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creative reuse and design for weddings, holidays and special occasions


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Holiday Colors

The newest designs are up at our Etsy store! I had a lot of fun creating these designs and documented the process at @papersoilsamples, our Instagram account. I was going for a minimalistic design that danced with winter creativity. The upcycled giftbags used for these cards contain some of my favorite color combinations: purple, green, and teal. These bags have been given to me over the years containing birthday, anniversary and holiday gifts from my husband. The first of these artful bags I received was a tall purple bag decorated with green, gold and blue peacock feather designs.

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The Ecochic Upcycled Giftbags Holiday Card Set with Purple Tree and Teal, Purple, Green, Gold Paper Snow – Set of 12

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The Ecochic Upcycled Giftbags Holiday Card Set with  Teal, Purple, Green, Gold Tree and Paper Snow – Set of 12 

are each available for $35. Place your orders between now and Thursday, Dec. 3 for a 20% Cyber Week Sales discount!

Wishing you and yours a creative holiday season!

 

 

 

 

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Cyber Week Sale – 20% off all Paper Soil products!

This week we are participating in a Cyber Week Sale with some of our Etsy friends from SPS Team. There are some truly unique and gorgeous finds available and easily findable from beautiful treasuries, products from a range of stores, created by our Etsy team members and leaders. The sale runs Friday, November 27 to Thursday, December 3, with a range of sales events from Free Shipping to 20% Off sales. The Cyber Week Sale can be accessed at all participating shops with coupon code CYBER15. Enjoy discovering and supporting artisans around the world!

Purple and Grey Jewelry Collection

Winter

Gift Guide in Turquoise and Brown

Blue Christmas

Colorful Christmas

BLACK FRIDAY SALES  Preview Participating Shops!

Wishing you a merry artful holiday!


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Creative Process – Japanese Origami Wedding/Holiday Ball

One of our newer designs is the Japanese Origami Wedding/Holiday Ball. There are many steps that go into creating this beautiful minimalistic piece. We take a lot of care and time to ensure our product is consistent and well made.

The process begins with preparation of cardstock. We have selected a deep rich mediterranean blue and bright white cardstock for our piece that is featured here. We begin with a 12″ X 12″, 80 lb. sheet of cardstock. We cut 2″ X 12″ inch strips. Then from these, we continue to cut the paper into 2″ X 2″ squares. Each piece of cardstock renders 36, 2″ X 2″ squares. For each Origami Ball, we need 96-100 of these squares.

The next step is measuring and marking the squares for an even fold. Each square is measured and marked at the top center of the square at 1″. Using a our favorite bone folder, each square is folded at the top into an even triangle shape. The total time required to neatly cut, measure and fold one sheet of cardstock is 20 minutes.

Next we use size 17 Bridal and Lace Pins to secure the cardstock pieces to a 6″ foam ball. To begin, we take four blue cardstock pieces and pin the top point and two bottom corners of each piece to the top of the foam ball. We apply even pressure using our fingers and secure the pins by pressing them firmly with the top of our craft scissors. In the event that a piece is not well aligned with the other pieces or looks askew, we take out the pins and realign the cardstock piece.

Cardstock pieces alternating in two rows of white and blue are then secured to the foam ball with two pins at the bottom corners of each cardstock piece. When the rows reach the base of the Origami Ball, we repeat the initial process of selecting four blue cardstock pieces and pin the top point and two bottom corners of each piece to the bottom of the foam ball. A final row of blue cardstock pieces encircle the bottom of the ball, secured in the opposite direction, with the points facing downward.

When the cardstock pieces have all been secured, a 16″ length of 2″ sheer blue ribbon is secured with pins and glue to the top of the Origami Ball.

The total time required to secure the cardstock pieces and ribbon to the foam ball is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Below is a collection of images from different stages of the process.


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Eco Friendly Holiday

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”  – Vincent Van Gogh

One of the principles behind our work is a profound respect for nature. Growing up in New England in the United States, we are surrounded by deep forests, lush meadows and color wonderful seasons. Our family is deeply in tuned with nature and has developed life long pursuits discovering and appreciating nature including bird watching, gardening, hiking, camping and adventuring. We are dedicated to creating art that combines simple beauty and reuse to offer eco friendly alternatives for holidays, weddings and special occasions.

This month we became the new captain for the Recyclers Team on Etsy. This is a great opportunity for us to meet like-minded shoppers and sellers as well help promote some truly unique finds which include upcycled denim jeans, vinyl record art, eco friendly wine stoppers and much more! We have enjoyed exploring the many wonderful shops on our team and have been inspired to create online galleries on both Etsy and Pinterest to promote eco friendly holiday shopping.

Take a look at these fabulous finds and give a gift that helps keep our world beautiful!

Eco Holiday Splash

Eco Chic Holiday

Eco Holiday