That’s Just Tacky

Sticky tape can be a gift wrapper’s best friend. I’ve tried pretty much every way there is to wrap, and trust me, nothing beats tape. But tape is like any accoutrement. There are a thousand variations, and each has been designed to do a specific job. Pick the right one and you will fly through […]

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OMG GSM

GSM for Gee Whiz Wraps. Today we are going to deal with a three letter acronym whose misinterpretation threatens every bit on paperwork you will ever undertake. Fortunately, it isn’t ATO. No, this acronym can be even more insidious. It is the dreaded GSM. Actually, GSM as a concept isn’t that complex. It’s just that […]

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Looking Sharp

For a simple solution to many of modern life’s little challenges you need look no further than a pair of scissors. Pesky packaging? Opened! Knotted twine? Tamed! Need to snip a thread? Removed before you resort to chewing it off like a trapped fox! And that’s before we even get to gift wrapping – the […]

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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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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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Protea Prowess

I just love looking at papers and patterns and graphic design and when you look at as many prints as I do, you get a strong sense of the looks and motifs that are of the moment. My older sister would argue that the pineapple is the queen of motifs with a both fascinating history […]

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Two for Tuesday

Two things I absolutely love this Tuesday – roses  and marbled wrapping paper – though the order is interchangeable. I picked up a bunch of quite beautifully coloured roses in the supermarket today. I am not sure what the colour was and the tag gave no hint. Were they purple, were they a lavender or were they lilac? […]

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Going Global

Ever since I was a small girl, I have been drawn to globes. There is something well, worldly about them, evoking images of wonderful adventures to distant lands. I have watched with growing excitement as the  globe has emerged over the past few years as a design theme. So much so, that in 2017 the […]

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Map It Out

It’s no secret that I love maps – most certainly for their primary purpose of helping me get from A to B  – but also as art, as design and, as appropriate, for gift wrapping. Because I am so enthralled with maps and wrapping, I now see possibilities to combine the two everywhere. Map greeting cards, […]

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