print & paper

(gift)wrapped up

Each holiday season I brainstorm ideas for Christmas gift wrapping. A few years ago I wrapped gifts using kraft paper and stamps, which was tactile and festive. This year, I’m not sure yet what I’ll do. I’ve been collecting pine cones and evergreen twigs… maybe something will materialize out of them.

I’ve seen many cool and beautiful wrapping ideas recently, including lots of glitter and gold.

Lia Griffith Gold-Tipped Feathers
Gold-tipped feathers by Lia Griffith

Christmas ‘Chalkboard‘ Wrapping by Going Home to Roost
Christmas ‘Chalkboard’ gift packaging by Going Home to Roost
(I think this would look sweet using a gold pen, too!)

Glitter Dipped Gift Tags by the Thinking ClosetGlitter Dipped Gift Tags by the Thinking Closet

I also obsess over finding quality paper for wrapping gifts. Run-of-the-mill wrapping paper is useless. I’m infuriated by cheap wrapping paper that rips when you cut it and, worse yet, is so thin it reveals the gift through the paper! I’m really into reindeer this year. Flying creatures are, as usual, a close second.

Here are my favorite wrapping paper offerings for the 2015 season (many by small, independent printers and stationers):

Snow and Graham Wrapping PaperSnow and Graham wrapping papers: Igloo and Reindeers

Smock Berries and Wagons wrapping paper
Double-sided Berries and Wagon kraft wrapping paper by Smock

On The Slopes wrapping paper by Wrap

Holiday wrapping paper by Smudge Ink
Chickadees (I can hear them singing, “cheeseburger, cheeseburger.”)
and Holiday Bicycles gift wrap by Smudge Ink

Wrap-twigsandberriesTwigs and Berries paper by Wrap

Let the Merry Making begin!


I recently returned from a graphic design conference in New Orleans. What a gritty, smelly, inspiring, beautiful city! And people are super friendly. I’m so glad I got a chance to go there. Old meets new in New Orleans—in architecture, tourism and music. My favorite places were the Little Flea Nola, Magazine Street, the cemeteries, Cochon Restaurant and Mardi {READ MORE}

The Uninspired Designer

I just got back from a graphic design conference. The conference was titled, “Revival.” That is exactly how I feel after four days of rousing talks, spirited roundtable discussions, and a lack of immediate client demands: refreshed, renewed, revived. While at the conference, a client inadvertently sent me a long email thread in which she said I was “uninspired.” While {READ MORE}

vintage metal display letters

I have long dreamt of having a large-scale type installation in my home. Imagine a giant, white wall covered with vintage letters of varying size and fonts. Fantastic! Image: Reclaimed It makes a statement to visually define a space with type, spelling out words with the metal letters. I am especially fond of the “drugs” sign below. {READ MORE}

circus act

I don’t love the circus. Okay, I don’t love seeing the animals in the circus (sad!). But I do love the big top, the clowns and bright marquee lights announcing the show. I am inspired lately by primary colors, bright red lips and exaggerated proportions. And I’m not the only one. Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley’s collection {READ MORE}

upcycled picture frames

i have been on a mission to find old wooden picture frames to restore. i hoped to frame some super cool art i found on etsy: amazingly cool animal artwork printed on dictionary pages from the 1800s. it’s well known that i’m a sucker for animal art. and when you combine type with animals—well, i {READ MORE}

crowned princess

ever since my girls were small, my mom (aka “mana”) has been making paper crowns for their birthdays. she makes one each year for my niece, too. by now she has created a dozen or so different crowns and is something of an expert in paper crown making. it has become a tradition to receive and wear {READ MORE}

calendar give-away

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wrap it up

all the cheap, thin wrapping paper out there makes me sad. the patterns don’t repeat cleanly, it tears when you try to cut it, and you can see the gift through the paper. enough already! this year, i ordered a huge roll of kraft paper (i heart kraft paper, for realz). then, i stamped messages {READ MORE}

calendar swap

this year i participated in a calendar swap organized by design crush + greedy girl wherein two people who have never met exchange calendars. brilliant and fun! i sent this calendar to my swapmate: the 2013 “resilience” wall calendar features vibrant woodcut artwork by my friend claire emery (designed by me!). this calendar is for sale on {READ MORE}