Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! And whew – what a busy week! This weekend I’ll be working on a little New Year’s Eve inspiration to share with all of you next week. Oh! And don’t forget to enter the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway with Belle & Union right here – today is the last day to enter! But in the meantime…

DIY Leather Napkin Rings Sakura Pentouch Paint Pens OSBP 67 Happy Weekend!

Photo from our leather + paint pen DIY tutorial

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Check back soon for this week’s cocktail! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo

2014 Gift Guide: For the Paper and Design Enthusiast

One of my favorite posts from last year’s gift guide featured ideas for aspiring designers and calligraphers. For our final holiday gift guide this year, I’m sharing some ideas for anyone who just loves great design. I realize that probably applies to anyone reading this post right now – so whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone else or just want to forward this post to your significant other – here are a few gift ideas!

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1. Handpainted Globe by One Canoe Two for Anthropologie

2. Midori brass ruler (also available here)

3. City of Industry Correspondence Pin Set

4. Notepads from your favorite stationer – I’m a big fan of this The Social Type notepad (in hologram foil!)

5. Ban.do coffee mug

6. + 7. I love giving custom return address stamps as gifts! I’m particularly partial to these designs from Sycamore Street Press and Ladyfingers Letterpress

8. Leather card case (for carrying beautiful business cards!)

9. Three Potato Four Letters and Notes Box

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10. Art is always a wonderful gift! You can find tons of ideas in the OSBP archives here, but right now I’m really loving the black and white Linda & Harriett prints and Minted Foil-Pressed Art – and big bonus: they both come framed!

11. With Lavender and Lace Pressed Flower iPhone Case

12. These Antiquaria Stamp Sets are great for personalizing envelopes or making your own personalized note cards

13. + 14. Stationery – because obviously! I’m a big fan of the stationery sets from Rifle Paper Co., including the Violet Floral Social Stationery Set (shown) and Monarch everyday letter writing sheets, and this Letterquette set from Moglea

15. Notebooks from your favorite stationer –I’m a big fan of the foil stamped notebooks from Sugar Paper (shown) and the city notebooks and notepads from Blackbird Letterpress

16. You really can’t go wrong with anything from the genius Emily McDowell – from her hilarious tote bags to mugs and notepads!

 

DIY Tutorial: Leather and Paint Pen Napkin Rings (and a Giveaway!)

I love the idea of incorporating unusual materials into a party, from acrylic cocktail signs to clay save the dates and everything in between. I was super excited when Sakura of America asked me to come up with a fun project featuring their Pen-touch paint markers. I expect you’ll be seeing these markers in many future tutorials (they can seriously write on anything), but today I’m sharing the first project – DIY leather napkin rings perfect for a dinner party any time of year!

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Sakura recently added a color line to the existing collection of white and metallic Pen-touch paint markers. We combined jewel tones – green and blue – with white and copper for a beautiful seasonal color palette. Carolyn from Matine kindly let me raid her leather scraps, including the most gorgeous navy and gold leather – but you can also find leather in your local craft store. I love love love the combination of the copper Pen-touch markers with the navy leather! Sakura’s Pen-touch markers are completely opaque, so you can write on dark surfaces (anything from paper to wood to leather) and the lettering will still be visible. We wanted a short, fun phrase to write on our napkin rings, so Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy lettered the phrase “yum!” in our color palette.

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Supplies

Sakura Pen-touch Paint Markers

Leather

Ruler

Rotary Cutter + Cutting Mat

Awl (not shown)

Twine + Scissors

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Step 1: First you’ll need to cut your leather into strips (mine were approximately 6″ wide and 1.5″ tall) using your rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat.

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Step 2: Write your desired phrase in the middle of the strip. You could also write a name instead of a phrase to transform these napkin rings into place cards!

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Step 3: Using an awl, punch a hole on either end of the strip big enough to thread twine through (approximately 1/8″ in diameter).

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Step 4: Thread twine along the back of the leather strip and through both holes. Tighten as desired and tie closed. Done!

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Michele and I had so much fun with this project! I’ve always struggled with using paint markers in the past – the paint wouldn’t flow evenly, causing the paint to pool or splatter in places – but Sakura’s Pen-touch markers write so smoothly! They didn’t ask me to say that, it’s just the truth. I’m also a big fan of the fact that Sakura offers their markers in different weights, from extra fine (great for hand lettering!) to medium (for large scale projects). I’m hoping Sakura develops a chalk marker next!

Sakura is also kindly offering a giveaway to one lucky OSBP reader! One lucky reader will win a Pen-touch package including a 3 pack of Metallic Markers in Extra Fine Point and a 7 pack of Color Markers in Fine Point. To enter, just leave a comment below letting us know what you’d do with your Pen-touch markers! You’ll have until midnight EST on Wednesday, December 17 to enter before we pick a winner at random!*

Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Leather: Matine

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This post is sponsored by Sakura of America. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

*Limited to U.S. and Canadian readers only. Limit one entry per person. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $40 approximate total retail value. Winners will be contacted via email after comments close.

2014 Gift Guide: For the Cocktail Enthusiast

Next up in our holiday gift guide – a few selections for your favorite cocktail enthusiast from our resident cocktail expert!

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1. Make your bar cart beautiful with these copper bar tools: Koriko Copper-Plated Hawthorne Strainer, Copper Jigger, and Copper Shaker

2. Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails (with 500+ recipes)

3. Coco Strainer – essential for making syrups, infusions, and liqueurs at home!

4. + 11. For an adventurous cocktail enthusiast, consider a make-your-own kit! We like this Hella Bitter Make Your Own Bitters Kit and this Homemade Gin Kit

5. + 6. Hard-to-find specialty mixers like Tomr’s Tonic and Gum Syrup make wonderful gifts. We also shared some of our favorite syrups in last year’s gift guide.

7. AHeirloom Wood Cocktail Muddler – the perfect blend of modern design and functionality.

8. Scrappy’s Bitters Gift Set – a great starter kit with some really fantastic flavors (I’m partial to the lavender bitters).

9. Slow and Low Rock & Rye

10. Vintage Glassware (Okay, so we’re a bit biased, but vintage glassware really is best! Read all about selecting the right cocktail glasses here.)

And of course if you’re looking to gift someone with a favorite bottle of something, check out our How to Stock a Home Bar post for spirit and liqueur recommendations right here!