Wednesday, December 10, 2008

simple gifts # 3

Who doesn't enjoy new stationery? Here's a simple way to give a personalized and useful gift with very little effort, but lots of thoughtfulness.

I love using brown paper bags and /or brown craft paper.
1. Cut brown paper to the same size as standard printing paper. A paper-cutter is handy for straight lines.
2. Iron it lightly to take out any wrinkles or rolls.
3. Choose a font and your choice of names or words. Holiday "thank you" notes will be a gift that really gets used. I set up a template for four sections per page and pushed the print button.
4. Cut your note cards to size and tie a ribbon around them. Done! That was quick and don't they look ready for gifting?
Two variations would be to stamp your paper prior to printing (remember to let it dry thoroughly)

or use some clip art that is significant to the recipient.

I plan on making my own envelopes from recycled calendars... here is a great template I'll be using.
Hope you enjoy!

If you'd like to join me in a cup of tea this morning, Melissa of the wonderful Melissa Loves, is doing a little interview with me right here. Have a great day! Pin It


  1. I love these! I plan to make my envelopes this year, too!

  2. This is a great project! I've been wanting to make stationery sets for some loved ones, but couldn't find any inspiration. I think I've found it!

  3. glad to know i'm not the only one ironing paper these days :) the stationary is a great idea!

  4. Lovely. I have been wanting to make some stationary for a friend - this is perfect.

  5. Oh elegant! I love the kraft paper! I'll be linking.

  6. That was a fantastic interview maya. You are one incredible person. I am really tempted to use the word cute here but I will restrain myself.

  7. thanks for dropping by :) & enjoy the gift tags. i love your work :)

  8. YAY! YAY! This is just perfect and beautiful. Thank you so much Maya! Everyone loved your T & T, I knew they would! :)

  9. your projects are always perfection...however, is it bad that I want you to make them for me...I just have no doubt that your stationary would be so much prettier than mine...xo t

  10. these are so lovely!!! Thank you as always for such wonderful that heavy duty bakers twine? where do you get it maya?

  11. Thanks for you kind responses!
    Bonbon Oiseau- thanks so much for reminding me to post about the twine again. I have to remember each time I use it to say where it's from, because it's so delicious!
    Angelaliguori's Etsy shop is fantastic! Here's a direct link to the extra thick baker's twine... it's in stock!

  12. I love how those tags look printed on paper bags. Very smart. My favorite has to be the pears.

  13. My friend Amy gave me some envelope glue, you spread it on, it dries then you just lick it when you are ready to seal your envelope. Nice way to finish homemade stationery. Yours is lovely!