going into the new year. Below are some top picks from Urbanic and beyond that have that perfect golden touch.  xo  –Audrey

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 1. Light + Ladder planter; 2. Meri Meri treat bags; 3. The Social Type notepad; 4. Kate Spade mail tray; 5. Galison pencils; 6. Illume candles;  7. The Social Type matches; 8. Umbra geometric wall decor 9. Nightingale Press card;  10. Wondermade marshmallows; 11. Haute Papier scissors; 12. Kate Spade stapler; 13. Sugar Paper notebook; 14. One Canoe Two calendar; 15. Meri Meri plates; 16. Meri Meri glitter stickers; 17. Galison noteset

Lindsay and Ryan’s Illustrated Wedding Ceremony Programs

We saw Lindsay and Ryan’s beautiful wedding invitations from Melissa of Atheneum Creative earlier this morning – and Melissa was also kind enough to share the ceremony programs that she designed for this beautiful wedding! We so rarely get a peek into a full ceremony program so I thought it was worth highlighting in case any of you are on the hunt for some ideas and inspiration. Melissa created custom portrait illustrations for the entire bridal party and illustrated the order of the ceremony. So fun!

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Thanks Melissa!

Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography

Lindasy + Ryan’s Modern Boho Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! I’m so excited to start the week off with this bright and colorful wedding invitation suite from Melissa at Atheneum Creative! In addition to all the wonderful pops of color, I’m loving all the fun details in this suite – from hand lettered hang tags to custom illustrations!

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From MelissaI loved this wedding! The color, the illustration, the type, everything! Lindsay and Ryan had a boho style wedding and the sky was the limit on the amount of fun and color for the whole day!

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We knew were were going to incorporate a lot of hand drawn elements, a lot of illustration and tons of color – so for the save the date we started with an illustration of the couple that really represented their style and personality.

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We had fun with the invitation wording and also brought in the love of the couple’s favorite movie — UP.

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We incorporated a block with Lindsay and Ryan’s hand lettered names on the envelopes and hang tags. A pair of birds (which came from matching tattoos on the bride and groom) also represented the couple through all the wedding stationery. We took tons of elements from the save the date and invitation to create a lot of the day of materials like napkins and stir sticks.

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Melissa was also kind enough to send over the ceremony programs that she created for Lindsay and Ryan’s wedding – so we’ll be seeing those in a separate post coming up soon!

Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography

Friday Happy Hour: Mulled Daiquiri

“Life starts over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

There’s little better than a seasonal drink: a drink that captures the moods and flavors of the season, that reflects the changing light and complements the weather. For fall, that means darker, richer drinks to match our darkening skies, and, for me lately, lots of spicy flavors that bring back childhood memories of a house filled with the smells of fall baking. So I whipped up a simple syrup that embodies some of the best fall flavors that can easily turn any cocktail into the perfect fall cocktail. Let’s start with an easy one: the Mulled Daiquiri. – Andrew

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The Mulled Daiquiri

2 oz Dark Rum
1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Mulling Spice Syrup*

Combine the rum, lime, and syrup with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and enjoy.

Mulling Spice Syrup Recipe

1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 cup Water
2-3 Cinnamon Sticks, Broken Up
1 tbsp Nutmeg, Crushed
1 tbsp Allspice
1 tbsp Black Peppercorns
1 tbsp Cloves

Break up the cinnamon sticks and crush the nutmeg with a mallet. Combine the sugar and water over low heat until the sugar is melted, then add in the spices. Simmer for about twenty minutes, stirring frequently so the sugar doesn’t burn. Remove from the heat and let it sit, covered, for an hour. Strain out the spices, bottle the syrup, and refrigerate.

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The syrup is rich and dark, and the house smells fantastic while it’s cooking. The resulting rum sour is tart but redolent with baking spices and the rich sweetness of brown sugar. (I’ll confess to overlooking brown sugar – which gets its color and some flavor from molasses – as a cocktail ingredient, but am now a total convert.)

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This recipe started out as a lark but might have become my go-to for the season. And the syrup is tremendously versatile, something that you can incorporate into a variety of other drinks – or desserts.

PS – Don’t forget to look for more recipes, techniques, and vintage glassware finds on my Instagram account, @liquorary. You can also find a set of these vintage cocktail glasses in the shop!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper