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National Stationery Show 2016 – Recap

May 23, 2016

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We had a great trip to New York City for this year’s National Stationery Show. We made new friends and reconnected with many of you. It was great to see everyone. If you were exhibiting, we hope you had a wonder show!

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We walked to show floor each day and were super excited to see wood paper used on so many cool products and in various ways. Below is a small sampling of the cool wood stationery products found. Thank you to JRC Industries for showcasing our Wood envelopes! Until next year.

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Cherry Wood Spring Tree Card & Envelope

May 16, 2016

Blossoms abound! Here on the East Coast our trees are finally starting to pop and bloom. Everything is so pretty, so much so, that we were inspired to create a blooming Cherry Wood blossom card. This Spring Tree card template is a wonderful choice to honor spring. You can find this template on the Silhouette Design Store, our #1 go to place for great cut files that work amazingly with our wood paper!!!

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This card assembled is just under 5″ x 5″ and fits perfectly inside a matching 5″ x 5″ Cherry Wood envelope.

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Supplies for Cherry Wood Blossom Card: 1 sheet of 12″ x 12″ Cherry Wood paper, 5″ x 5″ Cherry Wood Envelope, pink card stock, ribbon and adhesive pearls.

Instructions to create card:

1. Cut the tree front from the Spring Tree card template onto a sheet of 12″ x 12″ Cherry Wood paper using a Silhouette cutter.

2. Cut the tree card base and flowers from the Spring Tree card template onto a sheet of 12″ x 12″ card stock using a Silhouette cutter.

3. Remove the adhesive liner and adhere the Cherry Wood Tree front onto the gate fold flaps of the card base.

4. Score, fold and assemble card. Add mini adhesive pearls to the flower centers on the card front.

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5. Use a ribbon to tie the gate fold shut after you have written your message.

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6. Insert assembled card in a matching 5″ x 5″ Cherry Wood envelope. Wood envelopes mail exactly like a traditional envelope (extra postage required for square envelopes). Standard postage rates apply.




Take Note! DIY Birch Wood Notebooks

May 9, 2016

We find it so rewarding to make something by hand. This week we are sharing two DIY notebooks created with Birch Wood paper.

Have you heard of the Cinch Machine? It’s a great little binding system that allows you to bind together papers to create a spiral notebook. You can purchase a Cinch Machine at your local craft store. We found our Cinch machine at JoAnn’s. We love finding products that work well with ours. Did you know you can also purchase our Birch Wood paper at JoAnn’s? It’s 40% off right now (online only).

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You can make notebooks of varying sizes with the Cinch machine. The tool will punch easily through our wood paper. We made small (3×5) pocketbook sized notebooks. It was super simple.

First decide how many pages and what materials you want in your notebook. Our notebook uses Birch wood paper for the back and front cover. We used a heavy-weight copy paper for the inside.

1. Determine a measurement for your front and back cover and then cut. Our Birch wood paper cover is 3″ x 5″.

2. Determine the number of inside sheets and cut these down a quarter inch smaller. Our copy paper sheets are 2.75″ x 4.75″.

You are now ready to assemble. Bind your notebook in three easy steps:

1. Punch holes on notebook spine. The Cinch machine allows you to punch the perfect holes without measuring.

2. Thread cover, inside sheets and back cover onto spiral wire.

3. Cinch spiral wire closed.

Your notebook is now ready for use. Thanks for stopping by.

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Celebrate Mom with a Birch Wood Mother’s Day Card

May 2, 2016

A handmade, handcrafted card can pull at the heartstrings. We think DIY gifts are the best. Classy DIY gifts for Mom are even better! We created this Mother’s Day card and printed it on Birch wood paper. We gathered and planted a few succulents in a cute pot and hung a matching tag from Birch wood paper. We are so pleased with our gifts and are excited to share them with you. Together, these gifts will help us recognize Mom this year. Happy Mother’s day.

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Supplies for card & tags: Birch Wood Paper, card & tag design, Darice Curved Rectangle dies, Big Shot die cut machine, hole punch, ink jet printer, linen thread and plant in pot.

Instructions:

1. Design a Mother’s day card and tag in your favorite design software.

2. Print the card and tag onto a sheet of Birch wood paper using an ink jet printer. You can get one card and six tags from one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of Birch wood paper.

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3. Cut out the card. Our flat card measures 11″ x 4.25″  and 5.5″ x 4.25″ when folded. Tip: when printing your card be aware of the grain direction of the wood paper. Always fold WITH the grain to avoid cracking.

4. Die cut the hang tags using the smallest shape from the Darice Curved Rectangle dies and a Big Shot die cut machine.

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5. Punch a hole and tie a piece of linen thread onto the tag. Hang the tag from planted pot or gift.

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Dressing up Daffodils

April 25, 2016

I love to bring the color of spring indoors. Our local nursery had daffodils that were in bloom and a little past outdoor planting, for a steal. I purchased a few to create a spring centerpiece. The nursery pots are not the most attractive, so I dressed up the plastic pots with a little white tissue paper and Cherry Wood tape. Darling daffodils!

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After the blooms retire I plan to plant them outside for blooms next year! Gotta love decor that keeps on giving.

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Supplies for Cherry Wood tape Daffodil Skirts: Roll of Cherry Wood tape, white tissue paper, scissors and 4″ daffodil potted plants.

Supplies

These are so easy to create. Measurements are for a 4″ pot.

1. Measure the diameter of the top of the pot. The diameter of our 4″ pots is 12″.

2. Cut Cherry wood tape to 12.5″. Note: add a 1/2″ to the diameter for a little overlap.

3. Cut a piece of tissue paper to 6″ x  24″.  Fold in half lengthwise, 3″ x 24″.

4. Remove the adhesive liner from the back of the tape. Slowly adhere the folded end of the tissue paper to the bottom 1/4″ of the tape. Carefully fold and gather as you go.

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5. Cut off any excess tissue paper and adhere the tape to the lip of the pot. The 1/2 inch of extra wood tape should allow for a little overlap.

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6. Trim the bottom of the tissue paper skirt if needed.

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