Eco-Chic: 3 Innovative Ways to Upcycle Gift Wrap

December 30th, 2013

Recycled Gift Wrap

*Photography Credit for all images: Vanessa Spencer, Shoppe Manager

Are you swimming in a sea of wrapping paper leftover from the holidays? Instead of tossing it all in the trash, consider repurposing it. Read on to find three easy ways to upcycle your plain and patterned gift wrapping paper.

1) Handle with Care: Shred into Pretty Shavings to Protect Breakables

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How-to:

“Using a bunch of tissue, wrapping paper, and cards, I shredded them with our electronic shredding machine here at Stampington. I wanted a neutral palette so I just used natural colors like gold, brown, ivory, and tan. Anything that was bright I set aside to use and shred another time, when I want a more ‘colorful’ batch of shredded paper for packaging.” – Vanessa Spencer

 

2) Turn Trash into Handmade Tags:

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How-to:

Paper gift bags can only be reused so many times before they start looking worn and tattered.

“I was looking at leftover paper bags from our holiday party, trying to figure out how to creatively use them. I realized I could maximize the material and make 4 gift tags out of each bag by cutting the handles in half and then cutting out tag shapes. To make them a little bit more special, I sewed leftover pieces of tissue paper onto them, and added a handwritten note.” – Vanessa Spencer

 

3) Wrap with Rustic-Chic Style:

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How-to:

“For an antique look, use the back side of crumpled wrapping paper.  After opening presents at most holiday parties, the wrap gets fairly crinkled; but I think the texture only adds to the beauty of it! Just add some ribbon and you’ve got a pretty little present.” – Vanessa Spencer.

 

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*Photography Credit for all images: Vanessa Spencer, Shoppe Manager Are you swimming in a sea of wrapping paper leftover from the holidays? Instead of tossing it all in the trash, consider repurposing it. Read on to find three easy ways to upcycle your plain and patterned gift wrapping paper. 1) Handle with Care: Shred into […]

Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday Season

December 24th, 2013

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With Somerset Place love,

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Sneak Peek Upcycled Gift Wrap ProjectAre you swimming in a sea of gift wrap? We’ve got an innovative way to recycle your holiday paper after Christmas. Stay tuned for the post this Monday, right here [On the Blog] at Somerset Place.



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There’s Still Time: $10 off Gift Subscriptions!

December 23rd, 2013

Are you searching for the perfect gift that promises to keep on giving throughout the year? Wrap up your holiday shopping with a gift subscription, and as our gift to you, take $10 off:

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Print Your Own Gift Announcement Card:
Purchase a gift subscription by December 25th, and simply print out one of our artful new gift card designs — still in time for Christmas.

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Are you searching for the perfect gift that promises to keep on giving throughout the year? Wrap up your holiday shopping with a gift subscription, and as our gift to you, take $10 off: Use Coupon Code*: GIFTSUB13 at checkout Print Your Own Gift Announcement Card: Purchase a gift subscription by December 25th, and simply print […]

Top 13 Blog Posts of 2013 + Giveaway

December 19th, 2013

Top Blog Posts of 2013

As the end of 2013 draws near, we want to take a moment to revisit our top 13 most popular blog posts. From new project ideas and trendy craft techniques to special guest artists and bloggers, discover reading content you’ll absolutely adore!

 

Top 13 Blog Posts of 2013:

 1.  Spring Fling: A Double Dose of Lavender

2.  Artist Insights: Remarkable New Art Journaling Tips from Teesha Moore

3.  Love at First Sight: Glimpse Inside Blossoming February Issues + Win Your Favorite

4.  A Field Guide to NOW: Featured Artist Christina Rosalie

5.  Top 9 Innovative Stamped Project Ideas + Save 15% Off!

6.  Do-It-Yourself: Art Journal Inspiration

7.  Aim for Pretty Not Perfection: Printers Tray Project

8.  Creative Cards in 10 Minutes or Less!

9.  Dumpster Diving 101 with Debi Beard

10. Pin to Win Contest: Top 9 Pinterest Picks

11. Cultivate Your Creative Muse: Tips to Infuse Wonder into your Workspace

12. Guest Artist: Mindy Lacefield’s Art Journaling Magic

13.  Simple 6 Step DIY: Crafty Mixed-Media Envelope Book

 

To thank our loyal readers for following along with us this past year, we want to offer a chance to win a gift that’ll help you enter 2014 with creativity on your side.

 

Win a Gift Certificate to The Shoppe

Leave a comment below, explaining which blog post(s) inspired, intrigued, or impressed you the most from our past year at Somerset Place for your chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates to use at The Shoppe at Somerset.

 

*Each winner will be selected at random and contacted by email on or before January 31, 2014.

 

Thank you for your continued readership, and we look forward to bringing you even more inspiration in 2014 and beyond!

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As the end of 2013 draws near, we want to take a moment to revisit our top 13 most popular blog posts. From new project ideas and trendy craft techniques to special guest artists and bloggers, discover reading content you’ll absolutely adore!   Top 13 Blog Posts of 2013:  1.  Spring Fling: A Double Dose of Lavender 2.  Artist […]

Call for Artwork: 20th Anniversary Challenge!

December 16th, 2013

Stampers' Sampler 20 Years

We’re celebrating 20 years of the most inspiring and innovative hand stamped projects in our upcoming 20th anniversary issue of The Stampers’ Sampler, and we want to invite you to be a part of this exciting milestone.

 

20th Anniversary Challenge

Are you known for your creative stamping techniques? Do you create cards with layered effects or mixed-media-inspired patterns? If so, submit your interesting stamped projects that reflect a “celebrating 20 inspiring years” theme for a chance to be published in our special anniversary issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.

Click here for instructions on how to submit your artwork.

Deadline to submit: January 15, 2014



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We’re celebrating 20 years of the most inspiring and innovative hand stamped projects in our upcoming 20th anniversary issue of The Stampers’ Sampler, and we want to invite you to be a part of this exciting milestone.   20th Anniversary Challenge Are you known for your creative stamping techniques? Do you create cards with layered […]