Merry & Bright

Paperie Lane wishes you the happiest of holidays! Merry and Bright

What's your holiday tradition?

Whether you know it or not, all family and friends have one. For me, my besties and I've been doing a Secret Santa exchange since 2002. No matter where we are, overseas or in a different state, we've never missed a Christmas. Thanks to our wonderful technology, Annie and I even did the exchange via webcam while we were living in Taipei. Then the official gifts were hand-delivered when they flew in to celebrate NYE (dedicated much?)

Like any other year, we had brunch at the very cozy A.O.C. for our exchange and right next to us was a table that sat nine old men.  They leaned over to wish us well and told us that they've been having lunch since 1964! Isn't that amazing? 50+ years of friendship and tradition. That is definitely something to live up to.

Christmas wrapping Secret SantaHave a safe and wonderful Christmas!

DIY Holiday Gift Box

I went holiday shopping for over six hours this past weekend and  was only able to check off one person off my list. However, those six hours weren't a total loss, I was able to find myself a winter coat and some cute flats.  And while I might not know what I'm getting everyone for Christmas, I do know how I'll wrap the gifts. Christmas Gift Boxes

The small box measures 4 x 4 inches and the larger box measures 8 x 8 inches.

Materials used: 12x12 Kraft paper or any thick card stock (8x8 for smaller box), Martha Stewart Scoring Board, Holiday paper, Washi Tape, Adhesive, Twine, and your preferred sentiments. For these sentiments, I used the Papertrey Ink Holiday Spirit Sentiments and Countdown Details Stamp Set.

Instructions for the different size boxes should come with your scoring board, but for a clearer explanation, here is a video tutorial.  The rest is up to your creative self!

Christmas Gift

Holly Jolly Christmas

Merry Christmas Washi Tape

Using washi tape around the sides of the box will give it a more decorative and secure hold.  For the embellishment, I used the pine cones I had left over from Thanksgiving. (Michaels and Target has a lot of cute ones for cheap).

Mini Christmas gift box

Merry Christmas Washi Tape

Since these boxes are made of card stock, they should only be used for lightweight gifts such as jewelry, gift cards, homemade caramels, etc.

wrapped in twine

Do I dare go on another shopping expedition? Or should I turn to online shopping?