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

Friday Find: Mr. Boddington's Gift Tags


Mr. Boddington's Studio Gift Tags I can't decide what I like more: these stylish gift tags themselves or the amusing missives in their product descriptions on the Mr. Boddington's Studio website. "Harriot, it is my greatest hope that these cheese straws make up for the alligator incident."  Letterpress gift tags, clockwise from top left: Surf, Mr. Harold Littlefield, Chevron, Black, $20–$22 US per set of 12, Mr. Boddington's Studio.

Friday Find: Every Occasion Gift Tags


Everyday letterpress gift tags by 9SpotMonk Be prepared for any gift-giving occasion with this set of letterpress tags. They have a touch of humour ("Open me first!") and each has a different relief pattern embossed on the white. Everyday gift tags, $14 US per set of 6, 9SpotMonk. (Also check out 9SpotMonk's Recession Wine Tags.)

+ Images, 9SpotMonk

Packaged Goods: Cheery Yellow + Grey for Mother's Day


Mother's Day Yellow + Grey PUTTING IT TOGETHER Sometimes you want to keep gift wrapping simple — some paper, some ribbon and a card. A graphic print like this yellow and grey wrap from Ink + Wit paired with a grey plaid ribbon is striking on their own, without any extra embellishments. The blossoms of this letterpress Mother's Day card stick with the same colour palette (even the silver envelope works), while the shapes of the petals and dotted stamen are reminiscent of the paper's pattern. The result: a fresh, contemporary gift for Mom.

THE GOODS (1) Walnut gift wrap, $10 US per 2 sheets, Ink + Wit. (2) Solid/Plaid ribbon in grey, May Arts, click here to find retailers. (3) Wonderful Mother card, $4.95 US, Kate's Paperie.

+ Collage by Corinna vanGerwen. Images property of their respective companies.

Find of the Day: Hugs & Kisses Gift Tag


Leading up to Valentine’s Day, the Friday Find goes daily, with a love-themed wrapping treat every day until the 14th. Hugs and Kisses letterpress gift tag in black, by Farmwood Press

Printed in black with a grey envelope, there's nothing that screams Valentine's about this letterpress gift tag, well, except the affectionate message, of course. Hugs & Kisses letterpress gift tag (also available in pink and red), $4 US, Farmwood Press.

This week on Pinterest

Pinterest LogoSince I spend a lot of time on Pinterest and since I find so many wonderful wrapping ideas there, I thought I'd start a new feature: This Week on Pinterest. Every week or so, I'm going to share with you some of the gift wrapping products and ideas I'm loving that week, as found on Pinterest. Hope you're as inspired as I am! * Fringe birthday card, reminiscent of a piñata! From Paper Crafts Connection.(Be sure to click through to the original Paper Crafts post — it has a great play-by-play of being inspired, failing with your first idea, then testing out options to finally end up with something you love.)

Tissue-fringe-lined box top. From I Belle. Find the full how-to tutorial on I Belle.

* Store rolls of wrap in plastic-bag holders — brilliant organizing solution. Shown using Ikea's Rationelle Variera bag dispenser. From Gall-erry. 

* Big gift baskets with big bows. Sometimes you can do without the cellophane. From Style Me Pretty.

* Letterpress test proofs used as gift wrap. By Heather Smith Jones on Flickr.