I used to scrapbook before I began blogging.
I loved documenting our family story but I didn't relish cleaning up the mess or the big sucking sound of money flying out of my billfold.
Once I began blogging I quickly realized that this too is a record of all things important to me at the various chapters of my life.
But what to do with all of those scrapbook papers, stickers, and embellishments?
I have used some in altered art projects...
Still, I have a LOT, hundreds? of dollars worth. It scares me to think about it.
So one of the ways I make use of my resources is by incorporating them into gift wrap.
This month there are two family members having birthdays so I set aside an hour or so and went to work.
At Christmas time, when there are so many packages, I like them to coordinate and this past year I went with only two papers in black and white. Then I trimmed everything with green. I got the idea on Pinterest and loved how it looked. Birthdays, though, are different. For birthdays I like the wrapping to be a hint to what is inside. I let the gift inspire me.
For this package I cut up scrapbook papers and incorporated some relevant stickers.
Faux flowers are another favorite of mine when it comes to wrapping a gift. For years I have recycled what seemed like a house full of silk flowers into my gift wrapping. This time I started with a mirrored paper and then added some scraps of craft paper and the last remnants of a sheet of birthday stickers. They must have a shelf life because they don't want to stick like they used to.
This last trio of packages have to travel all the way to South Korea so I have to think small when I'm buying. I will wrap each of them in tissue so hopefully they arrive looking like they do today.
I have embellished them with jewel and three dimensional letter stickers, ribbon and trim.
I have used paper to create three dimensional flowers like this one that donned a baby gift
but this was one of my favorites. It was a new grandma gift for a friend. I almost didn't want her to open it.
Gift embellishing is a fun way to use up some of those left over supplies and I love the endless creative options. The problem is, I have enough scrapbook stuff left that I think I will be able to wrap birthday gifts for the next ten years without having to replenish my supplies.