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  • Pressed flowers gift wrap

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    A few years ago a friend gave me a flower press similar to this inexpensive wooden flower press, which was such a great gift idea! This summer I thought I'd integrate some pressed flowers into some gift wrap. Small, colourful flowers worked well for these small, simple parcels, and a few had the bonus of pretty heart-shaped petals. I topped up some flowers from my mum's garden with some sneaky purchases from e-bay - very inexpensive also and a great prop!

    summer flowers gift wrap

    The flowers are pretty delicate so I used a scalpel to place the flowers on the paper and also pull apart the petals (on the heart-shaped flowers) on a cutting mat. I added a tiny bit of clear glue (or PVA glue) to attach them to the brown paper.

    pressed flowers gift wrap ideas

    summer flowers gift wrap

    {Items above: similar brown strung tags, pink jute twine, pastel washi tape} 

    PRESSED FLOWERS GIFT WRAP

    {Above: gold glitter alphabet stickers}

    PRESSED FLOWERS GIFT WRAP

    I cut the leaves above from a few different shades of green {from this pastel washi tape set and this matte colours washi tape set.} It's easiest to cut and shape them on a cutting mat and then transfer them over. Don't make too many incisions in the leaf or it will be dificult to position.

    PRESSED FLOWERS GIFT WRAP

    {Above: gold glitter tape.}

    I don't think I'll ever tire of wrapping with pimped-up brown paper and plain brown tags! What's your go-to gift wrapping style?

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  • Easy washi tape crafts

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    I've been organising a lot of images recently and found these easy washi tape crafts and styling ideas from the Papermash archive. I've been stocking washi tape since I first saw it on American design blogs almost a decade ago, and have loved it ever since! Every child I've ever met loves it too. It's such an easy way to jazz up plain materials and I use it all the time. These styling ideas and gift wrapping ideas are so easy but look great!

    Washi taped wooden pegs

    1. Decorating plain pegs - this adds a special touch to gift wrapping or for decorating a moodboard. I just set the mini peg on a cutting mat and sliced the tape to size around it.

    Washi tape mini bunting

    2. Mini washi tape bunting - there's always multiple tiny jam jars or yoghurt pots in my cupboard (bought especially for styling purposes, obviously) and it's easy to make mini bunting by folding a piece of washi tape over some fine string or thread. It looks great on a plain brown parcel too.

    Washi taped gift tag

    3. Decorate a gift tag - though I stock some beautiful gift tags, I don't often use them on my own gift wrapping. It's so easy to buy cheap luggage tags or plain brown tags and decorate them with a few strips of washi tape in your favourite colours! 

    Washi taped luggage label

    Check out our washi tape selection here.

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  • Black and white home office ideas

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    This striking black and white office has been styled by House Doctor to show off some its newest home office products, but it highlights many great ideas for styling a monochrome workspace. I've added some of my favourite workspace styling tips below.

    How to style a black and white home office

    1. I love an inspiration or moodboard of any type. The large noticeboard uses washi tape and small bulldog clips like these gold foldback clips to arrange a collection of inspirational black and white images. Even when I worked in a corporate environment I added a little washi tape here or there to tape financial calendars to the wall! In the below photo the noticeboard adds brightness and texture to an otherwise dark space and can be easily refreshed when you're bored of the images! 

    2. A half-painted wall, contrasting shelves or shelf brackets, or in this case a white floor, can help break up the space. Dark walls may look better in styled photographs that they do in real life - dark walls work best in a bright room. An all-dark room may feel a little oppressive. If you can position your desk near a window, it will be a much more productive space. If you're using a black and white theme only, I prefer the walls and desk to be the same colour. Bear in mind the white might not be white enough for your needs if you want it to multitask as a flat-lay background - I've had a few white Ikea trestle tops which haven't quite worked for that purpose.

    Black and white home office ideas

     {Featured above: large letter board}

    Black and white home office

    Black and white inspiration wallWhere to buy bulldog clips

    {Above: giant bulldog clips, metallic tape, tailor scissors.}

    black and white home decorating ideas

    {Above: white wire basket, grey wire basket}

    3. A black and white workspace can look a little stark so you might want to introduce some of the following colours and textures which can make it more interesting;

    - grey

    - wooden accessories (the chair above works well) - a light wood such as birch can look great with dark walls, as well as a distressed trestle table, or a sleek modern walnut desk.

    - brown paper

    - gold and brass

    - neon pink

    Below are a few ideas of accessories which work well in a monochrome environment:

     black and white home office accessories

     

    How I decorate my home office

    Although I love the idea of a sleek, modern home office, I'm not much of a minimalist. I've moved offices a few times recently but I tend to repeat the same themes everywhere. These work as decorating ideas for a black and white home office but also in any workspace! I hope to share some photos of my latest space soon.

    1. Add some seasonality. I like to walk around my area with a secret pair of flower scissors and snip the occasional overhanging flower or even pretty weeds from my local common. I love to tape seasonal dried flowers to the wall or to my pegboard, or make a garland from leaves or dried hydrangeas to add a bit of texture and mark the seasons, and bring in a bit of nature inside. I usually have a few half-dead houseplants or succulents on the go - and would love them to thrive - but I'm really quite attached of the bits of dried roses and dead weeds I've taped to the wall.

    2. Surround myself with inspirational words. The above office shows this large letter board and I like to switch over to a different inspirational quote each month. Which are your favourite inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs? 


    3. Monitor my goals. I'm using a weekly bullet journal to plan out weekly tasks and keep myself accountable. Normally this is more focused on personal goals (going to the gym, having no-spend days) as work patterns can be harder to predict, but as these are integrated into my work day I like to see this clearly displayed in front of me. I tape it onto my pegboard and take great satisfaction in colouring in those little squares (or not) at the end of each day!

    4. Keep things I use often in easy reach. I like to have everything on hand (even my clothes are on an open rail) so I always have scissors, pens, rolls of washi tape, a cutting board, a scalpel, paintbrushes and watercolours on display in a variety of vintage jars and ceramic yoghurt pots. 

    5. Surround myself with things which are beautiful. In this dull, midsummer week, I've been lighting this Rifle Paper Co Amalfi del Mar candle to whisk myself away to the Italian coast. I'll also have a little glass teapot to encourage healthy herbal tea habits! I often work in the early evening and don't have brilliant overhead lighting so I also have a stylish but cheap desk lamp I bought from Argos.

    How have you personalised your space?

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    Find more home office inspiration on my home office Pinterest board.

  • Blognic London 2017

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  • Why I use a mid year diary

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    mid year diary

  • Letter board love

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    We've loved seeing our letter boards pop up on Instagram around the UK and Europe, with its beautiful quotes and surroundings.

    These beautiful quotes in their lush green settings are from UK blogger Jeska of Lobster and Swan. We love her Instagram feed and having been reading her blog since the very early days. We're so happy to see our letter board in these beautiful settings.

    letter board

  • Liberty print washi tape

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    I love the patterns on this Liberty print washi tape. I created a couple of easy gift wrapping ideas using a patchwork design and also a flower design created with my trusty scalpel. I hope they give you some inspiration for spring!

    Liberty print gift wrapping

    Meri Meri Liberty print

    Liberty print washi tape

    We've used these items in the above:

    - Liberty print washi tape

    - Pink and white bakers twine 

    - Liberty print heart stickers

    - Liberty print letter garland

     You might like these previous gift wrapping ideas:

    - Sew your own paper gift bags

    - Christmas carol gift wrapping ideas

    - Washi tape ideas

  • Valentines washi tape postcards

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    For Valentines Day, I wanted to combine a few of my favourite things; washi tape, vintage postcards, and a bit of stitching on paper! 

    Valentines washi tape postcards

  • Make wrap mingle

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    We had such a great day a few weekends ago at the #makewrapmingle afternoon we hosted with Zeena Shah. It was a crafting bonanza, with gift wrapping demonstrations from Geraldine from Little Big Bell, confetti crackers, secret envelope making and lots more! We also had lots of stunning hair braids and waves courtesy of Prettly.

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