Ten Ways to Create with Kraft-Colored Products + Giveaway

Kraft Essentials

 

There’s something warm and inviting about kraft-colored products. Maybe it’s the soft shades of brown or the subtle texture of the porous material. It’s like an echo from the past, before paper products underwent multiple chemical treatments to get that just-right sheen of glossy business-letterhead perfection. And maybe it’s the uncomplicated ruggedness of these products which helps to spark the sort of inspiration that is born in the wiser but simpler parts of our mind.

With such a beautiful coloration and sturdiness to these materials, kraft-colored crafting supplies are great for all sorts of projects. Here at Somerset Place, we’re hoping to jumpstart your creativity by sharing ten inventive ways to use kraft-colored products:

 

1. Alter a Kraft-Colored Journal

Je Taime Journal ProjectGive your new diary a down-to-earth feel with the rich tan coloration of a moleskine kraft journal. With a variety of sizes and a choice between a darker or lighter cover, you can give your thoughts the perfect canvas for paint, collage, stamps, embellishments, and more.

2. Package Special Homemade Goods

Birds and Blooms Kraft Colored Treat BagsDifficult for making an airtight seal and often covered in ink and chemicals, normal wrapping paper is not well suited for packaging edible goods. However, kraft-colored treat bags make it easy to securely enclose treats and are available in multiple sizes with interesting patterns like playful polka dots and bold stripes. Some kraft-colored bags come without a design, which means you can alter them for special occasions, themed parties, or anything else you can come up with. If you’re packaging baked goods, you can even share your recipe by printing it directly on kraft-colored bags.

 

3. Make Gorgeous Handcrafted Cards

Just Because Kraft Colored CardCreate unique embellishments on this ready-to-alter material that will give all your handcrafted cards a special and original touch. Kraft-colored paper is well known for being a very sturdy material, so whether you’re making a festive collage or an elegant invitation – it’s a great canvas for pen, paint, and other mixed-media applications. If you need some ideas, check out our free Card Making Projects like this one shown at left, which also features kraft-colored envelopes.

 

 

4. Start a Recipe Book or a Recipe Box

Kraft Colored Recipe BookAssemble your recipe collection all in one place, and give it a distinct vintage feel by writing your ingredients and instructions on kraft-colored filler paper. If you use a worn journal cover from Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology Collection (shown at left), you can add more paper, tags, and page pockets as you go. To create a distinct recipe box, you can alter or use a unique container as is, and write down your recipes on kraft-colored index cards. Regardless of the project you choose, the end result can be passed down from generation to generation.

 

 

5. Alter and Embellish Gift Tags

Kraft Colored Grubby TagsBig or small, a kraft-colored surface is a lovely canvas to work on. With a set of kraft-colored tags you can alter or decorate them however you see fit. With a little glitter, paint, and cream-colored lace these tags can take on a shabby chic appearance. Alternatively, you can go very simple with just a well-placed stamp and some fancy free-hand lettering for a more minimalist look. Whatever you decide, your altered tags will be completely personal and one-of-a-kind.

 

 

6. Custom Gift Wrap

Kraft Colored Gift WrapA Natural Kraft Wrapping Paper Roll gives you the flexibility to personalize your own gift wrap. Add your own custom pattern, write a thoughtful quote, or create a completely one-of-a-kind design by painting, drawing, or stamping directly onto your packages. Some manufactured wrapping paper creases and wrinkles easily; this isn’t the case with this paper. What I like about the kraft paper roll is that it’s very forgiving, even for someone like me, who isn’t the greatest at wrapping presents.

 

 

7. Kraft-Colored Accent Pieces

Kraft Colored Bingo TagsKraft-colored embellishments come in all shapes and sizes, which make them great for nearly any type of project. A simple or elaborate kraft embellishment is a creative way to add depth or a primitive look, and while you can buy these accents, you also have the option of making your own. Have pieces of kraft-colored paper left over? Your scraps don’t need to be destined for the trash. Cut them into shapes, or add color, pieces of tissue, and stamps, and use these bits to decorate your cards, scrapbooks, and journal pages.

 

 

8. Use Kraft-Colored Paper as a Canvas

Natrual Kraft Wrapping Paper RollThe stark contrast of black charcoal drawn across the warm surface of a kraft-colored page is sure to make a lasting impression. Alternatively, add paint, chalk, or oil pastels to make something unexpected and unique. With Kraft Wrapping Paper Rolls you can create a canvas that is as big or small as your creativity demands.

 

 

 

9. Parchment Paper Bouquets

Kraft Colored Parchment BouquetOne of the most wonderful little pleasures in life is giving or reciving flowers. There’s nothing quite as thoughtful as a handpicked bunch of fresh flowers, and with kraft-colored parchment sheets, you can give the bouquet a wholesome and rustic look. Our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa Spencer shows us how easy it is to pull off a clean and unprocessed look with with her Parchment Paper Bouquet Project. You only need five supplies to recreate this idea: parchment paper, a stamp, ink, scrapper’s floss, and lavender bundle.

 

 

10. Ruffled Gift Bags

Ruffled Kraft Colored Gift BagsThe pleasure of giving or receiving a gift starts long before the present is opened. Making an artful display of the gift bag itself prolongs the delight of the receiver while also stirring their enthusiasm. Just a few sheets of raw Natural Kraft Tissue Paper can bring a gift to life by offering a rustic and unprocessed feel.

 

 

 

Comment for a Chance to Win!

Kraft Colored Filler PaperNow that you’ve heard from us – we want to hear from you! Tell us how you would use these versatile kraft-colored products by commenting below. Five lucky winners will get to choose from 150 sheets of Kraft Paper or a set of 100 Kraft Index Cards, so make sure to leave your thoughts below!

* Contest is open to U.S. Residents only and ends on 4/30/14 at 11:59pm. Winners will be selected at random and will be contacted via email.

 



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158 Responses to “Ten Ways to Create with Kraft-Colored Products + Giveaway”

  1. stephanie says:

    I have not seen kraft tissue. Would be great for gelli plate printing.

  2. Cindi says:

    Oh My! I would be like a kid in a candy store with all of your fabulous Krafty goodies…
    I would make gifts for friends and family with
    all of them!
    The possibilities are endless!!!!! I buy almost every one of your magazines and share them.
    Many thanks for this fabulous opportunity.
    Cindi

  3. Cathy C says:

    Looks great for a handmade journal!

  4. Ann says:

    I love Kraft colored products and use them all the time. I would use the small paper bags for giving candy and fun treats in. The tissue and parchment would be wonderful for decoupage. For the tags, I could use them on gifts, cards, layouts. Those are just to name a few. I would love to win the giveaway and put some kraft products to creative use.

  5. I really like the idea of using Kraft paper as a canvas. I cover my workable with it and when I feel it needs to be replaced, I just cut it off and re-purpose it as gift wrap or use as collage paper for decorating storage boxes. The Kraft journal would be my personal art journal. It would have my graphite drawings on the cover and my watercolor illustrations nestled inside. I’d use the gift tags as labels for my handmade clothing and tote bags. The most unique idea to me is the Parchment Paper Bouquets. Those are so beautifully elegant! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  6. Stephanie says:

    I love to use kraft paper as gift wrap, but there were a few new ideas here too. Thanks

  7. Amy in Texas says:

    The tags would be perfect for love notes…dropped in a lunch box, stuffed in a suitcase, left in a library book.

  8. Barbielove says:

    Tags, journals so many options! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. OMG I got so many great ideas from this post. My Daughter is getting married this June I could make some really fun projects for her wedding.
    Thanks for sharing all the fun !!!!

  10. Kim Gaynor says:

    I love all of the ideas. Kraft paper is my favorite kind of paper. Bar none.

  11. I love kraft paper! I have made my own rubber art stamped wrapping paper, and I love corrugated kraft, too! That’s a great ‘canvas’ to layer paints and ephemera on to create fun cards and tags and maybe a door hanger or two :) Thanks for the opportunity to enter this FUN give-away!

  12. Becky Green says:

    I would use the Kraft goodies to make Cards, my “passion!” I have found Kraft papers so versatile! It’s just a down-home fun paper to play with, whether it be for wrapping gifts, creating with or making embellishments! It is the perfect product to make things vintage & give a home-spun feel! Would love to win! Thanks!!!:)

  13. Nita says:

    Often used Kraft paper for custom gift wrap, but the other possibilities are thrilling! Mmm, art journaling, mixed media, cards! Yum.

  14. Cindy Morris says:

    What a fun giveaway & sooo many great ideas! I love to have tags already made to slip into gift packages I mail out. With these craft papers the creativity can be endless with possibilities!!

  15. Jackie says:

    I would use Kraft Paper in my art journals and scrapbooking. Plus I would also use as art paper for my pattern drawing.

  16. Brenda Gollihue says:

    Wow! I have always loved the look of Kraft paper etc…but never really knew what to do with it! I would like to do a whole BBQ or get together using Kraft paper products! I think that would be really neat! :)
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  17. Jo says:

    Want to make a recipe book for my mom.

  18. Jani Howe says:

    The plain kraft paper would make sweet tiny cones to put small treats in to hang on the Christmas tree — for my daughters. I’d use the printed embellishments to make non-traditional-color holiday cards. The kraft tags I’d use on canvas collages. The kraft cards would be such a boon, as I use kraft-color paper a lot in my work, I love using white, black and pink inks on the kraft paper for cards. I find kraft so easy to use, and use corrugated, torn bits of box all the time in my work!

  19. Sue says:

    Kraft Delight!!! I would have so much fun….and indeed I do plan to use some of your ideas…like the bouquet wrap and the cards, but the one I am most excited about is the the little ‘homemade goods’ special packaging! Ooh, la la..I make the yummiest ever caramels, a beautiful goldeny-kraft color in their own glory, individually wrapped in cellophane (the only thing I have found that doesn’t stick to the soft yummy goodness) and then packaged in those darling little bags and tied with bakers twine, or even jute or plain cotton string. How irresistible would that be? Even a small kraft tag attatched describing the contents…

  20. Lissa g says:

    Either with my gelli plate, or under my art work, it catches all the paints and sprays and glitters, etc, the. I either punch it, or collage with it or make envelopes with it…so much paper, so little time…….

  21. Donna says:

    I love all your projects! Great ideas!
    I would certainly love the ideas that you have given her and would try some of them!
    I love wrapping gifts in Kraft papers!

  22. Nadine says:

    I love the natural color of Kraft papers. I use it often for numerous projects (such as cards and nature collages). Using it for gift wrap is such fun because embellishing the package with colorful stamps or ribbons makes the Kraft paper appear artsy! I very rarely buy wrapping paper any more. Now your fabulous ideas will be added to my “Kraft Paper” repertoire.

    I love the idea of using it for recipes and will use that idea soon, as I am in the process of organizing my recipe files. Thank you!

  23. Victoria Sturdevant says:

    I love kraft – I’m using some kraft bags for Easter goody bags.

  24. Joyce Ford says:

    I have always been drawn (no pun intended) to the look and feel of craft papers. They remind me of my childhood when my Mom gave me craft paper bags and brown craft paper for packages. I used these paper for play and my artwork. I would LOVE to win the index cards or lined notebook craft paper for my art journaling – especially for my lettering techniques. What wonderful supplies! I hope I win. Thank you.

  25. Barbara Hernandez says:

    Love the look of kraft. I would use it first for cards and tags. But love the adorable gift bags with ruffles.
    So many wonderful ways to use this product.

  26. Angee says:

    I love any kraft color! It brings that sense of Nostalgia back to my crafting! I would love to use these products for my card making and journals & on my old family portraits!

  27. Tracy Gilbert says:

    I use kraft paper products for everything – it can be dressed up, dressed down – my favorite gift wrapping is kraft paper tied up with 2 1/2 inch wide hand dyed bias cut silk ribbon – the craft paper is so simple and utilitarian, the ribbon so luxurious -and I usually tuck something special into the ribbon – for baby gifts pink or blue ribbon with an engraved, monogrammed teether ! And it could be a very simple gift – but the recipient knows how much love went into the wrapping – it wasn’t an afterthought – they know they are special to you.

  28. Chris A says:

    Being on the ‘older’ side of life, kraft paper has been a staple in our house. One of my first big projects was stamping with acrylics and make my own Xmas paper. I loved doing that even with the cats walking on it (red) when wet and then across the rug LOL.. Twines, kraft paper and packing paper made from kraft paper too. Corrugated cardboard from packing.. All fun. I would love anything you would like to offer me if I win. Its all good stuff!! TY

  29. Deborah Ellen Hopkins says:

    I would love to use it in my art journal .Love the fade color makes things look older. Thanks for a chance to win .

  30. Jayne Krause says:

    I like to use Kraft tags on Kraft cards to send as a card and bookmark. And I would use the Kraft recipe cards with recipes written on them to hand out with treats I furnished. Thank you

  31. Tisa@SeattleRetro says:

    Am into making banners/bunting & get a real strong vintage vibe from the Kraft paper roll….I’d love to carve it up, add some cut-outs from vintage magazines, make a contrasting paper ruffle & hang it up for our next Vintage Market day!

  32. I love using kraft paper as a base for all of my gift wraps using my enormous stamp collection to fit any and all occasions. An

  33. Amanda says:

    Love the recipe box idea! And you could embellish the recipe cards with some vintage-looking stamps.

  34. Amber Houpe says:

    I would definitely be able go use either of these items. I have recently been re-doing my kitchen/dining room and using kraft paper items for accents. I also use them for gifts. Thank you!

  35. Jackie P says:

    I definitely would use as wrapping paper, in journals on journals , cut up as tags, glued down as a substrate- the possibilities are endless!

  36. Melanie Legrand says:

    I already have some great sewing ideas for this paper. I am in love with polka dots!!

  37. Roxanne says:

    Ahhh! Would love to win a lil stash of this kraft paper! I love using Kraft paper to cover over composition books (which are too blah for me!). First I die cut something interesting…like a globe or vintage fan or car. Glue to top of book then take white glue or mod podge and cover entire surface.Then take ‘crumpled’ kraft paper and work it over the surface to cover it completely-using care to work into nook & crannies.After it dries I distress with ink or other vintagy kind of colors and add embellishments! Can’t have enough kraft paper you see! :)
    Thanks for the chance to win! Love the Blog!

  38. Ella says:

    I love all of these ideas! There is a lot of cheer in those polka dots~

    I have been wanting to create recipe journals for my kids~
    Thank you for all the inspiration!

  39. Jayne says:

    I love anything kraft paper and have even made my own kraft paper Easter baskets :)

  40. karenladd says:

    I LOVe all things kraft and would use the kraft paper with stamps to make my own patterned paper for card making and scrapbook layouts. I would use it with pigment ink and embossing folders to make faux letterpress designs!

  41. Denice Metz says:

    love kraft I use paper bags

  42. shartl says:

    I love the versatility of kraft and since I make a lot of home decor and party decorations, I would be whipping up all kinds of packing and fun projects for my home and kids. Those little kraft baggies would be perfect to package up some of my homemade cookies for little favors and gifts!

  43. Cindy Blake says:

    I love to stamp on tags that I’ve cut out of brown Kraft paper. Some I colour with watercolour pencils.

  44. Dena Jardin says:

    Crafty kraft paper! I love using kraft paper for all kinds of projects. I use long sheets of kraft paper as table covers when my grandkids are painting, drawing, coloring, etc. Then I use that paper for gift wrapping. It is a great way to use and reuse. I never thought about packaging my baked goodies in craft paper. . . there is a use I am going to try soon.

  45. Shannon Lembke says:

    Love kraft paper — I use it for wrapping and accents.

  46. This year my daughter used brown kraft paper as the background to the Valentine’s Day cards she made for her 2nd grade class. She glued down colorful cutouts of vintage Valentine wrapping paper – they contrasted fabulously with the kraft paper. All the kids loved them, they came out super cute and she did them all herself.

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  47. Jan C. says:

    Great projects! I love all of them, so many cool things to try!

  48. Sheryl says:

    Wow Love the natural look of craft paper…It goes with anything…Stamp…paint…cut and modge podge…The possiblities are endless….

  49. Laura Albertson says:

    I love stamping with white on kraft cardstock or journal covers and coloring over it with colored pencils or watercolor. I would love to get my hands on some of that kraft notebook paper!

  50. Sue says:

    I love the simplicity of using the kraft parchment paper around bouguets of flowers. I grow a large cutting garden and dream of opening a flower stand at the end of my driveway. Wrapping the bouquets in brown kraft paper and string would be extra special!

  51. I would use kraft envelopes and paper to make hand stamped stationary.

  52. Connie Minnich says:

    I’ve been a fan of craft paper ever since grade school and covering our books with inside-out paper bags from the supermarket. Sixty years later still doing stuff with kraft papers of all kinds and sharing this with my grandkids. Since I’ve never seen kraft paper index cards, I’d choose them – and then use them for a series of vintage recipe card greeting cards. Should work for all kinds of occasions including Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win them.

  53. Tracy says:

    I love to use the Kraft wrapping paper to make my own designs for packages of all kind!

  54. Dot D. says:

    I use kraft paper as a drop cloth for my painting and stenciling and then I use the colorful papers to wrap gifts, make banners, add to an art journal or make cards.

  55. Darlene says:

    Love all the new Kraft products! I want to play with all of them.

    I would probably create customized and stamped decorative paper with that delicious parchment. The index cards are so pretty – perfect for collaged and painted post cards.

  56. Carol Reister says:

    I love the kraft look. You guys do amazing stuff and I feel like these are things I could do.

  57. Kathlene says:

    I would use the ruffled bags for Easter candy treat bags.

  58. wendy says:

    Love love love kraft paper! It’s great to make cards with, and perfect for wrapping gifts. To start with I would make an art journal with kraft pages. Thanks for the chance to win!

  59. Susan says:

    Would love to use the lined kraft paper to send love letters to my beloved across the miles, would lovingly doodle and draw hearts and arrows in the margins too! :)

  60. Barbara Moore says:

    Decoupage, cards, books?, wrapping paper etc. etc. So many possibilities. I would love to win either. Oh what fun!

  61. fran podlesney says:

    Journals would be my first choice. Loved your idea of a recipe journal.

  62. Rebecca Brantley says:

    I have been wanting to make little diorama boxes with found natural materials such as dried flowers, seed pods, leaves, etc and kraft paper and index cards would be great for the background. I really love the neutrality of Kraft paper because unlike white it’s not glaring but makes a solid foundation. Thanks for the chance to win!

  63. Denise Bryant says:

    I love the look of kraft and white! I’d make cards, tags and ATCs if I won!

  64. Jennifer Streff says:

    I would have to make some homemade journal to give to my girlfriends!! Good luck everyone!

  65. Elif says:

    I make/sell handmade jewelry, so I would use the Kraft index cards and paper to write notes to my customers!:)

  66. jeannie says:

    kraft paper…how do I love thee? let me count the ways…I love thee as tags, as wrapping paper, as cards & envelopes, I love thee as paper bags, as journal pages & as the background for mixed media art … but most of all I think I would love thee as INDEX CARDS!!!!!!

  67. Suzy Gray says:

    I love anything kraft. It’s my go to for cards and scrappy projects. As a mixed media gal I’m loving these rolls of Kraft paper at Home Depot/lowes paint counter. It’s thinner yet sturdy so great for collage or as a base. Thanks to melody Ross for using this product as a class supply now I’m using it everywhere all the time. Can’t beat price less than $3 a roll

  68. Kathleen McSweeney says:

    I’d love to hand write messages on several of the kraft products! Write memories of my grandchildren on the kraft loose leaf paper. I’ve been told my handwriting is very good, so it would be fun and gratifying! Thanks!

  69. Lisa Castillo says:

    Kraft paper ages anything and everything gorgeous!!!! Love to make tags, custom wrapping paper and so much more!!!!

  70. Darcy says:

    Kraft paper has so many useful wonderful creative uses! How simple yet gorgeous!

  71. Zenetta says:

    I have been so into kraft paper lately. Next I will take your idea and start making some cards. Thanks!

  72. Terry Macias says:

    I am an art teacher and I love to use Kraft paper for all kinds of projects! It’s great to recover notebooks and have the kids draw on the covers. I like to make give-away bags, journals, envelopes, and collage pieces. Your projects are wonderful!

  73. Kathy says:

    Love the look of cards on Kraft paper!

  74. Lisa M says:

    I love the kraft journal and those filler pages! I’ve been using kraft paper with my Gelli plate. Using white paint on kraft makes for stunning results.

  75. Patricia L says:

    I love using kraft paper in my mixed media pieces. I love making albums and journals with the kraft paper lunch bags as well. A little gesso and it becomes a magical platform for creativity.

  76. Roberta says:

    Yum … love kraft paper. I’d try it with monoprinting and I’d try using an embossing folder on the parchment paper — bet that would be so pretty! I love kraft paper for card making, especially with white embossing powder!

  77. Peggy says:

    I’d love to use the polka dotted bags for almost everything! But I can really seem them being used as the pages for a mini album using the tags in each bag like an envelope. So cute!!!

  78. Cindy Stewart says:

    would use for gelli printing, designer book coverings, homemade designer gift wrapping, journaling, cards, oh my, the possibilities are limitless!! would love to win! thanks :)

  79. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    I love to lay out rolls of kraft for children to make art then turn the art into journal covers.

  80. Amy says:

    So cool! I love Kraft paper. I would use it in my art journaling and emboss with Tim Holtz embossing plates to add texture. Oh, the things you can do with Kraft paper!

  81. susan hemann says:

    One thing I would use the craft paper for- use it as wall paper, I would crinkle it up a bit, cover with wall paper paste and do a wall. Then I would make one giant collage of all the things important to me. I would stamp words, glue leaves, flowers, images that I love, pieces of fabric etc..

  82. Linda on the Prairie says:

    Just got the matchbox Sizzix die. Those would be wonderful with kraft paper covers. Or the kraft tags would be excellent matchbook-style mini journals

  83. Patricia says:

    I absolutely love the look of Kraft paper, your ideas are great, would love to make a journal

  84. Samantha says:

    I love kraft paper for wrapping items. Especially after stamping or painting the paper first. With baker’s twine or even fancy sparkly ribbon- so pretty! Another good cheap place for bulk paper on a big roll is contractor paper- from a hardware store or even W-M. Very sturdy and cheap.

  85. Carol b says:

    Kraft paper just gives a warm and cozy feeling. I would sew the lined kraft paper into paper sacks that I can write messages on. I’d also use it to layer on cards.
    Carol b

  86. Pam R says:

    How fabulous! I will use the Kraft for altered jewelery pendants using Kraft paper, stamps, glitter and mod podge. Can’t wait to get my hands on some!!

  87. Verbena says:

    I used a large sheet of kraft paper as “canvas” for a mega doodling and painting piece. I used gesso and all sorts of texture tools, rubber and acryllic stamps, rub ons, stickers, spray paints, acryllic paints, pens and markers, and collage. It was a great opportunity to use up some of that stash in my storage drawers! Needless to say, I had messy hands when I was finished! After all of this was dry, I machine-stitched squiggles all over and around in black thread to add interest. I cut this finished artwork up to get smaller pieces to use on other collages, art journal pages, cards, etc. It was fun to do and was an inspiration for other work.

  88. Kate says:

    I love love love the look of this paper! The Kraft Wrapping Paper Rolls would make PERFECT table cloths for the outdoor rustic bridal shower I am throwing. This natural burlap color is exactly what I have been looking for! I could embellish it with lace or other additions–just thinking about the contrast of this paper, in a woodsy setting, with twinkling lights has me super inspired!

  89. Heather Feather says:

    Use the kraft index cards to fill a recipe box of family member’s and friend’s birthdays and anniversaries. create cute tabs for.each month. Include their mailing address on the index card. You’ll enjoy sending those homemade birthday and anniveraary cards – it’s a recipe for success!

  90. sherelyn nichol says:

    These are all vary inviting and I love the letter circles. I can see them as part of a mobile!

  91. Candyce says:

    Love these kraft paper ideas. I will be sure to make some “Krafty cards” soon!!

  92. Kelly Kramer says:

    I haven’t made these in awhile but I would make some Weathergrams with the kraft paper. Weathergrams are strips of kraft paper (bookmark size) with a nature quote lettered in waterproof ink. They are tied outside and left to weather. Kraft paper is perfect for this project and to practice my calligraphy.

  93. TX Creatrix says:

    I make personalized wrapping paper from a huge roll of craft paper that I bought years ago, need some new!

  94. jan says:

    I would use these products as a base/background and go from there using what ever medium my MUSE suggests!

  95. Franny says:

    I collect some of the most inspiring quotes, mostly from Facebook, and then I write them onto Kraft embellishments. I cover a box with the Kraft paper and put the quotes inside. Then I tie the whole thing up with raffia twine. It makes a nice little stocking stuffer kind of a present. You can tailor the quotes to fit the person gifted.

  96. Roksanna StephensAnderson says:

    I have used brown kraft paper for years with my art students in various of ways. My fav is to create booklets for them to fill the pages with written, samples of work produced with paint, ink, colored pencil, embellishments etc. fill the pages of the classes projects-like a ‘sampler’.

  97. stampnk says:

    What I NOT use these kraft supplies for??! I love using kraft to make cards, to wrap gifts, on scrapbook layouts and to make embellishments. Stamping and kraft are a perfect combination. Lately I’ve been making small favor bags to hold easter candy for my grand-daughter’s Easter basket and stamping on the outside. Tie with bakers twine and it’s done!

  98. Julie Komenda says:

    I use these to create my jewelry–just getting started! This doesn’t need any prep work for most of my projects, it is so ready to embellish from the start!

  99. Thank you for this opportunity. If I had the kraft paper, I would like to try most of these examples that you have shown, emphasizing the card making. Kraft paper allows us to show different areas of talent. I love to use it.

  100. Diane Planiden says:

    I am “wild” about these new craft paper products…. have been a stamping addict for years and years, now – it’s true, I’m a scrap book addict as well…. – love the craft paper products sooooo much – will set up ‘play dates’ with my co-addicts if I should win. It’s such a good time in my life to actually win something!! Nothing would be more thrilling for me at this time.

  101. Pat says:

    There’s nothing that says “vintage” like using kraft paper in a project. I love just black/white photos printed out on kraft paper, or a simple black stamp makes kraft tags or envelopes sing!

  102. MaggieM says:

    This past Christmas, I wrapped all of my gifts in kraft paper, from a couple of rolls I purchased from you! I left the kraft paper plain and used fancy ribbons to make the bows. I have also used kraft paper sheets to create envelopes for my handmade cards, using an envelope template. I also think silhouettes (in black) would look great on kraft paper backgrounds. Especially the ones little kids bring home from school:) I’d love to win your giveaway:)

  103. Melanie says:

    It reminds me of my 70s childhood…the brown goes so well with pops of avacado green, lemon yellow and orange!

  104. LaurieW says:

    gift wrap creativity and cards!!

  105. Teri says:

    I love all your projects! Great ideas!
    I would certainly love the ideas that you have given here and would try some of them!
    I love wrapping gifts in Kraft papers!

  106. Barbara says:

    I love the simple, organic feeling of Kraft papers. The ideas given certainly spark even more creativity. I am a teacher and a stamper who would love these products. I have used Kraft paper on bulletin boards (they make great trees!) and with my ancient history class (we created our own version of the Lascaux cave in our hallway). I also make cards for our church to send to shut-in seniors and get well cards to the ill and hospitalized and enjoy using Kraft cards with black and white or just one colors – it emphasizes the simplicity of the material and the chosen color. I would like to use Kraft products for some wonderful spring gifts: a bouquet of herbs wrapped with Kraft parchment with a recipe card, nestled in a gift bag with tissue and a card!

  107. Deb Brown says:

    Wow, what a selection. I’ve used some of these, tags, journals, paper, but not all and appreciate the inspiration with the rest. I love the look and hope I win!!

  108. Karen Ewert says:

    I love the journals.My Mom is turning 70 this year so what a great gift idea to fill with special things for her from me

  109. Aletha Jane says:

    Wow! I love all things kraft and you definitely have the right products. All of them would make great projects. I think that I need to do some shopping.

  110. This past Christmas, I wrapped presents in KRAFT paper and used a white pen to draw different Zentangles in a corner of each gift. I was quite pleased how they turned out.

  111. Terry says:

    I always find great pleasure and inspiration in the Kraft color! Love using Kraft paper for wrapping paper and I tape it to my work table as a protective layer which holds all the splash and grand colorful mess; Then it gets a second life cut up and used in my mixed media art. Kraft paper and it’s off shoots be it parchment, tissue and such never fails– kraft color is a classic!

  112. Debbie says:

    I use Kraft paper products quite often…and I especially love kraft tissue paper & kraft gift boxes & bags…and cards & envelopes & paper. Kraft waxed bags are a new favorite of mine…stunning for elevating any little gift to the next level. The color is a great neutral & not as harsh as white can be. I’ve used it for years & it’s nice to see so many kraft paper options for sale.

  113. Kraft is probably my most used colour of Cardstock. It just goes with everything. I’d love to play with a prize pack.

  114. Terry Hodgdon says:

    I’ve always enjoyed kraft paper and products. I would love using these “krafty” products to create a family recipe book/journal.

  115. SusanIrene says:

    Thank you for all of the creative ideas which inspire me to make things for my friends and family.

  116. Erica says:

    Oh la la! I love kraft paper, but I haven’t made much with it yet. This definitely gave me some ideas!

  117. Angela Alcott says:

    Thank you for always inspiring! Art does not need to be expensive. I love kraft paper because it’s found most everywhere and you don’t need any special tools. It reminds me of yesteryear. It’s simple. Kraft paper can range from rustic to elegant looking. The possibilities are endless….

  118. Angel says:

    Im planning an “art party” for my kids and friends over the summer and Ive already starting collecting supplies. I love the way Kraft goes with everything and gives it a sweet almost vintage feel.

  119. Sheila says:

    Boy, lots of ideas here! I love kraft paper packaging for jewelry and items to sell at craft shows. It’s so easy to coordinate with. You can sew on it, stamp, make tags, bags, and even displays. Love, love, love the stuff!

  120. Miss Iowa says:

    I was thinking today about what I could use to make a couple of May Day baskets. The parchment paper would be perfect!

  121. Laura Strack says:

    Love to take Kraft tissue paper and stamp all over it with archival ink. Sometimes I use the same stamp or I will use several, but I always love the results. Great for using on mixed media canvas or projects :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  122. Kim M. says:

    I love kraft because it’s so versatile, and I like the utilitarian look. I’d want to use the kraft index cards to make a few mini journals. Something I could throw in my purse with a few pens and embellishments, to play with on the go!

  123. Joni E says:

    I have loved the kraft paper products for some time now and love the new products coming out with the use of the kraft paper. Am going to be making a mini album with them. Thanks for the chance to win.

  124. Kraft paper is good looking. For gift-wrap I like to turn grocery bags inside out then embellish with rubber stamps and make gift tags out of recycled cards. I use raffia for the ribbon. Looks good and can be composted when done with it!

  125. Sheila Berman says:

    All the Kraft products are terrific. I’ve been using paper grocery bags in my recycled paper journals and love their texture. Maybe it’s time to branch out ….

  126. RITA says:

    I would play, play, play. Oh what fun to try new things!!!!

  127. April says:

    Love these Kraft goodies!

  128. Donna Larson says:

    I would use the polka dot bags for party favors or to put in my journal. I can see alot of uses of Kraft tissue for my scrapbooking or journaling.

  129. Carol Barol says:

    I would use either the kraft colored parchment or the kraft roll paper and stamp or paint on it (or both). Then I’d cut it into strips and pleat it with my sewing machine. Would be a fun edge for a chipboard cone filled with some goodies!

  130. Lori says:

    I love making bags out of the paper for gifts and tags for selling my art! I have also used the paper for custom order forms. So fun to personalize. Would love to explore more with some paper!!

  131. Kathy F says:

    I love craft paper and with all these different types the creativity is endless. I can see doing mini albums and scrap pages with this stuff. All of it.

  132. ruby t says:

    Such a great collection of items is making it hard to decide but I do like the number ephemera rounds, the Moleskine journals. I love journals such as these and could not resist stamping and printing the covers.
    The kraft tissue and the index cards would get some printing, stamping and painting added to make framed art or cards.
    Thanks.

  133. Natalie C says:

    Book and journal making :D

  134. MaryBeth I says:

    If the Kraft paper is acid free I would use it in scrapbooking – if not I would use it for cardmaking or gift wrapping

  135. susan says:

    Iuse it for wrapping and to make art journals. I love using brown bags and repurosing scraps of kraft brown items in them.

  136. Renee says:

    Perfect element for collage pieces. Both as a base to build upon and than as torn up smaller pieces to create new shapes and designs. Brown paper just screams to be stamped and stenciled upon!

  137. april anderson says:

    kraft paper for printing from the inkjet would be great as well as business card blanks.

  138. Deborah K says:

    I like using kraft paper to wrap gifts (rubber stamped), base of cards, and as tags. Soon, I intend to use kraft card stock to make journal covers.

  139. Rhonda W says:

    Brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things…

    I love wrapping gifts with brown paper and embellishments instead of using gift bags. I also love the journal above.

  140. Rosetta Jenkins says:

    I think that the kraft paper is the new neutral. I use it as background for many cards. My next venture is to create a mini album where all the pages are created with kraft paper used as a background for the pages’ themes. OMG! Can’t wait.

  141. Sandra H. says:

    I wrap many b-day packages in brown paper! I love it for crafts and so many things.

  142. Jeanne Kelly says:

    I love kraft paper too. I love the craft tissue paper and would use this for gift wrapping, adding texture to mixed media and making outfits for my paper dolls!!

  143. Jane R says:

    I love using craft paper for a variety of projects. One of my favorites are the kraft-colored treat bags. Perfect so many different kinds of treats. They will be center stage at a wedding next month, containing wildflower seeds for the guests to take home.

  144. kym says:

    beautiful kraft paper so many things I can do

  145. Ann says:

    Ah, Kraft paper! Love it, love it. It’s not only versatile, it’s beautiful, tactile and rich-looking. How fun it would be to have a lot of Kraft paper to play with!

  146. Sandra Hughes says:

    Love the Kraft paper…so many ideas.

  147. Leticia Norton says:

    Love the index cards and the notebook paper.

  148. Cindy Stewart says:

    thank you so much! i am beyond excited on winning and cannot wait to use my new paper! :) thanks for the lovely note you sent me Gabriela

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Kraft Essentials

 

There’s something warm and inviting about kraft-colored products. Maybe it’s the soft shades of brown or the subtle texture of the porous material. It’s like an echo from the past, before paper products underwent multiple chemical treatments to get that just-right sheen of glossy business-letterhead perfection. And maybe it’s the uncomplicated ruggedness of these products which helps to spark the sort of inspiration that is born in the wiser but simpler parts of our mind.

With such a beautiful coloration and sturdiness to these materials, kraft-colored crafting supplies are great for all sorts of projects. Here at Somerset Place, we’re hoping to jumpstart your creativity by sharing ten inventive ways to use kraft-colored products:

 

1. Alter a Kraft-Colored Journal

Je Taime Journal ProjectGive your new diary a down-to-earth feel with the rich tan coloration of a moleskine kraft journal. With a variety of sizes and a choice between a darker or lighter cover, you can give your thoughts the perfect canvas for paint, collage, stamps, embellishments, and more.

2. Package Special Homemade Goods

Birds and Blooms Kraft Colored Treat BagsDifficult for making an airtight seal and often covered in ink and chemicals, normal wrapping paper is not well suited for packaging edible goods. However, kraft-colored treat bags make it easy to securely enclose treats and are available in multiple sizes with interesting patterns like playful polka dots and bold stripes. Some kraft-colored bags come without a design, which means you can alter them for special occasions, themed parties, or anything else you can come up with. If you’re packaging baked goods, you can even share your recipe by printing it directly on kraft-colored bags.

 

3. Make Gorgeous Handcrafted Cards

Just Because Kraft Colored CardCreate unique embellishments on this ready-to-alter material that will give all your handcrafted cards a special and original touch. Kraft-colored paper is well known for being a very sturdy material, so whether you’re making a festive collage or an elegant invitation – it’s a great canvas for pen, paint, and other mixed-media applications. If you need some ideas, check out our free Card Making Projects like this one shown at left, which also features kraft-colored envelopes.

 

 

4. Start a Recipe Book or a Recipe Box

Kraft Colored Recipe BookAssemble your recipe collection all in one place, and give it a distinct vintage feel by writing your ingredients and instructions on kraft-colored filler paper. If you use a worn journal cover from Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology Collection (shown at left), you can add more paper, tags, and page pockets as you go. To create a distinct recipe box, you can alter or use a unique container as is, and write down your recipes on kraft-colored index cards. Regardless of the project you choose, the end result can be passed down from generation to generation.

 

 

5. Alter and Embellish Gift Tags

Kraft Colored Grubby TagsBig or small, a kraft-colored surface is a lovely canvas to work on. With a set of kraft-colored tags you can alter or decorate them however you see fit. With a little glitter, paint, and cream-colored lace these tags can take on a shabby chic appearance. Alternatively, you can go very simple with just a well-placed stamp and some fancy free-hand lettering for a more minimalist look. Whatever you decide, your altered tags will be completely personal and one-of-a-kind.

 

 

6. Custom Gift Wrap

Kraft Colored Gift WrapA Natural Kraft Wrapping Paper Roll gives you the flexibility to personalize your own gift wrap. Add your own custom pattern, write a thoughtful quote, or create a completely one-of-a-kind design by painting, drawing, or stamping directly onto your packages. Some manufactured wrapping paper creases and wrinkles easily; this isn’t the case with this paper. What I like about the kraft paper roll is that it’s very forgiving, even for someone like me, who isn’t the greatest at wrapping presents.

 

 

7. Kraft-Colored Accent Pieces

Kraft Colored Bingo TagsKraft-colored embellishments come in all shapes and sizes, which make them great for nearly any type of project. A simple or elaborate kraft embellishment is a creative way to add depth or a primitive look, and while you can buy these accents, you also have the option of making your own. Have pieces of kraft-colored paper left over? Your scraps don’t need to be destined for the trash. Cut them into shapes, or add color, pieces of tissue, and stamps, and use these bits to decorate your cards, scrapbooks, and journal pages.

 

 

8. Use Kraft-Colored Paper as a Canvas

Natrual Kraft Wrapping Paper RollThe stark contrast of black charcoal drawn across the warm surface of a kraft-colored page is sure to make a lasting impression. Alternatively, add paint, chalk, or oil pastels to make something unexpected and unique. With Kraft Wrapping Paper Rolls you can create a canvas that is as big or small as your creativity demands.

 

 

 

9. Parchment Paper Bouquets

Kraft Colored Parchment BouquetOne of the most wonderful little pleasures in life is giving or reciving flowers. There’s nothing quite as thoughtful as a handpicked bunch of fresh flowers, and with kraft-colored parchment sheets, you can give the bouquet a wholesome and rustic look. Our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa Spencer shows us how easy it is to pull off a clean and unprocessed look with with her Parchment Paper Bouquet Project. You only need five supplies to recreate this idea: parchment paper, a stamp, ink, scrapper’s floss, and lavender bundle.

 

 

10. Ruffled Gift Bags

Ruffled Kraft Colored Gift BagsThe pleasure of giving or receiving a gift starts long before the present is opened. Making an artful display of the gift bag itself prolongs the delight of the receiver while also stirring their enthusiasm. Just a few sheets of raw Natural Kraft Tissue Paper can bring a gift to life by offering a rustic and unprocessed feel.

 

 

 

Comment for a Chance to Win!

Kraft Colored Filler PaperNow that you’ve heard from us – we want to hear from you! Tell us how you would use these versatile kraft-colored products by commenting below. Five lucky winners will get to choose from 150 sheets of Kraft Paper or a set of 100 Kraft Index Cards, so make sure to leave your thoughts below!

* Contest is open to U.S. Residents only and ends on 4/30/14 at 11:59pm. Winners will be selected at random and will be contacted via email.

 



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