How fun are these notebooks by Scout Books? They have a great range of customisable pocket-sized books produced with recycled paper and soy ink. If you can’t find one in the readymade range that tickles your fancy, you can even design your own!
Apart from all the pro uses for a custom notebook, I reckon it would make a cute wedding favour tied up with a pencil and string. You could even add a ‘This book belongs to’ box into the artwork and handwrite guests’ names to form the place cards.
This is a foolproof project for those of you out there who say you don’t have a crafty bone in your body. It requires only two materials and no special equipment and you’ll be done in five minutes flat. How’s that for easy?
You will need:
- oak leaf gift tags
- bakers twine
1. Tie on tags at even intervals along the twine.
2. Tie a loop at each end to hang.
I hung them on the stairs (using mini 3M Command Strips) but it would also look great on a mantle, window or tree. If you don’t want to shell out for the tags (sob!) you can easily substitute simpler freehand cut leaf shapes or any festive shape cut using a craft punch. For a more polished look, replace the bakers twine with satin ribbon.
You will need:
- Woodland gift tags from Akimbo
- double-sided tape
- cardboard (I used a cereal box)
1. Mark out two concentric circles (I didn’t have a compass so I just traced around two different-sized plates).
2. Cut around circles until you are left with a donut shape.
3. Apply a strip of double-sided tape to one side of a tag.
4. Stick the first tag to the donut shape, just off-centre from the top.
5. Continue sticking on the leaves until one half of the wreath is complete, making sure they overlap so that no cardboard is visible.
6. Repeat process on the other half, overlapping the leaves at the top.
7. Snip the hole off the end of the last tags.
8. Finish off with a ribbon bow.
I had actually not planned on doing any Christmas cards in my first year in business because I wanted to focus on developing Akimbo’s general range before adding any special seasonal collections. However that all changed when I was invited by the talented chicks from Poppies Flowers and Mary & Gabrielle Events to provide the paper goods for a Christmas photo shoot they were collaborating on. I set to work designing a collection that would tie in with their vision of a rustic and eclectic Christmas supper with a fresh white and green palette complemented by pops of berry reds.
The result is Woodland, a collection made from raw, natural elements, featuring hand screenprinted and stamped forest-inspired motifs, with a dash of red for a subtle hint of Christmas. It doesn’t get much woodsier than a squirrel in a tree eating acorns, so he’s the star of the Season’s Greetings card. I just love mini flags, they are such a cute way to dress up yummy morsels like these berry tarts and the ‘eat. drink. be merry.’ message speaks of the season. Whether you’re hosting Chrissy Day lunch for a crowd, an intimate dinner party or a holiday cocktail party, spread the word in style with these fill-in invitations. Guests will slip off the cute ticking fabric pocket to reveal all the details of the shindig. Since I’m all about the details, I’ve included these versatile diecut oak leaf tags with red bakers twine. They are great as place cards (as in the pic below), gift tags and tree ornaments, plus since they’re not specifically Christmas you’re sure to find uses for them all year.
So there you have it: Akimbo’s debut Christmas collection in all its krafty glory. You’ve seen glimpses of the incredible table setting here, but be sure to check back soon when I’ll have the full photo shoot.
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