Graphite Gift Wrap in its Element

Earlier this year my daughter chose a graphite coloured paper as the signature gift wrapping paper for her new Brisbane Retail Store. I was very dubious to say the least. I was worried that it would be a little too dour and that it would not be suitable for a wide enough range of recipients. […]

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The Complete Pleat

I have spent the last few days leading Gift Wrapping 2.0 workshops in three capital cites and that means I have been working with wonderful wrappers who have been to one of my workshops before (good to see you back Alumni!!!) or who are in confident wrapping presents and gifts. It also means we can […]

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Seasonal Wrappers

I just love Christmas and I just love wrapping gifts. For me, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. And the best part is, I get to work with other keen wrappers so we can share ideas and techniques and a whole of fun. This time of year, I am also looking […]

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Ribbon Roll Out

This early October Ribbon Roll Out features open weave metallics, a few thoughts on matte curling ribbon and great value extra wide ribbon finds. Open Weave Metallics Lead the Way Metallics are on a roll ( pun intended) in ribbons this Christmas and open weave metallics are leading the way. I love Lumi in antique […]

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Seven Wrapping Trends for 2017

It’s less than 100 days to Christmas 2017 and the retailing world is gearing up for its busiest season. While debate swirls around when it’s too early for shops to go full Christmas – one thing’s for sure. It’s coming! There’s plenty of thoughtful gifts from which to choose instore and online. But understandably, I […]

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Stack Em High

I am more than a bit partial to the gift stack … Two or more gifts for the one recipient piled one on top of the other to create an abundant look of great promise. I am not at all suggesting that you spend lots more on gifts or you put yourself in a position […]

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Christmas in July

I absolutely love Christmas time – the preparations, the decorations, the theming, the table setting, trimming the tree, the gift sourcing, the gift buying and, naturally the gift wrapping. As soon as Christmas finishes, I am thinking about the next one. I love picking up Christmas treasures at the Boxing Day sales (and judging by […]

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Twine Finds

How much fun is twine? Yes… I do love my ribbons but there is something about twine that can be quite enticing – it can be rustic or functional or colourful or playful or sophisticated or any combination of the aforementioned. Plus, there are some stunning twines around at the moment and they simply cannot […]

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Green by a wide margin

Well today it’s the Queen’s Birthday holiday here in Australia and that means that we get to learn who of the good and the great have been recognised with a Queen’s Birthday honour. Of all the worthy recipients in 2017, one stands out for me, with an Officer of the Order of Australia going to […]

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Heroing the Carrot

When my children were much younger, I ended up in hospital with viral meningitis. It was no fun let me tell you and it was a while (understandably) before I was allowed visitors. When people were allowed in, I was very touched by the gifts they brought but after all that time, there is one […]

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