Wrap & Write

I've officially decided to no longer give birthday cards. Not so much because I'm a scrooge, but more so because I spend an abnormal amount of time at the drugstore reading every. single. card. until I find the perfect one. Huge time suck. Secondly, I completely LOCK UP when it comes to writing a message in cards. I overthink every word and then get antsy and end up writing a lame message and sort of want to thrown the card out and start over. And lastly, probably the most truthful reason (and ok, maybe a little scrooge-like), cards are expensive!!

So, in lieu of cards, I am going to start writing directly on my wrapping paper.  Not so much like this...


But a little more like this:


All it took was a roll of brown butcher paper that I already had on hand (but in case you're wondering, it's like $10 for a 700 mile roll from Home Depot) and a white Sharpie Poster Paint marker.


For a hot minute I thought about designing something in Illustrator and then tracing it onto the paper, but then remembered I had a napping child that was about to wake up in 2.5 seconds. So, I went the hand-written route, with really straight, totally not wavy, dotted lines.


It even doubled as a photo booth!

11 comments:

  1. My gosh! That is one of the best ideas I have seen in a long time. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! Now to have writing/printing that looks that good! xo Diana

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    1. Thanks NanaDiana! It was so easy... you can even draw pictures instead of writing words. Heck, you could even just do a pattern of stripes or polka dots. So many possibilities!

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  2. I soooo agree with your position on cards! I love e-cards but find it very difficult to send real cards...mostly because I read them once or twice and then throw them away. So, unless I know someone who really cherishes them (my sister) I really don't send many cards. I love your gift wrap, though! Does butcher paper come in white? I'd love to use more colors!

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    1. Peggy, I LOVE the idea of finding white paper and writing with colors. I am sure this is white butcher paper I am sooo buying white butcher paper if I ever see it anywhere. Want me to pick you up a roll?

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    2. I've got waaaaaay more time on my hands than you do (I haven't subbed since April 5!) so I'll pick up some for you when I find it!

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  3. What a great idea!! Super cute!!!

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    1. Thanks Gretch! On a totally random note... guess what I picked up in Columbus this past weekend? A white cow! :) Since you are no longer accepting members to your cow family, I decided to adopt him myself.

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  4. That's a really great idea. I gave upon cards to go with gifts a long time ago and just make matching tags for mine. I only buy cards for special occasions now. It just got too expensive for me, and I agree about the time sucker too.

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    1. Totally agree, Debbie! Tags are a great alternative.

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  5. OMG! You know how I feel about buying cards!

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    1. LOL! I think your alternative is the best... just give the gift recipient the $4 you would have spent on the card!

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