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Luxury Gift Papers Using Specialty Press Finishes

Paragon Papers If I were to design wrapping paper (and maybe someday I will), it would probably look something like these stunning designs from Paragon Papers. Sure, these three patterns look nice enough on screen, but see them — touch them — in real life and you'd really appreciate just how gorgeous they are.

Created by the veteran designers of Paragon Design Group (they do web and print design, brand identity and more), these papers feature printing techniques that are usually reserved for expensive, glossy brochures and fancy programs and high-end print jobs like the stuff you'd, well, hire a design agency to create.

Above, the pattern on the left is called Galileo, and all those stars glow in the dark — how cool is that?! The middle one is called Gatsby and features a spot gloss art deco pattern. And the righthand one, called Indigo Hyde, looks like leather and has a satiny finish. If you totally geek out on printing process and paper details, read Paragon's blog post with all the details.

Find all three designs for sale ($12 US per package of 3) at

Paragon Papers

Friday Find: Pretty-Patterned Gift Boxes

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Nicely patterned gift boxes are a rare breed. (Trust me, I've looked.) So I was delighted to chance upon these from Georgette Packaging, which would work just as nicely for baubles and trinkets as they would for cupcakes and treats (they all come with cupcake inserts included). From top: Georgette Packaging's Scandinavian Blue Barent box (7" x 9.5" x 3.5"; also available in blue on white), $20 per package of 6; Stars of Darlington box (3.5" x 3.5" x 4"), $12 per package of 6; Ombré Pink Darlington boxes (3.5" x 3.5" x 4"), $12 per package of 6, Brika.

Obsessing Over: Copper

This warm metallic is super hot in home decor right now, and is just the right tone for autumn gift wrapping. Here, a few of my favourites.
  1. Organic Geometry wrapping paper in copper/navy (30" x 23.5"), $14.99 US per 3 sheets, Norman's Printery.
  2. Copper metal tape, £5 per roll of 4 metres, Present & Correct.
  3. Copper foil letterpress gift tags, $12.95 AUD per package of 6 (3 of each design), Bespoke Letterpress.
  4. Copper Airforce wrapping paper (500 mm x 700 mm), £2.20 per sheet, Lagom Design.
  5. Crochet ribbon in metallic copper (1.5"), May Arts, click here for retailers.
  6. The Original Copper Glitter Twine, $14 US per roll of 100 yards, Knot & Bow.
  7. Copper gift seals, $9.95 AUD per roll of 100, Inky Co.

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Product Roundup: Tape the Rainbow

Washi tape, fabric tape, glitter tape — there's no shortage of amazing decorative tapes out there. Here, I share a minute technicolour sliver of the lust-worthy tapes that the world has to offer.

1. Mosaic Bright washi tape, $4 US, MT.

2. 20 Slim colours boxed set, $39 US, MT.

3. Pastel Weave tape, Little B.

4. Cross Carmine washi tape, $4 US, MT.

5. Water-activated paper Security  tape, $7.50 US, Cute Tape.

6. Carrot masking tape, Daily Like.

7. Yellow washi tape with red spots and circles, $2.50 US, That Washi Tape Girl.

8. Bouquet Free Dot fabric tape, Daily Like.

9. Field washi tape, $7.11, April 103.

10. Silver Foil Polka Dots tape, Little B.

11. City New York washi tape, Masté.

12. Twilight fabric tape collection, Daily Like.

13. 200 mm purple stripe washi tape, $36 US, MT Casa.

14. Duck glitter roll in pink, $7.49 US, Duck Brand.

15. Nature Baby Panda washi tape, Masté.

16. White acorns paper tape, $3 US, That Washi Tape Girl.

17. Japanese Ninja washi tape, Masté.

18. Scotch Expressions Zig Zag washi tape, $4.51, Staples. (Disclosure: Scotch Brand Canada is a client of mine; however, this is not a paid link.)

Gift Wrap Roundup: Tape the Rainbow — washi tape, fabric tape, glitter tape |

Friday Find: Grid Gift Tag Stickers

Grid gift tag stickers from Letter C Design Shipping tag shape, graph pattern, a sticker — this gift label is so much more than the sum of its parts. Graph shipping tag stickers (1.75" x 3"), $5 US per package of 10 (2 each of 5 colours), Letter C Design.

Spotted Everywhere: Arrows

This directional symbol has been appearing on clothing, accessories and decor items for the past few seasons, as well as landing on some very stylish papers and such. Here, a selection of gift wrapping goods that hit the mark.

1. Flat-back brass arrows (35 mm long), $5 US per package of 6, CMYK.

2. Gold arrow washi tape, $4, Unwrap Colour.

3. Wooden gift tags, $10 US per package of 5, Oh, Hello Friend.

4. Falling Arrows wrapping paper, $11 US per roll (26" x 36"), Kate Zaremba Company.

5. Arrows wrapping paper by Holli Zollinger, $15 US per roll (26" x 72"), Spoonflower.

6. Cheers arrow gift tag, $12 US per package of 4, and gold foil arrows kraft wrapping paper, $5 US per sheet (50 cm x 70 cm), Haute Papier.

5 Valentine's Day Wrapping Goodies that I Adore

Whether you're wrapping a special gift for your sweetheart, handing out sweet treats, or making your own Valentine's cards, here are five packaging goodies for all the people you love.

1. Metallic lose-weave cotton ribbon (15 mm) in Fuchsia with Gold,  $9 US per 3 yards, Studio Carta.

2. Gold hearts glassine treat bags, $5.50 per package of 12, Letter C Design.

3. Set of three heart rubber stamps, $40 US (also available individually), Paper Pastries.

4. Wolf Howling Hearts greeting card, $4.50 US, Lark Press.

5. Italian hand-marbled paper (20" x 28"), $12 per sheet, Luxe Paperie.

Graphic Paper + Whimsical Cards from Lagom Design


Wrapping Paper by Lagom Design Just right. That's what Lagom, a Swedish word, describes. And it's exactly how one would describe Lagom Designs' line of gift wrap and greeting cards. The U.K.–based company delivers an handsome array of paper goods featuring illustrations and designs by talented folks from around the world. Some of the more recent additions to the collection are no different.

The three graphic wrapping papers above are by Lagom Designs founder, Kelly Hyatt. Left to right: Michiko, Kita and Asa gift wrap, £1.50 per sheet.

Naomi Wilkinson illustrated greeting cards from Lagom Design

Illustrator Naomi Wilkinson's greeting cards feature delightful, colourful scenes. Left to right: Carousel, The Dancers and Fishing cards, £1.90 each.

Zoo Portraits cards from Lagom Design

Spanish designer and photographer Yago Partal's Zoo Portraits are amusingly quirky. Clockwise from top left: Ostrich, Lemur, Great Grey Owl and Bull greeting cards, £1.90 each.

+ Photography courtesy Lagom Design

My Wrap Stash: 4 Papers


Papers from Rifle Paper Co. and Mokuba I picked up this textured teal "paper" ( it's more fabric-like than paper-like) from luxe ribbon store Mokuba. Beneath it is Rifle Paper Co.'s Happy Stripes wrap.

Papers from Hanji

These two papers — a pearlized alligator texture in ivory and an eggplant and silver filigree — are both from Hanji.

+ Photography by Corinna vanGerwen

Friday Find: A Glam Box for Luxe Gifts


Glitter boxes from Creative Bag

I adore glitter. What I don't like is the way it gets all over the freakin' place. Not a problem with these sparkling, chocolate-brown gift boxes — the glitter doesn't rub off. Not one bit. Seriously. Chocolate Diamonds cylinder gift boxes (5" x 5½"), $2.70 each, Creative Bag.

+ Image courtesy Creative Bag

May Day Studio's Letterpress Wrapping Paper: Devastation can Inspire Beautiful Things


River gift wraps by May Day Studio In 2011, hurricane Irene hit Vermont. In response to the resulting devastation, Kelly McMahon of letterpress shop and bindery May Day Studio, in Montpelier, Vt., designed her fist-ever line of gift wrap.

The post-hurricane landscapes — exposed rocky riverbeds and fields of flattened crops  — inspired Kelly to create two patterns: "River" (above) and "Field" (below). Available in five colours each, the 18-by-24-inch sheets are individually letterpress printed from an original linocut, giving them a tactile variance in ink distribution that you won't find in mass produced papers. What makes the wrapping paper even more special though, is that 10 percent of proceeds to go to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, which two years later continues to assist with long-term recovery efforts. The gift wrap is $10 US per two sheets of a single colour/pattern, or $25 US per sampler package of five sheets (five colours of one pattern).

For more on Kelly McMahon and May Day studio, visit the May Day Studio website. To purchase its wrapping paper, visit May Day Studio's Etsy shop or visit one of its retailers. And keep an eye out for a new wrapping paper design called "Cloud," which you can catch a sneak peek of on May Day Studio's home page.

Field gift wrapping papers by May Day Studio

+ Photography courtesy of May Day Studio