Printable Christmas Wrapping Paper

minimal hand-lettered holiday gift wrap | free download

I'm slowly making progress on my gift shopping, which is a huge improvement and a bit of a relief compared to where I was a few days ago. To be honest, I am doing the majority of it online this year, since I only lasted about an hour during an unsuccessful outing over the weekend. I'm fairly patient when it comes to traffic and mobs of people, but combine that with a cold and let's just say I would have been better off if I had stayed in bed.

I did however manage to snag some festive gift wrap. I typically go for more subdued tones at the holidays, but thought a bold pattern would be a fun alternative this year. I went ahead and created this pretty hand-lettered gift wrap to compliment it and turned it into a free printable for you to use as well. There are two sizes available for download depending on your printer's capabilities. Hopefully it makes you just as excited as I am to wrap your gifts. 

DOWNLOAD: 8.5 x 11" paper

DOWNLOAD: 13 x 19" paper

minimal hand-lettered holiday gift wrap | free download
minimal hand-lettered holiday gift wrap | free download

Also, as a reminder, I am hosting a Holiday DIY Workshop tonight at the Market by Foxtrot from 6-8pm. We'll be making poms, tassels and paper ornaments to give your gifts and decor an extra special handmade touch this season. There are still a few spots available if you would like to join us. You can find the complete details here

Holiday DIY Workshop with Foxtrot

Evermore Paper Co. Holiday DIY Workshop

Hey Chicago friends! Please join me for a night of DIY merriment at The Market by Foxtrot on Tuesday, December 13 from 6-8pm. Learn how to make poms, tassels and paper ornaments to give your gifts and decor a cool handmade touch this season. I'll also teach you how to turn each piece into a garland to adorn your walls year-round.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 13 from 6-8PM
WHERE: The Market by Foxtrot, 1019 W Lake Street
COST: $45 (includes all materials, plus wine and pie to enjoy throughout the evening)
TICKETS: Please email ashley@foxtrotco.com to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Evermore Paper Co. DIY Workshop
Evermore Paper Co. DIY Workshop
Evermore Paper Co. DIY Workshop

Upcoming Holiday Events

Evermore Paper Holiday Events Flyer

And just like that, November is here and the holiday madness begins. My calendar is already full of fun events and I'm looking forward to seeing you at one or all of them. Please make sure to save the date(s) and come support me and my fellow makers during what is truly the most wonderful time of year. 

Click below to find additional info for each event...

Humboldt House Paper Party
Madewell Pop-Up
Show of Hands
Renegade Craft Fair

And in the case that you can't make it out, I'm offering free domestic shipping on all orders over $30 with the code WONDERLAND through November 15th. Click here to start shopping.

Holiday Arrivals

Holiday Collection via Evermore Paper Co.

I'm excited to share this year's holiday collection. Inspired by my recent trips to Norway and Banff, this year's assortment is filled with folksy florals, forest settings, and fair isle patterns. The cards can be purchased individually or as boxed sets of 8 and are the perfect way to spread some holiday cheer.

As an added bonus, I'm offering free domestic shipping on all orders over $30 through November 15th with the code WONDERLAND.

Upcoming Holiday Events

Upcoming Holiday Events // Evermore Paper Co.

This holiday season is shaping up to be quite busy, yet so very merry. Here are the details for all of my upcoming events. I hope to see you at one!

Show of Hands
Ravenswood Event Center // 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave.
November 22 + 23
10am - 5pm

Holiday Gift Wrap Workshop
Humboldt House // 1045 N. California Ave. 
December 4
7 - 9pm

Renegade Craft Fair
Bridgeport Art Center // 1200 W. 35th Street
December 6 + 7
11am - 6:30pm

Madewell Holiday Pop-up Shop
932 N. Rust Street 
December 14
11am - 1pm

Holiday Sketches

sketchbook // evermore paper co.

One of the most difficult aspects of being in the stationery biz for me has been thinking 3-6 months in advance of the holidays. Working on holiday designs in June and summer designs in December just does not come naturally for me. I'm slowly improving at working months out, but I think it's something that may always feel a little awkward. With that said, here's a peek at some of the holiday designs I've been working on. Please note the summer florals creeping in on the winter foliage. Oh, and that random cactus! Like I said, it's a work in progress.

The entire collection will be available in the shop next week. 

sketchbook // evermore paper co.

Easter DIY Ideas

Easter DIY Ideas

I've been trying to come up with a cute Easter DIY and in my attempts I realized that I tend to decorate more for the seasons than I do for specific holidays. For instance, I like to fill the apartment with cedar branches and pinecones in the Winter and in the Spring I shift to fresh flowers and pretty potted plants. In the end, my Easter DIY attempts proved to be fruitless as most of my ideas were cheesy and not something I'd actually display in my home. So I rounded up a few ideas here that I would like to give a try in the future or modify for other holidays or occasions. I especially love the place setting ideas and how they can double as party favors. 

Bunny Placecards  //  Ombre Eggs  //  Felt Soap Bars  //  
Eggshell Seedlings  //  Frosted Cookie

DIY: 5 Easy Gift Wrap Upgrades

I'm the type of person who enjoys wrapping gifts as much as, if not more than, I like to shop for them. Each year I come up with a theme and it always puts a little smile on my face to see all the matching gifts piled under the tree. To no surprise, I am going with a woodland theme this year and will be using what's left of the wrapping paper I created for the Renegade Craft Fair. And since I can never stop with just gift wrap, here are 5 easy upgrades that I plan to use for an added personal touch:

1. Cotton ribbon (Above): This year I am swapping out my standard curling ribbon for cotton ribbon. The cotton goes much better with my natural theme and I love how such a simple switch gives each gift a more high-quality, store-wrapped look. 

2. Hand-lettered gift tags: I've always loved making homemade gift tags and think that it shows that you put some extra thought into your wrap. Here's a great tutorial that demonstrates how to fake the calligraphy look. I also like the idea of using only the recipient's first initial. 

3. Natural elements: I had some extra pinecones lying around and love how they tie in with my theme perfectly. I also plan on snipping some cedar and pine branches for additional freshness. 

4. Shredded paper filler: I've started replacing tissue paper with shredded paper and think that it makes the presentation look much prettier. Like the ribbon, this is another simple upgrade that gives your gift a more professional touch.

5. Ornament embellishments: I try to avoid using bags around the holidays but sometimes there's just no better option, or I'm simply short on time. When that's the case, I like to tie an ornament or two for some added bling and as an extra gift. It's an easy improvement that works great for wine bottles too! 

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Roundup: Gift Ideas for Woodland Lovers

Gift Guide for Woodland Lovers | Evermore Paper Co.

There's no denying my love for the woods and woodland animals alike. They served as the inspiration for nearly half of my winter collection this year and I simply can't resist their charm. As a result, I created this fun roundup of gift ideas under $100 for the woodland lovers in your life. It's full of everyday essentials from jewelry, home decor, and barware and it's sure to please any woodland enthusiast. 

1. Eagle Owl Print by the Animal Print Shop $25.00
2. World Market Birch Pillar Candles $4.99 - $24.99
3. Antler Ring by AetherDesign $50.47
4. Moose Bust by WhiteFauxTaxedermy $89.99
5. Threshold Faux Fur Blanket $34.99
6. J. Crew Arrows Sweater $89.50
7. Pottery Barn Stag Bottle Stopper and Shot Glass $11.50 each

Hostess Gift Ideas + A Giveaway

My favortie DIY and personalized hostess gifts

As the holiday season picks up and my calendar begins to fill with festivities, I've been keeping an eye out for fun hostess gifts to give this year. Like most people, my standard go-to is a bottle of wine due to its convenience and because you just can't go wrong with it. However, this year I'd like to add a more personal touch and get a bit creative with my goodies. Following booze, I think handmade and personalized gifts are the next best alternative and I've rounded up a few of my favorites for the season.

Also, to continue with the spirit of giving, Cait, of Home Sweet Ruby, and I have paired up to offer readers a chance to win 2 free cards from Evermore. In addition, I am also offering a 10% discount on all items in the shop through next Wednesday, November 20th. Head over here to get all the details.


UPDATE: I've encountered some problems with the links not working on my site today. Here's the complete URL for you to copy and paste for the giveaway:
http://homesweetruby.blogspot.com/2013/11/evermore-paper-co-giveaway.html


1. DIY Personalized Coasters
2. Personalized Mugs from Anthropologie
3. Personalized Stationery from Evermore Paper Co.
4. DIY Mint Milk Bath
5. DIY Sunflower Seed Butter
6. Recipe Tin from Rifle Paper Co.

Shop Update: Winter Collection and Exciting News

Winter Collection Sneak Peak - Evermore Paper Co.
Winter Collection Sneak Peak - Evermore Paper Co

Now that Halloween has passed and November, along with red Starbucks cups, are here, I think it's safe to say that the holiday season has officially begun. I've been working nonstop on my winter collection and wanted to share a few sneak peaks of some of the new cards that will be available soon. Several motifs keep popping up in the designs, including woodland animals, sweater patterns, and pretty floral wreaths. To add to the excitement, I will also be introducing gift wrap, holiday banners, envelope seals and sticker sets, because I want all of you to have the best looking packages around.

But wait, it gets even better! I am beyond thrilled to announce that I will also be attending Renegade Craft Fair's Winter Market in December. This is my first craft fair and I am both excited and nervous (mostly excited) and looking forward to selling my goods directly to buyers. I will be sharing snippets of my progress here and on instagram over the next few weeks so that you can follow as I prep. Meanwhile, here are the details so that you can mark your calendars!

Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market
December 7 + 8
11am - 6pm
Pulaski Park Fieldhouse at 1419 W. Blackhawk Street, Chicago
Free Admission

 

Sneak Peek: Christmas in September


I know fall just started, but with today being the three month mark until Christmas, I thought I'd share a little sneak peek of what I have in the works for my holiday collection. Along with the cards and boxed sets, I am also working on a few additional seasonal items, including gift tags. But that's all I'm sharing with you for now! I already feel like a kid on Christmas Eve in anticipation for this release, so hopefully I won't explode with excitement before then.