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5 Deadly Sins of Gift Wrapping

5 deadly sins of gift wrapping

Trust me on this, you really don’t want to make the mistake of doing any of these. There is a special corner in the afterlife where you will be sent if you commit any of these 5 deadly sins of gift wrapping. A corner where they wrap you in cheap, easy to tear wrapping paper and then bind you in rolls and rolls of sticky tape…. It’s called Hell-otape and is easily avoided if you can steer clear of these mistakes. In this post I’ll show you how to avoid the pitfalls without having to be a gift wrapping expert, without spending a fortune on wrapping accessories or spending hours mastering origami style wrapping techniques.

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Roll wrap

roll wrap

A lot of customers ask me for roll wrap. I do stock rolls and they are fabulous. Unfortunately with postage prices being what they are it isn’t cost effective to offer it for sale on my website as the postage would cost more than the wrap itself.

However, if you live in the Western Isles or round the Black Isle/Inverness area then I can probably arrange delivery for free.

With that in mind here is some of the roll wrap I have. If you’d like some please get in touch and I will do my best to sort you out.

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Is gift wrapping paper recyclable?

is gift wrapping recyclable

You’ve watched Blue Planet, you love turtles and you want to do your bit this Christmas to be eco friendly. But you are a bit confused by mixed messages about whether you should be using gift wrap, brown paper, newspaper or even wrapping presents at all this Christmas. So I’ve put this little post together to help you answer the question; Is gift wrapping paper recyclable?

Skip the waffle, show me where I can buy 100% recyclable gift wrap!

 

A really quick test is the Scrunch Test but it’s not quite as simple as that.

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Flamingo Paperie Review

flamingo paperie review

If you’ve heard of Flamingo Paperie but aren’t sure what it’s all about then you might find this answers some of your questions. Flamingo Paperie is still a relatively new company, which rose out of the ashes of Phoenix Trading. It’s about to enter its busy period with the Christmas range launching late August. Now is possibly the best time to join and reap those rewards. But you might be wondering how it all works. Whether it could work for you and possibly even who or what is Flamingo? Well here’s my Flamingo Paperie review after 6 months being an Independent Flamingo Partner with the new company.

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Lavender, why use it?

lavender pots

In the next month I’ll be collaborating with Megan, from Sandwick Bay Candles. Megan makes soy candles and each month has an exclusive scented candle for her subscription box. In July it was lavender. Subscribers not only received her gorgeous candle but they also got a free card from me too. And in return…well it just so happens that my cards and gift wrap subscription box for September will be garden themed and Megan has kindly agreed to do some tealights, in the same exclusive scent, for my box too! But what’s so good about lavender? Why use it? Well here are 13 uses for it taken from mindbodygreen.com

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Easter cards

easter cards

Easter isn’t very far away so I’ve picked out a couple of Easter cards, gift wrap and gift ideas below. If you’re a busy person struggling to find time to order cards then how about an Easter/Spring bundle?

Easter Cards

Butterfly Tree, illustrated by Kim Anderson

I love this card, it’s glittery and just so pretty. Butterflies can symbolise hope, life, transformation…all things that our mothers give to us. Lots to be grateful for.

Painted Eggs, illustrated by Gerry Murray
Painted Eggs

A beautiful flittered design with a tree of eggs. This card is also flittered (glittered) with eco-friendly, vegetable based, non plastic glitter!


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Flamingo Paperie

Flamingo Paperie present you with cards, gift wrap, charity Christmas cards, traditional advent calendars and stationery that are well known for their beautiful illustrations and great quality.

Buy Flamingo Paperie cards here.

I am an Independent Executive Flamingo Partner. I sell the fabulous Flamingo range of cards, gift wrap and stationery and I also stock other non Flamingo items such as colour in tablecloths and other gift wrap on this website.

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How to Gift Wrap an Oil Rig

How to Gift Wrap an Oil Rig

Just a few weeks ago an oil rig, the Transocean Winner, beached on the Isle of Lewis, here in the Western Isles where I live.

Interestingly I grew up on the Black Isle where we are used to seeing lots of oil rigs in the Cromarty Firth but this oil rig is the first squint, or leaning, oil rig I’ve ever seen.

There was much consternation when it washed up about keeping people away from it. Oil rigs aren’t seen often in the Outer Hebrides. Some said there was a fear that someone could put their hand on it and claim salvage – but what would you do with an oil rig? Christmas present? And if so – how would you wrap it?!

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Learning to weave?

woven twine gift wrappin

OK, so this is a long way from what I hope to be doing when our Hattersley Loom is up and running (and I’ve worked out what to do with it…don’t hold your breath here!)…but I do think this would look really effective on top of plain kraft wrapping paper. I think I’d try it with our gold sparkle twine mixed with the red/white. Or maybe the blue and gold metallic?

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Which colours do you think would work best?

If you like this – you might like Paper Chain Hearts

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The Gift Bag

I’ve seen lots of different ways to make a gift bag but this is the most simple but effective one I’ve found.Christmas gift bag wrapping craft

Making it also holds the basis for wrapping a standard gift parcel and making it look just that little bit neater than usual.

Gift Bag Guide

  1. Lay out your gift wrap and box
  2. Fold over the leading edge by 1cm
  3. Fold the leading edge to align with the far corner of the box
  4. Crease the fold along the near corner edge
  5. Fold in the second side and crease